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

20-Oct-2014 0:05 am | 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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Magic circle firms launch internal salary war as US firms steal top talent

20-Oct-2014 0:04 am | By Natasha Bernal

Magic circle firms have released their salary figures for trainees and associates in 2014/15, but the increases are not enough to match the power of US firms’ wallets.

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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

This Wednesday (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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Bird & Bird to merge with Aussie ally Truman Hoyle

20-Oct-2014 10:12 am | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird is to merge with its Australian alliance partner Truman Hoyle a year and a half after signing a co-operation agreement with the TMT firm.

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National Grid UK GC exits amid panel review

20-Oct-2014 9:53 am | By Kate Beioley

National Grid UK general counsel and company secretary Karen Clayton has left the network in the midst of a full-scale panel review due to be finalised in April 2015.

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A&O, Hogan Lovells and Freshfields lead on Heathrow Airport deal

17-Oct-2014 11:21 am | By Kate Beioley

A raft of firms including Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons and Hogan Lovells has advised on the £1bn sale of three of Heathrow’s airports to a consortium formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie.

Specsavers triumphs in Asda trademark battle after switching from Eversheds to HGF Law

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

Specsavers has triumphed in a five-year trademark battle which went all the way to the European Court of Justice, having switched from Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers’ silk Michael Bloch QC to HGF Law and 8 New Square’s James Mellor.

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Law firms race for City space as prime rents increase by 7 per cent

20-Oct-2014 0:01 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The number of law firms having to take office space at rates that exceed the top of the London market has risen 7 per cent, according to new research.

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Linklaters' South African ally creates managing partner role in rejig

16-Oct-2014 12:22 pm | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters’ South African ally Webber Wentzel has split its senior partner role into two as incumbent David Lancaster steps down after nine years in the position.

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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.

Jones Day advises Steris in £1.2bn deal to buy up UK pharma company Synergy Health

20-Oct-2014 11:06 am | By Natasha Bernal

Jones Day has represented US medical tech company Steris Corporation in a deal to acquire Synergy Health in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately £1.2bn.  

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Linklaters launches LGBT ally scheme

17-Oct-2014 11:58 am | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has continued its push on diversity by launching a new ally programme aimed at support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues.

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Travers Smith and Clifford Chance drafted in on administration of London Mining

17-Oct-2014 11:08 am | By Natalie Stanton

Travers Smith and Clifford Chance have been called in to advise on the administration of Ebola-struck London Mining.

Covington & Burling and Slaughter and May advise on Qualcomm’s £1.6bn acquisition of CSR

17-Oct-2014 11:01 am | By Natasha Bernal

Covington & Burling advised US mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm and Slaughter and May advised tech firm CSR on the US company’s £1.6bn takeover of the British company, which will increase Qualcomm’s presence in the UK.

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

17-Oct-2014 0:03 am | 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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Brand magic

Should lawyers care about regular brand surveys? The answer is yes, if the survey respondents are potential clients. The most recent surveys have seen strong performances from international business firms such as Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright and Eversheds. Looks like general counsel are less bothered about the magic circle tag than many assume.  

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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.

Tim Roberts, Parabis

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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MIPIM: Day two

17-Oct-2014

Day two is nearing its close, I don’t expect anybody to be here on day three apart from the cleaners.  Conferences used to be all about the speakers, the exhibition stands were a side show.

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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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WILL women

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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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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Sydney

Bird & Bird to merge with Aussie ally Truman Hoyle

Bird & Bird is to merge with its Australian alliance partner Truman Hoyle a year and a half after signing a co-operation agreement with the TMT firm.

Covington & Burling and Slaughter and May advise on Qualcomm’s £1.6bn acquisition of CSR

Covington & Burling advised US mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm and Slaughter and May advised tech firm CSR on the US company’s £1.6bn takeover of the British company, which will increase Qualcomm’s presence in the UK.

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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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