Hogan lovells

Shearman and Hogan Lovells issue statements as rumour mergers mount

Shearman & Sterling and Hogan Lovells have failed to deny speculation that the two firms are in early-stage merger talks after The Lawyer revealed market rumours about how negotiations have begun to emerge. If such talks were successful, the newly-merged firm would have a combined annual revenue of $3.6bn and a London office generating more […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority

SRA closes Fletcher Day “with immediate effect” to protect clients

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has stepped in to close London firm Fletcher Day. As revealed by The Lawyer earlier this week, HM Revenue and Customs had issued a winding-up petition against Fletcher Day; however the SRA has now intervened to protect the interests of clients. In a statement the SRA said: “An intervention means […]


Project Millennial: Seven years on

In January 2016, The Lawyer embarked on a new project. We found five fresh-faced young newly-qualified solicitors and decided to follow them in their careers. Seven years on, we are revisiting them to find out how they are doing. Five is an admittedly small sample size, but their fates to date make for interesting reading. […]

Dickson Minto will merge. Will it take the Edinburgh office with it?

Meetings between law firm leaders can be casual, just a polite meeting to chew the fat over a cup of coffee, or they can have a serious intent. Last month, when Dickson Minto’s de facto managing partner Jordan Simpson met with a delegation from New York’s Fried Frank, it was the latter. Make no mistake, […]

The poisoned debate: Forstater and Bailey’s lawyer on defending gender-critical beliefs

While the gender debate rages on between family and friends, on social media and now in the workplace, a growing number of women have been fighting their employers tooth-and-nail over the right to hold gender-critical beliefs without being subject to workplace discrimination.   In 2021, the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that think-tank researcher Maya Forstater […]