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Ben Edwards is co-founder and editorial director at Pensar Media

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Cadwalader lands Boies Schiller leader in litigation team expansion

Nicholas Gravante exits New York firm after just one year as co-managing partner....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Squire Patton Boggs makes double partner hire in Sydney to bolster energy practice

Move comes a day after financial services veteran Derrick Cephas joined in New York....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Alston & Bird taps Cadwalader for trio of structured finance lawyers

Partners Joseph Gambino and Peter Williams join the firm's New York office along with associate Elizabeth Walker....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

HFW revamps gender equality strategy after missing previous target

New strategy takes broader approach to improve gender representation across deal teams....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Gateley poised to defy pandemic pains with resilient first half financial results

AIM-listed firm says six-month revenue to the end of October will be roughly in line with 2019....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM FINANCES

Australian law firms mostly avoid pandemic woes as profits remain robust, study finds

Commonwealth Bank report shows that almost four in five firms posted stable or rising profits this year....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL SERVICES

Top 100 UK firms tighten grip on legal market, study finds

Liberum report shows that number of UK legal businesses fell for the first time since records began....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

White & Case raids Weil Gotshal for Hong Kong debt finance partner

New York firm boosts sponsor finance capabilities with arrival of private equity specialist Daniel Abercromby....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Greenberg Traurig steps up European expansion with Dutch real estate team hire

Five-lawyer group, led by partner David Van Dijk, join from NautaDutilh in Amsterdam....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Freshfields expands national security practice in Washington

Former intelligence official Colin Costello joins as advisor on foreign investment-related issues....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Mayer Brown eyes renewables push with double partner hire from Hunton Andrews Kurth

Eric Pogue and John Tormey part of five-lawyer move to bolster energy financing capabilities....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

Ireland seeks to woo US businesses as EU legal base post-Brexit

Government-backed initiative follows decision to block bid by English and Welsh lawyers to preserve EU access....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

Epiq acquires Hyperion Global Partners to beef up legal transformation service

Deal includes Hyperion's legal operations advisory and market intelligence unit....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

Orrick launches interactive platform for in-house lawyers to compare legal tech

Tool allows users to gain insights and feedback on more than 600 products....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

UK legal sector records bumper September as many firms continue to shrug off Covid-19 woes

Top firms also repaying furlough cash and reversing earlier cost-cutting measures....

BIG STORIES | SOCIAL MOBILITY

Law firms excel in UK social mobility index but still mostly recruit from top universities

BCLP, Browne Jacobson, HSF and Baker McKenzie named top 10 employers by the Social Mobility Foundation....

BIG STORIES | PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Jones Day not representing Trump in election fraud claims, firm says

US giant says election role confined to advising Pennsylvania GOP on ongoing mail-in ballot extension dispute....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Latham partner set to be first woman president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

New York-based Claudia Salomon slated to replace outgoing two-term president Alexis Mourre....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Hunton hires nuclear energy specialist from Shearman in Tokyo

George Borovas is second energy partner to depart New York firm in Asia this autumn....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEGAL OPERATIONS

European in-house teams ramp up 'efficiency and effectiveness' efforts, study finds

Thomson Reuters report shows Covid-19 has also increased their focus on business 'safeguarding'....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Allen & Overy appoints new Middle East and Turkey regional managing partner

Khalid Garousha succeeds outgoing regional head Ian Ingram-Johnson....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

Legaltech firm BigHand acquires Mason & Cook in resource management push

M&A deal is BigHand's first since company was bought by LLCP in the summer....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Squire Patton Boggs continues Middle East push with Saudi banking hire

Islamic finance specialist Ahmed Butt joins firm's Riyadh office from Simmons & Simmons....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Baker McKenzie bolsters Warsaw antitrust practice with team hire from DWF

Global giant hires partner Marcin Trepka and his team of three competition lawyers....

BIG STORIES | ALLIANCE

Littler strikes deal with Spanish firm Abdón Pedrajas in latest European move

Partnership is US firm's 10th in Europe, following agreements in Poland and Austria earlier this year....

