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BIG STORIES | LEGAL MARKETING

Lawyers split over value of legal directories, poll finds

Readers' survey finds respondents in two equal camps over whether rankings boost transparency....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Shearman hires Allen & Overy partner to boost London leveraged finance practice

Head of direct lending and India practice chair Sanjeev Dhuna will co-head European team....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Cuatrecasas promotes seven partners as revenue edges down to €315.3m

Top Spanish independent posts 0.3% dip in turnover after record 2019 growth....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATION

Dentons to secure coveted Nigeria presence with ACAS-Law combination

Global giant says deal is key landmark in strategy to become pan-African firm....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Fenwick Elliott's ex-Dubai head leaves to become an independent arbitrator

Ahmed Ibrahim reports 'surge' in popularity of arbitration in the Middle East....

BIG STORIES | BRAND RECOGNITION

Kirkland, Pinsents, Bakers and Blakes named top brands in the US, UK, Europe and Canada

Winners revealed in annual regional Acritas rankings as they undergo a rebranding of their own....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

'Sometimes I pinch myself' - crown counsel's call for disadvantaged students to pursue law goes viral

South Atlantic-based prosecutor inspires with account of how he defied teacher's advice 'to set sights low'....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE CLOSURES

DWF closes offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle in major Australia strategy shift

Listed UK firm to focus on 'core sectors' and Connected Services at expected loss of nearly 100 jobs....

BIG STORIES | MARKETING AND BD

Law firm LinkedIn rainmakers in demand as Covid-19 drives business development online

Firms must identify and nurture social media 'power users', according to video Q&A....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM MANAGEMENT

'Having ridden out Covid-19 mid-sized firms must now embrace transformation agenda'

Practices face looming threat posed by large international rivals, video Q&A hears....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

Permanent shift to home working will boost productivity but may impact mental health, poll finds

More than three quarters of respondents to The Global Legal Post survey expect less office-based work once pandemic recedes....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

Avoiding the 'shiny toy syndrome' - law firms urged to focus on the strategy behind tech investment

Video Q&A underlines the importance of staying level-headed in face of booming legaltech sector....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENT

Linklaters' US head, Tom Shropshire, to succeed Siobhán Moriarty as general counsel of Diageo

Diversity and ESG campaigner to take top legal job at FTSE 100 drinks giant after 20 years at Magic Circle firm....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Hogan Lovells weathers Covid-19 storm with 2.8 per cent revenue rise to $2.31bn

Cost savings help fuel 30.8% PEP increase also partly caused by change in partner compensation arrangements....

BIG STORIES | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

'Too many lists and brochures' - law firms urged to reset relationship between lawyers and BD teams

Video Q&A hears call for leaders to recognise and accommodate the complexity of the sales process....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Allen & Overy hires White & Case leveraged finance partner in New York to head US practice

Arrival of Jake Mincemoyer signals continued drive to build US capacity dating back to five-partner haul back in 2016....

BIG STORIES | ESG MOVEMENT

Orrick hires ESG expert in recognition of clients' 'heightened' sustainability focus

Ashley Walter joins as a partner from Fenwick & West as ESG moves swiftly up law firm agendas....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRE

Weil celebrates hire of 'superb' Slaughter and May corporate partner

Murray Cox leaves UK Magic Circle firm less than five years after making partner....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

K&L Gates secures 18 partners from four firms to open in Nashville

Top 20 US firm by headcount opens 24th national arm targeting healthcare, tech and investment sectors....

BIG STORIES | TEAM MOVE

Dentons secures five-partner insurance team from Cassels in Canada

Insurance flagged as a 'huge priority' as nine-strong team joins Toronto and Calgary offices....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Dentons global vice chair Richard Macklin leaves firm

Global giant pays tribute to longstanding partner and M&A specialist's 'boundless enthusiasm' and 'huge generosity'....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

'We have a crisis on our hands' - Coca Cola to punish advisers for missing new diversity targets

GC Bradley Gayton unveils new guidelines; non-compliant firms will have fees for advice reduced by 30%....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Littler appoints diversity head with mission to foster 'culture of empowerment'

Senior lawyer Paul Bateman takes up high-level role reporting to MD Erin Webber....

BIG STORIES | MANAGEMENT

Linklaters appoints global co-heads of banking and Europe chief in leadership shake-up

London and Madrid partners to share leadership of banking practice; Lisbon partner to lead Europe arm from May....

