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Slaughter and May names new leadership as Olney prepares to retire after 30 years at firm

Slaughter and May has elected corporate partner David Wittmann as its new practice partner, replacing Paul Olney, who is retiring at the end of this year after more than 30 years at the ...

24 Oct 2014 | 10:12 | secure

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London-based Reed Smith partner advises on Ebola vaccine licence

Reed Smith has taken a lead role on the licence and supply agreement for a potential Ebola vaccine developed by Danish company Bava...

24 Oct 2014 | 00:06 | secure

Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy advise on government's £2.7bn 'bad bank' mortgage sale

Clifford Chance (CC) and Allen & Overy (A&O) have won the leading roles on the UK government’s disposal of £2.7bn of ‘bad bank...

23 Oct 2014 | 00:23 | secure




Dealmaker: Linklaters M&A partner Owen Clay

The Linklaters M&A partner on being stranded in Turkmenistan, odd client requests and his love of Laurel and Hardy

23 Oct 2014 | 16:55 | secure


BLP's blip – after a few troubled years, the firm needs strong leadership to get back on track

As a general rule of thumb making mergers work and repositioning law firms are not particularly speedy processes.

23 Oct 2014 | 12:11 | secure


Teenage dreams – why 13 years after its creation Berwin Leighton Paisner needs to re-find its form

Having enjoyed enormous success in the wake of its 2001 merger, over the last few years Berwin Leighton Paisner has been plagued by tumbling profits and a raft of high-profile partner exits. Pui-Guan Man finds out whether the firm's new strategic visi...

23 Oct 2014 | 00:20 | secure

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Increasingly demanding banking clients prompt firms to rethink value of pursuing panel spots

"Nowhere near as demanding as Barclays," is how one partner involved describes the process of tendering for Lloyds Banking Group's revised panel. The comment highlights the increasing scrutiny law firms are giving to the merits of chasing bank panel p...

22 Oct 2014 | 17:37 | secure


Out of the shadows – the growing number of law firms entering the direct lending market

With bank lending constrained, the finance practices of major law firms have had to look elsewhere to find the credit providers doing the deals. Alex Newman speaks to some of the lawyers making inroads into the direct lending market, and asks how thes...

22 Oct 2014 | 00:15 | secure


Not just ‘big for the sake of it’ – TLT’s David Pester on the next steps for the top 50’s newest firm

David Pester, managing partner of TLT Solicitors, has the air of a man who's got it all figured out. Since 2000, the firm's revenues have grown nearly six-fold, rising from a humble £10m to finally break into Legal Week's top 50 rankings this year wi...

21 Oct 2014 | 00:48 | secure


Stepping in – a group of leading firms explain the thinking behind their new pro bono initiative

National Pro Bono Week, which kicks off on 3 November, provides solicitors with an annual reminder of the potential impact of the legal profession outside of normal fee-earning.

21 Oct 2014 | 00:37 | secure


Beyond legal – a group of senior in-house lawyers discuss how GCs can take on responsibilities outside of pure legal work

In-house lawyers and their departments may be under more pressure than ever but the time has never been better for the group to look beyond pure legal work and play a wider role within business.

16 Oct 2014 | 16:08 | secure


'Nowhere near as demanding as Barclays' – Lloyds Banking Group panel review sees 10 firms win spots

Given how much work is generated from banking clients, major panel reviews can be a nervy time for City law firms.

16 Oct 2014 | 00:11 | secure


Breaking into the leadership constellation? Keep close to clients and act like a politician

Conventional models of leadership are predicated on the assumption that leaders, by definition, must have followers.

15 Oct 2014 | 09:44 | secure

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