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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

28-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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Mills & Reeve’s Clarke reveals Norfolk as home of the trailblazer

21-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

These days as soon as someone mentions a low-cost legal market regional support centre most people think of Belfast, Glasgow or Manchester. But Norwich?

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Macfarlanes’ Charles Martin: “We needed a wake-up call”

14-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

After two years of financial decline in 2010, Macfarlanes knew it needed to change. But senior partner Charles Martin says in retrospect the downturn was a positive catalyst, making the firm more adaptable than ever before. 

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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr: integration with DLA Piper "a bridge too far"

13-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris, Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper’s South Africa ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr pulled out of the relationship after it became apparent that partners would be forced into giving up control of the firm, chief executive Brent Williams has revealed.

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The tale of two Amarchands: breaking the family business mould

12-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

The dramatic split up of India’s largest firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has created two separate firms led by two brothers - Cyril and Shardul Shroff.

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King & Wood Mallesons: the long road to integration

10-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) merged with SJ Berwin just over two years ago - but integrating the merger has not been a completely smooth ride.

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Travers’ Patient: “The word 'understated' has been used for far too long”

7-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

By staying true to its traditional model, Travers Smith is not known for reinventing itself. But in the midst of an office refit and total rebrand, the firm is adopting a bolder approach, says new managing partner David Patient. 

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Slater & Gordon under scrutiny as SFO investigates Quindell

7-Aug-2015 | By Katy Dowell

It has been one of the largest acquisitions made by a firm to date, but this week Slater & Gordon (S&G) sought to put some distance between it and the historical accounting practices of Quindell as the latter came under investigation from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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McDermott set to lead as international firms prepare for Cuban future

5-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

As McDermott Will & Emery sets its sights on Cuba to launch a full-service venture, The Lawyer explores whether the long-forbidden island will become the next big destination for international firms.

Scotland

Brodies increases costs to boost profit

4-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Last week Brodies announced its fifth consecutive year of growth with turnover increasing 11 per cent to £57.9m and profit up 14 per cent to £27.1m, but despite these positive results the firm’s costs also soared.

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KWM’s Fuller: “No more mergers for now, our focus is on integration”

31-Jul-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

With the international legal community still abounding with scepticism around the concept of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the firm’s global managing partner Stuart Fuller finds part of his job is to deliver “proof of concept” both internally and externally.

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Pinsents and Stephenson Harwood among firms exploring Iran opportunities

29-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A number of major law firms, including Pinsent Masons and Stephenson Harwood, are exploring their options in Iran in the wake of the recent deal ending sanctions against the country.

Money

Which US firm is for you? This year's International Top 30 offers some clues

28-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

With moves between US firms rocketing in the first half of 2015, The Lawyer’s Top 30 International Firms in London report reveals the most coveted firms to join and those losing out in the war for talent in London.

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Taylor Wessing to stake all on Asia growth with Hong Kong the next stop

24-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing managing partner Tim Eyles was recently elected for a third term at the helm of the firm. His next step? International expansion.

Manchester

Should Manchester paralegals take advantage of Freshfields’ generous salary offer?

23-Jul-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made waves in Manchester by offering the city’s paralegals turbocharged salaries to switch allegiances.

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Costs called into question as Supreme Court calls on amicus curiae for Ablyazov battle

22-Jul-2015 | By Katy Dowell

4 Stone Buildings’ Jonathan Crow QC has been instructed by the Attorney General’s Office as an amicus curiae to assist the Supreme Court in the next stage of the long-running battle between JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov.

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Gowlings' Jolliffe: "It's important that we maintain good relationships with US firms"

17-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Canadian firm Gowlings has been increasing its global presence under CEO Scott Jolliffe for some time but truly becoming an international firm has proved difficult.

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Pricing matters. Here's why.

16-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

In a market where many firms are posting double digit rises in revenue, there doesn’t appear to be much of a problem when it comes to pricing. But don’t be so sure.

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Giambrone claimants win case but face fight for damages payout

13-Jul-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Claimants in the group action against Giambrone & Law scored a High Court victory this week. The outcome might be bittersweet however, after the firm’s indemnity insurers said there was no money left to claim.

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Mishcon's Gold: “If the cleaner approached me with an idea on how to improve the firm, I’d listen”

10-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

It’s been the best part of a year since Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold introduced agile working and “unlimited holidays” for all partners, but the famously outspoken head is not finished revolutionising the private client and litigation legal market just yet.

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Magic circle growth: combined global revenue hits £5.14bn in 2014/15

9-Jul-2015 | By Katy Dowell

On Wednesday (8 July) Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer became the final magic circle firm to reveal 2014/15 financials. So what have we learned about the economic health of the top tier?

