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Teenage dreams – why 13 years after its creation Berwin Leighton Paisner needs to re-find its form

Having enjoyed enormous success in the wake of its 2001 merger, over the last few years Berwin Leighton Paisner has been plagued by tumbling profits and a raft of high-profile partner exits. Pui-Guan Man finds out whether the firm's new strategic visi...

23 Oct 2014 | 00:20 | secure


inner image Profit and revenue down at White & Case's UK LLP

Profit at White & Case's UK LLP decreased by 6.9% in 2013, according to limited liability partnership (LLP) accounts filed with Companies House.

08 Oct 2014 | 00:12 | secure

inner image Simmons LLP accounts show top earner pay rose 25% to £1m during 2013-14

Simmons & Simmons’ highest paid member pocketed earnings of £1m in 2013-14, 25% up on the previous year’s top figure of £800,000.

07 Oct 2014 | 00:19 | secure

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Deloitte research shows UK top 10 drop in fee income for Q1 2014-15

Shrinking fee earner numbers and a decline in pound sterling rates has caused a year on year drop in fee income at the UK’s top 10 firms for Q1 2014-15, according to Deloitte’s legal sector survey.

19 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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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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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

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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: 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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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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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: 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