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The five associates taking law firm gender balance into their own hands

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Tired of firms’ talk of commitment to the partnership gender balance while seeing scant evidence of change, five female lawyers have launched Women in Law London (WILL) to empower women to take the initiative themselves

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Special report: Finland – Triumph in adversity

20-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Peer panel: IT – Oil the wheels of commerce with data

20-Oct-2014

Information is key in M&A negotiations but the amount of data available is rocketing as a result of social media. Our expert panel give their advice

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Briefing live: Romania

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country

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Marrache: A hard time on the Rock

13-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Gibraltar’s Marrache case has been staggeringly expensive and bitterly disruptive, embroiling government and financial authorities in the scandal. Will the jurisdiction emerge stronger as a result?

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Switzerland: Peaked performance?

13-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

An innovative labour market and sophisticated business sector make Switzerland inviting to investors, but developments could diminish its appeal

Money

Banking and finance: The advice squad

13-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

IPOs are booming again, sending law firms jostling for mandates, but this time there’s a new role for banks that are independently advising the issuers. Step forward Lazard and Rothschild

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Women, do it for yourselves

20-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Edwards Wildman associate Sascha Grimm and Shearman & Sterling associate Suzanne Szczetnikowicz like to recount a story about female behaviour in the workplace.

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Charles Martin: Partner performance management can make or break a firm

20-Oct-2014

From a firm’s culture to the nuts and bolts of service delivery and business performance, it all stems from how you choose to manage your partners

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Do no-fault expulsions mean the death of partnership?

13-Oct-2014

Much has been written recently about the “death of partnership”.

Money

Are there bad actors hiding in your client’s private placement?

13-Oct-2014

Citibank Global Markets Inc was recently saved, by the skin of its teeth, from being permanently barred from acting as a placement agent.

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Sir Nigel Knowles: No means Yes to UK-wide prosperity

13-Oct-2014

If we see devolved government in the UK following the Scottish referendum it is likely to benefit businesses in all areas

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Rock opera set up for dramatic finale

13-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Despite the best efforts of the legal and wider business community, the term ‘offshore’ generally still has pretty negative connotations among the general public.

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London

Akin negotiates more space at Bingham's 41 Lothbury office

21-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is understood to be negotiating to take the seventh floor at 41 Lothbury having taken over Bingham McCutchen’s lease on the fifth and sixth floors with immediate effect.

Edinburgh

Shepherd & Wedderburn buys Tods Murray in pre-pack deal

6-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Scotland’s fourteenth largest firm by turnover, Tods Murray, has been bought out of pre-packed administration by Shepherd & Wedderburn after calling in FRP Advisory partners Thomas MacLennan and Iain Fraser to handle its administration.

Manchester

Former Pannone partner brings discrimination claim against firm

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Several Slater & Gordon partners, including legacy Pannone managing partner Emma Holt, have been named as respondents in a two-week unfair dismissal hearing that is due to begin on 20 October at Manchester Employment Tribunal.

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Inheriting the “crown jewels”: Clifford Chance’s private equity chiefs focus on succession

23-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance’s private equity co-heads are determined that their sector remains the “crown jewels” of the corporate team despite high-profile partner exits.

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Express Solicitors hits £8.7m turnover for the first time

25-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Manchester-based Express Solicitors reported a 21 per cent increase in fee income over the last 12 months, with end of year figures increasing from £7.2m in 2012/13 to a record £8.7m in 2013/14.

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Young guns go for it at Kirkland

20-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Next generation set to take lead at Kirkland & Ellis as White exits for Fried Frank 

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​The Colony Grill Room, W1

17-Oct-2014

He’s keeping a close eye on it, is Mr King. So far I’ve been during the soft opening, for two breakfasts (not together) and a rather leisurely lunch and he’s been there twice, doing that thing he does, welcoming you at the door in that charming yet slightly intimidating way, as he towers over you, making sure that everything is just so.

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