Slater Heelis has formally merged with Cottrills this week (1 December) gifting it a Manchester city centre base.
Eversheds has secured four new offices in Africa having tied up with South African firm Mahons Attorneys and El Heni in Tunisia.
Pinsent Masons has appointed Maddocks chief executive David Rennick to lead a review of growth opportunities in Australia.
Earlier this year Clyde & Co revealed a 33 per cent climb in corporate revenue, from £53m to £70.7m.
Newcastle International Airport (NIA) has been ordered to pay all the costs associated with the negligence claim it brought against Eversheds, which ended last week after a six-year battle.
Personal injury specialist Neil Hudgell Solicitors has opened a London office, having purchased collapsed litigation boutique Harris Cartier’s book of personal injury work.
DAC Beachcroft has merged with Colombian insurance firm De La Torre & Monroy Abogados Asociados and started trading as DAC Beachcroft Colombia yesterday (1 December).
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Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole are in talks over a three-way merger which would create a new top 40 UK firm with revenues closing in on £100m.
Slater & Gordon has confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that a sale agreement for £33m has been made with Pannone.
Yorkshire-based ABS Minster Law is to launch a London office of 30 people in the City.
Irwin Mitchell has lost six partners and a team of 24 lawyers and support staff after being raided by TLT in Manchester.
Plans to demerge Pannone to Slater & Gordon have hit a wall again, with the deal completion date delayed for a third time until today (27 November).
Cardiff-headquartered Morgan Cole has appointed two partners and nine lawyers to its health and social care team in its Thames Valley offices.
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.
Soft drinks company Britvic has appointed Addleshaw Goddard M&A partner Clare Thomas as its new general counsel after a period of secondment.
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Watson Burton has lost another two partners, this time around to DAC Beachcroft in Newcastle.
DWF spent almost £17m on its expansion last year, the firm’s newly-released LLP accounts have shown.
Hogan Lovells has confirmed it will merge with full-service South-African outfit Routledge Modise on 1 December.
Hill Dickinson has posted a 6 per cent rise in revenue for the first half of 2013/14 up from £51.9m to £54.9m.
Lawrence Graham (LG) and Wragge & Co are in merger talks to create a £170m firm, partners were told today.
DAC Beachcroft has issued a £10m cash call to the firm's LLP members while increasing its rolling credit facility to £40m as it pushes toward a revenue target of £200m for the 2013/14 year end.
DWF has continued its upward trajectory with revenue up 57.5 per cent at the half year, with growth largely driven by the February acquisitions of Fishburns and Cobbetts.
Cardiff-headquartered Morgan Cole is transferring its Bristol-based volume claims and catastrophic insurance teams, including five partners, to DAC Beachcroft while Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has picked up a partner and seven staff from the firm.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Osborne Clarke (OC) and Proskauer Rose have taken mandates advising on the $1.7bn (£1bn) sale of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis’ transfusion diagnostics unit to Spanish plasma therapies company Grifols.
Manchester-based JMW Solicitors has posted a 26 per cent rise in turnover from £6.3m to £7.98m for first six months of the 2013/2014 financial year.
The latest Diversity League Table from the Black Solicitors Network suggests that despite improved access to the profession minority groups remain under-represented at the top.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has confirmed that it is in tie-up talks with Pannone following months of silence from the firm about the top-level discussions.
Pannone has delayed a partner vote on its proposed merger with Slater & Gordon for a second time.
Energy company KCA Deutag has appointed Pinsent Masons to its panel for employment and property across three jurisdictions in the first step of an ongoing panel review process.
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The SRA has referred two Addleshaw Goddard partners to the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) following investigations into discrepancies relating to expenses and disbursements.
Hiscox has become the latest financial institution to cut its panel, with the insurer slashing its claims roster from 45 to 13.
Hill Dickinson has expanded its London reinsurance practice through the hire of a two partners from US-firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.
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An unspecified number of jobs have been put at risk in Harper Macleod due to restructuring of its insurance department.
