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UK top 50: law firm leaders give their verdict on 2013-14

Top partners agree the pressure to deliver more for less will intensify as the fast-moving market continues to keep firms on their toes

11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 | secure

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inner image Lehman's legacy – many law firms are still feeling the effects of the world's largest bankruptcy

Six years ago this month, Lehman Brothers collapsed into bankruptcy – in one move becoming the biggest corporate failure in history and plunging the global financial markets into turmoil.

11 Sep 2014 | 00:05 | secure

inner image UK top 50: global tie-ups help boost equity partner numbers

Equity partner headcount among the UK's 50 leading law firms grew by 3.7% across the group in 2013-14, with the impact of global mergers helping to bulk out the numbers.

04 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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UK top 50: DLA Piper retains crown as largest UK-grown firm by global revenue

DLA Piper has held on to its position as the number one UK-headquartered law firm by international revenue, according to Legal Week's global rankings.

03 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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UK top 50: new entrants highlight different routes to success

Coming in with turnover a shade under £100m, the inaugural set of financial results for Bond Dickinson – formed through the merger of legacy firms Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees in May last year – has propelled it to 37th place in Legal Week's to...

03 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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DAC Beachcroft sees fall in profit for 2013-14

DAC Beachcroft has reported a 10% fall in profit for the 2013-14 financial year, to £28.6m despite an overall revenue rise.

02 Sep 2014 | 13:18 | secure

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UK Top 50 in five years' time: a ranking with a shelf-life?

As we consider the financial results for 2013-14 it is easy to assume that the picture is rosier for the UK's largest law firms.

02 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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UK Top 50: consolidation drives growth at UK's largest firms as 85% see revenue hikes over five years

More than one in five of the UK's top 50 law firms have seen their fee income grow by at least 50% over the last five years, according to Legal Week's analysis of firms' financial performance

02 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Weil Gotshal's ten year capital repayment plan for departing partners

Weil Gotshal & Manges has started holding selected departing equity partners to ten year capital repayment plans, Legal Week has learned.

01 Sep 2014 | 12:45 | secure

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UK top 50 2013-14 coverage: Legal Week goes digital first

For the first time ever, Legal Week will be publishing its UK Top 50 coverage online first as we reveal the full details of the leading firms' 2013-14 financial performance.

01 Sep 2014 | 00:19 | secure

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UK Top 50: leading firms put economic woes behind them as revenues hit £14bn high

Revenue across the UK's 50 largest law firms soared to a new high of £14.4bn in 2013-14, with the group seemingly having put past economic uncertainty behind it to achieve a fourth consecutive year of fee income growth.

01 Sep 2014 | 00:10 | secure

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UK Top 50: all change please, but not just yet

Given the natural conservatism of the legal market both in the UK and globally, when the leader of one of the UK's largest law firms describes the pace of change in the sector as "glacial" it's a definite sign that a dramatic move is long overdue.

01 Sep 2014 | 00:10 | secure

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Dewey UK liquidators set to make partial pay-out to unsecured creditors

Liquidators of the UK arm of Dewey & Leboeuf are set to award an interim dividend to unsecured creditors of the London office.

26 Aug 2014 | 12:12 | secure

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Profit dip at Dechert's UK LLP as top earning partner hit

Profits at Dechert's London HQ took a further hit in 2003, according to limited liability partnership (LLP) accounts filed with Companies House, as the US firm's top earner took home 26% less than two years ago.

21 Aug 2014 | 11:06 | secure

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Irwin Mitchell turnover nudges up as firm remains focused on expansion

Irwin Mitchell saw group income rise by 1.2% over the 2013-14 financial year, with turnover up to £202.7m from last year's mark of £200.3m.

15 Aug 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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