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A&O enjoys fleeting moment as second-largest magic circle firm

6-Jul-2015 | By Joanne Harris

After years of chasing its rivals, Allen & Overy (A&O) has displaced Linklaters as – for the time being – as the second-largest magic circle firm. 

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Dentons' leaders on merger mania: "We want to have our arms around the globe"

3-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

This week the Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge merger officially completed, cementing Dentons’ standing as the biggest law firm in the world. CEO Elliott Portnoy and chairman Joe Andrew tell The Lawyer about future merger plans and why their strategy will cement Dentons’ future in the legal world.

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Belfast boom blazing trail for new legal market careers

2-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Over the last few weeks the attraction of Belfast as a hub for legal services has been underlined in bold.

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Incoming Freshfields' management talk lockstep, innovation and collaboration

1-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new managing and senior partner have said the next five years will be “crucial” for the firm to capitalise on new opportunities and international clients and increase efficiency and innovation.

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Peerpoint eyes overseas sites, with further Europe and Asia expansion topping the agenda

30-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) contract lawyer service Peerpoint is continuing to focus on international expansion, with sites in Asia and Europe thought to be in the pipeline.

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Cash: saviour of the universe

29-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Widespread generous pay hikes for NQs, but US firms focus on rewarding trainees.

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Baker Botts' new man in London talks expansion

26-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker Botts announced its highest global revenue ever – $653m – in 2014. Here’s how new London head Mark Rowley plans to ensure the office contributes to another record year in 2015.

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Herbert Smith Freehills' worldwide efficiency drive

22-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has joined the small but growing number of firms appointing legal project managers to take control of client work and fee allocation.

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Watson Farley & Williams' Lowe and Wegener: "The firm deserved more management"

19-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

When Michael Greville stepped down as managing partner of Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), his position was filled by not one, but two, former office heads.

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Why Mishcon's Kevin Gold has vetoed bank mandates

15-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold has vetoed the firm joining any more bank panels in a bid to ensure banking litigation growth.

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Lock-ins guarantee Gateley loyalty

15-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Gateley bigshots see personal wealth soar on flotation, but face penalties for early exit .

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Bird & Bird's Kerr on growth, change and how the firm has "learned its lesson" in Germany

12-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bird & Bird is yet to release its 2014/15 financial results - but CEO David Kerr says the figures will show a “widespread increase” in revenue across all of the firm’s offices, mirroring the firm’s 2013/14 performance.

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IPO impetus set to continue as more companies look to float

12-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Initial public offerings (IPO) have been quite the thing of late, whether it’s Gateley’s decision to list on the stock market, or Center Parcs’ rejection of an IPO in favour of a sale.

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UKFI yet to appoint external legal advisors as Government sells RBS stake

12-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May are in pole position to pick up instructions as HM Treasury prepares to sell off its 80 per cent stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: "We're already the global elite"

5-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Last year, almost half (45 per cent) of Linklaters’ £1.25bn revenue was generated out of its Silk Street offices in London. It’s a relatively high percentage for a managing partner who can perhaps best sum up his almost eight years at the helm in one word: globalisation.

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Why Center Parcs' GC needs a holiday

4-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

It’s been a busy few months for Center Parcs’ management team, with the acquisition of a site for its sixth holiday park, a debt refinancing and a dual-track sale and IPO process all taking place this year.

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Osborne Clarke's Berg: "It's all about continuity"

29-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

At the beginning of this year, Osborne Clarke welcomed in a new UK managing partner after Simon Beswick stepped down after a 12-year run. Now entering his sixth month in the role, Ray Berg explains how he intends to continue Beswick’s legacy. 

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Olswang: trouble at the top as management shakeup continues

29-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang may have ended its search for a new CEO with the appointment of IP head Paul Stevens, but changes in senior management continue at the firm with the imminent departure of general counsel Simon Callander.

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The Lawyer GC Strategy Summit: GCs need to realise their power

26-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Term ‘lawyer’ no longer describes the GC role in business, says top CEO

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Greenberg Traurig CEO: "Our days of London growth aren't over"

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Some six years after launching in London, Greenberg Traurig’s CEO Richard Rosenbaum is convinced that the City is the key to making the firm the world’s top legal real estate brand.

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Linklaters breaks Slaughters' stranglehold on Unilever relationship with principal adviser role

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters’ ambition to be part of the “global elite” has taken a significant step in the right direction as the firm succeeded in winning the role of principal adviser to Unilever from Slaughter and May.

