"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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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.


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. 

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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.

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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.


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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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 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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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.

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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

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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


Peer panel: IT – Oil the wheels of commerce with data


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


Briefing live: Romania

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country

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