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Charles Russell and Speechly register name for combined firm as merger talks continue

The merged firm formed by the tie-up between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham will be known as Charles Russell Speechlys should plans to merge the two firms go ahead.

11 Apr 2014 | 14:50 | secure

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inner image 42 Bedford Row takes on 27 new tenants as 13 King’s Bench Walk closes down

City set 42 Bedford Row is merging with tenants from 13 King’s Bench Walk (13 KBW), after the latter is set to close in May.

08 Apr 2014 | 10:51 | secure

inner image Baker & McKenzie scopes out links with top Nigerian firms

Baker & McKenzie has met with six leading firms in Nigeria in recent weeks as part of efforts to cement referral relationships in the country

08 Apr 2014 | 00:32 | secure

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Eversheds discusses German merger as Bird & Bird and Taylor Wessing make local hires

Eversheds is in talks to merge with German ally Heisse Kursawe Eversheds, as the firm launches a Berlin offering through the alliance.

02 Apr 2014 | 10:01 | secure

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Dentons sets sights on Squire Sanders' merger target Patton Boggs

Dentons has muscled in on merger talks between Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, confirming that it has made an offer to combine with the Washington DC lobbying specialists.

01 Apr 2014 | 22:03 | secure

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Top Chinese players Jun He and Zhong Lun in merger talks

Elite Chinese firms Jun He and Zhong Lun have begun discussions over a potential merger that could transform the local market.

25 Mar 2014 | 14:59 | secure

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CMS UK and Dundas to cut up to 60 support roles ahead of merger

CMS Cameron McKenna (CMS UK) and Dundas & Wilson have placed a combined 60 support staff roles at risk as both firms gear up to merge on 1 May.

21 Mar 2014 | 14:28 | secure

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Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole merger to form new top 50 firm

Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole are to merge, creating a new UK top 50 firm with revenues of £72m.

20 Mar 2014 | 12:09 | secure

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Berrymans to merge with Scotland's HBM Sayers creating £100m firm

Berrymans Lace Mawer is merging with Scottish firm HBM Sayers to create BLM, a £100m business with 170 partners. The combination will go live on 1 May 2014, creating a firm with 12 offices across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

17 Mar 2014 | 15:05 | secure

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KWM-SJB tie-up gets cautious thumbs up as other merger moves fail to convince

SJ Berwin's merger with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been met with guarded optimism by law firm partners, who are more cynical about other recent high-profile tie-ups. Legal Week's latest Big Question survey has found that nearly 50% of partners...

13 Mar 2014 | 12:20 | secure

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A pawn among kings – early days will be vital in shaping legacy SJ Berwin's future

Among a string of recent tie-ups, UK firm SJ Berwin's November union with Sino-Australian partnership King & Wood Mallesons stands out as having the potential to bring real change both to the legacy firms and the wider legal market. The combined firm ...

13 Mar 2014 | 10:55 | secure

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Trailblazers – what next for post-merger King & Wood Mallesons?

July 2013. In a meeting room in King & Wood Mallesons' Hong Kong office, a group of journalists wait for an announcement about the firm's pending merger with UK outfit SJ Berwin. The press invitation had been sent out a day before voting closed – a ...

13 Mar 2014 | 10:40 | secure

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Nabarro seeks new French ally as August & Debouzy splits from network

Nabarro has split with French alliance firm August & Debouzy and has begun its search for another ally. The French firm opted out of the arrangement in order to explore options with other firms in the same jurisdictions as its former allies.

06 Mar 2014 | 15:56 | secure

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Irwin Mitchell's debt legal services arm takes on ex-Halliwells team

Ascent, the debt legal services arm of Irwin Mitchell, has acquired Manchester-based volume legal services outfit HL Interactive. The deal - which involves the transfer of all 62 HL Interactive staff to the top 20 UK firm - is the fourth by Ascent and...

04 Mar 2014 | 00:34 | secure

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Squire Sanders in merger talks with Patton Boggs

Squire Sanders is in preliminary merger discussions with Washington-based public policy and lobbying firm Patton Boggs. In a statement, the two firms said discussions are in the early stages, and that there was no assurance a combination would be comp...

27 Feb 2014 | 13:05 | secure

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