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Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all

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Italy: Diversity strategy

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue


Ireland: Lawyers wanted

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

For more from Ireland go to thelawyer.com/Ireland


Litigation funding peer panel: Beyond acceptance

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Third-party funding is gaining credibility and more firms are willing to get in on the provider act, developing the market further


Document management peer panel: The madding cloud


Document management technology is changing quickly, adding complexity to the efficiency versus security debate


Professional indemnity: Misunderstanding PII

15-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

For more insurance news and analysis go to thelawyer/insurance

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Scottish independence: Nervous System

8-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Scotland is in the grip of referendum fever. From the “proud to be Scottish, delighted to be united” sloganeering of the ‘Naws’, to the schismatic buttonholing of the ‘Ayes’, there’s no escaping the fact that something big is about to happen in Scottish politics.

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Louisa Knox

Shepherd and Wedderburn: post devo max, we need some joined-up thinking on tax


The Scottish electorate has voted ‘no’ to independence. However, the ‘no’ vote certainly doesn’t mean no constitutional change for Scotland, not least because of the UK government’s (and the Labour Party’s) pledge to further devolve power to Scotland. Additionally, key provisions of the Scotland Act 2012 will come into force over the next two years giving the Scottish government additional powers and a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is proposed for 2017.Changes ...

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Brodies: achieving rapid consensus on wider UK constitutional reform is 'optimistic'


At 6.10am this morning, when the Kingdom of Fife declared its result in the Scottish independence referendum and made a Yes win mathematically impossible, the debate on British constitutional reform was silenced

Catriona Munro

Maclay Murray & Spens: Will London's economic and cultural power be rebalanced across the UK?


Scotland has decided. Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom and the strengthening of devolution for Scotland within the union is the way forward.

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Tods Murray: The legacy of the referendum will cast a long shadow


Lawyers south of Hadrian’s Wall may well be forgiven for waking up this morning and wondering what all of the fuss was about as Scotland rejected Alex Salmond’s vision for independence, voting yesterday to stick with the union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Basel III: A double whammy for law firms?


Is the “law of unintended consequences” about to hit the legal market with another challenge when the Basel III banking reforms start to take effect in January 2015?

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Avoiding panel game pigeonholes


This week we publish our review of the reviews, which tallies the firms that have won places on the panels of 2014. There’s a pattern emerging.

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Scotland’s Blackadders expands into Perth

19-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Edinburgh-headquartered Blackadders has to take over Perth-based Condies, growing its practice to approximately 220 lawyers and six offices in the country from next week. 

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Duane Morris launches in Sri Lanka through Gowers tie-up

11-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

US firm Duane Morris has become the first US law firm to enter Sri Lanka by forming an alliance with Sri Lanka-based Gowers International Legal Consultants.

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Slaughters best friend Uría takes stake in Latin America's merging Prietocarrizosa and Phillipi

11-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Chilean firm Philippi and Colombian firm Prietocarrizosa are set to merge, with Spanish firm Uría Menéndez stepping up for a 30 per cent involvement in the newly created firm, Philippi Prietocarrizosa & Uría.

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The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends... Read more


This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.


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Behind the Law


The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

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Panel reviews

Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all

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ULaw strikes back after CC snub

8-Sep-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Clifford Chance becomes the latest firm to drop ULaw for BPP as its LPC provider

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The Lawyer Eats

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Pearl Liang W2


“It is no surprise that Pearl Liang is one of the busiest restaurants in the area”, boasts their website, which tells us that “Pearl Liang Chinese Oriental Restaurant is a stylish, cosmopolitan, London restaurant located in the heart of Paddington”.

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