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Building the perfect firm

1-Sep-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

We gave managing partners an imaginary wrecking ball, permission to set aside the past and a wishlist of constituent parts and asked them to build from the ground up a law firm fit for 21st century demands. Here’s the result…

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Special report: Law firm networks – Catching the white whales

1-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Networks are becoming more enterprising and bold in their pursuit of key in-house counsel – the ‘white whales’. Should indies take the plunge with them?

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Special Report: Environment – Air pressure

1-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A fight to take the UK to task for breaching air pollution limits has reached Europe’s highest court, but such action could be harder to achieve in future

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Private equity: keep out

1-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Can City firms close the door on line of PE staff heading out for US practices?

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Trainees: to have and to hold

1-Sep-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Three of the five top UK firms ramp up their trainee retention rates

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The bar 2020: Divide and rule

4-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Jackson, legal aid cuts and pressure on fees have put the bar on course for a fractured future where commercial stars race ahead and others hit a dead end

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Special report: Canada – The long trail

4-Aug-2014 | By Lucy Burton

A&O is the first magic circle firm to tiptoe into Canada but despite the strong economy, there is good reason why local players are not expecting a stampede 

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Switching sides - from the bar to a law firm

21-Aug-2014

Making the move from the bar to a law firm can be a culture shock.

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​The measure of marketing – then and now

20-Aug-2014

Targeted use of digital media is essential for effective law firm marketing.

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Is the Bernie Ecclestone ruling a formula for injustice?

19-Aug-2014

The reaction to Bernie Ecclestone’s German settlement ignored the mechanics of the law.

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Is the profession ready for role reversals?

18-Aug-2014

Male lawyers should consider embarking on a new parental journey.

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Marketing directors, £477,000 and the great salary debate

14-Aug-2014

High marketing salaries don’t mean the world has gone mad.

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Bonuses for business services professionals are not as easy as they seem

14-Aug-2014

Bonuses for business services staff are hardly simple.

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DLA Piper bulks up in Prague with local merger

1-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper has bucked the recent trend of slimming down in Eastern Europe by expanding its Prague offering through a merger with local firm Haškovcová & Co.

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Howard Kennedy set to drop FSI in rebrand and office move

1-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Just over 18 months after the merger between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent, HowardKennedyFSI (HKFSI) is set to return to Howard Kennedy in a major rebrand next month.

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Thomas Eggar centralises document production and overhauls business support

26-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Thomas Eggar has become the latest firm to overhaul its business support function and centralise its document production staff on the back of its merger with Pritchard Englefield last year. 

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Behind the Law

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The continuing evolution of Slaughter and May

2-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

What springs to mind when you think of Slaughter and May? We’ll hazard a guess that it’s a firm steeped in tradition - whether that’s due its long-term specialism as a corporate powerhouse, its strict lockstep structure, or its black tie and braces image.

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Knights’ David Beech says firm will exceed £15m in 2014/15

3-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Private equity-backed Knights is expected to turnover in excess of £15m during 2014/15 having hit £7.5m at the half-year.

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Bakers’ service with an emerald smile

1-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Baker & McKenzie follows Belfast services trail but takes integration to a new level

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The Lawyer Eats

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Signor Sassi, Knightsbridge

29-Aug-2014

Taken to a world-famous Italian restaurant she’s never heard of, Nicky Richmond is distinctly underwhelmed.

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