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Joanne Harris

Jo has worked for The Lawyer since 2004, initially as a reporter focusing on litigation and the Bar, then as Europe editor and then news editor. Now a freelance writer, Jo still regularly contributes to The Lawyer’s International reports section.


UK200: The Independents – Getting bigger, but not richer

Recruitment of lawyers and other staff outstripped revenue growth for the UK’s national and regional firms last year, according to exclusive data collated by The Lawyer. As the UK 200: The Independents report shows, combined turnover for the firms ranked 101-200 in the UK rose 8.7 per cent last year, from £1.59bn to £1.73bn, with […]

UK200: Brexit and IT top law firm anxieties for 2019/20

Brexit and IT infrastructure are the major causes of concern among the UK’s Independents, according to an attitudinal survey carried out as part of research for The Lawyer UK 200, with levels of pessimism growing compared to the previous year. Over three-quarters of UK firms ranked 101 to 200 said they either completely or partially […]


Revealed: The firms where female partners outnumber the men

Women represented more than 50 per cent of the partnership at just three UK top 100 firms last year, as firms’ efforts to improve gender diversity continue to be slow to pay off. Data gathered for The Lawyer‘s upcoming UK 200: Top 100 Report shows that the gender balance is weighed in favour of female […]

European 100 firms: International players are no threat to us

Europe’s largest independent law firms have identified their own peers as their expected main source of competition over the next three years, dismissing the continued arrival of international firms on the Continent as only a secondary threat. Just under three-quarters of independent firms responding to attitudinal questions asked during the research process for this year’s […]

European 100 breaks through €10bn in buoyant year

The combined turnover of the largest independent European firms has broken through the €10bn barrier for the first time, exclusive data gathered by The Lawyer reveals this week. Collectively, the firms featured in this year’s European 100 report brought in a combined €10.4bn in 2018, up 6.5 per cent from €9.76bn in 2017. It is […]


Former Cooley partner joins McCann FitzGerald’s City office

Ireland’s McCann FitzGerald has announced a raft of senior appointments, including the hire of white collar crime partner Louise Delahunty as a consultant in its London office. The Irish firm has also confirmed two other consultant hires – picking up pensions lawyer Catherine Austin from rival Arthur Cox, where she was a partner, and Brussels-based […]

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Slaughter and May: Number one for tech talent

Slaughter and May offers its fee-earners the most intensive technology support of the UK 100, exclusive data provided to The Lawyer reveals, with almost two-thirds of the largest firms decreasing the ratio of fee-earners to technology staff. This means lawyers now have more technology support available than ever before, as the increasing use of technology to […]


Fidal brings in the big guns for fight with KPMG over mass Paris raid

France’s largest firm Fidal has instructed lawyers to advise it on its ongoing dispute with KPMG, as the row over the accountant’s raid of a 145-strong team earlier this year continues apace. Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has been brought in to advise Fidal. A mediation period to resolve the dispute between Fidal and KPMG ended yesterday […]