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MacEwen: “abandon the partnership model”

30-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Today’s Business Leadership mailout features a very welcome guest columnist in the shape of Bruce MacEwen, president of Adam Smith, Esq and one of the global legal market’s most respected commentators

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Exclusive: KWM completes "partnership review" with equity exits imminent

9-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has reviewed its UK partnership with up to 15 partners to depart the firm with immediate effect.

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Hogan Lovells executive manager May joins 42 Bedford Row chambers as CEO

24-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Hogan Lovells executive manager Neil May has been appointed chief executive of common law set 42 Bedford Row following a unanimous vote by the chambers’ executive board.

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Webber Wentzel's Sally Hutton: We want to be the dominant South African law firm

27-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Lawyer’s Africa Elite report is published on Monday (30 March). Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future.

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Holman Fenwick Willan PEP slips by 9 per cent to £496k

5-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has reported a a 9 per cent plunge in average profit per full equity partner (PEP) from £545,000 to £496,000, bringing it to its lowest point since 2008/09.

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Hill Dickinson’s turnover and profit figures fall to four year low

5-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Hill Dickinson has reported that its turnover for the 2014/15 financial year has fallen by 6.4 per cent, from £111.6m to £104.4m.

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Farrers launches firmwide three-year strategy for growth

3-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Farrer & Co has unveiled its three-year strategy, as the independent firm plans to expand its offering with the introduction of a child protection unit and provisions to help new foreign clients.

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BLM beats predictions as turnover breaks £100m

31-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

BLM has seen turnover increase 17 per cent from £89m to £104.1m for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Burges Salmon boosts net profit by 10.6 per cent to £28.1m in fourth record-breaking year

31-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Revenue at Burges Salmon grew by 5.6 per cent in 2014/15 from £76.5m to £80.8m for the fourth consecutive year, while net profit increased by 10.6 per cent from £25.4m to £28.1m during the period.

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Does RBS deserve the cold shoulder?

13-Jul-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Which firms will have the balls to walk away from the RBS review?

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Exclusive: KWM completes "partnership review" with equity exits imminent

9-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has reviewed its UK partnership with up to 15 partners to depart the firm with immediate effect.

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International Top 30 Firms in London 2015: the executive summary

18-May-2015

This year’s International Top 30 reveals a market in excellent health. As this executive summary of the report shows, taking just revenues alone, these firms’ finances have gone through the roof.

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Mergers: bigger is not always better

27-Apr-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Merger activity over the past three years shows a trend for consolidation, but UK 200 data shows not all tie-ups create a better balance sheet.

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Hot 100: management roundtable – Who dares, wins

13-Apr-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

The legal market is having to adjust to a rapid pace of change, but there’s all to play for if you’re willing to break the mould. A selection of this year’s Hot 100 tell us their game plan.

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Blackstone hunts for juniors to plug gaps as elite bar talent war rages

17-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Blackstone Chambers is looking to recruit junior tenants this year after losing a number of its mid-level commercial barristers.

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Simpson Millar owner Fairpoint Group acquires Colemans-CTTS in £9m deal

3-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The Fairpoint Group has acquired personal injury specialist firm Colemans-CTTS for £9m, strengthening its legal services arm after buying Simpson Millar last year.

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BLM beats predictions as turnover breaks £100m

31-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

BLM has seen turnover increase 17 per cent from £89m to £104.1m for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Where next for Gowling WLG?

27-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

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.

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Brodies increases costs to boost profit

4-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Last week Brodies announced its fifth consecutive year of growth with turnover increasing 11 per cent to £57.9m and profit up 14 per cent to £27.1m, but despite these positive results the firm’s costs also soared.

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Opinion

Cat Griffiths index

Does RBS deserve the cold shoulder?

13-Jul-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Which firms will have the balls to walk away from the RBS review?

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Solving the outsourcing dilemma: when to opt for contract lawyers and when to call Big Law

30-Mar-2015 | By Tim Bratton

The specific issues that in-house legal counsel face mean their choice of outsourcer is not a straightforward matter of cost.

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Keystone Law picks up 20 lawyers from Pinsent Masons, Hogan Lovells and Foot Anstey

24-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Dispersed firm Keystone Law has made 20 lateral partner and senior lawyer hires in recent months, including a team from Hogan Lovells and former practice heads from firms including Pinsent Masons and Sheridans.

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Bates Wells Braithwaite sees 12 per cent jump in revenue to £20m for 2014/15

20-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

City firm Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has posted a 12 per cent increase in turnover from £18.26m to £20.38m in the 2014/15 financial year.

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Ointment patent not “obvious to try” download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 5-Aug-2015

Useful guidance on the “obvious to try” doctrine as Dovobet patent is judged valid in CoA.

EU transparency rules herald more regulation for UK companies download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 5-Aug-2015

Almost every company will be affected, to some extent.

Modern Slavery Act: compliance turnover threshold slashed to £36m download subscription

Shoosmiths 5-Aug-2015

More companies will have to keep a close eye on their supply chains.

The increasing scope of ‘associative’ discrimination claims download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 5-Aug-2015

When a claim can be based on someone else’s disability.

The arbitration environment in Serbia download subscription

Karanovic & Nikolic 5-Aug-2015

Optimism about commercial arbitration, but non-commercial resolutions are still light years away.



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