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. 

David Stewart Olswang

Olswang's CEO Stewart: Consolidation in the mid-market will accelerate

28-Mar-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The April year end is almost here, and a law firm leader’s thoughts turn to financial reporting. And fish.

Battle

Serious Fraud struggles - the SFO in hot water again over Dahdaleh

26-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

You are the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), looking into allegations that a Canadian-British businessman funnelled billions of dollars in bribes to a Bahraini aluminium company to secure contracts. Who do you turn to to help with your investigation? 

China

Jun He and Zhong Lun merger shows China market in new light

26-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

In China the proposed merger of Jun He and Zhong Lun is being described as a deal that “has never been done before”.

DWF

DWF, merger mania and culture shocks

25-Mar-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Wannabe lawyers work hard to secure their traineeships. What happens when the firm they’ve joined changes beyond recognition? Lawyer2B editor Richard Simmons investigates the plight of a DWF trainee.

Is Berrymans kicking into action at last?

25-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Last week’s union with Scottish insurance outfit HBM Sayers was Berrymans Lace Mawer’s (BLM) first merger since 1997 (17 March 2014). Is this the start of a new acquisitive era for the firm?

bus

All work and some pay: WilmerHale and its 38 per cent intern London office

25-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The London office of US firm WilmerHale is now dominated by interns, with 30 out of its 80 lawyers on a placement programme. London head Steven Finizio reveals the benefits.

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Andrew Leaitherland: still aspiring to the top 20

21-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Having invested £17m on expansion and added £44.9m to the firm’s top line in doing so, DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland is now focused on recovering the firm’s profitability through successful integration.

Are rocketing costs killing the Commercial Court?

19-Mar-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Khawar Qureshi wants to start a debate about costs in the Commercial Court and he’s not afraid to ruffle some of the more conventional legal profession feathers in the process.

Battle

The LCIA: New rules and new frontiers

19-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The LCIA is changing, but is it moving quickly enough?

Money

Leveraged finance: where did it all go wrong for UK firms?

18-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Imagine you’re the general counsel of London-based private equity investor BC Partners. You’re sipping on your coffee, hashing out the details of your imminent £382m investment into UK-based business publishing company Mergermarket. 

Singapore

Rajah & Tann: staying local has its advantages

14-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann’s managing partner Lee Eng Beng says staying local and being flexible is the way forward in the increasingly competitive South-East Asia region. 

Shanghai skyline

Shanghai pioneers in liberalising China’s legal market

14-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Shanghai’s ground-breaking Pilot Free Trade Zone could mark the beginning of the long-awaited liberalisation of China’s legal services sector.

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The Plymouth problem: does the small-scale LPC have a future?

13-Mar-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Plymouth University has scrapped its LPC. The surprising thing is how many other small providers persevere with it.

For sale

Davenport Lyons: we are not on the verge of administration

11-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

With constant merger talks and two empty floors in its building, Davenport Lyons can’t shake the appearance of a firm that is desperate to be bought. Here’s why.

Law Society

Law Soc's A&O man Denyer: Silver Bullet or panic move?

10-Mar-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

 Allen & Overy partner Stephen Denyer is taking up a management role at the Law Society, but why has the solicitors’ representative body made such an appointment?

nike

Why the Nike Alliance is a legal trendsetter

10-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Sports giant Nike sets out to be a trendsetter in the world of sport and fashion. In legal circles the global retailer, which generates global revenues of $25bn annually, is again helping to set new trends by choosing an alliance of independent firms to cover its European legal needs over a single international firm.

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The Lawyer's European managing partner of the year: How to make tough choices

6-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo managing partner Manuel Martín has had to lead his firm through the hardest of times, and make the toughest decisions in the process.

one pound £1

BLP finance: Is Dann the man to heal the exit wounds?

5-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

How do you solve a problem like the Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) finance team?

x

Barclays ready for battle over Dewey debts

5-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

It is now two years since the collapse of mammoth firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. But the next chapter in the story of its dramatic spiral into crisis is about to emerge in lurid technicolour following a High Court trial last week.

heart

Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders: a fine romance?