BIG STORIES | JOB CUTS

Norton Rose Fulbright axes 132 jobs including 19 lawyers in efficiency drive

London accounts for bulk of losses as EMEA arm completes restructuring of business services operations....

BIG STORIES | ALLIANCE

TLT signs up Belgium's GSJ as second member of international alliance

Antwerp practice joins Dutch firm Holla in network with ambitions to cover the US, Europe and India....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Taylor Wessing hires 11-strong London private client team from BCLP

Departures latest of series to impact Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's London private wealth law capability....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRES

Orrick boosts corporate team with partner-level hires in San Francisco, New York and London

West Coast giant hails recruitment of 'rising star' talent as it seeks to grow its tech transactions practice....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

'Don't build a services company' - Justin Kan reflects on failure of new law darling Atrium

Serial tech entrepreneur looks back on mistakes that led to high-profile closure of $75m San Francisco startup....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Norton Rose Fulbright unveils 47 new partners - with women making up the majority

Twenty-five women promoted, 53% of cohort, as global firm makes up partners across 22 offices....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Washington DC office dominates as Hogan Lovells makes up 25 partners across network

Nine made up in capital; firm reveals racial and ethnic minority and LGBT+ breakdown for first time....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Squire flags commodities drive as it hires Singapore-based Clifford Chance partner

Arrival of Kate Sherrard and an associate coincides with first anniversary of group's launch....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATION

Dentons adds Alabama firm to growing US network

Sirote & Permutt is fifth firm to sign up to project to achieve comprehensive US coverage....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Latham hires Travers Smith's co-head of corporate in latest top-level London hire

US giant hails Paul Dolman's 'highly complementary connections and deal experience'....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

Clifford Chance relaunches Brexit hotline as trade talks go to wire

Magic Circle firm prepares to field enquiries across range of issues; deal or no deal....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Jones Day promotes 50 partners as it shrugs off impact of Covid-19

Head of pro bono is among appointees as top 10 US firm raises tally from 34 last year....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Perkins Coie hires 12-partner investigations and litigation team from Richards Kibbe & Orbe

Seattle-based firm boosts New York and Washington DC arms as Richards Kibbe responds with rebranding and reorganisation....

BIG STORIES | ALLIANCES

Allen & Overy and Khoshaim & Associates end Saudi Arabia cooperation agreement

Firms will continue to work together but say a looser arrangement suits their strategic needs....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Houston partner chosen as first woman of colour to chair Norton Rose Fulbright

US employment head Shauna Clark pledges to promote racial equality, diversity and inclusion....

BIG STORIES | INTERNATIONAL LAW

Anderson Mori unveils foreign law enterprise to boost status of its US, UK and China qualified lawyers

Top Japanese firm says overseas lawyers can now be partners, creating a more 'diverse and inclusive' practice....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATION

Dentons unveils deal to combine with Iowa's Davis Brown

Fourth deal under strategy to create truly national practice sees agreement with top tier Des Moines firm....

BIG STORIES | ALLIANCE

Ince strikes cooperation deal with national Chinese firm as regional revenue jumps

Listed law firm teams up with W&H Law Firm; half-year results show Greater China revenue up by 15%....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Allen & Overy hires Baker McKenzie's New York transactions head

Nick Marchica rejoins UK firm as it flags private equity as a strategic priority....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL MEDIA

Above the Law founder David Lat unveils new legal title

Original Jurisdiction launches with Boies Schiller interview that challenges narrative firm is in trouble....

BIG STORIES | INTERNATIONAL LAW

Charles Russell Speechlys adds local law capacity in Hong Kong and hires four partners across network

Private client leader also secures partners in Dubai, Geneva, Luxembourg and London....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | TEAM LAUNCH

BT secures regional funding to help launch £2.7m Belfast legal hub

Telecoms giant to set up 30-strong commercial law team in Northern Ireland....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Ropes & Gray hires second Kirkland & Ellis partner in London this year

Special situations specialist climbs on board as Boston-based firm targets transatlantic deals....

BIG STORIES | PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

High Court overturns misconduct finding against former Freshfields partner Beckwith

Boundary between private and professional lives of solicitors is clarified after quashing of fine for inappropriate sexual conduct....

BIG STORIES | GENDER DIVERSITY

Law firms should guard against trying to 'fix femaleness', report warns

Study says flexible working is key diversity weapon, but women-only networks may be counter-productive....

