London

"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?

Richard Susskind

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.

Boris Johnson

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.

London

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.

women

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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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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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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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?

Hoyland

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.

Halley's Comet

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.

Hong Kong

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.

Wim Dejonghe

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? 

Kim Koopersmith

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).

europe

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.

Freshfields

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.

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Freshfields leaps ahead in magic circle salary stakes

1-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has increased its associate pay by a greater proportion than its magic circle rivals since 2010, while Slaughter and May has fallen behind the pack, exclusive research by The Lawyer has revealed.

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

28-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?

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Eversheds' investment in Tyco relationship pays off with contract extension

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Eversheds is set to continue in its role as Tyco’s sole legal provider for the next few years, proof that a deal once seen as controversial is reaping benefits for both sides.

David Ryan

Pinsents' outgoing MP David Ryan: "I thought I couldn’t get any busier"

21-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

David Ryan is more or less an institution at Pinsent Masons. During his 15 year tenure as the firm’s managing partner, he has led its transformation from a 134-partner regional practice into a 380-partner global outfit.

Bryan Hughes

Eversheds ups its game with US merger ambitions

20-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds has the US in its sights, with chief executive Bryan Hughes confirming the firm is targeting a merger.

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ULaw's articled apprenticeships: a watershed moment in legal education?

19-Nov-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Since the Legal Education and Training Review was released last year there has been a lot of talk and relatively little action - until now.

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Baker & McKenzie in Latin America: Why Europe is dominating M&A referrals

18-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has seen its M&A activity from Europe surpass the US for the second year in a row while the Pacific Alliance is making the firm rethink its strategy in the region.

London

Rothschild and Lazard: which firms did best out of the independent advisers in 2014?

17-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

There’s no disputing the prolific rise of independent financial advisers on deals - the likes of Lazard and Rothschild, who are instructed by companies to ensure that their transactions run smoothly.

London

What managing partners really, really hate

14-Nov-2014 | By Matt Byrne

This is a Friday leadership column with a difference. Next week’s cover feature targets the trials and tribulations of running a law firm. For that we’ve quizzed some of the best-known names in the market on the toughest things being a managing or senior partner.

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Bingham-Morgan Lewis merger: Bingham votes yes, Morgan Lewis keeps quiet

14-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

After months of talks, there seems to have been a small positive development in the merger talks between Bingham McCutchen and Morgan Lewis & Bockius - the former’s partners are understood to have voted in favour of the tie-up.

London

Playing it Cooley: the Californian firm eyes a London launch in 2015

12-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Cooley is certainly taking its time when it comes to setting up shop in the UK.

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HSF’s senior partner-elect James Palmer: the firm’s CEOs will do the heavy lifting

10-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partners have chosen a new senior partner: London-based corporate partner James Palmer, who will take up the mantle in February 2015.

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Al Tamimi's Husam Hourani: expansion beyond the Middle East on the horizon

7-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

As it celebrates its silver anniversary, Middle Eastern giant Al Tamimi & Co is looking at Africa and Asia for its next stage of growth - with a bit of help from Linklaters.

Pinsent Masons

Pinsents moots international real estate ambitions

5-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons’ blossoming overseas real estate teams reveal a hint of what direction the firm will take as a new generation of leaders arrive at the helm.

India

Osborne Clarke's latest frontier: can it make India work?

3-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke has signed a relationship deal with new Indian firm BTG Legal, led by its former India group head Prashant Mara.

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Sir Nigel Knowles: A new way forward in the post-legal aid era

3-Nov-2014

Government grants to Community Law Centres would release the pro bono potential locked in large law firms and keep our justice system accessible.

Speechly

Charles Russell Speechlys adopts Charles Russell career structure post-merger

31-Oct-2014 | By Richard Simmons

The new firm will adopt Charles Russell’s career structure, while its associate training scheme will be re-examined and developed.

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Charles Russell Speechlys' Carter: "An incredible amount of work needs to be done"

31-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Tomorrow, on 1 November, the global legal market will usher in its newest member - the newly-merged Charles Russell Speechlys.

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BLP tells headhunters: find female talent to help us hit our diversity target

28-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest firm to aim for an improvement in the number of women making partner.

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Pulling the plug: are failing deals set to impact long-term M&A?

27-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

M&A is a high-risk business where there are many motivations to drop a deal beyond crunching the figures. In this last week alone, three major international deals have pulled the plug – but how is this instability affecting the legal market? 

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"It could be win/win for us and for him": Weil's Francies on losing Lucas

24-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

In his 14 years at the helm of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office, Mike Francies has overseen a wealth of change, watching the office transform from a private equity and structured finance focused outfit into a broader beast.

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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?

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

The leadership interview

London

"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.

London

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.

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.

Clements home

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. 

Hoyland

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.

Halley's Comet

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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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.

Jami McKeon Morgan Lewis

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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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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