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Fidal sets sights on international expansion as turnover rises 1.5%

22-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

French giant Fidal is focusing on building up its cross-border capabilities in a bid to change clients’ perception of the former accountancy-tied firm.

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Is Bonelli's lock-in a solution to the European succession planning question?

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger, or to stem a slew of partner departures.

London

Cuatrecasas joins European allies in Gide London offices

15-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has moved into empty London office space rented by French ally Gide Loyrette Nouel, as the development of the firms’ non-exclusive alliance progresses.

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Dacheng unveils newly elected management team headed by firm founder Peng Xuefeng

14-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

China’s largest firm by headcount Dacheng has appointed a new leadership team following a month-long election process.

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Latham takes Bakers' crown as number one firm on top 30 international firms ranking

14-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the 30 largest international firms in the UK by revenue for the first time, with UK revenue hitting an all-time high of $210.6m. 

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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.

Singapore

HFW becomes first UK firm to relocate leader to Asia as senior partner moves to Singapore

10-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) senior partner Richard Crump has relocated permanently to Singapore in a move that underlines the firm’s ambitious plans to grow its Asia practice.

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Freshfields' Rawding to replace Partasides as City arbitration chief

8-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Nigel Rawding to head up its arbitration practice in the City.

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Taylor Wessing anoints Hamburg IP partner Meissner as new Germany chief

8-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Taylor Wessing has elected Hamburg IP partner Andreas Meissner as its new German managing partner, following the sudden decision of Florian Ranft to step down after just one year in the job.

money

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.

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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.

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Diversity fails to pay off at the top as US firms in London dominated by male partners

1-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

US firms in London continue to be dominated by men, with women representing just 17.6 per cent of UK partners across the top 30 international firms present in the City in 2013. 

London

Linklaters PE associates offered £40K golden hello by White & Case

31-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

White & Case offered Linklaters private equity (PE) associates up to £40,000 in ’golden hellos’ to join star PE partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw when they quit the magic circle firm.

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Pinsent Masons faces management shake-up

31-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons partners are warming up for the firm’s first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999.

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Linder Myers avoids administration with Assure Law rescue deal

27-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester-based Linder Myers has avoided administration through a debt restructuring deal including investment from Assure Law director Tony Stockdale, who has become chief executive.

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Minter Ellison appoints former PwC Australian senior partner as new chief

24-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Australian firm Minter Ellison has appointed former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australian senior partner and chief executive Tony Harrington to succeed outgoing chief executive John Weber.

Liverpool

Weightmans FSPs vote for £3.8m cash call to meet HMRC demands

24-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The “vast majority” of Weightmans’ 126 fixed-share equity partners will increase their capital share in the firm, as the firm moves to meet new tax requirements for LLPs imposed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

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Cash call looms at Addleshaws

24-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard has joined the legions of firms calling for a cash injection from fixed-share partners (FSPs) in response to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) partnership taxation crackdown.

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After the Addleshaws blunderstorm

24-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Undermined by leadership slip-ups, is it time firm looked outside for fresh blood?

London

IP firm Mathys & Squire becomes first firm to move into Shard

21-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

IP firm Mathys & Squire is the first legal tenant of the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.

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Andrew Leaitherland: still aspiring to the top 20

21-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Having invested £17m on expansion and added £44.9m to the firm’s top line in doing so, DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland is now focused on recovering the firm’s profitability through successful integration.

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Stonewall unveils top 20 LGB friendly firms

20-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

New research by the LGB charity Stonewall has revealed that 90 per cent of the top 20 firms have openly gay partners or senior managers.

London

Stephenson Harwood appoints Edge as City corporate head

18-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Stephenson Harwood has appointed partner Andrew Edge to head up its corporate practice in London.

scotland

Berrymans enters Scottish market with HBM Sayers merger

17-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) and Scotland’s HBM Sayers are to merge on 1 May to form a £100m risk and insurance firm.

Addleshaws

Addleshaws to kick off management elections after Devitt stands down early

17-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard’s Paul Devitt is to stand down as the firm’s managing partner a year before his tenure was due to end on 30 April 2015, sparking an early election.

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Weightmans appoints former Buying Solutions CEO as non-exec

13-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans has appointed Alison Littley, the former chief executive of public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions, as its first non-executive director.

People

HSF targets 30 per cent female partnership by 2019

13-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has unveiled plans to boost gender diversity across the firm by targeting a 30 per cent female partnership, setting an interim goal of 25 per cent within the next three years.

Manchester

Linder Myers seeks to avoid administration with last-minute debt restructure

12-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Ailing Manchester firm Linder Myers is close to completing a deal with consultancy Assure Law to restructure its debt.

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DLA Piper to managers: start billing or stop earning

12-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper is planning to ringfence management pay among its sector and group in a bid to increase fee-earning levels amongst its senior lawyers.

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Davenport Lyons: we are not on the verge of administration

11-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

With constant merger talks and two empty floors in its building, Davenport Lyons can’t shake the appearance of a firm that is desperate to be bought. Here’s why.

