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BIG STORIES | PAY WAR

First Milbank, then Davis Polk set associate pay benchmarks as latest salary war sparks into life 

Starting salary in top firms rises to $202,500 amid concerns over associate burnout and declining attractiveness of law firm model  ....

BIG STORIES | ACQUISITION

DLA Piper hives off Ukraine business to Kinstellar as firm exits the country

Ex-Ukraine managing partner Margarita Karpenko among 38 lawyers moving to leading CEE independent firm....

BIG STORIES | RESTRUCTURING

Dentons review sparks departure of 85 lawyers and staff

Voluntary redundancies dominate as firm creates virtual UK legal team and overhauls support services....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Clyde & Co appoints North America head as first woman senior partner

Canada-based Carolena Gordon is also first leader stationed outside the UK....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CLASS ACTIONS

Class action defence costs rise to $2.9bn as Covid-19 boosts case numbers   

More than a quarter of US corporates have faced at least one Covid-19 related claim, research finds   ....

BIG STORIES | ONLINE REVIEWS

UK regulator considers forcing law firms to engage with online review sites 

Regulatory action needed to 'catalyse' change in legal market, according to the Legal Services Board ....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Clifford Chance hires competition partner from General Electric's in-house ranks 

Sue Hinchliffe joins UK Magic Circle firm in London after five years as global executive counsel ....

BIG STORIES | TECH INCUBATORS

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas announces startups for tech incubator programme

Trio of Indian legaltech ventures will take part in this year's virtual 16-week scheme....

BIG STORIES | LAW OVER BORDERS

Negotiations for UK to join trans-Pacific trade pact welcomed by Law Society

Move to sign up to CPTPP praised for 'important benefits' it promises to deliver for UK law firms in the post-Brexit landscape....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS ROUND-UP

Appointments: Howard Kennedy boosts business crime practice and Steptoe & Johnson adds sanctions expert

This week's collection of lateral moves also sees Cooley bring in a seasoned litigator in Los Angeles....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

BonelliErede adopts female quota for governance board in diversity push

Leading independent emulates Italy's 'pink quota' for listed companies as it adds trio of women to board....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Allen & Overy secures two White & Case leveraged finance partners in New York 

Move reunites duo with Jake Mincemoyer, who joined in February to lead US team ....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Ashurst elects UK corporate head as first woman chair 

Karen Davies to replace Ben Tidswell in August as he heads for Competition Appeals Tribunal ....

BIG STORIES | ESG MOVEMENT

Norton Rose Fulbright joins ranks of top firms offering legal apprenticeships

Scheme to identify talent in South East London and Newcastle 'important step social mobility journey'....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS ROUND-UP

Appointments: Squire builds in Perth, Shearman signals LatAm ambitions

Round-up also features Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Proskauer, Abreu, HFW, Hughes Hubbard and Fladgate....

BIG STORIES | BIG FOUR LAW

Deloitte Legal acquires Genoa-based maritime law boutique

Big Four giant grows Italian network by 20 lawyers including four partners....

BIG STORIES | ACQUISITIONS

'Resilient' DWF unveils UK and Canada acquisitions amid double-digit revenue growth

Listed firm pays £4m for business services bolt-ons in UK and Canada; profits soar by 120%....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Kennedys hires 10-strong London team from UK rival BLM

Led by three partners, the group will join firm's catastrophic injury team....

BIG STORIES | COVID DISPUTES

Herbert Smith Freehills teams up with FCA to develop Covid insurance claims tool

Tech will enable insurers and businesses to see proximity of virus to their organisations....

BIG STORIES | COLLABORATION

RPC launches international network to expand global insurance platform

Global Access Lawyers will include member firms from the US, Canada, Australia and Continental Europe....

BIG STORIES | BACK TO THE OFFICE

Goodwin Procter and White & Case latest firms to set US office return dates

Both firms intend US staff to start spending a few days per week in the office in September....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Listed UK firm Knights signals 'attractive' acquisition pipeline as revenue exceeds £100m

Regional firm reports turnover increase of at least 36% as it forges ahead with growth strategy....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Khaitan & Co setting up shop in Chennai to expand South India reach

The new office will be led by corporate partner Vivek Sriram and newly-hired dispute resolution partner Arva Merchant....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Freshfields hires Hogan Lovells' New York corporate head in life sciences push 

UK firm builds on high-profile Silicon Valley launch with senior East Coast lateral....

