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**Stephenson Harwood bolsters Dubai employment practice**
Nov 13, 2017  
From Stephenson Harwood 08 Nov 2017 Partner Kiersten Lucas relocates from London to lead employment team in Dubai Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has further strengthened its employment practice in Dubai, with formerly London-based partner Kiersten Lucas relocating to lead the firm's employment team in Dubai. “Our employment practice in Dubai has been involved in ground-breaking work and seen ...
**Dentons bolsters its Middle East Energy and Infrastructure team with partner hire in Dubai**
Nov 13, 2017  
From Dentons November 6, 2017 Dubai—Dentons has strengthened its Energy and Infrastructure practice in Dubai with the hire of partner Mhairi Main Garcia. Mhairi joins the Firm from Ashurst, where she was Counsel. Mhairi is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, specialising in the project development, M&A and capital markets aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. Mhairi ...
**Clyde & Co bolsters leading construction practice with Dubai partner hire**
Aug 4, 2017  
From Clyde & Co by Michael Grose Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Matthew Heywood as a partner in its Global Projects & Construction practice. Matthew will be based in the firm's Dubai office, making him the sixth specialist construction partner in the firm's market-leading construction practice in the Middle East. Matthew previously led the Construction Dispute ...
**Why there is status in working in New York**
Jul 25, 2017  
Article by Jonathan Walmsley, Principal at Marsden Group As an Australian lawyer, getting a job in New York is not easy. Unlike the Kangaroo route of Australia to London, moving to New York is not a well worn path for Australian lawyers. Just getting into NY as a foreign lawyer is a great achievement and for those that are able to there is undoubtedly status attached. But why? The premier firms ...
**The importance of having a job you enjoy**
Jul 13, 2017  
Published on 12th July, 2017 By Jonathan Walmsley, Principal, Marsen legal Search & Recruitment If you work for the entirety of your adult life from 18 - 68, this is a total of 50 years work. Assuming an average working week of 39.2 hours and 5 weeks of leave per year, you will work a total of 92,120 hours in the course of your working life. Karl Thompson on revisesociology.com has kindly done ...
**IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL - Why lawyers are relocating to the Middle East**
Jun 30, 2017  
Published by Ms. Michelle Sharma - Researcher at Marsden International, Middle East There are many reasons why so many of us have chosen to pack our bags and move to this mystical desert. Despite being a perceived “difficult region” moving to the Middle East will make your curriculum vitae pop out from the bunch. Working with people from different nationalities; learning about their language, cul ...
**Global Legal Moves – Why choose an international career?**
Jun 5, 2017  
For many of us, the thought of leaving our comfort zone and moving abroad can be daunting, but increasingly professionals are deciding to up sticks and move to exciting new countries. There are many factors on why this is: economic, political, personal; but all require some thought on exactly which country to take your career to next. In the next few months we will be releasing articles on why you ...
**Defining the successful Big Law partner**
Jun 5, 2017  
Having worked with law firm partners globally for many years now it's interesting to see how the perception of success is changing. When you talk to partners at White Shoe firms in New York, success is easy to define. It's about profitability and financial reward. A successful partner runs a big practice rewarded handsomely for it in return is. Top tier UK firm partners used to measure their su ...
**DLA Piper named International Law Firm of the Year at the Middle East Legal Awards**
May 19, 2017  
Article as per DLA Piper website, 16 May 2017 To read original article, click here DLA Piper has been named International Law Firm of the Year at the Middle East Legal Awards 2017. Jointly hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East chapter, the awards recognise achievement, excellence and innovation in the legal profession. The firm received prais ...
**HADEF & PARTNERS WINS TWO MORE TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARDS **
May 19, 2017  
Article as per Hadef & Partners website, 14 May 2017 To read original article, click here Hadef & Partners is delighted to have gained recognition for recent deals winning two categories at the Middle East Legal Awards 2017, hosted by LegalWeek and ACC. * Corporate Team of the Year 2017 – Advising our client ADNIC on a subordinated mandatory convertible bonds issuance worth AED 390,00 ...
**Trowers & Hamlins grow Energy and Natural Resources practice in Middle East**
Mar 31, 2017  
Article as per Trowers & Hamlins website To read original article, click here Tom Wigley, Partner and Head of Energy and Natural Resources at International law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP, has moved from the firm's London office to operate out of the firm's office in Oman. The move will enhance the team that we already have in the region and further grow the firm's Energy and Natural Resources ...
**DLA agrees Danish tie-up to become largest firm in the Nordics**
Mar 31, 2017  
Article as per Legal Business, 31 March 2017 To read original article, click here DLA Piper is to combine with Danish law firm LETT by the end of May this year, becoming the largest firm in the Nordic region with five offices and more than 370 lawyers. LETT, which has offices in Copenhagan and Aarhus, is a full-service firm which is ranked tier one in dispute resolution, envi ...
**Freshfields Partner Promotions**
Mar 17, 2017  
Article as per Freshfields website, 15 March 2017 To read original article, click here Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) has announced the election of 18 lawyers to the firm’s partnership. The appointments, effective from 1 May 2017, are drawn from six of the firm’s practice groups and from ten of its offices. Commenting on the promotions, Freshfields’ Senior Partner, ...
**Freshfields makes up six City lawyers in largest promotions round since 2012**
Mar 15, 2017  
Article as per The Lawyer, 17 March 2017 To read original article, click here Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted six City lawyers in its largest promotions round since 2012. A total of 18 lawyers have been made up globally and will join Freshfields’ partnership this May. The magic circle firm has generally reduced its partnership promotions in recent years, since making up 2 ...
**Women in law: Don’t leave it to others to recognise your success**
Mar 15, 2017  
Article as per The Lawyer To read original article, click here Are you highly intelligent, analytical with a robust work ethic and excellent communication skills to boot? Fantastic, you have what it takes to be a great lawyer, but are you a successful lawyer? The difference between being a great and a successful lawyer can be influenced by your ability to have your success recognised a ...
**Conyers Wins Two Awards at the Islamic Finance News Awards**
Mar 10, 2017  
Article as per Conyers website, March 2017 To read original, click here Conyers Dill & Pearman received Overall Deal of the Year and UAE Deal of the Year awards for the establishment of DP World’s US$3 billion sukuk programme, at the 11th annual Islamic Finance News (“IFN”) Awards. Conyers’ Fawaz Elmalki and Oliver J. Simpson, provided advice to DP World, a leading container termi ...
**Dentons Middle East Banking and Finance team wins seven awards**
Mar 10, 2017  
Article as per Dentons website, 5 March 2017 Dubai—Dentons' Middle East Banking and Finance team has continued to receive recognition for its outstanding work in the region, having recently received five deal of the year awards, and being awarded Best Law Firm for our practices' in Oman and Jordan. Dentons advised on the following four winning deals at the IFN Awards Deals of the Year ...
**Strong year forecast for Asia Pacific M&A**
Mar 9, 2017  
From Australasian Lawyer by Steve Randall Strong year forecast for Asia Pacific M&A Optimism is high for M&A in Asia Pacific following a solid 2016, Herbert Smith Freehills says. “2016 presented Asia Pacific’s dealmakers with a range of challenges including low commodity prices, volatile capital markets in some parts of Asia, a new US administration, along with the global shock of Brexit," comme ...
**White & Case Sydney office open for business**
Mar 8, 2017  
From Lawyers Weekly by Melissa Coade White & Case Australia has announced today that its Sydney office has officially opened. White & Case has announced that its office in Sydney is now open. The new global entrant to the Australian market opened its office doors in Melbourne last December. The US-headquartered firm coincided the news with a roll call of senior lawyers who would deliver its ex ...
**Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright to combine**
Feb 23, 2017  
Announcement by Norton Rose Fulbright, 21 February 2017 To read original article, click here Combination brings together two leading global law firms US practice will have approximately 1,000 lawyers New York office will rank among the city’s 25 largest with more than 300 lawyers Washington, DC office will grow to more than 130 lawyers Global firm will have more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 ...
**Slaughter and May breaks mould with first ever London lateral hire**
Feb 17, 2017  
Article as per The Lawyer website, 17 February 2017 To read original article, click here Slaughter and May has made its first ever lateral hire in London, taking on Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) head of pensions Daniel Schaffer. This is the first ever lateral addition for the firm in London and the second across its network, after hiring Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) co-head of China c ...
**Clyde & Co expands its shipping team in MENA with new partner hire**
Feb 10, 2017  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 6 February 2017 To read original article, click here Global law firm Clyde & Co has expanded its shipping practice with the addition of Ian Chung, joining as Partner in its Dubai office. Ian brings a wealth of transactional, non-contentious experience to Clyde & Co which will complement the firm's existing contentious shipping/transportation and off ...
**MENA Fund Manager Names King & Spalding Best Advisory Firm for Fund Structuring**
Feb 10, 2017  
Article as per King & Spalding website, 7 February 2017 To read original article, click here DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7, 2017 — MENA Fund Manager named King & Spalding as the Best Advisory Firm for Fund Structuring for the second consecutive year at their annual Fund Services Awards held on Jan. 31. MENA Fund Manager is a monthly publication focused exclusively on the rapidly d ...
**Dentons expands in Saudi Arabia with launch of Jeddah office**
Feb 10, 2017  
Article as per Dentons website, 7 February 2017 To read original article, click here Jeddah—Global law firm Dentons has expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia with the launch of its second office in the Kingdom. The new office in Jeddah will complement the Firm's long-standing full-service office in Riyadh in association with The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa. "As one of the largest law firm ...
**Conyers Awarded Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Services**
Feb 10, 2017  
Article as per Conyers Dill & Pearman website, Feb 2017 To read original article, click here Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Services at the MENA Fund Manager Fund Service Awards. This is the fifth year Conyers has been recognised for excellence by MENA Fund Manager. “The Client Services award is especially important for us, as it demonstrates ...
**Holman Fenwick Willan continues to strengthen Middle East offering with real estate Legal Director hire**
Jan 30, 2017  
Article as per Holman Fenwick Willan website To read original article, click here International specialist law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has appointed Dubai-based real estate expert Sydene Helwick as a Legal Director. Sydene is an experienced real estate lawyer who has practised commercial real estate law in the UAE for over 10 years and previously practised in South Africa. Her ...
**Reed Smith bolsters its European platform with arrival of 50 strong team from King & Wood Mallesons**
Jan 23, 2017  
Article as per Reed Smith website, 23 January 2017 To read original article, click here Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the hire of several teams, including 17 partners, three counsel, 22 associates, one jurist and seven trainees, as well as two knowledge management lawyers and six secretaries, from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) to its London, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris offices ...
**Firm Expands Private Funds and Africa Practices With Partner Hire **
Jan 13, 2017  
Article as per Simmons & Simmons website, 9 January 2017 To read original article, click here International law firm Simmons & Simmons will expand its international financial markets group with the appointment of Cindy Valentine who joins the firm’s financial services practice as a partner.* Cindy joins the firm from King & Wood Mallesons, where she was co-head of the firm’s Africa Grou ...
**CLIFFORD CHANCE SHINES AT ISLAMIC FINANCE NEWS AWARDS**
Jan 13, 2017  
Article as per Clifford Chance website, 12 January 2017 To read original article, click here Clifford Chance starts 2017 with a bang, taking home a range of deals including the coveted Deal of the Year at the Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards, further cementing the firm's global authority in Islamic Finance The awards come just weeks after Clifford Chance was named International Law ...
**HADEF & PARTNERS ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF PROMOTIONS FOR 2017**
Jan 9, 2017  
Article as per Hadef & Partners website, 3 January 2017 To read original article, click here Each of our 13 newly promoted lawyers brings in-depth local and international legal experience to help our clients address any legal challenges and take advantage of business opportunities. We are proud to continue to invest in our people. As we go into 2017, we will focus on the key practice ar ...
**Bakers hires KWM head of China and head of employment**
Jan 6, 2017  
Article as per The Lawyer, 5th January 2017 To read original article, click here Baker McKenzie has hired a seven-strong team from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in London, led by the firm’s head of China group Will Holder and head of employment Carl Richards. The pair will join with a team of five associates this month. According to a statement from Baker McKenzie, Holder will work close ...
**MoFo makes up one in London in 15-strong promotions round**
Jan 6, 2017  
Article as per The Lawyer, 5 January 2017 To read original article, click here Morrison & Foerster has made up 15 lawyers to its global partnership, including its second promotion after an eight-year hiatus in London. The promotions round, which included lawyers from 11 practice groups across 11 offices, was typically US heavy, although two lawyers apiece joined the partnership in Tokyo ...
**Kennedys boosts global aviation practice with Middle East hire**
Dec 16, 2016  
Article as per Kennedys website, 12 December 2016 To read original article, click here We are pleased to announce that we have strengthened our global aviation practice with the hire of dispute resolution and commercial partner Nick Humphrey. He joins a team of 58 specialist lawyers across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, effective 2 January 2017. Nick will be based in Dubai and ...
**15 Allen & Overy lawyers named as “Future Leaders” in International Arbitration**
Dec 16, 2016  
Article as per Allen & Overy website, 9 December 2016 To read original article, click here The quality of Allen & Overy’s younger international arbitration lawyers is confirmed in the inaugural Arbitration - Future Leaders survey. November 2016 saw the publication of the inaugural Arbitration - Future Leaders (2017) survey, a piece of research produced jointly by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) a ...
**I want to move internationally - where can I go post Brexit?**
Dec 16, 2016  
By Jonathan Walmsley, Director Marsden Group - Australia I want to move internationally - where can I go post Brexit? London has always been an obvious choice for Australian and New Zealand lawyers wanting to work overseas. Brexit has made this once right of passage into something which is possible only for a few elite lawyers. Back in 2005 – 2007, when the market in London exploded, top Lond ...
**Slaughters to bring in associate sabbaticals after year-long employee review**
Dec 14, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer website, 14 December 2016 To read original, click here Slaughter and May has introduced sabbaticals and flexible working options for its associates as part of a major review of the firm’s employee benefits. The changes mean associates will be able to take a four week paid sabbatical when they reach three years’ post-qualified experience (PQE). They will als ...