London

Stephenson Harwood re-appoints White as CEO

7-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Stephenson Harwood’s non-executive supervisory council has re-appointed Sharon White as chief executive officer (CEO) for a second three-year term.

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The Lawyer's European managing partner of the year: How to make tough choices

6-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo managing partner Manuel Martín has had to lead his firm through the hardest of times, and make the toughest decisions in the process.

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Hill Dickinson to pilot centralised billing

6-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hill Dickinson has become the latest firm to moot plans to create a new centralised billing system in order to reduce lock-up and increase efficiency.

Paris

Paris bar dismisses Mayer Brown complaint against campaigning lawyer

5-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Paris bar’s disciplinary body has thrown out a complaint brought by Mayer Brown against a lawyer alleging the firm had been exaggerating the number of partners it had in France.

London

Stephenson Harwood axes 27 secretarial jobs as consultation closes

5-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Stephenson Harwood has axed 15 per cent of its secretarial jobs, as a result of a redundancy consultation which kicked off last month (5 February 2014).

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Morgan Lewis rejigs management with COO hire from rival Dechert

4-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has replaced its executive director position with the role of chief operating officer (COO), taking on Dechert’s COO Anthony Licata.

Freshfields

Julian Long to replace Mark Rawlinson as Freshfields' London MP

4-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected London corporate head Julian Long as its new City managing partner, succeeding Mark Rawlinson.

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Irwin Mitchell acquires former Halliwells recoveries business

4-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell has acquired the former recoveries arm of defunct Manchester-based Halliwells, HL Interactive, in a deal that completed on Friday (28 February).

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Jonathan Watmough and the RPC learning curve

28-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough has spent the last few years moving the firm away from its insurance roots and bringing in top level recruits in a bid to shake up the client list.

Munich

Taylor Wessing Germany MP steps down three years early

27-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Taylor Wessing’s German managing partner Michael-Florian Ranft is stepping down from the position, just one year into his four-year term.

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Squire Sanders in merger talks with Patton Boggs

27-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Squire Sanders has confirmed that it is in early stage merger talks with Patton Boggs, the Washington law and lobbying firm.

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Linklaters mulls streamlining of management as partners push for fee-earner focus

27-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Linklaters is considering a merger of the firm’s two senior management boards so that more partners can focus on fee-earning, sources have told The Lawyer. 

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​Fladgate raises £1m in HMRC capital call

27-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Fladgate has overhauled its partnership structure ahead of the introduction of HMRC’s new rules on the tax treatment of fixed-share partners.

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Ayesha Vardag: I am the diva of divorce

26-Feb-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Divorce lawyer Raymond Tooth and his former protégée, the self-proclaimed “diva of divorce” Ayesha Vardag, have reached a settlement in a bitter battle over allegations she attempted to poach his clients.

Money

Paul Hastings hits $941m as key financials rise

26-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Paul Hastings has posted a 3.6 per cent rise in revenue for the 2013 financial year, with turnover increasing from $908m to $941m.

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​HMRC green lights cash calls but slams door on firms cutting debts

26-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

HMRC has given the green light to a wave of capital calls at LLPs across the UK, but its much-anticipated updated guidance on the tax treatment of salaried members is still likely to give firms several finance-related headaches.

Manchester

Pannone partners face three-year lock-in at Slater & Gordon

24-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Partners who moved to Slater & Gordon (S&G) as part of its acquisition of Pannone are to be locked into the firm for three years under the stringent terms imposed on the new joiners.

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Sackers pledges reinvention as Pittaway begins fourth term at the helm

24-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Pensions firm Sackers has just re-elected senior partner Ian Pittaway for a fourth term - but what keeps him passionate about pensions?

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20-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Pittsburgh-based Vince Cordo is the director of client value at Reed Smith having joined the firm in June 2013. He was previously the director of value and project management at Squire Sanders.

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Reality bites at Bingham as credit crunch poster child's revenue falls by $110m

20-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Bingham has posted its biggest decline in firm-wide revenue for 20 years, with total turnover for 2013 falling by 12.6 per cent from $871.8m to $762m.

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More than half of merger discussions end in failure, S&W research finds

19-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

More than half (56 per cent) of merger discussions between law firms are ending in failure according to research from accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson.

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Hill Dickinson mulls second cash call in 12 months post HMRC tax change

19-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hill Dickinson is consulting on its second cash call in 12 months in response to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) change to the partnership taxation rules, which will come into effect on 6 April.

Barclays

Banks under pressure as demand for HMRC loans soars

18-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The UK’s leading banks are struggling to cope with the demand for new loans from fixed-share partners (FSPs) in the run-up to tax law changes on 6 April.

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DLA Piper’s Asia leadership question

17-Feb-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

With none of the three committee members based in Asia, will DLA Piper’s new US-led Asia management structure help the firm to achieve its ambition to be bigger and stronger in the region?

Addleshaws

Addleshaws' management faces fresh revolt

17-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard partners are bracing themselves for a contested election, with two names surfacing as challengers to incumbent managing partner Paul Devitt more than a year before his tenure ends.

