birmingham

Shakespeares and SGH Martineau in talks to create £75m firm

2-Mar-2015 10:02 am | By Joanne Harris

Midlands firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau have announced they are in merger talks with the aim of creating a new top-50 firm with revenues of over £75m and 150 partners.

real estate

Rental arithmetic: firms and their big real estate bills

2-Mar-2015 0:05 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Despite a growing momentum in favour of alternative and ‘agile’ working models, many firms are still struggling to find a way to fit their working practices around reducing their property costs.

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DLA Piper plants flag in Canada through merger with Davis

2-Mar-2015 11:34 am | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper has finally found a foothold in Canada after agreeing to merge with local firm Davis.

London

Linklaters sees third projects partner departure as Douglass quits for KWM

2-Mar-2015 11:11 am | By Natasha Bernal

A third partner from Linklaters’ projects team has left the firm in less than two weeks, after King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) re-hired heavyweight energy partner James Douglass to join its projects energy and resources team. 

Happy

Mishcon heads up nine firms ranked in Sunday Times Best Companies list

2-Mar-2015 10:24 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Mishcon de Reya has achieved the highest law firm ranking in the annual Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, coming in at seventh.

Hong Kong

Norton Rose Fulbright adds K&L Gates partner to Hong Kong base

2-Mar-2015 9:59 am | By Margaret Taylor

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has added K&L Gates partner David Johnson to its Hong Kong office, two years after he joined the US firm from Allen & Overy.

Lloyd's of London

DAC Beachcroft Claims Solutions chief Bill Paton exits for RSA

2-Mar-2015 0:02 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DAC Beachcroft (DACB) Claims Limited chief executive Bill Paton is set to exit the firm at the end of March to join insurer RSA as UK and Western Europe claims director on 1 May.

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Clifford Chance sees another German partner departure as Stengel quits for Milbank

2-Mar-2015 0:01 am | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance has lost its third corporate partner from Germany in a month with the news that former German corporate head Arndt Stengel is leaving for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Frankfurt office.

London

Nabarro delays annual pay review to 2014/15 financial year-end

27-Feb-2015 3:57 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Nabarro will delay its annual pay review for trainees, associates and business support staff until June, in an effort to more accurately assess its 2014/15 financial results.

Law Society

Law Society wins right to appeal against criminal legal aid ruling

27-Feb-2015 3:09 pm | By Joanne Harris

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has granted permission for the Law Society to challenge a recent High Court decision over Government reforms to the criminal legal aid regime.

Barclays

Barclays appoints Gibson Dunn partner as Barclays Capital and Americas GC

27-Feb-2015 2:46 pm | By Joanne Harris

Barclays has announced the appointment of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Mark Shelton as global general counsel for its investment banking division and regional general counsel for the Americas.

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Mishcon joins growing number of top 50 firms with ABS licence

27-Feb-2015 1:03 pm | By Joanne Harris

Mishcon de Reya has become the latest top 50 firm to gain an ABS licence, some six months after lodging its application with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA).

Court

Hogan Lovells secures Court of Appeal victory in 'Putin's banker' case

27-Feb-2015 12:39 pm | By Joanne Harris

Hogan Lovells and Erskine Chambers have secured a Court of Appeal (CoA) judgment requiring Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev to disclose information about discretionary trusts established in New Zealand, setting a precedent in cases involving freezing orders.

Los Angeles

Paul Hastings hits $1bn revenue mark with 6.3 per cent hike at 2014 year-end

27-Feb-2015 10:38 am | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Paul Hastings has posted a 6.3 per cent increase in revenue in its year-end financial results for 2014, growing from $941m to $1bn (£649m).

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Offshore M&A activity soars to record levels in 2014

27-Feb-2015 0:02 am | By Joanne Harris

M&A activity offshore rose to record levels in 2014, with aggregate deal value up 63 per cent compared to 2013 and deal volume at the third-highest in the last decade.

