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Half-year turnover up 11 per cent at Watson Farley

Watson Farley & Williams has posted double-digit revenue growth for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year. The firm made £37.6m during the period, up 11 per cent on the comparable period last year, when the firm took in £34m. Managing partner Michael Greville said: “We’re pleased with the half-year billing, which is […]


SJ Berwin, Proskauer abandon merger talks

SJ Berwin and Proskauer Rose have called off their protracted merger talks almost nine months after they began. Last Friday afternoon (12 November) the firms issued a joint statement announcing the termination of the negotiations. SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day admitted that the gap in profits between the firms was one of the reasons […]


DWF staff costs rose 12 per cent in 2009-10, LLPs reveal

The increase in DWF’s staff costs in 2009-10 was disproportionate to the increase in the firm’s total headcount, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed. The North West firm saw its wage bill increase by 12 per cent from £28.7m to £32m over the financial year. At the same time the average number of […]

BLP boosts Singapore with Holman captures

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its international expansion, doubling its Singapore office through the hire of a team from ­Holman Fenwick & Willan. The firm has recruited corporate lawyer Alistair Duffield along with five other lawyers. Duffield, a mining and natural resources expert, will become managing ­partner of BLP’s Singapore office. He has 20 years’ ­experience […]


Zhonglun W&D

In 2006 Zhonglun W&D Law Firm became the first Chinese firm to launch in London, and it is thought to be still the only Chinese firm with ­English-qualified lawyers working in the City. Zhonglun was officially established in 1992 when China became an open market. But managing partner HaiBin Xue says that if you count […]

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