On Halloween 2024, all that remained of SJ Berwin will end, as King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) retreat from the UK, Europe and the Middle East is finalised and its offices in those regions closed. The fate of its people in London, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt and Dubai will be sealed. And that will be […]
The latest mergers in Scotland will be followed by more soon enough
The Lawyer’s first Regional Powerhouse Ranking shows the strength of the UK’s legal market outside London
A period of radical change has descended on the profession, with firms contending with a raft of organisational challenges. Major tax reforms are underway for the 2023/24 year, with many firms expected to issue cash calls to satisfy the income tax bills from HM Revenue & Customs. But this one-off hit is little compared with […]
How many people does it take to keep lawyers honest? For the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) the answer is 646. That’s how many people were employed by the body that regulates solicitors across England and Wales as of October 2022, with headcount having grown by nearly 50 since 2018. In turn, those 646 members of […]
The UK boss of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has been appointed to the position of global senior partner. Segun Osuntokun will take up the newly-created role from 1 January, supporting the firm’s sole CEO Steve Baumer. Osuntokun joined the firm in 2008 as a partner in the litigation and corporate risk practice, and was […]
The latest episode of The Lawyer Podcast is out now! Proposed redundancies at CMS and Taylor Rose have raised associate anxieties across the market, with many wondering whether they could be the start of wider trouble. The Lawyer‘s editor Catrin Griffiths and litigation editor Christian Smith are joined by director of insight Matt Byrne and […]
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is liaising with law enforcement authorities over allegations made regarding embattled firm Axiom Ince, as the Metropolitan Police Service confirms a referral was passed on by the regulator. In August, the regulator suspended three partners from Axiom Ince, the firm that acquired Ince Group just four months before and was […]
As Axiom Ince finally collapses, The Lawyer can reveal that barely any of the current or future trainees have found new homes – and the future trainees have missed their deadline to begin their studies at BPP. The Lawyer understands that two individuals have been able to transfer their current training contracts to Stephenson Harwood […]
Jailed Russian businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov has filed a $13.8bn claim against US private equity giant TPG, ports multinational DP World and a number of Russian state companies. The claim, which alleges that Magomedov’s business empire was manoeuvred into Russian state hands, was launched by litigation boutique Seladore Legal and includes a line-up of barristers from […]
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