**"Firm launches ‘lifestyle calculator’"**
Dec 12, 2016  
From Lawyers Weekly by Samantha Woodhill A NewLaw firm has reignited the work-life balance conversation with the launch of a new website, ‘Law Set Free’. NewLaw firm Keypoint Law has launched the new website Law Set Free, dedicated to enabling lawyers to calculate their return on investment for the hours they work with a first-of-its-kind lifestyle calculator. Measuring everything from commute ...
**BRACEWELL MANAGING PARTNER NAMED ON LIST OF BEST LAWYERS IN THE UAE**
Dec 12, 2016  
Article as per Bracewell website, 6 December 2016 To read original article, click here DUBAI – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce that its Dubai office Managing Partner Christopher R. Williams has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in the United Arab Emirates, a Woodward/White, Inc. publication. Williams, who was selected for his work in ...
**Brexit uncertainty prompts 800 English lawyers to join Irish roll**
Dec 6, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer website, 6 Decembe r2016 To read original article, click here The Law Society of Ireland has revealed it has admitted a record 810 English qualified solicitors to the roll by this year as leading UK firms rush to secure a second jurisdiction for their lawyers in the wake of the Brexit vote. Including local trainees, there will be 1,347 new solicitors in Ireland ...
**Q3 panels revealed: Addleshaws, Clifford Chance and Linklaters join Eversheds in top spot**
Dec 6, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer website, 1 December 2016 To read original article, click here Addleshaw Goddard, Clifford Chance and Linklaters have joined Eversheds at the top of the table of panel appointments in the third quarter of 2016, data from The Lawyer Market Intelligence has revealed. The four top firms were appointed to two panels each during the quarter. Ten panel reviews conc ...
**Clifford Chance and A&O match Cravath's US associate bonuses**
Dec 6, 2016  
Article as per Legal Week website, 1 December 2016 To read original article, click here Clifford Chance (CC) and Allen & Overy (A&O) have become the first of the magic circle firms to unveil associate bonuses in the US, handing out top-level associates bonuses of $100,000 (£80,000) for the third year running. In an internal announcement earlier today, CC laid out a scale for associat ...
**Clyde & Co celebrates 10 years in Doha**
Dec 2, 2016  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 16 November 2016 To read original article, click here Clyde & Co is this week celebrating ten years since it established an office in Doha, Qatar. What began as a small office with just 2 people has become a team of 25 employees. Clyde & Co feels privileged to have witnessed and taken part in Qatar's huge growth in key sectors such as infrastructur ...
**Clyde & Co named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at Middle East Insurance Industry Awards**
Dec 2, 2016  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 10 November 2016 To read original article, click here Clyde & Co has won 'Law Firm of the Year' at the 3rd Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA) Gala Dinner in Dubai on Tuesday 8 November 2016. The MIIA, now in its 3rd year, is regarded as one of the premier awards for the MENA region with a clearly defined criteria and a transparent judging p ...
**Global M&A trends in Q3 2016**
Dec 1, 2016  
Article as per Allen & Overy website. To read original, click here Global M&A trends in Q3 2016 In a holding pattern In most regions and sectors the values of deals continued to shrink in the third quarter, although deal volumes have fared better. While some investors are ploughing on with significant transactions, others appear to be holding back while they try to make sense of c ...
**US bonuses: Simpson and Davis Polk match Cravath rewards of up to $100,000 for associates**
Dec 1, 2016  
Article as per Legal Business, 30 November 2016 To read origianl article, click here Leading Wall Street firms have begun announcing their 2016 year-end associate bonuses with Cravath, Swaine & Moore leading the way again on rewards with other Manhattan firms following suit. According to Above the Law, Cravath associates were told their year-end bonuses on Monday aftern ...
**8 Tips For Networking**
Dec 1, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 29 November 2016 To read original article, click here Formal networking is one of those marmite activities that, love it or hate it, can still inspire fear or apathy in varying degrees. It’s also something which definitely contributes to career success. The good news for lawyers is that many of the skills required for networking are those used to manage client ...
**Simmons & Simmons Awarded Banking and Finance Team of the Year
Nov 25, 2016  
Article as per Simmons & Simmonds website, 23 November 2016 To read original article, click here International law firm Simmons & Simmons has been awarded ‘Banking and Finance Team of the Year’ at the Qatar Business Law Forum & Awards. The awards ceremony took place at Intercontinental The Beach Hotel in Doha on 17 November 2016. The awards celebrate exceptional achievement in the legal ...
**Clyde & Co named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at Middle East Insurance Industry Awards**
Nov 25, 2016  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 10 November 2016 To read original article, click here Clyde & Co has won 'Law Firm of the Year' at the 3rd Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA) Gala Dinner in Dubai on Tuesday 8 November 2016. The MIIA, now in its 3rd year, is regarded as one of the premier awards for the MENA region with a clearly defined criteria and a transparent judging p ...
**Asian-MENA Counsel Firms of the Year 2016**
Nov 21, 2016  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 13 November 2016 To read original article, click here Clyde & Co has been recognised in the 10th annual Asian-MENA Counsel Asia and Middle East survey of corporate counsel and subsequent Firms of the Year 2016. The firm has been named as a 'winner' in 16 categories across 3 jurisdictions and received 'honourable mentions' in 7 jurisdictions. Mor ...
**Trowers & Hamlins expands private wealth practice in the Middle East**
Nov 18, 2016  
Article as per Trowers & Hamlins website, 31 October 2016 To read original article, click here International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has expanded its private wealth offering in the Middle East by welcoming new partner Alastair Glover. Alastair joins from Gowling WLG (formerly Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP) in Dubai where he was Head of Private Capital Middle East. Alastair has s ...
**Afridi & Angell Announces New Managing Partner**
Nov 18, 2016  
Article as per Afridi & Angell website, 1 November 2016 To read original article, click here Tuesday, 1 November 2016 - Afridi & Angell is pleased to announce that Bashir Ahmed has been elected Managing Partner effective 1 November 2016. Bashir succeeds Amjad Ali Khan who has overseen the firm’s growth for over a decade. A veteran in the UAE legal market, Bashir is the fourth managin ...
**Stephenson Harwood recruits heavyweight shipping litigator Ed Newitt to its Dubai office**
Nov 18, 2016  
Article as per Stephenson Harwood website, 1 November 2016 To read original article, click here Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its Middle East shipping and insurance litigation practice with the addition of Ed Newitt as a partner in its Dubai office. Newitt's practice is centred on commercial litigation and all forms of dispute resolution, where he has particular ...
**King & Spalding Elects 14 New Partners Across Seven Offices**
Nov 18, 2016  
Article as per King & Spalding website, 3 November 2016 To read original article, click here King & Spalding announced today that it has named 14 new partners. The partner elections span seven practices across seven offices (Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.). “This year’s class of new partners again reflects our priority to develop and promot ...
**AS&H IN CO-OPERATION WITH CLIFFORD CHANCE LAUNCHES IN SAUDI ARABIA**
Nov 18, 2016  
Article as per Clifford Chance website, 5 November 2016 To read original article, click here Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announced that its co-operation with the newly established Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in Saudi Arabia became effective. The new co-operation replaces the stand-alone Clifford Chance Law Firm that was established in 2013. ...
**Kennedys launches new India Desk to meet international client demands**
Nov 18, 2016  
Article as per Kennedys website, 4 November 2016 To read original article, click here We are pleased to announce that we have launched an India Desk to meet client demand for legal services in India beyond our traditional insurance expertise. The desk will also service inbound interest from entrepreneurial clients in India seeking advice on doing business in the UK. We have a long- ...
**White & Case scoops up Macfarlanes competition head**
Nov 16, 2016  
Article as per The Global Legal Post, 14 November 2016 To read original article, click here Competition boss Marc Israel is the second practice head to walk away from Macfarlanes in the last two months. Mr Israel is ending a 15-year career at Macfarlanes to join the competition practice at US-headquartered giant White & Case. Having previously trained at Slaughter and May, Mr Isr ...
**Arnold & Porter confirms $1bn tie-up with Kaye Scholer**
Nov 15, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 10 November 2016 To read original article, click here Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer are merging to create a firm with over 1,000 lawyers worldwide. The firm will be called Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, with the merger going live from the start of 2017. Together the firm will have a global revenue of approximately $900m – with Kaye Scholer’s revenue esti ...
**White & Case scoops up Macfarlanes competition head**
Nov 15, 2016  
Article as per The Global Legal Post, 14 November 2016 To read original article, click here Competition boss Marc Israel is the second practice head to walk away from Macfarlanes in the last two months. Mr Israel is ending a 15-year career at Macfarlanes to join the competition practice at US-headquartered giant White & Case. Having previously trained at Slaughter and May, Mr Isra ...
**Marsden Group Opens Office in Dubai**
Nov 9, 2016  
On the week of the 6th of November we are delighted to be formally opening our office in Dubai. The decision to increase our presence in the region coincides with our increasingly successful decade long practice across the Middle East. Launching in Dubai is a key part of our corporate strategy to maintain and enhance our position as a leading international legal and compliance recruitment firm. W ...
**MinterEllison's revenue, senior hires and promotions up for FY16**
Nov 2, 2016  
Nov 1, 2016 From Australasian Lawyer by Sol Dolor MinterEllison has reported a jump in revenue and in senior partner hires and promotions for fiscal year 2016. For its latest full year, the top tier firm posted revenues of $456 million, up 6.54% from $428 million in the previous financial year, as the law firm moves beyond the law and into creating new services that allows it to work in ...
**The UAE - The new “international” hub of choice for legal & compliance teams?**
Nov 2, 2016  
The UAE - The new “international” hub of choice for legal & compliance teams? By “international”, I refer to jurisdictions outside Europe & the US as this is often the term normally used by multinational corporations (MNCs) to cover business streams outside of their core/developed markets. Traditionally, the senior roles for these intern ...
**Should Australian & Canadian lawyers expect a discount on PQE when moving to New York?**
Nov 2, 2016  
Should Australian & Canadian lawyers expect a discount on PQE when moving to New York? Usually yes. There are 3 main reasons why Australian & Canadian lawyers don't typically join a firm in New York at the same level of PQE / PAE as in your home jurisdiction. New York firms refer to this as a" haircut". 1. Without having undertaken a US J ...
**Shearman & Sterling Wins ‘Project Finance Deal of the Year’ at IFLR's Middle East Awards**
Oct 31, 2016  
Article as per Shearman & Sterling website, 26 October 2016 To read original article, click here Shearman & Sterling has won “Project Finance Deal of the Year” at the 11th annual Middle East Awards for its work advising the lenders on the $3 billion Facility D Independent Water and Power project in Qatar. The project involves the construction of a 2,520 MW gas-fired power plant and a 13 ...
**HADEF & PARTNERS WINS IFLR UAE DEAL OF THE YEAR**
Oct 31, 2016  
Article as per Hadef & Partners website, 20 October 2016 To read original article, click here Hadef & Partners was awarded Domestic Deal of the Year at the IFLR (International Financial Law Review) Middle East awards on Wednesday 19 October at the Burj Al Arab. The awards acknowledge the most significant noteworthy deals, teams and individuals in the region. The Domestic Deal of the ...
**The best corporate law firm perks in London**
Oct 26, 2016  
Article as per Legal Cheek, 26 October 2016 To read original article, click here Forget the quality of the practice, admire the perkiness of the perks. It’s all about status (symbols). Following Legal Cheek’s survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior corporate lawyers, we are in the happy position to reveal, in no particular order, the ten best law firm perks: 1. Pro sushi chef — F ...
**CLIFFORD CHANCE CONFIRMED TOP INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM AT PRESTIGIOUS REGIONAL AWARDS**
Oct 21, 2016  
Article as per Clifford Chance website, 19 October 2016 To read original article, click here Clifford Chance won the International Law Firm of the Year award at last night's IFLR Middle East Awards ceremony in Dubai, topping off a night that saw the firm pick up a further six awards. The Firm also holds the title of International Law Firm of the Year won at the Corporate Counsel Middl ...
**HADEF & PARTNERS WINS IFLR DOMESTIC DEAL OF THE YEAR**
Oct 21, 2016  
Article as per Hadef & Partners website, 20 October 2016 To read original, click here Hadef & Partners was awarded Domestic Deal of the Year at the IFLR (International Financial Law Review) Middle East awards on Wednesday 19 October at the Burj Al Arab. The awards acknowledge the most significant noteworthy deals, teams and individuals in the region. The Domestic Deal of the Year awa ...
**White & Case Elects 40 New Partners**
Oct 21, 2016  
Article as per White & Case website, 14 October 2016 To read original article, click here White & Case LLP has promoted 40 lawyers around the world to its partnership. The promotions are effective January 1, 2017 and represent 11 of the Firm's global practices in 17 locations. "Our new partners have demonstrated their leadership ability within the Firm and their commitment to our client ...
**Volume of global M&A dips in Q3, but value shoots up**
Oct 21, 2016  
Article as per The Global Legal Post, 13 October 2016 To read original article, click here Political and macroeconomic uncertainty have continued to stifle cross-border M&A activity, but the re-emergence of the megadeal has seen their overall value rocket since Q2. According to Baker & McKenzie's Cross-Border M&A Index for Q3 2016, buyers announced 1,275 cross-border deals worth U ...
**"Ready for a new challenge? The UAE is hiring"**
Oct 20, 2016  
Article by: Bridget Hougham, Senior Consultant (Middle East and Emerging Markets) at Marsden Legal Search & Recruitment As a lawyer, international scope has always been a key selling point when traversing through a successful career. As the world becomes increasingly connected, the skillset required to work in a variety of locations and the ability to understand the cultural landscape of multipl ...
**Nabarro and Olswang to disappear as merger with CMS confirmed**
Oct 10, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 10 October 2016 To read original, click here CMS, Nabarro and Olswang partners have voted through the firms’ three-way merger, which is expected to complete next May. The new firm will be called CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, but will trade as CMS. Under the terms of the merger, Nabarro and Olswang will join the CMS UK partnership. The vote had been sc ...
**In-house lawyers need their own space, and law firms need to change their marketing**
Oct 7, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 7 October 2016 To read original, click here Disruptive lawyers sounds like a contradiction in terms. However much lawyers like to think they’re a bit maverick, the legal profession is hardly full of Bash Street kids. The Disruptive GCs group, set up by Lisa Gan Tomlins of Made.com and Matt Wilson of Uber, refers really to the companies for which they work: mos ...