Kennedys’ merger with Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick has been delayed because “aspects of the merger could not be finalised within the ambitious timetable”, according to a statement today.
Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester commercial litigation chief John Lord is to join TLT following the firm’s Manchester launch in July.
Slater & Gordon’s planned takeover of Pannone has hit delays with the firm forced to allay individual concerns before any acquisition can go ahead.
Eversheds has opened a base in Erbil in an expansion of the firm’s Iraq presence following its merger with Middle East law consortium KSLG in 2011.
Irwin Mitchell has appointed Pinsent Masons’ former dispute resolution and litigation head Nigel Kissack as its head of commercial litigation after a two-year recruitment drive to find the right candidate.
Hill Dickinson is to launch a reputation management team in London after taking a two-partner team from media boutique PSB Law, which has shut up shop following the exits.
Pannone partners have voted in favour of the proposed sell-off of the firm’s consumer business to Slater & Gordon.
Hill Dickinson has appointed Alastair Reid as head of its Sheffield office following the death of the firm’s former Sheffield office managing partner Neil Thompson in June.
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.
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Irwin Mitchell is closing in on a deal with an unnamed Spanish firm which will determine the future of its Spanish subsidiary, Irwin Mitchell Abogados.
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Keystone Law has closed its 14-month recruitment drive with the addition of a final eight lawyers into its property, employment and insurance teams, bringing the total number to 132.
Slater & Gordon has spent £1m with M&C Saatchi on an TV advertising campaign that comprises of three advertisements to be aired at both peak and off-peak slots.
Capita is to enter into the legal market through the acquisition of volume outfit Optima Legal Services, three years after the SRA ordered the firm to sever its relationship with the outsourcing giant.
Another former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) big-hitter has arrived at a rival firm, with the former Managed Legal Services head Patrick Somers joining DLA Piper today.
Eversheds has secured two lateral hires from DLA Piper in Birmingham, including corporate and office managing partner Mark Beardmore.
Pinsent Masons has hired Clyde & Co partner Manoj Vaghela along with legal director Chamika Hand in its insurance group.
Shell UK, the British arm of Royal Dutch Shell Group, has completed a top-level reshuffle of its global legal team, naming Michael Coates as its new head of legal in the UK.
Covington & Burling has hired Stephenson Harwood financial and regulatory partner Charlotte Hill into the London office.
Irwin Mitchell has boosted its intellectual property practice with the appointment of Brown Rudnick’s IP head Georgie Collins.
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Kennedys has entered into an association with Bogota-based insurance litigation and arbitration boutique Botero Salazar Tobo´n & Abogados (BST).
Baker & McKenzie corporate partner James Reed has joined DAC Beachcroft’s company and commercial team in Bristol.
Clyde & Co is planning further expansion across Asia after entering into a formal association with seven-partner Indonesian firm Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS).
Slater & Gordon has topped off a month of merger activity with the completion of a move into the Liverpool market through a tie-up with personal injury firm Goodmans Law.
Kennedys has confirmed it is to merge with Scottish law firm Simpson & Marwick on 1 November.
Clifford Chance has missed out on a spot on Aviva’s new group and UK panel, following a similarly unsuccessful pitch for the insurance giant’s plc roster in April.
Accident claims company Helphire Group has given its backing to a barrister-led alternative business structure specialising in road traffic accidents (RTA).
Cornish-headquartered Follett Stock has agreed a settlement with solicitor Kate Baker, who accused managing partner Chris Lingard of bullying her while she worked at the firm.
Manchester-headquartered insurance firm Horwich Farrelly has appointed Allianz Global Assistance UK (AGA UK) chairman Mike Webb to its board in a bid to forge deeper relationships with the insurance industry.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has announced a 10 per cent increase in UK turnover and the acquisition of UK personal injury practice, Fentons.
The Metropolitan Police have questioned Linklaters litigation partner John Turnbull on behalf of News UK as part of the ongoing phone hacking investigation.
