Cristiano Dalla Bona

Cristiano is deputy news editor at The Lawyer. He joined in July 2018. He can be found tweeting @TheLawyerCDB

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland sets sights on in-person partnership conference

Kirkland & Ellis is set to gather its partners for the first time in two years, with an in-person conference currently being planned for the autumn. The US firm has announced internally that a partnership conference will take place in November in Chicago. The event is expected to be in person; however, if variants rise, […]

Travers Smith

Travers targets Linklaters for new CFO

Travers Smith has found its next chief finance officer among Linklaters’ ranks, as its current head looks set to retire at the end of the year. The UK firm has tapped Christopher Skeet, the magic circle firm’s group financial controller. His appointment was part of the planning around the retirement of Travers’ finance director Paul […]

Shearman to roll out three-day global attendance policy

Lawyers and staff at Shearman & Sterling will be asked to attend the office three days a week, as part of a new global approach to its reopening. From September, the firm will expect to see everyone in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is understood that the firm’s global committee wanted to […]


City firms carve out further roles on Morrisons’ takeover bid

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is one of the firms to have won a role on the financing aspects of Morrisons’ takeover swoop, as the supermarket giant’s negotiations with bidders continue. Linklaters is also understood to be advising HSBC and RBC Capital Markets, which are underwriting Fortress’s £9.5bn bid to take the UK supermarket chain private. […]

Munich Germany

Goodwin gears up for Munich office launch

Goodwin has taken space in Munich after a spate of hires, The Lawyer has learned, in an expansion initiative led by one of its recent recruits. It is understood that the firm has signed a lease for temporary space in the Ludwigpalais building in Ludwigstrasse, in the business hotspot of the Bavarian capital. Private equity […]

DWF’s profits shoot up as Knowles eyes further M&A

DWF’s turnover recorded a double-digit increase and skyrocketing profits in the first financial year under the leadership of Nigel Knowles. The listed firm’s revenue went up by 14 per cent to £338m from £297m. Gross profit also grew 21 per cent from £142m to £171.8m. The financials paint a rosier picture when compared to the […]


Profit focus pays off as Clifford Chance PEP jumps 9 per cent

In its last set of financials under leader Matthew Layton, Clifford Chance has reported a 9 per cent rise in PEP, though revenue growth stalled after gains made in the previous financial year. Turnover went up by 1 per cent from £1.803bn to £1.828bn, growing at a much lower rate compared to the six per […]


Fieldfisher revises office plans as Covid-19 infections rise

Fieldfisher is changing its office repopulation plans as the country faces a rise in new Covid-19 cases, despite rules being relaxed yesterday. The firm will ask staff to attend the office one day per week this month instead of the three days previously agreed. The firm will then scale up the policy by asking the […]

Penelope Warne

CMS’s UK PEP edges closer to £1m

The average profit per equity partner (PEP) in the UK business of CMS has risen seven per cent in the last financial year, as the firm’s management takes steps to arrange its future working style. The firm’s PEP went up from £851,000 to £912,000, meaning it is nearing the £1m milestone. The firm’s financials showed […]