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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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Financial institutions’ appetite for contract lawyers sparks Simmons’ Adaptive

22-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

What has made Simmons & Simmons follow in the footsteps of Eversheds, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Pinsent Masons to launch a consultant lawyer offering? 

Kennedys

Kennedys overhauls career development strategy and introduces new senior associate role

21-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

When Kennedys’ human resources director Caroline Wilson joined the firm almost four years ago, its qualified lawyers were distinguishable only as solicitors or partners.

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Parabis's Tim Roberts: "We're still lawyers really"

17-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Until recently Tim Roberts resided very much in the shadows at Parabis, quietly masterminding the systems and processes that have created the volume powerhouse that the firm is today.

Supreme Court

Lord Neuberger picks five top cases ahead of Supreme Court anniversary

15-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A raft of chambers and firms, including the likes of Blackstone and Matrix Chambers and Farrer & Co and Nabarro, have emerged as advisers on Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger’s picks of the most significant cases to have been heard in the court.

Freshfields

Freshfields' fresh leaders: "We've got a strong US platform but need to be stronger"

14-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new heads of corporate, litigation and employment are looking stateside in a bid to hang on to the lead created by former litigation head Christopher Pugh and corporate head Ed Braham.

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Footing the bill: Baker & McKenzie's £3m 65th anniversary splash-out

13-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

On Saturday night under the bright lights of Wembley stadium’s five-a-side pitch, 800 Baker & McKenzie partners kicked up a muddy battle in the annual Bakers World Cup.

London

Baker & McKenzie's Leite: trust me, I'm a lawyer

10-Oct-2014 | By Matt Byrne

It’s been a busy week for Baker & McKenzie. Around 800 of its partners began descending on London last weekend for the world’s largest law firm’s annual global partners’ conference, colonising three major hotels in the process.

Edinburgh

Tods Murray: Death by real estate

9-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

After seven years of plummeting turnover, Tods Murray finally accepted the inevitable and called in the administrators last Friday night.

Africa

A&O exploits opportunity to break into South Africa

8-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Allen & Overy has become the latest firm to move into South Africa, hiring a finance team from Bowman Gilfillan - but just how significant is the move?

music

Can barristers sing? A soprano's verdict

3-Oct-2014

Soprano Sarah Gabriel will be singing with the Bar Choral Society in November. She decided to check them out in advance…

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“Work three-day weeks and take unlimited holidays”: Kevin Gold's revolution at Mishcon de Reya

3-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold is facing the firm’s biggest shake-up in a decade. 

Richard Tromans

Is this the end of the ‘Magic Circle’ brand?

2-Oct-2014

A leading UK-based law firm has suggested it would prefer not to be branded as a ‘Magic Circle’ firm, at least not in the US.

Kim Koopersmith

Akin's Kim Koopersmith: 'Now’s the time to roll up our sleeves'

26-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld chair Kim Koopersmith has just secured what is likely to become one of London’s most memorable mass lateral hires. 

Alibaba

Why Alibaba's switch to a New York listing left Freshfields out in the cold

23-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Alibaba landed on the New York Stock Exchange with an almighty thump last Friday (19 September), becoming the largest initial public offering (IPO) of all time.

Freshfields

How much can Freshfields tinker with its lockstep to lure New York partners?

22-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

What is more important to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer? The sacred lockstep or a swathe of heavy-hitting veteran US partners to build up its growing presence in New York and Washington?

Roome

The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

London

Boies Schiller: We're not as big as Quinn Emanuel, but size doesn't matter

19-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Size is rarely everything, but often it can help.

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Magic circle PE fighting talk

18-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Last week Ropes & Gray chief Mike Goetz said UK firms needed to be worried about their private equity finance “vulnerability”. Now the magic circle is hitting back.

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Bird & Bird's David Kerr: Australian merger is a possibility

16-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.

Richard Foley

Pinsent Masons' Foley: What I'll do in my first 100 days

12-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

For incoming Pinsent Masons senior partner Richard Foley there is a clear distinction between the role he will assume on 1 October and the one that whoever replaces managing partner David Ryan by next year will fulfil.

London

Bingham lawyers nervy as London partners mull exit

10-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart, Natalie Stanton

With his firm understood to be talking merger with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Bingham McCutchen’s London managing partner James Roome could be set to quit, an exit that could have a major impact on Bingham’s future in the City.

