2014: a year of mergers, diversity and US laterals


It’s been a busy year in the legal market. Over the past two weeks we’ve been looking back at the stories of the year, highlighting some of the trends and reminiscing over the news which hit the headlines.

Withers targets Aussie high-net-worths


Asia’s reputation as a playground for the super-rich has been growing in recent years, so it’s no wonder that a private client firm such as Withers would want to tap into that.

Buckinghamshire ABS given £400k profit target


This year has been the year when the promise of local authority alternative business structures (ABSs) finally came good.

BLP’s Eisenberg becomes latest managing partner to step down


This year has seen an unprecedented number of management changes, with the likes of Clifford Chance, Olswang, Osborne ...

Bird & Bird set to fight £2m professional negligence claim


Bird & Bird is the latest firm to be the target of a lawsuit from its former clients, we report today. The firm is facing a professional negligence case brought by British Virgin Islands client Orientfield Holdings, which aborted the purchase of a £25m property in St Johns Wood.

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A&O, NRF, Pinsents and ShepWedd advise on funding of disputed road project

19-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose Fulbright, Pinsent Masons and Shepherd & Wedderburn have advised on the financing of a controversial road that will bypass the city of Aberdeen.


Fried Frank loses 'Putin's banker' Pugachev claim to lift $2bn asset freeze

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has lost a first round for Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev in the High Court after the billionaire failed in his attempt to lift a $2bn freezing order imposed in July.

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Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders. 

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The leadership interview: the magic circle

19-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK.

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Feeling the long arm of the regulators

8-Dec-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

We finish 2014 with our analysis of the global litigation and investigations market – the Global Litigation Top 50.

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Generation A to Z


What are the millennials thinking? According to law firm graduate recruitment heads, current students are better-prepared than ever (probably because they read Lawyer 2B, The Lawyer’s dedicated student offering). But for all their ambitions to develop as fully-rounded commercial advisers, pay is still a big issue – as our stories below indicate.

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