The leadership interview
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow, on 1 November, the global legal market will usher in its newest member - the newly-merged Charles Russell Speechlys.
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.
Behind the Law
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?
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).
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.
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.
The world’s leading litigation and investigations practices are responding to the challenge set by globally co-ordinated and ultra-aggressive regulators.
North Africa is swiftly becoming a hub for investment into the rest of the continent.
Cyprus is still in recession, but it looks as though Russia’s favourite island will revive more quickly than was thought likely.
Internationalisation of South Africa’s legal market is continuing apace as firms seek to exploit opportunities throughout the region