Matt Byrne

Individualism benefits the bench

21-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

How much dissent is appropriate? In the Supreme Court, which celebrates its five-year anniversary this October, it is a timely question.

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Hiring is the key to capital gains

14-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Until now ‘international’ has been a bit of a euphemism since historically the firms in our survey have always been American. This year, though, the terminology is correct

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Borrowing your way to growth

7-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Today’s issue of The Lawyer is a first: we survey 153 LLP accounts taken from the list of firms in The Lawyer’s UK 200 to investigate debt levels within the UK’s leading legal practices.

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Beware a council lawyer scorned

24-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Where do you think your local government clients are heading? It’s not a rhetorical question

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Losing the magic touch in finance

17-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Have the magic circle firms squandered their lead in acquisition finance?

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Chance of a sturdier Saudi solution

10-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Last week Paris firm August & Debouzy quit its six-year alliance with Nabarro, which leaves the London firm rather stranded in France.

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Accountants aren’t kidding with ABS this time

3-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Last month PwC Legal got an ABS licence, which will allow it to own its legal arm at last.

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Stress: the elephant in the room

24-Feb-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Last week we reported that Hogan Lovells was setting up an on-site confidential counselling service for its staff as part of its health and wellbeing policy

Katie Dowell

Third-party funding still too murky

17-Feb-2014 | By Katy Dowell

How many City litigators are taking the third-party funding market seriously?

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New leaders, new styles

10-Feb-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

After a decade of phenomenal growth, Chinese law firms are now having to confront the issue of succession.

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It’s an assertive not aggressive fee style


Last week I interviewed BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg. Much of the conversation was about the firm’s difficult year in 2012/13 and what it was considering in terms of strategy and process

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A farewell to UK finance work

20-Jan-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For some reason the politics of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s corporate department attracts extraordinary attention online from our readers.

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Brightest and best face up to change


The theme in our Hot 100 management roundtable was transformation.

Matt Byrne

We predict a riot of litigation activity

6-Jan-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Welcome back to the start of the New Year proper and The Lawyer’s first print edition of 2014.

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Ashurst makes up 15 partners in first post merger round

24-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013.


A&O and DLA advise as Primark plans US launch

24-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Budget fashion retailer Primark has turned to Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA Piper for advice on its first launch into the US following a 26 per cent rise in the chain’s profits.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

24-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.


LG surrenders Singapore relationship as Wragges merger looms

24-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Lawrence Graham (LG) has surrendered its Singapore foreign law practice licence in preparation for its merger with Wragge & Co next month.

Herbert Smith

Herbies focuses on London in 23-strong promos round

24-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added 23 associates to its partnership, with almost half of those made up based in London. 

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Barring mishaps


We’ve had the silks round, but there other long-running themes emerging from our coverage of the bar. They include commercial court costs and criminal barristers’ struggle with the Ministry of Justice. Below is a selection of reports highlighting the current issues.

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