Is the Government’s infrastructure pledge as radical as it seems?

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Britain is heading into a long-awaited period of infrastructure development as the Government pledges funding alongside ongoing foreign investment

LMI company in the spotlight: Galliford Try

23-Nov-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Galliford Try is one of the UK’s leading housebuilding and construction groups. Who are the people shaping its strategy, who do they turn to for legal advice and what in-house capabilities does the company have? 

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The UK 200 Diversity Audit – how inclusive are you?

16-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Law firms may have been slow to recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce but a select few are now making good progress. Using UK 200 research, we reveal those at the vanguard of inclusivity and the initiatives they employ to rid their ranks of bias.


Risk management: a very modern minefield


Don’t let your clients do a TalkTalk. Our experts consider a variety of business risks, and highlight prudent strategies in the digital world.


Star legal writers: Employment


Substance misuse in the workplace, female board representation and the UK pension reforms are all discussed in this week’s top briefings coverage from the employment sector

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UK 200, The Top 100: You're good, but you're not quite global

26-Oct-2015 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Exclusive UK 200 data reveals today the failure of UK firms to stamp their mark on the global legal market, despite substantial international expansion over the last decade.


E-discovery special report: In darker waters


With the Safe Harbour framework crumbling and ‘shadow IT’ the new normal, the world of e-discovery and data risk is changing rapidly


UK 200: 101-200 – Inside the Independents


For the first time The Lawyer UK 200 has dissected the financials of the bottom half of the table to reveal a group of firms tackling a tough market with entrepreneurial zeal. However, their revenue range suggests consolidation pressures are growing.


When management fails: a tale of Scottish law firm collapse

8-Oct-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Collapses among big Scottish law firms had more to do with management failings and the partnership system than big bank-mania and ‘Scottishness’. 

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Guaranteed annuity rates: when must members be informed? download subscription

Shepherd and Wedderburn 26-Nov-2015

The Pensions Ombudsman has recently published two decisions which highlight some potential issues arising when scheme administrators fail to inform members that they benefit from a guaranteed annuity rate (GAR).

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ICBC Standard Bank instructs HSF on UK's first ever DPA with SFO

26-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

ICBC Standard Bank has instructed Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) on plans to enter into the first-ever UK deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Slater & Gordon’s shares plummet 52 per cent following Autumn Statement

26-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Personal injury heavyweight Slater & Gordon saw its share price drop 52 per cent overnight after the UK Government announced a shake-up in the way road accidents claims are handled.


RBS £4bn shareholder battle adjourned to 2017 amid criticism of disclosure process

26-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have been criticised in the High Court for their “unfocused”, “unsettling” and “less than compelling” approach to disclosure in the bank’s £4bn battle with shareholders.

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Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar confirm £250m merger

26-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Irwin Mitchell has announced it will merge with Thomas Eggar in a move which will create a £250m firm with more than 270 partners.

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Trusted partner, or cloak of invisibility?


Paul Hughes of Cranfield School of Management underlines how in-house lawyers can add value.


Rule of law is under threat from regulations


A weak rule of law may make the UK less attractive to international investors.

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Role models matter as profession struggles to embrace diversity

12-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

It’s now almost a decade since the legal profession started banging the diversity drum and – guess what? – very little has changed.

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