Public sector and local authority

Capsticks bucks sluggish profits trend with 22 per cent hike

While other law firms saw profit flatline last year, Capsticks experienced strong double-digit growth, allowing it to invest in technology and key growth areas. Revenue grew 14 per cent from £56.1m to £63.7m in the 2022/23 financial year, while net profit jumped up 22 per cent from £10.6m to £12.9m. Capsticks senior partner Rachael Heenan […]

Boris Johnson

Disgraced ex-PM hires Pannick KC (again) for Covid-19 judicial review

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has once again hired Peters & Peters and a team from Blackstone Chambers for tomorrow’s judicial review between the Cabinet Office and the chair of the Covid-19 inquiry, in which Johnson is an interested party. Lord Pannick KC, Jason Pobjoy and Peters & Peters’ head of business crime Nick Vamos […]

parliament government

Longstanding Government lawyer takes on director general role

The Government Legal Department has appointed long-time lawyer Caroline Croft as a new director general. Croft will take over the leadership role of the employment with economic recovery and UK governance directorate from Mel Nebhrajani, who recently took over from Jessica de Mounteney as director general for litigation with justice and security. Croft currently serves […]

DLA Piper bags two-year Defra contract

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has awarded DLA Piper a contract to provide legal support for its Landscape Recovery project. The firm has been named as the sole legal supplier to the scheme, having been granted the award on 13 October 2022. The contract worth over £321,000 will run for two […]


DLA Piper and Trowers dropped from local government pensions panel

The legal services framework for Local Government Pension Services (LGPS) has finalised its new panel, with 12 law firms having been appointed. The firms that have made the cut are: Addleshaw Goddard, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Brodies, Burges Salmon, Burness Paull, Cleveland & Co, Eversheds Sutherland, Freeths, Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke, Pinsent Masons and Squire Patton […]


How not to lose your associates

The exits we saw last year may have slowed a little since the most recent salary war cooled down, but the wider trend is one that dates back years: workers are less loyal than they used to be. Law firms are finding it increasingly difficult to retain their associates at a time when employers offer […]

WhatsApp-ing clients: fair or foul?

Do you WhatsApp your clients? It’s a more divisive question than you might expect. According to a recent poll of conducted by The Lawyer on LinkedIn, while 66 per cent of fee-earners don’t use the messaging service for this purpose, 34 per cent do. And it’s not split along seniority lines: partners, associates, trainees and […]

Beyond the Bubble: Even managing partners need a side-hustle

West Midlands: Everyone’s all about the wellbeing now, but some aspects of it are harder to crack than others – not least, the increasing prevalence of technology in our lives. Lawyers in particular are often desk-bound or required to constantly check their smartphone, and work long into the night in front of a laptop. But […]

National pro bono week: Quinn and Covington lawyers take on Russia

It has been 625 days since Vladimir Putin appeared in a televised broadcast and addressed Ukraine, Russia and the international community to say he would be conducting “a special military operation.”  Putin has refused to call it anything but since then. What we did see on that day was, in fact, the largest military invasion […]

Featured briefings

Pennon’s new GCs on moving the water industry forward

Pennon Group is a giant when it comes to the water industry. Encompassing South West Water (SWW), Bristol Water, Pennon Water Services and Bournemouth Water, it boasted a 2020/21 revenue of £624m and is the largest private sector employer in the south west. But with all that grandeur comes a lot of responsibility and scrutiny. […]


Uni students begin group claim over Covid-19 disruptions

The High Court will hear applications today in the first stage of a group action brought by students over Covid-19 and strike-related disruptions. Over 105,000 students have signed up to seek compensation from British universities in a case run by Harcus Parker partner Ryan Dunleavy and Asserson partner Shimon Goldwater. The case today (Wednesday) is […]

Dominic Raab

Fountain Court silk to investigate Raab complaints

Fountain Court silk Adam Tolley KC has been appointed to investigate conduct complaints made against the deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab MP. The UK Government has tasked Tolley KC to investigate two formal complaints against Raab made on 15 November. These two complaints refer to Raab’s stint as foreign […]


Hyde Housing Association appoints 19 firms to £250m panel

Law firms including CMS, Gowling WLG and Pinsent Masons have secured places on a £250m legal services framework for UK housing association Hyde. A total of 19 firms have been awarded the contract, which began on 2 November 2022 and will last for four years until 1 November 2026. However, each member may enter in […]

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“Law firms are rich compared to the real world”: SSQ founder on why he is switching from the Conservatives to Labour

Even with the UK Government u-turning on its controversial tax cut for the highest earners, supporters and donors to the party have been expressing their reservations – including the chairman of legal recruiter SSQ. According to donor records, SSQ’s chairman and founder Gareth Quarry made three separate donations of £25,000 to the Conservative party between […]

Crown Commercial Service appoints nearly 60 firms to new panel

The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has appointed 58 firms to its refreshed public sector roster. The review process began last year and the panel replaces the one established in 2018 when 69 firms were appointed across six lots. This year there are seven lots. There are three full service provision lots (one for […]

Didar Dhillon, Severn Trent

Pinsents partner joins Severn Trent as GC

  Severn Trent has recruited a new general counsel ahead of the retirement of Bronagh Kennedy, who has been in the role for nearly 12 years. Didar Dhillon has been appointed as the water company’s new legal chief. Dhillon will take over as GC for both Severn Trent and Severn Trent Water, effective from early […]

UK Government’s legal spend revealed for 2021/22

Nearly half of The Lawyer’s UK Top 50 firms picked up fees from the UK Government over 2021/22, according to a Freedom of Information request. The UK Government Legal Department spent a total of £36.57m on external legal services over the financial year 2021/22. Given there are 52 weeks in a year, this equates to £703,295 […]


Eight firms selected for £49m education sector panel

Firms including Eversheds Sutherland and Shakespeare Martineau have won spots on a slimmed-down public sector panel valued at £49m. The Crescent Purchasing Consortium’s (CPC) new legal services framework provides a comprehensive set of services for the education sector. The purpose of the framework is to allow efficient and easy access to legal services at reduced […]