**In-house lawyers need their own space, and law firms need to change their marketing**
Oct 7, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 7 October 2016 To read original, click here Disruptive lawyers sounds like a contradiction in terms. However much lawyers like to think they’re a bit maverick, the legal profession is hardly full of Bash Street kids. The Disruptive GCs group, set up by Lisa Gan Tomlins of Made.com and Matt Wilson of Uber, refers really to the companies for which they work: mos ...
**Kirkland promotes six in London as Houston makes cut for first time**
Oct 7, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 3 October 2016 To read original article, click here Kirkland & Ellis has promoted six lawyers in London as part of a global promotions round. The round also saw the firm’s two-year old Houston office see partners made up for the first time, with four associates promoted to partner. Two City capital markets lawyers have been made partner: Gilles Teerlinck and ...
**National firm strays from legal work**
Oct 6, 2016  
Article as per Lawyers Weekly, 6 October 2016 To read original article, click here MinterEllison is beginning to delve into the world of non-legal advisory services with the establishment of a board and executive remuneration team. The firm announced yesterday that it is launching a suite of non-legal advisory services for clients, extending the firm’s capabilities beyond legal ...
**World’s strongest law firm brand revealed**
Oct 4, 2016  
Article as per Australasian Lawyer, 4 October 2016 To read original article, click here World’s strongest law firm brand revealed Legal professional research firm Acritas has published its annual survey of law firm brands and named Baker & McKenzie as the strongest brand for the seventh consecutive year. “Baker & McKenzie’s long term commitment to its global strategy has enabled t ...
**Australian firms among ‘the most innovative in the world’**
Sep 28, 2016  
Article as per Lawyers Weekly, 28 September 2016 To read original artcile, click here MinterEllison head of innovation Andrew Cunningham and CIO Gary Adler recently spoke to Lawyers Weekly after they returned from the ILTACON Conference 2016 in Maryland in the US east coast. The four-day conference draws on the experience of incorporating innovation and technology into law firms a ...
**Why Australia is still a hot spot for new international entrants**
Sep 27, 2016  
Article as per Australasian Lawyer, 27 September 2016 To read original article, click here It’s a saturated legal market but Australia is still seeing new international firms infiltrate the market to take a piece of the pie, most recently White & Case. With NewLaw firms doing away with office overheads and artificial intelligence threatening the very existence of the profession, ...
**Freshfields bans “Dear Sirs” from all communications worldwide**
Sep 16, 2016  
For Original Article please click here By Tabby Kinder 16 September 2016 00:01 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has become the first magic circle firm to officially ban “Dear Sirs” from all of its communications and legal documents, The Lawyer can reveal. The male-oriented salutation has been replaced by a number of gender neutral equivalents across its global network. In the UK t ...
**The Lawyer Awards: Clydes triumphs as Law Firm of the Year**
Jun 30, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 30 June 2016 To read original, click here Clyde & Co scooped the top accolade at The Lawyer Awards last night (29 June), securing the Law Firm of the Year award, sponsored by Travelers. With the highest number of entries ever, this year’s awards included new in-house categories among the 27 hotly-contested titles judged by 43 top lawyers, including In-House En ...
**Brexit: City firms trigger contingency plans as Britain votes to leave EU**
Jun 24, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 24 June 2016 To read original version, click here “The referendum has hit some areas harder than others,” echoes Ashurst partner James Coiley. “In-bound investment has certainly slowed.” Now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, the question for City firms will be whether London can continue to be seen as a place of investment. Work depends on the amount ...
**Women in Law: Returning to work following maternity leave**
Jun 20, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 17 June 2016 To read original article, click here As you near the end of maternity leave returning to work can feel like an extremely daunting task. Many women start to question how they can successfully combine their role as a lawyer with that of a parent. Once managed as separate entities, home and work life can become blurred. Whether your career aspiration ...
**Clifford Chance Wins International Law Firm of The Year 2016 at Corporate Middle East Awards**
Jun 16, 2016  
Article as per Clifford Chance website, 12 May 2016 To read original, click here Clifford Chance received the International Law Firm of the Year award at the 2016 Corporate Counsel middle East Awards held on 12 May in Dubai. The awards were jointly hosted by Legal Week and the Associate of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East group. This is the third time in six years that Clifford Ch ...
**HADEF & PARTNERS WINS MIDDLE EAST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR**
Jun 16, 2016  
Article as per Hadef & Partners website, 12 May 2016 To read original article, click here Leading UAE law firm, Hadef & Partners won Middle East law firm of the Year in this year’s Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards hosted by Legal Week on Thursday 12 May. The Corporate Counsel Awards are widely regarded as one of the most influential legal awards events in the region. According to ...
**Clyde & Co awarded Dispute Resolution Team of the Year at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards**
Jun 16, 2016  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 15 May 2016 To read original article, click here Clyde & Co has taken the honour of Dispute Resolution Team of the Year at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2016, which were held at a black tie event at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai on 12 May. The annual awards, hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel, recognise exceptional ...
**Milbank Tweed hikes London NQ salaries to £124,000**
Jun 8, 2016  
Article as per Lawyer 2B, 8 June 2016 To read original, click here Milbank Tweed has handed its London lawyers a massive salary boost, following the lead of the New York market. Earlier this week, Cravath Swaine & Moore raised its New York base pay for New York first-year associates from $160,000 to $180,000 – the first increase since 2007 – sparking a rush as other US firms followed ...
**Milbank, Paul Weiss Quickly Match Cravath’s Associate Raises**
Jun 8, 2016  
Article as per The Wall Street Journal, 7 June 2016 To read original, click here Big Law sure loves to play follow-the-leader. As suspected, New York firms are already falling in line behind the new associate salary scale Cravath, Swaine & Moore put in place Monday. So far today, we’ve heard that Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP ar ...
**Clifford Chance awarded international law firm of the year 2016**
May 19, 2016  
Article as per Clifford Chance website, 12 May 2016 To read original article, click here Clifford Chance received the International Law Firm of the Year award at the 2016 Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards held on 12 May in Dubai. The awards were jointly hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East group. This is the third time in six years th ...
**Dentons triumphs at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards**
May 18, 2016  
Article as per Dentons website, 17 May 2016 To read original article, click here Dubai—Dentons' Middle East team was once again recognised at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards which were jointly hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel Middle East (ACCME) in Dubai last week. The Firm was presented with the CSR Team of the Year for its on-going work in suppo ...
**Dentons announces partner promotion in Muscat**
May 18, 2016  
Article as per Dentons website, 15 May 2015 To read original, click here Muscat—Dentons is pleased to announce the promotion of Haleem Mohammed as a new partner based in its Oman office. The promotion took effect on 1 May 2016. Mohammed specialises in dispute resolution. He has over 15 years experience in both commercial and civil litigation encompassing all areas of dispute resoluti ...
**Marsden takes part in the London Legal Walk**
May 17, 2016  
Yesterday our London team took part in the annual ‘London Legal Walk’ to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust (LLST). LLST is a fantastic charity that helps to fund Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London. The recession undoubtedly increased poverty and reduced support services. Meanwhile, funding for legal advice centres has reduced; particularly since the 2013 removal ...
**Middle East real estate award for Trowers & Hamlins**
May 17, 2016  
Article as per Trowers & Hamlins website, 16 May 2016 To read original article, click here Leading international law firm Trowers & Hamlins has won the Real Estate Team of the Year award at Legal Week's prestigious Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2016. The winning submission focussed on the firm's appointment by the Supreme Council for Planning in Oman (the SCP) to assist it ...
**WFW promotes eight partners in asset finance boost**
May 3, 2016  
As per The Lawyer, 3 May 2016 To read original article, click here Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has promoted eight lawyers to its global partnership, including three in London. Just four of WFW’s 14 offices have received new partners in this round: London, Hamburg, Singapore and Athens. Two of the new partners are women, accounting for 25 per cent of the total round. WFW also mad ...
**Clyde & Co announces record number of partner promotions**
Apr 19, 2016  
Article as per Clyde & Co website, 19 April 2016 To read original, click here Global law firm Clyde & Co today announced the promotion of a record 16 new partners across its international network. This is an increase on last year, which reflects the firm's strong financial performance and continued growth. This latest investment in the firm's expertise grows the total number of partn ...
**Allen & Overy bolsters global network with 21 partner promotions**
Apr 11, 2016  
As per Allen & Overy website, 8 April 2016 To read original article, click here Allen & Overy today announces the promotion of 21 lawyers to partner across its global network. Effective as of 1 May 2016, the promotions are across 12 offices in 11 countries and all the major practice groups in the business. Well over a quarter (29%) of the new partners are women. Nearly half (10) of t ...
**UK 200: Are Slaughters and BLP the best-managed law firms?**
Mar 30, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 30 March 2016 To read original, click here Which firm is the UK’s best managed? The short answer is that it’s impossible to say definitively. Too many factors contribute to any large organisation’s overall quality for a meaningful assertion to be made from merely a handful of indicators. On the other hand, there are a range of factors that can offer credibl ...
**Linklaters revamps salaries and benefits to attract talent**
Mar 11, 2016  
As per The Lawyer website, 11 March 2016 To read original article, click here Linklaters has announced a raft of changes to its salaries, bonuses and benefits in a bid to create a sustainable and attractive recruitment and retention model. The changes, which include extra holiday, added bonuses and one day a week working from home for all qualified lawyers, follow a consultation proces ...
**Bakers and Hogan Lovells boost Jo’burg with African raids**
Mar 7, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 4 March, 2016 To read original, click here Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells have bolstered their South African practices with a series of hires from local heavyweights. Hogan Lovells has picked up three partners from Linklaters ally Webber Wentzel in under a fortnight. The firm announced the hire of corporate partner Vaughn Harrison following the recent app ...
**A&O triumphs in 2015 IPO league tables as Linklaters dips**
Mar 2, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 23 February, 2016 To read original, click here London’s IPO market was on top form last year, as 55 new companies debuted on the city’s Stock Exchange. And it’s Gowling WLG that has advised on more main market IPOs than any other firm, while Allen & Overy (A&O) dominated in terms of total market value. According to research conducted by The Lawyer, the market ...
**DLA Piper bolsters Finance capability with the appointment of Saudi-based Paul Latto**
Feb 9, 2016  
As per DLA Piper website, 8 Feb 2016 To read original article, click here DLA Piper has appointed leading Saudi Arabian-based banking and finance lawyer, Paul Latto, to its partnership in the Middle East. Paul joins the firm from Clifford Chance, where he had been a partner since 2013; prior to that Paul was with Linklaters. Paul has experience across a broad spectrum of bankin ...
**New York for Australian and Canadian lawyers**
Feb 5, 2016  
2016 is a good year for Australian and Canadian lawyers to work in New York. I have just spent a few days in New York with our key clients (mostly premier law firms) and got some good insights into why: * The US economy is doing well and the need for hiring is becoming greater. This is at a time when the resources based economies in Australia and Canada are not performing ...
**BLP targets Greenberg Traurig for merger**
Feb 4, 2016  
Article as per The Lawyer, 3rd February 2016 To read original article, click here Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has confirmed it is in preliminary merger talks with US firm Greenberg Traurig. Should a deal be reached it would give BLP a major presence in the US as well as a number of offices in Europe, Asia, Israel and Latin America. BLP’s managing partner Lisa Mayhew said: “BLP has ...
**HFW cements Middle East presence with launch of three new Associations**
Jan 21, 2016  
Article as per Holman Fenwick Willan. To read original, click here International law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) today announced the expansion of its specialist Middle East legal offering with the launch of three new Associations in Riyadh, Beirut and Kuwait City. The move significantly extends the firm's geographical footprint across the Middle East region, now with offices in Du ...
**White & Case Ranked #2 Most Innovative Law Firm in North America by the Financial Times**
Dec 21, 2015  
Article as per White & Case website, 7 December 2015 To read original article, click here White & Case was ranked the second-most innovative law firm in North America by the Financial Times in its FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2015 report. The report recognized the Firm as a top innovator on five matters in five areas, one of which earned a "Standout Ranking"—the highest ranking p ...
**Vinson & Elkins ups NQ salaries to £100,000**
Dec 10, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer, 5 December 2015 To read original article, click here Vinson & Elkins ups NQ salaries to £100,000 9 December 2015 | By Richard Simmons Vinson & Elkins has become the latest American firm to raise its newly-qualified salary to £100,000 - a 25 per cent pay rise. The Texas-founded firm, which takes four trainees a year, has bumped up 1PQE salaries by 22 per cent ...
**We can work it out: litigation special report**
Dec 10, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer, 5 October 2015 To read original article, click here We can work it out: litigation special report 5 October 2015 | By Tabby Kinder Tabby Kinder Fear of social media-borne reputational damage, cost considerations and judicial pressure are all boosting the uptake of alternative dispute resolution. Q: What changes in the global market are driving growth in alte ...
**Herbert Smith Freehills expands Middle East offering with Saudi launch and projects and corporate practice capability**
Nov 25, 2015  
As per Herbert Smith Freehills website, 24 November 2015 To read original article, click here Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to announce the expansion of its global offering to clients in the Middle East following the launch of its formal exclusive association with the Law Office of Nasser Al-Hamdan and the appointment of three leading partners: Nasser Al-Hamdan, a corporate ...
**HFW wins Middle East Insurance Law Firm of the Year Award 2015**
Nov 20, 2015  
As per Holman Fenwick Willan website To read original article, click here Leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan is delighted to announce that our Dubai insurance and reinsurance team was awarded the Law Firm of the Year Award at the Middle East Insurance Industry Awards held on 17 November 2015 in Dubai. The award, which was judged by an independent panel of industry exp ...
**Middle East activity flows into Aus firms**
Nov 19, 2015  
As per Lawyers Weekly article, 19 November 2015 To read original article, click here A number of opportunities for Australian lawyers are stemming out of increased economic activity in the Middle East, particularly around education. Jonathan Silver, Clyde & Co’s head of operations in the Middle East and North Africa, told Lawyers Weekly that Middle Eastern markets had experie ...
