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The Bar Top 30: small sets, big ambition

3-Aug-2015 0:00 am | By Tabby Kinder

Life is rosy at the commercial bar, if last year’s financial results provided by some leading sets are anything to go by. Overall, the top 30 chambers witnessed growth across the board, though expansion at the top end of the leader board was notably slower than in previous years.

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Simmons & Simmons to close Rome office

3-Aug-2015 7:06 pm | By Jonathon Manning

Simmons & Simmons is set to close its office in Rome and move all of its Italian operations to its office in Milan.

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Simpson Millar owner Fairpoint Group acquires Colemans-CTTS in £9m deal

3-Aug-2015 1:23 pm | By Jonathon Manning

The Fairpoint Group has acquired personal injury specialist firm Colemans-CTTS for £9m, strengthening its legal services arm after buying Simpson Millar last year.

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Cartwright King client Hayes convicted of Libor rigging

3-Aug-2015 4:12 pm | By Tabby Kinder

Cartwright King client Tom Hayes has been found guilty in Southwark Crown Court of rigging global Libor interest rates.

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Weil finance duo quits for Sidley Austin and Ropes

3-Aug-2015 2:19 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Weil Gotshal & Manges finance partner Rupert Wall has left the firm for Sidley Austin, while Weil associate Chris McGarry has also departed for Ropes & Gray. 

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University of Law chief executive departs after less than two years in job

3-Aug-2015 10:21 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law’s chief executive has stepped down from his role just one month after its private equity owners sold the institution to education conglomerate Global University Systems (GUS).

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Fladgate replaced by Signature Litigation in third lawyer swap on £4bn RBS shareholder row

3-Aug-2015 0:04 am | By Tabby Kinder

Fladgate has been replaced by Signature Litigation on the £4bn battle between the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its shareholders.

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Farrers launches firmwide three-year strategy for growth

3-Aug-2015 0:03 am | By Rachel Moloney

Farrer & Co has unveiled its three-year strategy, as the independent firm plans to expand its offering with the introduction of a child protection unit and provisions to help new foreign clients.

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LSE reappoints Pinsents as sole legal provider

3-Aug-2015 0:01 am | By Louisa Baldwin

The London School of Economics (LSE) has appointed Pinsent Masons as its sole legal provider for the third time.

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Weil and DLA Piper advise on PAI Partners' £1.8bn exit from cargo group Swissport

31-Jul-2015 2:19 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Weil Gotshal & Manges and DLA Piper have won top roles on the £1.8bn sale of baggage handling company Swissport from private equity firm PAI Partners to China’s HNA Group. 

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BLM beats predictions as turnover breaks £100m

31-Jul-2015 11:43 am | By Jonathon Manning

BLM has seen turnover increase 17 per cent from £89m to £104.1m for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Burges Salmon boosts net profit by 10.6 per cent to £28.1m in fourth record-breaking year

31-Jul-2015 10:12 am | By Natasha Bernal

Revenue at Burges Salmon grew by 5.6 per cent in 2014/15 from £76.5m to £80.8m for the fourth consecutive year, while net profit increased by 10.6 per cent from £25.4m to £28.1m during the period.

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Herbert Smith Freehills keeps 92 per cent of qualifiers in strong retention round

31-Jul-2015 10:00 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has revealed a 92 per cent retention rate for its autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, with 34 of 37 trainees staying on at the firm.

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Gordons quartet leave to start private client boutique

31-Jul-2015 0:02 am | By Jonathon Manning

A team of private client lawyers from Leeds based firm Gordons has split away from the firm to set up a private law boutique.

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Bristows to battle Olswang in Supreme Court over London Google lawsuit

31-Jul-2015 0:01 am | By Tabby Kinder

Bristows client Google has won permission to appeal a recent Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling that said British users can sue the technology giant in the UK.

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Wragges’ Canadian adventure

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is only a year old but in January it will merge again, with Canada’s Gowlings. While the combined firm is aiming for global growth, it has ruled out expanding into the US - preferring to set its sights on regions such as Asia.

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Meet the Best in Class: The Lawyer Awards video

24-Jul-2015 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

What would you ask judges from The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, if you had the chance? At the first Best in Class networking and best practice event, this year’s shortlisted teams and in-house counsel were given the chance to get a glimpse into the judging room. 

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Hot 100 alumni: Richard Ford, partner, Pinsent Masons

In 2012 Richard Ford led Pinsent Masons’ planning and environment team and won a place in the Hot 100 after the practice’s turnover shot up 20 per cent in the first half of 2011

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Tomorrow's law firm: You might not like what you find

30-Jul-2015

Still convinced the traditional law firm model has a future? Allow Adam Smith Esq president Bruce MacEwen to put you straight.

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KWM’s Fuller: “No more mergers for now, our focus is on integration”

31-Jul-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

With the international legal community still abounding with scepticism around the concept of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the firm’s global managing partner Stuart Fuller finds part of his job is to deliver “proof of concept” both internally and externally.

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Chez Bruce, Wandsworth

There is, I am told an unspoken rivalry between local supporters of Trinity, Clapham and Chez Bruce, Wandsworth and there are very definitely two camps. 

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The Bar Top 30: small sets, big ambition

3-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Life is rosy at the commercial bar, if last year’s financial results provided by some leading sets are anything to go by. Overall, the top 30 chambers witnessed growth across the board, though expansion at the top end of the leader board was notably slower than in previous years.

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It’s all go in Silicon Wadi: Israel's lawyers get busy

3-Aug-2015

A hi-tech sector on a roll, growing Chinese investor interest, rows over competition law and booming M&A – things are buzzing for Israel’s lawyers.

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Farrers launches firmwide three-year strategy for growth

3-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Farrer & Co has unveiled its three-year strategy, as the independent firm plans to expand its offering with the introduction of a child protection unit and provisions to help new foreign clients.

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BLM beats predictions as turnover breaks £100m

31-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

BLM has seen turnover increase 17 per cent from £89m to £104.1m for the 2014/15 financial year.

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In-house interview: Kristin Campbell, Hilton Worldwide

3-Aug-2015 | By Katy Dowell

As legal boss of Hilton Worldwide, Kristin Campbell has guided the $10bn hospitality giant through an IPO, honed a 350-strong set of external advisers to 35 and is now putting the finishing touches to an expansion plan

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In-house interview: Amanda Hamilton-Stanley, Chivas Brothers

27-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

In the highly regulated drinks industry, the experienced Chivas GC says keeping an eye on the marketing arm in the digital age is a growing challenge 

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The in-house interview: Ofqual director of legal Natalie Prosser

20-Jul-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Every day is exam day for Ofqual’s director of legal Natalie Prosser, who has had to deal with regulatory infrastructure, litigation over grade boundaries, and building her own team.

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Asia moves: 3 August 2015

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.

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KWM’s Fuller: “No more mergers for now, our focus is on integration”

With the international legal community still abounding with scepticism around the concept of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the firm’s global managing partner Stuart Fuller finds part of his job is to deliver “proof of concept” both internally and externally.

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Where next for Gowling WLG?

When Wragges and Gowlings merge next year numerous options will open up for the Anglo-Canadian firm to build on – and develop beyond – its IP and natural resources roots.

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Ins and outs of law firms in Germany

Germany’s crowded and fiercely competitive market has sparked a flurry of comings and goings by international firms.

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Top 10 stories: 24-31 July 2015

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Our online analysis pieces were a hit with readers last week, as a look at moves to and from US firms topped the most-read stories list.

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