International firm to close after 83 years

by Steve Randall23 Nov 2017
International firm to close after 83 years
An insurance focused international law firm which opened in 1933 is to close following a turbulent period in which it lost many partners.

Sedgwick LLP told staff this week that it will close at the end of the year and said that it believes the best way for its lawyers to continue offering great service to clients is for them to move to other law firms.

The firm has lost 35% of its headcount in 2017 including a team in Bermuda who defected to Kennedys last month.

There were talks of a merger with leading insurance-sector firm Clyde & Co but it failed to materialize. This, according to Law360.com was due in part to the large amount of capital owed to many of the 45 partners who have left the firm this year.

As well as its US headquarters in San Francisco, Sedgwick has nine US offices and one in London.

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