Dangerous things, mergers. I’m not talking about Penningtons’ takeover of zombie firm Manches, although that deal is tricky enough in itself – as we expose in considerable detail this week.
Mergers can boost profitability, but only if the negotiating teams stay calm and stick to the plan
To become a senior partner, you need to be a highly skilled politician who appears to shun politics
Financial incentives should be introduced for whistleblowers if we really want to encourage them
The ECB will soon be regulating all big eurozone banks, but many questions of accountability remain
Jacqui Hatfield picks through the ICB report and its implications for the banking sector
European courts are divided over the rights of parents of surrogate babies to take paid leave
TUPE regulations are in line for refinement, but not fundamental change, which is a good thing
Political hysteria over zero-hours contracts is unhelpful and misplaced as safeguards already exist
Lawyers can get involved in the fight against poverty by supporting pro bono initiatives
The UK is leading the way on business and human rights, but others will be following soon
Excluding lawyers from the divorce process is a false economy that will only pile on the agony
Document disclosure is vital in some divorce cases, as the long and bitter Young row demonstrates
Series of unfortunate events shows legal profession taking a major role in latest outing of TV show
As part of my determination to ensure that the justice system is as open and transparent as possible - and therefore accountable to the people it serves - media organisations will for the first time be able to attend proceedings of all the family courts as of Monday (27 April).
Yes, beware German liquidators, but also be aware of the range of their rights and responsibilities
German courts are coming down on the side of liquidators when interpreting the Insolvency Act
As banks worldwide were hit by the global financial crisis, they were increasingly supported through emergency measures launched by governments.
One of the big human interest stories last week was the news that Paul Hastings financial litigation partner Thomas O’Riordan had lied on his CV and had been suspended from practice by the Bar Standards Board. O’Riordan even got the front-page splash in the London Evening Standard, something the ...
Nabarro has reduced its staff costs by almost 10 per cent over the past financial year, largely as a result of it slimming down its total salary bill.
The magic circle’s greatest rivals - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters - may have reacted to the credit crunch in very different ways, but they have been similarly pessimistic in the annual promotions round.
Appetite for alternative litigation funding packages is on the rise, with the sector beginning to mature just as the Government passed the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which will mean the end of no-win no-fee agreements.
The fight by pub landlords to get the legal right to use foreign decoders to screen FA Premier League (FAPL) matches without infringing copyright took another step forward last week.
Real estate deals in Scotland are up but there are complex motives behind the sales and leases
Since squatting in residential homes was outlawed, a commercial property has become the dropout des res
Advising overseas buyers or tenants on UK property deals is fraught with danger for the uninitiated
Commons committee pushes for tighter controls on internet piracy and slams the Hargreaves report
Ralph Miliband’s diary could have been kept secret if Ed had used new Guernsey rights legislation
The consensus approach to monitoring online privacy is more effective than imposing inflexible rules
Proposed newspaper charter is open to political manipulation and may not gain wide acceptance
Freshfields corporate partner and former London head Tim Jones is leaving the firm to join England Rugby 2015 as general counsel.
Lawyers in Japan could be in for a big boost after the country won the race to host the 2020 Olympics
A public directory of beneficial ownership would be an attack on the freedom of privacy to achieve nothing
Slapdown for Treasury shows court subtly shifting the ground on accountability of public bodies
The big casino players will be clamouring to invest once the Gambling Bill has been ironed out
Clyde & Co announced last week that partners Jonathan Wood and Derek Hodgson have both been named as chairs at the International Bar Association (IBA). Hodgson, joint head of maritime at Clydes, becomes the chairman of the IBA’s maritime and transport law committee, while Wood has become chairman of the IBA’s international committee. The latter examines legal issues fundamental to the development ...
Hospital trusts must put in the spadework before planning a link-up, or it could be blocked
New competition authority will have to work hard to restore the reputation of the UK regime
Actions for breach of confidence that aim to protect trade secrets need to prove a dishonest intent
Costs clarity is the way forward for arbitration
Key equality case highlights future court treatment of protected characteristics
The Lawyer’s annual report into the top 50 firms for global litigation is eagerly awaited by those with ambitions to grow their contentious business.