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Clifford Chance votes to rejig and reduce management committee

24-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance has cut its practice group representation on its management committee from six to three in a comprehensive overhaul.

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DWF posts net profit growth to £25.5m, revenues at £191m

24-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DWF has reported a 23 per cent increase in net profit from £20.8m in 2012/13 to £25.5m in its first full-year financial results following four mergers. 


Mayer Brown taps Bryan Cave for five-strong Asia consulting team

24-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Mayer Brown has poached a five-person team from Bryan Cave in Singapore to set up an Asia-focused consulting arm in the city-state.

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Ropes & Gray's Allen and Goetz call time on London co-managing partner roles

24-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Ropes & Gray has announced that its high-profile London co-managing partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz are to redefine their roles for the first time since the office launched five years ago.

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Edwards Wildman corporate head quits for Morgan Lewis

24-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Morgan Lewis has swooped on Edwards Wildman’s London office hiring corporate head David Ramm, in a move that will raise further questions about the future of the group.

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Freeths sets out stall to double turnover by 2020 after expansive year

24-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Freeths (formerly Freeth Cartwright) is targeting further mergers in a bid to become a £100m business after the integration of Oxford firm Henmans took turnover to £49.9m for the last financial year.


Linklaters first of the magic circle to post NQ retention for autumn 2014

23-Jul-2014 | By Amy Carlse

Linklaters has revealed that it will retain 93 per cent of its final-seat trainees in newly-qualified (NQ) positions this autumn, becoming the first magic circle firm to announce retention figures this year.


Lend Lease promotes senior legal counsel Packer to EMEA GC

23-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Australian-headquartered construction giant Lend Lease has promoted senior legal counsel Mark Packer to the role of general counsel (GC) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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39 Essex Street to move out of the Temple and into Chancery Lane

23-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

London set 39 Essex Street Chambers is to leave the comfort of the Inns of Court to take up residence in Chancery Lane after adding a 25-strong barrister team from 4 -5 Gray’s Inn Square in 2012.


Cypriot firm launches legal action against EU over 'bail-in'

23-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Cypriot firm Dr K Chrysotomides & Co has filed a lawsuit against the EU on behalf of 51 claimants seeking compensation for losses suffered when Cyprus agreed to a ‘bail-in’ on two Cypriot banks.


Shakespeares' staff share £700k bonus pot after firm hits £50m target

23-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Midlands-based Shakespeares has divided a £700,000 bonus pool between 661 staff after hitting a £50m revenue target set by chief executive Paul Wilson.

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Slaughters adds to Hong Kong partnership to bring total to 13

23-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May has made up a new partner in Hong Kong, with the promotion taking effect from 1 August 2014.


Revenue hits five-year high at Kennedys up to £128.5m

23-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Revenues have hit a five-year high at Kennedys climbing up 10 per cent at the latest year end from £117m to £128.5m.

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LinkedIn hires former Yahoo legal chief as its new general counsel

22-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

LinkedIn has hired former Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan to head the global professional networking site’s legal function.


Clifford Chance launches Dubai-based training contract

22-Jul-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Clifford Chance has launched a Middle East graduate scheme that will see trainees split their time between London and Dubai.


Gray's Inn Tax Chambers suffers fifth exit in three months after Devereux raid

22-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers (GITC) has seen three silks walk out in the last three months, with Devereux becoming the latest to add a member from the set.

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Revenue at Sackers falls by 2 per cent to £23.8m as PEP hits five-year low

22-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Sackers’ revenue dropped by 2 per cent last year, from £24.3m to £23.8m.


Blackstone silk seeks admittance to Singapore courts for JR battle

22-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Blackstone Chambers silk Michael Fordham QC has applied for temporary admission to Singapore’s courts to launch a judicial review relating to alleged overbilling by local firm WongPartnership.


Stewarts Law settles legal battle but fate of lawyer duo hangs in the balance

22-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Investment banker Geoffrey Logue has settled his legal battle against Stewarts Law, in a case that resulted in two of its solicitors being struck off following a private prosecution last year.


Simpson Thacher boosts City diversity stats with return of finance partner O'Shea

22-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett finance partner Sinead O’Shea is relocating from Hong Kong to London, where she will become the elite US firm’s first female partner based in the City.

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Hill Dickinson puts 39 jobs into consultation

21-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hill Dickinson has placed 39 roles within its counter fraud group at risk of redundancy, with the positions now subject to a 30-day consultation period that began yesterday (21 July). 


