Katy Dowell

Katy is The Lawyer’s Horizon editor. Returning to The Lawyer after a three-year break in 2020, Katy initially covered litigation and the Bar and was the publication’s senior writer between 2014 and 2017.


Bristol is better than Manchester

The annual promotions round is a calendar highlight for many firms, but, for a growing number of junior lawyers, joining the partnership is no longer a career high. A recent LexisNexis report, Disloyal lawyers: has the partner track lost its lustre?, found a quarter of associates do not want to make partner in their current […]

Conrad Davies, Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke dishes out 5 per cent bonus in the UK

Osborne Clarke has awarded its UK staff and lawyers a 5 per cent profit share bonus following a record financial year. It has been a strong year for Osborne Clarke with UK revenue up 11 per cent from £217.3m to £240.5m. International revenue, meanwhile, was up 19 per cent from €442m to €525m. An increased […]

Following a leader

Dentons is fast tracking future leaders

Dentons may have already found its next generation of leaders, even if the hunt for its next global chief executive is taking an age. The development of the firm’s first shadow executive shows Dentons is keen to forge closer ties between management and the junior ranks. It is a fundamental recognition that Gen Z and […]

And the Law Firm of the Year is…

The transformation of Addleshaw Goddard over the last decade from lagging mid-tier wannabe to mid-market pioneer shows a firm bristling with confidence and vigour. The revival of the mid-tier firm has not happened by luck, it has required strong leadership, a united partnership culture and a dose of entrepreneurial spirit. Addleshaw Goddard is leading a […]


Shoosmiths opened the door to TLT in Birmingham

TLT’s expansion into Birmingham provides a textbook example of how to quickly build critical mass in a new city, while at the same time upsetting the local competition. The target for TLT in Birmingham has been Shoosmiths, a local stalwart that back in 2021 shifted its attention to London. Shoosmiths has made 44 hires in […]

Lateral hiring in London is punishing homegrown partners

“Partners want to maintain the partnership as a ‘special’ thing, and that is their right as owners of the business. However, you’ve got to be careful that it doesn’t become some sort of exclusive club – that only alienates people.” This is the sentiment of one UK managing partner who’s concerned that some associates are […]


The mid-tier strikes back

Deloitte Legal likes to make a lot of noise about its dabbling in the legal sphere. The 2020 acquisition of Kemp Little was proclaimed as “ground-breaking” by the auditing giant. More recently, the 2023 hire of a four-partner real estate team from Shoosmiths suggested a significant gearshift in its legal operations. Pre-pandemic, such a move […]


Eversheds has a secret love

Any firm that has occupied the national scene will know that the multiple office network can be politically charged. Management might talk about ‘one firm, one culture’, but most lawyers are aware of a pecking order with London in lead position. The annual promotions season provides a snapshot of how firms are prioritising those networks, […]

Beyond the Bubble: Hempsons moves with the times

Many firms can empathise with the challenges faced by healthcare and charities firm Hempsons in recent years. It is a sector leader in the health market, with more than 150 healthcare, foundation trusts and commissioners on its books, and is currently instructed in the Infected Blood Inquiry for the UK Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation. This […]

Your clients are in crisis

In-house lawyers are contending with major resourcing issues that is preventing them from doing their job effectively. This is the conclusion of major new research from alternative legal provider, Axiom, which found the in-house market stacked with challenges. In the wake of the Post Office Horizon Public Inquiry, which has put the reputation of the […]

Money dollars

Paul Weiss has rewritten the playbook

Paul Weiss’ UK spending spree is far from over. Just a year ago, this firm was small fry among the US City titans. Cue an audacious carve-out of some of Kirkland & Ellis’ superstars last summer and everything changed. That initial raid (which included debt finance heavyweight Neel Sachdev and corporate star Roger Johnson) was […]

Southampton, UK

The legal hub you didn’t know existed

It’s a 90-minute train journey to London and two hours from Bristol. At £29 per sq ft, grade A office rents are a third of the average £90 per sq ft City firms pay. And it has an abundance of lawyers. Slowly but steadily, Southampton is slipping into the mid-tier consciousness as a city in […]