BIG STORIES | INNOVATION

Allen & Overy announces tech incubator's latest round of startups

11 legaltech and fintech companies are set to join Fuse, including ESG and sustainability compliance startup Greenomy....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Hogan Lovells secures five-strong Brussels finance team from PwC Legal   

Hires are led by Stibbe's former Brussels finance head and Freshfields' former office managing partner ....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRES

Appointments: McDermott builds litigation capabilities and Rahman Ravelli revs up European growth

This week's collection of moves also sees Jones Day add to its global disputes practice and Clifford Chance name a new leader in Istanbul....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE OPENINGS

Secerna taps former Accenture in-house counsel for new Dublin office

Dermot Roche to lead IP specialist's first office outside the UK, intended to support international growth post Brexit....

BIG STORIES | INDUSTRY TRENDS

UK legal industry turnover surges to new record

Sector-wide billings rise 30% in March to reach an all-time high of £4.06bn....

BIG STORIES | CLASS ACTIONS

Apple hit with £1.5bn UK class action over alleged App Store overcharging

Hausfeld files claim, backed by litigation funder Vannin Capital, with Competition Appeal Tribunal....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | DIVERSITY

Nokia to assess panel firms with diversity and inclusion initiative

The Finnish telecoms multinational will score firms including Bird & Bird and Eversheds Sutherland quarterly and annually....

BIG STORIES | THE BIG FOUR AND THE LAW

KPMG Law in Germany forms alliance with US firm Ogletree Deakins

Other non-US firms are expected to join the alliance in the coming months....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Clifford Chance secures two Munich private equity partners from Kirkland & Ellis

Competition hots up in German private equity hub as international firms target European M&A surge....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Luther hires DLA Piper employment trio a day after Fidal combination

Hard on heels of verein Unyer's launch, German independent bolsters pensions team....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Goodwin Procter gains Munich presence with Sidley Austin private equity partner hire

Jan Schinkoth will work remotely from key deal hub; arrival follows-on from that of five-partner London Sidley team....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Crowell & Moring positions itself for post-Brexit work with UK competition hire

Washington firm hires partner from leading UK independent Simmons & Simmons....

BIG STORIES | SWISS VEREIN

Fidal and Luther join forces to launch €500m global network

Swiss verein Unyer targets presence in top 20 global economies by 2030....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Paul Hastings boosts London white collar arm with team hire from White & Case 

Rebecca Copcutt and three associates to be reunited with two investigations partners who moved across in January ....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM M&A

Listed UK firm Knights acquires Sheffield-based Keebles for £11.5m

Deal will increase AIM-listed outfit's UK location count to 17, including four in Yorkshire....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS

Norton Rose Fulbright names new global heads of banking and corporate

Partners Ayse Yuksel Mahfoud and Nick Grandage will split the work previously done by global head of business Martin McCann....

BIG STORIES | PROMOTIONS

Record percentage of women in latest Ashurst partner promotions round

Women comprise 78% of those made up, with corporate transactions getting more new partners than any other practice area....

BIG STORIES | REMOTE WORKING

Clifford Chance allows 50-50 UK split between office and remote working

Magic Circle firm is latest UK practice to recognise permanent impact of Covid-19 on working life....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY

Bryan Cave names first inclusion and diversity client relationship partner

Global banking co-leader Daisy Reeves set to take on the full-time role....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Clifford Chance promotes record number of women in 29-strong round

Eleven women make the grade; minority ethnic target also met....

BIG STORIES | LISTED LAW FIRMS

Mishcon de Reya gears up for record £750m London listing   

Top 40 UK firm engages JP Morgan to explore IPO in fourth quarter after partners' vote ....

BIG STORIES | MOVES

Gadens adds DWF employment and disputes team in Melbourne

The move follows DWF scaling back its Australian presence with office closures and partner cuts....