Freshfields and HSF advise on Liberty Global’s £481m stake in ITV

21-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills have advised on the sale of British Sky Broadcasting’s (BSkyB) minority stake in ITV to Liberty Global.

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NautaDutilh mourns loss of partner killed in Malaysia Airlines crash

21-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Benelux firm NautaDutilh has paid tribute to IP partner John Allen, who was killed with his family in the flight MH17 plane crash last week.


Hogan Lovells and Addleshaws advise on £620m sale of Co-op Pharmacy

21-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Hogan Lovells and Addleshaw Goddard are among the firms to win key roles on Bestway’s acquisition of The Co-operative Group’s 774-branch pharmacy chain.


RPC reports first profit drop in five years, revenue up to £84.1m

21-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

RPC has reported a 3 per cent drop in net profit from £26.8m to £26m at the end of the latest financial year, alongside a 2.4 per cent rise in turnover from £82.1m to £84.1m.


Financials 2013/14: partner revenues reach new heights as market swings back into action

21-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners generated the highest revenue on an individual basis than any firm in the UK200 Top 10 in 2013/14, posting a revenue per partner (RPP) figure of £2.88m.


Leeds Big Six lawyer numbers slump as city's legal market reinvents itself

21-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Lawyer and partner numbers among Leeds’ ‘Big Six’ law firms - Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Pinsent Masons, Squire Patton Boggs and Walker Morris - have dropped in the past five years, The Lawyer can reveal.

High Court

Billionaire oligarch switches from Sidley to HSF for mammoth hotel battle

21-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Naomi Campbell’s oligarch ex Vladislav Doronin has dropped Sidley Austin for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for the latest round of his High Court battle with his business partners.


Mills & Reeve's revenue climbs 12 per cent to £79.5m following George Davies merger

21-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Mills & Reeve saw its turnover increase by 12 per cent last year, following its merger with Manchester firm George Davies on 1 June 2013.

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BLM returns to profit growth with 11 per cent PEP rise to £249,000

21-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

BLM has seen its profitability return to growth with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 11 per cent from £224,000 to £249,000 in 2013/14.


Serco appoints BT Global GC in wake of overcharging scandal

18-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

FTSE 250 outsourcer Serco has hired BT Global general counsel David Eveleigh as its legal chief in the wake of accusations that it overcharged the Government for electronic tagging.


London associates launch women’s pre-partnership network to promote talent retention

18-Jul-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Five associates from London firms are setting up a grassroots women’s legal network in a bid to engage and promote the next generation of female solicitors.

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Clifford Chance London corporate chief names Jonny Myers as PE head

18-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance’s new corporate chief has named private equity dealmaker Jonny Myers as private equity co-head alongside Oliver Felsenstein.


Ward Hadaway sees profit plummet despite solid turnover rise

18-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

North East firm Ward Hadaway has reported a 23 per cent drop in net profit for the 2013/14 financial year, although turnover rose by 2.2 per cent to £33.7m.


Dentons agrees new Ghana relationship after former ally chooses independence

17-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has split up with its Ghanaian ally Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah after a 12-year relationship, forcing the international firm to find a new partner in the West African state.


Travers Smith pushes up turnover to £97.2m, PEP hits £882k

17-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Travers Smith has boosted turnover by 13 per cent from £86.2m to £97.2m in 2013/14, while average profit by full equity partner (PEP) rose by 12 per cent to £882,000 compared with £790,000 a year ago.

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Three more partners quit DLA Piper’s Asia practice

17-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

DLA Piper has suffered three more partner departures in Asia Pacific, two in Hong Kong and one who recently transferred from Hong Kong to Singapore.

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Hogan Lovells triumph in Supreme Court in landmark bribe-duty ruling

17-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court has boosted the potential for investors to recover money taken in bribes and secret payments from insolvent agents who breached their client duties in a ruling handed down yesterday (16 July).

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DLA Piper hires four construction lawyers from RPC

17-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper has added two partners and two associates from RPC to its real estate practice, including head of non-contentious construction and projects Stephen Malley.

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Dentons tempts Zizzi back from Clifford Chance for Bucharest boost

17-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance Bucharest partner Perry Zizzi has rejoined Dentons, almost seven years after quitting legacy Salans for the magic circle firm.