BIG STORIES | PRO BONO

Jenner & Block partner becomes first GC of United Way of Metro Chicago

Andrew Vail to provide the charity and its partners with legal counsel on a pro bono basis....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Spain's ECIJA steps up Latin America expansion with six-partner hiring spree

Madrid-based firm adds five partners in Brazil and one in Costa Rica....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

King & Spalding hires leading UK human rights QC to head public international law offering

Ben Emmerson joins as a partner in the firm's trials and global disputes practice in London....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Wilson Sonsini hires former Checkout.com GC in London to bolster fintech coverage

Joshua Kaplan, who was also chief operating officer at the payments company, joins as partner....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Quinn Emanuel hires former US district attorney and ex-Trump White House lawyer

John Bash joins as a partner in the firm's Houston and Washington DC offices....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

Pinsent Masons boosts professional services offering with Vario expansion

New group combines flexible resourcing unit and diversity and inclusion consultancy, among others....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Gibson Dunn launches judgment and arbitral award enforcement practice

Group will be led by co-chairs Robert Weigel and Matthew McGill....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Women lawyers face racial roadblocks in gender diversity push, ABA study finds

Lack of dialogue over race issues potentially hindering female equality in the legal profession....

BIG STORIES | STUDENT DEBT

Six-figure debt loads taking 'mental toll' on US law students, ABA study finds

A third of US law school graduates are having to pursue different career paths to pay off debts....

BIG STORIES | SUPREME COURT

New York City Bar voices 'significant concerns' about Barrett

City Bar questions Supreme Court Justice nominee's judgement, integrity and temperament ....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Clifford Chance names new Hong Kong managing partner amid wider regional shakeup

Dauwood Malik starts new role next month, with Connie Heng becoming new Asia Pacific head....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Quinn Emanuel bolsters tax practice after securing Weil Gotshal's Paris head

Second France disputes hire this month will see Stéphane Chaouat start in January with two counsel....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Allen & Overy sees gender pay gap narrow slightly as it reports progress on diversity goals

Target set in 2018 for 30% of leadership roles to be held by women is met as firm reports on disability for first time....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Clifford Chance adds financial investors role to global leadership group

Singapore managing partner Kai-Niklas Schneider to lead funds and investment industry strategy....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Norton Rose Fulbright bolsters Turkish partnership with project finance hire

Partner Utku Unver joins from Allen & Overy in Istanbul....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP

Baker McKenzie announces latest global leadership shake-up

Firm names new regional chairs for North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific....

COMMENTARY | MARKETING

The days of spending six months on thought leadership campaigns are over

Ben Edwards sets out five top tips from this week's Law Firm Marketing Summit....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

White & Case raids Sidley Austin for fourth restructuring partner this month

Andrew O'Neill joins firm's Chicago office, further expanding its restructuring and insolvency practice....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

BonelliErede spins off alternative legal services business into separate company

Leading Italian independent says beLab is seeking to become the 'go-to company for complementary legal services'....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM MARKETING

Business development teams still face challenge to prove their value to law firm leaders

Function needs to be better defined and understood, say panellists at Law Firm Marketing Summit....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

CMS plans life sciences push with arrival of four-strong team in Ukraine 

Partner Borys Danevych joins as head of life sciences in firm's Kiev office....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

Top US firms creating ALSP clones to recapture lost revenue, study finds

Baretz+Brunelle report shows 35% of Am Law 100 firms have set up in-house ALSP units....

BIG STORIES | PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

US lawyers need to be wary of conflicts caused by personal relationships, ABA says

New guidance outlines types of relationships that could violate professional conduct rules....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Goodwin Procter continues US life sciences drive with senior hire from Hogan Lovells

Adam Bellack will provide advice on licensing, collaborations and other strategic deals....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

BCLP secures seven-strong real estate team from CMS in Paris

Hires include partner and 30-plus-year real estate veteran Pierre Popseco....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Global M&A shrugs off Covid-19 crisis with massive bounce in third-quarter dealmaking

Latham & Watkins leads Mergermarket's global M&A advisory league table....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE CLOSURE

Arnold & Porter to shut Frankfurt office next year, citing 'strategic priorities'

US firm is the latest to downsize international operations amid tougher market conditions....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner hires former assistant US attorney in Los Angeles

Jean-Claude André will co-lead firm's appellate and Supreme Court group....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Ince to expand maritime coverage with Cyprus office opening

Limassol office is London-listed firm's sixth in Europe....