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Dacheng overhauls management structure in latest leadership election

17-Feb-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Chinese giant Dacheng has kicked-started an election process for a new leadership team under a new governance and management structure.

London

Baker Botts launches hiring spree to staff flexi-resource scheme

17-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The London office of Baker Botts is launching a new flexible resourcing initiative that will see it hire lawyers, potentially on a full-time self-employed consultancy basis, to fill a range of areas it currently sub-contracts out to UK firms.

Melbourne

Australian mid-market firms merge to form Thomson Geer

13-Feb-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Australian mid-market firms, Thomsons Lawyers and Herbert Geer, are to merge to form the seventh largest independent firm in the country by number of lawyers.

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White & Case revenue up 4% to $1.4bn for 2013 as PEP nears $2m

12-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne, Lucy Burton

White & Case has posted a double digit rise in profit for the second year running, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 10 per cent for 2013. 

Singapore

Jones Day appoints new partner-in-charge for Asia

11-Feb-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Jones Day has installed its first overarching Asia management role with the appointment of David Carden as partner-in-charge of Asia.

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DLA Piper pulls out of Heenan Blaikie Canada deal

10-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DLA Piper’s plans to enter the Canadian market have been put on hold after its talks with a group of lawyers from collapsed firm Heenan Blaikie collapsed yesterday.

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TLT prepares for cash call in response to HMRC national insurance crackdown

10-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

TLT is expected to be amongst the first group of firms to issue a cash call to fixed-share partners (FSP) in response to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) changes to partnership taxation.

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​Dechert targets Asia growth as global revenue hits $777m

5-Feb-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Dechert is targeting growth in Asia following what chief executive officer Daniel O’Donnell described as “a year of consolidation” in 2013.

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DLA shake-up: Knowles to become chair, Angel to step down next year

4-Feb-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

DLA Piper is set for a leadership shake-up as co-CEO Nigel Knowles is to replace Tony Angel as global co-chairman and London IP partner Simon Levine is appointed as the firm’s next joint CEO.

Munich

Pauls and Kruger appointed co-managing partners of KWMSJB’s German practice

4-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) Rudiger Knopf has stepped down from his post after 16 years as German managing partner.

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Ogier fiduciary partners complete £180m MBO of business

3-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore firm Ogier has sold its fiduciary business in a management buy-out backed by private equity company Electra Partners, which values the business at £180m.

Maclays appoints corporate head as new CEO

31-Jan-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has elected corporate head Kenneth Shand as its next chief executive, following the decision of Chris Smylie to stand down at the end of his three-year term.

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Shakespeares calls off merger talks with Davenport Lyons

30-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Merger talks between Shakespeares and Davenport Lyons have broken down, leaving Davenport Lyons on the market for a potential deal, sources suggest. 

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BLP's Eisenberg: the magic circle has been undercutting us

30-Jan-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg one of the most frustrating things is not the extraordinary 40 per cent slump in PEP in 2012/13 or the 20-odd partner departures over 18 months, but undercutting by major City firms on pitches.

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Hogan Lovells LLP accounts show 2 per cent drop in non-US revenues

30-Jan-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Hogan Lovells’ revenue outside the US dropped from £590.6m to £581.4m over the course of the 2012/13 financial year, according to the firm’s international LLP accounts.

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A&O tops law firm branding league table

30-Jan-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy has the best brand recognition in the English legal profession, according to survey results published today. 

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DWF shakes up billing system in efficiency drive

30-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DWF is forcing the pace on greater billing discipline across the firm with an aim to reduce lock-up by between five and 10 days on average each month. 

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Irwin Mitchell penalised by Google for SEO tactics

29-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Google appears to have removed Irwin Mitchells’ domain names from its organic search listings as a penalty for hyperlinking to its sites via numerous blog and forum posts.

London

HKFsi hires COO in bid to integrate merged firm

29-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has turned to property search specialists Strutt & Parker for the hire of its first chief operating officer (COO).

London

Edwards Wildman kicks off pay review as London office looks at rival salaries

29-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Edwards Wildman Palmer has launched a review into its associate pay system as it looks to assess how associate salaries compare with its rivals in the UK.

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Capita interpreter calamities results in £46K fine

22-Jan-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) fined Capita £46,139 for fatal flaws in its court interpreter service between May 2012 and November 2013.

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Furious firms threaten action over “botched” SRA insurance list

22-Jan-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Law firms named for allegedly not obtaining indemnity insurance have attacked the profession’s regulator – with some understood to be considering legal action – claiming the process was unfair and slapdash.

New York

DAC Beachcroft launches in New York

21-Jan-2014 | By Katy Dowell

DAC Beachcroft (DACB) has made its first move into the US through the launch of a representative office in New York.

Manilla

Bakers on hunt for low-cost legal centre site following Manila success

20-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Baker & McKenzie is looking for a location to launch another low-cost legal centre following the success of its Manila back office. 

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Tax overhaul raises prospect of cash windfalls for firms

20-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Some firms could be facing cash windfalls of up to £9.5m in light of HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) new legislation on the way salaried partners are taxed.

