Bonelli locks partners in as institutionalisation beckons


Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger or to stem a slew of partner departures .Bonelli Erede Pappalardo’s three-year ‘loyalty’ ...

German strength draws firms in


Over the past few years Germany has consistently outperformed the rest of Europe’s legal market, with domestic firms reporting successive turnover rises and international players keeping on hiring and merging in the country

Smaller is better for European boutique founders


Leaving a major law firm to launch a boutique is becoming so commonplace now that it is an accepted career move for a partner or senior associate at a large player

2013 financials indicate the north-south divide remains


As Europe begins, slowly, to emerge from recession – with the latest statistics putting EU GDP growth at 0.4 per cent for the last three months of 2013 – the first turnover figures from Continental European firms are also coming out.

The Olympic-level moves of the European legal scene


Tomorrow marks the start of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, hosted by the Russian city of Sochi. The run-up to the Games has been marked by controversy

In-housers on the move in Europe


The general counsel The Lawyer talks to each week always wax lyrical about the improved work-life balance that can be found in-house. So it’s perhaps no surprise that those who move in-house often stay there, while big companies find it easy to recruit lawyers from the top private practice firms to fill positions

Paris market kicks off 2014 with lateral bonanza


Happy New Year! Or maybe that should be a Gallic Bonne Année, because European legal news in this first week of 2014 has focused almost exclusively on the Paris market.

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Travers Smith’s Paris chief David Patient is set to become firm-wide managing partner when incumbent Andrew Lilley steps down from the role at the end of 2014.

Locked up

Is Bonelli's lock-in a solution to the European succession planning question?

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger, or to stem a slew of partner departures.


European moves: 17 April 2014

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

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Ukraine: Lawyers on the edge

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Everyday legal work is at a halt and the country’s lawyers stand ready to do their bit in the army if the Russians move in


Austria: Hypo-activity

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The sale of the ‘good’ assets of crisis-torn Hypo bank is a welcome stimulant for local firms, but the lack of young blood in the profession is a persistent problem

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