Life is rosy at the commercial bar, if last year’s financial results provided by some leading sets are anything to go by. Overall, the top 30 chambers witnessed growth across the board, though expansion at the top end of the leader board was notably slower than in previous years.
The lawyers shortlisted for Funds Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards have shown great flexibility in the face of intensified regulation.
When Wragges and Gowlings merge next year numerous options will open up for the Anglo-Canadian firm to build on – and develop beyond – its IP and natural resources roots.
When Gateley became the UK’s first law firm to float it gained a lot of publicity. What is important now is how it makes the most of its plc opportunity.
This year’s Law Firm of the Year is one that over the past decade has transformed itself to such an extent that it is no stretch to describe it as a Silicon Valley firm in the UK. Stand up, Osborne Clarke.
Some firms and in-house legal teams have used the resources squeeze of recent years as a chance to redesign their systems for efficiency, using process control methods borrowed from business.
Despite the growth economy, it is still a buyer’s market. And while efficiency remains a major concern, client pressure is changing firms for the better.
The Lawyer ’s first Salary Survey cover lawyers’ pay, base salaries, bonuses, benefits and pay satisfaction, as well as their wider career satisfaction and aspirations. We have unearthed eye-opening information about the effects on earnings of location, sector, experience and, of course, gender.
Precisely one-quarter of respondents to the survey work in-house – an area that is an increasingly popular and well-regarded career choice among lawyers.
Salaries for newly-qualified solicitors are more transparent than those further up the market, since firms tend to publish them as part of their efforts to woo the most talented graduates.
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Given the prevailing uncertainty, a conclusive finding from the Supreme Court would be welcome.
South-East firm TWM Solicitors has become the latest to hire a partner from collapsed Scottish outfit McClure Naismith, hiring Mark Parkhouse as head of insolvency.
The Co-operative Bank has launched its first legal panel since its split from parent company the Co-Op Group in 2013, appointing 11 firms to the roster.
Olswang partner Fabrizio Carpanini is set to join US outfit Dorsey & Whitney to launch the firm’s private equity practice in London.
Jenner & Block has hired White & Case partner Charlie Lightfoot as its first lateral hire in London after launching an office earlier this year.
A first-of-its-kind case could have industry-wide implications once the Financial List comes into play.
Following the debate over corporate structures in law firms, LOD’s Tim Bratton asks what it means for clients.
In response to Bruce MacEwen’s article on future law firms, Overture’s strategy director Mark Brandon argues that a corporate structure is not the way to go.