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. 


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 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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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

28-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 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. 


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.


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.


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.


​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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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


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.

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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.


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 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.


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.

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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. 


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


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, 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.


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 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. 


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. 


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. 


Barclays loses M&A specialist to Simmons in latest exit from in-house team

11-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Barclays’ head of M&A Khasruz Zaman has left the bank to join Simmons & Simmons in the latest in a string of high profile exits.

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Simpson Thatcher and Fangda advise Alibaba on $6.9bn strategic deal with Suning

11-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has turned to its long-standing advisers Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Fangda Partners in a $6.9bn strategic partnership with Chinese electronics retailer Suning.


White & Case becomes latest international firm to launch in South Korea

11-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

White & Case has become the latest US firm to open an office in Seoul with the relocation of current Korea practice head James Lee from Los Angeles.

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RPC sees fall in retention with 15 NQs kept on

11-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

RPC has announced that it is retaining 79 per cent of its September 2015 qualifying trainees.

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Met Police retenders £24m national legal framework

11-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The Metropolitan Police Service is retendering its national legal panel, which will cover 43 police forces and will be worth up to £24m.


VimpelCom and CK Hutchison turn to magic circle in €21.8bn Italian telecoms deal

11-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised CK Hutchison Holdings and VimpelCom in their €21.8bn (£15.4bn) agreement to form one of Italy’s largest telecommunications companies. 


Mintz Levin cuts back on European patent prosecution after string of departures

10-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is scaling back its UK presence by no longer conducting European patent prosecution from its London office. 

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Spotify GC pulls out ahead of rumoured IPO to become Huffington Post CEO

10-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Spotify global head of corporate development and general counsel Jared Grusd is to depart to news outlet the Huffington Post to become the company’s chief executive officer.


Standard Chartered appoints ICAP GC as deputy legal chief

10-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Standard Chartered has appointed ICAP general counsel Duncan Wales as deputy general counsel following a legal and compliance shake-up last month.


Wolverhampton City Council to launch £8m legal framework

10-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Wolverhampton City Council is tendering a new legal framework set to launch in September, which will be worth between £4m and £8m.

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Deutsche Bank GC Walker steps down

10-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Deutsche Bank general counsel Richard Walker will step down at the end of 2015, making way for his two deputies to take on the top job.


King & Wood Mallesons: the long road to integration

10-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) merged with SJ Berwin just over two years ago - but integrating the merger has not been a completely smooth ride.


Fieldfisher's top of equity soars 111 per cent to £1.25m as more points handed out

10-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher’s top of equity has broken the £1m barrier for the first time, with partners at the top receiving 111 per cent more than last year. 

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Zurich instructs four top firms to defend $1bn insurance dispute from HSF client SBM

10-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

An armada of law firms has been drafted in to defend an energy insurance coverage dispute brought by Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) client SBM Offshore.


Cineworld Group appoints Smith as GC following management changes

10-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cineworld Group has appointed in-house counsel Fiona Smith as its new company secretary and general counsel to replace outgoing Richard Ray.


Exclusive: Trowers ups trainee intake size and ringfences training contract roles for its own paralegals

10-Aug-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Trowers & Hamlins is to increase the number of trainees it takes on, and will ringfence some training contracts for members of its own paralegal pool.

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DLA Piper pulls out of South African alliance with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

7-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper and its South Africa ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr have announced that they are ending their exclusive alliance, with DLA expected to launch its own office in South Africa in the future.

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Slater & Gordon under scrutiny as SFO investigates Quindell

7-Aug-2015 | By Katy Dowell

It has been one of the largest acquisitions made by a firm to date, but this week Slater & Gordon (S&G) sought to put some distance between it and the historical accounting practices of Quindell as the latter came under investigation from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Clifford Chance instructed by Pfizer on CMA competition law row

7-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clifford Chance is advising pharmaceutical company Pfizer on allegations made by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that it charged “excessive” prices for an anti-epilepsy drug.


Wragges attempts to reduce stress by monitoring lawyers’ voices

7-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Firms including Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co are aiming to reduce their lawyers’ stress levels by monitoring their voices on the telephone via an app.


A&O, Cleary, Skadden and Slaughters lead on billion-dollar Coca-Cola merger

7-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of UK, continental and US firms have advised on Coca-Cola Enterprises’ agreement to combine with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke (CCEAG) to create the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net revenues. 


Fish & Richardson hooks Olswang Munich IP team

6-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

US IP and litigation specialist Fish & Richardson has hired a team of five from Olswang’s Munich office including Herbert Kunz, head of the UK firm’s IP patent prosecution team.


European moves: 6 August 2015

6-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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


DWF falls short of £200m turnover target with 1 per cent growth

6-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

DWF has posted a 1 per cent growth in revenue to £191m for 2014/15, a significant slowdown in the rate of increase in the firm’s top line after several years of merger-fuelled expansion.


CMA promotes Wilkie to director of Cartel and Criminal Group

6-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Deborah Wilkie to the newly created role of director of Civil Cartel Enforcement.

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Solicitors pulling fewer sickies

6-Aug-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The average number of sick days solicitors take has fallen, says a Law Society report.

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DLA Piper adds another Australian partner as corporate push continues

6-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

DLA Piper has added a second corporate partner in Australia in a week, as the firm tries to boost its corporate practice in the country.


Kirkland Beijing co-founding partner moves to Orrick

6-Aug-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Kirkland & Ellis Beijing co-founding partner Ya-Chiao Chang has left the firm to join Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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Working at home today? Why not?

6-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

I’m writing this at home, largely as a result of today’s Tube strike. How many Clifford Chance lawyers will also be working from home today?

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Clifford Chance London head: “We need more trainees”

6-Aug-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Clifford Chance’s London managing partner David Bickerton has said the firm wants to recruit ten more trainees to cope with the increase in work the firm is experiencing.

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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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Agility is all

19-Aug-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

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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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return


Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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