BIG STORIES | M&A

Spanish firm ECIJA opens for business in Colombia

Integration with local firm MBCR brings ECIJA's LatAm presence to 14 countries....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

DWF to enter exclusive associations in South Africa and Singapore

Firm to link with Thomson Wilks in SA and Eldan Law in Singapore less than a year after closing its outpost in the city-state....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS

Linklaters boosts Frankurt employment offering with Freshfields pensions specialist

René Döring joins Linklaters as a partner after 15 years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Clyde & Co makes up 16 partners including four in the US

Insurance leader underlines reach of network with 11 promotions outside the UK....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | INDUSTRY TRENDS

In-house counsel look to long-term relationships amidst pandemic upheaval, says report

UK corporate counsel cite partnerships as a main way law firms can deliver value amid rise in demand for cross-border advice....

BIG STORIES | ACQUISITION

UK-listed owner of Rosenblatt snaps up Memery Crystal for £30m

RBG Holdings adds 29-partner London corporate boutique to portfolio....

BIG STORIES | PROMOTIONS

Eversheds makes up 22 in latest Europe-focused round

One in ten of the firm's new UK partners are of an ethnic minority, in line with its targets, and 40% are women....

BIG STORIES | MANAGEMENT SHAKE UP

Chiomenti ushers in new management team in revamp to boost institutional roots

Senior partner Francesco Tedeschini becomes chairman at head of new leadership team....

BIG STORIES | PROMOTIONS

Top Nigerian law firm Banwo & Ighodalo promotes three to partnership

The 15-partner firm underlines commitment to 'organic growth' as Nigeria's legal market gains international focus....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Revenue growth at Garrigues slowed by Latin America exchange rate headwinds

Spanish giant says it has emerged 'stronger' from Covid-19 as 2020 revenue rises by 1.4% to €386.9m....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Ashurst targets Australia's 'powerhouse' renewables sector with trio of senior Baker McKenzie hires

Co-head of Bakers' renewable energy practice joins in Sydney with two longstanding colleagues....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CORPORATE COUNSEL

Around the House: new GCs for McDonalds and SUNY

Round up of senior in-house moves also sees Coinbase continue department shake up....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

CMS promotes record 52 partners across network

Successful candidates span the UK, Europe, Latin America and Africa....

BIG STORIES | ESG

HFW appoints sustainability partner to lead new ESG strategy

Aerospace practice head Giles Kavanagh is to lead the new strategy, which is aimed at both the firm and its clients....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM MERGERS

Holland & Knight in talks to merge with Dallas-based Thompson & Knight

Deal with tentative summer closing date would be largest US merger since Covid-19 struck....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTINS

Freshfields nearly triples intake of new women partners with 50/50 gender split

Tally of 11 promoted female lawyers, including five out of six in London, welcomed by new leader Georgia Dawson....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Women partner promotions at Linklaters jump to 14 as it hits 40 per cent gender target 

Magic Circle firm promotes 35 lawyers as UK rival Allen & Overy makes up 30 partners ....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Skadden makes up three partners in London and one in Shanghai as part of 17-strong round

City trio include two corporate specialists, following on from high-profile 2020 lateral hire of Bruce Embley....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PANEL REVIEW

Vodafone flags ESG agenda as it adds Latham, Deloitte and TLT to panel

GC Rosemary Martin chooses eight-firm roster to help build inclusive 'digital society'....

BIG STORIES | ESG MOVEMENT

Matheson unveils ESG group on eve of new EU sustainable finance rules

Twelve-partner team will advise on issues including climate action and supply chain management....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

'Agile' regional law firms helping to grow Bristol legaltech hub, says report

Covid-19, digitalisation and cloud-based solutions fuelling innovation among smaller firms....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

Senior BDK partners team up to found document automation startup

Venture by Tijana Kojovic and Dragoljub Cibulic builds on Serbian firm's own tech offering....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

Allen & Overy's ex-managing partner signs up to new law leader Factor

Citing market's appetite for innovation Andrew Ballheimer takes non-exec role at managed services specialist....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

LinkSquares signs up DraftKings' GC to be first in-house lawyer 

Tim Parilla seeks out legaltech startup environment at Boston outfit he invested in....