Matt Byrne

LLP accounts show health of the UK’s legal market

15-Jan-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Financial stability is crucial for any business and law firms are no exception. A survey released last week showed that increasing profitability remains the top concern for the majority of UK firms, despite the fact that the last financial year was a record-breaker ...

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Scotland’s Burness Paull increases bank balance in year after merger

23-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm Burness Paull strengthened its cash position by over £2m in the first full year following the merger of Burness and Paull & Williamsons, with the figure rising from £3.6m to £5.8m.

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Shakespeares’ new CEO sets out national ambitions as Wilson steps down

22-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Shakespeares chief executive Paul Wilson has stepped down from his role after nearly nine years at the helm of the acquisitive Midlands-based firm.

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Bird & Bird consolidates loans in bid to reduce debt-servicing costs

22-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird consolidated its debt into one single unsecured facility in November 2014 just as the balance on two sizeable loans was due for repayment.

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Scotland’s Burness Paull increases bank balance in year after merger

23-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm Burness Paull strengthened its cash position by over £2m in the first full year following the merger of Burness and Paull & Williamsons, with the figure rising from £3.6m to £5.8m.

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France's Veil Jourde launches competition group with Winston & Strawn team

23-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Veil Jourde has capped off a strong 2014 with the hire of a competition team from Winston & Strawn led by partner Emmanuel Tricot.

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Penningtons’ debt rocketed by 129 per cent in year of Manches takeover

14-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Penningtons more than doubled its debt in the year it took over cash-strapped Manches, with a number of its partners giving personal guarantees that the loans would be repaid.

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LLP accounts reveal cost of controlling debt and staff for law firms

14-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Servicing debt and dealing with staff costs including historical pension liabilities continued to preoccupy firms in the 2013/14 financial year, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed.

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Belfast support centre helps Allen & Overy cut staff costs by £15m

7-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Allen & Overy (A&O) saw its total staff costs reduce by £15m in 2013/14 largely thanks to shifting a swathe of its support function from London to Belfast over the past few years.

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Scotland’s Burness Paull increases bank balance in year after merger

23-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm Burness Paull strengthened its cash position by over £2m in the first full year following the merger of Burness and Paull & Williamsons, with the figure rising from £3.6m to £5.8m.

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​Thinking of becoming a freelance lawyer? Five things to consider

23-Jan-2015

Top tips for lawyers looking at going freelance.

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"Reputational kryptonite": Firms scramble to tighten disciplinary procedures in wake of CC trainee’s Islamist rant

22-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

City firms are rushing to put in place procedures to deal with incidents such as the YouTube video of a Clifford Chance trainee expressing Islamist views.

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From In-House Counsel to Business Partner Conference: What the speakers said

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

How should GCs manage risk, gain commercial nous and say ‘no’ the right way? Lawyers converged at the inaugural In-house Counsel to Business Partner conference to find out Headline Sponsor of The Lawyer Conference, From In House Counsel to Business Partner

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I'm a managing partner… get me out of here

17-Nov-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Lonely, a career cul-de-sac, the figurative punch bag, master and yet servant – just some of the ways the managing partner role can be hell. Still interested in doing it? Read on

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

11-Nov-2014

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics.

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The choices facing Ashurst and Olswang

3-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The Americanisation of UK law is coming - so what are firms doing about it?

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Slater & Gordon in talks to acquire Quindell operating division

23-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Slater & Gordon is in negotiations to buy an operating division of Aim-listed legal services provider Quindell, understood to be its legal services arm.

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Dentons chair on the Dacheng merger: "Like Halley's Comet and the Holy Grail"

23-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

After the announcement of the merger between Dentons and Chinese firm Dacheng, the two firms’ management speak about the opportunities for the future - and why they believe the tie-up is ground-breaking.

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China’s Dacheng merges with Dentons to create world's biggest firm

22-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

PRC firm Dacheng is to merge with global firm Dentons in only the second tie-up between a Chinese and Anglo-Saxon firm in history.

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Opinion

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​Thinking of becoming a freelance lawyer? Five things to consider

23-Jan-2015

Top tips for lawyers looking at going freelance.

Tim Bratton

New year is a time for small steps rather than giant leaps

19-Jan-2015

The key to new year’s resolutions is to rein in your ambitions in the first place.

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London

Slater & Gordon in talks to acquire Quindell operating division

23-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Slater & Gordon is in negotiations to buy an operating division of Aim-listed legal services provider Quindell, understood to be its legal services arm.

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Irwin Mitchell appoints brokers ahead of possible 2015 IPO

21-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell may float as early as this year, according to documents revealing the firm had appointed brokers in relation to an initial public offering (IPO) by October last year.

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Susan Maher

Susan Maher, marketing and business development manager, Schillings

3-Jul-2014

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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Court of Appeal confirms no English celebrity image right but Topshop’s Rihanna T-shirt was passing off download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 23-Jan-2015

The Court of Appeal has delivered its decision in the litigation between Rihanna and Topshop, upholding the trial judge’s finding that Topshop’s unauthorised use of Rihanna’s image on a T-shirt was passing off.

The Smith Commission: draft Scotland clauses download subscription

Shepherd and Wedderburn 23-Jan-2015

The UK Government published draft legislation on 22 January that aims to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission for further devolution to Scotland.

Do not disclose: the problem of internet anonymity download subscription

Shepherd and Wedderburn 23-Jan-2015

In this article, Shepherd & Wedderburn reviews a recent decision of the Inner House, which refused to order disclosure of the identity of two anonymous users of the Tripadvisor website.

Wearable technology in the workplace download subscription

Kemp Little 23-Jan-2015

Despite the efforts of The Apprentice candidates, wearable technology is no laughing matter; this £450m industry is becoming increasingly popular, both in and outside the workplace.