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Blake Morgan’s Cha: We’re sharpening our offering

4-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Ten months in, and while the financials may be unimpressive, Blake Morgan’s Mr Merger is staying upbeat.

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KPMG legal beats £10m revenue target in first year

4-Sep-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Revenues generated by KPMG’s legal business are set to exceed the £10m target it set last October when it was granted an ABS licence.

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Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët taps Irish Distillers for GC replacement

4-Sep-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët has hired its sister company Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard’s legal head Carlton Greer as its new general counsel.

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Ex-Harvey Ingram managing partner joins 3PB as CEO

3-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Former Harvey Ingram managing partner Simon Astill has joined 3 Paper Buildings as chambers’ chief executive, replacing Joanna Poulton who exits after less than two years.

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Exams, ethics and roleplay: government reveals more details of solicitor apprenticeship route

3-Sep-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The government has published the new assessment plans and standards for its ‘Trailblazer’ legal apprenticeships for qualification as a legal executive, paralegal or solicitor, with oral and written tests sitting alongside workplace assessment.

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Fairpoint sees turnover rise 64 per cent at half year

3-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The Fairpoint Group has seen its turnover rise 64 per cent for the first six months of the current financial year, largely due to its acquisition of Simpson Millar and Foster & Partners last year.

Singapore

Reed Smith adds three partners in Asia and mulls Singapore local law move

3-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Reed Smith has hired one partner from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in Hong Kong and further two local partners in Singapore, as it looks closely at gaining Singaporean local law capability.

Europe

European moves: 3 September 2015

3-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

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Magic circle signs up to contextual recruitment in new social mobility push

3-Sep-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The whole magic circle is among the latest batch of firms set to adopt the Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) in a bid to promote social mobility.

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Revenue growth gathers pace at PwC Legal as turnover hits £41m

3-Sep-2015 | By Katy Dowell

PwC Legal, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ law firm, has pushed up revenue by 15 per cent in the last year with turnover of £41m for the financial year ending 30 June 2015.

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Be nice and tidy your office: HR chiefs give their advice on making partner

3-Sep-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Be nice and keep your office clean: just some of the advice given by HR heads about how to make partner in next Monday’s cover story in The Lawyer, focusing on career development.

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TWM picks up McClures partner for new London base

3-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

South-East firm TWM Solicitors has become the latest to hire a partner from collapsed Scottish outfit McClure Naismith, hiring Mark Parkhouse as head of insolvency.

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Co-operative Bank launches 11-firm inaugural panel

2-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Co-operative Bank has launched its first legal panel since its split from parent company the Co-Op Group in 2013, appointing 11 firms to the roster.

london

Olswang’s Carpanini to join Dorsey & Whitney for PE practice push

2-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne, Natasha Bernal

Olswang partner Fabrizio Carpanini is set to join US outfit Dorsey & Whitney to launch the firm’s private equity practice in London.

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Baker Botts takes China energy trio from Jones Day

2-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Baker Botts has undergone its biggest expansion in China since 2007 by hiring three energy partners from Jones Day’s Hong Kong office.

City Gherkin

Jenner & Block picks up White & Case partner as first lateral in the UK

2-Sep-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Jenner & Block has hired White & Case partner Charlie Lightfoot as its first lateral hire in London after launching an office earlier this year.

Human Resources & talent management

Olswang reveals new management team to launch three-year strategy

2-Sep-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang has made two hires and two promotions to its senior management team, adding former Linklaters global head of shared services Kevin Bye as head of strategic development and EC Harris CFO Neil Morling as chief finance officer.

Hong Kong

Linklaters Asia departures continue as Irvine moves to Kirkland

2-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Kirkland & Ellis has turned to Linklaters to boost its Hong Kong offering with the hire of debt finance partner David Irvine.

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Beijing firm Han Kun raids AllBright for Shanghai expansion

2-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Beijing-based Han Kun has taken a team of eight partners and around 10 other lawyers from AllBright’s Shanghai head office to expand in China’s financial hub.

Dubai

Ex-GFH Capital general counsel Haigh sentenced to two years in jail in Dubai

2-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Ex-Leeds United and GFH Capital general counsel David Haigh has been found guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust in Dubai and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

london

Serle Court appoints new CEO as Sawford exits after 12 years

2-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Serle Court Chambers’ chief executive Nicola Sawford has left the set after almost 12 years.