**This firm lets lawyers have their cake and eat it too**
Nov 17, 2015  
As per Australasian Lawyer website, 17 November 2015 To read original article, click here Allen & Overy is letting lawyers have their cake and eat it too, with the launch of a new consultancy offering. Peerpoint, a service connecting former top tier lawyers with project work, may be the solution for top tier lawyers wanting a life but who also want to work on top tier matters. And ...
**Kennedys strengthens corporate insurance capability with Singapore hire**
Nov 17, 2015  
As per Kennedy's website, 11 November 2015 To read original article, click here We are pleased to announce that we have grown our corporate insurance expertise by welcoming Jonathan Goacher to our Singapore office. Jonathan qualified in the US before moving to Thailand and working in Asia for over ten years both in-house and in private practice. A corporate and regulatory lawyer, ...
**Leading High Yield Partner Alexander Lloyd To Join Clifford Chance In Hong Kong**
Nov 17, 2015  
As per Clifford Chance website, 11 November 2015 To read original article, click here Leading international law firm Clifford Chance is strengthening its high yield offering with the addition of Alexander Lloyd in January 2016. Alex is a highly experienced US qualified partner advising clients for more than 10 years in Asia Pacific and a further 10 years in Europe. As a top ranked hi ...
**Hadef & Partners Is Short Listed As “Regional Law Firm Of The Year” For The Oath’s Middle East Legal Awards**
Nov 12, 2015  
Article as per Hadef & Partners website, 11 November 2015 To read original article, click here Leading UAE law firm Hadef & Partners has been nominated as Regional Law Firm of the Year in The Oath’s inaugural awards, as well as being selected for Banking & Finance Team of the Year and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team of the Year. Sadiq Jafar, Managing Partner in Dubai, commented: “ ...
**5 Interview Tips for Lawyers**
Nov 12, 2015  
At Marsden Group, we coach the lawyers we are working with for interviews and provide interview preparation guides. We see this as an essential part of our role. Being prepared is everything in a competitive world. We have been making sure lawyers are interview–ready for many years and can help you gain the competitive edge to ensure you get the job. 1. An interview is a sales exercise; know how ...
**Baker & McKenzie Awarded 2015 Employer of Choice For Workplace Gender Equality**
Nov 9, 2015  
Article from Baker & McKenzie website, 5 November 2015 To read original article, click here Sydney, Australia, 5 November 2015 – The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has today announced the list of 2015 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders. Baker & McKenzie was one of 15 law firms nationally to be awarded the citation. The National Managing Partner of B ...
**Bursting at the seams: Milbank makes room for 50 extra lawyers in the City**
Nov 5, 2015  
Legal Business article, 5 November 2015 To read original article, click here Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is gearing up for further growth in London by leasing extra office space, an extra 35% on top of its current City base. Milbank has been expanding aggressively and has more than doubled the size of the London office in the past five years to almost 130 lawyers. T ...
**Dentons to create Pacific powerhouse through mergers with Gadens and Rodyk & Davidson**
Nov 4, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer, 2 November 2015 To read original article, click here Dentons global chief executive Elliott Portnoy and chairman Joe Andrew have announced the firm’s intention to enter into a three-way merger with Australian firm Gadens and Singaporean firm Rodyk & Davidson, subject to a partner vote. The deal would see Dentons expand its reach in Asia Pacific, enter Australi ...
**Dentons-Gadens merger moves to a vote**
Nov 3, 2015  
Lawyers Weekly article, 3 November 2015 To read original article, click here National firm Gadens, global Dentons and Singapore-based Rodyk & Davidson have announced plans to vote on a joint merger. After months of speculation, the firms have confirmed that they are considering a combination with Dentons, currently the world's largest law firm. The joint deal will also in ...
**DLA embarks on aggressive corporate strategy**
Nov 2, 2015  
Lawyers Weekly article, 30 October 2015 For the original article, click here Global firm DLA Piper has beefed up its corporate team over the past 18 months, pursuing at least six high-profile lateral hires. The firm hired partner Bryan Pointon from Gilbert + Tobin two years ago as their head of corporate in Asia-Pacific. Around the same time, the firm brought on board par ...
**Hadef & Partners Voted UAE Firm Of The Year**
Oct 21, 2015  
Article from Hadef & Partners news, 11 October 2015 To read original, click here Leading UAE law firm Hadef & Partners has received 4 awards, having won UAE Firm of the Year 2015 in 3 practice areas as well as Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015 in The Asian-MENA In-house Community’s 9th Annual Survey of In-House Counsel. Sadiq Jafar, Managing Partner in Dubai commented: “We ...
**Dubai Regulatory Expert Matthew Shanahan Joins Clifford Chance**
Sep 29, 2015  
Article as per Clifford Chance website, 28 September 2015 To read original, click here International law firm Clifford Chance announced today that Matthew Shanahan would be joining its Middle East Financial Services & Regulatory practice as Counsel. Matthew was most recently Associate Director at the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), where for the past six years he was res ...
**DLA Piper doubles Hamburg office with 20-lawyer team from Bird & Bird**
Sep 29, 2015  
Article as per The Lawyer, 23 September 2015 To read original, click here DLA Piper has added a team of 20 lawyers including five partners to its Hamburg office from Bird & Bird. The entire team is understood to have originally joined Bird & Bird from Hogan Lovells in 2011. The partners named in the move are TMT partner Stefan Engels, corporate partners Jörg Paura and Daniel Weiss, IP ...
**Eight habits of highly effective networkers**
Sep 28, 2015  
Article as per The Lawyer, 7 September 2015 To read original article, click here If you cultivate your connections well, the long-term benefits are remarkable. A vital part of a law firm’s sustainable goodwill is tied up in the collective network of its lawyers. Most firms recognise this in partner reviews and encourage partners to think carefully about the extent, shape and value of t ...
**Marsden Team Supports The London Legal Support Trust**
Sep 24, 2015  
Earlier this year our London team took part in the London Legal Walk to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust. LLST is an amazing charity that funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London. The recession has undoubtedly increased poverty and reduced support services. Meanwhile, funding for the advice centres has reduced; particularly since the 2013 removal of much of legal ...
**Working overtime is ‘self-defeating’**
Sep 15, 2015  
As per Lawyers Weekly article, 15 september 2015 To read original, click here Research repeatedly demonstrates that overwork drags down productivity. Yet, almost half of Australian lawyers report working ‘very long’ hours – more than any other profession. This intense work ethic is deeply ingrained in the culture of the legal profession. In a recent survey, conducted by UNSW l ...
**HK: Bird & Bird nabs DLA’s APAC employment head**
Sep 11, 2015  
September 11, 2015 For original Article click here Bird & Bird has hired Pattie Walsh, previously head of DLA Piper’s Asia Pacific employment practice, as a partner in Hong Kong. With over a decade’s experience across Asia, Walsh advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters with a particular focus on PRC labour law. “Pattie's track record of building and l ...
**What’s trending in global recruitment for lawyers?**
Sep 8, 2015  
Roles are ultimately offered to lawyers based on individual skills and backgrounds and law firms will always try and accommodate exceptional people, but, speaking in very high level general terms, the following trends are occurring: Overview Globally across the top tier firms we are seeking an unprecedented demand for lawyers at the 2 - 4 pqe level (in UK / HK terms) or for Australian / NZ law ...
**Hogan Lovells Adds Power in Dubai with Projects Partner Hire**
Sep 8, 2015  
Article as per Hogan Lovells website, 7 Sept 2015 To read original, click here Hogan Lovells has recruited partner Sohail Barkatali to join its Dubai finance practice. Sohail joins today, 7 September, as a partner in the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects (IERP) team. Sohail joins from Chadbourne & Parke in Dubai where he has been a partner since 2008. He specializes ...
**Shearman & Sterling Expands Global, Regional Footprint with New Office Opening in Dubai**
Sep 2, 2015  
Article as per Shearman & Sterling website, 1 Sept 2015 To read original, click here Global law firm Shearman & Sterling will further strengthen its client service with the opening of an office in Dubai, expanding a Middle East footprint that already includes a market-leading, 40-year presence in Abu Dhabi and the recent association with Abdulaziz Alassaf & Partners in Saudi Arabia. The ne ...
**Travers Smith boosts NQ salaries by 9% to match Slaughters**
Aug 28, 2015  
Legal Business article - 27 August 2015 To read original article, click here Having enjoyed another respectable financial performance for the 2014/15 year, Travers Smith has boosted its newly qualified (NQ) associate salaries by £6,000 to £70,000 from £64,000, constituting a 9% rise and putting its rates on a par with Slaughter and May and Hogan Lovells. Speaking to Legal ...
**Herbert Smith Freehills makes agile working permanent after positive feedback**
Aug 19, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer, 19 August 2015 To read original article, click here Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has announced plans to implement agile working across all its London-based practice groups following the success of a trial initiative which began in March. The plans will see the wider adoption of the firm’s ‘working smarter’ concept launched in 2012, which has been primarily use ...
**UAE is hot right now**
Aug 11, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer, 27 July 2015 To read original article, click here. The UAE is booming despite turmoil in the surrounding area and a depressed oil price, and firms expect a further boost when sanctions against Iran are lifted. Q: What have been the highlights of 2015 so far for you and do they reflect any market trends? Samir Kantaria, head of employment, Al Tamimi & Co: ...
**Firms cautioned to watch out for cyber-squatters as .law domain goes live**
Jul 30, 2015  
The Lawyer article - 30 July 2015 To read original article, click here The launch of domain name .law is set to occur today (30 July 2015) as part of the generic top level domain (gTLD) programme run by NetNames. The two-month ‘sunrise’ phase will allow owners of trademark names to buy their own new extension .law domain until 28 September 2015. After that time, the domain will be op ...
**PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT LAWYERS – YOU ARE IN DEMAND!!!**
Jul 24, 2015  
Having been firmly in the doldrums as a result of the GFC, the market for professional support lawyers is back and we have a plethora of instructions across most practice areas. Traditionally many people perceived a move into PSL as something you only did if did not want the hours or the stress of fee-earning or you were a black letter lawyer who was happy to sit in a back room drafting document ...
**PENSIONS LAWYERS WE NEED YOU!**
Jul 17, 2015  
• Who is recruiting? In the London market we have a range of live instructions for pensions lawyers with active needs across the magic, silver circle and top 20 firms. We also have vacancies with US firms. Whilst the majority of firms would like to recruit at the junior/mid level (2-5 years) there is a real dearth of pensions lawyers at this level caused by the fact that during the GFC corporate ...
**Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co joins forces with Gowlings to launch new international law firm: Gowling WLG**
Jul 8, 2015  
Article from Wragge & Co website, 8 July 2015 To read original article, click here Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) and Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, are joining forces to create a new international law firm called Gowling WLG. The new firm will take effect in January 2016. Gowling WLG will have more than 1,400 lawyers and legal professionals operating from 18 locations ...
**Mayer Brown to ally with Chinese firm Jingtian & Gongcheng**
Jul 7, 2015  
Article as per The Lawyer, 7 July 2015 To read original article, click here Mayer Brown is to enter into an association with Chinese firm Jingtian & Gongcheng in Hong Kong, as the Chinese firm launches its first international office in the city. The move is the latest manifestation of the convergence between the Chinese legal community and its international counterparts. It will see Ma ...
**Clydes looks to carry out domestic work in the Middle East**
Jul 3, 2015  
As per the Lawyer article, 3 July 2015 To read original article, click here Clydes & Co is set to further increase its international offering with plans to move onshore in Dubai and Qatar. Currently the firm has been operating in both regions in an offshore capacity but is looking to expand its offering to carry out domestic dispute resolution work in both countries. It is unknown ho ...
**Allen & Overy posts sixth year of growth with 4 per cent revenue increase to £1.28bn in 2014/15**
Jul 2, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer - 2 July 2015 To read original article, click here Allen & Overy (A&O) has achieved a sixth consecutive year of growth in 2014/15, increasing its global turnover by 4 per cent from £1.23bn to £1.28bn, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) grew by 8 per cent to £1.21m. The financial results were an improvement on the previous year, when the firm posted a ...
**White & Case re-elects chairman Verrier for a third consecutive term**
Jul 1, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer - 29 June 2015 To read original article, click here White & Case has re-elected Hugh Verrier as chairman of the firm for a third consecutive four-year term until 2019. Former Moscow head Verrier was elected to his first term as chairman in 2007 succeeding managing partner Duane Wall (6 August 2007). He was then re-elected four years later after he stood unoppose ...
**Osborne Clarke takes top gong at The Lawyer Awards**
Jun 24, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer website, 24 June 2015 To read original article, click here (Log in will be required) Osborne Clarke scooped the top prize at The Lawyer Awards last night after it secured the Law Firm of the Year award. Law Firm of the Year, sponsored by the event’s headline sponsor Travelers, is the top award of the night. Osborne Clarke was recognised for its energy and moment ...
**Chinese firms take on the world with mergers and alliances**
Jun 23, 2015  
As per The Lawyer website, 23 June 2015 To read original article, please click here (log in will be required) It’s not so long ago that domestic Chinese firms shied away from tying up with a single international player, fearing the loss of inbound referral work if they did so. With China swiftly becoming a net exporter of capital, however, firms are looking at ways of offering the ...
**King & Spalding Opens New Office in Tokyo**
Jun 22, 2015  
Taken from King & Spalding website, 16 June 2015 To read original article, click here TOKYO, June 16, 2015 — King & Spalding will open an office in Tokyo, the firm’s eighteenth office overall and tenth office outside the United States. The new Tokyo office, along with the firm’s Singapore office, will anchor King & Spalding’s market-leading energy practice throughout the Asia-Pacific reg ...
**Stephenson Harwood's PEP jumps 42 per cent as firm reports its best year ever**
Jun 18, 2015  
The Lawyer Article - 18 June 2015 To read original article, click here Stephenson Harwood has had its best year ever, with its profit per equity partner (PEP) figure increasing by 42 per cent in 2014/15 from £537,000 to £763,000. Revenue also rose by 20 per cent from £121m to £145m following good years for the corporate and real estate departments, as well as commercial and litigation. ...
**Freshfields freezes associate salaries but bumps trainee pay**
Jun 9, 2015  
The Lawyer Article - 9 June 2015 To read original article, click here Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has frozen its associate salary bands but remains at the top of the magic circle for remuneration at most levels. The firm decided to cap its pay for 2015/16 after storming ahead of the rest of the pack since it launched its career milestone (CM) merit-based system in 2012. It raised ...
