TL 14 April 2014

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Top international firms in London: American pie and chips

While some US firms had a rougher ride in this year’s survey, the West Coasters have found London a home from home The financial data by which the top 30 international firms in London are ranked paints the past year – and indeed the previous five – as a time of extremes. Some of the […]

Cat Griffiths index

Hiring is the key to capital gains

This week we publish our annual survey of the top 30 international firms in London. Until now ‘international’ has been a bit of a euphemism, since historically the firms in our survey have always been American. This year, though, the terminology is correct. Straight in at number 20 is Australia-listed Slater & Gordon, which appears […]


Wright Hassall is no outlier

Firm points out a close reading of its accounts shows a healthy debt position In last week’s debt feature we highlighted Wright Hassall, flagging up a net debt figure of £3,562,991 and a net debt to capital ratio of 880.41 per cent. We also stated that the firm had £237,533 net debt per each of […]

Hong Kong

Asia’s lucky generation

Top law firms are promoting more partners in Asia Pacific Asia partner promotion statistics from eight international firms over the past four years suggest local senior lawyers stand a good chance of being made up.  Last week Linklaters confirmed that its promotions had fallen to 21 from 24, following news from Allen & Overy (A&O) […]


Radical new perspective for HFW

Commitment to Asia as senior partner relocates to Singapore on a permanent basis As the importance of the Asia Pacific region grows it is starting to change the shape and structure of global law firms’ management. A growing number of firms have been sending global practice heads to Asia in recent years in a bid […]


Pressure points

Bar Barometer fails to define the diversity battleground According to the Bar Barometer, recently released by the Bar Standards Board and the Bar Council, more pupil barristers went to Oxford or Cambridge than non-Russell Group institutions in 2011/12 (28 per cent vs 25 per cent). If that statistic makes you shrug with indifference, well done, […]


Pensions: The nest-eggheads

This year’s Budget introduced yet more changes to the way pensions operate. Will this squeeze out the specialist in-housers even more? There’s a new buzz around pensions. Chancellor George Osborne’s so-called ‘pensions revolution’, outlined in the recent Budget, and developments such as auto-enrolment have blown the dust off the topic and thrust it into the spotlight.  […]


London Mining GC: Ground rules

London Mining GC Rohit Bhoothalingam had to show his grit last year for a legal battle worth more than the company itself Digging holes is what mining companies do best. But London Mining general counsel Rohit Bhoothalingam must have felt he had landed in one last year when he took up a legal battle worth […]

Corruption perceptions

Risk: Tales of the frontier

A new breed of lawyer is smoothing the path for companies entering emerging or unstable jurisdictions  Risk is the commercial buzzword of our times. Health risk, reputational risk, data risk; the word means different things to different sectors, but even those with the healthiest appetite for risk will be looking for ways to mitigate it […]


Moves: 14 April 2014

Move of the week Royal Dutch Shell’s former legal director Peter Rees QC has moved to Thirty Nine Essex Street as a counsel. Rees was appointed legal director of Shell in 2011 after five years as a litigation and international arbitration partner at Debevoise & Plimpton. Prior to that he was head of global dispute […]

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