A marriage of convenience?

Not all practices can move easily into a foreign country, but Pringle Brandon found a way

Three quarters of Rogers Stirk Harbour’s work is now overseas and almost all of Foster’s has been for some time. This has been the most obvious way for certain practices to escape the recession while continuing to prosper. And prosper they do. RSHP’s results are well up on the previous year and although it still has UK clients, increasingly its work is elsewhere.

But not all firms can go overseas so easily. For Pringle Brandon the answer was to tie the knot with Perkins & Will. It seems an unlikely match given the size difference — Pringle Brandon is just 90 strong — but for a profession that is time and again perceived as being focused on what it can offer rather than what clients want, it’s a model that BD will be watching with interest.

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