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Regulator brings in alternative to training contracts in bid to open up profession

The Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) has introduced ‘a period of recognised training' as an alternative to the traditional training contract route to legal qualification.

31 Jul 2014 | 13:09 | secure

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Robert Tchenguiz settles long-running battle with SFO for £1.5m

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has settled civil damages claims brought by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz and his businesses for ...

31 Jul 2014 | 12:42 | secure

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks halve combined national legal panel

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have cut their national legal panel by more than half, with Norton Rose Fulbright, Eversheds and Bro...

29 Jul 2014 | 15:51 | secure




Dealmaker: Baker & McKenzie's banking head Bernard Sharp

The Baker & McKenzie banking head on reading 300-page agreements in the early hours, mulling a career in psychotherapy and cheese that's stood the test of time

25 Jul 2014 | 00:08 | secure


Scales of justice – the growing popularity of law firm choirs

When the boards of legacy firms Lawrence Graham and Wragge & Co sat down to discuss the finances of the merger, few at the meeting expected the first item on the accounts to be a digital piano.

25 Jul 2014 | 00:08 | 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


Yes, no, maybe – what Scottish independence would mean for law firms

A referendum in Scotland in September could see the country break away from the UK, but would that mean more work for law firms?

24 Jul 2014 | 00:00 | secure


A call to alms: international firms are uniquely placed to lead major pro bono projects

Earlier this month I returned from Bangladesh, where I visited the UNICEF-funded child justice projects DLA Piper is supporting to help protect some of the country's most vulnerable children.

23 Jul 2014 | 00:15 | secure


Ashurst's US talks – why Blakes tie-up may have scuppered Sidley merger discussions

As news emerges that Ashurst and Sidley Austin held preliminary merger talks, we look at why the plan didn't move forward

21 Jul 2014 | 00:00 | secure


LLP accounts reveal 533 partner terminations at UK top 20 law firms in 2013-14

Analysis of partner terminations at the UK’s leading firms reveals the extent to which partnerships are being actively managed. Pui-Guan Man reports

18 Jul 2014 | 00:41 | secure


Dealmaker: Gibson Dunn's Philip Rocher on winning first Lloyd's names case

The Gibson Dunn & Crutcher litigation partner on winning the first Lloyd's names case, sleeping barristers and an underused Leeds United scarf

17 Jul 2014 | 10:20 | secure


Working wonders – students rate their experiences of law firm work placements

As thousands of law students don their caps and gowns to receive their diplomas, they face one of the most competitive graduate job markets in history – but also one with more choice than ever before.

16 Jul 2014 | 00:14


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

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