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Global top 50: the battle for 'elite' status

Driven by international mergers, the world's 50 largest law firms by revenue saw turnover climb by an average of 7.4% last year to reach a combined total of $63.5bn (£40bn).

14 Nov 2014 | 00:23 | secure


'A transatlantic transformation' – why elite US firms have been so successful in London

Shrewd moves by top US outfits both before and after the financial crisis enabled them to crack the London legal market

12 Nov 2014 | 00:25 | secure


Bingham to Akin Gump: James Roome talks through the biggest team move of 2014

Even before Bingham cancelled this month's partner retreat to Arizona, the firm had to pull some 25 invites. The reason: the near-wholesale exit of the firm's London and Frankfurt offices.

10 Nov 2014 | 16:45 | secure


A whole new world – senior in-house lawyers debate new technology, regulatory change and globalisation

Managing the in-house legal function of an international organisation operating in an increasingly global business environment and facing fast-paced regulatory change is far from easy.

07 Nov 2014 | 12:05 | secure


Getting your priorities right – why timing is everything when it comes to mergers

Partners can be a fickle bunch. Just look at Ashurst: the firm's desire to secure a US merger dates back so far that it's hard to think of a UK firm - legacy SJ Berwin or Norton Rose aside - more frequently linked with potential partners across the At...

24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 | secure


Seoul mates – are international law firms succeeding in the South Korean market?

When the first group of foreign law firms rushed to set up shop in South Korea in 2011 and 2012, the move was met with a degree of scepticism.

10 Jul 2014 | 16:17 | secure


Leading lights – as the market rebounds, the magic circle is front and centre

Market conditions for the UK's big four international law firms haven't looked this good since before the credit crisis.

04 Jul 2014 | 00:02 | secure


Freshfields, Skadden, Kirkland lead M&A pack at half-year point amid strong deal recovery

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has dominated the European and UK M&A rankings by deal value and volume for the first half of 2014, amid a 56% year-on-year uptick in global deal-making.

03 Jul 2014 | 18:05 | secure


Barclays' legal panel shake-up shows the US elite law firms have got what the bank needs

On 25 June the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, filed a lawsuit against Barclays, alleging a "systematic pattern of fraud and deceit" within its so-called 'dark pool' trading operations.

03 Jul 2014 | 10:26 | secure


The justice league – why London law firms are drafting in ex-US Department of Justice lawyers

With a handful of former US DoJ prosecutors moving to London law firms, Caroline Thorpe finds out how their colourful careers give them an advantage in the UK market.

03 Jul 2014 | 00:09 | secure

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