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LLP results: arrears window

20-Jan-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Mixed bag as many firms get back in the black, while one’s debt rises by 10,493%

People

Redundancy rates defy gloom as survey shows 44 per cent drop in cuts

16-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The number of UK partners being made redundant has dropped to levels not seen since before the recession, according to an annual survey of partner roles. 

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Goldsmith named co-head of Debevoise London base

16-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Former attorney general Peter Goldsmith QC has been named co-managing partner of Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office. 

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High Court orders SDT to reconsider ex-Stewarts Law partner strike off decision

15-Jan-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A former Stewarts Law partner, who was struck off after a private prosecution, has had his case sent back to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) by the High Court.

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Law firms make up 10 per cent of Stonewall top 100

15-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Ten law firms have made it into the top 100 of this year’s LGBT charity Stonewall’s audit of the most gay-friendly employers.

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Addleshaw Goddard increased rolling credit facility by £4m in 2012/13

14-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard’s latest LLP accounts revealed a £4m increase in its bank borrowing and a 10.5 per cent rise in the value of its debtors from £76m to £83m.

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Trowers and Kennedys latest to launch consultations in wake of HMRC tax changes

13-Jan-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Trowers & Hamlins and Kennedys have become the latest top 100 firms to launch consultations with their partners over their response to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) proposed changes to the partnership tax regime.

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Innovators and leaders recognised in the Hot 100 2014

13-Jan-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Lawyers from across the spectrum are today recognised by The Lawyer for their innovative and inspirational work as we unveil this year’s Hot 100.

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The great tax distraction

13-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Firms wrestle with HMRC salaried partner proposals before April deadline

Manchester

DAC Beachcroft names new Manchester head

8-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DAC Beachcroft appointed professional negligence partner Ian McConkey as Manchester head from the 1 January following an uncontested election for the position.

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SRA labelled "shambolic" over PII renewal process

8-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Brokers have raised fresh concerns over the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) handling of the professional indemnity insurance (PII) renewal process after the regulator admitted it had lost track of some uninsured firms.

Edinburgh

Dundas partner exits pile up as CMS merger looms

8-Jan-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Dundas & Wilson has seen another six partners exit the firm ahead of its proposed merger with CMS Cameron McKenna, including former CMS real estate disputes founder Andrew Walker.

Manchester

DWF and Weightmans kick off reviews ahead of HMRC's partnership tax changes

7-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DWF and Weightmans are the first two firms to confirm that they are reviewing the way they define fixed-share partners as a result of HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) proposed changes to the partnership tax regime.

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Hogan Lovells promotions on the rise with 29 made up

6-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hogan Lovells has made up 29 new partners across its global offices, with the greatest number in any single office in London.

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Weightmans paves way to business services partners as firm gains ABS approval

23-Dec-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Weightmans has become the latest top 50 firm to obtain an alternative business structure (ABS) licence from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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The top stories of 2013: Going bust, barrister hotties and one monster cruise liner

23-Dec-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

Stories of law firms battling against the continuing squally economic weather balanced a prurient interest in legal profession hotties, the analysis of The Lawyer’s most-read stories of 2013 reveals.

London

Osborne Clarke employment chief Cubitt to head London office

20-Dec-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke’s employment head David Cubitt has been elected as the firm’s new London chief.

Manchester

Ward Hadaway picks up bulk of work from defunct EOS Law

20-Dec-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Newcastle-headquartered Ward Hadaway has picked up the majority of the work in progress (WIP) from the recently defunct corporate boutique EOS Law in Manchester. 

Washington DC

Patton Boggs and Locke Lord third US pair to end merger talks in a month

20-Dec-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Washington DC firm Patton Boggs and Texas-based Locke Lord are understood to have ended their merger talks, making them the third pair of US firms to kill plans for a tie-up in less than a month.

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Rocket Lawyer plans further UK expansion as founder slams "slow and lazy" rival

19-Dec-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Rocket Lawyer, the US West Coast online legal services start-up that launched in the UK a year ago, is planning to expand its offering into Northern Ireland and Scotland next year.

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Herbert Smith Freehills names Leydecker and Rigotti as joint CEOs

19-Dec-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has confirmed the appointment of global head of disputes Sonya Leydecker and former legacy Freehills managing partner Mark Rigotti as joint chief executive officers.

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DLA Piper revamps Asia management with added US focus

18-Dec-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

DLA Piper has unveiled a major overhaul of its management structure in Asia in a bid to increase the integration between the Asia offices and its US partnership.

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DWF adds 10 to partnership

18-Dec-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DWF has made up ten new partners in its latest round of promotions, with the insurance group taking the bulk of promotions.

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Law Society leadership in chaos as solicitors pass no-confidence vote

17-Dec-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

Pressure is mounting on key figures at the Law Society to resign after solicitors said today they had no confidence in the leadership’s position on government proposals to slash legal aid rates.

