Marketing heads at London’s top 60 law firms are paid as much as £477,000, according to a survey conducted by marketing recruitment consultancy Carter Murray.
QualitySolicitors’ owner Palamon Capital Partners has acquired an undisclosed majority shareholding in Simplify Legal Group.
Brick Court Chambers has restructured its clerking team following the exit of longstanding joint senior clerk Deborah Anderson.
Average profit at Southampton-headquartered Moore Blatch fell sharply in 2013/14, from £344,000 in 2012/13 to £133,000.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett finance partner Sinead O’Shea is relocating from Hong Kong to London, where she will become the elite US firm’s first female partner based in the City.
Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell partners are going to the polls today (16 July), to cast their votes on their potential £126m merger between the firms.
Latham & Watkins projects development and financing partner Bill Voge, based in London, has been elected as the firm’s new global chair and managing partner.
Slater & Gordon is set to sponsor England cricket captain Alastair Cook, in a move that will see him act as brand ambassador for the firm.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has named investigations and antitrust partner Paul Friedman as its first managing partner for Europe, some nine months after launching its third office in the region.
Mishcon de Reya has posted its financial results for 2013/14, which reveal a doubling of turnover since 2009.
Boutique firms CM Murray, Hierons and Maurice Turnor Gardner have joined forces with chartered accountants Buzzacott to go to market as a one-stop-shop for professional practices.
Total revenue at Allen & Overy (A&O) rose by just 2 per cent last year from £1.21bn to £1.23bn in 2013/14, despite the firm having posted a 7.5 per cent rise at the half-year stage.
DMH Stallard managing partner Tim Aspinall is stepping down at the end of 2014, to be replaced by real estate head Richard Pollins.
Simmons & Simmons is not a firm you instantly associate with regional offices but in the last year headcount at its Bristol base has been rising fast.
Pinsent Masons partners have elected the firm’s head of construction Richard Foley as senior partner for a four-year term beginning October 2014
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Dundee-headquartered Thorntons is on a mission to become the premier firm in the east of Scotland and has just sealed a double merger in Fife to help it on its way.
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Edwards Wildman Palmer is in the midst of “ongoing dialogue” with five of its London-based corporate partners as they threaten to quit over pay.
Pinsent Masons’ senior partner Chris Mullen will face head of construction Richard Foley in the firm’s first senior partner election in six years, with a result expected in early July.
Addleshaw Goddard has overhauled its management lineup in the wake of falling net profit figures after a year of upheaval at the firm.
Linkaters has become the first magic circle firm to adopt gender diversity targets and is aiming for 30 per cent female membership on its executive committee and international board by 2018.
CMS has announced its financial results for the year to 31 December 2013 and revealed flat global revenue flat, rising by 0.5 per cent from €837.7m (£711.5m) to €842.1m (£715.2m).
Ashurst is aiming to ensure that 40 per cent of all partner promotions are female by 2018 as well as handing a quarter of management positions to women in a radical overhaul of the firm’s diversity policy.
Osborne Clarke has hired a team of four partners and three associates to kickstart its new Amsterdam office, which formally launched today (2 June).
Poor work-life balance, long hours and lack of support from management are causing unprecedented amounts of stress in the legal profession, a Lawyer 2B survey has found.
US firms in London are far less encouraging of work-life balance than their UK peers, according to respondents of Lawyer 2B’s survey of stress in law survey.
The majority of law firms have no stress management initiatives in place, a survey conducted by The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B has revealed.
Eversheds has hired Moira Slape as its new HR director who joins the firm after four years with White & Case.
Watson Farley & Williams has overhauled its remuneration to fixed-share partners in the wake of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) national insurance (NI) crackdown.
Ashurst’s former senior partner Geoffrey Green has been appointed as a strategic adviser by its Chinese alliance firm Guantao as the firm puts its long-term strategy under review.
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Hogan Lovells is considering taking up a blind curriculum vitae (CV) policy in a bid to counter bias towards trainee applicants who received an Oxbridge degree or were educated privately.
Norton Rose Fulbright has updated its maternity and paternity policies, following a survey of all women who have taken maternity leave from the firm over the past five years.
Addleshaw Goddard has confirmed that head of business support and restructuring John Joyce has been elected managing partner for a term of three years from today (16 May).
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Hogan Lovells is to close its Prague office this summer following a strategic review of the market.
Hogan Lovells’ international management committee has introduced a 10-strong flexible working group, to be led by the firm’s co-head of corporate Andrew Skipper.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former chief information officer (CIO) Paul Domnick has taken up leadership of software and risk management company Litéra after stepping down from his role at the magic circle firm late last year.
Kemp Little founding and senior partner Richard Kemp has resigned from the firm’s partnership to launch his own IT boutique.
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Pinsent Masons finance director Steve Hancock is to retire from the firm as it gears up for the first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999.
German heavyweight Noerr’s co-leaders reveal the secret of their firm’s success.
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.
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.
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.
China’s largest firm by headcount Dacheng has appointed a new leadership team following a month-long election process.
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.
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.
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.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Nigel Rawding to head up its arbitration practice in the City.
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.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has come top of the charts of UK firms ranked by debt in new data compiled by The Lawyer.
Irwin Mitchell group chief executive John Pickering is to stand down after 37 years at the firm it has been announced today.
