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The Lawyer Awards 2015: the shortlist revealed


The judging for The Lawyer Awards 2015 in association with Travelers is complete – here is the shortlist. 

Global Arbitration index

How firms are getting to grips with the surge in global arbitration

5-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

How law firms can adapt to the expanding international arbitration market.

Construction index

Construction: new rules, election promises and growing project completion problems


The impact of ‘principal designer’ rules, parties dig out the housing pledge game, and more projects are underperforming.

Merger mania

Mergers: bigger is not always better

27-Apr-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Merger activity over the past three years shows a trend for consolidation, but UK 200 data shows not all tie-ups create a better balance sheet.


At last, the gender balance at the top of UK law firms begins to shift

27-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

BLP and Squires lag, but elsewhere female partner promotion stats look healthy.

GC2B participants

Passing on the baton to the next generation of GCs


An initiative from The Lawyer and Berwin Leighton Paisner

Tony Angel, DLA Piper

Tony Angel: “The legal profession is about to go through a quite phenomenal change”

13-Apr-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Brought in to guide DLA Piper through a major strategic shake-up, Tony Angel was never going to win everyone’s favour, but what do the facts say about his legacy?

George Osborne index

Pensions – Don’t take pot luck

13-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

April’s pensions reforms give UK pensioners wider choice but employers face greater responsibility over schemes. Firms must be ready with the right advice.

Robot knowledge management index

Knowledge management: I, lawbot


The march of the machines is making this an exciting time for the world of knowledge management – but are law firms keeping up?

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UK Briefings

Insolvency litigation: directors can’t dodge liability with illegality defence download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 6-May-2015

The defence of illegality – which prevents a claimant from bringing a claim that arises out of its own illegal acts – can’t be used where the company is claiming against its directors. 

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Exclusive: Redundancy consultation at Plexus Law to see mass exits by legal and support staff

7-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Plexus Law has launched its second large scale redundancy consultation in under a year, which is expected to affect the jobs of 80 legal secretaries and support staff and see up to 10 lawyers leaving the firm in May.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons puts emphasis on client relationships with new business plan

7-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Simmons & Simmons has announced a new three-year business plan, giving more prominence to the role of client relationship partner.

merger ad

Central London firm WLTM larger suitor for long-term relationship

7-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The unnamed London law firm advertising for a merger in this week’s issue of The Lawyer (4 May) has taken an unconventional approach in its quest for a tie-up, but is it a canny and progressive plan or an act of folly?


Howes Percival opens real estate-focused office in Cambridge

7-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Howes Percival has opened an office in Cambridge focusing on real estate following the appointment of new partner Jonathan Greenhalgh.

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Charmaine Hast

The heartache of deception: My son is not mine


What price would one put on the anguish and heartache caused to a father who had been misled for 17 years that his ‘son’ was in fact the child of a secret lover of his wife?


More Shard, less Cheops – the new look of law

4-May-2015 | By Richard Kemp

Are firms’ strategies ready for the shake-up that artificial intelligence is set to bring?


What makes lawyers sing?


The next round of the Legal Harmony choir competition for lawyers kicks off next week - but what are the advantages to setting up a firm choir?

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