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Optimism in Africa - lawyers have a vital role to play in the continent's development

Africa has received its fair share of coverage in the legal press in recent months, thanks to the interest being shown in the continent by international law firms.

21 Nov 2014 | 00:14 | secure


inner image What clients want - in-house lawyers may be demanding more, but law firms are delivering

Ask any partner in a commercial law firm and you'll get a consistent answer.

14 Nov 2014 | 00:21 | secure

inner image Making a difference – why firms should fully commit to the solicitor apprenticeship scheme

There's still plenty of work left to do when it comes to diversity in the legal profession, says Georgina Stanley

07 Nov 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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BLP's blip – after a few troubled years, the firm needs strong leadership to get back on track

As a general rule of thumb making mergers work and repositioning law firms are not particularly speedy processes.

23 Oct 2014 | 12:11 | secure

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Diminishing returns – Australia's top firms face tough times as partner numbers continue to shrink

That statistics can be manipulated in numerous ways is a given. But sometimes the message from the numbers is so clear it is impossible to misinterpret.

17 Oct 2014 | 00:14 | secure

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Mastering a merger – after pulling off its ambitious tie-up, Hogan Lovells knows what it must do next

Sometimes it is instructive to judge the progress of a merger not by what has gone right, but by what has not gone wrong.

10 Oct 2014 | 00:15 | secure

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When you're 64 – UK life expectancy may be rising but the career of a partner is still pretty short

It's been a very long time since UK law firms were viewed as cosy partnerships offering jobs for life on lockstep remuneration structures allowing earnings to go up in line with partners' ages.

03 Oct 2014 | 00:45 | secure

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Training grounds – why law firms need to overhaul their training programmes

Behind closed doors UK law firms should be gearing up for what could be a training revolution.

25 Sep 2014 | 16:57 | secure

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Merger, they wrote? Conflict of interest claim leads to combination confusion

When is a combination not a merger? That's the question being asked of Norton Rose Fulbright as the firm for once attracts attention without adding a single partner to its sprawling empire.

22 Sep 2014 | 12:40 | 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: 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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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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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

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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