Take part: The Smith & Williamson Law Firm Survey 2021

The Smith & Williamson law firm survey is back for its 27th year. For decades the survey has determined what factors are having a big impact on the legal profession. This has allowed analysis to look at year-on-year trends around confidence, financial management and strategy. Last year we discovered that: Despite the pandemic, 69 per […]

Reed Smith leader to stand unopposed in upcoming elections

Reed Smith’s global managing partner Sandy Thomas is to be the sole candidate in the firm’s next leadership election, meaning his third term is practically secured. Thomas was reappointed to the role until 2021 after an uncontested election, and history is set to repeat itself this summer. It is understood that he communicated his intention […]


Ashurst repays £89m Covid loan

The bulk of Ashurst‘s debt for the last financial year has already been paid back, The Lawyer has learned, with an £89m fee reimbursed to its lenders last summer. Ashurst increased its debt position from £20m to £131m last year, with the majority of finance taken from its revolving credit facility out of Covid-19-induced caution. […]

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Goodwin nabs another Kirkland tax partner

Goodwin Procter is continuing apace with its London lateral hiring spree, taking on its third Kirkland partner in less than two months. The firm has brought in partner David Irvine, who has spent two years at Kirkland. He previously worked for more than seven years in the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, first […]