High Court

SFO turns to Blackstone's Saini QC for £300m Tchenguiz battle

17-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has switched lead counsel in one of its biggest ever cases, instructing Blackstone Chambers’ Pushpinder Saini QC in place of Serle Court’s Dominic Dowley to lead the defence of a £300m claim from the Tchenguiz brothers.

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Portugal's PLMJ signs cooperation agreement with Madeira firm

17-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Portuguese firm PLMJ has signed a new cooperation agreement with two-partner Madeira firm Mendes Londral & Associados (ML&A) in an extension to its network.


Charles Russell and Speechly partners say yes to £135m merger

16-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Partners at Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham have today voted favour of merging their firms to create a £135m firm with 170 partners.

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Government suffers legal aid setback after High Court declares ‘residency test’ unlawful

16-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

The introduction of a ‘residency test’ for civil legal aid would be “discriminatory” and “unlawful”, the High Court has ruled.


Former Times legal chief Brett to appeal SDT suspension

16-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of legal at The Times, Alastair Brett, is to appear before the High Court next week in an appeal against his suspension from practice and costs of £30,000 imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last year.

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Charles Russell and Speechly partners vote today on £126m merger

16-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell partners are going to the polls today (16 July), to cast their votes on their potential £126m merger between the firms.

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Macfarlanes rolls out CV-blind policy to training contract applicants

16-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Macfarlanes has extended its CV-blind policy to its training contracts, making it the third firm to select its trainees using this method.


Growth slows at Stewarts but PEP outshines peers at £1.1m

16-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Growth has slowed at Stewarts Law following a five-year meteoric rise, with revenue increasing by 3.5 per cent from £45.2m in 2012/13 to £46.8m in 2013/14 while net profit stayed flat at £20.4m.

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Bowman Gilfillan launches in Durban with maritime bolt-on

16-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

South African firm Bowman Gilfillan is strengthening its maritime expertise by merging with Durban shipping boutique Velden Pike Nichols.

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Coulson's lawyer Rickards exits DLA Piper for Kingsley Napley

15-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DLA Piper white-collar corporate crime partner Jo Rickards, who represented former News of the World (NotW) editor Andy Coulson in the recent phone-hacking trial, is leaving the firm to join Kingsley Napley.


London-based Bill Voge elected as Latham’s global chair

15-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins projects development and financing partner Bill Voge, based in London, has been elected as the firm’s new global chair and managing partner.

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Ex-HSF partner joins launch team for Bakers’ Brisbane office

15-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

A former Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner has joined the line-up of partners that have launched a Brisbane office for Baker & McKenzie.


Clydes snaps up Clifford Chance's China head of litigation and arbitration

15-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clifford Chance’s China head of litigation and arbitration Patrick Zheng has joined Clyde & Co as Beijing office managing partner.


Landmark Chambers' revenue rises 21 per cent to £32.5m

15-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Landmark Chambers’ barristers boosted their combined fee income by 21 per cent over the 2013/14 financial year, from £26.3m at the end of 2012/13 to £32.5m.


Linklaters names new global corporate and client sector heads

14-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has appointed current Asian corporate head Matthew Middleditch as its new global corporate head to replace outgoing chief Jeremy Parr.

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Clyde & Co hires Eversheds’ Middle East chairman

14-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds’ Middle East chairman Christopher Jobson has joined Clyde & Co as a partner in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.

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French corporate boutique BDGS picks up Linklaters M&A team

14-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

French corporate boutique BDGS Associés has made its first lateral hire since setting up 18 months ago, appointing Linklaters M&A partner Marc Loy.

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Linklaters’ Pridmore resurfaces at Ashurst in Hong Kong

14-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Former Linklaters capital markets partner Nigel Pridmore has taken a new role at Ashurst’s Hong Kong office, more than four months after quitting the magic circle firm in London (3 March 2014).


Kirkland duo McDaid and Dean quit to kickstart Willkie Farr’s City PE practice

14-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Willkie Farr has hired Kirkland & Ellis private equity partner duo Claire McDaid and Matthew Dean to launch its private equity offering in London.


Magic circle sees UK market share shrink as global consolidation takes hold

14-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

The magic circle has seen its revenue market share of the UK top 10 firms contract by more than 15 per cent over the last decade as global consolidation takes hold of the sector.


National firms turn away from international promotions in 2014

14-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

National firms have turned their attention to growth at home in this year’s partner promotions round, with a 15 percentage point drop in the number of new partners working in UK firms’ overseas offices.


