Clock ticking for training contract hopefuls


As would-be lawyers around the country wrack their brains for an original answer to the ‘why law?’ question, so graduate recruitment teams are preparing to sift through the deluge of thousands of training contract applications that land on their desks every year

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Shearman’s Yukos: the epic pay day


Big days don’t come much bigger than the one Shearman & Sterling enjoyed late last week, when the firm triumphed in its decade-long, $50bn arbitration battle for Yukos shareholders against the Russian state.

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Slaughter and May eyes Asia growth


Never one to follow the crowd, elite UK firm Slaughter and May is bucking yet another trend by investing in its Asia practice

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Taking the Eurozone crisis to court


Last year Cypriot investors were horrified to learn that their government had agreed to a “haircut” on bank savings in order to bail the country out of the economic crisis it found itself in

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Will Charles Russell Speechlys be a winner?


The big news this week is the decision of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham yesterday to vote in favour of merging and create a £135m firm with 170 partners. But how many business services staff will there be?

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings - 27 July 2014


Let the games, and the final politicking, begin – Scotland, independence and the impact on employers; fed up to the eye teeth with Mitchell? Get a load of Denton; and how that sweet little butterfly tattoo could result in the sack

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Economic recovery pays off for in-house lawyers


Not only are opportunities to work in-house increasing but remuneration for doing so is too, according to two new surveys out this week.

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Bakers and Clifford Chance help to mop up Spanish banking sector


The UK banking sector has generated rich pickings for corporate lawyers over the past few years, with deals including the Co-op Group’s split and Lloyds’ reprivatisation

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Courts hot up with bumper billionaire judgments


It has been a week of big-ticket cases in disputes land, with property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz ending his £200m battle with the Serious Fraud Office

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