Addleshaw Goddard was left blushing this week after the partner who was about to open their new Singapore office left to join a rival firm.

Addleshaw had announced earlier this year that it would spread its international wings by launching new offices in Dubai and Singapore. And Kent Phillips was at the heart of the strategy, as he was hand-picked to head up the new Singapore office. So it was a bit of a nasty surprise when it was announced in The Lawyer that Phillips had fled the firm for a berth in Berwin Leighton Paisner's Singapore office. Clearly Phillips enjoys a cool Tiger beer - just not when supped from an AG glass.

    A Kent-shaped hole in AG Singapore

So what now for AG Singapore? Well, a spokesman for the firm noted that "fantastic office in a great location" had already been secured "and a team has just returned from a successful relationship building and preparation trip". The spokesman continued that the firm was "sorry Kent has decided to leave; he will go with our best wishes" and that they would announce the new leader for the planned Singapore office soon.
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