BIG STORIES | JOB LOSSES

Dentons sparks redundancy consultation with launch of virtual real estate team

Up to 24 UK office-based roles under review; firm says it hopes actual job losses will be 'significantly' fewer....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

McDermott promotes 37 to partnership across 14 offices

Specialist corporate adviser to Middle Eastern high-net-worth-individuals is among 13 new women partners....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

TLT bolsters London arm with hire of 22-strong financial services team from Dentons

Move to Bristol-based firm follows Dentons' decision to close its Watford office....

BIG STORIES | SUSTAINABILITY

Clifford Chance's senior partner to lead firmwide sustainability taskforce

Magic Circle firm recognises 'tidal wave' of pressure for businesses to step up ESG record....

BIG STORIES | REGULATORY LAW

Covid-19 disruption bites as SEC actions against public companies fall by a third

Research finds sharp decline in enforcement outcomes, but activity ramped up in September....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATION

Dentons unveils combination with Salt Lake City's Durham Jones & Pinegar

Deal is third secured under Project Golden Spike to create national network of regional firms....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Norton Rose Fulbright's US disputes chief steps up to head global team

Richard Krumholz succeeds new CEO Gerry Pecht as leader of 1,200-strong practice....

BIG STORIES | PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Reed Smith apologises for handling of historic harassment allegations against ex-partner

Europe head Tamara Box says response to 2005 complaint against Charlie Elphicke fell short of current standards....

BIG STORIES | PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

New York State Bar Association decries Trump's 'unfounded allegations of fraud'

Largest voluntary state US Bar congratulates Biden on election victory as Trump pursues nearly a dozen lawsuits....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner makes up 20 partners

Transatlantic firm promotes 15 partners in the US, four in London and one in Moscow....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

DWF reports double digit increase in first-half revenue as activity recovers

Firm 'cautiously optimistic' for H2 after 'very pleasing recovery' from Covid-19 disruption....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Herbert Smith Freehills creates staff forums to communicate 'openly and honestly' with leadership

Four regional 'People Forums' to be set up to foster a closer connection with the firm's leaders....

BIG STORIES | BIG FOUR

Deloitte hails 'key moment' as it acquires UK technology firm Kemp Little

Big Four accountancy giant doubles UK lawyers with deal to absorb highly rated London practice....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

'Now is the time to act' - Ford launches academy to encourage black students to enter law

Car giant's legal team wants to redress paucity of quality candidates from diverse backgrounds....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Latham & Watkins promotes seven partners across continental European offices

Corresponding dip in London and US appointments as Los Angeles giant makes up 33 partners in all....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Baker McKenzie 'resilient and confident' after posting 12 per cent fall in PPP

Global giant's chair says 2020 results are 'reasonable' given impact of Covid-19 on fourth quarter....

BIG STORIES | SUSTAINABILITY

Top luxury law adviser becomes Baker McKenzie's first chief sustainability officer

Paris-based Alyssa Auberger to lead sustainability drive as independent report highlights ESG opportunities for law firms....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

JunHe founder 'passes torch' to next generation after 30 years at helm

Top Chinese firm hails smooth transition as Xiao Wei resigns as managing partner....

BIG STORIES | CLASS ACTION

Leigh Day teams up with South African firm to file class action claim against Anglo American

Firms allege Zambian mine's lead contamination has affected an estimated 1,000-plus people....

BIG STORIES | MODERN SLAVERY

Ashurst unveils modern slavery initiative citing founder's campaigning record

Firm outlines four-strand action plan named after founder's four daughters....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

Baker McKenzie unveils innovation arm

Global firm marks launch by announcing partnership with AI-powered problem-solving platform....

BIG STORIES | PROJECT FINANCE

Shearman & Sterling bolsters Asia projects team after Singapore departures

New York firm restocks in Singapore with partner and counsel appointments....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

KPMG targets legal department digitalisation with relaunch of new law services

Big Four giant points to 14 years of credentials and experience as it unveils legal ops transformation arm....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE CLOSURE

Clyde & Co shuts Oxford arm and redistributes teams to Manchester and Bristol

International firm says move is in line with strategy of creating 'centres of excellence' for insurance....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

White & Case bolsters European ranks with 24 partner promotions

London accounts for most appointments in 2020 round followed by New York and Paris....

