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A&O and O’Melveny: At last some realism about global mergers

Oh, this is cute. A&O’s overture to O’Melveny & Myers yet again underlines the magic circle firm’s reputation for lateral thinking. For the last five years A&O has been consistently rumoured to be on the verge of doing a deal with Shearman & Sterling. Bypassing New York in favour of a West Coast play – […]

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Gender pay gap reporting: a Wombat?

As the deadline for gender pay gap reporting draws to a close, the question is whether it will help the legal profession to progress towards achieving widely-shared objectives or whether it is just another regulatory burden with which solicitors must cope.

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Latham: The rise and very public fall of Bill Voge

What a way to go. If anyone was wondering what it would take for the global chair of a $3bn law firm to stand down from his position, yesterday’s shock revelation, which has since been updated as more details have emerged, provided the answer. For it to have happened to the global law’s golden firm […]

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Comment: Flexible working isn’t just for women – inclusion in law firms is about age too

Gender, gender, gender: how firms retain female talent is a board-level discussion point. The born-again evangelism among managing partners isn’t feigned, I grant you, but it’s pretty one-note, as if the rhetoric of anxiety makes up for the distinct lack of solutions. To complicate matters further, other diversity issues are beginning to emerge. Just as […]

The legal profession’s men: a pure and noble breed?

One of the questions The Lawyer asked in our recent sexual harassment survey, the first findings of which were revealed yesterday, was whether lawyers had reconsidered any of their past actions in the workplace in a new light, given the emergence of the #MeToo movement and the sexual harassment revelations that have been splashed over the […]

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