TL 2 June 2014

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We need to talk about mental health

In October 2012 Deloitte unveiled a sculpture of a black dog in its offices. It was a sign the firm had decided to tackle the issue of workplace mental health seriously, particularly depression. Law firms are a bit behind the curve, but hopefully not for long. The City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) is a group […]


Pay on the rise again at magic circle firms

Three magic circle firms bring warm glow to junior ranks by ending salary freeze Summer may be taking a while to arrive, but salary global warming is well under way in the magic circle. After several years of freeze, associates are basking in the warm glow of a boosted pay packet. Many firms are yet […]


Will Andrew Chamberlain bring Addleshaws’ transactions unit to DWF?

Addleshaws team must be a tempter for DWF Some critical outsiders saw DWF’s acquisitive growth plan as flawed. Yet the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. Since 2008/09 the firm has grown revenues from £60m to an expected £200m at the 2013/14 year-end – a whopping 233 per cent uplift.  […]


Moves 2 June 2014

Move of the week  Nadia Banno has left the BBC, where she was head of litigation, to join Baker & McKenzie’s disputes team. She will join the London office, with which she worked closely in her former role UK London Philomena Price has been recruited by Spratt Endicott as partner. She was formerly a senior […]


The Lawyer GC Summit: Expose the hidden value

How GCs can prove their worth and why the ‘zero sum game’ played with external firms should stop were hot topics at our recent summit in Portugal  In association with The Lawyer’s annual General Counsel Strategy Summit, in association with Thomson Reuters, held last month in Portugal, focused more than ever on how general counsel […]


In-house interview: Weir Group GC, Keith Ruddock

Weir Group’s Keith Ruddock honed his belief that lawyers work close to the coalface at Shell, and now applies that ethos to help the Scottish engineering conglomerate grow Keith Ruddock became Weir Group general counsel and company secretary in April 2012. At that point the company had been growing significantly through acquisition, and the privately […]

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The Lawyer Awards 2014 Shortlist: Private Wealth Team of the Year

In our first in-depth look at our awards shortlisters, the private wealth contenders show how they have shined in the face of globalisation and tougher legislation The trend running through this year’s Private Wealth Team of the Year entries for The Lawyer Awards, sponsored by Duke and Rawson, is internationalisation. Of the five shortlisted entries, three are […]

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The Lawyer In-house Attitudes Survey: The bright side of in-house life

GCs are in a more confident mood in our third annual survey, and the urge to shift to private practice is on the wane In association with For the full survey results, including sector breakdowns, please go here. The Lawyer’s annual General Counsel Strategy Summit in Portugal saw the third presentation of our In-House Attitudes […]


Present tense: stress in the workplace

Long hours, mountainous workloads, combative cultures – stress is part of lawyering. But are firms doing enough to help people manage it, or is their talk of help programmes just hot air? The law can be a stressful profession. This is no great taboo. Graduates are solemnly informed of the tough working hours. Trainees and […]

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