Matt Byrne

Matt is The Lawyer’s deputy editor. He has a particular focus on the US legal market. He also leads many of The Lawyer’s market reports, including the UK 200.

Weightmans breaks through £100m as turnover rises by 6 per cent

Weightmans’ turnover grew by 6 per cent during 2019/20, rising from £97.3m to a new high of £103.4m. Profit also increased, with gross profit up by 9 per cent from £34.8m to £37.9m and net profit rising from £10.1m to £10.35m in the 12-month period. Average profit per equity partner fell marginally from £279,000 to […]

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Hogan Lovells’ Davison: Flex lawyers and tech are taking litigation “to the next level”

The world’s biggest litigation practices are generating more money from fewer lawyers, data in The Lawyer’s latest analysis of the international disputes market has confirmed. This year’s Global Litigation 50 report includes revenue and headcount data on the world’s 50-largest contentious practices over the past five years. It shows that the growth in the total […]

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Simpson Thacher tops litigation RPL ranking – but no UK firm makes top 25

Simpson Thacher’s litigation lawyers generated more than $3m each last year, placing the New York firm at the top of the revenue per lawyer (RPL) ranking in the new Global Litigation 50 report, The Lawyer can reveal. Indeed, Simpson Thacher ($3.02m) is the only firm with an RPL figure above $3m. Its closest competitors are […]

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Clifford Chance closes the gap on Freshfields’ litigation lead

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost significant ground in the global disputes market to its three magic circle rivals over the past five years despite making a series of international investments and partner hires, The Lawyer can reveal. In this year’s Global Litigation 50 report, which ranks the world’s leading disputes practices by the revenue they […]

Uber

Flexible working in the cross-hairs as Uber prepares for Supreme Court

By Jonathan Ollivent Uber’s business model is not new. As summarised by Lord Justice Underhill in his dissenting Court of Appeal judgment: “Standing back so as to be able to see the wood as well as the trees, it still seems to me that the relationship argued for by Uber is neither unrealistic nor artificial. […]

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US firms pile the pressure on UK rivals in London

US firms aren’t rising in London. They’ve risen. The astonishing reality in 2020 is that just seven UK-headquartered firms generate more revenue in London that their biggest US counterparts – an indication of the US firms’ growing appetite for domestic mandates. Most of those US competitors are also more profitable. When US firms started ramping […]

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The Lawyer’s City 50: the US firms stealing a march on their UK rivals

Only seven UK-headquartered firms generate more revenue in London than their closest US rival, The Lawyer can reveal, with the gap between the largest UK and US firms in the City now closer than it has ever been. The largest firms ranked by the revenue they generate out of their City offices are the UK’s […]