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Yorkshire firm launches inaugural bonus scheme

Yorkshire firm Switalskis has rolled out its first formal bonus scheme, as the firm edges closer to the £30m revenue mark. The new scheme came into effect in April 2024, replacing the previous approach whereby bonuses were issued on an ad hoc basis. The new scheme is split into two tiers. The first tier is […]

Scotland’s talent pipelines are broken

A generational schism could tip the Scottish Independents (UK 200 firms ranked 101-200) market into a mass restructuring phase because too few lawyers are retiring from the partnership. Succession planning is a top concern for a growing number of Independents, but in Scotland the matter is on the verge of critical with firms also confronted […]

Phone vs Whatsapp: UK200 firm assesses lawyer-client communication

Junior lawyers at regional outfit Howes Percival are being encouraged to adopt a greater range of communication methods with clients, as firms seek to address generational differences between associates and partners. The firm, with locations across Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich and Oxford, said it is responding to changing behaviours in both clients and associates. It is encouraging its […]

Beyond the Bubble: Lester Aldridge’s big London play

South: A couple of weeks ago Lester Aldridge and Mackrell Solicitors announced their forthcoming merger. Beyond the Bubble, in association with LexisNexis, caught up with the former firm’s managing partner Matthew Barrow to get the lowdown on what it means for the two firms. For South Coast firm Lester Aldridge, this is very much a move […]

Beyond the Bubble: Hempsons moves with the times

Many firms can empathise with the challenges faced by healthcare and charities firm Hempsons in recent years. It is a sector leader in the health market, with more than 150 healthcare, foundation trusts and commissioners on its books, and is currently instructed in the Infected Blood Inquiry for the UK Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation. This […]

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Lawfront strikes again as private equity buys up Manchester firm

Lawfront, the business backed by private equity firm Blixt Group, has made its eighth acquisition of a law firm, and its third in the last 12 months, as it continues its expansion. Manchester-headquartered full-service practice Slater Heelis is the latest to be acquired, with Farleys, Fisher Jones Greenwood and Nelsons the other large firms to […]

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PE acquirers should target these three firms

Which law firms are private equity houses looking to invest in? The answer, if the conversations we’re having with managing partners are anything to go by, is ‘pretty much all of them’. Most regional firms of note have had speculative approaches at some time in the last five years or so, as private equity gradually […]

Scotland’s lawyers are backing Labour

This is less a Horizon and more a run-down of Scottish people being rude about each other. But it is also hopefully a reminder of just how much the market north of the border has changed recently. Where to start? Well, Morton Fraser and Macroberts have merged to create ‘MF Mac’. The firm has declared […]

Beyond the Bubble: Harbottle & Lewis has a new double-act

London: Harbottle & Lewis has a new double-act: Last November, Tony Littner joined Charlie Leveque as joint-managing partner for a five-year term. It’s the first time Harbottles has changed its leadership structure in this way, and while it’s not unheard of to have two managing partners (look at Lewis Silkin or Bristows), most go for the […]