ABS News and Analysis


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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ABS of the Year Roundtable: Variety adds spice

23-Jun-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

ABSs arrived just two years ago but their impact on the profession is already deep. In a pre-Awards debate, our shortlisters discuss the rough and smooth of the transition


AIM-listed Fairpoint set to ramp up legal offering after Simpson Millar acquisition

19-Jun-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

AIM-listed consumer financial services business Fairpoint Group has stated its commitment to expanding Simpson Millar after it completed its acquisition of the firm earlier this week for an £8m consideration.


Bates Wells Braithwaite appoints accountant to partnership via ABS

13-Jun-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Third sector specialists Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has become the latest firm to be granted an ABS licence, paving the way for its first non-lawyer partner.

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Beware the acquisitive accountant

9-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The accountants are making some lawyers jittery. Some, but not all.


EY Law continues growth spurt with Freshfields partner hire

3-Jun-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Accountancy and consulting giant EY has made another foray into the legal sector, hiring Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Richard Norbruis to lead its global transaction law practice.


Weightmans promotes first non-lawyer partner after gaining ABS licence

22-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans has announced the promotion of seven partners, including its first non-lawyer partner, marketing director Sarah-Jane Howitt.


Capita's entrance into legal market "imminent" as Optima granted ABS

7-May-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Capita is days away from entering the legal market after the SRA granted volume outfit Optima Legal Services an ABS licence, ahead of a takeover by the outsourcing giant.


Weightmans hits turnover high with 6 per cent rise to £87m

7-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans has continued its growth trajectory with a 6 per cent increase in turnover, from £82m to £87m for the 2013/14 financial year.

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Riverview Law to launch training contracts and apprenticeships

2-May-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Riverview Law has launched ten new training contracts and apprenticeships, following its launch as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS).

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EY hires ex-BLP finance head Kellett to launch UK financial services legal team

29-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of finance Matthew Kellett is leaving the firm to join accountancy and consulting giant EY as it ramps up its investment in the legal sector.


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 Fairpoint Group after shelving discussions with Slater & Gordon in January.

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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.


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.


Cambridgeshire legal team latest authority to eye ABS spin-off

26-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure.

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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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Simpson Thacher boosts City diversity stats with return of finance partner O'Shea

22-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett finance partner Sinead O’Shea is relocating from Hong Kong to London, where she will become the elite US firm’s first female partner based in the City.

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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.


London-based Bill Voge elected as Latham’s global chair

15-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins projects development and financing partner Bill Voge, based in London, has been elected as the firm’s new global chair and managing partner.

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Slater & Gordon lines up England cricket captain Alastair Cook as its brand ambassador

10-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slater & Gordon is set to sponsor England cricket captain Alastair Cook, in a move that will see him act as brand ambassador for the firm.


MoFo commits to Europe with regional managing partner role

10-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has named investigations and antitrust partner Paul Friedman as its first managing partner for Europe, some nine months after launching its third office in the region.

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Mishcon posts 17% rise in London revenue to £97.8m as total turnover hits £104.6m

8-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Mishcon de Reya has posted its financial results for 2013/14, which reveal a doubling of turnover since 2009.

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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 


The Lawyer Management Guide: Finance


Finance professionals are in the spotlight as The Lawyer Management asks: What’s a decent profit?


The Lawyer Management Guide to KM


Want to know what the future looks like? Allow these market-leading KM experts to tell you all about robo-lawyers, the use of AI, and the on-going importance of the telephone directory.

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