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African M&A: can the downturn in fortunes be re-energised?

Following a period of recent change for the worse in M&A (and PE exits) activity, due to political uncertainty and governance issues, can local strategy – combined with Africanising operations – and positive business sentiment improve the current state of affairs?

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What does the Budget 2021 mean for residential property?

As anticipated, the Chancellor in his 2021 Budget has extended the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and has also introduced additional measures in the hope of boosting the property market. Our Residential Property team provide an overview.

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.


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HSF opts for in-house tech to fight data breaches

As data breaches rise amid new GDPR regulations, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has developed in-house software to help clients react to leaks and counteract potential financial losses. The software, which identifies and analyses the personal data breached in the leaks, was built in-house by the head of the firm’s global cyber security practice Andrew Moir […]

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HSF growth grinds to a halt as PEP reaches £852,000

Herbert Smith Freehills’ turnover remained flat in 2017/18, while the firm’s profit per equity partner bounced back from last year’s disappointing drop. The firm’s turnover nudged up by just 0.7 per cent to £926.8m, as profits climbed 8.2 per cent from £256.1m to £277.2m falling just short of its 2015/16 level of £278m. HSF’s PEP, however, has hit a […]


The speed read: lawyer burnout, uncomfortable ideas and a merger of note

The week opened with some unexpected news. Baker McKenzie announced that its chair, Paul Rawlinson, is taking a step back from day-to-day management of the firm, and was candid that it was “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. It is a difficult message to send out, but we can report that the market-wide reaction has […]

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