Exclusive: Addleshaws set to merge with Scottish heavyweight Maclays

25-Nov-2015 0:03 am | By Jonathon Manning

Addleshaw Goddard has negotiated a merger deal with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, dependent on a partnership vote, The Lawyer understands.

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Why LivaNova's merger was 2015's most complex life sciences deal

25-Nov-2015 0:02 am | By Rachel Moloney

Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.


Horwich Farrelly picks up 43-strong Greenwoods team following Parabis administration

24-Nov-2015 2:34 pm | By Joanne Harris

Insurance firm Horwich Farrelly has announced the hire of seven partners and another 36 lawyers and staff from Greenwoods, the defendant insurance arm of Plexus Law.

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HSF allies with Nasser Al-Hamdan to reopen in Riyadh two years after regional exit

24-Nov-2015 11:00 am | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills will reopen in Riyadh in 2016 through an exclusive association with local firm Nasser Al-Hamdan and the hire of two partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.

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In-house counsel as business partner: How to be the perfect GC

24-Nov-2015 11:37 am | By Natasha Bernal

On the first day of The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner conference, speakers focused on the qualities that CEOs look for in their general counsel and why in-house counsel need to be more commercial. 

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Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

24-Nov-2015 9:45 am | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.


Bryan Cave to focus on three key areas after firmwide strategic review

24-Nov-2015 0:03 am | By Rachel Moloney

Bryan Cave has completed a long-term strategic review, with the US firm placing emphasis on three main areas such as thought leadership, sector focus and diversity. 

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The real estate blog: UK tops infrastructure development table

24-Nov-2015 0:02 am | By Jonathon Manning

The UK has been revealed as the world’s most attractive country for infrastructure development, according to research carried out by Nabarro.


Fieldfisher's Chissick re-elected as managing partner

23-Nov-2015 4:55 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher has re-elected Michael Chissick as its managing partner for a second term after he stood unopposed.

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Full details of Parabis administration emerge as Plexus sale completes

23-Nov-2015 4:42 pm | By Joanne Harris

Full details of the pre-packed administration of Parabis Group have been revealed with the business parcelled out to firms including Carpenters Law and Lyons Davidson.

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US and Irish firms line up on Pfizer and Allergan's $160bn merger

23-Nov-2015 3:46 pm | By Rachel Moloney

A host of US and Irish firms are taking the lead on Pfizer’s $160bn merger with pharmaceutical rival Allergan.

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Parabis Group enters £50m pre-pack administration

23-Nov-2015 12:22 pm | By Jonathon Manning

Parabis Group has entered into pre-pack administration, which will see the firm broken up and sold in a deal valued at £50m.

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Blake Lapthorn partner ceases practice after misusing £220k of client funds

23-Nov-2015 11:34 am | By Jonathon Manning

A former partner at legacy firm Blake Lapthorn has agreed to remove his name from the roll of practising solicitors after misusing £222,000 of client funds.

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RPC records charity Christmas single video

23-Nov-2015 11:03 am | By Richard Simmons

RPC has released a Christmas charity single to raise money for homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway.

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20 Essex Street hires energy silk Nardell QC from 39 Essex

23-Nov-2015 10:42 am | By Tabby Kinder

20 Essex Street has hired energy and European disputes silk and former Eversheds lawyer Gordon Nardell QC from 39 Essex.


Ashurst rakes in £12m on Crossrail development work

23-Nov-2015 0:03 am | By Jonathon Manning

Ashurst has continued to rake in the lion’s share of legal fees on the development of the Crossrail network, with earnings of £2.4m during the last financial year.


Knights buys Darbys to create £40m top 100 firm

23-Nov-2015 0:02 am | By Matt Byrne

Private equity-backed Knights is acquiring Darbys Solicitors in a deal that will create a top 100 firm with more than 300 professionals across seven offices and a total turnover of around £40m.


