Litigation, the engine of the stratospheric domestic profits for US firms, is, ironically, the calling card for the UK’s elite law firms if they are ever to crack America, writes The Lawyer’s editor Catrin Griffiths.
Using Global 200 data, The Lawyer reveals which law firms have failed to keep pace with the global market, and what this group’s performance since 2008 can tell us about the future for the world’s top law firms
WeWork has appointed Sarah Nelson Smith as its first ever European general counsel, as it ramps up its legal capabilities outside the US. Nelson Smith, who was The Lawyer’s in-house lawyer of the year in 2014, joins the collaborative workspace giant from KFC, where she acted as European chief legal officer. When it started the hunt in April, WeWork […]
Weeks after the announcement of Nigel Boardman’s impending retirement next April, it can be revealed that another Slaughter and May stalwart is also due to hang up his boots this year. Corporate M&A partner William Underhill will bow of the firm this December after 28 years in the firm’s partnership. He joined the firm in […]
Baker McKenzie is set to open its third support centre in Florida as it kickstarts a business services overhaul. The service roles that will be based in Tampa, Florida, include legal services, finance, IT, knowledge management, operations, business development, marketing and communications, and talent. The new office is expected to employ 300 people and will […]
Nearly a year since it hired Freshfields’ David Higgins to bolster its corporate offering in London, Kirkland & Ellis is to bring in two Linklaters partners to spearhead its move into the Paris market.
Which law firms demand their lawyers work the most billable hours? Firms outside of the giants in the Top 100 are widely believed to have a better work-life balance than their larger cousins, but is there any data to support that assertion? Thanks to this year’s UK 200: The Independents, now there is. This year […]
Digital bank Monzo has brought in a new senior interim head of legal as it ramps up recruitment efforts to fill the role permanently. Andrew Macklin, a former Latham & Watkins corporate lawyer in London, was brought in over the summer after leaving the US firm last year. Macklin was a partner at Latham for […]
News Group Newspapers (NGN) has settled the latest of its phone-hacking cases on its first day in court, reinforcing the company’s preference to draw a line under the claims throughout this high-profile litigation. The decision to settle brings one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018 closer to a climax. Settlement fees for the dispute were thought […]