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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Money talks: the top hires by US firms in 2014

23-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

This year has seen an unprecedented number of major partner hires by US firms looking to beef up their capacity in London.

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Reckitt Benckiser launches legal team for spinoff Indivior ahead of IPO

23-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Pharma company Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has named a new general counsel for spinoff business Indivior ahead of its listing today (23 December) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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Irwin Mitchell most successful firm online, but Taylor Wessing is top Tweeter

23-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Irwin Mitchell is the best top 50 firm in the UK at marketing itself online, particularly through social media - although firms’ online presence remains minimal.

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Stories of the year: big moves keep coming into December

23-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The action continued into December, which has so far seen Kirkland & Ellis’ banking partner Stephen Gillespie quit for Gibson Dunn, and BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg step down after five terms on the firm’s top rung.

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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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