4-Mar-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders are flirting, but will it end in marriage?

New structures

Gunnercooke founder: 'At Addleshaws and DLA I made a lot of money but it wasn't pleasant'

3-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Gunnercooke founder Darryl Cooke is an ABS fan but worries his firm will be stigmatised for turning its back on the LLP structure.

Singapore

Can Herbies succeed in Singapore without the QFLP?

3-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Why has Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) decided to walk away from the Singapore qualifying foreign law practice (QFLP) scheme? 

Light bulbs

With bonuses and record revenue at HogLove, things are looking Bright

28-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Hogan Lovells UK boss Susan Bright on why the firm is no investment laggard.

Jonathan Watmough

Jonathan Watmough and the RPC learning curve

28-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough has spent the last few years moving the firm away from its insurance roots and bringing in top level recruits in a bid to shake up the client list.

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A&L Goodbody weathers media storm after partner's baby born on NY street

27-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

What do you do when one of your partners finds himself at the centre of a media storm?

Battle

The problem with GLOs: Costs fights and the RBS case

26-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Teaming up to bring litigation can be a struggle, as shown by the latest stage in the fight between RBS and the shareholders bringing a case against it.

David Kerr and Mok Sun Su

Alliance after alliance: Bird & Bird stakes all on getting Asia right

26-Feb-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Bird & Bird’s CEO David Kerr on why the low risk, cost-effective and practical cooperative agreement approach is the best way forward in Asia.

london Thames Parliament Big Ben Westminster

Sackers pledges reinvention as Pittaway begins fourth term at the helm

24-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Pensions firm Sackers has just re-elected senior partner Ian Pittaway for a fourth term - but what keeps him passionate about pensions?

ski skiing sport

Lawyers on the winning team in Sochi

21-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

As the Sochi Olympics approaches its end, Morgan Lewis’s Moscow partner Brian Zimbler talks about the legal issues surrounding the world’s biggest winter sports event.

one pound £1

State of play: Is Clifford Chance private equity still in the game?

21-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance’s private equity team is looking depleted and with the global corporate chief role still wide open, it looks like it could use a half time pep talk.

champagne

The cheers, champagne and celebration at the European Awards

21-Feb-2014 | Updated: 21-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

What do you get when you put 250 lawyers from some 20 countries in a room together? The Lawyer European Awards, is the answer.

money

SJB and the problem with private equity

20-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

When a firm shouts loudly about a landmark merger, as SJ Berwin did when it joined forces with King & Wood Mallesons, departures are always likely to come under the spotlight.

Wigs

The silk route, 2014

19-Feb-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Another year, another weighty round of silk appointees. Katy Dowell looks at the trends behind the numbers.

Battle

ULaw vs BPP: hostilities subside, war goes on and on

18-Feb-2014 | By Richard Simmons

The law school war shows no signs of ending. But we have, perhaps, reached the end of the beginning.

offshore wave

It's steady as she goes as M&A rises offshore

17-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore M&A seems to be returning to steady growth, and as Appleby chair Frances Woo points out, the lack of dramatic movement is a good thing.

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DLA Piper’s Asia leadership question

17-Feb-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

With none of the three committee members based in Asia, will DLA Piper’s new US-led Asia management structure help the firm to achieve its ambition to be bigger and stronger in the region?

Merger mania

The beauty in the M&A fees breakdown

14-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

We should all tip our hats to those corporate regulators over at the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers. Why? It’s thanks to their rule change in September 2011 that we’re now granted a sneaky peak at the fees being charged by law firms for UK public M&A work.

Tim Eyles Awards 2013

Taylor Wessing's Eyles: We need creativity as lawyers turn into business consultants

14-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

 Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Tim Eyles wants lawyers to be more creative. Sounds like a lightbulb has gone off.