Keystone Law has been approved as an alternative business structure (ABS) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and will convert to the new status on the 21 October 2013.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has finalised its acquisition of Taylor Vinters’ Cambridge-based personal injury and Court of Protection practice.
DWF Biggart Baillie has lost two commercial property partners to 38-partner Scottish firm Brechin Tindal Oatts (BTO).
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.
Hill Dickinson’s Sheffield head of commercial litigation Giles Searby is set to leave the firm in favour of local outfit HLW Keeble Hawson, but the firm is bolstering its Manchester fraud team with a hire from Keoghs.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has lost two members of its insurance practice, including reinsurance chief Simon Kilgour and partner Jason Bright.
National chambers St Johns Buildings has elected family silk Sally Harrison QC as head of chambers, following the appointment of Anthony Hayden QC to the High Court’s family division.
Irwin Mitchell has picked up a new client with a role alongside Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst and Dechert on Wells Fargo’s acquisition of part of the £4bn Hypothekenbank Frankfurt (formerly Eurohypo) real estate loan book from Commerzbank.
Hill Dickinson has issued a £2.8m cash call to its partners to stabilise its balance sheet after a year of heavy investment.
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A majority of the DLA Piper staff asked to relocate to Edinburgh from the firm’s defunct Glasgow office have turned down the offer, with just eight out of 30 staff deciding to make the move.
Hill Dickinson has cut 83 roles following the consultancy launched earlier this year.
Irwin Mitchell has broken through the £200m mark for the first time, with revenues climbing 5.3 per cent rise from £190.1m to £200.2m at the latest financial year.
Private equity-backed Knights Solicitors has bolted on four partners and 20 staff through the acquisition of Hill Dickinson’s Chester office.
Brodies has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Burgess into its corporate team.
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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.
DLA Piper has appointed finance and projects partner Liam Cowell as its new Manchester office head, following the decision of incumbent David Gray to step down at the end of the year.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Linklaters have triumphed in the crucial pension scheme deficit case brought by the administrators of the Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and Nortel schemes in the Supreme Court.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) revenue has fallen 5 per cent from £246m to £233m at the end of 2012/13.
Eversheds has secured a multi-million pound contract to be the primary provider of routine legal work to US water pump company and Tyco spin-off Pentair Flow Control.
Dundas & Wilson has reported a 10.6 per cent fall in turnover from £54.5m to £48.7m at the end of the 2012/13 financial year.
Parabis has unveiled its first round of promotions since merging with Greenwoods in May.
Logistics company Stobart Group has been granted an ABS licence for its latest legal enterprise, One Legal Ltd.
DAC Beachcroft has cut five fee earning positions after restructuring its London employment and pensions team.
Geldards has confronted its third consecutive year of flat financials with plans to acquire niche public services practice TPP Law.
Keystone Law has kicked off its international expansion strategy by opening its first overseas office in Guernsey.
DAC Beachcroft has announced revenues of £188.2m for the financial year 2012/13, up by 14 per cent from £164.8m in the audited accounts for 2011/12.
Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has hired Salans’ former head of UK international arbitration, George Burn, from Dentons to join its London office.
Hill Dickinson’s financial results have shown a 15 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and 11 per cent drop in net profit, despite posting a slight increase in turnover for 2012/2013.
Gray’s Inn set Matrix has set out plans for expansion overseas after launching its first international office in Geneva.
DAC Beachcroft has strengthened its corporate insurance and health real estate teams with two partner hires in London.
Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP (BLM) is to open a desk in the Lloyd’s of London building, its second office in the City.
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Simmons & Simmons has posted a slight drop in turnover from £251.7m to £250.3m for the 2012/13 financial year, with a similar drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP).
Despite posting a rise in turnover, Shoosmiths has reported a drop in net profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2012/13 financial year.
DAC Beachcroft has announced a formal association with São Paulo-based corporate and commercial firm, Wongtschowski & Zanotta (W&Z) today.
