17 June 2014


You have to be good to worry about fee rates

Mid-market firms fret about their image, while the elite focus on pricing Nobody can quite agree on what ‘brand’ actually means, but everyone knows it is important. Indeed, research into leading law firms’ business challenges shows  the mid-market is nervous about it. A survey of 313 partners, finance bods and business development directors at The […]

Cat Griffiths index

Asia’s gems revealed in all their glory

Today we’re launching our newest and arguably most ambitious research project. Just as The Lawyer UK 200 has become the leading benchmark for private practice firms operating in the UK market, Today we’re launching our newest and arguably most ambitious research project. Just as The Lawyer UK 200 has become the leading benchmark for private […]


Latin America: Beyond Brazil

There’s more to Latin America than Brazil for ambitious law firms these days, with the Andean nations looking particularly promising In terms of lands of opportunity everyone has been looking towards Latin America for some time, but it’s not all about Brazil anymore. Across the Andes there are opportunities in other nations too, such as […]


Asia Pacific 150: M&A advisers: Work force

Who’s in on all the big deals in the region? Read on… Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer heads the table for M&A deals in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) from January 2012 to date.  The magic circle player advised on 49 deals with a total value of $64.7bn (£19.3bn), capturing an impressive 11.9 per cent share […]


Asia Pacific 150: International vs local

Revealed: the firms with the strongest representation in the region, whatever their origins Five of the top 15 largest Asia Pacific firms by lawyer headcount have their roots in the UK and America, led by Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) with 1,130 lawyers, followed by Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst, according to research into more than […]

Asia Singapore

Asia Pacific 150: Singapore: Magnetic south

Everyone wants in on bustling South East Asia, but the region’s top firms are hanging onto their independence for now Singapore and the high-growth South East Asia region more widely has truly been at the centre of the attention of the international legal fraternity in the past few years. This is due both to Singapore’s […]


Asia Pacific 150: Australia: Under-powered

There’s been plenty of action on the international tie-ups front, but the domestic legal market is slow New foreign entrants and international tie-ups are the dominant theme of the legal services market Down Under. In the past three years over a dozen UK and US firms have expanded into Australia, with Clyde & Co, Bird […]


Asia Pacific 150: Japan: Southern comfort

Japanese firms are looking south to Singapore and beyond as they seek relief from a grim home market Facing a shrinking domestic market and increasing outward capital flows from Japan, the ‘big four’ Japanese law firms have looked to the south of the region for growth. Japanese firms’ expansion into Singapore and South East Asia […]


Prudential Corporation Asia GC: Pru grit

Alice Chan, GC at Prudential Corporation Asia, has to keep a strong grip on a diverse and growing business, recently overseeing a major expansion in Thailand On 3 May UK insurer Prudential completed its £368m acquisition of Bangkok-based Thanachart Life, following regulatory approval. The deal immediately doubles Prudential Thailand’s market share and is the company’s […]


Norton Rose Fulbright name clarification/confusion

Norton Rose Fulbright naming clarification meets US bar rules. Bar rules win Norton Rose Fulbright published some rather officious but amusing guidelines on how to use the firm’s branding and logo, banning the use of “NRF” in the logo and prescribing the amount of white space in an exclusion zone around the name. The wrongly […]


The battle of mid-way

It’s all kicking off in the mid-level corporate sector, with upstarts such as RPC, FFW and Irwin Mitchell looking to cash in as discerning clients look for value There are changes afoot in the corporate mid-market. A number of firms that are not traditionally renowned for their corporate ventures are slowly but surely beefing up […]


Ashurst has its reasons for choosing Glasgow

There’s more to Ashurst’s Scottish venture than a quest for the lowest cost Ashurst managing partner James Collis realised Glasgow was the right option for the firm’s ‘northshoring’ base when he travelled up to Scotland for a recce trip in January. The UK was close to the height of its snow epidemic, and planes were […]

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