Saudi Riyadh

CMS to plant the flag in Riyadh

CMS is the latest firm to launch an outpost in the Saudi Arabian capital. The Lawyer understands the firm has just received its licence to open from the Saudi government and is in the process of hiring a team. CMS joins a spate of firms that are looking to launch in Saudi Arabia. In July, […]

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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. […]

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The Passport: Continental Europe’s largest firm is…

The Passport is back after the summer break, this week featuring Spain’s Pérez-Llorca as it announces its arrival in Portugal. We also explore why Latham & Watkins won’t be announcing an office in the Dutch capital in the near future, along with a little teaser ahead of the release of The Lawyer’s Global Top 30 […]

Osborne Clarke sets out plans for Miami launch

Osborne Clarke is laying the groundwork to launch a third US office in Miami, focused primarily on international arbitration. With an eye on trading opportunities with Latin America through Miami, the firm has brought on IT and dispute resolution lawyer Javier Fernandez-Samaniego, who had been running his boutique firm Samaniego Law since its establishment in […]

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Norton Rose’s EMEA boss vows never to return to five-day office week

Norton Rose Fulbright’s (NRF) EMEA network has committed to making hybrid working a core part of its future as the firm’s regional managing partner rules out ever returning to a mandated five-day office week. The post-Covid years have seen firms wrestle with returning to the office policies in a bid to find the right balance […]

Amsterdam, Holland

Squires hits two firms for Amsterdam opening

Squire Patton Boggs has stated its intentions to be a serious player in European private equity as the firm makes a trio of partner hires in two key Continental markets. The most significant result of this is the launch of a new office in Amsterdam. The firm has hired corporate partner Jeroen Sombezki from Dutch […]

Houston, Texas

Clifford Chance launches in Texas with 10-strong team

Becoming the first of the magic circle to open an office in Texas, Clifford Chance is set to launch in Houston with a 10-partner team.  Seven of the group will be lateral hires, with the firm announcing the recruitment of Jonathan Castelan and Trevor Lavelle. Both join from Latham & Watkins’ partnership; Castelan handles energy […]

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DACB should take a gamble on Vegas

Dodgy-looking characters losing thousands in the casino, sky-high fountain displays dancing in front of glitzy hotels, and George Clooney with his 11-strong mob breaking into vaults are sights you expect to witness in Las Vegas. And a recent holiday to Sin City did not disappoint – except the Clooney part, unfortunately. What was unexpected was […]


The US 50 bubble is about to burst

Over the past decade, the choice of joining a US-headquartered firm in the UK from a career perspective, whether as a senior partner or a trainee, has become more of an option and less of a risk. Numerous US firms now have partners who trained at their firm with the infrastructure to match. And for […]

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Financial year-end: The myths and legends of billing on the loo

April is the busiest month as the end of the financial year looms. As firms rush to get bills out and paid, The Lawyer takes a deep dive into key financial hygiene and behavioural issues. According to legend, time recording has been a thing in law firms for over 100 years. It is thought to date back […]


Linklaters cuts 30 roles due to “prolonged downturn”

Linklaters has kicked off a redundancy round due to the economic slowdown in China, axing 30 roles across its three offices in the region. The Lawyer understands that the affected lawyers sit within the equity and debt capital markets, corporate and banking teams across the firm’s Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. A spokesperson for […]

DACB swoops for Ince’s Singapore alliance firm

DAC Beachcroft has formed an association with an independent Singapore firm that had previously worked in tandem with Ince’s international network. DACB has teamed up with Incisive Law, a local firm that was known up until earlier this year as Ince Singapore. Incisive Law had been allied with Ince since 2011, but it cut ties […]

Hong Kong

Dentons Dacheng was always doomed

Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’, is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep. Kenny Rogers’ appreciation of the subtleties of risk works as a helpful way into this Horizon. Dentons’ very public divorce from its Chinese arm Dacheng was conveyed to clients this week following long internal deliberations and some […]


Dentons revenue stalls as firm begins five-year strategy

Revenue at Dentons is up by 2 per cent across the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME), bringing the firm’s total revenue for the region to £265.1m.  The small uptick was attributed to the firm choosing to focus its energy on activating and executing its five-year strategy, which it launched last year. The plan includes […]

Saudi Riyadh

Gibson Dunn hires team ahead of Saudi launch

Gibson Dunn is the latest firm to be looking to launch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recruiting a team from White & Case. The Lawyer understands Gibson Dunn has hired local litigation partner Megren Al-Shaalan, public law expert Mohammed Bashir and debt finance partner Mahmoud Abdel-Baky ahead of the launch. The focus of the […]

Qatar, Doha

Simmons to exit Qatar after two decades

Simmons & Simmons is closing its office in Doha later this year, The Lawyer has learnt. Simmons has a total of two partners in its office in Doha – banking partner Andrew Wingfield and construction disputes partner Niall Clancy – as well as three additional associates. Simmons opened its premises in Doha, Qatar in 2003, […]

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Kirkland hires trio for Saudi launch

Kirkland & Ellis is set to plant the flag in the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with three partners spearheading the launch. The Lawyer has learnt that Kirkland has hired corporate partner Noor Al-Fawzan from Latham & Watkins. She is set to join the firm alongside two local partners from White & Case: […]

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Global Top 30 in Europe

September sees the publication of the final report in our 2023 Global Top 30 series. This Global Top 30 in Europe marks the first time that we have set out to assess the Continental European bench strength of 30 top-tier global firms. For the purposes of this report, we do not include the United Kingdom […]

Global Top 30 in Asia Pacific 2023

Welcome to the third annual edition of The Lawyer’s Global Top 30 in Asia Pacific report. The years over which we have been writing these reports have been some of the most transformational in recent times. Working patterns have changed, political tensions have ebbed and flowed, and stringent policies that arose as a consequence of […]

The Global Top 30 in California

Welcome to June’s edition of The Lawyer’s International Signal channel report. For several years now, we have published a report looking at the 30 largest international firms in the Asia Pacific (APAC). This year, we widened the scope of this report and expanded the regions on which we focus. The APAC report remains and will […]

Jurisdictional focus: Italian domestic firms

This month’s International Signal offers a first-ever look at the legal market in Italy. The report sets out the stratification of the market by firmwide headcount at domestic firms and comparing them to the international firms that are present there. When assessing the size and shape of the domestic Italian market three distinct groupings of […]