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When management fails: a Scottish tale

5-Oct-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Collapses among big Scottish law firms had more to do with management failings and the partnership system than big bank-mania and ‘Scottishness’. 

Howard Ricklow, partner, Collyer Bristow

Star legal writers: Company/commercial


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.

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My career story: “I moved from an accountancy role in London to be CEO of a Lincolnshire law firm”


Wilkin Chapman chief executive Des Mannion gives his perpective of moving from accountancy to law.


Survivors: Austria special report

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Hit hard by the 2008 crisis, Austria’s businesses and law firms have found a variety of ways to adapt to the changed environment.

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We can work it out: litigation special report

5-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Fear of social media-borne reputational damage, cost considerations and judicial pressure are all boosting the uptake of alternative dispute resolution.

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China Elite 2015: the executive summary

28-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

For the first time, Chinese firms can be ranked by revenue, and one thing is clear, most of the elite Chinese firms have enjoyed stellar growth in the past year. How?

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Clients’ most-wanted legal services providers

21-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne

In-house counsel have revealed the firms they most like to work with. Top of their list? Firms that have listened to their needs and come back with refined or remodelled service delivery models. Here’s their wishlist.

James Jack Travellers

Darkness and light: professional indemnity insurance and cyber crime

21-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The threat of cyber crime and big law firms’ increasingly global ambitions will shape PII in the next five years.

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Firebrands are a firm’s best friend

5-Oct-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

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.

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China’s law firms are looking for you

28-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

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. 


Quit the classroom and get onto the internet


Formal education has its place, but law needs to move with the times and appreciate the benefits that organic learning through technology can bring.

Dr Steven Vaughan

Diversity and the profession: a reply to Lord Sumption


Last night, Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court, was trending on Twitter. This, I think, was a first. The furore was linked to an interview given by Lord Sumption to the Evening Standard.

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The Financial List could work for London – if it gets the balance right

21-Sep-2015 | By Chris Warren-Smith

The Financial List should present an opportunity for London to build on its reputation as a pre-eminent global centre for the resolution of large financial disputes.

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How to build a business model around listening

21-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Lawyers are prone to a sort of exceptionalism that they alone are responsible for the client, but when you look at that service in the round, you have to consider business development, team allocation and, of course, technology.

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Ince & Co in play as it approaches Watson Farley for tie-up

6-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Insurance firm Ince & Co is discreetly sounding out firms for a possible tie-up, The Lawyer understands.

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Littler opens in Europe with German employment boutique bolt-on

5-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.

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Gordon Dadds buys Jeffrey Green Russell out of pre-pack administration

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

London firm Gordon Dadds will acquire Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) following a pre-pack administration. 

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Behind the Law


How Pearson's in-house lawyers steered £1bn FT sale

6-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

The in-house legal team of publishing giant Pearson have had a busy summer. 

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Survivors: Austria special report

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Hit hard by the 2008 crisis, Austria’s businesses and law firms have found a variety of ways to adapt to the changed environment.

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The Lawyer Eats


Oldroyd, N1


Think about your dream neighbourhood restaurant. It would have a chef-owner who actually cooks in the kitchen. It would be around the corner, so that you could stagger home, if and when necessary.

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