Manchester

Too much, too soon? Linder Myers' acquisitive path to administration

13-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester-based Linder Myers has spent the last few years acquiring distressed assets. Now the firm is on the hunt for a rescue-merger to pull it back from the brink.

money

Remember shares in lieu of fees? It’s alive and kicking

12-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

What do Thomas Eggar and Californian giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrick & Rosati have in common? Not much, you might answer.

Facebook

Here comes Cooley, what's not to like?

11-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

California’s Cooley, Facebook’s lawyers of choice, has its eyes on a London opening. Eventually.

America USA flag States

A&O US merger is a no go, for now

10-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

For much of the past decade, A&O has been on-record saying it would consider a US merger. And yet still nothing. Is there no perfect suitor for the magic circle firm?

cape of good hope, south africa

Jeremy Gauntlett: Meet Mandela's man

10-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Kate Beioley talks Mandela, democracy and the rule of law with Brick Court Chambers’ latest recruit, Jeremy Gauntlett.

jersey channel islands

Off with their fiduciaries

7-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Ogier has become the latest firm to sell off its fiduciary business, but is this indicative of a trend?

books

Novel gazing and a nice Chianti

7-Feb-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Training contract and vac scheme applicants are facing epically testing times at Withers and Charles Russell. The two firms, charitably determined to break the monotony of mind-numbingly uniform application forms, are posing more unusual questions.

DLA Piper building

DLA Piper's new CEO Simon Levine: not the new Sir Nigel

7-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Who is Simon Levine? The man taking over from Sir Nigel Knowles as DLA Piper co-CEO might not have the same level of entrepreneurial bombast as his predecessor, at least according to some sources, but word is he is the right man to take DLA Piper onto the next stage of its development.

wigs call to bar

Waste not, want not

6-Feb-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Litigants have a newfound impetus for pushing the boundaries of law, particularly when it comes to costs. A recent DLA Piper case suggests lawyers could be in the firing line.

Oliver Jeffcott

"Cycling solicitor” sees off police fixed-penalty claim – then slams Boris

31-Jan-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

London’s mayor is all bluster but produces little action for fellow cyclists, says the lawyer in the capital who several weeks ago forced prosecutors to drop a fixed-penalty fine in a landmark decision.

kit kat

Kit Kat copy, right?

29-Jan-2014 | By Katy Dowell

When is Greek yoghurt Greek yoghurt? Should a Kit Kat be trademark protected? It was all up for debate in the courts in January.

Gold watch

Changing of the guard at Slaughters

27-Jan-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May has seen 10 partners retire over the last 12 months. Reporter Natalie Stanton asks what that means for career progression at the firm.

Saudi

The tale of two Saudi princes in the High Court

15-Jan-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Two prominent Saudi princes believed to be involved in a London-registered company that allegedly facilitated “money laundering” for Hezbollah are at the centre of a major court battle that is about to hit London’s High Court again.

Dundas

What next for Dundas and CMS?

16-Dec-2013 | By Kate Beioley

CMS Cameron McKenna and Dundas & Wilson partners have said yes to a £277m-tie-up that will go live in May 2014. Here Kate Beioley looks at what the future holds for the combined entity.

Money

The Blake Lapthorn, Morgan Cole and Boyes Turner mash up

16-Dec-2013 | By Joanne Harris

With Blake Lapthorn, Morgan Cole and Boyes Turner looking to pulloff a three-way merger, Joanne Harris looks at the numbers behind the deal.

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Assessing apprenticeships

6-Dec-2013 | By Richard Simmons, Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyer 2B looks at the varied forms of apprenticeships in the legal market, and asks whether they are really the answer to the future of legal education.

Check mate

Stalemate in Singapore

29-Nov-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

The bulk of legacy Freehills’ Singapore team has walked out on Herbert Smith Freehills in a move that highlights the challenges both legacy firms are facing over integration

Pac man

Pannone - a firm of two halves

28-Nov-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slater & Gordon announced its largest acquisition to date today, with the £33m takeover of Pannone’s consumer business. It has been a deal months in the making. Hannah Gannage-Stewart looks at the behind-the-scenes negotiations

Graduates

Remuneration deliberations

20-Nov-2013 | By Richard Simmons

Merit based salary or top dollar - what is the best method for remunerating those starting out in law?

target

Why LG sits at the top of Wragges' target list

18-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Wragges has been on a hunt for a London merger since 2009 when Lawrence Graham was one of four firms on its hit list, so why now?

