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Cripps appoints Christina Blacklaws as client services director

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Kent-based Cripps has appointed former Co-op Legal Services (CLS) policy director Christina Blacklaws as director of client services with a remit to lead the firm’s growth strategy.


Slater & Gordon acquires Flint Bishop PI team in East Midlands push

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slater & Gordon has acquired East Midland firm Flint Bishop’s Injured Patient Claims arm, a claimant personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence team.


Minster’s legal director Underwood joins Capita-owned rival Optima Legal

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Minster Law’s director of legal services Craig Underwood has joined Capita-owned volume legal business Optima Legal as head of legal services today.


Co-op Legal Services makes £5m loss at half-year

4-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The Co-operative Group’s half-year results, released today (4 September), show a £5.1m loss in the 26 weeks up to 5 July for the legal services arm.


Knights’ David Beech says firm will exceed £15m in 2014/15

3-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Private equity-backed Knights is expected to turnover in excess of £15m during 2014/15 having hit £7.5m at the half-year.

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Pannone partner duo risk capital to leave Slater & Gordon early

27-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Two former Pannone personal injury big-hitters have become the latest to break the three-year lock in to leave Slater & Gordon, moving to ABS rival Irwin Mitchell.


Horwich Farrelly appoints first operations chief as part of change strategy

27-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester insurance litigation firm Horwich Farrelly has appointed its first chief operations officer (COO) to its executive board.


Quindell reports H1 turnover of £180m from legal portfolio

22-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Listed alternative business structure (ABS) Quindell has generated £180m of revenue from legal services at the half-year according to its interim statement to the London Stock Exchange.

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Pannone partners break three-year lock-in to leave Slater & Gordon

21-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

At least two legacy Pannone partners have managed to exit Australian-listed Slater & Gordon and others are negotiating exits despite a three-year lock-in.


Mishcon set to turn from partnership to full-equity LLP structure

19-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Mishcon de Reya is to vote next month on converting to an LLP and bringing all of its salaried partners into the equity.

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Local authorities clamber aboard the ABS bandwagon

15-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

It has taken just over two years, but for those standing patiently at the ABS bus stop for a local authority to gain a licence the wait is finally over. And predictably, two have come along at once.

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Irwin Mitchell’s profit drops 8.5 per cent to £17.1m as revenue inches up

15-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell grew revenue by 1.2 per cent from £200.3m to £202.7m and saw profit before tax drop by 8.5 per cent from £18.7m to £17.1m last year, according to audited figures.


ICAEW granted authority to license ABSs

14-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) has become the first non-legal entity with powers to regulate probate services and license alternative business structures (ABSs). 

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Bevan Brittan makes it two in a row as London's Barnet and Harrow awarded local authority ABS

13-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The London boroughs of Harrow and Barnet, which recently merged their legal groups, have become the second local authority in-house team to be awarded an alternative business structure (ABS) licence, following Buckinghamshire County Council last week. 

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Slater & Gordon UK doubles revenue to £101m for 2013/14 year

12-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slater & Gordon’s UK revenues have smashed through the £100m barrier, with an 119 per cent increase in turnover from £46.1m to £101m (A$182.5m) for the 2013/14 financial year.

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Why you need to be more agile

11-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Next month The Lawyer Management conference and awards rolls into town. Over the next few weeks in the run-up to the conference we’ll be looking at some of the operational themes it will be covering, we well as the awards categories in more detail.

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How much can Freshfields tinker with its lockstep to lure New York partners?

22-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

What is more important to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer? The sacred lockstep or a swathe of heavy-hitting veteran US partners to build up its growing presence in New York and Washington?

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Bird & Bird's David Kerr: Australian merger is a possibility

16-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.

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Boodle Hatfield appoints first female senior partner since 1722

15-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Boodle Hatfield has appointed its first female senior partner in its 300-year history, with head of private client Sara Maccallum set to take over the running of the firm on 1 May next year.

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Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman confirm merger in $675m deal

11-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Locke Lord Edwards to be formed as US firms pair push forward with a letter of intent to merge in 2015.

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US litigation boutique BuckleySandler launches in London

9-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Washington DC-headquartered BuckleySandler has opened in London, the firm’s first international office.


DWF to sell portable office space for £6,500 to remote workers

8-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DWF is ramping up its agile working capabilities with a raft of initiatives kick-started by its move last Monday into London’s Walkie Talkie building (19 May 2014).

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15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all


Building the perfect firm

1-Sep-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

We gave managing partners an imaginary wrecking ball, permission to set aside the past and a wishlist of constituent parts and asked them to build from the ground up a law firm fit for 21st century demands. Here’s the result…


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


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

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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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