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Freshfields chief Aitman: 'Manchester is a priority'

15-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

It’s all change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this year as the firm gears up to open its second UK office in Manchester and managing partner David Aitman prepares to step down at the end of his brief term at the helm.

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Gateley seeks to entice investors and growth capital with first UK legal IPO

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Some three years after the implementation of the Legal Services Act, Gateley has announced its intention to be the first UK law firm to launch an initial public offering (IPO).

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Five reasons why the relationship between Gove and lawyers is going to be messy

11-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Michael Gove is the new Secretary of State for Justice. Early indications suggest his relationship with the legal profession will be a fractious one. Here are five reasons why…

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A&L Goodbody's Julian Yarr: betting on the future video

8-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A&L Goodbody was the first Irish firm to win The Lawyer’s European Law Firm of the Year award. Managing partner Julian Yarr reveals how the firm’s attitude to innovation has led it to success.

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Central London firm WLTM larger suitor for long-term relationship

7-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The unnamed London law firm advertising for a merger in this week’s issue of The Lawyer (4 May) has taken an unconventional approach in its quest for a tie-up, but is it a canny and progressive plan or an act of folly?

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PEP standoff: Why Dentons is back on the war path over profit disclosure policy

1-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dentons has reignited the debate on profit disclosures with new claims that its net profit and profit per equity partner figures for 2014 have been reported erroneously.

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Pinsents' John Cleland: "there's a new person in charge"

1-May-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Following a contested election that pitted ultimate victor John Cleland against property head Adrian Barlow and client operations head Richard Masters, Pinsent Masons’ new managing partner stepped into the role today.

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Why the BSB’s Professional Statement matters for aspiring barristers

28-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) recently said that its professional statement could be the key to unlocking the bar for many people who are currently unable to access the profession.

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Latham's Sadanandan: London is a bright spot for us

24-Apr-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Latham & Watkins has a new London managing partner in Jay Sadanandan, but like the song, the strategic direction remains the same.

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Bakers’ Milton Cheng on why FenXun JV is just the beginning

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie China, Vietnam and Korea office managing partner Milton Cheng believes the change in law has sparked interest in PRC law from other international firms.

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Egorov Puginsky's Dimitry Afanasiev: making our countries better and stronger video

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This year’s European Managing Partner of the Year, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, opens up about the challenges affecting Russia and Ukraine.

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Freshfields senior partner race: Braham, Fabritius, Stroud emerge as frontrunners

14-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Nominations for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s next senior partner are expected to close this month with sources close to the firm already touting three clear frontrunners to take over from incumbent Will Lawes when he steps down in October.

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Dentons-McKenna Long tie-up: why it took 18 months to seal the deal

10-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dentons is basking in the victory of finally sealing the deal with McKenna Long & Aldridge yesterday following failed merger negotiations with the firm two years ago. But was it worth the wait?

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Baker & McKenzie Asia head Hambrett: be global, travel more

10-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Baker & McKenzie’s Asia Pacific practice is very clear on what it was that gave him the skills necessary to fulfil his current role: a spell in-house at telecoms company Optus (now Singtel Optus).

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Eder J's early retirement highlights a judiciary plagued by low morale

2-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Following the news that Mr Justice Eder is retiring early from the bench, The Lawyer asks whether low pay and low morale in the judiciary could result in others following suit.

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Gibson Dunn and its Djibouti nightmare

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Recent unwanted attention on Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in light of the Djibouti falsified evidence case will do nothing for the firm’s hard-won reputation in the world of anti-corruption and combating fraud.

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Webber Wentzel's Sally Hutton: We want to be the dominant South African law firm

27-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Lawyer’s Africa Elite report is published on Monday (30 March). Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future.

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Quinn Emanuel's Sue Prevezer QC: driven, dedicated, focused

20-Mar-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan bounced back in London last year guided by co-managing partners Sue Prevezer QC and Richard East. 

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A&O’s Dejonghe on Latin America departures: "It’s not like the world is falling apart"

19-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Last week, US firm Paul Hastings snatched up Allen & Overy’s (A&O) top Latin America partners to open an office in São Paulo, its first on the ground presence in Latin America. Does this mean a strategy change for A&O?

Detroit

Jones Day keeps partners in the dark as it announces Detroit launch

17-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Jones Day plans to go where no international firm has gone before: America’s Motor City, Detroit. Here’s why.

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"We kissed a lot of frogs": Jones Day's City head Phillips on the firm's lateral hiring spree

16-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

For a couple of weeks in September 2014, there seemed to be no end to Jones Day’s hiring spree.

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Axiom's West on traditional firms: "There's an expectations mis-match"

13-Mar-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Axiom seems to be on a roll, with UK turnover hitting £30m. But will it be enough?

