Matt Byrne

The power of the PA

10-Apr-2014

Capsticks is a firm in a tough sector - public health - where pricing is as keen as it gets. Consequently over the past few years Capsticks has been striving to make its business as efficient and client-focused as possible. In practice, that has meant putting in place a structure for supporting its fee-earners as effectively as possible via upskilling its business support staff.

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Locked up

Is Bonelli's lock-in a solution to the European succession planning question?

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger, or to stem a slew of partner departures.

London

Cuatrecasas joins European allies in Gide London offices

15-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has moved into empty London office space rented by French ally Gide Loyrette Nouel, as the development of the firms’ non-exclusive alliance progresses.

Beijing dragon

Dacheng unveils newly elected management team headed by firm founder Peng Xuefeng

14-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

China’s largest firm by headcount Dacheng has appointed a new leadership team following a month-long election process.

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Richard East

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.

leeds

Simpson Millar turns to Fairpoint for merger after ending Slater & Gordon talks

9-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Leeds-based Simpson Millar has been acquired by AIM listed financial services group Fairpont Group after shelving discussions with Slater & Gordon in January.

debt

Debt: Red lines

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne, Joanne Harris

Debt can kill a firm but it can also fund ambition. Our first-ever market snapshot shows firms in the UK 200 getting into it in a big way

money

Herbies tops charts in The Lawyer's first-ever ranking of net debt

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has come top of the charts of UK firms ranked by debt in new data compiled by The Lawyer.

John Pickering

Irwin Mitchell taps trio of banks for £90m funding facility

27-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell has secured a £60m rolling banking facility along with an additional £30m buffer in a joint deal with HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

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debt

Debt: Red lines

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne, Joanne Harris

Debt can kill a firm but it can also fund ambition. Our first-ever market snapshot shows firms in the UK 200 getting into it in a big way

Think

Knowledge management: Unleash the power

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Information and experience are invisible yet valuable assets which some firms are leveraging to build stronger client relationships 

bus

Paul Weiss brings in London practice chief to look after best friends network

21-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The London office of Paul Weiss has hired a practice development specialist to manage its referral relationships in the UK.

saudi

Saudi Arabia: Keys to the kingdom

10-Mar-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Setting up in Saudi Arabia requires picking through complex regulation. Here’s what you need to know 

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Merger watch

andrew leaitherland dwf

DWF cuts 19 operational finance roles in latest round of redundancies

17-Apr-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DWF has confirmed that it has cut 19 jobs as part of a consultation launched last month, which put 21 operational roles in its finance department at risk.

adelaide australia

Australian firm HWL Ebsworth expands national network with Adelaide acquisition

17-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Australian firm HWL Ebsworth continues its growth spree with the acquisition of South Australian firm Kelly & Co.

London

Charles Russell and Speechly extend merger talks as brand unveiled

11-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell will be known as Charles Russell Speechlys LLP should the merger be successful later this year.

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Opinion

Tom Burton

Cyber security: the risks and consequences

10-Apr-2014

BAE Systems’ Tom Burton sets out the position facing the world’s top firms

Cat Griffiths index

Borrowing your way to growth

7-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Today’s issue of The Lawyer is a first: we survey 153 LLP accounts taken from the list of firms in The Lawyer’s UK 200 to investigate debt levels within the UK’s leading legal practices.

leeds

Simpson Millar turns to Fairpoint for merger after ending Slater & Gordon talks

9-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Leeds-based Simpson Millar has been acquired by AIM listed financial services group Fairpont Group after shelving discussions with Slater & Gordon in January.

John Pickering

Irwin Mitchell chief exec Pickering in shock exit

2-Apr-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell group chief executive John Pickering is to stand down after 37 years at the firm it has been announced today.

London

EY appoints Addleshaws corporate chief to launch UK legal offering

27-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

EY has appointed Addleshaw Goddard corporate managing partner Phillip Goodstone to establish its legal capability in the UK.

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Profile

Fiona Haigh

Lawyer Management - Fiona Haigh, director of administration and strategy

10-Apr-2014

Fiona Haigh is the director of administration and strategy at Weil Gotshal & Manges. She joined the firm from Clifford Chance in 1998. 

Despina Kartson

The Lawyer Management: Despina Kartson, chief BD officer, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

27-Feb-2014

Despina Kartson joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius as chief business development officer in 2013. She was previously Latham & Watkins’ chief marketing officer.

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Interpreting patent claims and the meaning of ‘dry fryer’ weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

The High Court case of Jarden Solutions (Europe) Ltd v SEB SA concerned a dispute about deep fat fryers.

Colour contrasts and surface decoration in registered designs weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

In order to be capable of registration under the Community Designs Regulation, a design must be ‘new’ and have ‘individual character’.

How to protect an image weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

There is no free-standing general concept of ‘image rights’ protecting against the reproduction of a person’s image. However, there are other ways in which an image can be protected.

Brands Update — April 2014: losing a grip on trademark protection for knife handles download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

When considering whether a sign ‘consists exclusively of the shape of goods that is necessary to obtain a technical result’, the court is not confined to looking at the sign as filed.

Brands Update — April 2014: getting to the meat of the matter (and the game and poultry) download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

Iceland Foods applied to register in the UK the trademark ICELAND (both figurative and word marks) for fish, meat, game and poultry.