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Firebrands are a firm’s best friend

5-Oct-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

And there goes another Scottish independent. McClure Naismith’s decision to call in the administrators in August was the third sad ending of its kind, following Semple Fraser in 2013 and Tods Murray, bought by Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2014.

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China’s law firms are looking for you

28-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

We didn’t deliberately co-ordinate the publication of our China Elite report (click here for an executive preview) with George Osborne’s visit to the PRC, but it’s happy timing. 

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How to build a business model around listening

21-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Lawyers are prone to a sort of exceptionalism that they alone are responsible for the client, but when you look at that service in the round, you have to consider business development, team allocation and, of course, technology.

Matt Byrne

Real estate gems in this year’s UK 200

14-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne

It’s UK 200 time, but this year there’s a difference. Several differences, in fact.

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Take control of your own career progression

7-Sep-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Shiny faces, shiny shoes, shiny resolutions. The first proper week back from the summer holiday is often about putting into practice everything you’ve been mulling over in a rainy gîte: hence our themed issue on career choices, and how to take control of your own progression. 


School’s out, but not for trailblazers

3-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Today’s issue is our last of the summer. Three weeks of summer sun with nothing to do but soak up the rays. Possibly.


Wragges won’t turn away now that it is on America’s doorstep

27-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Wragges’ merger with Gowlings positions it for global expansion.

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Never mind the IPOs, firms need vision


 Gateley’s IPO on AIM in May surprised many.

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Does RBS deserve the cold shoulder?

13-Jul-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Which firms will have the balls to walk away from the RBS review?

Matt Byrne

Cost is only part of firms’ property challenge

6-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

There could hardly be a more appropriate symbol of London’s current sky-high property prices than the tale of Boodle Hatfield.


Asian firms continue outward push with globalising clients

29-Jun-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

This week sees the publication of the third Asia-Pacific 150 report.


In-housers at home in the comfort zone

22-Jun-2015 | By Matt Byrne

If you work in-house, are you frustrated by the uninspiring service or lack of innovation your external legal services providers offer you?

Richard SImmons

Gender pay gap is down to more than a dearth of women at the top


Our salary survey attracted more than 6,000 responses.

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Interesting times for in-housers

8-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This week’s issue of The Lawyer is all about the challenges facing in-house lawyers in a continually testing environment.

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IBM Watson: Reuters works with AI machine to increase efficiency at law firms

9-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Artificial Intelligence in legal services took one step closer to reality today as Thomson Reuters announced it had joined up with IBM’s AI machine Watson.


Carey Olsen launches in Singapore with hire of former A&O partner

9-Oct-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Carey Olsen has joined the increasing number of offshore firms with a Singapore presence by launching in the city-state with the hire of former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Linda Lee.

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Charles Russell Speechlys one year on: "We're ready to start recruiting"

9-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

“Mergers don’t work unless people work hard,” says Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) managing partner James Carter on the combined firm’s first anniversary. 


HSBC instructs Freshfields to defend million-pound Libor claim

9-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

HSBC has instructed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to defend a Libor manipulation claim brought by two former customers.

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Vue Entertainment creates UK GC role

9-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Vue Entertainment is creating a new UK head of legal role as the business looks to expand further across the UK and Ireland. 

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Walls come tumbling down


The Lawyer’s second edition of the China Elite Report, which ranks the country’s largest 30 firms by revenue and the 10 largest international firms by their mainland China lawyer headcount, has broken new ground: for the first time, the financials of Chinese firms are revealed. We also look at metrics such as leverage and female partners, and reveal the 10 fastest growing firms by revenue and by headcount this year. Unmissable research: for more details, email

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