Addleshaws in bid to merge with Glasgow’s Maclays as run of Anglo-Scots consolidation continues

Addleshaws in bid to merge with Glasgow’s Maclays as run of Anglo-Scots consolidation continues

Addleshaw Goddard is in talks to merge with Scots law firm Maclay Murray & Spens in a deal that would create a national practice with combined revenues of around £230m and offices in eleven locations, including London, Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Hong Kong.

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Pinsents and CMS miss out as DLA Piper, DWF and Weightmans make it onto Scots government legal panel

Pinsents and CMS miss out as DLA Piper, DWF and Weightmans make it onto Scots government legal panel

Both Pinsent Masons and CMS Cameron McKenna have missed out on spots as nine firms were awarded places on the Scottish government’s legal services framework which is open to public sector bodies across Scotland.

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Comment: Be wary of vaulting ambition as competition ramps up in Scotland

Comment: Be wary of vaulting ambition as competition ramps up in Scotland

An interesting battle is raging in Scotland on levels large and small. In early May, the Scottish National Party (SNP) swept to victory in 56 of the 59 seats available to it in the General Election and party leader Nicola Sturgeon pressed prime minister David Cameron to revisit the draft legislation on devolving more powers to Holyrood.

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The Queen’s Speech: What it holds for lawyers – devolution, referendum and the Snoopers’ Charter

The Queen’s Speech: What it holds for lawyers – devolution, referendum and the Snoopers’ Charter

While the replacement of the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights was delayed, the Queen’s Speech today (27 May) laid out the new Conservative government plans for the next year including transferring tax and spending powers to Scotland, plans for an in-out EU referendum and the resurrection of the Snoopers’ Charter after being mothballed by the Liberal Democrats in 2012 during coalition.

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CMS’ Aberdeen capability sees it awarded £572m BG Group disposal

CMS’ Aberdeen capability sees it awarded £572m BG Group disposal

CMS Cameron McKenna’s capability in Aberdeen has seen it selected ahead of fellow BG Group panel law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance to lead the energy producer’s £562m sale of a North Sea gas pipeline to Anglo-French fund manager Antin Infrastructure Partners. Continue reading “CMS’ Aberdeen capability sees it awarded £572m BG Group disposal”

Leadership: Maclay Murray & Spens CEO Smylie to step down as Shand takes the reins

Leadership: Maclay Murray & Spens CEO Smylie to step down as Shand takes the reins

After a tough three years Maclay Murray & Spens’ (MMS) chief executive Chris Smylie is to step down from his role, with corporate head Kenneth Shand to take over the reins of a firm which has seen revenue drop 33% since its £61.1m high in 2008 but is now executing significant changes out of a root and branch strategic review.

Smylie, who has chosen not to stand for a second term, will return to his role as a partner in MMS’ planning team. In the interim, he will work with Shand to ensure a smooth transition to becoming CEO in June. Continue reading “Leadership: Maclay Murray & Spens CEO Smylie to step down as Shand takes the reins”

LB 100 – The second 50: Scattered in the wind

LB 100 – The second 50: Scattered in the wind

The gulf between success and failure among the firms occupying the second half of the LB100 is as pronounced as ever. From highly profitable boutiques to ravaged regionals desperate for a merger, we chart the haves and the have-nots

Collectively making up just a tenth of the LB100 firms’ total 2012/13 revenue for 2012/13 of £19.1bn, law firms ranked between 51 to 100 in the table can be polar opposites. The gap between high and low performing firms in these two quartiles is as startling, with profit per lawyer (PPL) varying from £177,000 at ascendant litigation specialist Stewarts Law to just £15,000 at the beleaguered Manches.

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