Clifford Chance Paris trio form partnership

A trio from Clifford Chance have launched their own firm, flagging freedom from conflict of interests associated with larger firms.


Grandjean Avocats is a new player in litigation, arbitration and mediation in the Paris legal market. Litigation and arbitration lawyer Jean-Pierre Grandjean is joining forces with Marguerite Aynès and Thomas Lambard to create a new boutique law firm, Grandjean Avocats.

Clifford Chance trio

The three have worked together for nearly ten years at Clifford Chance where Mr Grandjean was the Paris head of dispute resolution. Prior to that, he was also a partner at French law firm Bredin. At Clifford Chance, Ms Aynès was as an associate and then counsel and Mr Lambard worked in the litigation and arbitration practice group. They say their combined experience and know-how are the foundation of their partnership. Mr Grandjean said, “I am delighted to be taking on, along with my two partners, a new professional path, which is really an extension of the experience we have already built together and will allow us to truly thrive as a team in achieving excellence and meeting clients’ needs.”

Avoiding conflicts

The new independent firm will focus on preventing and resolving business-related disputes, through litigation and arbitration, as well as alternative negotiated solutions. Grandjean Avocats aims to provide corporations and their managers value added, highly personal, creative and efficient legal services. In addition to acting as counsel, all three partners aim to develop their roles as arbitrators and mediators, particularly since they say the size of their firm will enable them to avoid certain conflicts of interest inherent to larger firms.

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