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.

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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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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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"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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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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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.


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.

Behind the Law

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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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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? 


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.


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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