2014: a year of mergers, diversity and US laterals


It’s been a busy year in the legal market. Over the past two weeks we’ve been looking back at the stories of the year, highlighting some of the trends and reminiscing over the news which hit the headlines.

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Gibson Dunn: the growth spurt continues


In case you missed it, the big news among US firms in London currently is not only that Kirkland & Ellis debt finance partner Stephen Gillespie is leaving the firm, but that he is off to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

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Stephenson Harwood returns to Guangzhou


When UK firm Stephenson Harwood announced in September that it was reducing its China presence the move seemed counterintuitive.

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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.

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Law firm management – the highlights

18-Dec-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Last month we brought you insight on what it is that makes the job of managing a law firm so tough.

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Clydesdale GC returns to Oz after revolutionising UK legal function


In the two years that she has headed up Clydesdale Bank’s UK legal function Jennifer Darbyshire has totally restructured the department and reduced the legal roster from 13 firms to seven .

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White & Case pockets first mandate from HM Treasury

15-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

In the past, HM Treasury has tended to turn to the likes of Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Slaughter and May for its legal advice.

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Bird & Bird in hot water with clients in UK and Germany


What a week for Bird & Bird. First came the news that the firm was facing a £2m professional negligence case over advice given to an investor. Then it emerged that the firm was under fire for its alleged involvement in an €147m embezzlement charge.

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