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45 years and counting: Will Fried Frank's City bet finally pay off?

6-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank launched in London in 1970. But the hire of Kirkland & Ellis UK head Graham White is a more recent statement of intent. Here’s why.

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"It takes time to convince people to leave their comfort zone": Jim Learner talks Kirkland's big name hires

27-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

When Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White quit the firm last October to join Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, there were a few names in the frame to succeed him.

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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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Global Law Summit: Susskind & Co on the future of the law

26-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Richard Susskind revealed his view of the future at the Global Law Summit this week. For many, it’s not pretty.

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Boris Johnson: Lawyers are amazing. Here’s why

26-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Boris Johnson put London and the rule of law squarely at the heart of the world’s legal market yesterday in his keynote speech at the Global Law Summit.

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Global Law Summit day 3: From human rights to shareholder activism

25-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

There were an eclectic bunch of hot topics on the agenda on the closing day of the Global Law Summit, ranging from human rights to bribery and shareholder activism. 

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Change, diversity and boardroom struggles on the agenda at the Global Law Summit

24-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Lawyers from all walks of the profession and all around the world are gathering in London this week to debate the key trends affecting the industry - including the role of government in preserving access to justice and how the rule of law affects the world of business.

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Paul Hastings’ London chair: “We have been careful not to be everything for everyone”

20-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings might not have yet really jumped on the recruitment carousel which its US rivals are riding in the UK, but its London chair Ronan O’Sullivan thinks the firm is well-placed in the market.

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Proskauer targets London. Again.

19-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

US firm Proskauer has started 2015 with a statement of intent, hiring former SJ Berwin corporate chief Steve Davis to head its team in the City.

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Clifford Chance's Guy Norman: “If we don’t become more efficient, we will be in difficulties.”

18-Feb-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

There is a tangible air of determination around Clifford Chance these days; a sense that change is not just preferable, but vital.

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The view from 2B: SRA dodges its moral responsibilities as trainees take second and third jobs to make ends meet

16-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Since the abolition of the minimum trainee solicitor wage from August 2014 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), trainees at firms outside the City limits, who had already resorted to taking second and third jobs to make ends meet, have been further squeezed.

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Herbies trainee network good, but not enough

16-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Herbies’ well-meaning attempt to retain female high-flyers is unlikely to work.

Scotland

Shepherd & Wedderburn's Stephen Gibb on post-Tods Murray optimism

13-Feb-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

It’s been a difficult few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn, what with turnover stagnating and the ‘Scottish big four’ group it formed a nominal part of disintegrating when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors were taken out by merger.

Singapore

Withers looks to strike it rich with $748.8bn Singapore's new elite

10-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

It’s early days, but one clear trend to emerge so far in 2015 is that Singapore is the place to be.

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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BLP’s new managing partner a much-needed role model for women

9-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

BLP’s Lisa Mayhew joins a select few women running law firms.

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Locke Lord’s Clements: "We got the team we wanted"

6-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The merger between Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman Palmer is less than a month old, but chair Jerry Clements’ term at the top has already stood the test of time. 

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Looking to Europe: A closer look at Fieldfisher's flurry of lateral hires

4-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has cast a wide net to snare lateral hires in Europe, but what is its strategy on the continent?

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Simmons' managing partner Jeremy Hoyland on Bristol, Luxembourg and defying gravity

30-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

With a new three-year strategy in the offing and several recently launched projects still bedding in, 2015 has the potential to set a new benchmark at Simmons & Simmons.

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India's largest firm Amarchand splits as brothers battle over equity stake

27-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

When Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co splits in two on 1 April this year it will bring an end to the history of one of India’s oldest and best-known law firms.

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Dentons chair on the Dacheng merger: "Like Halley's Comet and the Holy Grail"

23-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

After the announcement of the merger between Dentons and Chinese firm Dacheng, the two firms’ management speak about the opportunities for the future - and why they believe the tie-up is ground-breaking.

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Why is Fried Frank calling time on its Asia strategy?

20-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

For years, Asia has been hailed as a land of golden opportunity for the legal profession. So, why has Fried Frank Harris & Shriver decided to close down its operations in the region? 

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International networks: why branding matters

20-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

As global consolidation shows no sign of slowing down, the need for independent firms to find a way of effectively working across borders has only grown.

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Clyde & Co's James Burns: "I’ve always thought of management as a team sport"

16-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

It has been just over a year since James Burns took over as senior partner at Clyde & Co, succeeding Michael Payton who stood down to become chairman after 28 years at the helm.

