Royal Mail wraps up first post-IPO panel review


Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s IPO last year, sending DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna acceptance letters but dropping Bond Dickinson from its 15-strong roster (see the story here).

All’s well that ends well in RSC’s first legal panel


The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has named Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve as its inaugural panel firms, beating shortlisted Freeths and Wright Hassall for the top spots (see full story here).

Is the magic circle losing its love of lockstep?


 The magic circle has spent decades protecting its lockstep but firms seem to be accepting the time might be right to embrace flexibility.

What you need to know about doing business in the Arab world


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is home to some of the richest countries on the planet – and some of the most politically risky. Its natural resources and potential for development makes it enormously attractive to businesses and their legal advisers, but doing business there is not always easy.

“I’ll miss the unexpected,” says Pinsents’ outgoing MP David Ryan


Why would anybody want to be a law firm managing partner? Most people would run screaming from a role that involves trying to reach a consensus from a group of lawyers.

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Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

28-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?


RBS turns to Dentons for £30m Libor claim

28-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to Dentons to defend it against a £30m claim from Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) client property developer Property Alliance Group over Libor-related misselling allegations.

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Osborne Clarke posts 17 per cent increase in half-year turnover to £70.6m

27-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m). 

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Stephenson Harwood taps Clyde & Co for China energy hire

27-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Clyde & Co has lost the chief representative of its fledgling Beijing office to Stephenson Harwood in a boost to the latter’s energy and resources group.

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Negotiating the middle ground

24-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

It wasn’t easy. When The Lawyer set out to research the top independent law firms operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) we were confronted with a whole series of problems. 

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Doing business in the Arab world


How do you best access the Arab market? It’s a lucrative world out there, but you’ll need to understand the cultural nuances. The Lawyer’s guide to doing business in the Arab world provides key insight on the region, and includes research on the leading independent firms in the Middle East and North Africa.

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