TL 28 July 2014

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Roots of recovery are not so robust

Let us praise legal services. The positive news last week that the UK economy has surpassed its pre-recession peak in the second quarter of the year was attributed to the service sector: leisure, the creative economy, tourism and the City. And of course, helping to underpin the City’s contribution to the British economy is the […]

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Slaughters goes to town in China

Firm promotes fourth partner so far this year in Hong Kong; now the focus is to diversify its offering Which firms spring to mind as having particularly dynamic strategies in Asia? Perhaps King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin? Or Herbert Smith Freehills? It’s a long shot that Slaughter and May made your list. But maybe […]


Which London sets reign on fees?

London’s top chambers reveal a stellar year so far with reports of increases in barrister revenues The 2013/14 reporting season is in full swing and early indicators are that many firms are back in growth mode. Can the same be said for London’s leading sets? Like many of their solicitor counterparts, barristers are under pressure […]

Nigel Knowles

Sir Nigel Knowles: Reshoring and the great British manufacturing renaissance

UK reshoring is a catalyst for economic growth but a national policy is also vital One of the buzzwords in the UK business lexicon these days is ‘reshoring’ – the return of formerly UK-headquartered businesses or the redomiciling of production to the UK. EEF, the manufacturers’ association, recently found that one in six companies has […]


Retention rates: Winning the war of attrition

With high training costs, retaining the best newly qualifieds makes good business sense. But why are some firms considerably better at it than others? The retention and attrition model in law firms has functioned along much the same lines for decades: retain as many newly qualifieds (NQs) as the market needs; maintain the pyramid by […]


In-house interview: Karen Kerrigan, Seedrs

When she found herself off work with back problems Simmons & Simmons associate Karen Kerrigan hatched a plan: she would leave the law and set up a community forum for people experiencing the same kind of pain as her. Although she ultimately returned to Simmons’ financial markets litigation group, Kerrigan had got as far as […]

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Germany – Crossing borders

As international work grows the DAX30 are expanding in-house legal teams, but Germany’s biggest companies remain critical to the country’s law firms.


UAE – Hotspots

A maturing economy, political stability and innovations such as industry hubs make Dubai and Abu Dhabi inviting – if you can get your feet under the table Dubai International Airport was the busiest in the world last year, pipping Heathrow to the post by handling 66.4 million passengers. It is a sign that the market […]


E-disclosure – Trials and tribulations

The Jackson reforms have left litigators negotiating the line between over and under-disclosure, while some are using the confusion as a strategic device It is four years since the launch of the e-disclosure regime that was supposed to speed up the litigation process. But despite efforts to streamline the process and reduce costs, parties are […]

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