Pensions Regulator gets tough on conflicts – The Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in law firms, news, pensions by sally

“Firms with burgeoning pensions practices could face a threat to their client lists under conflicts of interest guidance set out by the Government’s Pensions Regulator.”

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The Lawyer, 24th March 2008

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Law firms still confused over age laws – The Times

Posted March 12th, 2008 in age discrimination, law firms, news by sally

“Eighteen months and two cases on, lawyers are still unsure how age discrimination rules apply to them.”

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The Times, 12th March 2008

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The Best Law Firms to Work For – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

The Sunday Times has published its annual survey of Britain’s 100 Best Companies to work for, ranking employers on such criteria as leadership, pay and benefits, social contribution and career prospects. There were 11 law firms on this year’s list.”

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The Times, 10th March 2008

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Retirement? I’m far, far too young – The Times

Posted March 4th, 2008 in law firms, retirement, special report by sally

“Judges can go on until 70. Top solicitors reach their sell-by date at 55 — or sooner. What happens when leading names in corporate firms have to move on?”

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The Times, 4th March 2008

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Openings aplenty but competition is fierce – The Times

Posted February 28th, 2008 in law firms, recruitment, special report by sally

“According to the experts, big City law firms are optimistic and hiring apace. But, as Clare Dight finds, rivalry for posts is high and wannabe lawyers do have other options.”

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The Times, 28th February 2008

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LawWorks to rank top firms in first-ever pro bono tables – Legal Week

Posted February 28th, 2008 in law firms, news, pro bono work by sally

“Pro bono body LawWorks is to create the first ever set of UK pro bono league tables, ranking law firms on their commitment to providing free legal advice.”

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Legal Week, 28th February 2008

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Legal firms pressed to reform – Financial Times

Posted February 25th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

“As top firms’ profitability mounts at a rate unsurpassed in their modern history, research by the Financial Times and the law firm Eversheds shows that they face criticism over their alleged conservatism in areas ranging from charge-out rates to working conditions.”

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Financial Times, 24th February 2008

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Women partners up as long-term prospects improve – Legal Week

Posted February 25th, 2008 in law firms, news, partnerships, women by sally

“The proportion of female partners at UK law firms rose by more than 5% between 2006 and 2007, according to new research, although women still represent less than a quarter of all partners in private practice.”

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Legal Week, 22nd February 2008

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Lawyers penalised for data protection breach – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 22nd, 2008 in data protection, law firms, news by sally

“Two London law firms must pay £815 each after the Information Commissioner sued them for not fulfilling thier duties under the Data Protection Act.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st February 2008

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Law firms get set to sue investment banks – The Times

Posted February 18th, 2008 in banking, law firms, news by sally

“An increasing number of City law firms are breaking one of the profession’s greatest unwritten rules by positioning themselves to sue investment banks, confident that the first of an expected wave of lawsuits arising from the credit crunch will emerge in Britain within weeks.”

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The Times, 18th February 2008

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Lawyers forced to repay millions taken from sick miners’ compensation – The Times

Posted February 8th, 2008 in compensation, industrial injuries, law firms, miners, news by sally

“Law firms that grew rich by exploiting sick miners are to be forced to repay tens of millions of pounds that they wrongly sliced from their clients’ compensation.”

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The Times, 8th February 2008

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Law firms gloomy about difficult year ahead – The Times

Posted January 29th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

“The UK’s top law firms are steeling themselves for a difficult year ahead with confidence among senior managers falling for the first time in six years, according to a survey. The news will add to fears that the legal market may have peaked.”

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The Times, 29th January 2008

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Major firms sign up for new diversity drive – Legal Week

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in law firms, minorities, news by sally

“Eight major law firms have joined a programme aiming to improve the development of black and ethnic minority lawyers.”

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Legal Week, 22nd January 2008

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Lawyers pocket £1bn from UK private equity – Legal Week

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in law firms, news, private equity by sally

“UK law firms pocketed more than £1bn in fees from the private equity sector in 2006, with legal advisers confirmed as one of the main beneficiaries of the boom in venture capital activity over recent years.”

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Legal Week, 21st January 2008

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Property lawyers sued for fraud – The Sunday Times

Posted January 21st, 2008 in fraud, law firms, news by sally

“One of Britain’s biggest property law firms has become embroiled in a spectacular fraud claim.”

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The Sunday Times, 20th January 2008

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SRA ponders test for non-lawyer partners – Legal Week

Posted January 11th, 2008 in law firms, news, partnerships by sally

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to consult on plans for a ‘suitability test’ for non-lawyer partners in law firms in the wake of the Legal Services Act.”

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Legal Week, 10th January 2008

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Negligence claims could spell the end for a large law firm, say top lawyers – Legal Week

Posted December 13th, 2007 in law firms, negligence, news by sally

“Partners warn that litigation risks for law firms are mounting in the global marketplace in the wake of a spate of negligence claims, but firms have beefed up their risk management procedures. Michelle Madsen reports on the latest Big Question survey.”

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Legal Week, 13th December 2007

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Lawyer defections set to continue, survey says – The Times

Posted December 10th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“Two-thirds of law firms have poached a team from a rival practice, according to research by Smith & Williamson.”

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The Times,  7th December 2007

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Overworked, so over and out… – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“A wry picture of restless discontent amid increasing affluence is painted in the Law Firms’ Survey 2007 published yesterday by PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

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The Times, 27th November 2007

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Bloxham rules out appeal as Freshfields drops costs threat – Legal Week

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in age discrimination, costs, law firms, news by sally

“Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has dropped its costs claim against former partner Peter Bloxham, following his announcement today (21 November) that he will not appeal an age-discrimination ruling acquitting the magic circle firm.”

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Legal Week, 21st November 2007

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