Dubai

Shearman & Sterling makes good on Dubai promise with DIFC launch

1-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Shearman & Sterling has followed up on its pledge to launch in Dubai this year with the announcement it is opening an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

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Dechert joins forces with Saudi firm Hassan Mahassni

1-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Dechert has joined the growing number of international firms in Saudi Arabia through a tie-up with local firm Hassan Mahassni.

seoul

Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim launches in Seoul

1-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has become the latest foreign firm to enter South Korea, relocating co-founder Michael Kim to Seoul to lead the new office.

City Gherkin

Bird & Bird adds Asia employment partner in London

1-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Bird & Bird has appointed former DLA Piper Asia Pacific and London head of employment Pattie Walsh as a partner in London.

Glasgow

Seven more McClure Naismith partners secure new firms

1-Sep-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

A further seven partners of defunct Scottish firm McClure Naismith have found new homes, with virtual law firm Excello Law taking one, Scotland’s Wright Johnston & Mackenzie (WJM) hiring two and London firm Marriott Harrison picking up four.

Amsterdam

Taylor Wessing merges with Dutch firm Deterink for Netherlands foothold

1-Sep-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has announced a merger with Dutch firm Deterink, which will give the firm two new offices in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

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Bristol students overturn 95% of DWP ‘fit for work’ declarations

1-Sep-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Student volunteers at the Bristol and Avon Law Centre have overturned 95 per cent of Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) decisions made over the last two years in relation to 200 claimants who challenged the DWP’s assertion that they were fit for work.

telecoms

Cable & Wireless Communications GC moots inaugural legal panel

1-Sep-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) general counsel Belinda Bradberry is gearing up to install the company’s first-ever legal panel, with growth in the business changing the way its legal function operates.

Leeds

Bevan Brittan to launch in Leeds with DWF hires

1-Sep-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Bevan Brittan is to enter the Leeds legal market after hiring two DWF lawyers to launch an office in the city.

london

Magic circle falls behind Slaughters in stock market rankings

1-Sep-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Slaughter and May and Pinsent Masons have retained their top positions in the corporate client rankings, but Norton Rose Fulbright has edged Linklaters out of the top five firms ranked by total stock market clients.

Edinburgh

Forty redundant as carve up of McClure Naismith gets underway

31-Aug-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

A total of 42 partners and staff of failed firm McClure Naismith have been left with no jobs to go to after the firm’s administrators worked to secure positions for the majority of the firm.

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Scotland’s McClure Naismith finally calls in administrators

28-Aug-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm McClure Naismith has appointed administrators after several years of tumbling revenues meant it was no longer able to service its debt or other liabilities.

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Freshfields and Pinsents team up with Scottish firms for Total’s North Sea sale

28-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has advised energy company Total, as it sold £585m worth of North Sea midstream assets to North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP), represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shepherd & Wedderburn. 

money

UK 200 series launches with new real estate-focused report

28-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

On 14 September the first-ever UK 200 real estate report will be published, a groundbreaking research project that forms the first part of this year’s new UK 200 series.

ULaw

ULaw puts business school on hold as it seeks more students

28-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has backtracked on its plan to launch a business school this academic year, saying that it had not yet recruited “a viable mix of students, with the correct level of attainment.”

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Slater & Gordon’s UK revenue up 48 per cent as global turnover hits £243m

28-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Slater & Gordon has announced that group revenue has soared 27 per cent from A$411.1m to A$521.9m (£242.9m) for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Tesco instructs Freshfields to defend raft of shareholder group claims

28-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Tesco has instructed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to defend it against a number of shareholder group claims set to hit the London courts next year, The Lawyer understands.

birmingham

Shakespeare Martineau to cut 45 jobs three months after merger

27-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Shakespeare Martineau has announced a redundancy consultation that has put 45 jobs at risk.

Pharmaceutical

Bristol-Myers Squibb names new French general counsel

27-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has promoted Betty Edery to the post of general counsel for France, just over a year after making its last local head of legal appointment.

Manchester

DLA Piper swoops on Eversheds Manchester for three-partner construction team

27-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has hired a specialist construction team of three partners from Eversheds only three years after the same team joined the firm from Addleshaw Goddard and legacy McGrigors.

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Angling Trust and WWF hook up to bring judicial review over water pollution

27-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Environmental charity WWF and the Angling Trust have turned to Matrix Chambers to bring a judicial review against the Government over its failure to protect English waterways from agricultural pollution.

