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The old normal: European lawyers are still coming to London

Back in February 2017, our sister title Lawyer 2B conducted a survey. Six months after the Brexit vote, we asked foreign lawyers if they were thinking of returning to their country of origin. Around 10.8 per cent of the over 400 foreign-born lawyers polled said yes, and the figure rose to 16.5 per cent among […]

US and UK flags: Laterals help US firms in London grow

There are now just two US super-heavyweights in London

One of the most eye-catching deals of recent weeks was the sale of the Ritz, which completed late last Friday despite the best efforts of the virus and featured Weil Gotshal advising the iconic hotel. It provided a reminder that while Covid-19 has understandably shunted 99 per cent of all other news off the agenda, […]

The WFH revolution

Will Covid-19 revolutionise the way we work, permanently? The speed with which people have shifted from the daily commute to working from home, with all the adjustments that is requiring, has been astonishing. The short-term impacts are still sinking in. No-one yet knows how long the Covid-19 crisis will last but, longer term, are there […]


A timely change of tack at Greenberg Traurig

Talk about a “timely strategic” hire – Greenberg Traurig’s words, not ours. Earlier this month, the US firm hired Baker McKenzie’s former co-head of insolvency Ian Jack as its key restructuring specialist in London taking its partner, or shareholder, count in the Shard to 33. Attracting restructuring expertise has been a priority for so many […]

The virus, stress and lawyers

Law firm leaders have a lot on their minds as they battle business disruption caused by coronavirus. All will have finances on their mind, and all will be grappling with technological and IT issues. But for many, the most vital area of focus will be the well-being of their people. There have already been plenty […]

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Law students want their exams back

So LPC exams are GO for this spring, eventually. If you missed the furore: they weren’t supposed to be, originally. Due to coronavirus, and its requirement for supervised assessment, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) put the exams on hold until the autumn. Needless to say, that went down like a cough in a crowded Tube […]

Getting back to nearly-normal in China

While parts of Europe head towards a total lockdown, cities in China are gradually returning to normal life. In Beijing, for example, businesses are allowed to have up to half of their workforce return to the offices. In many international firms, things will be inevitably tough for their China offices due to an expected global […]

The listed law firms face their biggest challenge yet

Any firms who have ever considered an IPO should take note after the recent market turmoil. You can virtually hear the sighs of relief emanating from the Mishcon de Reya partners who were set against an IPO – a much-touted policy that was publicly shelved yesterday (24 March). As shares stumble and fall, the lawyers […]

Logistics clients need your help

Lawyers serving clients in the logistics and supply sector are about to see a remarkable shift in emphasis in their work. Up until now their advice has been exploratory, deal-driven and expansive; now, it’s largely about crisis management. Risk has been dramatically recalibrated in the wake of panic-buying, raising the spectre of disruption in the distribution […]

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