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DWF to take account of non-billable work in new appraisal model

DWF is rolling out a new framework for appraisals to allow fee earners to log non-billable hours in a bid to improve consistency of performance among its lawyers.

29 Jul 2014 | 00:11 | secure

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inner image Getting your priorities right – why timing is everything when it comes to mergers

Partners can be a fickle bunch. Just look at Ashurst: the firm's desire to secure a US merger dates back so far that it's hard to think of a UK firm - legacy SJ Berwin or Norton Rose aside - more frequently linked with potential partners across the At...

24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 | secure

inner image Great minds: Squire Patton Boggs chief Jim Maiwurm on post-merger integration

Integration is a word bandied around a lot in the year following a law firm merger. And there is rarely agreement over what the ideal timeframe in which this can be achieved, or indeed on what is the right means to create a so-called "shared culture".

23 Jul 2014 | 00:14 | secure

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Squire Patton Boggs to consolidate duplicate offices in NY, Washington, Riyadh

Squire Patton Boggs is planning to consolidate its offices in New York, Washington and Riyadh by the end of the year as integration of the two legacy firms gathers pace.

21 Jul 2014 | 03:47 | secure

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Ashurst's US talks – why Blakes tie-up may have scuppered Sidley merger discussions

As news emerges that Ashurst and Sidley Austin held preliminary merger talks, we look at why the plan didn't move forward

21 Jul 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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No partners to leave as Charles Russell and Speechly begin integration process

No partners will leave Charles Russell or Speechly Bircham when the two firms merge this November, the incoming management team has said.

18 Jul 2014 | 08:39 | secure

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Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell merge to form top 25 firm

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell are set to merge after partners voted overwhelmingly in favour of a tie up today, creating a UK top 25 law firm with revenues topping £135m.

16 Jul 2014 | 15:03 | secure

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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co to consolidate merger in office move

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is set to consolidate its merger with the re-location of all London practices to legacy Lawrence Graham's building.

11 Jul 2014 | 13:24 | secure

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Hogan Lovells makes LatAm move with Mexican merger

Hogan Lovells has completed a merger with Mexican firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL), following years of speculation regarding the firm's ambitions in the Americas.

07 Jul 2014 | 13:04 | secure

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A&L Goodbody, Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell and Arthur Cox advise on £25bn Covidien acquisition

A quartet of firms from across the UK, Ireland and the US have advised on the successful acquisition of Irish Republic-based Covidien by US medical device maker Medtronic in a $42.9bn(£25.3bn) cash and shares deal.

16 Jun 2014 | 13:26 | secure

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'The idea of the national US firm is under strain' – Dentons sets out American merger strategy

With the candle on Dentons' one year post-merger birthday cake now blown out, senior management at the firm are focusing squarely on the next priority: the US.

13 Jun 2014 | 07:15 | secure

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Squire Sanders seals Patton Boggs merger despite Chevron hiccough

Squire Sanders has finalised its long-awaited merger with Washington firm Patton Boggs, with the combined outfit to go live on 1 June.

27 May 2014 | 11:31 | secure

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Simmons and HSF join list of firms eyeing ventures in Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Simmons & Simmons and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) are the latest the UK law firms to have expressed an interest in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) after recent reports that the scheme would allow tie-ups between international and PRC outfits.

22 May 2014 | 05:36 | secure

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Bird & Bird eyes autumn merger with Australian ally

Bird & Bird is understood to be working towards an Autumn merger with its Australian ally Truman Hoyle, according to sources close to the firms.

19 May 2014 | 07:07 | secure

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Linklaters Asia chief open to Allens merger option

Linklaters' Asia managing partner has said he is open to the possibility of a merger with Australian ally Allens Arthur Robinson, as the firm takes steps to expand collaborative working with its antipodean counterpart.

16 May 2014 | 00:40 | secure

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