London

Cooley CEO Joe Conroy on London: "We put our money where our mouth is"

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley CEO Joe Conroy talks to The Lawyer about the firm’s raid on Edwards Wildman and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and the plans for its London office.

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Morgan Lewis chair Jami McKeon: what really happened with Bingham

9-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

After months of talks, Morgan Lewis hired 226 partners from Bingham McCutchen late last year. Now chair Jami McKeon opens up about the negotiations and her plans for the future.

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The leadership interview: the magic circle

19-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK.

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Life in life sciences: Is the boom in legal services set to last?

15-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The life sciences sector is generating millions of pounds of revenue for lawyers despite the worldwide decline in healthcare budgets and stringent regulation worldwide. With regulators closing in and costs climbing higher – is the bubble set to burst? 

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The leadership interview 2014: the dealmakers

12-Dec-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For a year now, The Lawyer has run a weekly interview with a law firm leader as part of our coverage of strategic issues facing the legal profession. Over the next two weeks we’ll be running the highlights from our interviews with the men and women who are shaping private practice.

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Addleshaw Goddard sets out its 'fresh perspective'

11-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard has set out its aspirations to re-establish a top 20 position in the UK200 and to be known as a premium player in its chosen markets as part of a new strategy rolled out firmwide today (11 December).

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France dominates European moves for 2014 while US firms look to rivals for hires

10-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Almost a third of appointments made by law firms in Continental Europe in the last year have been in France, analysis of this year’s lateral hires have shown, with US firms preferring to recruit from their international rivals over independent firms.

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The relationships behind Freshfields' IPO success in 2014

9-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

As we hurtle towards the end of 2014, it looks as if it could be a record year for the amount of cash raised by companies joining the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Stories of the year: what happened next?

8-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Nothing stands still in the legal sector. But a look back at some of our top stories, month by month, shows the trends of the year.

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"It's all systems go": Ropes' Goetz on the firm's battle for market share in London

5-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

It has been five years since former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer duo Mike Goetz and Maurice Allen launched Ropes & Gray’s London office - tasked with building an offering from scratch (22 October 2009).

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Law fairs 2014: what the millennial generation is thinking

3-Dec-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Students are more prepared than ever, with first-years barely shaking off Freshers flu before throwing themselves into law firm events.

The leadership interview

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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

28-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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Mills & Reeve’s Clarke reveals Norfolk as home of the trailblazer

21-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

These days as soon as someone mentions a low-cost legal market regional support centre most people think of Belfast, Glasgow or Manchester. But Norwich?

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Macfarlanes’ Charles Martin: “We needed a wake-up call”

14-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

After two years of financial decline in 2010, Macfarlanes knew it needed to change. But senior partner Charles Martin says in retrospect the downturn was a positive catalyst, making the firm more adaptable than ever before. 

David Patient

Travers’ Patient: “The word 'understated' has been used for far too long”

7-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

By staying true to its traditional model, Travers Smith is not known for reinventing itself. But in the midst of an office refit and total rebrand, the firm is adopting a bolder approach, says new managing partner David Patient. 

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KWM’s Fuller: “No more mergers for now, our focus is on integration”

31-Jul-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

With the international legal community still abounding with scepticism around the concept of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the firm’s global managing partner Stuart Fuller finds part of his job is to deliver “proof of concept” both internally and externally.

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Taylor Wessing to stake all on Asia growth with Hong Kong the next stop

24-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing managing partner Tim Eyles was recently elected for a third term at the helm of the firm. His next step? International expansion.

Scott Jolliffe

Gowlings' Jolliffe: "It's important that we maintain good relationships with US firms"

17-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Canadian firm Gowlings has been increasing its global presence under CEO Scott Jolliffe for some time but truly becoming an international firm has proved difficult.

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Mishcon's Gold: “If the cleaner approached me with an idea on how to improve the firm, I’d listen”

10-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

It’s been the best part of a year since Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold introduced agile working and “unlimited holidays” for all partners, but the famously outspoken head is not finished revolutionising the private client and litigation legal market just yet.

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The Bar Top 30: small sets, big ambition

3-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Life is rosy at the commercial bar, if last year’s financial results provided by some leading sets are anything to go by. Overall, the top 30 chambers witnessed growth across the board, though expansion at the top end of the leader board was notably slower than in previous years.

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It’s all go in Silicon Wadi: Israel's lawyers get busy

3-Aug-2015

A hi-tech sector on a roll, growing Chinese investor interest, rows over competition law and booming M&A – things are buzzing for Israel’s lawyers.

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After the storm: professional indemnity

3-Aug-2015

Our panel of experts discuss demand for cross-border protection plans, the rise in case complexity and implications of the new SRA discussion paper.

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