Prague

DLA Piper demonstrates commitment to CEE with Prague expansion

4-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper’s Central & Eastern European managing partner Krzysztof Wiater has pledged his firm’s committment to the region in the wake of its Czech bolt-on.

Chris Saul

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.

Stock market

Aim and fire: how to make your mark on the Aim rankings

1-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Pinsent Masons, Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal. When it comes to Adviser Rankings’ listing of which law firms are advising which Aim clients, it can sometimes feel a little like groundhog day. 

draw

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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Minter Ellison's Tony Harrington: "Collaborate, innovate and inspire"

29-Aug-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Minter Ellison’s newly installed chief executive Tony Harrington is clear on how the Australian firm can succeed: it has to turn words into action. And he means three words in particular.

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Climbing the ladder: A closer look at Ropes & Gray's private equity project

27-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ropes & Gray’s hire of Travers Smith private equity star Phil Sanderson is quite a coup for the US firm.

Guy Hinchley

Mills & Reeve’s Guy Hinchley: We’re on the hunt in Leeds

22-Aug-2014 | By Richard Simmons

“It’s been a good year at the office,” says Mills & Reeve managing partner Guy Hinchley.

home door

Weil high yield star Strauss returns to Simpson Thacher as equity partner

21-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Four years ago, in July 2010, Simpson Thacher lost an up-and-coming high yield counsel to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, having passed him by for partnership.

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Clifford Chance builds up private equity team as associates leave

21-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance is understood to be losing four private equity associates to join partners at firms including Latham & Watkins and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, underlining the vulnerability of magic circle firms to headhunters acting for US firms in London.

fire hose

Local authorities clamber aboard the ABS bandwagon

15-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

It has taken just over two years, but for those standing patiently at the ABS bus stop for a local authority to gain a licence the wait is finally over. And predictably, two have come along at once.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's Layton and Norman: We needed leaner leadership

15-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance’s new managing partner and corporate head are turning around the firm’s conservative reputation by taking an axe to the leadership team and getting tough on partners’ remits.

Trowers

Trowers & Hamlins’ Jennie Gubbins: Learning lessons

8-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Senior partner Jennie Gubbins is concerned the market is still not getting Trowers & Hamlins. 

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Addleshaw Goddard’s John Joyce: “I’m happy with conflict”

1-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The down-to-earth approach of Addleshaw Goddard’s new managing partner John Joyce may be just what his firm needs.

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Shearman's Yukos case and the $1,065 per hour lawyers

28-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Shearman & Sterling has triumphed in a decade-long arbitration battle for Yukos shareholders against the Russian state - but at what cost?

Simon Beswick

Osborne Clarke's Simon Beswick: Cue the next phase

25-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke’s Simon Beswick, now in his final stint as managing partner, is hunting further international growth. Asia beckons.

money

2013/14 financials: the results are in

21-Jul-2014

Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14.

jigsaw

Charles Russell Speechlys management: the joys of a clean sheet

17-Jul-2014

What images fill your mind when you hear the names Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell?

City Gherkin

The power behind Jones Day’s mid-market M&A knock-out

16-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

It’s no wonder that Jones Day’s London office has been on a corporate associate shopping spree over the past year, hand-picking eight new associates to handle its increased workload.

leeds

Leeds resurgence equals rich pickings for some

14-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Leeds market has transformed over recent years, with new entrants and expansionist stalwarts generating demand at all levels.

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Panel punch-up: DWF and the panel-place High Court case

11-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

What do you do when you fail to win a panel place for reasons you think are “inexplicable”? Sue?

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Weightmans' John Schorah: Everyone in the firm has to focus on efficiency

11-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans is moving from being a Liverpool insurance firm to a true national commercial player. It just doesn’t like to make a fuss.

London

2013/14 financials: a decade in figures at the magic circle

8-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Clifford Chance might dominate the magic circle at the latest year-end but how has the firm performed over the last 10 years? Look inside the magic circle decade for a clearer perspective.

Wim Dejonghe

A&O's Wim Dejonghe: Higher plateau means partner hires

4-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

A&O has posted record results, but does it matter that the uptick can’t match that at rival Clifford Chance?

money

2013/14 financials: the year so far

3-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

The 2013/14 financial reporting season is now well underway. Who is outperforming the market and who is lagging behind?

