TL 14 July 2014

Matt Byrne

UK firms look to grow on home soil

These days it’s all about global growth. Right? Not according to our feature today. These days it’s all about global growth. Right? Not according to our feature today, which unpicks three years’ worth of partnership promotions at some of the largest firms in the UK, tracking the focus of investment. Overseas? Not really, at least […]


Magic circle holds back tide of mergers – for now

As Top 10’s revenue doubles in a decade, consolidation is driving growth at firms outside magic circle Collective revenue at the UK 200 Top 10 has more than doubled in a decade despite the biggest economic slump in 100 years. Turnover for the Top 10, excluding the ever-secretive Slaughter and May, hit a total £10.643bn […]


Promo nation: national firms’ investment priorities revealed

UK firms have focused this year’s partner promotions on home, but which cities and practice areas dominate investment? The pattern of partner promotions at national firms over the past three years signals a cooling of the love affair with overseas growth, as they turn their attention to home. The overall geographic split for appointments between […]

managment awards

The Lawyer Management Awards shortlist revealed

Showing admirable innovation and imagination, our shortlisters are guiding lights on the long road to law firm efficiency In association with On 22 October The Lawyer Management Awards, in association with Thomson Reuters, will celebrate excellence across the UK legal market’s business services departments. And today we can reveal the shortlist, which covers the gamut […]


Peter Kalis: Disruptive BS and the false prophets of doom

‘Disruptive innovation’ has quickly become a management-speak staple, but it does not stand up to scrutiny as a worthwhile analysis of the legal world Although I have never met Professor Jill Lepore, it is my most fervent hope never to get on her wrong side. An historian with little time for shoddy interpretation, she recently […]


Moves 14 July

Move of the week Reed Smith has hired technology partner Angus Finnegan. Finnegan joins the London media and technology practice from Osborne Clarke , where he was head of the telecoms sector group. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology and telecoms industries. UK London Mark Poulton has been elected as Clifford […]

Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis, group GC, Abercrombie & Kent

He has a dream job at a luxury travel brand but prefers to work from his London desk – meet Michael Ellis, group general counsel at Abercrombie & Kent It looks like a lawyer’s fantasy job – being part of the senior team at a luxury travel business. It holds the prospect of glamorous first-class […]

Luminita Popa

Romania – In a good place

Geographically and economically, Romania is well-placed to attract foreign investment – so long as imminent elections don’t scupper its stability When the floodgates opened on 1 January this year the UK was not, as had been popularly expected, hit with a deluge of Romanian immigrants. With that country experiencing a boom of sorts, it is […]

John Raimbach

Peer panel: Financial management – Automation vs culture 

Active financial management is vital, but with firms looking more closely at the process of debt and fee collection, the personal touch still counts To what extent is good financial management in law firms a cultural issue and informed by the organisation’s structure? John Raimbach, finance director, Goodman Derrick: Blaming ‘cultural issues’ for good or […]


Luxembourg – Money plus

As Fiat, Apple and Starbucks earn the Duchy a rap on the knuckles for its tax rules, will the government’s efforts to diversify the economy take firmer root? Over the years Luxembourg has attracted thousands of fund structures, companies and other financial institutions to its well-kept streets. Its regulatory structures and low tax rates have […]


Immigration – Public interest

The University of Kent’s well-publicised landmark work for an asylum-seeker could lay the foundations for a shift in thinking in immigration cases Last month’s The Lawyer Awards saw the University of Kent’s Law Clinic pick up the gong for Ethical Initiative of the Year for engineering an asylum precedent in a landmark immigration case. The […]

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