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.
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.
Collapses among big Scottish law firms had more to do with management failings and the partnership system than big bank-mania and ‘Scottishness’.
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.
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.
Wilkin Chapman chief executive Des Mannion gives his perpective of moving from accountancy to law.
Hit hard by the 2008 crisis, Austria’s businesses and law firms have found a variety of ways to adapt to the changed environment.
Today sees the launch of a brand new investigation, focusing on the 100 firms in a £1.308bn market.
The CRA 2015 giveth and the 2015 CAT rules taketh away with a transitional regime that hampers collective redress and benefits cartels.
Uber’s battle with TfL shows how mobile tech is challenging the current regulations for taxi travel in London.
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.
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.
Formal education has its place, but law needs to move with the times and appreciate the benefits that organic learning through technology can bring.
Insurance firm Ince & Co is discreetly sounding out firms for a possible tie-up, The Lawyer understands.
US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.
London firm Gordon Dadds will acquire Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) following a pre-pack administration.
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?Read more
Behind the Law
The in-house legal team of publishing giant Pearson have had a busy summer.