North West local authorities search for £10m legal panel

23-Nov-2015 0:01 am | By Jonathon Manning

The North West Legal Consortium (NWLC) has begun a review of its legal panel, which is valued at £10m and will run for four years.


Ashurst HBOS clients "disagree" with PRA and FCA report into bank's collapse

20-Nov-2015 3:46 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Former HBOS executives represented by Ashurst have defended their actions after the conclusion of a report into the failure of the bank by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

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Editor's Picks

Catrin Griffiths

German lessons

International firms have been reviewing their operations in Germany, with mixed results.  Sidley Austin, Orrick and Shearman & Sterling have all downsized, while others, such as Pinsent Masons, Fieldfisher, Reed Smith and Greenberg Traurig, have leapt upon hiring opportunities. Frankfurt no longer exerts the biggest pull; place your bets on Munich instead.



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My career story: “I moved into private practice after being an in-house GC”


Maclay Murray & Spens partner Jill Reid entered private practice after 25 years in-house with Chevron UK, Shell and Dana Petroleum.

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Phil Sanderson

Hot 100 alumni: Phil Sanderson, Ropes & Gray

Seven years on and Sanderson has swapped the very English Travers Smith for US outfit Ropes & Gray, as the latter continues its expansion drive in the City. 

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The tipping point in innovation: Where are law firms going wrong? video


The Lawyer Business Leadership Summit speakers Adam Smith, Esq president Bruce MacEwen and Overture strategy director Mark Brandon talk about law firm strategies, the ‘tipping point’ in the legal market and what law firms are doing wrong.  


Goodwin Procter's Evans: "Germany was the right next step"

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Having spearheaded Goodwin Procter’s London launch four years ago, City chair David Evans is keen to recreate the firm’s success over in Germany.


Is the Government’s infrastructure pledge as radical as it seems?

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Britain is heading into a long-awaited period of infrastructure development as the Government pledges funding alongside ongoing foreign investment

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India special report: Revamped and ready to go

23-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

While the dramatic split of its largest law firm has dominated the headlines, India is poised for growth and firms say they are in shape to take advantage

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Osborne Clarke sees half-year revenues jump by 25 per cent

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has seen its global revenues jump by 25 per cent in the first half of the 2015/16 financial year, up from €89.1m (£62.3m) to €111m (£77.6m).


Fieldfisher reveals 8 per cent half-year revenue rise to £58.4m

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher’s half-year global revenue has beat the firm’s target, with an 8 per cent increase from £54.3m to £58.4m for the first six months of the 2015/16 financial year.

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In-house interview: Chris Smith, L1 Energy

23-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Having resolved the BP-AAR clash over an Arctic Shelf exploration project, Chris Smith was drafted in to run the legal function at L1 Energy, where the controversial and tense deals continue.

Ned Staple

In-house interview: Ned Staple, Zoopla Property Group

23-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

A background in digital media, including running his own tech company, has helped Ned Staple guide Zoopla Property Group through an IPO and beyond.

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In-house interview: National Grid GC Rachael Davidson

16-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

In less than a year National Grid UK’s Rachael Davidson has made remarkable changes to the in-house structure and its panel of advisers, with the emphasis being fewer but more valuable relationships.

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Dechert boosts M&A practice as former Weil partner Faugérolas returns to practice

Dechert has announced the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate finance heavyweight Laurent Faugérolas as a partner, almost three years after he quit law to set up a corporate advisory boutique.

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Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.

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New Delhi

India special report: Revamped and ready to go

While the dramatic split of its largest law firm has dominated the headlines, India is poised for growth and firms say they are in shape to take advantage

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Capital gains: European firms in London

New arrival Macchi di Cellere Gangemi takes the total of European firms in London to nearly 40. Why do they come and why do they stay, even through an economic crisis?

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The Lawyer 16 November 2015 front cover

Top 10 stories: 13-19 November 2015


Diversity was the theme of the week on as we revealed the results of our first-ever Diversity Audit and named our five Diversity Champions.

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Nicky Richmond finds happiness in Fitzrovia at Piquet.

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