Shakespeares and SGH Martineau in talks to create £75m firm

2-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Midlands firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau have announced they are in merger talks with the aim of creating a new top-50 firm with revenues of over £75m and 150 partners.

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DAC Beachcroft Claims Solutions chief Bill Paton exits for RSA

2-Mar-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DAC Beachcroft (DACB) Claims Limited chief executive Bill Paton is set to exit the firm at the end of March to join insurer RSA as UK and Western Europe claims director on 1 May.


"It takes time to convince people to leave their comfort zone": Jim Learner talks Kirkland's big name hires

27-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

When Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White quit the firm last October to join Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, there were a few names in the frame to succeed him.

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Debevoise executive Howard Rosenberg picks up CEO role at FRS Insight

27-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Debevoise & Plimpton executive Howard Rosenberg has been appointed chief executive officer of legal professional services provider FRS Insight, owned by Fox Rodney Search.

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Global Law Summit: Susskind & Co on the future of the law

26-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Richard Susskind revealed his view of the future at the Global Law Summit this week. For many, it’s not pretty.

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Nicholas Cheffings reappointed for second term as Hogan Lovells chair

24-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has re-appointed Nicholas Cheffings as the firm’s chair for a second three-year term.


Paul Hastings’ London chair: “We have been careful not to be everything for everyone”

20-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings might not have yet really jumped on the recruitment carousel which its US rivals are riding in the UK, but its London chair Ronan O’Sullivan thinks the firm is well-placed in the market.


Olswang CEO elections still months away as firm searches for candidates

19-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

It has emerged that Olswang is unlikely to hold elections to replace its former chief executive David Stewart until the second half of this year.

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Trowers & Hamlins applies to be first qualified foreign law firm in Malaysia following change in local law

19-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Trowers & Hamlins has applied for a licence to practise as a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) in Malaysia following changes to the Legal Profession Act (LPA) last June.

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Norton Rose Fulbright re-elects chair Stephen Parish for a third term

18-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Norton Rose Fulbright has re-elected current chair Stephen Parish for a third term in office starting on 1 May 2015.

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Linklaters moves 10 financial processes staff to Warsaw after outsourcing contract ends

17-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters is relocating 10 back office staff from its London and Colchester offices to a low-cost business services centre in Warsaw.

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Clifford Chance reports increase in cash from £103m to £110m

17-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance has reported a 6.8 per cent increase in its cash reserves for 2013/14, with cash at the bank and in hand rising to £110m from £103m according to the firm’s LLP accounts.

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Bird & Bird launches IT-focused consultancy

17-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bird & Bird has become the latest firm to launch a consulting arm, with several of its partners jointly setting up a new venture focused on IT change programmes.

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Pillsbury year-end results show 3 per cent boost to $560m

17-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has posted a 3 per cent boost in turnover, from $543.5m to $560m (£364.3m), in its 2014 year-end financial results.

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Financial performance at US headquartered global firms outstrips that of domestic rivals

16-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Analysis of financial results for 2014 has revealed that global firms headquartered in the US are outperforming more domestically-focused rivals - although smaller firms are closing the performance gap. 

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Global Law Summit: Susskind & Co on the future of the law

26-Feb-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Richard Susskind revealed his view of the future at the Global Law Summit this week. For many, it’s not pretty

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Leader: UK 200 redraws the legal map

27-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

It’s here: The Lawyer’s UK 200 is the biggest financial data exercise in the legal profession

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Recruiting Generation Y

2-Feb-2015 | By Richard Simmons, Becky Waller-Davies

Generation Y law students have distinct career priorities and progressive values. They aren’t seduced by traditional recruitment campaigns, which has prompted a flurry of firm branding overhauls – with varying success.


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


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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