As the city enjoys a boom, its foremost legal firms are poaching each other’s staff
Even magic circle firms are introducing a merit-based component to salaries
‘Safe pair of hands’ Layton to lead Clifford Chance to a future of business-as-usual
Speechly Bircham must look back to 2009/10 with an air of nostalgia. Back then the firm pulled off a merger with Campbell Hooper to boost revenue by 37 per cent, to £58.4m. The tie-up also helped the firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) to rocket by 29 per cent, from £331,000 to £428,000.
UK firms tempt top talent with lifestyle sweeteners to combat the mighty US dollar
Pannone deal should see Aussie upstart become the UK’s top legal consumer brand
With 14,000 students chasing 5,000 places, recruiters are rethinking the selection routine
Hogan Lovells agrees South African merger with former Eversheds ally
LG may have lost its original lustre but this could still be a marriage of convenience
Mr Justice Cooke reflects on trend for lawyer manipulation of statements
X Factor finalists vote on which lawyers will represent them
Graduate recruitment campaigns are moody and minimal this season
GC rewards outpace private practice as competition for top lawyers intensifies
Litigation is an engine room of firms’ earnings but many clients, keen to keep a grip on the purse-strings, are forcing a reworking of fee arrangements
The hourly rate is fast becoming an anachronism and firms must heed client warnings and foster more flexible solutions, say general counsel
It has not been a spectacular year for Hong Kong’s top-end players but routine work remains strong and the mid-level market is toughing it out
Boutiques bloom as the legal market adapts to a sluggish economy
Lawyer 2B looks at the varied forms of apprenticeships in the legal market, and asks whether they are really the answer to the future of legal education.
As Herbert Smith Freehills gears up for a vote on its combined remuneration structure senior reporter Lucy Burton looks at the numbers behind the merger
Transport is a sector that offers a wealth of opportunities both for legal roles and puns, with government cash setting in train high-profile schemes and getting projects motoring.
Of all the transactional sectors projects and energy has been one of the most resilient throughout the recession.
Few topics get tabloid blood racing like immigration, but are heart rates running quite so high among lawyers practising in this area?