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The speed read: Merricks/Mastercard, office space and gendered language

Merricks/Mastercard is over – or is it? Today’s judgment in Mastercard/Merricks may feel like the end of the line, but it’s far from that. While the result does pave the way for related cases to resume, the verdict in Walter Merricks’ favour means the claim can once again be heard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, […]

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The speed read: An A&O wannabe; make-or-break time for the SQE; and the UK200 is out!

Cahill’s slowly building its mini-A&O Within the next few months, Cahill Gordon & Reindel’s London partner headcount will have increased by 150 per cent since the end of 2019. The numbers sound enormous because the numbers we’re dealing with are still very small. Cahill had two partners in the City – litigator Richard Kelly and […]

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The speed read: partner rewards, afterthought offices and NQs relax

The issue of how best to reward partners never goes away What are the biggest quandries for law firm leaders right now? It’s a long list: staff wellbeing, business stability, strides in diversity and client satisfaction, but another never-ending problem is how to keep the partnership happy. Often that involves a complete overhaul of a […]

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The speed read: Latham’s lateral losses and White & Case’s elite statement

Latham’s lateral loss anomaly It’s not like Latham & Watkins to lose four partners in one go, further still a regional managing partner, but that’s exactly what happened this week, as German head Harald Selzner & Co departed for staunchly independent firm Noerr. Latham’s mortal after all it seems. The move may signify a change […]

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The speed read: Freshfields decides, as hires gather pace

Firms’ back to the office plans may have been dealt a blow this week, but City recruitment continued with aplomb for the likes of Goodwin, Skadden and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Back to the office? Think again. By now, you might be thoroughly happy with your home-working set-up and enjoying a life sans tube, train […]

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The speed read: back to normality at NRF but redundancies at Addleshaws

Back to normal at Norton Rose Fulbright? Back in April, the majority of staff at Norton Rose Fulbright switched to a four-day working week for what seemed like a rather apocalyptic length of time: 12 months. Turns out NRF was just preparing its employees for the worst, as this week it decided to end the […]