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Eversheds elects Paul Smith as chairman as Heaps stands down

17-Dec-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds litigation partner Paul Smith has been elected as the firm’s new chairman, beating corporate partner Robert Pitcher in a partnership vote last week.

London

Hundreds of firms face closure after failing to secure insurance

13-Dec-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

More than 5 per cent of firms are facing forced closure by the SRA after failing to find insurance cover, risk experts claim, amid fears that practising certificate fees could jump to deal with rising intervention costs.

Dublin

Mason Hayes elects new managing partner

12-Dec-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has elected litigator Declan Black as its new managing partner, replacing Emer Gilvarry.

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Hogan Lovells leadership team to step down in June

11-Dec-2013 | By Catrin Griffiths

Hogan Lovells is gearing up for a change of leadership as co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris prepare to step down next June and the firm abolishes its dual-headed management structure.

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HSF partners vote for modified lockstep in remuneration overhaul

9-Dec-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Legacy Herbert Smith partners will abandon the firms rigid eight-year lockstep in favour of a merit-based pay system following the October 2012 merger with legacy Freehills, the firm said this morning.

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CMS Cameron McKenna makes head of energy first female senior partner

2-Dec-2013 | By Lucy Burton

CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership has elected Penelope Warne as its next senior partner, replacing the firm’s former managing partner Dick Tyler. 

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US firms in London muscle in on magic circle rates with 87.5 per cent fee hike

29-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Partner rates at US firms in London have spiralled 87.5 per cent since 2009 with top-end hourly rates hitting £700 per hour, according to new research.

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Osborne Clarke appoints Saul as new senior partner

26-Nov-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke partners have elected Andrew Saul as the firm’s new senior partner, taking over from Tim Birt who has held the position since 2006.

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Magic circle hourly rates hit all-time high of £850

26-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Partner rates at magic circle firms have spiralled 62 per cent since 2005 with work-hungry top guns charging up to £850 per hour, according to new research.

London

SRA tells 141 firms to prepare for closure having failed to secure cover

25-Nov-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

More than 100 firms have ben warned to prepare for the worst case scenario after failing to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII) on the open market ahead of the 1 October renewal deadline.

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A&O boosts flexible working push with freelance initiative for alumni

25-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Allen & Overy (A&O) is rolling out a new initiative featuring self-employed legal consultants aimed at topping up resource at peak periods of demand.

London

​Deloitte the winner in UK 200 audit race

25-Nov-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Deloitte has emerged as the dominant player in the UK law firm audit market, new research by The Lawyer has revealed.

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Addleshaws' transaction services team hits third birthday

21-Nov-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester-based Transaction Services Team (TST) celebrated its third anniversary last week, with the firm saying it is now ahead of its target of delivering 10 per cent of its work through the TST by 2015.

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Wilberforce hires XXIV Old Buildings' practice director Luckman

21-Nov-2013 | By Katy Dowell

London set Wilberforce Chambers has appointed XXIV Old Buildings’ practice director Nicholas Luckman as its incoming practice director.

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RPC to scrap NQ flat rate salary for performance-based pay

19-Nov-2013 | By Richard Simmons

RPC is to scrap its flat rate salary for newly qualified (NQ) solicitors from September 2014 in favour of a merit based system, arguing that the concept of the flat rate has “passed its sell-by date”.

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Howard KennedyFSI in management limbo as CEO Dembovsky quits

14-Nov-2013 | By Kate Beioley

HowardKennedyFSI chief executive Mark Dembovsky has resigned from the firm after two years spent pushing through the merger between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI).

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Latham global chair retires from two-decade stint in top role

14-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Latham & Watkins global chair and managing partner Robert Dell is to retire from the firm at the end of 2014, after almost 20 years in the role.

London

​Olswang revenue up 15% at half-year stage to £57.6m

12-Nov-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Olswang has reported un-audited half-year numbers that show an increase of 15 per cent on last year’s six-month revenue, with the technology, media and telecoms firm booking a total of £57.6m.

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The Lawyer management: ‎‎Vlad Panaite, Bracewell & Giuliani

11-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Vlad Panaite became director of finance and operations for Bracewell & Giuliani in June 2013, having previously been a senior manager at Ernst & Young.

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LPO provider Exigent raises stakes in lower cost offering with mLegal acquisition

7-Nov-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Legal process outsourcing (LPO) provider Exigent has expanded its traditional business model with the acquisition of Bangalore-based contract lifecycle technology company mLegal.

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​Fladgate turnover up 15% at half year as firm hires FFW construction head

7-Nov-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Fladgate has posted a double-digit increase in turnover and a 10 per cent rise in profit for the 2013/14 half year, with a 15 per cent turnover hike to £14.84m over the like-for-like period.

London

Addleshaw Goddard partners fined £5,000 over ‘misdescribed’ disbursements

5-Nov-2013 | By Katy Dowell, Kate Beioley

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two Addleshaw Goddard partners £5,000 each after they were investigated over discrepancies relating to disbursements. 

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CC kicks off London managing partner hunt

4-Nov-2013 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance has kicked off the nominations process for the London managing partner elections ahead of the end of David Bickerton’s term in December.

