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Dogs (and their lawyers) at polling stations: In pictures

Lawyers and business services staff from across the UK legal industry joined the masses yesterday in bringing their dogs to polling stations as they cast their vote in the general election. Martin Hamilton, managing partner at Capsticks, was among the crowd, attending his local polling station with his salt n pepper miniature schnauzer. In a […]

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Brabners surpasses £50m revenue milestone

Revenue at Brabners reached £55.6m in the 2023/24 financial year, subject to audit, after the firm increased its top-line by 18 per cent from the previous year’s £47.1m. The firm’s newly re-elected managing partner Nik White told The Lawyer that it was a “standout year”, with just one department out of 13 across the firm’s […]


Clifford Chance’s Newcastle boss exits firm

The head of Clifford Chance’s office in Newcastle has left the firm after six years in charge. Lucy Nixon left the firm last week. She joined in 2018 when Clifford Chance acquired Carillion Advice Services, the paralegal and managed legal services arm of the contractor. Nixon joined Carillion in October 2007 as an operations manager, […]


North East council panel drops 17 firms from £100m roster

The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) has drastically reduced its legal services panel, cutting 17 firms from its £100m roster. The new panel – effective from 3 June 2024 to 2 June 2028 – features 18 firms, down from the previous 29. New additions to the panel include Bird & Bird, Brodies, Devonshires, TLT and […]

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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 […]

Olivia Wyld, Freshfields

Freshfields’ client delivery group head exits firm

The global head of Freshfields’ client delivery group, based in Manchester, has left after 20 years at the firm. Olivia Wyld joined Freshfields in 2004 as a trainee and continued to work as an associate in the corporate team until 2015. Wyld then relocated to Manchester and took on the role as head of the […]

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 […]

Browne Jacobson hires EY team as it aims to double London headcount

Browne Jacobson has taken a team of five lawyers, including two partners, from EY in London as it looks to grow in the UK capital. Rowan Armstrong and Alex Mason are both commercial tech specialists. They are set to join Browne Jacobson in June, along with a legal director and two associates. Both Armstrong and Mason […]


The move to greener offices: Clarke Willmott collects commuting info from staff

Clarke Willmott is assessing the environmental footprint of its offices, with the firm collecting information on its staff’s route to work and an expected relocation in Cardiff. The firm is gathering data from its employees to improve the accuracy of emissions data that the firm holds. A survey has been created with the firm’s consultants, […]

Marine team Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson hires six-strong team from Clydes

Hill Dickinson has secured another team hire, taking a group of six from Clyde & Co in Newcastle. Shipping partner Stephen Mackin has made the move along with five other colleagues. Mackin joined Clyde & Co in 2017, before which he spent nearly 25 years at Eversheds Sutherland. A former seafarer himself, Mackin specialises in […]