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All systems go – why IT considerations are front and centre in law firm mergers

The recent spate of big law firm mergers has brought IT to the front and centre of strategic discussions as partners recognise how reliant on technology their work has become...

13 Sep 2013 | 00:00 | secure


inner image Eversheds and Clydes announce retention rates for autumn intakes

Eversheds and Clyde & Co have become the latest UK top 50 firms to confirm their autumn trainee retention rates for 2013, following a clutch of announcements in recent weeks. Eversheds is keeping on 84% of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers this autu...

10 Sep 2013 | 11:06 | secure

inner image Aviva appoints eight firms to core panel as CC misses out in review

Aviva has appointed eight principal firms to its UK and group legal panel, with Clifford Chance (CC) missing out on a place after a review of the insurance giant's core legal panel. Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy (A&O), Latham & Watkins, Ashurst,...

30 Aug 2013 | 14:00 | secure

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DWF, Kennedys and RPC shine as two thirds of top 50 see PEP fall over five years

Two thirds of firms in the UK top 50 have seen profits per equity partner (PEP) fall over the past five years, according to research compiled by Legal Week. The figures show that only 16 firms in the top 50 have increased PEP since the 2007-08 fina...

02 Aug 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Construction group Costain to review five-firm legal panel

Construction and engineering company Costain Group is to review its external panel of legal advisers later this year. The listed company is set to launch a review of its current five-firm line-up, in a move that will mark the first formal review of...

19 Jul 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Olswang faces multimillion-pound claim over Esporta takeover role

Olswang is facing a multimillion-pound claim relating to advice it gave on the £460m acquisition of fitness club chain Esporta from private equity firm Duke Street Capital announced in 2006. The case, which has been assigned to the Queen's Bench D...

28 Jun 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Clydes recruits partner duo to launch fourth US base in Atlanta

Clyde & Co has opened a new office in Atlanta, marking the firm's fourth base in the US and 33rd office worldwide. The office will be headed up by civil litigation and dispute resolution partner Bob Fisher and risk partner James Chin, both of whom ...

19 Jun 2013 | 11:37 | secure

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Clydes boosts revenues 17% as PEP rises 5% in first full post-BLG year

Clyde & Co has posted a 17% increase in turnover and a 5% rise in profits per equity partner (PEP) following its first full year of trading since its merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The firm has posted turnover of £337m for the 2012-13 financia...

11 Jun 2013 | 12:45 | secure

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SJ Berwin leads as British Land lets landmark City building to insurer

SJ Berwin has advised longstanding client British Land and its joint venture partner Oxford Properties on the letting of City landmark the Leadenhall Building to insurance group Amlin. The lease is for 111,000 sq ft of office space in the 47-store...

31 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Clydes gets go-ahead to launch in Beijing as global growth continues

Clyde & Co has become the latest international firm to secure a licence to open in Beijing, and is set to launch its office in the coming months. The UK outfit applied for a licence in the Chinese capital at the beginning of last year, in the hopes...

07 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Clydes partner promotions fall 50% as Dundas round more than doubles

Clyde & Co and Dundas & Wilson have both announced their annual partner promotions, with the number of new partners at Clydes falling 50% this year. The seven promotions at Clydes is half the 14 made up by the firm last year, in its first promotion...

01 May 2013 | 10:53 | secure

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Clydes takes four-partner DAC Beachcroft team for Madrid launch

Clyde and Co is launching in Madrid with the hire of a four-partner insurance team from DAC Beachcroft's local office, including former Madrid managing partner Ignacio Figuerol. Members of the nine-lawyer team, including partners Figuerol, Ricardo ...

16 Apr 2013 | 13:41 | secure

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Law firms urged to go global to win places on London market insurer panels

Law firms must improve their international focus if they are to earn a position on London market insurers’ panels, as claims bosses plan reviews of their legal partners.

09 Apr 2013 | 11:34 | secure

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Legal Week gives you a round-up of the latest legal developments taking place in the continent, as well as coverage from the 2012 Corporate Counsel Forum Africa

15 Mar 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Refining the rules – the lucrative East African market for natural oil and gas

East Africa's oil and gas market has transformed over the past year following significant gas finds off the coasts of Tanzania and Mozambique, the discovery of oil in Kenya and the movement of Uganda towards development and production of its petroleum...

15 Mar 2013 | 00:00 | secure