City Gherkin

Revealed: Unpaid tax bills forced Manches' administration

4-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Manches went into administration two weeks after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) issued a notice of action after the firm paid just £90,000 of a £715,000 tax bill, The Lawyer can reveal. 

Law Society

Law Society chiefs face confidence vote over “abject surrender” in legal aid battle

4-Nov-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

Solicitors have called for a no confidence vote in the Law Society’s senior team, accusing Chancery Lane of “appeasement and abject surrender” over government proposals to slash legal aid rates.

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Analysis: Exodus forces BLP to a crossroads of identity

4-Nov-2013 | By Kate Beioley

If Berwin Leighton Paisner is to halt the stream of senior partner departures, it needs to make up its mind about its true focus and channel resources accordingly. By Kate Beioley

London

SRA confirms 153 uninsured firms face closure

31-Oct-2013 | By Katy Dowell

More than 150 firms could face closure after being unable to get professional indemnity insurance (PII) on the open market.

Adobe

Adobe cyber attack to trigger flood of legal action, forecast lawyers

31-Oct-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

A welter of legal action could tumble out of Adobe’s admission yesterday that it had suffered a far greater breach of data security in a cyber attack earlier this month, leading technology lawyers warn.

San Francisco

Orrick in merger talks with Pillsbury

28-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has begun merger talks with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the latest move by the US firm under new boss Mitch Zuklie. 

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Top City firm fights off cyber attack

28-Oct-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

A leading City law firm has fought off sophisticated cyber attacks within the last fortnight, specialists revealed – ramping up fears that hackers view legal practices as a soft underbelly route to stealing sensitive client information.

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11KBW ponders future of CEO role as incumbent exits

28-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation.

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SJ Berwin revamps real estate leadership in preparation for KWM merger

25-Oct-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

SJ Berwin has broadened the managerial lineup for its real estate group, as part of the firm’s efforts to line up its practice management structure with KWM

London

Boodle Hatfield quits Mayfair for Bankside

23-Oct-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Boodle Hatfield, which has the most expensive offices of this year’s UK200 firms, has confirmed that it is to move to new offices in London’s Bankside, with the firm’s flagship premises set to open in July 2014.

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Incoming Ashurst chair Tidswell targets global elite status

18-Oct-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst’s newly-elected chairman Ben Tidswell plans to consolidate the firm’s current international footprint and push for profit growth as he prepares to take the helm from the firm’s current senior partner Charlie Geffen.

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DBS Law cuts staff working hours following record turnover

18-Oct-2013 | By Burhan Khadbai

West Midlands firm DBS Law is to cut staff hours after posting record growth over the last year.

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Kevin Gold reappointed as ​Mishcon holds first-ever management elections

15-Oct-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Mishcon de Reya has held its first-ever management elections for both the managing partner and heads of department positions.

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Freshfields' Burke quits firm to take up in-house role at private equity house

30-Sep-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer global managing partner Ted Burke is leaving the firm to become general counsel and COO of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners.

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Ashurst partners vote for £550m financial integration with Ashurst Australia

26-Sep-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst partners have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of full financial integration with legacy Blake Dawson, now known as Ashurst Australia.

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Clifford Chance takes top gong at The Lawyer Management Awards

25-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Clifford Chance has beaten stiff competition to be named Management Team of the Year at the inaugural The Lawyer Management Awards with the magic circle firm recognised for improved client experience.

London

Revealed: Manches and Penningtons in advanced merger talks to create £60m firm

24-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Manches is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons in a move that would create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.

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Herbies kickstarts management elections as joint CEOs announce retirement

24-Sep-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Elections are underway at Herbert Smith Freehills as the firm looks for successors to joint CEOs David Willis and Gavin Bell, who are retiring from the firm.

Manchester

JMW secures £2.5m in banking facility transfer

23-Sep-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester-based firm JMW Solicitors has secured £2.5m to invest in future growth by moving its banking facility from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to Barclays.

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Dentons' Morris resigns after two years as global integration partner

20-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has resigned from the firm after two years as global integration partner.

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Simmons adds two to board in latest round of elections

18-Sep-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Simmons & Simmons has added Peter Meyer and Alex Brown to its board in its latest round of periodic elections.

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Hogan Lovells to review stress management in wake of partner's suicide

13-Sep-2013 | By Catrin Griffiths

Hogan Lovells has pledged to examine its policies and procedures around workplace stress and mental health in the wake of the death of IP partner David Latham earlier this year.

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Cripps Harries Hall hires former Brachers managing partner

13-Sep-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Property-focused Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has raided regional rival Brachers for its former managing partner.

London

PII implosion looms as underwriter Berliner exits market

10-Sep-2013 | By Katy Dowell

Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance rates are set to rocket following the withdrawal of underwriter Berliner from the market, leading insurance brokers have warned.

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In-house counsel slam firm performance in panel reviews as 'complacent and lazy'

9-Sep-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

Complacency and laziness are two of the most damning charges levelled at private practice lawyers by corporate clients conducting panel reviews, leading in-house counsel have told The Lawyer.