Eversheds has seen approximately 45 partners leave the firm since the start of January 2012.
Insurance giant Aviva has put back a review of its UK and group panel, with the overhaul originally scheduled to finalise this week.
Private equity-backed Knights Solicitors has appointed a team of six town planners to the firm’s real estate team.
Eversheds’ partners have given support to the firm’s vision of change, with a majority voting in favour of a transformative strategy.
The City of London Law Society (CLLS) has joined the fight to defend access to justice in publicly-funded legal work following Government proposals to slash legal aid funding.
Shakespeares has posted revenue of £39.6m for the financial year 2012/13, up 34 per cent from £29.6m in 2011/12 following its latest merger in September.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom litigator Kambiz Larizadeh as a partner in its City litigation practice.
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A petition against the government’s proposed legal aid reforms will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee having attracted more than 100,000 signatures today.
Around 60 staff have taken voluntary redundancy at Hill Dickinson’s Liverpool office, it has emerged today.
DLA Piper’s Australian managing partner Andrew Darwin has told staff and partners not to expect pay rises as the firm had failed to meet targets in the region.
Simmons & Simmons senior partner Colin Passmore has been unanimously re-elected for a second term.
The SRA has announced that it is considering the introduction of a financial rating criteria for professional indemnity insurance (PII) underwriters.
Morrison & Foerster is in the High Court this week defending a professional negligence claim brought by energy investment company Petrocapital Resources over a share transaction.
Kennedys has recorded a 9 per cent increase in turnover, from £109m in 2011/12 to £117m for 2012/13.
The first female judge in the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, has made history again by becoming the first woman to be named deputy president of the top court.
Debevoise & Plimpton and Hogan Lovells have advised on a $64bn (£41.7bn) joint venture between a US financial services provider and Henderson Global Investors.
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Irwin Mitchell has expanded its family practice in the north-west with the hire of two partners in Manchester and one in Leeds.
Morisons Solicitors and HBJ Gateley have been appointed to advise on the administration of Edinburgh football club Heart of Midlothian FC.
DAC Beachcroft has confirmed that senior members of its London employment and pensions team will face a redundancy consultation.
Clyde & Co has hired two partners from US firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cires to launch its fourth US office in Atlanta.
Pinsent Masons has broken through the £300m barrier to post a five per cent increase in turnover from £295m to £309m, a year after its merger with McGrigors.
Manches litigation partner Margaret Tofalides has defected to Clyde & Co.
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The past five years have not been easy for Addleshaw Goddard. The firm’s revenue fell 7 per cent from £173.1m to £161.9m between 2008/09 and 2010/11 and despite finances looking up in 2011/12, when Addleshaws reported a 30 per cent increase in net profit, it has shown no notable compound growth in turnover since 2007/08.
Olswang has hired Eversheds’ tax partner Andrew Quayle to boost its employee incentives team.
DAC Beachcroft international senior partner Danny Gowan is to retire prompting a shakeup of the firm’s board.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has announced a revenue increase of more than 20 per cent from £68m in 2011/12 to £82.1m at the end of 2012/13.
Clyde & Co has posted a 17 per cent rise in turnover from £287m to £336.6m at the end of the 2012/13 financial year.
Gordons has hired former Addleshaw Goddard partner Simon Pilling as a corporate partner in its Leeds office.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Debevoise & Plimpton and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have advised on the sale of cinema operator Vue Entertainment
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Financial technology developer Media Ingenuity has snapped up in-house IT and IP specialist Melin Tarafdar from JPMorgan Chase as its new general counsel.
Pinsent Masons is to launch a new product capable of monitoring compliance across thousands of suppliers simultaneously and flagging up breaches.
DWF has posted turnover of £188m at the close of 2012/13, an 84 per cent increase from £102m last year.
DWF has appointed the former chairman of Eversheds International David Gray as a non-executive board director.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) has expanded its partnership with two promotions.
