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The speed read: Weil’s Prague exit and a merry-go-round of firms on big fraud cases

Weil Gotshal is leaving Prague. The firm’s Czech office will continue life under a different name, and as an independent law firm, with current managing partner and influential Czech figure Karel Muzikar running the show. Why care about Weil’s machinations in a far away country of people of whom lawyers know little? Because it’s part of […]

The speed read: CMS’s real estate reshuffle, and Clifford Chance goes Dutch

There was a significant team move this week as 10 real estate lawyers from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang defected to Fladgate. This represents the biggest team departure from CMS since its three-way merger. In many ways, it’s not a surprising development. With Nabarro, CMS and Olswang all having strong real estate groups, not all of them could […]

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The speed read: Slaughters gets techy, Asia gets busy and the super-exam gets costly

News stories about legal education remain very well-read, yet despite this our conversations with lawyers across the City indicate many are still in the dark about the forthcoming changes to how solicitors qualify. Another chance to get up to speed presented itself this week, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced more details of how […]


The speed read: Ince’s Daddy issues, female barristers and management elections

This week opened with the confirmation that the merger between Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co would indeed go ahead. The £110m deal will create the UK’s largest listed law firm by revenue. Gordon Dadds boss Adrian Biles called the Ince brand “iconic”, which is stretching things rather, but it was certainly a venerable old […]


The speed read: lawyer burnout, uncomfortable ideas and a merger of note

The week opened with some unexpected news. Baker McKenzie announced that its chair, Paul Rawlinson, is taking a step back from day-to-day management of the firm, and was candid that it was “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. It is a difficult message to send out, but we can report that the market-wide reaction has […]

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The speed read: this week’s key moments in the legal world

Becoming a partner in a law firm is a crowning achievement for any lawyer – but, as highlighted in Lawyer issues past, high-flyers are finding new career opportunities after a life in private practice. This week The Lawyer revealed that another one of Slaughter and May’s most revered M&A dealmakers would be bowing out of […]

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The speed read: #MeToo, partner moves and and the rise of the Independents

No, #MeToo hasn’t gone away. Over the last few months we’ve heard revisionist voices claiming that #MeToo was a set of over-reactions to a disappearing problem, but what have we here? Not one, but two further developments this week. A Clyde & Co partner has left the firm over ‘inappropriate behaviour’, while Simmons & Simmons’ investigation […]

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