Scotland

Dundas & Wilson puts Scotland at the heart of UK-wide strategy

3-Sep-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

Dundas & Wilson is to refocus on growth of its Scottish base, turning away from the firm’s previous strategy of building itself out as a major UK firm.

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Former Sprecher boss steps into top role at SGH Martineau

29-Aug-2013 | By Lucy Burton

SGH Martineau has appointed Emma Shipp, the former head of legacy outfit Sprecher Grier Halberstam, as overall managing partner.

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Aon steps into the breach after XL and AIG reduce PII exposure

15-Aug-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Insurance broker Aon Risk Solutions has stepped into the breach following the news that XL Insurance and AIG intend to significantly reduce their market share in the solicitors professional indemnity (PII) market.

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Slaughters considers career progression shake-up

12-Aug-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May is considering updating its traditional career progression structure and could expand the role of special adviser and consultants.

Derby

RSM Tenon appointed to prepare Challinors for sale

12-Aug-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

Midlands firm Challinors is likely to be sold within the next fortnight, the new insolvency team administering the practice has told The Lawyer.

London

Concierge, cars and cash for couples - the benefits of being a UK top 50 partner

8-Aug-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Partner benefits among the UK’s top 50 law firms include allowances for new luggage, cash for spouses and an on site GP, new research by recruitment consultancy Sainty Hird & Partners claims today.

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Bircham Dyson Bell restructures equity as turnover and profits rise

6-Aug-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Bircham Dyson Bell has brought all of its partners into the equity in a bid to improve partner engagement and make the firm more attractive for lateral hires.

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Bond Dickinson reveals first post merger figures with revenues of £98.3m

5-Aug-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Bond Dickinson has unveiled combined turnover of £98.3m since the merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce went live on 1 May.

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Diversity efforts fail to pay off at top end of profession

5-Aug-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Firms’ efforts to promote gender diversity in the profession appear to be failing, with the proportion of partners who are women falling at half of the UK top 20.

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Wiggin cancels trainee intake from 2015 as clients move work in-house

1-Aug-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Media boutique Wiggin is to cancel its trainee scheme from 2015, citing client demand as the sole reason for the decision. 

Leeds

Freeth Cartwright plans Leeds expansion

1-Aug-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Freeth Cartwright is eyeing expansion into Leeds after several years of growth through merger and lateral hires.

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Clyde & Co sets sights on further global growth

26-Jul-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co is eyeing further expansion in Africa, Latin America and the US during the current financial year after its international practices grew by 12 per cent in 2012/13.

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SRA reappoints former Herbies partner Plant to chairman role

23-Jul-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

The SRA has extended the term of office of chair Charles Plant for a year, with the former Herbert Smith litigation partner now stepping down at the end of next year.

London

UK top 50 a 'cash cow' for PR agencies, claims new research

23-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

The legal profession is a cash cow for public relation (PR) agencies, with UK Top 50 spending £3m annually on external PR advice, new research today claims.

London

Baker & McKenzie adds two female members to London board

22-Jul-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

Baker & McKenzie has shaken up the London management committee with partners Helen Bradley and Monica Kurnatowska added to the board.

Tech Media

High-tech Farrers keeps clients happy

22-Jul-2013 | By Joanne Harris

 Firm takes smart approach to billing and client engagement

Derby

Challinors calls in corporate recovery firm as it faces High Court battle over £250k loan from ex-client

18-Jul-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Midlands firm Challinors is being sued over its alleged failure to repay a £250,000 loan and is in talks with corporate recovery specialists about the future of the firm.

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Gleiss offers paid sabbaticals to "recharge batteries"

18-Jul-2013 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Gleiss Lutz is introducing paid one-month sabbaticals for associates and associated partners every three years in a move to improve the work-life balance of its lawyers.

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Cripps looks to dominate Kent with Vertex Law merger

17-Jul-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Tunbridge Wells-headquartered Cripps Harries Hall will merge with fellow Kent firm Vertex Law at the end of September.

London

Bakers' new London head puts lawyers 'in clients' shoes' for first term

15-Jul-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Baker & McKenzie’s London office will target emerging markets, global compliance and fixed-fee deals under a plan unveiled last week by new City managing partner Paul Rawlinson.

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Latham ties bonuses to knowledge management performance

12-Jul-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Latham & Watkins is putting its lawyers at the centre of its knowledge management (KM) strategy by rewarding them with full billable hours credit for time spent on approved projects.

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Commercial nous as important as legal skills for in-house lawyers, research suggests

11-Jul-2013 | By Matt Byrne

The role of in-house lawyers is expanding beyond its traditional focus on legal work to include an increased focus on business issues, new research has revealed.

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Pinsent Masons former litigation head Nigel Kissack joins Exigent

10-Jul-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

Pinsent Masons’ former dispute resolution and litigation head Nigel Kissack has joined South African legal process outsourcing (LPO) provider Exigent as global strategy consultant.