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Editor's Picks

Catrin Griffiths

Flexible working

The trend for working flexibly is gathering significant pace and as this week’s analysis of Allen & Overy’s Peerpoint reveals, for some firms it’s also a way into new markets domestically and internationally. For years lawyers who worked part time or flexibly were derided in some quarters as second rate. Now, with rapidly growing number of lawyers working flexibly and impressive turnover increases at various offerings, it looks like an idea whose time has come.

Global Law Summit

Richard Susskind

Global Law Summit: Susskind & Co on the future of the law

26-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Richard Susskind revealed his view of the future at the Global Law Summit this week. For many, it’s not pretty.

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Mark Brandon

Brandon: Ethical implications and the rule of law

2-Mar-2015 | By Mark Brandon

The law may traditionally be blind, but today’s firms should carefully consider their ethical stance when choosing which companies to act for.

London

"It takes time to convince people to leave their comfort zone": Jim Learner talks Kirkland's big name hires

27-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

When Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White quit the firm last October to join Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, there were a few names in the frame to succeed him.

Richard Susskind

Global Law Summit: Susskind & Co on the future of the law

26-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Richard Susskind revealed his view of the future at the Global Law Summit this week. For many, it’s not pretty.

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The Lawyer Eats

food

St John, Farringdon

Nicky Richmond looks for comfort food - and finds it - at Farringdon restaurant St John

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real estate

Rental arithmetic: firms and their big real estate bills

2-Mar-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Despite a growing momentum in favour of alternative and ‘agile’ working models, many firms are still struggling to find a way to fit their working practices around reducing their property costs.

technology

Special report: data management – Heads in the Cloud

2-Mar-2015

Good management is paramount for law firms as clients increasingly demand a more proactive approach to data.

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Los Angeles

Paul Hastings hits $1bn revenue mark with 6.3 per cent hike at 2014 year-end

27-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Paul Hastings has posted a 6.3 per cent increase in revenue in its year-end financial results for 2014, growing from $941m to $1bn (£649m).

Money

Gibson Dunn posts nineteenth consecutive year of growth with 6 per cent boost to $1.47bn

26-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has posted a revenue growth of 6 per cent to $1.47bn (£947m) in its year-end financial results.

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Craig Stoehr

The in-house interview: Thomas Cook’s Craig Stoehr

27-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Leisure is hard work in the internet era, especially for Thomas Cook GC Craig Stoehr, who is helping to reinvent the traditional tour operator

Royal Mail team

Royal Mail: How to deliver change

23-Feb-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

A £3bn privatisation, a £12bn pensions hole, a hostile trade union and a panel shake-up– the past few years have been full of ups and downs for Royal Mail GC Neil Harnby and his team.

Mark Amsden

The in-house interview: Morrisons GC Mark Amsden

16-Feb-2015 | By Kate Beioley

From calls to the FBI over a cyber security issue to launching the retailer’s first loyalty card, former rugby reporter Mark Amsden has a lot on his plate as Morrisons’ general counsel.

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Hong Kong

Norton Rose Fulbright adds K&L Gates partner to Hong Kong base

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has added K&L Gates partner David Johnson to its Hong Kong office, two years after he joined the US firm from Allen & Overy.

frankfurt germany

Clifford Chance sees another German partner departure as Stengel quits for Milbank

Clifford Chance has lost its third corporate partner from Germany in a month with the news that former German corporate head Arndt Stengel is leaving for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Frankfurt office.

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Goal posts

Special report: Competition – After the regulatory goalposts moved

UK competition lawyers have a new regulator and new rules to follow when handling mergers. Is it ‘business as usual’ as the old OFT and CC promised?

Diversification umbrella

Special report: Turkey – Striking out

Tough international competition means that diversification is the watchword in the Turkish legal market.

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16 February 2015 cover

Top 10 stories: 13-19 February 2015

20-Feb-2015

Our long-form analysis dominated the top 10 stories this week, as interest soared in flexible working initiatives.

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