**Clifford Chance ups NQ salaries to £70,000 while 3 PQE pay nudges £100,000**
Jun 4, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer, 4 June 2015 To read original version, click here Clifford Chance has revealed its salaries for next year, with every level seeing boosted wages. First year trainees will receive £42,000, up 3.7 per cent from £40,500 while second year trainees will be paid £47,300, up by 4 per cent, from £45,500. Newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers will receive £70,000, up from £67,500 ...
**Linklaters reveals 'extremely competitive' associate pay hikes of up to 7%**
May 22, 2015  
Legal Week article - 22 May 2015 Linklaters has become the second magic circle firm to announce salary hikes for its junior level this year, with two-year qualified lawyers gaining the most with a 7% pay raise. Lawyers with two years' post-qualification experience (PQE) at the firm have had their pay packet increased from £82,000 to £88,000 from 1 May. First-year trainee salaries ...
**£70,000 NQ salary: Hogan Lovells matches Slaughter and May as legal salary race reaches new heights**
May 21, 2015  
Legal Business article - 20th May 2015 For original article, click here. Hogan Lovells has bumped up the salaries of its newly qualified lawyers by £5,000 to £70,000 in a move that will see it again match the salary on offer at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May. In a hike that is more than double the pay rise given to newly qualified lawyers at Hogan Lovells last year, ...
**Hadef & Partners Wins Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year Award 2015**
May 21, 2015  
Article From Hadef & Partners website - 17/05/15 To read original article, click here. Leading UAE law firm, Hadef & Partners, is delighted to announce they have won the award for Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year at this year’s Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards which took place in Dubai last Thursday. On winning this award, Richard Briggs, Executive Partner and Head ...
**A Chart Summarizing the New York Bar Exam Changes**
May 21, 2015  
The Law Insider article - 17 May 2015 To read original article, click here. What’s new with the New York Bar Exam in 2016? Big changes are coming to the New York Bar Exam beginning in July 2016. As you may know, the NY Bar has decided to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”) to replace the current NY Exam format. What’s Changing? To help you prepare for the change ...
*BLP reports 22 per cent PEP rise with turnover up 6 per cent to £259m*
May 20, 2015  
May 19, 2015 Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) turnover increased by 6 per cent to £259m for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rebounding to £659,000. BLP also cleared its bank debt and ended the year with a positive cash balance of £12m. This year results see a continued return to growth following a sharp decline in profitability of 38 per cent between 2 ...
**Latham secures top spot on The Lawyer's International Firms in London list**
May 19, 2015  
The Lawyer article - 18th May 2015 Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s list of the Top 30 International Firms in London thanks to a 27 per cent revenue rise to $267m in 2014, while average turnover of listed firms grew by 13 per cent. Latham was followed in the ranking by White & Case, with turnover hitting $240m, and Baker & McKenzie with $217m. This year’s Top 30 Internatio ...
**What makes a good Private Equity Lawyer - The Clifford Chance view**
May 15, 2015  
As the Head of Private Equity at the UK’s leading Private Equity practice, David Pearson of Clifford Chance London gives us his views on what makes a good Private Equity Lawyer. •COMMERCIALITY - A sharp mind and a commercial mind is very important. Someone who is also enthusiastic, willing to learn, interested in the client and someone who is flexible in their app ...
**The magic circle: together but not the same**
May 11, 2015  
The Lawyer article - 11 May 2015 In 10 years the magic circle has significantly expanded its global presence but each firm has followed a different strategy for growth. From A&O’s 22 offices to Freshfields’ four, here’s how they did it Allen & Overy (A&O) has done more to build out its international platform over the past 10 years than any of its three magic circle rivals. Indeed, in ...
**Linklaters appoints new global heads of Financial Regulation Group and Capital Markets**
May 6, 2015  
Linklaters news article - 5 May 2015 To read original, click here Linklaters has appointed Peter Bevan as Global Practice Head of the Financial Regulation Group and Michael Voisin as Global Practice Head of Capital Markets. Both roles are for a four year term with effect from 1 May 2015. Peter Bevan succeeds Michael Kent, who successfully led the Financial Regulation Group since 2007 b ...
**DLA Piper announces 44 promotions for 2015**
May 5, 2015  
The Lawyer article - 1 May 2015 DLA Piper has announced that 44 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership this year, including nine in the UK and 20 in the US. The largest number was in DLA Piper’s corporate practice where 10 lawyers were promoted into the partnership. There are nine promotions within DLA’s litigation and regulatory practice and eight within intellectual property a ...
**Freshfields further strengthens its Japan dispute resolution and employment practice with two new partner appointments**
May 5, 2015  
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer news article - 1 May 2015 For original article, click here Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is pleased to announce the promotion of Akiko Yamakawa and Nicholas Lingard to partners of the firm, effective 1 May 2015. Akiko has been a member of Freshfields’ Tokyo office since 2000 and is well-known in the Japanese market as a specialist in dispute resolution ...
**Partnership promotions: Linklaters focuses on corporate practice in 23-strong round**
May 1, 2015  
Legal Business article - 27 April 2015 To read original article, click here In a sign that the Magic Circle firm has renewed confidence in its traditional M&A stronghold, Linklaters has promoted nine corporate lawyers to the partnership, nearly 40% of the 23-strong round, spread across the City, Shanghai and its European offices. Linklaters has elected 23 new partners, tw ...
**Ashurst and SJ Berwin: who struck the better corporate deal?**
Apr 29, 2015  
The Lawyer article - 10 November 2014 Ashurst and SJ Berwin both chased Asia mergers. But did they really benefit their corporate practices? It has been precisely 12 months since the legal market witnessed two monumental mergers. One resulted in legacy SJ Berwin being consumed by Sino Pacific giant King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). The other took the form of Ashurst’s full financial integ ...
**LND: Latham's Sadanandan: London is a bright spot for us**
Apr 28, 2015  
The Lawyer article, 24 April 2015 Latham & Watkins has a new London managing partner in Jay Sadanandan, but like the song, the strategic direction remains the same. Next month The Lawyer will unveil the 2015 edition of the International Top 30 firms in London. Spoiler alert: you can bank on the fact that one of the most prominent firms in this annual feature will be Latham & Watkins. F ...
**DLA Piper appoints Head of Private Equity in Australia**
Apr 22, 2015  
As per DLA Piper website - 20 Apr 2015 To read original article, click here. Global law firm DLA Piper has appointed leading corporate and M&A lawyer Grant Koch as Head of Private Equity in Australia, effective 20 April 2015. Grant is qualified both in Australia and the UK, having worked in London for a number of years before relocating to Sydney. He joins DLA Piper from Allen & Ov ...
**DLA Piper and Davis finalize combination in Canada**
Apr 20, 2015  
DLA Piper article, 17 April 2015 To read original, please click here DLA Piper LLP (US) and Davis LLP announced today that the firms have finalized their agreement to join forces as DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, an integrated part of DLA Piper’s global platform and brand. The combination unites the breadth of practices and industry experience of DLA Piper, one of the world’s leading glob ...
**A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years**
Apr 17, 2015  
The Lawyer article - 17 April 2015 To read original article, please click here Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years. The increase in female lawyers, which represents 40.1 per cent of the total promotions, comes after the firm considered introducing a 20 per cent female partnershi ...
**Trowers & Hamlins becomes first foreign law firm to secure branch licence in Malaysia**
Apr 15, 2015  
As per Trowers and Hamlins website, 15 April 2015. To read original article, please click here. Trowers & Hamlins is delighted to announce that it has become what it believes to be the first foreign law firm to be granted a Qualified Foreign Law Firm (QFLF) licence in Malaysia. The licence was approved by the Malaysian Bar Council and is effective from 4 April 2015. The QFLF licence ...
**Your first paid “Haircut” - NEW YORK style**
Mar 31, 2015  
What is it? The term Haircut is what most top tier NY firms refer to when they discount non US lawyers (i.e. those who do not have a US JD) from peer firms joining as lateral hires Why do they do it? A variety of reasons: 1. They want to make sure lawyers with no US experience can be charged out at an appropriate rate and therefore used by the partners. If you go in too high with no US e ...
**Leading UK law firms to open offices in Australia**
Mar 31, 2015  
The Australian article - 31 March 2015. For original article, please click here. Giant UK law firm Hogan Lovells has unveiled plans to launch an Australian practice after recruiting two partners from leading national firm Allens. Hogan Lovells will open offices in Sydney and Perth in July that will be led by husband and wife team Nicky and Tim Lester, who are still serving out their noti ...
**Mega-deals boost first quarter M&A activity as Freshfields tops Europe and UK rankings**
Mar 26, 2015  
Article from The Lawyer - 25 March 2015 ------------------------------- Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has regained top spot in worldwide deal rankings, advising on the greatest volume and value of M&A transactions for the first quarter of 2014, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer maintaining its place at the top of the European and UK table. Global M&A has continued its positiv ...
**Consolidation: Latham set to shut Abu Dhabi and Doha offices as it refocuses efforts in Dubai**
Mar 25, 2015  
Taken from Legal Business, 18 March 2015. To read original article, please click here. Latham & Watkins has internally announced today (18 March) that it will close two offices in the Middle East by the end of the year, shutting down its outposts in Abu Dhabi and Doha, and relocating staff to its Dubai operation. The closures come seven years after the firm launched in t ...
**Special report: GCs in banking – The big bank load**
Mar 25, 2015  
From The Lawyer website - 16 March 2015. To read original article, please click here. The pressure on in-house lawyers in the financial services sector is growing as banks face up to new challenges such as greater regulatory scrutiny. Increased competition, a new regulatory landscape, and multi-billion dollar fines – in-house lawyers in the financial services sector have had plenty of ...
**Competition: what lawyers really think about changes to the UK's regulatory regime**
Mar 25, 2015  
The Lawyer website - 2 March 2015. For original article, please click here. UK competition lawyers have a new regulator and new rules to follow when handling mergers. Is it ‘business as usual’ as the old OFT and CC promised? April 2014 marked the beginning of a new era for the UK’s competition lawyers. Partly due to the Government’s drastic programme of spending cuts, the UK scrapped ...
**How are regulations affecting asset managers?**
Mar 25, 2015  
How are regulations affecting asset managers? For many lawyers making a move in-house, the end goal is the coveted “General Counsel” title rather than becoming a Partner with their firm. At present, making an in-house financial services move to the buy-side seems to be attractive for most experienced sale side lawyers, as well as private practice lawyers looking for an in house move. Th ...
**Lloyds opens new Dubai Office**
Mar 17, 2015  
As per Lloyd's website, 11, March 2015. For Original article, please click here ------------------------------- Lloyd’s is delighted to announce the official opening today of a new specialist underwriting platform in Dubai to provide tailored risk solutions across the Middle East. This brings the number of Lloyd's businesses trading in the Dubai International Financial Centre to nine – Amlin, ...
**Under new leadership: Sadanandan replaces Nick Cline as Latham’s London chief **
Mar 11, 2015  
Legal Business article - 10 March 2015 To read original article, click here. After five years in the post, and having nearly doubled the size of the office, Latham & Watkins' London head Nick Cline has been replaced by finance partner Jay Sadanandan (pictured). Cline finished a five-year term as London head at the end of February and Sadanandan, who was made deputy office ...
**Dentons awarded Best Law Firm of the Year 2014**
Mar 9, 2015  
Posted on Dentons website, 26 February 2015 To read original article, click here Abu Dhabi—Dentons was awarded the Pan-Middle East Best Law Firm of the Year by EMEA Finance, whose Middle East Banking Awards winners for 2014 were announced recently. This is the fifth occasion on which Dentons has won this prestigious industry award in the past six years. The Middle East Banking Awards, h ...
**Clyde & Co opens fully integrated office in Riyadh**
Mar 9, 2015  
Posted on Clyde & Co website, 1st March 2015 To read original story, click here Clyde & Co has further formalised its existing offering in Riyadh with the opening of its fully integrated office. Ben Cowling, a specialist construction partner of Clyde & Co who has been resident in KSA since 2012, will continue to be based in Riyadh and assist with the management of the office. Saudi A ...
**KhattarWong forms alliance with Withers**
Mar 9, 2015  
Source: Straits Times Date: 04 Feb 2015 Author: Grace Leong For original article please click here LEGAL firm KhattarWong has established a formal alliance with the international law firm Withers, management for both firms told The Straits Times yesterday. Four other local law firms have similar arrangements with foreign law firms, but KhattarWong is the largest lo ...
**Breaking News** UK Giant set to launch in Australia
Mar 6, 2015  
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**Allen & Overy is Law Firm of the Year for the fourth consecutive year**
Mar 4, 2015  
Allen & Over website article For the original article please click here Allen & Overy has been recognised as the “Law Firm of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year at the annual Islamic Finance News Awards ceremony held in Dubai last night. The awarding body, Islamic Finance News, cited that “Allen & Overy held its ground to retain the top spot by a comfortable margin, and the bre ...
**DLA Piper enters Canada with Davis merger**
Mar 3, 2015  
Legal Week article, 02 March 2015 For original article please click here DLA Piper has made its first foray into Canada through a merger with Vancouver firm Davis, a year after talks with now defunct Heenan Blaikie fell through. The tie-up, which was approved by the Canadian firm last week, boosts DLA's global headcount to around 4,460 lawyers. The merger is set to go ...
**Why Make a Lateral Move?**
Feb 23, 2015  
If you take a minute to Google that question, you will see that there have been numerous articles and blogs written about it, and all of its associated pros and cons. In recent years the consensus, regardless of sector or specialism, is resoundingly positive. Pre-financial crisis... click link for more...http://goo.gl/B9FFCO
***In-House-Volcker Rule***
Feb 17, 2015  
The Volker rule is a hot topic within the In-House legal investment banking and investment management space. It is a key discussion point for both in-house lawyers and documentation teams alike, and it is evident that there are mixed feelings generally about the continuous flow of regulation coming from the regulators, and the long and short-term effects this has on the financial services ind ...
