At first glance the 2012 Global 100 rankings, which show revenues for the world’s largest law firms rising to an all time high of $81.9bn (£50.8bn) during the last financial year, do much to prove the well-coined expression that, rain or shine, people (or at least major public companies) always need lawyers.
This year's Global 100 shows that the big are still getting bigger despite the turbulent economy, but the numbers suggest it is far from a simple march to one-stop shop domination. Georgina Stanley reports...
Outstanding Individual Innovator award handed to Schillings COO Christopher Mills
The US firm has announced salary increases across its associate scale
Updates from today's Legal Innovation Awards ceremony, with coverage of the awards announcements as they happen
'The message has got through that a little UK merger ain't going to cut it' – reaction to the Addleshaws-Hunton talks
Will Addleshaw Goddard succeed where others have failed and pull off a transatlantic merger?
Head of international financial technology at the firm Angus Mclean is responsible for the new venture