BIG STORIES | BUSINESS CONFIDENCE

UK law firms optimistic about business outlook even amid Covid-19 uncertainty, survey finds

Four out of five firms confident about the year ahead, according to Smith & Williamson report....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL FEES

Venture capital firms under pressure to cut legal spend as deal-making declines, study finds

Majority of US and UK venture capital firms also lack trust in law firm billing accuracy, according to Apperio....

BIG STORIES | BUSINESS CRIME

Clyde & Co to offer global private prosecutions service amid Covid-19 trial delays

Service allows clients to privately pursue criminal cases such as fraud and regulatory offences....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Nine law firms named among Stonewall's 2020 Top Global Employers

List commends firms for promoting LGBT+ rights across all markets in which they operate....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Singapore's Oon & Bazul hires partner duo as it eyes M&A uptick

Ng Yi Wayn and Keith Han join from RHTLaw Asia and Clifford Chance Asia respectively....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION

Thompson Coe tops most active insurance litigation firms in the US, study finds

Business interruption cases also on rise amid Covid-19, Lex Machina report shows....

BIG STORIES | TEAM LAUNCH

Steptoe launches supply chain team to help businesses with Covid-19 challenges

Team will be led by international trade policy partner and former government advisor Jeff Weiss....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Milbank bolsters M&A practice with arrival of Cleary Gottlieb veteran

Neil Whoriskey joins in New York after nearly 30 years at former firm....

BIG STORIES | BRANDING

King & Wood Mallesons crowned Asia Pacific's top law firm brand

KWM replaces Baker McKenzie as region's leading law brand, according to Acritas index....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

LexisNexis selects fifth cohort for its annual Legal Tech Accelerator programme

FastVisa, JusticeText and Don't Get Mad Get Paid among the 10 startups chosen to take part....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ETHICS

GC urges in-house leaders to sign up to Hippocratic-style oath to drive social change

Dentsu GC Simon Zinger wants 'General Counsel Oath' to set common global standards for behaviour....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Squire Patton Boggs makes double partner hire from HFW and Eversheds Sutherland

Jayson Marks and David Milne join the firm in London and Leeds respectively....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Norton Rose Fulbright names Gerry Pecht as new global chief executive

Former global head of dispute resolution and litigation replaces Peter Martyr in top job....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECHNOLOGY

Thomson Reuters buys digital court document and evidence-sharing platform CaseLines

Acquisition comes as courts move to virtual hearings amid the coronavirus pandemic....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Eversheds Sutherland posts strong results as CEO warns of tough times ahead

Firm's international business, excluding the US, sees net profit rise 5%....

BIG STORIES | BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE

Ropes & Gray backs behavioural science trend with new data analytics consultancy

Regulators increasingly touting behavioural science as a way for businesses to improve corporate culture....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

LexisNexis invites applications for firm's fifth Legal Tech Accelerator programme

Three-month programme starting in September will run in a virtual format due to Covid-19....

BIG STORIES | ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Ashurst joins consortium to develop AI platform for better data collaboration

Project aims to enhance data sharing across industries while assuaging privacy concerns....

BIG STORIES | GC HIRE

Barclays names former SABMiller deputy GC as bank's new legal chief

Stephen Shapiro will replace outgoing GC Bob Hoyt at the start of August....

BIG STORIES | ETHICAL WORK

Aria Grace Law pledges to donate all profits to charity every year

UK firm aims to donate at least £150,000 this year as part of its ethical commitment programme....

BIG STORIES | FLEXIBLE WORKING

DAC Beachcroft partners with Cognia Law on flexible resourcing service

Cognia Flex will give firm on-demand access to 'curated talent pool'....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Pinsent Masons sees revenue increase as it unveils new performance targets

Firm waves off 12% drop in PEP as it looks to measure success by its culture and client satisfaction....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Ashurst annual revenue holds steady even as pandemic hits Asia Pacific business

Firm posts FY20 revenue of £644m at the end of April, broadly in line with 2019 levels....