RadcliffesLeBrasseur tax and private client chief Simon Goldring is to join Trowers & Hamlins as head of private wealth.
Addleshaw Goddard is to enter into an exclusive strategic alliance with Japanese firm Hashidate Law Office after a 15-year best friend relationship with the firm.
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Kennedys will formally merge with aviation practice Gates & Partners this weekend (1 June).
DAC Beachcroft has bolstered its Madrid partnership with the hire of Ruth Duque, who formerly oversaw legislation policy at the Spanish regulator, the Directorate General of Insurance and Pension Funds.
Fee income at Addleshaw Goddard has remained static over 2012/13 with the firm posting a revenue drop of two per cent from £170m to £167m.
Eversheds has added four new sector groups and overhauled a number of key leadership positions in a wide-ranging management shake-up.
Shakespeares is planning its sixth acquisition since 2010 through a tie-up with Leicester firm Marrons.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that Westminster City Council charged excessive licensing fees to Soho sex shop owners.
The legal community has warned against the dangers of privatising the court system as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) denied it was planning to sell off courts to the private sector.
Hundreds of lawyers gathered outside the Houses of Parliament on 22 May to protest against the government’s legal aid cuts.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired partners Hussein Damirji and Martin Brown from Patton Boggs and Dentons respectively to launch an office in Qatar.
CMS has posted revenues of £679.3m for the 12 months to 31 December, representing a 5.1 per cent rise on 2010/11 when the firm reported turnover of £646.5m.
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Eversheds has cut 116 roles at the end of its latest redundancy consultation, which saw 166 lawyers and non-lawyers put on notice in January.
Clyde & Co has made eight support staff redundant following a consultation in the wake of 2011 merger with legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna and Debevoise & Plimpton are amongst the new firms appointed to Royal Dutch Shell’s revamped legal panel, which consists of more than 150 firms.
Trowers & Hamlins has announced that it has made seven redundancies since March.
Bath-headquartered Thrings has named company commercial head Simon Holdsworth as its new managing partner succeeding Thomas Sheppard.
Kennedys has signed a three-year outsourcing deal with Integreon that will see five library and information services staff transfer to the back office services provider.
Eversheds has secured a three-year fixed fee contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Africa and the Middle East.
Hygiene giant Colgate Palmolive added Bond Dickinson to its panel just weeks before the merger between Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees, The Lawyer has learned.
Irwin Mitchell’s legal practice is closing in on the £200m revenue mark, with the firm’s commercial business generating revenues of £40m over the last financial year.
Eversheds is set to open its Beijing office with two new hires.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is to launch in Hong Kong after hiring arbitration lawyer John Rhie from Kim & Chang.
Cardiff-headquartered Hugh James has added three lawyers to the partnership in its latest round of promotions.
Lawyers and support staff in DWF’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices have been put on redundancy notice as part of the firm’s wider restructuring programme.
Birmingham-headquartered Shakespeares has added a six-lawyer team from Eversheds, led by real estate partner Brendan Walsh.
Riverview Law has signed its first formal strategic alliance with DMH Stallard in a move that will see Riverview refer work to the south-east firm.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired two Herbert Smith Freehills partners to launch its first move into the Australian market.
Ince & Co has hired former DLA Piper managing partner and Asia projects head Martin David to lead its Asia energy practice.
DWF has recruited 13 lawyers, including five partners, from Eversheds’ Manchester and Newcastle offices in a boost to its property department.
The personal injury (PI) legal market is consolidating rapidly with three new mergers being announced yesterday.
Simmons & Simmons has been granted a licence to operate in Singapore by the state’s Attorney General’s Chambers.
Property management company, Peverel Group, has appointed Nigel Hirst as head of legal and company secretary.
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Single-office London firm Forsters has made up two partners in its latest round, half the number of last year.
Simmons & Simmons has unveiled a reduced partnership round for 2013, taking seven partners into the fold compared with ten last year.
The majority of in-house salaries rose in the last financial year, according to new figures.