Jones Day dominates mid-market M&A rankings for H1 2014

14-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Jones Day has worked on more mid-market M&A deals than any other firm in the first half of 2014, taking the sole top spot in the global, European and UK rankings for the first time.


Fieldfisher hires three to grow its Paris partner tally to 16

11-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has added a trio of partners to its Parisian office, bulking up its competition, corporate and tax practices.

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Brodies breaks through £50m with 13 per cent turnover rise

11-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Scottish firm Brodies has reported a fourth consecutive year of revenue and profit growth, with turnover up 13.2 per cent to £52.1m and profit up 23 per cent to £23.7m for the 2013/14 financial year.

City’s Got Talent extravaganza moves to 100 Club

10-Jul-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Tomorrow’s Square Mile battle of the bands City’s got Talent (20 June 2014), billed by the organisers as “a mini Glastonbury”, has relocated from Guildhall Yard to the spiritual home of Law Rocks, the 100 Club.

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Slater & Gordon lines up England cricket captain Alastair Cook as its brand ambassador

10-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slater & Gordon is set to sponsor England cricket captain Alastair Cook, in a move that will see him act as brand ambassador for the firm.

High Court

Robert Tchenguiz switches Shearman & Sterling for Stephenson Harwood in £300m SFO trial

10-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Shearman & Sterling has lost one of the biggest litigation mandates of the year after business tycoon Robert Tchenguiz swapped the US firm for Stephenson Harwood in his £300m case against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Monckton raids Doughty Street for five-strong public law team

10-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Monckton Chambers has taken a group of five barristers, including silk Ian Wise QC, from Doughty Street Chambers in a bid to build a top-flight public law and human rights offering.

High Court

DWF in High Court battle with Government over Insolvency Service tender

10-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell, Kate Beioley

DWF is gearing up for a High Court showdown with the Government over its decision to choose Shepherd and Wedderburn over the firm as an adviser to the Insolvency Service.


MoFo commits to Europe with regional managing partner role

10-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has named investigations and antitrust partner Paul Friedman as its first managing partner for Europe, some nine months after launching its third office in the region.


Slaughters and HSF lead on AbbVie’s £30.1bn bid for Shire

10-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Herbert Smith Freehills and Slaughter and May are advising on the proposed takeover of Dublin-based Shire, by US drug manufacturer AbbVie.

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BT in-house team beats KWM and Herbies in Supreme Court battle

9-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

British Telecommuncations’ (BT) in-house team has triumphed against King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in a Supreme Court battle over BT’s call charges to mobile operators.

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Fieldfisher loses out, Ashurst, Simmons and Addleshaws ushered in as BP unveils UK panel

9-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have won coveted first-time spots on BP’s UK panel, unveiled today (9 July) following a three-month review process.


Maclays posts positive turnover results to £43.3m after seven-year slide

9-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish-headquartered firm Maclay Murray & Spens saw turnover hit £43.3m in the 2013/14 financial year, a rise of 7 per cent on the previous year.


Macfarlanes revenue up by 22 per cent as net profit rises by almost a third

9-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Mafarlanes upped its turnover by 22 per cent in the 2013/14 financial year, from £114.16m to £139.75m.


Gibraltar lawyers jailed over £40m client money scam

9-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Three brothers who ran one of Gibraltar’s largest law firms were jailed last week for fraud, four years after their firm, Marrache & Co, was put into liquidation.

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Pinsent Masons revenue up 4.6 per cent to £323m

8-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons has announced a 4.6 per cent increase in revenue from £309m to £323m with a corresponding increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP).

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Simmons' turnover up 7 per cent to £269m, profit up 13%

8-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Simmons & Simmons has unveiled a 7 per cent increase in turnover for the 2013/14 financial year, with revenue rising to £268.6m from £250.3m in 2012/13.

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Norton Rose Fulbright posts turnover of $1.851bn in first post-merger year

8-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Norton Rose Fulbright has posted turnover of $1.851bn (£1.152bn) in its first financial year after the merger of legacy firms Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski. 

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Mishcon posts 17% rise in London revenue to £97.8m as total turnover hits £104.6m

8-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Mishcon de Reya has posted its financial results for 2013/14, which reveal a doubling of turnover since 2009.


Revenue rises 1% at Freshfields to £1.232bn, PEP up to £1.48m

8-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has pushed up revenue by 1 per cent at the 2013/14 year end to £1.232bn, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) increased by 6 per cent from £1.398m to £1.48m.


