Matt Byrne

Will Charles Russell Speechlys be a winner?


The big news this week is the decision of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham yesterday to vote in favour of merging and create a £135m firm with 170 partners. But how many business services staff will there be?

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Dentons appoints White & Case EMEA strategic head as European COO

31-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has hired White & Case’s EMEA director of strategic projects Richard Singer as its new European chief operating officer (COO).

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Cuatrecasas sees change at the top as succession plan completes

31-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira name partner Emilio Cuatrecasas has stepped down as president of the firm, to be replaced by CEO Rafael Fontana.


Marketing chiefs at City law firms pocket salaries of up to £477,000

30-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Marketing heads at London’s top 60 law firms are paid as much as £477,000, according to a survey conducted by marketing recruitment consultancy Carter Murray.

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Partnership restructuring pays off for Bircham Dyson Bell

30-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bircham Dyson Bell has recorded stable turnover but an increase in profitability after a steady 2013/14, with total revenue essentially unchanged at £31.3m.


Farrers sees profit rise by 14 per cent as turnover stabilises

29-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Farrer & Co has reported a 14 per cent rise in net profit for the 2013/14 financial year thanks to an increase in its equity partnership, while turnover was stable at £50.7m.

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PEP rises 52 per cent at Hamlins as revenue shoots up by a quarter

29-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Profit per equity partner (PEP) at West End firm Hamlins has risen by 52 per cent, from £367,000 to £560,000.


Moore Blatch’s PEP drops by 61 per cent as firm focuses on investment

28-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Average profit at Southampton-headquartered Moore Blatch fell sharply in 2013/14, from £344,000 in 2012/13 to £133,000.

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Roots of recovery are not so robust

28-Jul-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Let us praise legal services.

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Culture vs risk: How to run a law firm in challenging times

23-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

It’s a critical balance in the push for innovation and durability. In the run-up to our Awards, Law Firm of the Year contenders tell us their secrets of success


Peter Kalis: Disruptive BS and the false prophets of doom


‘Disruptive innovation’ has quickly become a management-speak staple, but it does not stand up to scrutiny as a worthwhile analysis of the legal world

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Asia responds to a lighter touch

30-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

This week we publish the second edition of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the most comprehensive study of the legal market in the region

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Evolution: our Law Firm of the Year winners reflect the changing times


How The Lawyer Awards judges have recognised the delicate and intricate interplay between culture and innovation as the profession has developed 

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Merger watch


Charles Russell and Speechly partners say yes to £135m merger

16-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Partners at Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham have today voted favour of merging their firms to create a £135m firm with 170 partners.

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Charles Russell and Speechly partners vote today on £126m merger

16-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell partners are going to the polls today (16 July), to cast their votes on their potential £126m merger between the firms.


Magic circle sees UK market share shrink as global consolidation takes hold

14-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

The magic circle has seen its revenue market share of the UK top 10 firms contract by more than 15 per cent over the last decade as global consolidation takes hold of the sector.

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2013/14 financials: the results are in


Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14.

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Navigating the e-auction minefield


How law firm auctions can work in your favour.

Tim Heywood

How well informed is your firm?


Failing to manage your information properly can have a negative impact on the bottom line. What are you doing about it?

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Palamon buys majority stake in Simplify Legal Group

29-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

QualitySolicitors’ owner Palamon Capital Partners has acquired an undisclosed majority shareholding in Simplify Legal Group.


Industrial disease firm Roberts Jackson receives £15m private equity injection

25-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Cheshire-based industrial disease specialists Roberts Jackson has received a £15m cash injection from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.

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Susan Maher, marketing and business development manager, Schillings


Schillings’ marketing manager on high-profile clients, the evolving market and the perils of law firm IT

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The Lawyer Management Q&A: Flint Bishop

5-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Carl Weston has been head of marketing at Derby firm Flint Bishop since 2006

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The new provisions of the EU Directive on consumer rights have entered into force. They include several changes you should be aware of in order to ensure your business remains compliant.

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The Finance Act 2014 received royal assent earlier this month. Here is a brief summary of the relevant provisions.