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Financial institutions’ appetite for contract lawyers sparks Simmons’ Adaptive

22-Oct-2014 12:26 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

What has made Simmons & Simmons follow in the footsteps of Eversheds, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Pinsent Masons to launch a consultant lawyer offering? 

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Linklaters' disputes chief takes on global, ex comm and London roles

22-Oct-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters’ new global litigation Michael Bennett has decided not to appoint a new London disputes chief after opting for a more streamlined management group. 

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The Lawyer Management conference puts legal market innovation centre stage

20-Oct-2014 0:03 am | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Today (22 October) will see well over 100 of the UK legal market’s leaders converge on The Brewery in the City of London for the second annual The Lawyer Management conference.

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Theatre promotion: Win two tickets to see the Scottsboro Boys this month

15-Oct-2014 3:53 pm

Following a sold out run at the Young Vic, the critically acclaimed The Scottsboro Boys has transferred to the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season.

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Parabis cuts 24 claimant fee earner roles in Croydon

22-Oct-2014 10:53 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Parabis has cut 24 fee earner roles from its Croydon-based claimant firm Cogent Law.

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Drax to replace UK legal head after two-year gap

22-Oct-2014 0:02 am | By Kate Beioley

Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure.

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Dentons biggest winner as Ofgem E-Serve panel extended for two years

21-Oct-2014 2:55 pm | By Kate Beioley

Ofgem has extended its panel for another two years, giving Burges Salmon, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro and Pinsent Masons along with nine other firms a further term as its advisers. 

London

Land Securities general counsel Adrian de Souza resigns

21-Oct-2014 1:20 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company.

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Facebook sues DLA for "fraudulent lawsuit"; DLA slams tech giant's 'intimidation' tactics

21-Oct-2014 9:22 am | By Kate Beioley

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against DLA Piper and a raft of US law firms alleging they represented a fraudulent claimant pursuing Facebook for 50 per cent ownership of the social network.

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Burges Salmon and Morton Fraser team win NDA panel spots with Eversheds and Pinsents

21-Oct-2014 0:04 am | By Kate Beioley

Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have won spots on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) reduced legal panel.

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Kennedys overhauls career development strategy and introduces new senior associate role

21-Oct-2014 0:03 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

When Kennedys’ human resources director Caroline Wilson joined the firm almost four years ago, its qualified lawyers were distinguishable only as solicitors or partners.

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London

Akin negotiates more space at Bingham's 41 Lothbury office

21-Oct-2014 0:02 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is understood to be negotiating to take the seventh floor at 41 Lothbury having taken over Bingham McCutchen’s lease on the fifth and sixth floors with immediate effect.

London

Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

21-Oct-2014 0:01 am | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

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John Lewis hires BG Group deputy Keith Hubber as new general counsel

20-Oct-2014 4:19 pm | By Natasha Bernal

The John Lewis Partnership has hired former BG deputy general counsel Keith Hubber to join the company as general counsel from February 2015.

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Orrick opens first affiliated office in Africa's Ivory Coast

20-Oct-2014 12:31 pm | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has opened its first affiliated office in Africa’s Ivory Coast, operating under the name Orrick RCI.

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Gender dilemmas

Women make up over half the entrants into the legal profession, but nowhere near that proportion make it to partner. Do they need help from above, or should they look to themselves to build their own networks?

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Charles Martin: Partner performance management can make or break a firm

20-Oct-2014

From a firm’s culture to the nuts and bolts of service delivery and business performance, it all stems from how you choose to manage your partners

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Parabis's Tim Roberts: "We're still lawyers really"

17-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Until recently Tim Roberts resided very much in the shadows at Parabis, quietly masterminding the systems and processes that have created the volume powerhouse that the firm is today.

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Financial institutions’ appetite for contract lawyers sparks Simmons’ Adaptive

22-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

What has made Simmons & Simmons follow in the footsteps of Eversheds, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Pinsent Masons to launch a consultant lawyer offering? 

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MIPIMUK - What is it good for? A lawyer's view

20-Oct-2014

Tempted as I am to finish the line of that song, it would not be entirely accurate.

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He’s keeping a close eye on it, is Mr King. So far I’ve been during the soft opening, for two breakfasts (not together) and a rather leisurely lunch and he’s been there twice, doing that thing he does, welcoming you at the door in that charming yet slightly intimidating way, as he towers over you, making sure that everything is just so.

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The five associates taking law firm gender balance into their own hands

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Tired of firms’ talk of commitment to the partnership gender balance while seeing scant evidence of change, five female lawyers have launched Women in Law London (WILL) to empower women to take the initiative themselves

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Special report: Finland – Triumph in adversity

20-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Manchester

Express Solicitors hits £8.7m turnover for the first time

25-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Manchester-based Express Solicitors reported a 21 per cent increase in fee income over the last 12 months, with end of year figures increasing from £7.2m in 2012/13 to a record £8.7m in 2013/14.

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Luther's global turnover up 12 per cent as German revenue breaks through €100m

24-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Luther has reported a 12.4 per cent rise in revenue for the 2013/14 financial year, with domestic turnover breaking through the €100m barrier for the first time.

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In-house interview: Colin Armstrong, Merlin Entertainments

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

As GC at one of the world’s biggest visitor attractions operators, Colin Armstrong’s role is to keep Merlin out of the firing line of global regulators

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In-house profile: QBE general counsel Esther Felton

13-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Esther Felton’s vision as GC for insurer QBE was to create a legal function that works shoulder to shoulder with the business. Now a reality, her team’s remit is extending and fast acquiring specialist expertise

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In-house interview: BFI general counsel Richard Brousson

6-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Film lover Richard Brousson is the perfect casting for the role of BFI GC, whose script includes the legalities of the London Film Festival and rubbing shoulders with stars and directors

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Facebook sues DLA for "fraudulent lawsuit"; DLA slams tech giant's 'intimidation' tactics

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against DLA Piper and a raft of US law firms alleging they represented a fraudulent claimant pursuing Facebook for 50 per cent ownership of the social network.

London

Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

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Special report: Finland – Triumph in adversity

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Briefing live: Romania

Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country

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Top 10 stories: 10-17 October 2014

20-Oct-2014

This week’s hits were dominated by interest in the news that Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White had quit the firm to become Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson’s first-ever London managing partner.

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