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Lawyers on Demand recruits FT GC Tim Bratton

9-Jul-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)-backed alternative legal services provider Lawyers on Demand (LoD) has recruited Financial Times (FT) general counsel Tim Bratton as practice development director.

Scotland

Brodies reveals revenue rise of 7.5 per cent to £46m

8-Jul-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Scottish firm Brodies has posted a 7.5 per cent rise in revenue and an increase of £75,000 at the top end of its equity spread.

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SJ Berwin in talks to outsource 20-person document production unit

5-Jul-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

SJ Berwin is in the early stages of talks to outsource its document production unit amid a surge by City firms to seek out more efficient ways of operating.

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Macfarlanes confounds market doom with double digit rises in turnover and net profit

4-Jul-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Macfarlanes has posted a revenue hike of 11.7 per cent for 2012/13, taking turnover above £110m, alongside a 16 per cent jump in net profit.

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SJ Berwin picks McKinsey accountant as first-ever COO

4-Jul-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

SJ Berwin has turned to management consultancy giant McKinsey & Company for the hire of its first chief operating officer (COO).

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Eversheds partners give support to Hughes' 2020 Vision

3-Jul-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds’ partners have given support to the firm’s vision of change, with a majority voting in favour of a transformative strategy.

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Herbert Smith overhauls financial team with two new roles

1-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has overhauled its financial team with the introduction of two new roles, global chief financial officer (CFO) and financial director for UK, EMEA and Asia. 

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Law firms "losing market share" due to inefficient CRM

1-Jul-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Law firms are falling short when it comes to the effective management of key client relationships, new research has found.

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Squire Sanders begins European and US managing partner selections

28-Jun-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Squire Sanders is preparing to select new European and US managing partners as the terms of office for incumbents Peter Crossley and Stephen Mahon come to an end.

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Walker Morris appoints former Deloitte chief as non-exec

25-Jun-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Walker Morris has named former Deloitte managing partner Stuart Counsell as its first non-executive board director.

London

Lawyers years behind accountants on process and BD, The Lawyer research reveals

24-Jun-2013 | By Matt Byrne

People management, process efficiency and business development are the highest priorities for improvement among the UK’s top 200 law firms, The Lawyer’s exclusive research into change management has found.

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Seddons names Simon Ross as new managing partner

21-Jun-2013 | By Natalie Stanton

Seddons has named residential property partner Simon Ross as its new managing partner, succeeding Robin Austin who stepped down earlier this month (12 June).

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BLP's Lawyers on Demand expands service with launch of On Call

19-Jun-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Lawyers on Demand (LoD), the Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)-backed legal resourcing business which has until now provided lawyers to in-house teams and other law firms on a secondment basis is rolling out a new pay-as-you-go service.

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Taylor Wessing to put 96 secretarial roles in redundancy consultation

18-Jun-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

Taylor Wessing is set to put nearly 100 London roles in redundancy consultation as part of a restructuring of its secretarial function.

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Addleshaws to cut costs with process-mapping initiative

18-Jun-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Addleshaw Goddard is rolling out a new legal process-mapping initiative across more than 40 of its primary transactions in an attempt to provide cheaper and more efficient services to clients.

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You have to be good to worry about fee rates

17-Jun-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

Mid-market firms fret about their image, while the elite focus on pricing

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Ashurst has its reasons for choosing Glasgow

17-Jun-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

There’s more to Ashurst’s Scottish venture than a quest for the lowest cost

London

SRA examines financials across the profession as 160 enter intensive supervision

14-Jun-2013 | By Matt Byrne

As many as 160 UK firms are facing financial difficulties according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), with eight judged as being at an “immediate risk” of collapse.

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Norton Rose Fulbright retains Jaworski name in US regulatory twist

14-Jun-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

Norton Rose Fulbright has been forced to retain its legacy Fulbright & Jaworski banner as its registered name in the US temporarily for regulatory reasons.

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Pinsents teams up with tech company to fill compliance gap

10-Jun-2013 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons is to launch a new product capable of monitoring compliance across thousands of suppliers simultaneously and flagging up breaches.

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Olswang targets pricing boffins to gain market advantage

6-Jun-2013 | By Matt Byrne

Olswang is expanding its back office financial analysis team in an effort to meet a growing demand from its lawyers for pricing-related data and market intelligence.

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Herbert Smith Freehills announces pay rises across all associate levels

5-Jun-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has increased pay for its trainees, newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers and those at various levels of post qualification experience (PQE).

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FFW lands on riverside site following search for new City base

4-Jun-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has agreed a deal to move its entire London operations into one site overlooking the River Thames after originally considering two other buildings in the City.

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Linklaters shakes up international board with four new members

3-Jun-2013 | By Joshua Freedman

Linkaters has reshuffled its international board, with four partners voted onto the senior governance body including City capital markets specialist Paul Lewis.

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Minster acquired by Compare the Market owner BGL

31-May-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Insurance business BGL Group, the owners of insurance website comparethemarket.com, has acquired volume personal injury firm Minster Law.

Editor's note

Matt Byrne

The power of the PA

10-Apr-2014

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.

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Debt: Red lines

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