Pinsents, Travers Smith and easyJet the big winners as Legal Business Awards returns to Grosvenor House

Pinsents, Travers Smith and easyJet the big winners as Legal Business Awards returns to Grosvenor House

Pinsent Masons, Travers Smith and easyJet were among the major winners at the 2021 Legal Business Awards, which returned as a live event following the pandemic, bringing together 600 guests in Covid-safe conditions at the Grosvenor House hotel last night (30 September). Hosted by prominent political figure William Hague, the evening saw Pinsents crowned Law Firm …

Revolving doors: McDermott makes Paris antitrust move as HSF bolsters German corporate offering

Revolving doors: McDermott makes Paris antitrust move as HSF bolsters German corporate offering

The past week has seen a number of moves between Global 100 players in Europe, as well as some significant hires in Asia and the UK. McDermott Will & Emery has hired antitrust partner Frédéric Pradelles from Latham & Watkins in Paris. He is recognised for his strength in French and European competition law and regularly advises major French …

Financials 2020/21: Addleshaws to triple bonus provision following standout year

Financials 2020/21: Addleshaws to triple bonus provision following standout year

Addleshaw Goddard has kept pace with an emerging trend over the past month, posting robust financial results for 2020/21 following a pandemic-hit year previously. Revenue this time around is up 12% to £321m from £288m in 2019/2020. The firm said this constitutes an eighth year of successive income growth, ‘delivered notwithstanding the challenges of the …

Revolving Doors: HSF and RPC reunite with former London insurance specialists

Revolving Doors: HSF and RPC reunite with former London insurance specialists

Amid an uncharacteristically sluggish week for lateral hires, two top-50 Legal Business 100 firms have welcomed former colleagues back to their London insurance practices. Herbert Smith Freehills has hired Will Glassey to further bolster its solicitors’ professional indemnity and regulatory practice, as well as its professional negligence offering more broadly. He joins from Mayer Brown, where …

This time, walk the talk behind the ESG bandwagon

This time, walk the talk behind the ESG bandwagon

Three letters seem to be everywhere you look these days: ESG. Law firm after law firm seems to be offering environmental, social and governance advice and even new practice teams to corporates on a weekly basis. Press releases talk about helping clients ‘navigate the regulatory requirements’ and ‘lead the way’. The fastest land animal is …

Going viral – Risk management and professional indemnity survey 2021

Going viral – Risk management and professional indemnity survey 2021

Sponsored by After a succession of years in the public eye and with no lack of controversy in 2020, it was going to take something seismic to prevent the perennially relevant slew of misconduct claims dominating the law firm risk agenda. Last year, that seismic event happened, with the world plunged into chaos as a …

Letting go: anathema to a control-freak partner

Letting go: anathema to a control-freak partner

Two observations from the GC of BT Technology, Chris Fowler, stand out in our innovation feature, ‘Arrested development’. One: ‘If the work is repeatable and needs delivering to certain set outcomes at a certain price point, you become agnostic as to who is actually doing the work’ – suggesting the sacred cult of the individual …

Stevens & Bolton posts eleventh year of turnover growth in latest set of financials

Stevens & Bolton posts eleventh year of turnover growth in latest set of financials

LB100 firm Stevens & Bolton has unveiled solid financial results for 2020/2021, marking 11 consecutive years of revenue growth. In spite of the pandemic, the South East heavyweight has posted turnover of £29.1m, which represents a 2% increase on last year, while profit per equity partner in its all-equity partnership increased by 10% to hit £267,000.