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Swiss firms must innovate to get a piece of the action

Switzerland’s stability in a volatile world is fuelling its economy, and local law firms are having to innovate to compete with global players The Swiss market is in good shape but that does not mean there are no challenges to face. The Lawyer asked for the opinions of some of the market’s leading figures on […]

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CEE special report: For local and global firms, teamwork is best

Fallout from the global financial crisis keeps lawyers in CEE busy. But the region’s complexity means the work is best handled by local and international firms working together The EU bailout of Greece is often cited as the pinnacle of national financial mismanagement. Less often spoken about is the situation in Central and Eastern Europe […]

Why is project work so tricky in CEE?

Infrastructure and projects work is a core practice area for many firms operating across the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. In theory there should plenty of work around because these countries need significant improvements to their transport, energy and public buildings. In practice, things are not quite so clear-cut. “My feeling is that if you […]

Tech innovations in offshore law firms

What offshore firms are doing (and not doing) about legal tech

Last month The Lawyer published the first-ever Offshore Litigation Survey, which revealed the cases on which the top firms have been active as well as firms’ bench strengths. As part of the survey we also asked offshore firms about their technology-related innovations and how they project manage their litigation matters. Offshore firms have introduced a number of […]

The offshore firms with the biggest litigation teams

Over the summer The Lawyer surveyed the top offshore firms about their litigation practices, strategy, and use of technology. What emerged most clearly is that litigation and general contentious work is big business for offshore firms. To take just a handful of examples, litigation represents around half the turnover at Collas Crill and Campbells, while at Appleby, Bedell Cristin and Harneys it accounts for between a quarter and a third of total billings.

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Brexit clouds surround Ireland’s biggest corporate deals

Ireland’s lawyers are used to turbulence. After all, it is not so long ago that the country was ­navigating the bumpy waters of the financial crisis and a bailout by the EU. So the last year of volatility caused by the UK’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election was something Irish firms were ready […]

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Law firm networks flex their cross-border muscle

What do international firms and law firm networks have in common? Most would agree the main similarity is their cross-border appeal. The success of both relies in great part on international networks of firms which become a hook for clients searching for multi-jurisdictional capability.

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