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Cake or biscuit? The Scottish court decides

2-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

HM Revenue & Customs is forced to defend its policy of charging VAT on biscuits and not cakes in what is a tough taste challenge for the Scottish courts

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Bridge building to Bristol

1-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Simmons & Simmons is not a firm you instantly associate with regional offices but in the last year headcount at its Bristol base has been rising fast.

scotland

Thorntons: Life in Scotland is sweet

27-Jun-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Dundee-headquartered Thorntons is on a mission to become the premier firm in the east of Scotland and has just sealed a double merger in Fife to help it on its way.

Jonathan Watmough

Jonathan Watmough and the RPC learning curve

26-Jun-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Last night RPC scooped the top gong at The Lawyer Awards, Law Firm of the Year. Here we revisit an interview with managing partner Jonathan Watmough in which he reflects on how the firm has shaken up its client list to generate growth

Sarah Nelson Smith

Meet the new boss: changing role of the country’s top GCs

25-Jun-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

We’re coming out of the back room and helping to shape strategy, say our shortlisted lawyers for this year’s In-house Lawyer of the Year award.

TL Awards

Excellence breeds diversity in 20 years of The Lawyer Awards

25-Jun-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A full two decades ago, The Lawyer launched its first-ever awards. They were billed as being devoted to finding excellence in the legal profession, and 20 years on, the same applies.

Kenya

Liberalisation kicks off in Kenya

24-Jun-2014 | By Joanne Harris

 Kenya could be the next big target for international firms wanting to grow in Africa.

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Corporate crunch time: who will triumph at The Lawyer Awards 2014?

23-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

As the equity capital markets rocketed back into favour and global M&A saw at least a partial return to form, there have been some rich pickings for The Lawyer’s Corporate Team of the Year award shortlisted firms in 2014. 

China

Is Linklaters ready for a China alliance?

23-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Is Linklaters on the hunt for an alliance in China? Sources suggest the magic circle firm has been touting the market for a deal, but it's by no means done. Reporter Kate Beioley discusses the opportunities that lie ahead

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Can the collaboration trend work in favour of the mid-size firm?

20-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths speaks to leading figures from Clyde & Co, DWF, Macfarlanes, Mishcon, Pinsent Masons and Slater & Gordon about the growing appetite from in-house lawyers for collaborative working

Canada

Why Allen & Overy (sort of) changed its mind on Canada

17-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Allen & Overy (A&O) put a Canada launch on the back burner in 2011, choosing instead to focus on Australia. A&O’s future Toronto head reveals what was behind the change of heart.

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Accutrainee: Revolution postponed

16-Jun-2014

At the time of its launch Accutrainee was described as a revolutionary change to the training model. Has it proved to be so? Not really.

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Dentons, The American Lawyer row, and why PEP is not "meaningless" download

13-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Profitability is still a valid metric when examining law firm performance.

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Peter Crossley: let's be clear, Squire Sanders needed a merger too

13-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Squire Sanders’ merger with Washington DC’s Patton Boggs was viewed by many as a rescue for the latter. European managing partner Peter Crossley reveals why the tie-up was necessary for his firm too.

money

In-house banking litigation teams reorganise to take back control

12-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Banks seem to have woken up to the idea that litigators are better together and have been reorganising their legal teams accordingly.

Battle

Let battle commence: Schulte Roth's shareholder activist launch in Europe

12-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Greedy corporate raiders, shareholder wrangling and bullyboy tactics - investor activism has long been seen as one of the more brutal parts of the corporate law landscape.

money

How to grow PEP by 46 per cent: a lesson from Osborne Clarke

9-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The firm’s revenue is up 26 per cent and profit per equity partner up 46 per cent, but just what is the secret behind the massive growth at Osborne Clarke?

Bob Marley

Who owns Bob Marley's music?

6-Jun-2014 | By Katy Dowell

The High Court was asked to decide last month who owns the copyright to No Woman, No Cry in a major battle for a piece of music that marks its 40th anniversary this year

Peas in a pod

Two peas in a pod? A closer look at Travers and Macfarlanes

6-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Is there any difference between Travers and Macfarlanes?

