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Law firm floats – waving or drowning?

Since the flotation of Gateley in May 2015, a range of law firms have floated on the stock market or considered doing so. The largest of these was Mishcon de Reya, which abandoned its proposed main listing float in June 2022 “for the foreseeable future due to market conditions”. The entry into administration of Ince […]

European Awards 2022

The Lawyer European Awards 2023: Shortlist revealed

The Lawyer’s European Awards is back for the 14th year in a row to crown the crème de la crème of the European legal market. More than 250 entries from 120 firms and organisations have been submitted as the battle begins to claim one or more of the 27 prizes that are up for grabs. […]

Has diversity hit a dead-end?

In June this year, two key decisions on each side of the Atlantic sparked debates about the future of diversity initiatives in the workplace. The US Supreme Court ruled that positive affirmative action in relation to race in college admission programmes is unlawful (Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, No. […]

UK Top 50 2023

Revealed: UK Top 50 2023

The total fee income generated by the UK’s 50-largest firms hit a new record in 2022/23, despite many firms conceding that the trading conditions during the year were among the most challenging they have ever faced. The top 50 firms ranked by global revenue generated a total of £30.8bn last year, up by 8 per […]

My Pride Story: Reflections on the “Pink Ceiling” and inclusive leadership

The LGBTQ+ community has marched long and hard to promote inclusion, awareness and acceptance. It strikes me, however, that the corporate world has reached the final frontier, and it will take sustained determination and willing participants to finish the journey: LGBTQ+ leadership and smash the pink ceiling. Think for a moment about how many positions […]

My Pride Story: I used to hide my true self out of fear

One of the many things which has changed for the better in the legal profession since I became an articled clerk in September 1989 is its attitude towards LGBTQ solicitors. I was very clear when I started my legal career that being gay (or at least coming out to the firm and colleagues) would not […]

My Pride Story: My hidden story

There is a rather big word that our friends in the Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) teams have in their lexicon which is “intersectionality”. I am not sure anyone really understands what it means. Is it about gender, sexuality, race, religion, social class and/or disabilities?  It is supposed to acknowledge all the differences between us which […]