BIG STORIES | PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Reed Smith reviews handling of historic harassment allegation against former partner

Firm 'deeply concerned' by claims about conduct of recently jailed UK politician 15 years ago....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Axiom pledges to improve black lawyer representation as part of diversity drive

Flexible legal resourcing giant promises 'meaningful change' as it launches Diversity by Design programme....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Kirkland & Ellis unveils record partner promotion round

Covid-19 disruption doesn't stop Chicago-based giant from making up 145 partners....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP

Eversheds Sutherland opts for continuity as it re-elects CEO Ranson

UK-based leader extends 15-year run in top managerial roles as firm navigates 'unprecedented health crisis'....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

Ince reports 50 Covid-19 staff layoffs and signals 'significant' post pandemic office space savings

Trading update reveals details of cost-cutting measures as listed firm points to 'protracted' uncertainty....

COMMENTARY | COMMENTARY

Breaking with the past - Freshfields' landmark choice for its next senior partner

Appointment of Georgia Dawson promises to energise magic circle firm's diversity drive....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP

Freshfields becomes first magic circle UK firm to appoint a woman leader

Asia head Georgia Dawson takes top role; one of three co-managing partners to be based in US....

BIG STORIES | PRACTICE LAUNCH

McDermott unveils Latin America practice to target 'myriad opportunities'

Top 30 US firm brings together Lat Am-focused US and international lawyers into new grouping....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Latham hires from Linklaters to secure London capital markets partner

Arrival of Manoj Tulsiani comes as Latham says global practice is 'busier than ever'....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PAY

Davis Polk abandons pure lockstep partner pay model

New York leader dubs paying partners based on seniority incompatible with growth plans....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Some law firms having 'best year ever' as UK legal sector records second-strongest July on record

July legal services revenue just 2.4% down year-on-year although concerns that recovery will be patchy linger....

BIG STORIES | PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Tribunal censures Ex-Baker McKenzie London head for 'extraordinary abuse of position' over attempted kiss

Judgment in Gary Senior case also points to 'mistakes' during firm's investigation....

BIG STORIES | ANALYSIS

'It could unravel very quickly' - Beijing's security law is testing Hong Kong's famed resilience

International law firms are likely to stick by Hong Kong despite rule of law concerns - at least for now....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

Dentons delays launch of Dublin office due to Covid-19

Plans for opening of 'fully operational' Irish branch in Q2 are put back to September....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

ABA abandons conference keynote with ex-South Africa president De Klerk after wave of protest

Last white president complains of 'vitriolic reaction' over slated appearance as apartheid-era record is questioned....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Panel debate with UK regulators delayed after complaints over lack of diversity

Netlaw Media postpones web seminar to review composition of speakers after 'listening to community'....

BIG STORIES | TEAM MOVE

Dentons' Spain managing partner jumps to Perez-Llorca with two other partners

Jesús Varela to make move to top Spanish independent a little over a year after assuming leadership role....

BIG STORIES | POLICE BRUTALITY

Dentons global CEO speaks out against racism in wake of George Floyd killing

Elliott Portnoy describes feelings of 'horror, disgust and sadness' as he joins senior legal figures in condemning killing....

BIG STORIES | HONG KONG

'Liberal' candidates win Hong Kong law society elections with pledge to 'fearlessly' defend rule of law

Grouping, which includes GC of legal recruitment firm, wins four out of five available seats in elections to ruling council....

BIG STORIES | INSOLVENCY LAW

Houthoff mourns sudden loss of co-managing partner Gerhard Gispen

Dutch firm pays tribute to 'passionate and collegial' leader with a 'big heart and great ambitions'....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Kirkland & Ellis hires Wachtell Lipton M&A partner in latest assault on Wall Street elite

Edward Lee joins Chicago giant after advising on 2019's two highest-value deals in rare partner loss for Wachtell....

BIG STORIES | CORONAVIRUS

Client entertainment under lockdown: the show can go on

Dutch firm Houthoff offers clients 'virtual night out' with exclusive streaming of popular ballet....

COMMENTARY | COMMENTARY

A question of timing: the different responses of US and UK elite law firms to Covid-19

Looming decisions over associate pay and bonuses are a factor in the timing of UK law firm Coronavirus measures....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CORONAVIRUS

Staff welfare, supply chain and privacy: the coronavirus-related issues keeping GCs awake at night

Linklaters, Baker McKenzie and Ropes & Gray have published the most sought-after briefings, according to Lexology....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | COMMENTARY

An important step: Novartis has added weight to the drive by GCs to promote law firm diversity

Pharma giant's panel review with its diversity targets could set an important trend within the GC community....