**Talent drain leaves 43% of in-house legal teams "under-resourced"**
Feb 13, 2015  
Legal Week article - 13 Feb 2015 For full article please Click Here. According to a report on ‘’Legal Week’’, Talent drain leaves 43% of in-house legal teams "under-resourced" Despite the general trend towards headcount growth, staffing shortages driven by a lack of experienced in-house candidates remain a key concern. Overall, 43% of respondents say they do not have enough lawyers, ...
**Talent drain leaves 43% of in-house legal teams **
Feb 13, 2015  
Legal Week Article - 13 Feb 2015 For the full article please Click Here. According to a report on ‘’Legal Week’’, Talent drain leaves 43% of in-house legal teams "under-resourced" Despite the general trend towards headcount growth, staffing shortages driven by a lack of experienced in-house candidates remain a key concern. Overall, 43% of respondents say they do not have enoug ...
**Dentons - Historic combination creates leading, largest law firm in the world**
Feb 5, 2015  
January 26, 2015 At a signing ceremony today, in an historic first, 大成 (pronounced "da CHUNG"), a leading law firm in China, and Dentons, a top 10 global law firm, announced a combination that will be unique in the marketplace. The result will be the only firm to offer seamless service across Africa; Asia Pacific; Canada; Central Asia; Europe; the Middle East; Russia, CIS and the Caucasus; th ...
**Global ambitions: Dentons opens in Jo’burg as accounts show profit jump**
Feb 5, 2015  
Dentons has continued its rapid expansion with the addition of a new South African office in Johannesburg, while accounts filed at Companies House by Dentons UKMEA LLP have revealed the firm saw a substantial rise in profits as it lowered operating costs and improved turnover. To read more, click here.
**Chadbourne Opens Johannesburg Office**
Feb 5, 2015  
Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that the firm has opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The firm also hired Lido Fontana as an International Partner in its project finance practice and as the Managing Partner of the Johannesburg office. Mr Fontana will join the firm on 2nd February from Bowman Gilfillan, one of South Africa's leading corporate law firms. To read more, click here. ...
**HFW announces new Middle East regional office Managing Partner**
Feb 5, 2015  
Leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan is delighted to announce that Partner Rula Dajani Abuljebain will become Managing Partner of the firm’s Middle East Regional Office in Dubai from 1 April 2015. Rula has been based in Dubai since 1996 and has been integral to the development of HFW’s client base in the UAE and across the GCC, in particular in Kuwait and Qatar. She specia ...
**Clyde & Co named MENA Insurance Review ‘Insurance Law Firm of the Year’**
Feb 5, 2015  
International law firm Clyde & Co has, for the second year running, been awarded ‘Insurance Law firm of the Year’ at the 2015 MENA Insurance awards. The awards recognise industry players that have shown top performance, innovation and excellence in the MENA insurance industry over the past yea ...
**Baker & McKenzie - Dr. Habib Al Mulla Appointed Chairman of DIAC**
Jan 13, 2015  
Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2015 – Leading UAE law firm Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla is pleased to announce that the firm's Chairman, Dr. Habib Al Mulla, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees (the Board) of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) by decree of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, in December 2014. To read more, click here.
**Linklaters appoints Scott Campbell as UAE head **
Dec 11, 2014  
Linklaters has appointed Scott Campbell as managing partner for the UAE, for a four-year term with immediate effect. He succeeds Sarosh Mewawalla, who has returned to full-time client work. With more than 14 years of experience in the Middle East, Scott Campbell is recognised as one of the region’s leading corporate lawyers. He has been based in Linklaters’ Dubai office since it was launc ...
**Collas Crill merge with CARD in Cayman to produce unique client offering**
Nov 26, 2014  
Collas Crill and Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth (CARD) in the Cayman Islands have jointly announced that they are, subject to regulatory approvals, to merge with effect from a date early in the New Year. The merger creates the first and currently only law firm with offices in Singapore, the Cayman Islands, London and each of the Channel Islands. The firm will remain as Collas Crill in Guernse ...
*Marsden Trip to Grand Cayman*
Nov 18, 2014  
Simon Scott and Jonathan Marsden from Marsden recently visited Grand Cayman for client visits and met with heads of department and managing partners at leading offshore firms Maples & Calder, Walkers, Appleby, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Carey Olsen, Harneys and Campbells. Vacancies are arising at the firms in corporate, banking/finance and commercial litigation and, as ever, they are looking for c ...
**King & Wood Mallesons picks up Eversheds trio to build structured real estate team**
Nov 18, 2014  
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has hired former Eversheds London managing partner Cornelius Medvei, along with two of the firm’s structured real estate partners. Medvei will be joined in the move to KWM by Eversheds’ former international head of real estate William Naunton and former London head of tax Clive Jones. To read more, click here.
**Offshore special: Singapore focus**
Nov 18, 2014  
Offshore players have high hopes of Singapore but for now the work is limited, so increased competition could stymie firms’ growth Compared with Hong Kong, Singapore has a small number of offshore firms. Although it is 13 years since the first offshore player, Conyers Dill & Pearman, opened in the jurisdiction, there are still just six firms with offices there. To read more, click here.
**Offshore firms: In the zone**
Nov 17, 2014  
London is an increasingly important hub for offshore law firms, which are winning business from City-based financial institutions, and clients in Russia, western Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. To read more, click here.
Allen & Overy ups salaries for junior ranks...
Oct 20, 2014  
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Freshfields and Linklaters dominate the 2014 IPO market
Oct 13, 2014  
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**Allen & Overy bolsters Africa presence with South Africa launch**
Oct 8, 2014  
Allen & Overy today announces a significant investment in its Africa platform with the launch of an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. This makes Allen & Overy the first of the global elite law firms to establish a presence on the ground in South Africa. To read more, click here.
**Latham and Kirkland go native in London, but how far have other US firms come?**
Oct 6, 2014  
US firms are growing deep roots in London by hiring and promoting local talent, data from The Lawyer shows. Which firms are growing their own and which are still intent on buying in laterals? To read more, click here.
**Special report: Canada – The long trail**
Aug 13, 2014  
A&O is the first magic circle firm to tiptoe into Canada but despite the strong economy, there is good reason why local players are not expecting a stampede. To read more, click here.
**Britain's recovery pushes economy past pre-crisis peak**
Jul 25, 2014  
Britain's economy is now bigger than it was before the financial crisis struck six years ago after strong growth in the second quarter that keeps it on track to lead the way among developed countries this year. The return to its pre-crisis size comes years after other major economies passed the same landmark but will be a relief for the government ahead of a national election in 2015.To read ...
**Special report: Offshore - The Cayman Islands**
Jul 23, 2014  
The Cayman Islands dominates the offshore world, but can it maintain its leading position? The Cayman Islands is the quintessential offshore jurisdiction. Tax-neutral, with a government and financial regulator keen to keep up with the latest developments in the financial services sector, Cayman has ridden out the financial crisis and a considerably intensified focus on regulation with its busin ...
**A&O posts record results to £1.23bn but revenue rise lags half year performance**
Jul 2, 2014  
Total revenue at Allen & Overy (A&O) rose by just 2 per cent last year from £1.21bn to £1.23bn in 2013/14, despite the firm having posted a 7.5 per cent rise at the half-year stage. To read more, click here.
**Why Allen & Overy (sort of) changed its mind on Canada**
Jun 19, 2014  
Allen & Overy (A&O) put a Canada launch on the back burner in 2011, choosing instead to focus on Australia. A&O’s future Toronto head reveals what was behind the change of heart. When A&O’s Casablanca founding partner François Duquette voiced his intention to return to Canada nine months ago, the firm was left in a pickle. Here was a partner who had spearheaded A&O’s foray into Africa (20 July 2 ...
**How to grow PEP by 46 per cent: a lesson from Osborne Clarke**
Jun 10, 2014  
The firm’s revenue is up 26 per cent and profit per equity partner up 46 per cent, but just what is the secret behind the massive growth at Osborne Clarke? Rewind to 2008/09. The economy was in the doldrums, with many firms posting a substantial drop in revenue and profits. To read more, click here.
**The accountants are coming...**
Jun 9, 2014  
The big auditors are targeting the legal sector again, and this time the mid-market had better be prepared The accountants’ previous assault on the legal market might have turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, but this time around law firms could really have something to worry about. To read more, click here.
**Ashurst latest to set diversity targets in bid to improve gender representation**
Jun 4, 2014  
Ashurst is aiming to ensure that 40 per cent of all partner promotions are female by 2018 as well as handing a quarter of management positions to women in a radical overhaul of the firm’s diversity policy. The gender targets were set at the firm’s first board meeting since its full financial merger with Blake Dawson went live in November 2013 (26 September 2013). The diversity initiative - aime ...
**Client scrummage begins as Dundas and CMS merger goes live****
Jun 3, 2014  
(WASHINGTON DC – June 1, 2014) – One of the world’s most comprehensive legal platforms launches today as Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs combine to create Squire Patton Boggs. Squire Patton Boggs draws together the heritage, strength, reputation and resources of the legacy firms to create a new, integrated law firm with unparalleled local connections and global influence. The combined firm offers ...
**Herbies latest to nudge up to magic circle rates with NQ salary boost**
Jun 2, 2014  
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has revealed pay increases for its trainees and newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers in London, and now pays its NQs as much as the magic circle. The firm will now pay its NQs £65,000, matching Linklaters’ newly-raised salary for its NQs (12 May 2014). The figure is an increase of 3 per cent on last year and matches the new NQ rate revealed last week by Hogan Lovells (27 Ma ...
**Shearman ups associate pay by 6.4 per cent after record year in City**
May 15, 2014  
Shearman & Sterling has boosted associate salary rates across the board in its latest UK lawyer salary review, a move which follows a London turnover rise of 20 per cent. Although there were no special bonuses on the back of the financial results, the US firm has chosen to increase pay rates across its three-tier merit-based structure by 6.4 per cent. To read more, click here.
**Italy's Grimaldi turns to Ashurst for London launch **
May 12, 2014  
Ashurst corporate partner Fabio Pizzocheri has joined Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale to launch its London office. Pizzocheri had been a partner at Ashurst since 2010, having joined the firm from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. To read more, click here.
**Osborne Clarke hands out bonus as turnover rockets to £142m**
May 12, 2014  
Osborne Clarke’s turnover shot up by more than a quarter in 2013/14, from £112m to £142m, setting all staff members up for a 2 per cent bonus. The preliminary results come off the back of a 14 per cent increase in revenue in 2012/13, from £98m to £112m, meaning that the firm’s revenue has increased by 40 per cent over the past two financial years (17 June 2013). To read more, click here. ...
**KWMSJB private equity partner Tim Wright exits for DLA**
May 8, 2014  
DLA Piper has hired one of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s top private equity partners, Tim Wright. Since joining legacy SJ Berwin in September 2004 from Clifford Chance, Wright has become one of the firm’s dominant private equity partners in the City alongside Steven Davis. To read more, click here.
**Client scrummage begins as Dundas and CMS merger goes live**
May 1, 2014  
A year after CMS Cameron McKenna first crossed the threshold of Dundas & Wilson with its tantalising proposal, the merger between the two firms has gone live. What comes next will be an intense tussle over banking and energy clients as the two firms play tug of war over the institutional client list. It was Dundas’ client list that first piqued CMS’ interest. “On the power side there was Nation ...
**HKFsi completes boutique acquisition**
May 1, 2014  
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has bolted on boutique firm CKFT, in a move that will boost its revenues from £40m to £45m. It emerged that the two firms were in talks in February at which point HKFsi had been in discussions with the North London firm for a number of weeks (25 February 2014). The completion of the deal today will see 28 employees and seven partners transfer to HKFsi. A further four pa ...
**Champagne at dawn as LG pops cork on Wragges merger**
May 1, 2014  
The combination of LG and Wragge & Co will go live today with the new partners admitted to the combined equity. The new entity will be known as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, although as Lucy Burton discovers, this is a name that will be kept under review. Lawrence Graham (LG) officially merges with Wragge & Co today, although questions remain over just how many LG partners have been admitted to t ...
**Dentons ties up with South African associate firm to launch in Cape Town**
Apr 9, 2014  
Dentons is tying up with South African associate firm KapdiTwala to launch its own offices in South Africa. KapdiTwala, which focuses on oil and gas, has been associated with Dentons since 2012. The merger gives Dentons an office in Cape Town, with the firm planning to open in Johannesburg later this year. To read more, click here.
**Asia Pacific associates see partnership promo prospects rise**
Apr 9, 2014  
Recent Asia partner promotions statistics from eight international firms over the past four years suggests local senior lawyers stand a good chance of being made up. It is the time of the year again when global firms start to announce which of their lucky associates have made it to the partnership.Today Linklaters confirmed that its partner promotions have fallen to 21 from 24 in 2013 (7 April 2 ...
**Partner promotions: Linklaters beats Magic Circle rivals with 21 lawyers made up to partner **
Apr 7, 2014  
With the latest promotions round among the City elite so far showing a marked drop in the number of associates made up to partner, Linklaters has elected 21 new partners across its global network, with seven made up in London. The promotions will take effect from May 1 2014. To read more, click here.
**Allen & Overy tops the tables in project finance global rankings **
Mar 20, 2014  
Clifford Chance has toppled six spaces in this year’s global project finance rankings as Allen & Overy (A&O) rises to pole position with $94.9bn worth of deals. To read more, click here.
**Bumper promotion round for Slaughters with seven made up in London**
Mar 19, 2014  
Slaughter & May has made up seven associates to partner in this year’s promotions round – the highest number of promotions in more than six years. All seven promotions are based in Slaughters’ London office, and will take effect from 1 May 2014. To read more, click here.
**Linklaters, Osborne Clarke lead on £3.5bn Carphone Warehouse & Dixons merger **
Feb 26, 2014  
Linklaters and Osborne Clarke are thought to be advising on a potential merger between Carphone Warehouse and electrical retail chain Dixons. Dixons has instructed its longstanding adviser Linklaters to advise on the deal. Corporate partner Aedamar Comiskey is leading on the transaction, assisted by corporate managing associate Dominic Kendal-Ward. To read more click here.