Graham Stedman

Nabarro plays catch-up on technology as senior partner Stedman reveals priorities for IT investment

6-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nabarro senior partner and self-confessed “IT geek” Graham Stedman is heralding a major set of investments in technology ahead of the firm’s move to 125 London Wall this year.

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Law Rocks! 2014 off to a flyer

30-May-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

The rock ‘n’ roll ante is cranked up to 11 as the UK legal market’s battle of the bands makes some ear drums bleed. Possibly.

shark

"A law firm is like a shark": WFW's new co-managing partners on the firm's growth strategy

30-May-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

WFW appears to be going swimmingly under its post-Greville dual management team.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells CEO Steve Immelt: I'll boss my partners around five times a year

23-May-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Hogan Lovells is being run by a sole CEO for the first time since its 2010 merger. As former co-head of US litigation Steve Immelt steps into the job, he reveals the secret formula to doing it well. 

money

Big bucks to the fore as Lucas shuns Weil for Kirkland

22-May-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Is any lawyer worth busting your firm’s compensation structure for? Perhaps one with a reputation for being at the absolute pinnacle of their niche in the market?

Law firm management team of the year

Lawyer Management Awards 2014: how to showcase innovation

16-May-2014

The Lawyer Management Awards entry deadline is looming - here’s why innovation in the legal market matters.

Stéphane Puel

Gide managing partner: we're moving on together

16-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s managing partner Stéphane Puel is leading the firm into a new era and trying to put recent challenges behind him.

europe

Latham & Watkins: one firm across the continent?

15-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Latham & Watkins has a concentrated global strategy - which extends to its European presence.

Boxing

Clifford Chance, Linklaters take on Shearman in battle for Bridgepoint

14-May-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.

Euro 100

Eversheds Europe: local knowledge in an international wrapper

14-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Eversheds has built up an extensive network of local European knowledge, which international chair Alan Murphy says will continue to grow.

Euros

Baker & McKenzie: long experience pays in Europe

13-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Global powerhouse Baker & McKenzie is also one of the leading firms in Europe, with extensive capability across the continent

Lloyd's of London

BLM boss: insurance is transforming and this firm is going global

9-May-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

BLM’s senior partner Mike Brown is intent on leading his insurance-focused firm into the big league.

Shanghai skyline

EY Law Asia: We'll double in size in a year

7-May-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Ernst & Young (EY) has big ambitions to double its Asian legal capacity within the next 12 months.

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Dacheng: We're not grown up enough to merge - yet

2-May-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Dacheng, arguably the largest firm in Asia by lawyer number, has elected a new leadership team last month. The firm’s chairman and founder Peng Xuefeng speaks to The Lawyer about his plans for the future

Champagne

Champagne at dawn as LG pops cork on Wragges merger

1-May-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The combination of LG and Wragge & Co will go live today with the new partners admitted to the combined equity. The new entity will be known as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, although as Lucy Burton discovers, this is a name that will be kept under review.

RBS

Client scrummage begins as Dundas and CMS merger goes live

1-May-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A year after CMS Cameron McKenna first crossed the threshold of Dundas & Wilson with its tantalising proposal, the merger between the two firms has gone live.

Storm

Funding fail: Argentum exits Association of Litigation Funders

30-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A storm is brewing in the litigation funding market as questions are raised over the source of Argentum’s financial capital. Now the funder has exited the Association of Litigation Funders. Reporter Kate Beioley investigates.

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Disarray: The story behind the Davenport Lyons "reverse takeover" by Gordon Dadds

29-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

As Davenport Lyons enters administration, The Lawyer relates its final days.

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Can Speechly Bircham turn a date with Charles Russell into marriage?

29-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Merging two firms with different histories, characters and personalities is never going to be easy. That’s a lesson that Speechly Bircham has learned the hard way.

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London now Latham's patch as West Coast firms rise in the City

25-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

How a Los Angeles-born firm became one of London’s biggest legal success stories

Kim Koopersmith

Akin Gump chair Kim Koopersmith: I’m trying not to bore my partners

25-Apr-2014

Last March Kim Koopersmith became the first female firm-wide chair of Akin Gump and one of the few female lawyers to lead a US firm.

Money

Portable business: the key to making private equity work

24-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

When it comes to their legal affairs, private equity houses have tended to be creatures of habit. Generally they prefer to return to the same lawyers time and time again.