Linklaters' turnover hits £1.255bn, PEP up 5.9% to £1.39m

8-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has returned to its strongest revenue position in five years after boosting turnover to £1.255bn for the 2013/14 financial year, up 5 per cent from £1.195bn.


Ashurst turnover climbs to £586m, PEP up 22% after Australia merger

8-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris, Natalie Stanton

Ashurst has announced turnover of £586m in the first combined results since the UK firm fully merged with its Australian arm, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) hitting £801,000.


Fieldfisher breaks £100m barrier with turnover of £104m

7-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Revenue at Fieldfisher has broken through the £100m barrier for the first time hitting £104m, an increase of 9.5 per cent on £95m for 2012/13.

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HSF recruits from Taylor Wessing for sixth German partner

7-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has picked up Taylor Wessing competition partner Michael Dietrich to bring the number of partners in Germany to six.


Malaysia’s Zicolaw expands into Laos

7-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Malaysia’s largest law firm Zicolaw has continued its regional expansion by adding a firm in Laotian capital Vientiane to its network.


Hogan Lovells moves into Mexico with BSTL bolt-on

7-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Hogan Lovells is set to open its second and third Latin American offices in 2014 after bolting on Mexican firm Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL).


Squire Patton Boggs merges with Tokyo corporate boutique

7-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Squire Patton Boggs has completed its first bolt-on since the merger of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, taking on three-partner Tokyo firm Mamiya Law Offices.


Fee income on public M&A tumbles as deals dry up, research by The Lawyer reveals

7-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne, Natalie Stanton

The total fees paid to lawyers on public M&A deals over the first half of calendar year 2014 fell by 35 per cent compared with the previous six months, research by The Lawyer has found.

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British Library turns to Mills & Reeve and Veale Wasbrough for employment advice

7-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Mills & Reeve and Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) are to give employment advice to the British Library after winning a mini-tender run by the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC).

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Cleary and Clifford Chance join host on firms on Club Med takeover battle

7-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Clifford Chance have joined a host of UK, US and French firms involved as the battle to acquire luxury travel business Club Méditerranée (Club Med) hots up.

High Court

CoA clarifies 'misunderstood' Mitchell ruling by offering third way on costs

4-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Litigators and courts widely misunderstood and misapplied the Mitchell test, the Court of Appeal said today as it sought to clarify the High Court ruling that was intended to help crack down on spiraling litigation costs.

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Hogan Lovells snares ENS tax and China specialist

4-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Hogan Lovells has made its second South African lateral hire since its launch in the jurisdiction, picking up ENSafrica China group head Ernie Lai King.

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Olswang revenue up 7 per cent to £117.6m as PEP falls below £500k

4-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Olswang has reported a 7 per cent growth in revenue for the 2013/14 financial year, with total turnover rising from £110m to £117.6m.


Reed Smith turns to Pinsents for latest finance hire

4-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Reed Smith has continued to add to its finance practice with the hire of Pinsent Masons partner Matthew Heaton.  


Eversheds posts 2 per cent revenue rise to £384m, PEP up 13.6 per cent to £729k

3-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds’ revenue rose by 2 per cent at the end of 2013/14 from £376m to £384m, while net profit increased just 1 per cent from £85.4m to £86.2m.

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Bird & Bird allies with Turkish firm BTS

3-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird has further expanded its horizons with the announcement of a cooperation agreement with Turkish firm BTS & Partners.


Trio of City boutiques team up with Buzzacott to launch professional advisory service

3-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Boutique firms CM Murray, Hierons and Maurice Turnor Gardner have joined forces with chartered accountants Buzzacott to go to market as a one-stop-shop for professional practices.

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Blackstone and Bhatt Murphy bring internet spy case against GCHQ

3-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Blackstone Chambers’ Ben Jaffey and Tom Cleaver have been drafted in by Bhatt Murphy on behalf of a group of internet service providers (ISPs) that have launched a legal claim against the Government over surveillance.


Osborne Clarke sees tech and telecoms heads quit for Fieldfisher and Reed Smith

2-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Osborne Clarke’s head of technology Mark Webber and head of telecoms Angus Finnegan have both left the firm, moving to Fieldfisher and Reed Smith respectively.

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Outflanked in this War of the Roses

21-Jul-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

A few weeks ago I asked why Leeds seemed to have fallen off the pace compared to other regional cities’ legal offerings.

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