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Hiring is the key to capital gains

14-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Until now ‘international’ has been a bit of a euphemism since historically the firms in our survey have always been American. This year, though, the terminology is correct


Commercial contracts in Vietnam - get your dispute resolution clause right


The legal enforceability of contracts in Europe

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Litigators, transparency and success

9-Dec-2013 | By Catrin Griffiths

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.


Come clean on the road to Rio


Self-reporting is the key to navigating the anti-bribery legislation being implemented in Brazil

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The new Establishment

13-Aug-2012 | By Catrin Griffiths

In an Olympics season where the world has become obsessed with competitive rankings, it’s fitting that this week we’re running a sneak preview of The Lawyer UK200 Annual Report. I

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CC's London chief wins global litigation crown

7-Oct-2009 | By Katy Dowell

Clifford Chance has elected London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson as its new global head of litigation.

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Bakers' London partners bear brunt of PEP drop

14-Aug-2009 | By Julia Berris

Baker & McKenzie’s London office saw turnover drop by just over 3 per cent during the last financial year, down from £119.8m to £115.7m.

McDermott cuts 70 more jobs in the US

5-Jun-2009 | By Julia Berris

McDermott Will & Emery has cut 25 associates and 45 support staff in its second round of layoffs in the US.

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US lawyers unite against ‘draconian’ UK Budget

4 May 2009 | By Julia Berris

US lawyers hit out last week at the UK Government over the new 50 per cent tax band introduced in the recent Budget.


Opinion: RBS case shows superiority of US investor protection

13 April 2009

On 16 March the front page of The Times announced that Cherie Booth had been hired by two local authority pension funds to assist in joining a class action before the New York court against Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its board of directors.

Thacher Proffitt & Wood: bitter end


The manner in which Thacher Proffitt & Wood was wound up has left a sour taste with those left out in the cold, but that tells only half the story…

Transatlantic litigation: In hot dispute


UK litigators at US firms are overwhelmed with credit crunch-related disputes, but do any of them have a truly transatlantic practice?

Time to forsake comforts of home


This week The Lawyer publishes the first-ever investigation into the relative sizes of litigation practices on both sides of the Atlantic. By extension, it’s a crucial indicator as to which firms may be the busiest in the coming year (see story).

Opinion: Yes, we can trust Obama to do right by international law


The US Constitution is the oldest working constitution in the world. But it has been under siege recently and the legal stakes in the Obama-McCain election could not have been greater. McCain, for example, had publicly stated that he would (attempt to) reverse Supreme Court decisions regarding Guantanamo Bay if he was elected.

Wall St Woes: Labor data


The dramatic drop in legal jobs last month is an indicator that recession is more than just looming.

Wall St Woes: the Thelen feeding frenzy


It’s a feeding frenzy over at what remains of Thelen.

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Latham takes Bakers' crown as number one firm on top 30 international firms ranking

14-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the 30 largest international firms in the UK by revenue for the first time, with UK revenue hitting an all-time high of $210.6m. 

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Quinn Emanuel drops out of The Lawyer's international top 30 ranking

14-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has dropped out of The Lawyer’s annual top 30 international firms in London table this year following the resolution of two of its largest cases during 2013 and a reduction in UK turnover of 28 per cent.


A&O, Ropes and Latham advise on Altice’s €17bn acquisition of SFR

9-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Allen & Overy, Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins have scored instructions on Altice’s acquisition of France’s second-biggest telecom operator SFR.


Weil Gotshal hires restructuring guru Andrew Wilkinson from Goldman

7-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Weil Gotshal & Manges has lured Goldman Sachs star Andrew Wilkinson back into legal practice to boost its pan-European restructuring business.  

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Top international firms in London: American pie and chips

14-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

While some US firms had a rougher ride in this year’s survey, the West Coasters have found London a home from home


Leveraged finance: where did it all go wrong for UK firms?

18-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Imagine you’re the general counsel of London-based private equity investor BC Partners. You’re sipping on your coffee, hashing out the details of your imminent £382m investment into UK-based business publishing company Mergermarket. 


Barclays ready for battle over Dewey debts

5-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

It is now two years since the collapse of mammoth firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. But the next chapter in the story of its dramatic spiral into crisis is about to emerge in lurid technicolour following a High Court trial last week.


Canada: Farm horizons

13-Jan-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

The food and agribusiness industry is booming, with farmland investments offering alternatives to work in the stalled commodities sector

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