'The precedent is now set for double-digit million-dollar compensation': legal headhunters on their predictions for 2018

Recruiters on the hot practice areas, pay prospects and merger moves set to dominate 2018

Last year saw a number of big-money partner moves, from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s hire of White & Case private equity star Richard Youle, to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer buyout heavyweight David Higgins’ $10m move to Kirkland & Ellis, and many top UK firms are rethinking their compensation systems in an effort to ward off the advances of US rivals with money to burn.

But what does 2018 have in store for the recruitment market? Legal Week talked to leading consultants and headhunters on the prospects for the year ahead.

Dominique Graham, global head of professional services, Signium

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