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Aspire Law and Buckingham hospital provide rehab to clients

27-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

ABS Aspire Law has entered into a joint venture agreement with the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital to create a service where clients with severe spinal injuries can receive rehabilitation treatment.

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Trio of US firms take top roles on Schlumberger and Cameron's $14.8bn oil deal

26-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Baker Botts, Cravath and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher have all advised on oilfield services company Schlumberger’s $14.8bn purchase of equipment provider Cameron. 

Linklaters

Linklaters retention hits 84 per cent

26-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Linklaters has revealed its retention rate for its autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, with 84 per cent of its cohort staying at the firm in newly-qualified (NQ) lawyer roles.

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Arthur Cox, A&O and Freshfields lead on Betfair and Paddy Power's proposed £5bn merger

26-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Arthur Cox, Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won top roles on the latest proposed online betting merger between Betfair and Paddy Power. 

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Allen & Overy racks up 86% retention

26-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Allen & Overy (A&O) has revealed a retention rate of 86 per cent, keeping on 38 of 44 autumn 2015 qualifying trainees in newly-qualified (NQ) positions.

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Israeli duo launch contract lawyer service as outsourcing sweeps global legal market

26-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A pair of Israeli lawyers, including former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Jackie Donner and lawyer and marketer Zohar Fisher, have launched the country’s first contract lawyer service, LawFlex.

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TWM grows in London with second office opening

26-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

South-East based TWM Solicitors is expanding its presence in London, with new premises in the capital taking the firm’s total number of offices to eight.

Barclays

Barclays names Croxford as group centre general counsel

25-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Barclays Bank has appointed Simon Croxford as general counsel for its Group Centre legal team, after the resignation of deputy group general counsel Michael Shaw in June.

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Keoghs in discussions over Plexus tie-up

25-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Keoghs Solicitors is rumoured to be in talks to acquire defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in a deal which would create a £145m turnover firm.

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​Kaplan Law School closes LPC and GDL to focus on “innovative new products”

25-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Kaplan Law School has closed its Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to focus on “innovative new products” which will cater to new legal education frameworks. 

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Skadden's former private equity co-head Lascelles returns to Ashurst

25-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Ashurst has hired Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s former co-head of private equity Shaun Lascelles as a partner in its London office. 

Johannesburg

Macfarlanes reveals plans to develop South Africa base into client-facing office

25-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Macfarlanes has hinted that its South Africa base, which has been operating quietly for around 18 months, could become a fully-fledged client-facing office by the end of 2016.

London

Freshfields and Slaughters work with RSA and Zurich as takeover deadline looms

25-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have bagged top roles on the possible £5bn sale of RSA to Zurich Insurance, with the latter’s deadline to make a firm offer set to close today. 

london

London Boroughs' Legal Alliance looks to attract barristers with £25m retender

25-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (LBLA) has announced it is retendering its barrister legal framework, which will be valued at between £20m and £25m over four years.

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Addleshaws, HSF, Irwin Mitchell and Norton Rose Fulbright win spots on National Grid panel

24-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

National Grid has appointed Addleshaw Goddard, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Irwin Mitchell and Norton Rose Fulbright to a slimmed-down panel, with firms including Allen & Overy (A&O) and Squire Patton Boggs losing out.

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CMS UK hits profits record following €100m tech-driven costs saving

24-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

CMS’s UK arm has saved around €100m (£72m) partly as a result of its move last month to new state-of-the-art headquarters at Cannon Place along with its business services deal with outsourced service provider Integreon.

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Baker & McKenzie's turnover takes a 4 per cent hit to $2.43bn in year after record figures

24-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has posted a 4 per cent drop from $2.54bn to $2.43bn in global turnover for the 2014/15 financial year, following record figures that made it the largest firm in the world by revenue.

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Highways England to expand in-house team after DfT separation

24-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Highways England is looking to grow its in-house legal team over 2015, after the government agency was separated from its parent department the Department for Transport (DfT) in April. 

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BLP keeps on 71 per cent of autumn 2015 trainees

21-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has revealed a retention rate of 71 per cent, keeping 17 of its 24 autumn 2015 qualifying trainees.

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Clifford Chance retains 96 per cent of trainees following pledge to recruit more

21-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Clifford Chance has retained 96 per cent of its autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, keeping 45 of 47 on at the firm.

