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Rental arithmetic: how the UK's top firms are managing their property

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.

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Data security: How to respond to clients’ ‘more assertive’ demands

2-Mar-2015

Clients are getting more demanding about how their legal advisers manage data, meaning that law firms are having to give serious consideration to data security.

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Competition: what lawyers really think about changes to the UK's regulatory regime

2-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

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?

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The Offshore Top 30 2015: The rankings

23-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The big five remain and Jersey still dominates, but the arrival of Viberts makes waves in BVI.

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The Offshore Top 30: A healthy wave of optimism

23-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore firms are thriving despite sustained media and political attacks on their domiciles’ reputation. Meanwhile, Asia’s significance is rising.

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Special report: North Africa – Into Africa

23-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

An explosion in investor interest has international firms lining up for a share of the African market, but legal systems are straining to keep pace with change.

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Punt Peerpoints the way

16-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

As the UK contract lawyers market goes into overdrive, the CEO of A&O’s flexible resourcing arm is staying ahead of the curve – watch out world.

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Special report: Silk appointments 2015 – Why be a QC?

16-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

As 93 newly-appointed QCs celebrate this week, we talk to seven of the successful applicants to find out what has driven them to go for silk.

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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.

Matt Byrne

The big squeeze on office costs

2-Mar-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Are you reading this while snugly ensconced in your warehouse-sized corner office? Does that make you a dinosaur? Yep, probably.

Tina Williams

How to navigate your merger

23-Feb-2015

Mergers in the legal world are not rare and they may yet become commonplace.

Matt Byrne

Addressing law’s need for change

23-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

This week’s feature on Royal Mail offers a master class in cultural change.

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Marginalised as a woman in the UAE? Emphatically, 'no'

17-Feb-2015

Western misconceptions about opportunities for female professionals in the UAE persist.  

Matt Byrne

The Global Law Summit: Celebrate what’s great about UK law

16-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Next week one of the biggest legal market events of the year will roll into London. It should be good – it’s been 800 years in the making.

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DLA Piper plants flag in Canada through merger with Davis

2-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

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

2-Mar-2015 | 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.

London

Quindell extends exclusivity period for Slater & Gordon takeover bid

23-Feb-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Aim-listed ABS Quindell has extended the exclusivity period relating to Slater & Gordon’s potential acquisition of its professional services division to 31 March 2015.

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Behind the Law

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The view from 2B: Why BLP's retention manoeuvres matter

26-Feb-2015 | By Richard Simmons

So Berwin Leighton Paisner has been caught massaging its retention stats. Is it really such a big deal?

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Cuatrecasas sees revenue rise 3 per cent to break through €250m

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has reported a 3 per cent rise in turnover for the 2014 financial year, with revenues increasing from €248m to €255.4m (£185.5m).

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Value a system that inspires the world

2-Mar-2015 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Legal order that “guarantees good” must be properly funded, says Boris Johnson.

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The Lawyer Eats

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26-Feb-2015

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

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