TL 5 May 2014

Peter Jackson

Turnover stalls at Hill Dicks, up 0.4 per cent to £111.9m

Hill Dickinson has posted a 0.4 per cent increase in turnover to £111.9m for 2013/14 from £111.5m in the previous year. The firm is yet to release details of its profitability for the latest financial year but in 2012/13 Hill Dickinson reported a 15 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) to […]

Snapchat “lawyers up” with Hogan Lovells partner

Unlike its videos and pictures, which self-destruct after a few seconds, popular image-sharing app Snapchat doesn’t want to disappear. And so the technology giant has taken on some wise advice and “lawyered up” – bringing in its first general counsel in the shape of Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Handman, regarded as one of America’s top […]


The Lawyer Awards 2014 shortlist: Final curtain call

After a memorable 12 months, marked by exceptional work, The Lawyer Awards promise to be more hard-fought than ever In association with   Each year The Lawyer’s editorial team sifts through the hundreds of entries we receive for the annual The Lawyer Awards in association with Travelers. With the high number of entries, the stellar judging […]

DLA Piper building

Partners on the up and up

In the midst of a worldwide recovery, promotions in the UK hit a three-year peak Domestic partnership promotions are on the rise, hitting a three-year high of 142 for The Lawyer UK Top 20. The figure represents a 27.9 per cent increase on 2013, when just 111 new promotions were made in the UK (that […]

Cannon Place

Open relationship for CMS and Dundas?

They’re officially hitched, but CMS and Dundas still have some wooing to do  A year after CMS Cameron McKenna crossed the threshold of Dundas & Wilson with a tantalising proposal, the merger between them has gone live. What comes next will be an intense tussle over banking and energy clients as the two firms play […]


Shock of the new for Davenport

How Davenport Lyons was swallowed up by a firm half its size The mood at Davenport Lyons was as low as it could be. Staff were told at the end of last month that the firm was going into administration. Those offered a job – mostly partners – were called one by one into a […]

Cat Griffiths index

We’ve seen the measure of excellence

This is the 20th year of The Lawyer Awards, and the 2014 shortlist is brimming with excellence. The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, is the biggest single night in the legal calendar for two very good reason: quality and inclusivity. Any given year, the winners could include magic circle partners, global law firms, local […]

Nigel Knowles

Resolving the fracking rift is within our reach

If shale gas can cut the UK’s energy dependence, we must jump hurdles to do it Hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking) is back in the headlines – an infrastructure bill will be included in the Queen’s speech that will allow energy companies to frack for shale gas under private land. Domestic energy production is […]


Moves: 5 May 2014

Move of the week Centaur Media has hired Grainne Brankin as general counsel and company secretary. Brankin arrives from Exterion Media (formerly CBS Outdoor), where she was also general counsel. Her in-house background includes time at Yahoo! and she has held private practice roles at Clifford Chance and Bird & Bird.   UK London Latham & Watkins has hired former Carlyle Group in-house […]

James Hulsken

Brookfield Rose legal chief: Budding prospect

Abandoning private practice, James Hulsken went to work on a farm in the office of Brookfield Rose, a consortium of consultancies that’s spreading – organically, of course – across Europe and beyond Just six years qualified, James Hulsken has found himself at the head of Brookfield Rose, a rapidly expanding consortium of consultancies with an […]


Arbitration: Little big league

Ex-Freshfields star Jan Paulsson is the latest arbitrator to set up a boutique practice. They’re small and perfectly formed – but are these firms the future? Arbitrators are feeling restless and their itchy feet are leading them to the boutique firms springing up across Europe. Boutiques have long been the answer for conflicted arbitrators seeking […]

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