BIG STORIES | NEW FIRM

Former Nedbank chief legal counsel launches South African law firm Maphosa Attorneys

Founder Jonathan Maphosa was also previously deputy GC at South Africa's central bank....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Boies Schiller hires bankruptcy duo as firm prepares for Covid-19 economic fallout

Arrivals come as Boies Schiller loses another senior lawyer to King & Spalding....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Jenner & Block hires team of eight from Kilpatrick Townsend to bolster Native American law practice

Three-partner team joins as Chicago-based firm celebrates landmark Supreme Court victory for Creek Nation in Oklahoma....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PRIVATE EQUITY

Private equity firms increasing scrutiny on legal spend amid Covid-19 pandemic

Majority of in-house counsel at buyout firms say their legal bills are not transparent....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Clifford Chance pledges at least 40 per cent of its global partners will be women by 2030

UK magic circle firm also sets first LGBT+ and ethnicity targets as it ramps up inclusivity drive....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | FEES AND BILLING

Alternative fees and invoice discounting on the rise as GCs seek to cut costs, study finds

Discounting rises to levels normally only seen in year end as proportion of US matters using flexible fees reaches double figures....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION

Nearly quarter of lawyers fear impact of digitalisation and AI on legal profession, survey finds

The MOSAIC Mood Index also shows the vast majority of lawyers are taking work-related stress home with them....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Latin America Covid-19 woes see region's M&A activity plunge to lowest on record

Deal value in first six months of the year falls below previous record low in 2003, Mergermarket report shows....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Asia Pacific region least impacted by coronavirus-fuelled global M&A slowdown

Indian law firms dominate top echelons of Mergermarket's APAC M&A advisory league tables....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Freshfields and DLA Piper top European H1 M&A tables for value and volume as deal activity plunges

Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills jump up rankings as Slaughter and May drops out of top 20....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Covid-19 sees US M&A activity suffer bigger decline than during financial crisis

Wachtell Lipton and Kirkland & Ellis cling on to top league table positions despite slowdown....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Global M&A slowest since financial crisis as deal appetite slumps amid Covid-19 pandemic

Latham & Watkins replaces Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz at top of global M&A advisory league table for first half of 2020....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Dentons hires quartet from Baker McKenzie to grow Berlin energy practice

Partners Thomas Dörmer and Tim Heitling latest additions to firm's European energy team....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PRIVACY

Majority of tech GCs say their firms are unprepared for new global privacy regulations, survey finds 

Only 31% of GCs say their organisations are prepared for CCPA and other privacy laws....

BIG STORIES | ALLIANCE

TLT forges alliance with Dutch firm Holla as part of international growth plan

Bristol firm is seeking further partnerships across Europe, US and India....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGES

Reed Smith appoints new managing partner for Asia-Pacific region

Singapore-based Kyri Evagora replaces Denise Jong after two-and-a-half years in the job....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PRIVACY

GDPR data breach notifications on the rise across Europe, study finds

Linklaters analysis shows 66% rise in notifications over the past year despite fall in the UK....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | IN-HOUSE SALARIES

Four in every 10 US in-house counsel considering job switch in next 12 months, survey finds

In-house lawyers at healthcare and tech firms most likely to move; gender pay gap continues, especially at senior levels....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Alliance of top US law firms to launch high-impact litigation to stamp out racism

Law Firm Antiracism Alliance signs up more than 125 law firms it says are 'uniquely positioned' to effect change....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION FUNDING

Burford Capital signs equity deal with London litigation boutique

PCB Litigation hands litigation funder 32% stake in business in exchange for litigation portfolio financing in 'market first'....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

'Constantly having to prove myself' - ABA research highlights obstacles facing women lawyers of colour

New study based on in-depth interviews argues legal profession is yet to create truly inclusive culture....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Latham & Watkins hires restructuring partner from Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Paris

Arrival of Alexandra Bigot follows on from insolvency lateral hires in London and New York....

BIG STORIES | CORONAVIRUS

US firms see spike in new matters but legal activity remains depressed, study finds

Clio research shows uptick in early June even as firms worry about longer-term impacts of Covid-19....