UK law firms hit by market turmoil – Financial Times

Posted August 28th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“Leading London-based international law firms are starting to feel a chill from the world market turmoil that may threaten the industry’s unprecedented profits boom.”

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Financial Times, 27th August 2007

Source: www.ft.com

Why are lawyers still low in the City’s pecking order? – The Times

Posted August 28th, 2007 in law firms, solicitors, special report by sally

“Forced to retire at the top of their game in their mid-50s, why are more of London’s top lawyers not snapped up by big companies?”

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The Times, 24th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Top City lawyers taking home more than £2m – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2007 in law firms, news, remuneration, solicitors by sally

“Some lawyers at top City firms earned more than £2m each last year as they cashed in on a huge surge in demand for legal services to support mergers, acquisitions and other corporate deals.”

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law firms riding all-time high – but is the boom about to end? – The Times

Posted August 23rd, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“The City’s top 100 law firms have increased billings by more than 350 per cent in the last 15 years to £12.2 billion, but there are fears the market may have peaked.”

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The Times, 22nd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Big payout for gay lawyer – The Times

Posted August 22nd, 2007 in law firms, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“The world’s largest law firm has paid an undisclosed sum to a partner in London who claimed he suffered discrimination because he is gay.”

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The Times, 22nd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Probe into legal complaints handling launched – The Lawyer

Posted August 21st, 2007 in complaints, law firms, news by sally

“The Legal Complaints Service (LCS) has launched a ‘pre-consultation study’ into its plans to publish the complaints handling track records of law firms.”

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The Lawyer, 20th August 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Law firm settles ‘homophobia’ discrimination case – The Independent

Posted August 21st, 2007 in law firms, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Clifford Chance, the world’s biggest law business, has paid out an undisclosed sum in settlement of what is believed to be the first claim against a law firm for discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.”

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The Independent, 21st August 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs cool on new law firm structures in ILEX poll – Legal Week

Posted August 20th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“Only a third of MPs believe the opening up of law firms to external investors will have a positive impact on the profession, according to new research published today (20 August).”

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Legal Week, 20th August 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Young City lawyers must do more to become partners – The Times

Posted July 24th, 2007 in law firms, news, solicitors by sally

“Young lawyers at the UK’s leading law firms will have to wait longer and do more to distinguish themselves in order to become partners, a group of the City’s most powerful solicitors has predicted.”

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The Times, 24th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Bloxham judgment put on hold – The Lawyer

Posted July 18th, 2007 in age discrimination, law firms, news, pensions by sally

“The judgment on Peter Bloxham’s age discrimination claims against his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been reserved indefinitely.”

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The Lawyer, 17th July 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Freshfields faces second lawsuit over age-discrimination claims – The Times

Posted July 17th, 2007 in age discrimination, law firms, news, pensions by sally

“Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the elite London law firm that is fighting an age-discrimination claim from a former partner, is being sued by another ex-employee, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Times, 17th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Top law firm ‘closed its eyes’ to laws on age discrimination – The Times

Posted July 16th, 2007 in age discrimination, law firms, news, pensions by sally

“Its partners earn millions of pounds a year advising clients on employment and benefits issues, but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer omitted to check that changes to its own pension scheme were legal, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Times, 14th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge criticises bombers’ law firm – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2007 in law firms, news, terrorism by michael

“A firm of solicitors which represented some of the July 21 bombers has been strongly criticised by the trial judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Freshfields accused of “emotional blackmail” to make partner retire – The Times

Posted July 11th, 2007 in law firms, news, pensions by sally

“A top legal firm was accused yesterday of using emotional blackmail to influence a lawyer’s career choices during a landmark £4.5 million legal claim.”

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The Times, 11th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ethnic minority firms challenge Straw in High Court over legal aid – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2007 in law firms, legal aid, minorities, news by sally

“Jack Straw will face his first court challenge as Lord Chancellor next week when the Law Society, the Commission for Racial Equality and  ethnic minority lawyers go to the High Court to try to halt the government’s controversial shake-up of legal aid.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

London firms dominate global legal market – Times

Posted July 5th, 2007 in law firms, news by michael

“City law firms are reaping record profits that confirm London’s dominance of the global legal market, according to research published today. ”

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Times, 5th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Highest paid barristers and solicitors firms in legal aid 2005/06 – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 26th, 2007 in barristers, law firms, legal aid, news, remuneration by sally

“A breakdown of the ten highest paid criminal and civil barristers and solicitor firms from the criminal defence service and the community legal service. The information covers 2005 and 2006. A section on frequently asked questions about legal aid fees is also included in the document.”

Highest paid barristers and solicitors firms in legal aid 2005/06 (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 25th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

College of Law strikes key deal with 30 firms – The Lawyer

Posted June 26th, 2007 in law firms, legal education, news by sally

“The College of Law’s plan to dominate legal education has moved up a gear after it struck a major deal with 30 law firms to provide a pioneering training programme for its junior corporate lawyers.”

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The Lawyer, 25th June 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

UK firms beat US rivals for best workplaces – The Lawyer

Posted June 19th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“UK firms could be winning the battle for talent, as exclusive research by The Lawyer reveals that only 7 per cent of associates found US firms to be the most attractive employers.”

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The Lawyer, 18th June 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Government names record 48 firms on super-panel – Legal Week

Posted June 12th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“A record 48 firms have bagged places on the Government’s legal panel, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) announced today (12 June).”

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Legal Week, 12th June 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com