**Quinn launches in Brussels for seventh Europe office**
Feb 19, 2014  
Litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has continued a year of international expansion to open in Brussels. The office will be led by partner Nadine Herrmann, who joined Quinn Emanuel in 2012 from Allen & Overy to launch the US firm’s Hamburg office (1 May 2012). Herrman will divide her time between the Brussels and Hamburg offices along with competition lawyers Catherine Manley a ...
**Ashurst competition partner Ellison to join Mayer Brown **
Feb 7, 2014  
High-profile competition partner Julian Ellison has left Ashurst’s Brussels office to join Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team. Ellison, who has been a partner at Ashurst since 1989 and headed the firm’s Brussels office for a number of years, will start his new role at Mayer Brown’s outpost in the Belgian capital on Monday (10 February). To read more, click here.
**A&O tops law firm branding league table **
Feb 3, 2014  
Magic circle firm Allen & Overy has the best brand recognition in the English legal profession, according to survey results published today. The magic circle firm topped a league table of 20 practices after researchers gauged client opinions as well as mainstream and specialist press coverage. To read more, click here.
**Reed Smith adds three to partnership in London in global promo round**
Jan 14, 2014  
Reed Smith has appointed three of its City lawyers to partner and one to counsel, in the firm's 2014 global promotions round. In total, 26 lawyers were promoted to partner and 18 to counsel across 14 offices, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 747. Partner promotions in London came in the firm's financial industry, corporate and shippin ...
**Germany's Rödl takes Milan team from corporate boutique**
Jan 14, 2014  
German multi-disciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has strengthened its presence in Italy with the hire of the Milan office of local M&A firm BLF Studio Legale. Led by partners Daniele Bonvicini and Alessandro Borelli, the move adds six lawyers to Rödl’s Italian operations. To read more, click here.
**CMS Cameron McKenna partners vote yes to Dundas & Wilson takeover**
Dec 18, 2013  
CMS Cameron McKenna and Dundas & Wilson partners have said yes to a £277m-tie-up that will go live in May 2014. Sources close to the firms said due diligence began in July but Dundas & Wilson partners were only made aware of the deal late last week. to read more, click here.
**Osborne Clarke to set up shop in Amsterdam **
Dec 10, 2013  
Osborne Clarke is to launch an office in Amsterdam in the New Year, marking the firm’s fourth international opening with a year. The new base will open focus on the digital business sector initially, with plans to expand into real estate and renewables over the next financial year. No head has been decided as yet but the firm is looking at hiring in Amsterdam and will model the office on its re ...
**Bank of Ireland hires new UK general counsel**
Nov 26, 2013  
The Bank of Ireland has hired John Bennett as general counsel to its UK subsidiary, succeeding Jan Karpinsky who retired earlier this year. Bennett, who formerly worked as transactional head of legal for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS’) wholesale division, now reports to the Bank of Ireland’s group legal services head Gabrielle Ryan. To read more, click here.
**A&O reports 7% H1 revenue boost as firm restates plans to target US**
Nov 20, 2013  
Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted a 7.4% revenue hike for the first half of 2013-14, as it re-iterates plans to expand its US footprint in the next 12 months. The firm’s revenue grew to £608m in the six months to the end of October, up on the £566m brought in during the same period last year. To read more, click here.
**Marsden Senior Consultants Visit the Middle East**
Nov 19, 2013  
Senior consultants Sarah Marsden and Sara Hanna have just returned from a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, visiting clients and regional candidates. The market is active and our client law firms are recruiting in practice areas including corporate, banking, capital markets, construction, projects, arbitration and real estate. Candidates must have relevant experience gained at top tier international ...
**Fladgate turnover up 15% at half year as firm hires FFW construction head **
Nov 7, 2013  
Fladgate has posted a double digit increase in turnover and a 10 per cent rise in profit for the 2013/14 half year, with a 15 per cent turnover hike to £14.84m over the like-for-like period. To read more, click here.
**AG continues Asia growth with hires in Dubai, Singapore**
Nov 5, 2013  
Addleshaw Goddard (AG) has added to its teams in Dubai and Singapore with the hire of two lawyers from Clyde & Co and DLA Piper. M&A expert Ben Gillespie joins the UK firm as a partner in Dubai from Clyde & Co's Middle East group, whilst shipping lawyer Mike Melwood-Smith joins as a consultant in Singapore from DLA Piper. To read more, click here.
**Taylor Wessing mulls triple Middle East opening to bolster presence in region**
Nov 5, 2013  
Firm names Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar as potential locations for local tie-ups Taylor Wessing is planning to dramatically increase its Middle East presence, with the firm eyeing launches in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. To read more, click here.
**Slaughters joins forces with African firms to target disputes work**
Nov 5, 2013  
Slaughter and May has teamed up with a band of African law firms to target disputes work from overseas investors in the continent. The elite firm has joined forces with firms in 10 jurisdictions to advise companies investing in those markets on managing and mitigating the risks of disputes. To read more, click here.
**King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin merger goes live**
Oct 31, 2013  
King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin will combine to a $1bn global law firm headquartered in Asia tomorrow (1 November). The combined firm will be known as King & Wood Mallesons globally except in the UK, Europe and Middle East, where it will be branded as King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin for a transitional period before dropping the SJ Berwin part permanently. To read more, click here.
**Osborne Clarke sends heavyweight contingent to launch Manhattan base**
Oct 28, 2013  
Osborne Clarke has opened an office in Manhattan in a bid to enhance its relationships with tech companies and intermediaries in the US. To read more, click here.
**White & Case boosts Johannesburg office**
Oct 21, 2013  
White & Case has expanded its South Africa offering with the hire of three new partners in its Johannesburg office, including Linklater alliance firm Webber Wentzel's head of banking and finance. The firm has also announced the office is to become the firm's hub for project finance and bank finance activity in sub-Saharan Africa, and is relocating a further two London-based lawyers to boost the U ...
**Green shoots of recovery in Asia-Pacific as high deal flow in Q3 2013 props up sluggish year**
Oct 15, 2013  
Increased deal activity in region over the past three months expected to boost stagnant figures. While Europe and the US have experienced a bounce in M&A activity, Asia has struggled to break free from three consecutive years of reduced deal flow. Figures from Mergermarket at the close of the third quarter showed that the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan witnessed $259.7bn (£162bn) worth of d ...
**OC reach top tier for London Mid-Market M&A across the board**
Oct 10, 2013  
International law firm, Osborne Clarke has achieved tier 1 rating for mid-market M&A in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners positioning it in the top seven mid-market firms in the country. Osborne Clarke's M&A team has advised on over 220 transactions in the last 12 months and continue to advise a number of long standing clients. To read more, click here.
**Saudi Arabia allows first women to practise in Kingdom's courts**
Oct 9, 2013  
Saudi Arabia has permitted its first group of women to practise law in the Kingdom's courts. Four female lawyers were granted licences by the Ministry of Justice on Sunday, allowing them to change their status from legal consultants to attorneys, according to local media. As well as allowing women law graduates to practise law in the courtroom, the changes will also see women allowed to own and ...
**Kobre & Kim Expands Conflict-Free London/Offshore Disputes Team **
Oct 7, 2013  
Kobre & Kim is pleased to welcome new partner Andrew Stafford QC, who joins James Corbett QC (formerly of Serle Court) and Jalil Asif QC (formerly of 4 New Square) as the firm’s third English Queen’s Counsel. To read more, click here.
**Benelux boutique market continues to expand**
Oct 3, 2013  
Field Fisher Waterhouse of counsel Thierry van Innis has quit the firm to launch a IP boutique with a former colleague from Allen & Overy (A&O). To read more, click here.
**Ashurst and Blake Dawson: countdown to merger**
Sep 27, 2013  
Ashurst and Ashurst Australia partners this morning (26 September) voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the firm’s full financial tie-up. It is a monumental move that has been two years in the making. To read how, click here.
**Shearman becomes best friends with Italian tax outfit Tremonti**
Sep 19, 2013  
Shearman & Sterling has launched a non-exclusive best-friends agreement with leading Italian tax firm Tremonti Vitali Romagnoli Piccardi. The two firms expect the arrangement to "enhance the breadth and geographic reach of their services" by offering an integrated tax and corporate service to both international and Italian clients. To read more, click here.
**Brussels - Competition and Anti-Trust**
Sep 18, 2013  
Brussels: Competition and Antitrust Marsden Group is leading the way in competition law recruitment, working with the major players in the UK and continental Europe. Our Brussels team is led by Daniela De Nicolo, who has recruited for many years in the Brussels market, and Jonathan Marsden, who was a competition lawyer with Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance in London and Brussels and m ...
**Kirkland & Ellis opens third base in Asia with Beijing launch**
Sep 17, 2013  
Kirkland & Ellis has opened an office in Beijing, giving the US firm its third base in Asia. The Chicago-headquartered outfit, whose focus in Asia has been primarily on M&A, private equity and capital markets work, has fielded corporate partner David Zhang, who has 20 years' experience in China, and M&A partner Chuan Li, currently chief representative of the Shanghai office, to lead the practice. ...
**A&O – Banking / ICM Associate - Madrid**
Sep 16, 2013  
Allen & Overy’s thriving Madrid office is looking to recruit talented associates into the English law banking/capital markets practice. The 9 partner, 100 person office is well established in the market having been launched in 1991. The team represents one of the most reputable legal practices in the Spanish market and its work is recognised by the main legal directories. To read more, click here ...
**Osborne Clarke beefs up offices in Paris and Brussels**
Sep 4, 2013  
Osborne Clarke has continued its European expansion with two partner hires in its newly formed Paris and Brussels offices. To read more, click here.
**Australia, you don't know how good you've got it**
Sep 4, 2013  
While other countries fell into the global recession, Australia maintained strong economic growth, low government debt and a triple-A credit rating. With this record, you might expect the federal election to be focused on how to convert the strength of today's economy into resilience for the future. But instead the political spotlight has fallen on the perceived problem of government debt, wi ...
**Edwin Coe targets 75 per cent turnover hike as it kicks off five-year growth plan**
Sep 4, 2013  
Litigation boutique Edwin Coe has launched a five-year growth plan focused on increasing turnover, setting its sights on becoming a £25m firm by 2018. To read more, click here.
**Canada's Gowlings loses London IP team to US firm Pillsbury**
Sep 4, 2013  
Canadian firm Gowlings has lost a two-partner IP team to the City office of US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. To read more, click here.
**A&O's Morley on the future of legal services: reinvent or disappear**
Aug 30, 2013  
Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley says the world’s top firms will need to reinvent themselves over the next decade if they are to remain competitive. To read more click here.
**The Lawyer UK 200 Preview: Come on, united**
Aug 15, 2013  
Early results show strong influence of mergers on the pecking order of the UK’s top firms It’s summer, and a proper one at that, but while you have been making the most of the sunshine The Lawyer’s editorial team has been hard at the coal face compiling the data for this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report . To read more, click here.
**Olswang eyes China launch as firm plans to ramp up Asia presence**
Aug 6, 2013  
Olswang has outlined plans to open in China in the medium term, while sizing up expansion opportunities in emerging Asian markets such as Malaysia and Indonesia. The firm is looking to expand into mainland China within the next few years, with consultant Andrew Halper, who heads up the firm’s China desk, spearheading the launch plans. To read more click here.
**SJ Berwin partners vote through $1bn merger with KWM**
Jul 31, 2013  
SJ Berwin partners have voted to combine with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) on 1 November 2013, in the first ever tie up between two major UK and Asian Pacific firms. To read more click here.
**Freshfields identifies key countries for Africa growth**
Jul 26, 2013  
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has identified key areas for growth in Africa as the firm looks to second more lawyers to the region amid much interest in the continent's fast-growing legal markets. The magic circle firm has identified Mauritania, Congo-Brazzaville and Zimbabwe as among those offering opportunities for growth, while Egypt and Morocco are also high on the firm's agenda. The firm ha ...
**Harneys brings litigator into London office**
Jul 9, 2013  
Offshore firm Harneys has relocated litigator Philip Kite to London to launch a British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution practice in the City. To read more, click here.
** Mining for Mergers in the Maple Leaf State **
Jul 4, 2013  
Mining for Mergers in the Maple Leaf State: Will Canada Follow Australia's Lead with a wave of International Tie-Ups Author: Grant Murgatroyd Taken from Legal Week When Norton Rose merged with Ogilvy Renault and Macleod Dixon, many predicted a wave of international deals in Canada. That hasn't happened yet, but, as Grant Murgatroyd asks, could the country still follow Australia's lead? Canad ...
**Ashurst prepares for October vote over Oz merger**
Jul 2, 2013  
Ashurst has decided to bring forward the timetable for the proposed full merger with its Australian offices, which could see both sides' partners voting on the deal in October. To read more, click here.
**The Lawyer launches report on top 100 independent Asia Pacific firms**
Jun 17, 2013  
The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the first research report to provide thorough analysis of the top 100 independent Asia Pacific firms. Essential reading for those who have a strategic interest in the fastest growing legal market in the world. To read more, click here.
**Private client teams: Rich tapestry**
Jun 5, 2013  
Wealth management work is booming as individuals and families from around the world seek UK legal advice on structuring their affairs. To read more, click here.
**CC hikes associate and trainee pay bands with raises of up to 3%**
Jun 5, 2013  
Clifford Chance (CC) has become the final magic circle firm to confirm its associate salaries for 2013-14, with the firm also confirming bonus details. To read more, click here.
**Associates face long road to the top as partnership track lengthens**
Jun 3, 2013  
Average PQE of new UK partners at top 20 passes 10-year mark. The track to partnership at the country's largest law firms is continuing to lengthen, with the average level of experience held by new UK partners now standing at more than 10 years, according to reasearch by Legal Week. To read more, click here.
**OC launches in Brussels with ten-strong team from former ally**
Jun 3, 2013  
Osborne Clarke (OC) has launched an office in Brussels with the hire of a ten-strong team from Belgian firm De Wolfe & Partners, the firm's former local ally. To read more, click here.
**Norton Rose Fulbright sets out top team as $2bn mega-merger goes live**
Jun 3, 2013  
Norton Rose Fulbright has confirmed its full management line-up, as the transatlantic merger between the two firms goes live, creating a global top 10 giant with combined revenues of around $2bn (£1.3bn). To read more, click here.
