Doughty Street investment pays off as Alamuddin weds actor


Doughty Street Chambers has been forced to invest in a new website because some silver-haired hottie has tied the knot with one of its members

Freshfields in the US: Don’t call us magic circle


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been no stranger to the headlines this month, having made a series of bold – and rare - US lateral hires. Now the firm has come out with an even ...

Corporate exit puts a downer on the party at KWMSJB


King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) should be in celebration mode, as the firm prepares to blow out its first birthday candles following its mega-merger last November.

Slater & Gordon set to take over Leo Abse & Cohen


Acquisition-hungry Australian legal giant Slater & Gordon has rolled into Cardiff and pinpointed personal injury and trade union firm Leo Abse & Cohen as its next merger target.

Nabarro’s Molson Coors relationship under scrutiny


 If there’s anything that the large number of panel reviews this year has shown, it’s that clients are getting tougher on their advisers. Many companies have slashed the number of firms they use in a bid for greater efficiencies.

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George Clooney effect wreaks havoc on Doughty Street website

30-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street Chambers has been forced to upgrade its website hosting arrangements to cope with a surge in traffic following the nuptials of member Amal Alamuddin and Hollywood star George Clooney.


Fried Frank picks up Stephenson Harwood role on oligarch battle

30-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev has switched counsel from Stephenson Harwood partner John Fordham to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson for the latest stage of his $2bn injunction battle at the High Court. 

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Debevoise to convert Hong Kong office into local practice

29-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Debevoise & Plimpton is set to operate its Hong Kong office as a local firm from 1 October, after bulking up its team in the last 12 months.

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Freshfields "takes on Wall Street" and wants to discard magic circle tag in US

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner David Aitman and corporate chief Edward Braham are “taking on Wall Street” and want the US market to think of them a part of an international elite instead of the magic circle.

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Freshfields scores a US touchdown

29-Sep-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The self-belief of Freshfields managing partner and corporate head is remarkable.

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Burgeoning Belfast


Belfast has become a magnet for international firms wanting to site their low-cost operations; think Herbert Smith, Allen & Overy and Baker &McKenzie. But it’s also become popular with firms wanting to expand their legal offerings. Pinsent Masons, Kennedys and most recently BLM have all merged with local firms.

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