Will they, won’t they? Scotland, Bingham and the beach


It’s been an agonising wait to hear whether they were in or out, coming along or going it alone – but even now some Bingham partners are yet to make their move.

Pinsents faces three sets of unfair dismissal claims from former lawyers


Pinsent Masons has found itself on the wrong side of the courtroom this month after three former employment lawyers at the firm launched unfair dismissal cases against it.

Exclusive: Akin Gump swoops on Bingham London for 22-partner team


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has managed to wrestle Bingham McCutchen’s London office away from Morgan Lewis & Bockius in its entirety ahead of the firms’ mooted tie-up.

Stephenson Harwood breaks with tradition in China


It seems that growth in China has been on the wish list of a number of firms in 2014, with firms including Linklaters mulling the idea of its own Chinese joint venture after the recently launched Shanghai free-trade zone liberalised the country’s legal services sector.

Panel reviews 2014: Are you a winner or loser?


If you want to know who are the winners and losers of this year’s major panel reviews then don’t miss this week’s feature, in which we reveal who is appointing who

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Scotland’s Blackadders expands into Perth

19-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Edinburgh-headquartered Blackadders has to take over Perth-based Condies, growing its practice to approximately 220 lawyers and six offices in the country from next week. 

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Shepherd and Wedderburn: post devo max, we need some joined-up thinking on tax


The Scottish electorate has voted ‘no’ to independence. However, the ‘no’ vote certainly doesn’t mean no constitutional change for Scotland, not least because of the UK government’s (and the Labour Party’s) pledge to further devolve power to Scotland. Additionally, key provisions of the Scotland Act 2012 will come into force over the next two years giving the Scottish government additional powers and a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is proposed for 2017.Changes ...

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Brodies: achieving rapid consensus on wider UK constitutional reform is 'optimistic'


At 6.10am this morning, when the Kingdom of Fife declared its result in the Scottish independence referendum and made a Yes win mathematically impossible, the debate on British constitutional reform was silenced


DLA Piper loses India co-head to Squire Patton Boggs

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper’s co-head for its India group Biswajit Chatterjee is to join Squire Patton Boggs in a similar Singapore-based role alongside London partner Dharmendra Nair.

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Avoiding panel game pigeonholes


This week we publish our review of the reviews, which tallies the firms that have won places on the panels of 2014. There’s a pattern emerging.

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So it's a No


Scotland has decided to stay in the United Kingdom, but the Downing Street declaration, in which David Cameron has pledged more devolution across the UK. The questions raised by the independence debate will keep constitutional lawyers busy for years.

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