Arthur Sants

The listed law firms face their biggest challenge yet

Any firms who have ever considered an IPO should take note after the recent market turmoil. You can virtually hear the sighs of relief emanating from the Mishcon de Reya partners who were set against an IPO – a much-touted policy that was publicly shelved yesterday (24 March). As shares stumble and fall, the lawyers […]

Crisis management

Cadwalader in the City: Start, stop, start again

Poor old Cadwalader. The US firm has just posted a drop in its London office revenue for the second year in a row, down 4 per cent from $43.1m to $41.3m. And while it’s only fair to say that it’s been hiring recently, it is equally true that Cadwalader is also still dealing with the […]

Liverpool looks like a good bet (and not for football)

We’ve had Belfast. We’ve had Manchester. But it’s Liverpool that looks like the best prospect for law firm investment. Jürgen Klopp and the Tate certainly help, but the combination of low rental rates (£24 per sq ft compared to £37 in Manchester according to CBRE figures), a large student body and the promise of government […]

Goodbye EU, hello Dublin

What is the extent of City firms’ investment in Dublin? Eight firms have launched offices there since the referendum, with just one through a merger (Fieldfisher with McDowell Purcell). This isn’t just window-dressing; there is clearly appetite for growth. Some firms have focused on existing areas of strength. Simmons & Simmons has hired financial services […]

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