TL 10 November 2014

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SJ Berwin: a promising afterlife?

For both SJ Berwin and Ashurst the lure of an Asia deal was irresistible. Between them, they had been involved in numerous US merger talks, but the rise of the Asian economies after the financial crisis saw them being drawn east. We’ll see whether that was the right economic move in a decade or so. What this week’s in-depth […]

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The long, hard road to Morocco

A diverse range of law firms are now battling for work in the former French bastion The balance of power in the Moroccan legal market has shifted. Whereas the jurisdiction was once the fiefdom of the French, exploiting historic links with the Francophone North African kingdom, it has developed into a multi-tiered market where Anglo-Saxon […]

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics. in association with  The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton teamed up to survey over 300 private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in […]


Ashurst and SJ Berwin: who struck the better corporate deal?

Ashurst and SJ Berwin both chased Asia mergers. But did they really benefit their corporate practices? It has been precisely 12 months since the legal market witnessed two monumental mergers. One resulted in legacy SJ Berwin being consumed by Sino Pacific giant King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). The other took the form of Ashurst’s full […]


Mark Brandon: Are independent lateral hire checks worth it?

They cost up to £20,000 and put firms at risk of losing their preferred candidate yet more are taking up the service. There is a growing tendency among law firms to undertake independent due diligence on their lateral partner hires. It works like this: at offer stage, the firm will pay an outside organisation, usually […]


Peer panel: Risk management – fed up with compliance yet?

It’s getting tougher for legal departments to keep on top of risks such as data protection, technology and the ever-rising tide of regulation Q: What are the biggest issues facing in-house legal departments when it comes to risk management? Michael Ellis, group general counsel, Abercrombie & Kent: Volume and size. The length and breadth of the […]


Moves: 10 November 2014

Move of the week Private equity heavyweight Charlie Geffen has moved to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in a bid to enhance the firm’s English law capabilities. He was formerly senior partner at Ashurst, the firm at which he trained. UK London Ropes & Gray’s London office has hired counsel Anna Lawry. She joins the firm’s […]


Kazakhstan – a safe haven in the CIS

Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting Kazakhstan is one of the fastest growing countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), with a 6 per cent GDP growth in 2013. In the past year it has also been the target of interest by foreign law firms, with launches by […]


In-house interview: Nottinghamshire County Council legal head Jayne Francis-Ward

Nottinghamshire CC law boss Jayne Francis-Ward’s unusual approach to external advice has seen her set up an arrangement involving 78 councils and six law firms. That’s what you call relationship management Nottinghamshire County Council’s head lawyer Jayne Francis-Ward thinks panel is a “dirty word” and says she “can’t see the benefit” of fixed fees. Francis-Ward […]

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European firms in London – Why London is still Lawyertown

With ever-more European firms opening in London, could the market be heading towards saturation? London is a magnet for European firms. Many have a stake in Europe’s finance capital with offices in the City and, with two to add to the list this year the selection is wider than ever. Why is London so attractive? […]

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