Mayer Brown, McDermott and Wragge Lawrence Graham all hire in Paris


Of all the major European jurisdictions, Paris saw the greatest amount of lateral hiring last year – and the trend is continuing into 2015.

Clifford Chance sees five partners quit Germany in a month


Germany has been a large part of Clifford Chance’s European operations for years, ever since 2000 when it merged with Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster. Some 15 years on from that merger, change is afoot

Europe’s independent firms focus on referral networks as cross-border M&A booms


In a world where the biggest global firms are just getting bigger – witness the recent formation of 6,500-lawyer behemoth Dacheng Dentons – it can be increasingly hard for independent firms to compete.

Latham shifts focus of private equity hiring spree to the continent


The European legal market has been shaken by a flurry of lateral hires over the past week, with firms including Baker & McKenzie , Fieldfisher and Morrison ...

European M&A rockets – but European firms miss out on the big mandates


The annual M&A league tables are coming out and it’s good news. Globally, M&A activity was back to pre-crisis levels in 2014

France proves busiest recruitment market for lateral hires in 2014


Earlier this week Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced that it was making a rare European lateral hire – and it was a big one. Skadden has recruited Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier’s co-managing partner Olivier Diaz in a boost to its French corporate practice.

European firms put the focus on diversity


Diversity has been on the radar of several firms in the UK recently, with a number announcing that they are aiming for 30 per cent of their partners to be female within the next few years.

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Termination clauses and repudiatory breach: payment of charter hire ‘not a condition’ weblink subscription

Ince & Co 17-Apr-2015

In The Astra, Mr Justice Popplewell has concluded that payment of hire by the charterers was not a condition of the charterparty.

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A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years

17-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years.


Egorov Puginsky's Dimitry Afanasiev: making our countries better and stronger video

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This year’s European Managing Partner of the Year, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, opens up about the challenges affecting Russia and Ukraine.


Fieldfisher faces €120,000 unfair dismissal claim from Paris secretary

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher is facing a €120,000 (£86,000) unfair dismissal claim brought by a former secretary in its Paris office, who claims that she was assaulted by the firm’s office managing partner on the day of her dismissal.

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Referral relationships: making the link

6-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Travers’ determination to stay independent was once seen as its Achilles heel. But maybe it was ahead of its time.

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GCs in banking – The big bank load

16-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

The pressure on in-house lawyers in the financial services sector is growing as banks face up to new challenges such as greater regulatory scrutiny.

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Poland – Warsaw packed

16-Mar-2015 | By Jonathan Ames

An influx of global firms and a rush of indie spin-offs has created an overcrowded legal market in Poland – and fees are suffering.

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