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Bristol students overturn 95% of DWP ‘fit for work’ declarations

1-Sep-2015 9:30 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Student volunteers at the Bristol and Avon Law Centre have overturned 95 per cent of Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) decisions made over the last two years in relation to 200 claimants who challenged the DWP’s assertion that they were fit for work.

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Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim launches in Seoul

1-Sep-2015 2:10 pm | By Yun Kriegler

Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has become the latest foreign firm to enter South Korea, relocating co-founder Michael Kim to Seoul to lead the new office.


Seven more McClure Naismith partners secure new firms

1-Sep-2015 12:16 pm | By Margaret Taylor

A further seven partners of defunct Scottish firm McClure Naismith have found new homes, with virtual law firm Excello Law taking one, Scotland’s Wright Johnston & Mackenzie (WJM) hiring two and London firm Marriott Harrison picking up four.


Shearman & Sterling makes good on Dubai promise with DIFC launch

1-Sep-2015 2:32 pm | By Joanne Harris

Shearman & Sterling has followed up on its pledge to launch in Dubai this year with the announcement it is opening an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).


Dechert joins forces with Saudi firm Hassan Mahassni

1-Sep-2015 2:30 pm | By Jonathon Manning

Dechert has joined the growing number of international firms in Saudi Arabia through a tie-up with local firm Hassan Mahassni.

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Bird & Bird adds Asia employment partner in London

1-Sep-2015 12:18 pm | By Yun Kriegler

Bird & Bird has appointed former DLA Piper Asia Pacific and London head of employment Pattie Walsh as a partner in London.


Taylor Wessing merges with Dutch firm Deterink for Netherlands foothold

1-Sep-2015 10:39 am | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has announced a merger with Dutch firm Deterink, which will give the firm two new offices in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.


Cable & Wireless Communications GC moots inaugural legal panel

1-Sep-2015 0:03 am | By Margaret Taylor

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) general counsel Belinda Bradberry is gearing up to install the company’s first-ever legal panel, with growth in the business changing the way its legal function operates.


Bevan Brittan to launch in Leeds with DWF hires

1-Sep-2015 0:02 am | By Katy Dowell

Bevan Brittan is to enter the Leeds legal market after hiring two DWF lawyers to launch an office in the city.

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Magic circle falls behind Slaughters in stock market rankings

1-Sep-2015 0:01 am | By Rachel Moloney

Slaughter and May and Pinsent Masons have retained their top positions in the corporate client rankings, but Norton Rose Fulbright has edged Linklaters out of the top five firms ranked by total stock market clients.


Forty redundant as carve up of McClure Naismith gets underway

31-Aug-2015 10:11 am | By Margaret Taylor

A total of 42 partners and staff of failed firm McClure Naismith have been left with no jobs to go to after the firm’s administrators worked to secure positions for the majority of the firm.

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Scotland’s McClure Naismith finally calls in administrators

28-Aug-2015 10:47 pm | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm McClure Naismith has appointed administrators after several years of tumbling revenues meant it was no longer able to service its debt or other liabilities.

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Freshfields and Pinsents team up with Scottish firms for Total’s North Sea sale

28-Aug-2015 1:43 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has advised energy company Total, as it sold £585m worth of North Sea midstream assets to North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP), represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shepherd & Wedderburn. 


UK 200 series launches with new real estate-focused report

28-Aug-2015 1:03 pm | By Matt Byrne

On 14 September the first-ever UK 200 real estate report will be published, a groundbreaking research project that forms the first part of this year’s new UK 200 series.


ULaw puts business school on hold as it seeks more students

28-Aug-2015 11:49 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has backtracked on its plan to launch a business school this academic year, saying that it had not yet recruited “a viable mix of students, with the correct level of attainment.”

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Every week The Lawyer runs an interview with law firm leaders that goes behind the headlines to probe law firm strategy and uncover operational priorities. It’s become one of our most-read sections. Catch up on some of our most popular interviews below. How do your leaders measure up?

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The Lawyer Awards: what it means to win video

5-Aug-2015 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Osborne Clarke may have scooped up the top prize at The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, after it secured the Law Firm of the Year award, but other attendees had plenty to celebrate as our video of the night shows.

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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?


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Tomorrow’s law firm: has anyone asked its clients?


Following the debate over corporate structures in law firms, LOD’s Tim Bratton asks what it means for clients.

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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

28-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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The Lawyer Eats


The Newman Arms, W1

No, it’s not the Newman Street Tavern, a hop skip and a jump away, around the corner, on Newman Street but it’s confusing to your average punter, this two Newman-named gastropub malarkey.

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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


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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Slater & Gordon’s UK revenue up 48 per cent as global turnover hits £243m

28-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Slater & Gordon has announced that group revenue has soared 27 per cent from A$411.1m to A$521.9m (£242.9m) for the 2014/15 financial year.


CMS UK hits profits record following €100m tech-driven costs saving

24-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

CMS’s UK arm has saved around €100m (£72m) partly as a result of its move last month to new state-of-the-art headquarters at Cannon Place along with its business services deal with outsourced service provider Integreon.

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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


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 


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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Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim launches in Seoul

Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has become the latest foreign firm to enter South Korea, relocating co-founder Michael Kim to Seoul to lead the new office.

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Bird & Bird adds Asia employment partner in London

Bird & Bird has appointed former DLA Piper Asia Pacific and London head of employment Pattie Walsh as a partner in London.

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Top 10 stories: 21-27 August 2015


The key trends of the moment - agile working, contract lawyers and consolidation - all feature in the top 10 stories of the past week.

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