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Burness Paull staff get 7.5 per cent bonus after strong 2014/15 results

21-Aug-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scotland’s Burness Paull has again rewarded its staff with a bonus after a strong set of financial results.

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Criminal lawyers suspend legal aid strike after 52 days in "goodwill" gesture

21-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The national strike by criminal barristers and solicitors against further cuts to legal aid fees has been called off after 52 days of continuous action following a ballot of members.

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Chinese elite firm Haiwen turns away from pure lockstep

21-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Beijing-based Haiwen & Partners, the first and only top-tier Chinese firm to adopt a Western-style pure lockstep, has decided to move away from this model after six years.

Scotland

Firms circle ailing McClure Naismith as administration looms

20-Aug-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm McClure Naismith is understood to be preparing to appoint administrators, and is thought to have approached firms such as Bond Dickinson, DWF and Irwin Mitchell, as well as a number of Scottish competitors, in the hope of securing a pre-packaged deal.

Qatar

Qatar Petroleum hands out panel spots to HSF and Simmons & Simmons

20-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Simmons & Simmons have won mandates on Qatar Petroleum’s inaugural legal panel, with other longstanding advisers such as Eversheds believed not to have made the cut. 

London

BLP turns to Clyde & Co for corporate insurance hire

20-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired corporate insurance partner Geraldine Quirk from Clyde & Co to boost its non-contentious insurance and financial services regulatory team.

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Hitachi Rail Europe to boost in-house capability with first GC

20-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Hitachi Rail Europe is to hire its first ever general counsel, less than a year after the company revealed which firms had won places on its inaugural legal panel.

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ICL Holding GC Schwab jumps to Squire Patton Boggs after asset divestment

20-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

ICL Holding general counsel Rouven Schwab has joined Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in its chemicals industry group in Frankfurt after he oversaw a large-scale divestment process for the special chemistry group. 

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Herbert Smith Freehills makes agile working permanent after positive feedback

19-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has announced plans to implement agile working across all its London-based practice groups following the success of a trial initiative which began in March.

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Irwin Mitchell earmarks further acquisitions as profit and turnover rise

19-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Irwin Mitchell has announced a 3.9 per cent rise in turnover for 2014/15 along with a 6 per cent increase in profit before tax in the wake of another acquisitive year.

London

​Mayer Brown retention remains low despite cutting intake in half

18-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Mayer Brown has revealed its autumn 2015 retention, announcing that it will retain just 55 per cent of its intake, with another trainee on a short term contract.

Singapore

Rajah & Tann launches contract lawyer service amid part-time work boom in Singapore

18-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann has launched a new service to provide experienced lawyers to companies that need in-house counsel on short-term contracts and project-specific work.

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Osborne Clarke's former Belgian ally De Wolf votes to dissolve

18-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Osborne Clarke’s former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners has voted to dissolve, with its partners departing in four main groups to join other firms or set up alone.

london

Intertek appoints interim legal head to replace Williams

18-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Listed testing equipment group Intertek has appointed Joel Hanson as interim head of legal, as the company looks to announce a permanent replacement for outgoing chief Dan Williams.

London Southbank

BLP, Clifford Chance and Taylor Wessing among firms acting on £550m Shell Centre redevelopment

18-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance and Taylor Wessing were among a lineup of five firms that advised on the largest property deal ever completed on London’s South Bank, the £550m Shell Centre redevelopment by Centrepoint owner Almacantar.

Munich

CMS and Squire Patton Boggs win top roles on Coats' crafts sale to Aurelius

18-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A cross-border team from CMS has acted for Munich-based Aurelius Group on its acquisition of Coats’ European crafts business, represented by Squire Patton Boggs. 

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Latham picks up third partner from CC Germany with hire of banking head

17-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Latham & Watkins has hired Clifford Chance’s Germany banking and capital markets head Alexandra Hagelüken in its third appointment from the magic circle firm’s German offices.

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Debt levels in UK market top £7bn as firms return to growth mode

17-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Long-term lending to UK law firms has risen to £7.35bn, a rise of 28 per cent over the last four years from £5.75bn in 2010, new research has found.

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Balfour Beatty promotes new GC from within as Vaughan leaves the company

17-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

FTSE 250 construction giant Balfour Beatty has appointed David Mercer as its new group general counsel and head of legal following the departure of former general counsel and chief corporate officer Chris Vaughan.

