KPMG ABS: “No plans to develop any kind of standalone legal practice”


KPMG UK chairman Simon Collins said today that the Big Four firm has no plans to create a standalone legal business as a result of gaining ABS approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Acritas rankings highlight Freshfields reality gap


Freshfields may be going great guns in the US, but the magic circle is apparently losing its grip on the all-important brand equity, if the latest research by Acritasis to believed.

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Learning to love lawyers, Chinese style


When Hangzhou-based e-commerce group Alibaba listed on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month it was a boon not only for its founder Jack Ma but for the lawyers involved too. After all, at $25bn it was the largest IPO of all time.

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Latham & Watkins loses six-lawyer finance team in Italy to Gattai Minoli

18-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian firm Gattai Minoli & Partners has hired a finance team of six from Latham & Watkins in one of the biggest team moves in Italy this year. 

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How helpful is your KM?


Knowledge management in law firms has changed beyond recognition over the last few years. As a recent special report in The Lawyer highlighted, the KM conversation has moved from internal document creation and management to creating value for the client.

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings - 28 September 2014

28-Sep-2014 | By Richard Simmons

The implications of a Scottish ‘no’ vote and further devolution; compulsory early conciliation leads to a fall in the number of employment tribunal claims; and what happens when office jargon leaks into the outside world

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority seeks new legal chief as Higgins becomes director


Having appointed former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins to director in charge of all business services , the hunt for a new legal chief is underway.

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Linklaters revs up for Carlyle on RAC stake sale

29-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

After months of to-ing and fro-ing, the UK’s largest roadside assistance group RAC has finally settled on a course of action. And it’s not an IPO, like the company had previously proposed.

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Clerking restructures, Russian tycoons and George Clooney


Doughty Street predictably made a big splash this week due to the wedding of George Clooney and human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin . The set was forced to upgrade its website due to a flood in hits after the couple got engaged earlier this year.

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