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.
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.
Pinsent Masons partners are warming up for the firm’s first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999.
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.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has appointed former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australian senior partner and chief executive Tony Harrington to succeed outgoing chief executive John Weber.
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).
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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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.
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.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed partner Andrew Edge to head up its corporate practice in London.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) and Scotland’s HBM Sayers are to merge on 1 May to form a £100m risk and insurance firm.
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.
Weightmans has appointed Alison Littley, the former chief executive of public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions, as its first non-executive director.
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.
Ailing Manchester firm Linder Myers is close to completing a deal with consultancy Assure Law to restructure its debt.
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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Stephenson Harwood’s non-executive supervisory council has re-appointed Sharon White as chief executive officer (CEO) for a second three-year term.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 Bruckhaus Deringer has elected London corporate head Julian Long as its new City managing partner, succeeding Mark Rawlinson.
Irwin Mitchell has acquired the former recoveries arm of defunct Manchester-based Halliwells, HL Interactive, in a deal that completed on Friday (28 February).
Taylor Wessing’s German managing partner Michael-Florian Ranft is stepping down from the position, just one year into his four-year term.
Squire Sanders has confirmed that it is in early stage merger talks with Patton Boggs, the Washington law and lobbying firm.
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.
Fladgate has overhauled its partnership structure ahead of the introduction of HMRC’s new rules on the tax treatment of fixed-share partners.
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.
Paul Hastings has posted a 3.6 per cent rise in revenue for the 2013 financial year, with turnover increasing from $908m to $941m.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Chinese giant Dacheng has kicked-started an election process for a new leadership team under a new governance and management structure.
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.
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.
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.
Jones Day has installed its first overarching Asia management role with the appointment of David Carden as partner-in-charge of Asia.
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.
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.
Dechert is targeting growth in Asia following what chief executive officer Daniel O’Donnell described as “a year of consolidation” in 2013.
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.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) Rudiger Knopf has stepped down from his post after 16 years as German managing partner.
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.
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.
Merger talks between Shakespeares and Davenport Lyons have broken down, leaving Davenport Lyons on the market for a potential deal, sources suggest.
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.
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.
Magic circle firm Allen & Overy has the best brand recognition in the English legal profession, according to survey results published today.
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.
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.
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has turned to property search specialists Strutt & Parker for the hire of its first chief operating officer (COO).
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.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) fined Capita £46,139 for fatal flaws in its court interpreter service between May 2012 and November 2013.
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.
DAC Beachcroft (DACB) has made its first move into the US through the launch of a representative office in New York.
Baker & McKenzie is looking for a location to launch another low-cost legal centre following the success of its Manila back office.
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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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.
Former attorney general Peter Goldsmith QC has been named co-managing partner of Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office.
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.
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.
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.
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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DAC Beachcroft appointed professional negligence partner Ian McConkey as Manchester head from the 1 January following an uncontested election for the position.
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.
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.
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.
Hogan Lovells has made up 29 new partners across its global offices, with the greatest number in any single office in London.
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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Osborne Clarke’s employment head David Cubitt has been elected as the firm’s new London chief.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
DWF has made up ten new partners in its latest round of promotions, with the insurance group taking the bulk of promotions.
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.
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.
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.
Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has elected litigator Declan Black as its new managing partner, replacing Emer Gilvarry.
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.
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.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership has elected Penelope Warne as its next senior partner, replacing the firm’s former managing partner Dick Tyler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deloitte has emerged as the dominant player in the UK law firm audit market, new research by The Lawyer has revealed.
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.
London set Wilberforce Chambers has appointed XXIV Old Buildings’ practice director Nicholas Luckman as its incoming practice director.
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”.
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).
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.
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.
Vlad Panaite became director of finance and operations for Bracewell & Giuliani in June 2013, having previously been a senior manager at Ernst & Young.
Legal process outsourcing (LPO) provider Exigent has expanded its traditional business model with the acquisition of Bangalore-based contract lifecycle technology company mLegal.
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.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two Addleshaw Goddard partners £5,000 each after they were investigated over discrepancies relating to disbursements.
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.
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.
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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More than 150 firms could face closure after being unable to get professional indemnity insurance (PII) on the open market.
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-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.
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.
11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation.
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
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.
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.
West Midlands firm DBS Law is to cut staff hours after posting record growth over the last year.
Mishcon de Reya has held its first-ever management elections for both the managing partner and heads of department positions.
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.
Ashurst partners have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of full financial integration with legacy Blake Dawson, now known as Ashurst Australia.
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.
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.
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-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.
Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has resigned from the firm after two years as global integration partner.
Simmons & Simmons has added Peter Meyer and Alex Brown to its board in its latest round of periodic elections.
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.
Property-focused Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has raided regional rival Brachers for its former managing partner.
Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance rates are set to rocket following the withdrawal of underwriter Berliner from the market, leading insurance brokers have warned.
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.
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.
SGH Martineau has appointed Emma Shipp, the former head of legacy outfit Sprecher Grier Halberstam, as overall managing partner.
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.
Slaughter and May is considering updating its traditional career progression structure and could expand the role of special adviser and consultants.
Midlands firm Challinors is likely to be sold within the next fortnight, the new insolvency team administering the practice has told The Lawyer.
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