Maternity leave and part-time lawyers promoted in eight-strong Osborne Clarke partnership round

Maternity leave and part-time lawyers promoted in eight-strong Osborne Clarke partnership round

Osborne Clarke has made up eight partners in an improved promotion round which includes one lawyer on maternity leave and two who are working part-time. The eight promotions are up three on last year, and include five female promotions. The partners are across the energy and utilities, financial services, real estate and infrastructure and digital …

Law Tech Special: Fake rugs and drill bits – Incopro eyes brand protection dominance

Law Tech Special: Fake rugs and drill bits – Incopro eyes brand protection dominance

Seven years after Wiggin set up IP technology company Incopro, it has raised $21m and expanded to protect more than 600 brands, Hamish McNicol reports Simon Baggs, co-founder and chief executive of online brand protection provider Incopro, has a friend who designs and sells high-end rugs for tens of thousands of pounds. Within days of …

Law Tech Special: The final throes of the Wild West? Contract management bids to move into the mainstream

Law Tech Special: The final throes of the Wild West? Contract management bids to move into the mainstream

Companies with thousands of contracts want to not only store them, but manage and learn from them too. It is not just about in-house legal teams, however, Hamish McNicol reports The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, a 55,000-member representative group spanning 177 countries, estimates that the average company loses more than 9% of …

No alarms and no surprises – Behind the Mindful Business Charter

No alarms and no surprises – Behind the Mindful Business Charter

Any lawyer of a certain vintage can recall the dawn of the BlackBerry age, the watershed moment at the turn of the Millennium that meant you could always be on call. It was a blessing and a curse. But the initial freedom of being able to work anywhere at any time has become a crippling …

Out of office: Freshfields, HSF among nine new Mindful Business Charter signatories

Out of office: Freshfields, HSF among nine new Mindful Business Charter signatories

A further nine law firms have signed up to the Mindful Business Charter, an initiative devised by banking giant Barclays alongside Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard to try to mitigate unnecessary stress for in-house and external lawyers. Capsticks, CMS, DWF, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Michelmores, Osborne Clarke, Stone King and Weightmans have today …

Stronger than expected recruitment track adds 35% to Keystone’s top line

Stronger than expected recruitment track adds 35% to Keystone’s top line

Revenue at Keystone Law rose by more than a third to £42.7m as the listed legal platform’s principal lawyer headcount rose 14%. The firm’s financial results for the year to 31 January 2019 – its first full set since becoming the third UK law firm to float in late 2017  – also show a strong …

Addleshaws launches first European base in Hamburg with five-partner BCLP hire

Addleshaws launches first European base in Hamburg with five-partner BCLP hire

Addleshaw Goddard will open its first continental European office in Hamburg with the hire of a five-partner team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP). Addleshaws said today (8 May) it will open its sixth office outside the UK next month, with five lawyers joining partners Exkart Budelmann, Michael Leue, Martin Lüderitz, Maximilian Karacz and Hubertus …

SRA releases full allegations against Freshfields partner Beckwith

SRA releases full allegations against Freshfields partner Beckwith

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today (3 May) published the full list of its allegations against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith. In the published allegations, which follow a case management hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last week, Beckwith – who has been placed on indefinite leave by Freshfields – is alleged …

DWF makes first post-IPO splash with £3m Warsaw office acquisition

DWF makes first post-IPO splash with £3m Warsaw office acquisition

DWF is expanding into Poland with the £3m acquisition of K&L Gates’ 11-partner Warsaw office, its first investment since going public in March. The move, expected to complete later this month, will see 45 lawyers and 31 support staff join DWF alongside the 11 partners in the firm’s first Poland office and seventh in continental Europe. …