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Alex Taylor

Alex is The Lawyer’s international editor. He joined in 2017 as a reporter covering litigation and the Bar, leaving in 2019 and returning in 2021.

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Kirkland set for associate hiring spree in Paris

Kirkland & Ellis is set to take the next step in the growth of its Paris office by building out an associate base following the hire of key partners. Since opening in 2018, the Paris office has grown rapidly with partner hires from the likes of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Linklaters and local firm De […]

First it conquered Finland, now it’s conquered Europe

With revenue well into nine figures, Roschier can rightfully claim to lead the Finnish market. Last night it cemented that dominance by being crowned The Lawyer’s European Firm of the Year. Growth at Roschier now far outstrips its domestic rivals, Finland’s two Snellmans – Hannes and Castrén, which posted 2022 revenue of €79.4m and €69m […]

The Lawyer European Awards 2023: The Winners

It was the turn of Nordic law firm Roschier to claim the crown as the Continent’s outstanding law firm last night at The Lawyer’s annual European Awards ceremony. The firm won the prize at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, as the elite of European legal talent came together in celebration. The Helsinki-headquartered law […]

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The Passport: The Euro 100 preview edition

Welcome to The Passport, your weekly roundup making sense of the European legal market. This week is The Lawyer’s annual European Awards, a night where we celebrate the breadth of talent and dedication from Portugal to Poland, Sweden to Sicily, and everywhere lying between. Not only that, the 2023 edition of the Euro 100 report […]

Spotlight: Freshfields’ answer to Germany’s mass claims problem

This week on The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker, we explore Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Mass Claims Unit (MCU). Offering a novel take on how to handle this ever-growing part of the European disputes market, the magic circle firm wants to be a one-stop shop for the largest mass claims and tap into previously unexplored talent pools. The […]

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Manchester United’s GC takes on interim CEO role

Manchester United’s long-serving general counsel is set to take on the role of interim CEO after the Premier League announced that current boss Richard Arnold will leave the club at the end of this calendar year. Arnold’s departure paves the way for Patrick Stewart to take the reins temporarily amid the expected £1.3bn investment from […]


CMS strikes merger deal with Swedish firm

CMS is set to add two Swedish offices to its network after joining forces with a local firm. The merger with Stockholm-headquartered Wistrand will give the firm offices in both Sweden’s capital and its second city of Gothenburg. The announcement comes nearly two years after CMS announced its tie-up with Norwegian firm Kluge. Wistrand was […]


The Passport: Fieldfisher was right to re-evaluate Italy

Welcome to The Passport, your roundup of all the most important stories coming out of Europe this week. We’re taking a close look at why Fieldfisher’s decision to call time on its Italian merger was the right one; why it isn’t just Danish firms that need to re-evaluate their partnership structures; and how Squires is […]

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It’s about to get defensive in Denmark

Did you hear the one about a Dane, a Spaniard and a Norwegian all walking into the top three of a report? No? Because that’s exactly what happened in 2022. This trio of ambitious, expansionist, most aggressively hiring law firms are the only three whose revenues more than doubled in the five-year period between 2018 and […]

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Fieldfisher set to breakaway from Italian arm

Fieldfisher will part ways with its Italian partners and offices in March 2024, The Lawyer can reveal, but is eyeing a quick re-entry into the country. The UK-headquartered firm will officially break away from Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati (SASPI), with which it merged in 2016, on 8 March 2024 with Fieldfisher saying it will […]

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Competition boutique sets up in Amsterdam

A competition-focused boutique launched by a former Covington & Burling partner will establish a third office in the new year, adding Amsterdam to its existing sites in Brussels and London. Geradin Partners, the firm launched by Damien Geradin who spent five years as a partner at Covington between 2010 and 2015, has hit Dutch firm […]

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Schjødt raids local Danish firm to bolster corporate offering

Expansionist Norwegian-headquartered firm Schjødt has made its most aggressive and targeted move in Copenhagen since launching, raiding a local firm for four partners to significantly grow its operation in the Danish capital. Schjødt has hired Moalem Weitemeyer partners Frantz Sigersted-Rasmussen, Tobias Bonde Frost, Mattias Vilhelm Warnøe Nielsen and Rasmus Juel Schiøtt. A further five associates […]