Matt Byrne

The power of the PA


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.

Matt Byrne

Days of debt


Remember when lawyers were debt averse? Not any more. Today’s news that Irwin Mitchell has taken out a £90m facility has the potential to reshape the market

Matt Byrne

Say hi to low-cost Manchester

13-Mar-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Berwin Leighton Leighton (BLP) jumped on the low-cost legal work bandwagon this week when it unveiled plans to open an office in Manchester. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg was at pains to stress that this was more than just your typical commodity offering, describing it as part of a four-pronged process mapping and outsourcing ...

Matt Byrne

It’s a battle out there

27-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Could the competition in today’s frantically consolidating legal market get any more intense? Well, yes, probably, though the spate of merger talks here and abroad including Wragges and Lawrence Graham, CMS ...

Matt Byrne

NIC changes: further guidance required

13-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The ongoing saga around HMRC’s tax changes has continued gathering pace over the past few days. Several firms, including TLT and Trowers ...

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.


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: 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


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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