Exit

Lloyd of the manor at Ashurst

8-Nov-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

The exit of Ashurst corporate head Stephen Lloyd is just the latest in a string of changes at the City firm

US flag

Merger mania Stateside

31-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

US firms are shacking up like there’s no tomorrow. Should the UK legal market be bothered?

vote

Contenders ready

25-Oct-2013 | By Kate Beioley

Three candidates have emerged in the race to succeed David Childs as Clifford Chance managing partner. Hustings are due to begin next month.

Royal Courts of Justice

Madoff's missing millions

23-Oct-2013 | By Katy Dowell

Mr Justice Popplewell last week threw out a series of claims against five former Madoff Securities International (MSI) directors, slamming the claimant Grant Thornton for bringing a “unfounded claim” that verged on public humiliation.

London

Penningtons gets its Man(ches)

15-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Penningtons completed the takeover of Manches yesterday, a move facilitated by a pre-pack administration deal.

Paul W Theiss

Mayer Brown takes London to its heart

11-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

There are over 70 CVs piled up in Mayer Brown’s London office. Chairman Paul Theiss explains why the City is en vogue.

Alibaba

Freshfields feels Alibaba’s pain

4-Oct-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

If Alibaba is indeed turning away from Hong Kong to New York for its highly anticipated, multibillion-dollar listing, will Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer become the biggest loser among all the legal advisers to the Chinese e-commerce giant?

US flag

Ted Burke: The winding road from managing partner to GC

2-Oct-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner Ted Burke is planning to stand down in the first quarter of 2014 to take up a general counsel position of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners. Here we look back at his time at the top.

vote

Election fever

25-Sep-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst partners are set to vote on the full financial integration between Ashurst and Ashurst Australia but it is the battle for the top managerial job that is really getting partners talking.

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Another Mancunian merger for Slater & Gordon?

20-Sep-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Could Slater & Gordon achieve its stated aim of becoming a top consumer brand by acquiring Pannone?

Raymond McKeeve

BLP defiant as exits mount

20-Aug-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

The exit of private equity heavyweight Raymond McKeeve has put the spotlight on Berwin Leighton Paisner’s corporate group. What’s next for the firm?

The leadership interview

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.

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.

David Stewart Olswang

Olswang's CEO Stewart: Consolidation in the mid-market will accelerate

28-Mar-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The April year end is almost here, and a law firm leader’s thoughts turn to financial reporting. And fish.

andrew leaitherland dwf

Andrew Leaitherland: still aspiring to the top 20

21-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Having invested £17m on expansion and added £44.9m to the firm’s top line in doing so, DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland is now focused on recovering the firm’s profitability through successful integration.

Singapore

Rajah & Tann: staying local has its advantages

14-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann’s managing partner Lee Eng Beng says staying local and being flexible is the way forward in the increasingly competitive South-East Asia region. 

Manuel Martin gomez-acebo

The Lawyer's European managing partner of the year: How to make tough choices

6-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo managing partner Manuel Martín has had to lead his firm through the hardest of times, and make the toughest decisions in the process.

Jonathan Watmough

Jonathan Watmough and the RPC learning curve

28-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough has spent the last few years moving the firm away from its insurance roots and bringing in top level recruits in a bid to shake up the client list.

london Thames Parliament Big Ben Westminster

Sackers pledges reinvention as Pittaway begins fourth term at the helm

24-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Pensions firm Sackers has just re-elected senior partner Ian Pittaway for a fourth term - but what keeps him passionate about pensions?

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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.

London pen

Top international firms in London: American pie and chips

14-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

While some US firms had a rougher ride in this year’s survey, the West Coasters have found London a home from home

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