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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

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inner image Opinion: law firms should not be afraid to cull partners to keep rising talent

Firms have to balance pruning senior ranks with promoting new talent

18 Jul 2014 | 00:43 | secure

inner image Law's university challenge – firms have raised their diversity game but the obstacles are daunting

Taken at face value, our research this week on the universities attended by last year's trainee intake at the top 30 law firms is worrying.

10 Jul 2014 | 11:50

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Nowhere to hide – shining a light on the financial health of the UK's leading law firms

As numbers from the UK's largest law firms slowly drip out for the most recent financial year, at first it may seem a little fruitless to take a detailed look at firms' accounts for the previous year.

27 Jun 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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Opportunity knocks – global giants have the world at their feet, but size alone doesn't guarantee success

Last year's merger between Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski heralded the arrival of a new breed of global giant.

19 Jun 2014 | 11:36 | secure

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Lawyers still need a PEP talk – Dentons calls for an end to profits reporting, but it's still a valid comparator

It may not have quite the same pull as the World Cup, but if anything in the legal world is likely to divert attention away from the goings on in Brazil, money is always going to be a likely candidate.

12 Jun 2014 | 10:40 | secure

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Debt becomes them – an increase in borrowing may not be a bad thing but firms must tread carefully

Law firms are upping their borrowing as the banks are happy to lend again, but is it a sign of the return of the good times?

06 Jun 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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Ever-decreasing circles – firms must do more to promote the benefits of partnership to the next generation

With the notable exceptions of Donald Trump's hair and Nick Clegg's electability, most things tend to change. Where once partnership and the keys to the executive bathroom were all any aspiring lawyer wanted from life, now it's not quite so cut and dr...

30 May 2014 | 00:00

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Bubble trouble – why Kirkland's latest hire has upped the stakes

Kirkland's hire of Weil banking partner Stephen Lucas is the latest example of US firms wielding ever-more hefty chequebooks to secure the right names...

22 May 2014 | 10:10 | secure

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Different strokes – firms racing to go global risk losing their grasp on their USP

In a world where globalisation and consolidation are increasingly the buzzwords of choice, it takes a brave man to stand up and be different.

16 May 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Bright young things – decreasing opportunities drive disenchantment among student population

Given Legal Week's focus on senior lawyers working in the top international firms, the people we speak to on a daily basis have already enjoyed success in their careers.

09 May 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Climbing the ladder – market confidence breeds international diversity at top firms

If annual partner promotion rounds reflect law firms' confidence in the business environment, it will be of little surprise that the number of promotions made by the UK's top 20 firms is up significantly on last year, especially in London, where busin...

02 May 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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The $23bn question – why banks' soaring legal spend is posing problems for law firms

When a single bank announces that it is setting aside more money to cover litigation costs than several countries' GDP, it is unlikely be alone in facing soaring legal spend.

11 Apr 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Top of the pile - taking the positives from a contested management election

Contested management elections provide a healthy opportunity for navel gazing

04 Apr 2014 | 10:41 | secure

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Taking stock – partner hiring is down but acquisitive US firms remain a scourge for UK rivals

"They take our work and our partners and now they want our associates" – is how one senior partner at a leading City firm recently described the continued efforts by US law firms to make their mark in the London legal market

27 Mar 2014 | 11:40 | secure

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