James Swift

James was a reporter at The Lawyer between October 2009 and March 2013, initially covering Europe, then taking on the real estate beat.


Transatlantic firms fare best at retention, research shows

US firms are worse than UK firms at holding on to lateral partner hires but in-house lawyers that move to private practice partnership fare the worst, with 43 per cent leaving their new firm within seven years. In its third year conducting research in the area, Motive Legal Consulting analysed 2,763 partner hires in London […]

Who will King & Wood set its sights on next?

King & Wood Mallesons denies merger talks with US firm, but not with SJ Berwin On the back of the tie-up between Chinese firm King & Wood and Australia’s Mallesons in March 2012, the market was buzzing with talk of which firm, country or continent would be next on the Asian behemoth’s expansion agenda. Two […]


Justice secretary: liberalised Indian market would boost UK economy

India could double the value of its legal market and provide opportunities for UK businesses if it liberalised, according to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, who made the comments during a speech at Allen & Overy’s (A&O) City offices today. Grayling was at A&O to talk about launching an update to the Government’s Plan for Growth […]


View of the Vatican

The Catholic church and the legal profession have more than a few things in common. Both are ancient, slow to change and sometimes require senior members to wear ridiculous costumes. Oh, and both have a fondness for latin, though that probably harks back to the fact that both are a bit ancient. Perhaps it is […]


Lawyers give seal of approval to Pope Francis

Lawyers are already reacting favourably to the news that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has been named Pope. Bergoglio, who will take the name Pope Francis, was chosen by cardinals of the Roman Catholic church yesterday to be the 266th pontiff. Francis, who is from Argentina, is the first Pope to come from the Jesuit order and […]

Scotland cliche

Bargain hunting, Scottish style

The Scots have a reputation for being keen on a bargain, and the speed with which firms have cherry-picked teams of lawyers from the wreckage of Semple Fraser has done nothing to dispel that particular stereotype. Dundas & Wilson is the latest to seal the hire of a team of lawyers from the collapsed firm, […]


Squire Sanders makes up four UK partners

Squire Sanders has made up eight new partners in its annual round of promotions, half of whom are in the UK. The number of new partners is down on last year, when 13 lawyers were made up (14 March 2012). In 2011, Squire Sanders made up 17 new partners. Four of this year’s new partners […]


Anderson Strathern picks up Semple Fraser banking team

Scotland’s Anderson Strathern has hired three banking and finance lawyers from collapsed firm Semple Fraser. Alex Innes, who was a partner at Semple Fraser, will join Anderson Strathern along with Douglas Gourlay and Euan Anderson. Gourlay was a director at Semple Fraser and Anderson was a trainee. All three lawyers, who joined Anderson Strathern’s Edinburgh […]

Day one in Cannes

As the annual property mega-conference gets under way, Jay Epstien shares his survival tips Welcome to MIPIM 2013!  I have arrived in sunny Cannes this morning for my 6th MIPIM.  It is, as always, exciting to return to Cannes for one of the leading global real estate conferences, surrounded by leaders from every segment of […]


Dundas, Weightmans join Semple Fraser carve-up

Dundas & Wilson and Weightmans have joined Maclay Murray & Spens in snapping up parts of Semple Fraser, but 62 staff from the collapsed Scottish firm will still be left out in the cold. Weightmans has agreed to buy Semple Fraser’s Manchester office. Under the deal, all 14 staff in Semple Fraser’s Manchester office, including […]

Mishcon branches out into competition law with double partner hire

Mishcon de Reya has launched a competition practice after hiring partners from US firm Crowell & Moring and DLA Piper. DLA Piper partner Andrij Jurkiw left to join Mishcon a month ago while Crowell & Moring partner Rob Murray moved to the firm the week beginning 4 March. The pair will also be joined next […]


Mergers and the mid-market

International and domestic mergers are high on the mid-market agenda Last week Addleshaw Goddard and Nabarro confirmed they had called off merger talks, which means one thing – neither can deny that they are now officially in play. A source close to the talks said Addleshaws had called the whole thing off, although it is […]