**Allen & Overy adds first litigation partner in Perth**
May 29, 2013  
Allen & Overy has extended its litigation practice to Perth with the hire of partner Mark van Brakel from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. To read more click here.
**UK associates may have to move out if they want to move up**
May 23, 2013  
UK associates may have to move out if they want to move up, as firms look to add srength in growing economies. To read more click here.
**A&O, Al Tamimi, Emirates among winners at Middle East legal awards**
May 20, 2013  
Allen & Overy (A&O), Al Tamimi and Company and The Emirates Group were among the big winners at the Corporate Counsel Middle East (CCME) awards on 16th May 2013. To read more click here.
**Freshfields boosts associate pay**
May 20, 2013  
Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is increasing associate salaries after announcing it would be allowing its lawyers to move up the lockstep earlier this year. To read more click here.
**King & Wood Mallesons looks to Canada and Singapore for further expansion**
May 20, 2013  
Details have emerged that King & Wood Mallesons is looking beyond the UK and US to broaden it's global footprint, with Singapore and Canada being two key locations it is considering opening in. To read more click here.
**Hong Kong ranks third most popular destination with expat lawyers**
May 20, 2013  
Hong Kong is the third most popular destination in the world for expatriate lawyers to move to, according to a new report commissioned by business school ESCP Europe and recruiter Hydrogen. To read more, please click here.
**Go global with a MAGIC CIRCLE firm**
May 15, 2013  
Opportunities: LONDON: Asset Finance, Project Finance, General Lending (all mid level), Employment, Litigation HONG KONG: Litigation, Asset Finance (mid level), Corporate (mandarin speaker) TOKYO: Arbitration / Litigation (junior -mid level) DUBAI: Corporate (Arabic speaker), Islamic Finance FRANKFURT: Structured Finance (mid level) VIETNAM: Finance SYDNEY: Tax , Project Finance, Gen ...
**Breaking News In The Middle East**
Apr 18, 2013  
Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has announced a merger with Habib Al Mulla, a very well respected regional law firm. The merged UAE entity will be known as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, and will advise clients on local and international law across its offices in Dubai, and subject to regulatory approval, Abu Dhabi. See the following press release for more information: http://www.bakermckenzie. ...
**Scottish Qualified Lawyers**
Apr 18, 2013  
Marsden will be heading up to Scotland on the 13th and 14th May to meet with associates interested in hearing about opportunities in London and the overseas markets. If you would like to make an appointment for a confidential discussion with Anita Taylor whilst she is there, then please contact Michelle Katauskas at michelle.katauskas@marsdengroup.com for more information.
**Interesting Article - "Sum People" **
Mar 19, 2013  
A third of partners hired in London don’t stick - and the finger of suspicion points at the hiring system itself.. Read the rest of the article here.. http://www.thelawyer.com/sum-people/3002186.article
**Opportunity For Irish Lawyers**
Mar 7, 2013  
Michelle Mills – one of the Principals of Marsden Group is coming to Dublin end of March to meet with associates interested in hearing about international opportunities. Our practice covers most jurisdictions around the globe. As a result of our last trip we placed Irish qualified lawyers in to Australia, London, Frankfurt and Luxemburg. If you have 2 years pqe + in banking, corporate, litig ...
**Hong Kong Lawyers In Demand**
Feb 26, 2013  
International law firms in Hong Kong are ramping up their recruitment of Mandarin speakers in a bid to boost relationships with mainland China clients, creating fierce job competition for foreign lawyers in the region. Read the rest of this article here.. http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/2249613/hong-kong-lawyers-in-demand-as-global-firms-fight-for-chinese-speakers
SJ Berwin Sends High-Level Delegation to Scout Aussie Market
Feb 21, 2013  
SJ Berwin has sent a delegation of senior figures to Australia to seek a combination with a local firm as it aims to become the latest foreign outfit to enter the increasingly attractive market Down Under. Read the rest of the article here... http://www.thelawyer.com/sj-berwin-sends-high-level-delegation-to-scout-aussie-market/3001442.article
**Middle East Opportunities**
Feb 11, 2013  
I have recently returned from visiting our clients in the Middle East, where we are preferred suppliers to most of the top firms. The market there is active and there are opportunities for experienced lawyers with top tier legal experience and training in practice areas such as corporate, projects and finance, construction and dispute resolution. We have active instructions for associates and ...
***New York – Talented Finance lawyers – urgent***
Feb 5, 2013  
Principals from Marsden Group were in New York last week meeting with key clients. We have recently placed a number of international lawyers in to the New York market and have historically a strong track record in doing so. Consequently we are well connected at partner level. We have instructions from premier NY firms who are looking for high calibre, predominantly mid-level, finance lawyers. ...
***New York – Talented Finance lawyers – Urgent***
Feb 5, 2013  
We have recently placed a number of international lawyers in to the New York market and have historically a strong track record in doing so. Consequently we are well connected at partner level. We have instructions from premier NY firms who are looking for high calibre, predominantly mid-level, finance lawyers. The firms we met will sponsor international lawyers to sit the NY State Bar and assist ...
** Legal Counsel Role with Tommy Hilfiger **
Feb 4, 2013  
Daniela De Nicolo, working out of our London office, is currently recruiting for this exciting role with global brand Tommy Hilfiger. Click the link below for more information: http://www.totallylegal.com/job/811880/netherlands/brand-protection-manager-legal-counsel To contact Daniela directly for a confidential discussion, her contact details can be found here: http://www.marsdenint ...
Explore your potential in 2013 with Marsden
Feb 1, 2013  
Are you considering a career move in 2013? Marsden can offer confidential advice whether you are seeking a domestic or international move. So, if you are thinking about making a change this year contact one of our consultants for a confidential discussion and take your career to the next level. We can offer unparalleled senior advice on locations around the globe. In this market experience co ...
Slaughters ditches associate lockstep in favour of merit-based system
Jan 31, 2013  
Click the link below to read this article: http://www.thelawyer.com/slaughters-ditches-associate-lockstep-in-favour-of-merit-based-system/1016521.article
2012's Legal Mergers in the UK
Dec 10, 2012  
This is a complete summary of those mergers concerning UK-based law firms in the Legal 100 (2012), including some of our respresentitive clients. http://jomati.com/jomatimergerline_jan2012.html
SNR Denton and Salans prepare to seal three-way deal with Canada's FMC
Nov 8, 2012  
Use the link below to access this article: http://www.thelawyer.com/snr-denton-and-salans-prepare-to-seal-three-way-deal-with-canadas-fmc/1015401.article
'Females make up less than 10 per cent of top 100's equity partner ranks'
Oct 25, 2012  
See below for a link to this article: http://www.thelawyer.com/story.aspx?storycode=1015190&PageNo=2&SortOrder=dateadded&PageSize=10#comments
Herbert Smith Freehills opens as largest firm in Asia Pacific
Oct 2, 2012  
http://www.thenewlawyer.com.au/law-firms/herbert-smith-freehills-opens-as-largest-firm-in-a?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20New%20Lawyer%20Newsletter%20MREC%20-%20send%20-%3E%201/10/2012%209:54:59%20AM&utm_content
Banking and Finance Role in Oman with International Firm
Sep 20, 2012  
We are briefed on a banking & finance role in Oman with an international firm. The role is a generalist finance role for a lawyer with 4 years + experience. Oman is referred to as the jewel in the Arabian peninsular and havign visited, it is easy to see why. Tax free salary. Please contact Sarah Marsden for more details: +44 (0) 203 326 0843 Sarah.Marsden@MarsdenGroup.com
Freshfields opening in Singapore again
Sep 17, 2012  
See details: http://www.thelawyer.com/freshfields-relaunches-in-singapore-with-partner-relocations/1014254.article
Interesting article from The Lawyer re Australian and International firm mergers.
Sep 5, 2012  
http://www.thelawyer.com/1014006.article
**NEW YORK: ACQUISITION FINANCE**
Aug 31, 2012  
We are working directly with one of the partners of this top tier NY firm, who we know personally, and have a brief to find acquisition finance lawyers interested in working in NYC. We are looking for lawyers with 3 - 5 pqe in UK terms or 5 - 8 years experience in Aus / NZ terms. This is a rare and very real opportunity for top tier international lawyers to work in New York. Don't waste this chanc ...
****Roles for Returners in South African Market****
Aug 15, 2012  
We are currently instructed on a number of roles for returners to the South African market. In particular : • Banking & Finance Lawyer: English qualified with approximately 6 years experience with a UK law firm in general banking & finance transactional work in the UK and Africa • Mining Lawyer: Returning South Africa lawyer preferably with approximately 5 years specialist Regulatory & Mi ...
**Global Roles for Senior Associates**
Aug 14, 2012  
Here are a selection of Senior Associate roles we are briefed on globally: New York: Leveraged Finance, Singapore: Projects, London: Project & Leveraged Finance, Derivatives, Employment, International Arbitration, Dubai: Construction, Sydney: Property, Perth: Workplace relations, Jakarta: M&A, Hong Kong: Litigation, Funds, Abu Dhabi: Oil & Gas, Amsterdam: M&A, Brisbane: Construction, Sydney: I ...
***Top US firm in Asia recruiting: Projects, Corporate, Banking, Project Finance - Singapore/Hong Kong/Beijing ***
Aug 13, 2012  
Top US firm in Asia recruiting: Singapore: Projects, Corporate Public M&A (Singapore qualified lawyers preferred). Hong Kong: Project Finance (simplified Chinese required), Banking & Finance (fluent Chinese required). Beijing: M&A (simplified Chinese required). A top tier firm background is essential for all roles. Please contact: UK/ Europe/ N America/M.East - Michelle Mills on +44 (0)20 3326 ...
***London - Project Finance 6-7 pqe and Leveraged Finance 5-7 pqe - New York Firm - US Salaries ***
Aug 7, 2012  
Premier New York firm in London has briefed us to find a project finance lawyer with 6 - 7 years experience and leveraged finance lawyers with 5 - 7 years experience. US salaries. If interested, please contact Michelle Mills on +44 (0)20 3326 0841 or at michelle.mills@marsdengroup.com.
***Tax Free Roles in Dubai and Abu Dhabi***
Aug 2, 2012  
Our clients are Magic Circle and other top international firms. We are working on the following roles: Oil & Gas (5 - 9 years), Banking (2 - 4 years), PPP/ Construction Projects (5 - 9 years), Corporate M&A (3 - 10 years), Construction litigation (6 - 8 years), We also have briefs in Doha and Saudi. If you are interested in any of the above roles or a more general discussion about career opport ...
*** Competition, Anti- Trust, Trade lawyers 2-5 pqe MM009761 ***
Jul 24, 2012  
This magic circle firm known for its excellence, commitment to values and teamwork seeks an associate to join its Antitrust, Competition and Trade practice and be exposed to a wide variety of EU cases. This team advises on many cross border competition, anti trust , regulatory and trade issues The successful candidate will have 2 - 5 years of post qualification experience from a leading firm, exc ...
*** US firm – Securitisation role – London – 5+ pqe MM12640 ***
Jul 24, 2012  
We are instructed by one of the top US firms in the City. The leading finance practice are expanding and looking for a talented lawyer with at least 5 years post qualification experience from a leading city firm. The team advises on matters such as Covered Bonds, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securitisation and Residential Mortgage Backed Securitisation. The ideal candidate will have substantial e ...
Employment role London - 2-5 pqe
Jul 12, 2012  
Employment - Benefits - Mediation - Discimination - Industrial Action - TUPE Our magic circle client has a leading global employment practise advising a wide and varied range of clients on Employment and HR issues. We are looking for a talented and ambitious employment lawyer with 2- 5 years post qualification experience in Employment to join the team. You will be offered very competetive re ...
Projects/Construction associates – Dubai – roles with top tier energy practice.
Jul 12, 2012  
Our international law firm client has a top ranking energy practice in the Middle East and worldwide. They are seeking a mid level Commercial Projects/Non-Contentious Construction associate and also a mid-level Finance associate with some Project Financing experience. You must have top international law firm experience in a major business centre, strong academics and be common law qualified. Pl ...
**London/Australia Update**
Jul 1, 2012  
Our Australian Principle; Jonathan Walmsley from our Sydney office is in London the week commencing 3rd July to July 6th. He is meeting with a number of managing and senior partners from top tier international firms. If you are interested in a career in Australia or want a market update on what is happening in terms of lateral recruitment contact Jonathan for more information
Commercial projects/Non-contentious construction – 1-8 – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha
Jun 12, 2012  
Our client is a top international firm. They are seeking high calibre associates at a range of experience levels for their projects team across the Middle East region. You will have first class post qualification experience in projects and/or non-contentious construction gained at a top tier firm. The successful candidates will have a strong track-record of working on large projects in a range ...
** London and European News 2012**
Apr 22, 2012  
Despite the economic uncertainties Marsden Group in London has had an excellent year. The London and European offices of our major clients have continued to hire albeit in specific practice areas rather than across all practice groups. We have successfully placed lawyers in to each of the magic circle firms, silver circle, US firms and various strong City firms. Successful applicants have ranged ...
Marsden seeking to grow
Jan 24, 2012  
Marsden seeking to grow. Want to work with us in London? We are now one of a handful of go-to recruitment agencies for any top tier lawyer looking to move internationally or any senior lawyer looking to move domestically. We have come a long way in a relatively short time. The key to this has been through our own strategic hiring across our offices in London, Toronto, Sydney and Singapore. We a ...
Marsden trip to the Middle East
Jan 1, 2011  
Sarah Marsden (in London) and Greg Plummer (in Sydney) head up our Middle East practice. They are visiting the region in late January/early February 2011 to meet with clients and candidates.
Mining Partner Search- London
Jan 1, 2011  
Marsden Group have just been retained by one of the world’s leading law firms to recruit a mining partner to be based in either their London or Paris offices. This is a key lateral hire for the firm and will involve an extensive search for top lawyers in this field who may be currently practicing in the UK, North America, Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, the Middle East or Asia. For Fur ...
Marsden busy in Asia
Dec 31, 2010  
Sally Gardner (in Asia) and Jonathan Walmsley (in Sydney) head up our Asia practice. They were both recently in Hong Kong meeting with the top firms who are all very busy and have a number of recruitment needs across the region. Jonathan also spent a few days in Tokyo meeting with clients.