Munich

Noerr co-speaker Alexander Ritvay: We’re outgrowing the market

23-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

German heavyweight Noerr’s co-leaders reveal the secret of their firm’s success.

Locked up

Is Bonelli's lock-in a solution to the European succession planning question?

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger, or to stem a slew of partner departures.

justice

Students should not have to fill the justice gap

17-Apr-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cuts to Legal Aid have seen student projects bridge the gap between the most vulnerable and justice.

wedding cake

Happy ever after? Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn get hitched

16-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn have finally decided that three’s a crowd and, after months of flirting with Boyes Turner, gone ahead with a traditional two-way merger.

Mind the gap

Tollers MP Duncan Nicholson: We're closing the debt gap

11-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

A year ago Tollers’ debt position put it on the brink. A year later things are looking much better. Managing partner Duncan Nicholson reveals how.

Vac scheme holiday

Get ahead, get a decent vac scheme

9-Apr-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Vacation schemes are here again and now they’re more crucial than ever in the war for talent.

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific associates see partnership promo prospects rise

7-Apr-2014

Recent Asia partner promotions statistics from eight international firms over the past four years suggests local senior lawyers stand a good chance of being made up.

fat dads

Dickson Minto targets Morocco - on a bike

7-Apr-2014

Scottish private equity heavyweight Dickson Minto has turned charity fundraiser, with a hugely successful London to Paris ride now heading for North Africa.

Field Fisher Waterhouse

FFW managing partner Chissick: Back to the future

4-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Field Fisher Waterhouse managing partner Michael Chissick has been in the top job for a little more than a year but is about to embark on a period of change as his firm thinks once more about the future.

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Simmons ramps up its ambition for the ambitious

3-Apr-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

According to Simmons & Simmons’ graduate recruitment partner Alan Gar, top of most of his fellow partners’ wish lists for future trainee qualities is ambition.

freezing

Ablyazov reaches Supreme Court, the latest step in “extraordinary litigation"

2-Apr-2014 | By Katy Dowell

The $6bn legal battle between Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov is heading to the Supreme Court, where for the first time the justices will examine the standard form freezing injunction.

Rees

Coming out of his Shell: Peter Rees QC on leaving "the best job in law"

1-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

General counsel at Shell – “the best job in law” according to Peter Rees QC. So what prompted the silk to stand down two years ahead of schedule in November 2013? 

Freshfields

Freshfields super-dealmaker O'Brien retires - to do more deals

31-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

After 30 years in the City, you might think that a corporate partner would want to put his or her feet up. This is not the case  at Freshfields. 

The leadership interview

Tim Roberts, Parabis

Parabis's Tim Roberts: "We're still lawyers really"

17-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Until recently Tim Roberts resided very much in the shadows at Parabis, quietly masterminding the systems and processes that have created the volume powerhouse that the firm is today.

London

Baker & McKenzie's Leite: trust me, I'm a lawyer

10-Oct-2014 | By Matt Byrne

It’s been a busy week for Baker & McKenzie. Around 800 of its partners began descending on London last weekend for the world’s largest law firm’s annual global partners’ conference, colonising three major hotels in the process.

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“Work three-day weeks and take unlimited holidays”: Kevin Gold's revolution at Mishcon de Reya

3-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold is facing the firm’s biggest shake-up in a decade. 

Kim Koopersmith

Akin's Kim Koopersmith: 'Now’s the time to roll up our sleeves'

26-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld chair Kim Koopersmith has just secured what is likely to become one of London’s most memorable mass lateral hires. 

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Bird & Bird's David Kerr: Australian merger is a possibility

16-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.

Richard Foley

Pinsent Masons' Foley: What I'll do in my first 100 days

12-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

For incoming Pinsent Masons senior partner Richard Foley there is a clear distinction between the role he will assume on 1 October and the one that whoever replaces managing partner David Ryan by next year will fulfil.

draw

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…

sydney harbour bridge australia

Minter Ellison's Tony Harrington: "Collaborate, innovate and inspire"

29-Aug-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Minter Ellison’s newly installed chief executive Tony Harrington is clear on how the Australian firm can succeed: it has to turn words into action. And he means three words in particular.

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WILL women

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

Finland flag

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

IT

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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