UK law firm TLT has entered into a strategic alliance with Belgian law firm GSJ advocaten as part of its continued strategy to strengthen its international offer for clients.
The firms have significant expertise in common across a number of sectors including real estate, financial services, retail and the public sector, enabling cross border support for clients operating in the UK and Belgium.
More broadly, Belgium’s status as a central hub for European business and its significant position at the heart of the EU will be of increasing importance for clients, given the UK’s recent exit from the EU.
The new alliance with GSJ is the second for TLT, which announced its first formal strategic alliance with Netherlands law firm Holla in June 2020.
The development of an alliance of firms in key European countries, the US and India is part of TLT’s growth strategy to develop its international proposition and service for clients. The formal tie-up will see closer collaboration and knowledge sharing across the alliance firms and across the full range of legal services.
Chris Owen, head of international at UK law firm TLT, commented: “TLT and GSJ have significant crossovers and a shared focus on key sectors such as financial services, retail, and real estate. Given Belgium’s role as a critical commercial jurisdiction at the heart of the EU political infrastructure, it is of growing strategic importance to many clients operating across the EU and around the world. Alongside Holla in the Netherlands, this will ensure that all three firms can support clients’ growing international needs on a seamless basis and will be well-placed to support on their complex, cross-jurisdictional needs.”
John Wood, managing partner at TLT, said: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic our ambitions for the future remain unchecked, and a critical part of that is developing further how we respond to client need for support internationally. This new strategic partnership with GSJ, alongside our alliance with Holla, is an important step in building our European offering and we will continue to progress with similar strategic partnerships across Europe, India and the US in the months ahead.”
Bart Goossens, managing partner of GSJ, added: “We have forged this alliance to support clients focused on and operating in the Belgian and UK markets. To that end, the alliance between GSJ and TLT represents a significant opportunity for both of our firms in terms of client service, knowledge sharing and innovation, among other areas. Working alongside both TLT and Holla in the Netherlands, a firm we have known well and collaborated with for many years, we will be able to support internationally focused clients better than ever before.”