DLA Piper International revenue and headcount fell in 2013/14, accounts show

30-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper International - the firm’s operations outside the US - saw a 2 per cent drop in revenue in 2013/14, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown.

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And then there were two: Collins and Mayhew to contest BLP managing partner election

29-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of corporate David Collins and head of employment Lisa Mayhew will go head-to-head on Tuesday (3 February), when partners vote in the firm’s first contested managing partner election for 16 years.


Freshfields to pay £1bn to retired partners over next 50 years

28-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The amount that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer expects to pay to fund current partners’ pensions fell in the 2013/14 financial year, despite the firm’s total future commitment to retired partners continuing to hover around the £1bn mark.

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India's largest firm Amarchand splits as brothers battle over equity stake

27-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

When Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co splits in two on 1 April this year it will bring an end to the history of one of India’s oldest and best-known law firms.

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Clifford Chance moots superpoints for star partners as part of lockstep overhaul

26-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clifford Chance has kicked off a review of its lockstep, which could see changes made as early as the beginning of the next financial year. 


Midlands-based lawyers in line for 10 per cent pay rise as legal jobs increase

26-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lawyers in the Midlands will see a salary increase of around 10 per cent in 2015, thanks to a growing number of firms setting up offices in the region.


Scotland’s Burness Paull increases bank balance in year after merger

23-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm Burness Paull strengthened its cash position by over £2m in the first full year following the merger of Burness and Paull & Williamsons, with the figure rising from £3.6m to £5.8m.

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Shakespeares’ new CEO sets out national ambitions as Wilson steps down

22-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Shakespeares chief executive Paul Wilson has stepped down from his role after nearly nine years at the helm of the acquisitive Midlands-based firm.


Bird & Bird consolidates loans in bid to reduce debt-servicing costs

22-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird consolidated its debt into one single unsecured facility in November 2014 just as the balance on two sizeable loans was due for repayment.


Female GCs "ahead of the game" in buying legal services

22-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Male and female general counsel have different priorities when buying legal services, according to new research by Acritas.

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Gunnercooke invites two-man boutique to share office in bid to bring in tech clients

22-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Manchester firm Gunnercooke has signed a deal to provide office space, regulatory, insurance and back office support services to two-man start-up firm Ignition Law.


Irwin Mitchell appoints brokers ahead of possible 2015 IPO

21-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell may float as early as this year, according to documents revealing the firm had appointed brokers in relation to an initial public offering (IPO) by October last year.


Addleshaws' TLT hire leads to Barclays instruction on case against former Dewey partners

21-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Addleshaw Goddard has won an instruction from Barclays Bank on its attempts to recoup money loaned to partners of collapsed US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, following the hire of partner Richard Clayton from TLT.

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Why is Fried Frank calling time on its Asia strategy?

20-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

For years, Asia has been hailed as a land of golden opportunity for the legal profession. So, why has Fried Frank Harris & Shriver decided to close down its operations in the region? 

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CC appoints global innovation chief as Layton ushers in ‘a decade of massive change’

20-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clifford Chance has appointed its first global head of innovation and business change alongside a new chief operating officer (COO), both with specific remits to support an era of transformation under new managing partner Matthew Layton.

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Hot 100 reveals management excellence

29-Jan-2015 | By Matt Byrne

If you were still looking for a way to get your year started properly yesterday then you could have done a lot worse than attend the party to launch the Hot 100 2015. A stellar turnout saw a jamboree of lawyers from every corner of the legal market rub shoulders over a glass or two at a jam-packed Royal Exchange.

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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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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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Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download

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

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