The leadership interview
“It’s been a good year at the office,” says Mills & Reeve managing partner Guy Hinchley.
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.
Senior partner Jennie Gubbins is concerned the market is still not getting Trowers & Hamlins.
The down-to-earth approach of Addleshaw Goddard’s new managing partner John Joyce may be just what his firm needs.
Osborne Clarke’s Simon Beswick, now in his final stint as managing partner, is hunting further international growth. Asia beckons.
Behind the Law
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.
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.
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.
Jackson, legal aid cuts and pressure on fees have put the bar on course for a fractured future where commercial stars race ahead and others hit a dead end
A&O is the first magic circle firm to tiptoe into Canada but despite the strong economy, there is good reason why local players are not expecting a stampede