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Firebrands are a firm’s best friend

5-Oct-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

And there goes another Scottish independent. McClure Naismith’s decision to call in the administrators in August was the third sad ending of its kind, following Semple Fraser in 2013 and Tods Murray, bought by Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2014.

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China’s law firms are looking for you

28-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

We didn’t deliberately co-ordinate the publication of our China Elite report (click here for an executive preview) with George Osborne’s visit to the PRC, but it’s happy timing. 

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How to build a business model around listening

21-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Lawyers are prone to a sort of exceptionalism that they alone are responsible for the client, but when you look at that service in the round, you have to consider business development, team allocation and, of course, technology.

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Real estate gems in this year’s UK 200

14-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne

It’s UK 200 time, but this year there’s a difference. Several differences, in fact.

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Take control of your own career progression

7-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Shiny faces, shiny shoes, shiny resolutions. The first proper week back from the summer holiday is often about putting into practice everything you’ve been mulling over in a rainy gîte: hence our themed issue on career choices, and how to take control of your own progression. 


School’s out, but not for trailblazers

3-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Today’s issue is our last of the summer. Three weeks of summer sun with nothing to do but soak up the rays. Possibly.


Wragges won’t turn away now that it is on America’s doorstep

27-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Wragges’ merger with Gowlings positions it for global expansion.

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Never mind the IPOs, firms need vision


 Gateley’s IPO on AIM in May surprised many.

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Does RBS deserve the cold shoulder?

13-Jul-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Which firms will have the balls to walk away from the RBS review?

Matt Byrne

Cost is only part of firms’ property challenge

6-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

There could hardly be a more appropriate symbol of London’s current sky-high property prices than the tale of Boodle Hatfield.


Asian firms continue outward push with globalising clients

29-Jun-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

This week sees the publication of the third Asia-Pacific 150 report.


In-housers at home in the comfort zone

22-Jun-2015 | By Matt Byrne

If you work in-house, are you frustrated by the uninspiring service or lack of innovation your external legal services providers offer you?

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Gender pay gap is down to more than a dearth of women at the top


Our salary survey attracted more than 6,000 responses.

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Interesting times for in-housers

8-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This week’s issue of The Lawyer is all about the challenges facing in-house lawyers in a continually testing environment.

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Chinese market sees drop in international firms for first time ever

6-Oct-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

The number of foreign firms in mainland China has dropped for the first time since the country opened its door to non-domestic firms in the early 1990s.

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Clydes litigator exits for Signature citing 'RBS litigation conflicts'

6-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clyde & Co litigator Julian Connerty has exited for Signature Litigation over conflict issues related to RBS’s £4bn shareholder battle.

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The real estate blog: A closer look at the Government guarantee scheme

6-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

This week’s real estate blog looks at how the Government guarantee scheme for infrastructure is benefitting UK projects

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Littler opens in Europe with German employment boutique bolt-on

5-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.

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Gordon Dadds buys Jeffrey Green Russell out of pre-pack administration

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

London firm Gordon Dadds will acquire Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) following a pre-pack administration. 

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Walls come tumbling down


The Lawyer’s second edition of the China Elite Report, which ranks the country’s largest 30 firms by revenue and the 10 largest international firms by their mainland China lawyer headcount, has broken new ground: for the first time, the financials of Chinese firms are revealed. We also look at metrics such as leverage and female partners, and reveal the 10 fastest growing firms by revenue and by headcount this year. Unmissable research: for more details, email

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