City Talk Practice Analysis Articles

City talk: How Shoosmiths wants to be the next challenger brand

The lower mid-market is full of law firms that want to move up the food chain. Shoosmiths is one of them. With a national corporate practice of 30 partners across 14 locations, according to The Lawyer‘s Practice Analysis service, the bedrock of its work has historically been chunky regional deals. It is now gunning for […]

Revealed: CMS redundancies included a lawyer on maternity leave

New details have emerged around the cohort of associates made redundant from CMS last autumn. Sources have told The Lawyer that the group of corporate lawyers let go in the September 2023 consultation round included an associate in the early days of her maternity leave. Other accounts reveal that at least one among the discharged […]


City talk: The Weil jobshare is an elegant fudge

Does nobody really want Mike Francies’ job? Or has Weil Gotshal & Manges been incredibly diplomatic in its choice of two London managing partners? The firm has appointed corporate duo David Avery-Gee and Jonathan Wood to share the top office role. The two incoming leaders will have a year with Francies before he retires. They […]

City talk: Canary Wharf snubs Clifford Chance in latest deal

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) recently closed a multimillion-pound development loan deal, but its long-standing legal adviser Clifford Chance was nowhere to be seen.  The Lawyer has widely reported Clifford Chance to have been CWG’s go-to firm for both contentious and non-contentious transactions for well over three decades. In 2003, the company stuck with CC on […]