27 February 2012

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Move On Up: Stewarts Law

A loyal partner base is the hallmark of this fast-growing litigation boutique, perhaps due to the high rewards available Litigation boutique Stewarts Law has grown rapidly in the past few years, both in terms of headcount and ­financial results, through a combination of mergers, promotions and ­lateral hires. While the firm’s acquisitions of smaller outfits, […]

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Client cares

A professional negligence claim is a headache for any lawyer – and as companies try to recoup their losses, there are plenty out there right now Last year’s big professional negligence case – Credit Suisse’s claim against Linklaters and former Italian ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners – never made it to trial. ­Linklaters settled […]

Kevin Hogarth
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Discerning learning

Measuring training’s efficacy, how it influences culture and whether it can tackle unconscious bias are some of the issues tackled by this week’s panel How do you measure and realise the business benefit of training? Carol Ashton, HR director, DLA Piper: We have long begun to move away from measuring via numbers in the classroom […]

Fee enterprise

It’s always been odd that the hordes of City lawyers and consultants bemoaning the relative lack of profitability of UK firms compared with that of their US rivals forget the existence of the bar. It’s always been odd that the hordes of City lawyers and consultants bemoaning the relative lack of profitability of UK firms […]

Uncomfortable chair vote

Norton Rose partners force extension to nomination period for chairman  Norton Rose has developed a fondness for uncontested senior appointments, but its latest election for chair of the LLP suggests that partners are taking a stand against a perceived lack of democracy. The firm announced Stephen Parish’s re-election two weeks ago, but details of […]

Even US firms leave associates cold

Bonus freeze hits ’New York rates’ in London One lot of City workers certain not to forgo their bonuses voluntarily are law firm associates. Slaughter and May announced that it was cutting trainee bonuses and freezing associate bonuses last October, while accountancy firm KPMG is reported to have scrapped its £1,000 bonus for most trainees. […]

UK firms’ funds work slips away

US firms in London grab lucrative contracts from silver circle The past 12 months have seen US firms plough into the funds sector in London with expansion and launches, but the impact of the seismic shift in the market from the silver circle to US rivals is only just starting to become clear. On the […]

Pacific Rim mergers: oceans apart?

Will cultural differences introduce a spanner to the King & Wood-Mallesons deal? All eyes are on Australasia this week, with 1 March slated as the date when the unions between the UK’s Ashurst and Australian firm Blake Dawson and Chinese firm King & Wood and Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques will finally go live. Initially Ashurst […]

Kuwaiting game

Kuwait is instituting reforms with the aim of becoming the trade centre of the Middle East, but only a handful of global firms have grasped the nettle Although the Arab Spring had relatively little impact on Kuwait, of all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries it came off worst from the world economic crisis. According […]

Safer bet

Iraq’s legal market is showing signs of stability following a decade of turmoil, and with energy featuring, highly international firms are beginning to take note Security issues and political instability have dominated Iraq’s legal market in the past decade. While some believe its fortunes are changing, it is clear that there are still many challenges […]

Tulkinghorn: A lesson from prehistory

Bristows may claim it isn’t an IP dinosaur, but the metrics don’t lie. Bristows – you are a diplodocus (as shown in Move on up, The Lawyer, 6 February): The future’s not that bright   LawVest, complete with Hollywood actor hire George Hamilton (as seen elsewhere on this page) may be the all-singing, all-dancing future, […]

Moves: 27 February 2012

Move of the week Squire Sanders is to launch an office in Singapore after hiring three partners from US rival Bryan Cave in Hong Kong and Singapore. Ignatius Hwang, previously managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Singapore office, has been tasked with spearheading the launch of Squire Sanders’ Singapore office. The office is expected to open […]

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