Catrin Griffiths

Catrin is the editor of The Lawyer.


The delusions of McDermott and Perkins Coie

The scene: A US firm boardroom, somewhere not in New York*. Big Cheese (furiously): ‘We’re not growing fast enough. What have you got?’ Smaller Cheese (panicking): Private equity! That’s the thing! Kirkland! Paul Weiss!’ Big Cheese: ‘Do whatever it takes. And do it now.’ Smaller Cheese: ‘Leave it with me. We’ll hire big in London. […]


Your managing partner is off on one again

It seems that one of the chief attributes of managing partners is wild optimism. You can’t move for law firm leaders committing their firms to hardcore five-year targets – particularly in the upper mid-tier, where we’re hearing of plans to double or even triple revenues by the end of the decade. We’d like some of […]

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The more partners you make, the better

It’s new partner season for UK firms, when hundreds of happy associates are granted new status, obligations and bragging rights. Most firms lag behind Kirkland & Ellis, though, which made up 26 in London this year alone. Like the Roman Empire, Kirkland has always made generous grants of citizenship to expand its borders; the more […]


Revealed: Linklaters’ three-point plan to trim partner exit payouts

Linklaters’ management team is taking soundings on three separate proposals that aim to trim payouts to departing members and reduce the overall cost to the firm, The Lawyer can reveal. The consultation process, which is ongoing, is likely to go to a partnership vote in a few weeks. The first proposal is to ditch the […]

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The magic circle is truly the new Big Four

The magic circle has a secret weapon, and that is breadth. And the UK leaders’ multiple, richly-staffed practice areas are starting to give them a helpful differentiation within the global elite. Megawatt firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, Paul Weiss or Simpson Thacher primarily operate in the vertical of asset management and private capital, a […]

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Paul Weiss hits Linklaters for yet another partner

Another Linklaters partner has resigned to join Paul Weiss. The Lawyer understands that Dan Schuster-Woldan is leaving the magic circle firm. Schuster-Woldan is co-head of Linklaters’ insurance group sector group and has advised Axa and Phoenix Group. More recent deals have seen him acting on the proposed sale of the Telegraph newspaper and Spectator magazine. […]


Linklaters threatens to withhold distributions from departing partners

Less than two years after it overhauled its lockstep to keep its top performers, Linklaters is mulling a radical shake-up of its compensation system. The proposals would give management full control of individual partner pay on an annual basis – and confiscate retained profit distributions if they leave for any firm that is a ‘deemed […]

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Mishcon’s latest big idea sounds familiar

Turns out you don’t need to float to get some acquisitions under your belt. Mishcon de Reya’s latest buy is paralegal and interim resourcing business Flex Legal, which will be housed in its consultancies division. Why would a law firm buy a recruitment platform? Despite the fact that law firms and resourcing providers are superficially […]

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Mishcon snaps up Flex Legal as it bets big on interim resourcing

Mishcon de Reya has swooped for interim talent provider Flex Legal as it continues to build out its alternative services offering. Flex Legal was set up seven years ago by Mary Bonsor and James Moore as an online flexible resourcing business and is thought to have attracted over 6,000 lawyers and paralegals to its platform. […]

Paul Weiss on a roll as it hires star Clifford Chance duo

Two partners from Clifford Chance – specialising in private equity and finance – have resigned to join Paul Weiss’s burgeoning London practice, The Lawyer understands. Private equity partner Chris Sullivan and finance partner Taner Hassan are both set to move to the US firm. At present, Paul Weiss has 11 partners in London but the […]

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A&O is the last gasp of UK soft power

If there’s any confirmation needed that A&O is in the driving seat of the Shearman merger, it’s this: the new senior and managing partner positions at the merged firm will be voted on only by A&O partners. But long term, Philip Bowden and Angela Clist (those are our picks; other candidates are available) will have […]

Dentons launches search for new boss as global CEO announces departure

Dentons is to hire a search consultancy to find a replacement for global CEO Elliott Portnoy, who this week announced his intention to stand down in November 2024. Speaking to The Lawyer, Portnoy said: ‘I don’t think the CEO has to be a lawyer, but a professional services experience is essential – and experience of […]