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Pinsent Masons looks to double revenue target for flexi lawyer service

Pinsent Masons will double its fee income target from its freelance lawyer service Vario after client demand vastly outstripped original expectations in the first 18 months of the scheme...

22 Jul 2014 | 11:17 | secure

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Herbert Smith and Freshfields advise as Liberty Global buys stake in ITV

Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised on US cable giant Liberty Global's £481m purchase of a sta...

21 Jul 2014 | 00:05 | secure

Revealed: Ashurst approached Sidley Austin for merger talks amid Blakes tie-up

A small group of Ashurst partners, including former senior partner Charlie Geffen, engaged US firm Sidley Austin in early merger ta...

21 Jul 2014 | 00:00 | 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


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


Law's university challenge – firms have raised their diversity game but the obstacles are daunting

Taken at face value, our research this week on the universities attended by last year's trainee intake at the top 30 law firms is worrying.

10 Jul 2014 | 11:50


The Oxbridge conveyor belt – a progress report on law firms' efforts to widen the graduate recruitment pool

For years, law firms have been pledging to take recruits from a wider variety of educational backgrounds. So have they delivered on their promises?

10 Jul 2014 | 11:43


Big four chalk up £5bn in revenue as Freshfields and Links wrap up magic circle financial results

With Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this week becoming the last of the magic circle to reveal their financial results for 2013-14, it's high time to assess the relative fortunes of the UK's leading firms.

09 Jul 2014 | 11:42 | 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

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