Catrin Griffiths

Catrin is the editor of The Lawyer.

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Slaughter and May goes American

Here’s a tale of two worlds. On the one side, associate bonuses are coming under threat at transaction-focused US City firms thanks to the drop in deals. On the other, you have Quinn paying out one-off special bonuses of up to $32,900 to its 75 junior lawyers in the City. If you’re a litigator, you’re […]

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Kirkland lands its $20m man

No, we have not reached peak Kirkland. When Neel Sachdev led his squad to Paul Weiss several leveraged finance partners predicted that a wounded Kirkland would have to spend its time paying out stay bonuses. And there was a popular theory that the firm would find it difficult to hire because it was politically unattractive. […]

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The $20m man: Kirkland offers record package to star signing

Kirkland & Ellis is understood to be offering star lateral partner Ian Barratt a package that could be worth up to $20m in part to compensate for the loss of his Simpson Thacher pension, according to sources familiar with both firms. Barratt, whose arrival at Kirkland was first revealed in The Lawyer last week, arrives […]

CMS redundancies: the partners will be next

These are painful times for CMS corporate associates, who were informed three weeks ago that the firm would be carrying out layoffs and that up to 19 roles were at risk. The first take: CMS plays firmly in the City low-to-mid-market and has suffered from the dearth of deals, AIM floats and venture capital fundraising. […]

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Sachdev nets 10th partner as Paul Weiss gives London hires full equity

Another debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis is understood to have resigned to join Paul Weiss, The Lawyer can reveal. Stefan Arnold-Soulby will become the 10th hire as part of the New York firm’s UK expansion, led by former Kirkland finance partner Neel Sachdev. Arnold-Soulby is known to act for Warburg Pincus and Investindustrial, […]

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Addleshaws is not original

‘John Joyce is walking with a swagger,’ grins a law firm consultant. And quite right too. After nearly a decade at the helm, Joyce revealed that his firm had pulled off a stellar set of financials that bucked market trends. Addleshaw Goddard’s revenues grew 18 per cent to £443m and average profit per equity partner […]


No way back for Ince

Ince & Co was branded as a faded star by the saltier denizens of the legal profession, but it still has fans in some quarters – notably within the firm itself. There has been no flood of departures either domestically or internationally, which suggests a mixture of camaraderie and trauma-bonding. For a firm that has […]