How much can Freshfields tinker with its lockstep to lure New York partners?

22-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

What is more important to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer? The sacred lockstep or a swathe of heavy-hitting veteran US partners to build up its growing presence in New York and Washington?

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Bird & Bird's David Kerr: Australian merger is a possibility

16-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.

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Boodle Hatfield appoints first female senior partner since 1722

15-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Boodle Hatfield has appointed its first female senior partner in its 300-year history, with head of private client Sara Maccallum set to take over the running of the firm on 1 May next year.

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Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman confirm merger in $675m deal

11-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Locke Lord Edwards to be formed as US firms pair push forward with a letter of intent to merge in 2015.

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US litigation boutique BuckleySandler launches in London

9-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Washington DC-headquartered BuckleySandler has opened in London, the firm’s first international office.


DWF to sell portable office space for £6,500 to remote workers

8-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DWF is ramping up its agile working capabilities with a raft of initiatives kick-started by its move last Monday into London’s Walkie Talkie building (19 May 2014).

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Pinsents appoints McMillan as construction group head as MP elections loom

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons has appointed its former Scotland head Fraser McMillan to lead its construction, advisory and disputes (CAD) practice with immediate effect.


Allen & Overy hires Deloitte's Richard Punt as new CEO of contract lawyer business Peerpoint

5-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy has appointed Richard Punt, formerly managing partner of growths and markets for Deloitte, to lead its contract lawyer business.  

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Osborne Clarke's former ally De Wolf sets out independence stall

5-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Osborne Clarke’s former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners has set out a new growth strategy, with plans to expand its work in Africa as well as Europe.


Boies Schiller hires WilmerHale’s Miles as new London-based arbitration group head


US litigation boutique Boies Schiller & Flexner, which launched a London office earlier this year, has hired international arbitration lawyer Wendy Miles from WilmerHale.

Herbert Smith Freehills COO defects to Minter Ellison

4-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) COO Janet Young has left for Australian firm Minter Ellison, two years after being appointed to the newly merged firm’s global executive team. 


Fladgate boosts tax and disputes with partner hires as part of new three-year strategic plan


Fladgate has strengthened its growing tax and dispute resolution practices with a pair of partner hires from Rosenblatt and US firm Crowell & Moring.

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Intelligent Office UK opens second onshore shared services centre in Glasgow

3-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Outsourced services provider Intelligent Office (IO) is opening its second onshore shared services centre in Glasgow.

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Forsters appoints Smita Edwards as senior partner

2-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Real estate firm Forsters has appointed founding partner Smita Edwards as its new senior partner for a four-year term from 1 September in an uncontested election.

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Olswang appoints non-executive directors from Rothschild and BSkyB

1-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Olswang has appointed two big-hitting non-executive directors (NEDs) to its board, bringing its total number of NEDs up to five.

Editor's note

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How helpful is your KM?


Knowledge management in law firms has changed beyond recognition over the last few years. As a recent special report in The Lawyer highlighted, the KM conversation has moved from internal document creation and management to creating value for the client.

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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


Building the perfect firm

1-Sep-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

We gave managing partners an imaginary wrecking ball, permission to set aside the past and a wishlist of constituent parts and asked them to build from the ground up a law firm fit for 21st century demands. Here’s the result…


Peter Kalis: Disruptive BS and the false prophets of doom


‘Disruptive innovation’ has quickly become a management-speak staple, but it does not stand up to scrutiny as a worthwhile analysis of the legal world

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Asia responds to a lighter touch

30-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

This week we publish the second edition of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the most comprehensive study of the legal market in the region


Culture vs risk: How to run a law firm in challenging times

23-Jun-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

It’s a critical balance in the push for innovation and durability. In the run-up to our Awards, Law Firm of the Year contenders tell us their secrets of success

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