The Hearing: Mishcon, Pallas, Beer KC and Monckton sweep the awards

Welcome to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. On Tuesday evening, around 1,000 people dressed in their finery descended on London’s Park Lane for the annual The Lawyer awards. The four awards dedicated to disputes lawyers celebrated litigation’s best performances over the past year, with Mishcon de Reya, Pallas Partners, […]

The Lawyer Awards 2024: Winners revealed

Firms including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Addleshaw Goddard triumphed at last night’s The Lawyer Awards, while Monckton Chambers and Jason Beer KC also took home trophies. Held at London’s Grosvenor House, Paul Weiss won the International firm of the year trophy after a transformational year globally. In London, the firm has expanded at […]

And the Law Firm of the Year is…

The transformation of Addleshaw Goddard over the last decade from lagging mid-tier wannabe to mid-market pioneer shows a firm bristling with confidence and vigour. The revival of the mid-tier firm has not happened by luck, it has required strong leadership, a united partnership culture and a dose of entrepreneurial spirit. Addleshaw Goddard is leading a […]

Jan Dernestam

Longstanding Mannheimer MP to stand down in 2026

Mannheimer Swartling has begun the process of naming a new managing partner for the first time in 13 years, as its long-time leader prepares to step aside in 2026. Jan Dernestam has made clear his desire to stand down when his current term ends in April of that year. The Lawyer understands the firm’s election committee […]

Burges Salmon and Covington steer AOTI’s London float

Burges Salmon and Covington & Burling have led the listing of US-based medical technology group AOTI on the AIM market, as the London IPO space picks up. Burges Salmon corporate partners Dominic Davis and AJ Venter led for AOTI on the main ECM piece, along with associate Dan Wood. Support was provided by senior associate […]

Kim Koopersmith

Akin opts for NyLon leadership as Koopersmith steps down

The longstanding chair of Akin, Kim Koopersmith, is standing down and will be replaced next year by a new transatlantic team featuring senior partners in New York and London. Koopersmith has led Akin as chair since 2013. During that time, Akin’s revenue has grown by 77 per cent to $1.37bn in 2023 while average profit […]

And the Law Firm of the Year is…

The transformation of Addleshaw Goddard over the last decade from lagging mid-tier wannabe to mid-market pioneer shows a firm bristling with confidence and vigour. The revival of the mid-tier firm has not happened by luck, it has required strong leadership, a united partnership culture and a dose of entrepreneurial spirit. Addleshaw Goddard is leading a […]

Identity

Irwin Mitchell is having an identity crisis

Irwin Mitchell has boldly pivoted in recent years, moving away from the personal injury rat race to sharpen its focus on corporate and commercial services. This strategic makeover seemed to hit all the right notes: divisions were streamlined for client services and commercial growth, a smart sell-off of the fast-track personal injury arm to Minster […]

The Premier League has backed itself into a corner

News this month that Manchester City is suing the Premier League over its rules cemented what most punters already knew: English football is now a lawyer’s game. As The Lawyer revealed shortly after, three clubs are backing the claim in various ways. Last week, Aston Villa’s owner said he was seeking legal advice about complaining against the rules. […]

Analysis

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“Where is the money coming from?” Clients react to NQ salary hikes

Salary increases across the City for newly-qualified lawyers has brought into sharp focus how much in-house lawyers are willing to pay for external counsel. Last week, US firm Goodwin upped its salary for NQs to £175,000 from £161,500. In May, Freshfields, Linklaters, Clifford Chance and A&O Shearman all boosted its pay for NQs by £25,000 […]

Election 2024: The Conservative lawyers vying for your vote

A Birketts partner, Mayer Brown’s pro bono head, associates from Clifford Chance and White & Case, a Twenty Essex barrister and a part-time law student are among the Conservative candidates hoping to be elected to the Commons for the first time.

Beyond the Bubble: Lester Aldridge’s big London play

South: A couple of weeks ago Lester Aldridge and Mackrell Solicitors announced their forthcoming merger. Beyond the Bubble, in association with LexisNexis, caught up with the former firm’s managing partner Matthew Barrow to get the lowdown on what it means for the two firms. For South Coast firm Lester Aldridge, this is very much a move […]

Latest Lateral Hires

Macfarlanes

HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]

Latest Opinion

My Pride Story: “Coming out is just the start of an extremely challenging journey”

While June is Pride Month, no single month can fully encompass the celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community’s achievements and contributions, nor raise sufficient awareness and advocate for the challenges the community continues to face. This is especially the case given the diverse tapestry of human experiences, which the concept of intersectionality—recognising how different aspects of […]

In-house

Following a leader

Fast follower or guinea pig? How GCs view AI adoption and risk

Risk management specialists are staring down the barrel of increasing uncertainty caused by artificial intelligence (AI) while also considering the opportunities that AI will provide for both the risk management function and the business. In-house lawyers, especially general counsels (GCs), often bear the brunt of this risk when incorporating AI, data and tech into their […]

Designing a transaction management tool with GLP Capital Partners

Alternative asset management business GLP Capital Partners began its journey into legal operations with general counsel Rachel Walker working on projects off the side of her desk, generally outside of working hours. She began to focus on how to ensure the legal function was fit for the future. “You reach a crux point where you can […]

Payment platform GC joins Thunes

The general counsel of Coda Payments has been hired by money movement group Thunes after just eight months at the business. Ruwan De Soyza will oversee all legal, compliance and secretariat affairs at Thunes, leading a team across a broad range of practice areas, including payment regulation, licensing, compliance, M&A and commercial contracts. He will […]

Latest Litigation Tracker News

Claim Spotter: New suit filed in Burlakov oligarch saga

Clash across the Atlantic as ING Bank takes on Bank of Utah Dutch multinational banking giant ING Bank has been hit with a new claim filed this week by the Bank of Utah (BoU), a community bank owned and operated in Utah, USA. BoU has instructed RPC, filing its claim in the Commercial Court last […]

ExCel exhibition centre

In court this week: Trains, Spain and London’s ExCel

Justin Gutmann’s boundary fares class action trial begins The trial in the class action regarding rail fares, brought by class representative Justin Gutmann, kicks off today (17 June) in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) for three weeks with a further week in reserve. Gutmann, represented by Charles Lyndon, alleges that the defendant rail companies abused […]

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The Hearing: It’s awards season in Singapore upon Thames

Welcome to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK’s litigation market. After London International Disputes Week concluded on Friday, normal service has resumed for the UK’s litigators – and what a busy week it is. Not only is the first section 90A FSMA case finally coming to trial in what could be a […]

Talent

Presentation skills for lawyers: Projecting Pathos

What a timely moment to be looking at the role that pathos plays in signifying authority and credibility. If you are in the UK, then this month’s general election campaign provides an excellent opportunity to journey through the anthropological safari park and observe potential leaders up and down the country stake their claim. Meanwhile in […]

My Pride Story: The ‘other’ mother

It took a long time after Willow was born for me to start to feel like a “parent”. Society links “parenthood” to if you provided the genetics, and people feel they are owed an explanation on who her dad is and what we know about him. I’ve had people immediately gloss over me and ask […]

My Pride Story: When personal identity and professional practice meet

My Pride story started pretty cautiously. I think I have always had a strong underlying sense of self (old school reports often included phrases like “Nick has a strong sense of justice…” or, perhaps less positively, “Nick is quite opinionated…”), but I wasn’t comfortable coming out to anyone except my closest friends until I was […]