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UK 200: 101-200 – Inside the Independents


For the first time The Lawyer UK 200 has dissected the financials of the bottom half of the table to reveal a group of firms tackling a tough market with entrepreneurial zeal. However, their revenue range suggests consolidation pressures are growing.


GSK, Novartis and Crédit Suisse put Switzerland on a high

12-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Swiss firms have bagged major business from global brands such as GSK, Novartis and Crédit Suisse this year, while their Asia ventures have come good.


When management fails: a tale of Scottish law firm collapse

8-Oct-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Collapses among big Scottish law firms had more to do with management failings and the partnership system than big bank-mania and ‘Scottishness’. 

Career development

New boutique firm Charles Lyndon promises associates chance to build own practice

8-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The upcoming launch of boutique litigation firm Charles Lyndon promises associates the chance to start up their own practices while learning from experienced lawyers from a wealth of backgrounds.

Howard Ricklow, partner, Collyer Bristow

Star legal writers: Company/commercial


Beware loopholes in instant dismissal and contractual T&Cs, find out key features of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and the progress being made for whistleblowers – just some of this week’s top briefings coverage from the company/commercial sector.

Des Mannion, Wilkin Chapman

My career story: “I moved from an accountancy role in London to be CEO of a Lincolnshire law firm”


Wilkin Chapman chief executive Des Mannion gives his perpective of moving from accountancy to law.


Survivors: Austria special report

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Hit hard by the 2008 crisis, Austria’s businesses and law firms have found a variety of ways to adapt to the changed environment.

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Meet the star firms of the next decade

12-Oct-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Today sees the launch of a brand new investigation, focusing on the 100 firms in a £1.308bn market.

Thomas de la Mare

New Competition Act does not deliver – yet


The CRA 2015 giveth and the 2015 CAT rules taketh away with a transitional regime that hampers collective redress and benefits cartels.

Chris Wray

TfL's Uber-tight proposals risk hurting London's tech rep


Uber’s battle with TfL shows how mobile tech is challenging the current regulations for taxi travel in London.

Cat Griffiths index

Firebrands are a firm’s best friend

5-Oct-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

And there goes another Scottish independent. McClure Naismith’s decision to call in the administrators in August was the third sad ending of its kind, following Semple Fraser in 2013 and Tods Murray, bought by Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2014.

Cat Griffiths index

China’s law firms are looking for you

28-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

We didn’t deliberately co-ordinate the publication of our China Elite report (click here for an executive preview) with George Osborne’s visit to the PRC, but it’s happy timing. 


Quit the classroom and get onto the internet


Formal education has its place, but law needs to move with the times and appreciate the benefits that organic learning through technology can bring.

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DLA Piper ship

Ince & Co in play as it approaches Watson Farley for tie-up

6-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Insurance firm Ince & Co is discreetly sounding out firms for a possible tie-up, The Lawyer understands.

merger deal

Littler opens in Europe with German employment boutique bolt-on

5-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.

City Gherkin

Gordon Dadds buys Jeffrey Green Russell out of pre-pack administration

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

London firm Gordon Dadds will acquire Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) following a pre-pack administration. 

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This 80+ page report explores how to launch, grow and succeed in London. Which firms have launched recently, which have grown rapidly since launching and which have been most successful in building a business in the UK?

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Behind the Law


How Pearson's in-house lawyers steered £1bn FT sale

6-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

The in-house legal team of publishing giant Pearson have had a busy summer. 

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The Lawyer Eats


Oldroyd, N1


Think about your dream neighbourhood restaurant. It would have a chef-owner who actually cooks in the kitchen. It would be around the corner, so that you could stagger home, if and when necessary.

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