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Wragges increases borrowings to £15.3m after Birmingham office move

17-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has seen its borrowings increase by 391 per cent, from £3.9m to £15.3m at the end of the last financial year, as a result of moving offices in Birmingham.

Freshfields

Freshfields reveals 83 per cent retention for autumn 2015

14-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced that it has retained 83 per cent of its September 2015 qualifying trainees, with three turning down offers from the magic circle firm.

london

BLM hires sexual abuse specialist from DAC Beachcroft

14-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

BLM has boosted its public sector group through the hiring of ex-DAC Beachcroft (DACB) abuse claims expert Paula Jefferson.

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Prudential set to announce new legal panel

14-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Financial services giant Prudential is currently in the process of reviewing its legal panel with the line-up set to be announced imminently.

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New public sector pupillage created for this September

14-Aug-2015

A new pupillage run by two chambers and Norfolk’s public sector legal service has been launched for this September.

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Foot Anstey pilots 'warm-desking' in Bristol ahead of flexible working plans

14-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

South West firm Foot Anstey has launched a ‘warm-desking’ pilot in its Bristol office, with managing partner John Westwell saying he also wants to encourage flexible working at the firm.

Merger mania

Dentons circles Matthew Arnold & Baldwin for third 2015 merger

13-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dentons is in merger talks with London-headquartered Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) as part of its international expansion plan, The Lawyer understands.

Johannesburg

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr: integration with DLA Piper "a bridge too far"

13-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris, Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper’s South Africa ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr pulled out of the relationship after it became apparent that partners would be forced into giving up control of the firm, chief executive Brent Williams has revealed.

Linklaters

Linklaters set to begin narrowing managing partner shortlist from six to one

13-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters’ partnership board has finalised its official shortlist of managing partner candidates to replace Simon Davies when he steps down a year early in January.

Johannesburg

DLA Piper raids former ally Cliffe Dekker to kickstart Johannesburg launch

12-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper has hired the chief operating officer (COO) of its South African ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr to lead the opening of its own Johannesburg office.

IT technology

A&O, Covington and Latham advise Carlyle Group in $8bn purchase of Veritas

12-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A host of US and UK firms have scooped top roles on one of this year’s largest private equity takeovers of a technology company, as co-investors Carlyle Group and GIC agreed to acquire Veritas from Symantec for $8bn. 

Brandon

Tomorrow’s law firm: It’s deja-vu all over again

12-Aug-2015

In response to Bruce MacEwen’s article on future law firms, Overture’s strategy director Mark Brandon argues that a corporate structure is not the way to go.

Freshfields

Freshfields, Macfarlanes and Pedersoli lead on Pearson's £469m sale of The Economist

12-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Macfarlanes and Italian firm Pedersoli have scooped top roles on Pearson’s £469m sale of a stake in the Economist Group, less than a month after the publisher sold the Financial Times. 

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The tale of two Amarchands: breaking the family business mould

12-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

The dramatic split up of India’s largest firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has created two separate firms led by two brothers - Cyril and Shardul Shroff.

money

Bircham Dyson Bell unveils 18 per cent profit growth for 2014/15

12-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Bircham Dyson Bell has reported an 18 per cent increase in net profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) on the back of a 10 per cent rise in turnover to £34.5m.

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CC and Freshfields win top roles on £668m annuities merger

12-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised on the merger of annuity providers Just Retirement Group and Partnership Assurance, after the 2014 pension reforms led to a decline in product sales.

Google

Google turns to Cleary as it creates new Alphabet company

11-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has won the top role advising on Google’s corporate reorganisation and the creation of a new parent company called Alphabet. 

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US trio advise as Berkshire Hathaway buys aerospace manufacturer for $37.2bn

11-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cravath Swaine & Moore, Mungo Tolles & Olson and Stoel Rives have won top roles on Berkshire Hathaway’s $37.2bn (£23.86bn) purchase of Precision Castparts Corporation, which manufactures metal components for Airbus, Boeing, GE and Rolls-Royce. 

Technology

Simpson and Wachtell advise on Silver Lake's $1bn investment in Motorola Solutions

11-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has represented private equity house Silver Lake in its $1bn (£644m) investment in equipment provider Motorola Solutions, advised by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz. 

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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.

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Amid the clamour for work-life balance, law firms are responding with a series of flexible working policies that allow more people to work from home. And of course, with rents a major part of firms’ expenditure, it helps take the pressure off space requirements too. Will it soon become the norm?

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3-Sep-2015

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