Choosing which solicitor to use can be a tricky decision - particularly if you have very little experience of legal matters. Each firm can specialise in different areas which can be a little bewildering if you do not know where to start. The good news is The Legal 500 produce rankings each year - rating solicitors from across the country. Their 2019 guide has just been published and a number of Cambridge firms feature in it. The rankings reflect detailed analysis of submissions from law firms and interviews with their staff. They also allow companies to benchmark their own performance against their peers. Every firm ranked – and individual mentioned – in the UK Legal 500 UK Solicitors guide is ‘recommended’. Here we look at four of the firms and the areas they each specialise in. Tees Law For many businesses, Cambridge has become the place to be. Innovation and cutting-edge technology move hand-in-hand with the city’s rich history and tradition, creating … [Read more...] about Meet the top-ranked law firms in Cambridge
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By Joe DermodyTHE resolution of disputes in evolving areas such as construction, landlord-tenant relations, and environmental waste management is creating a wealth of opportunities for experienced Irish law firms.So says Harry Fehily, managing partner of Holmes O’Malley Sexton (HOMS) Solicitors, a firm which is also enjoying growth on the strength of its advice to Irish exporters seeking to break into new markets and new jurisdictions. Is Brexit fuelling any of this growth?“I am slow to talk about Brexit as being good for Ireland when I see how it will hurt so many businesses, but the legal sector certainly has the opportunity to be one positive to come out of it,” said Harry Fehily. “I was in New York recently and I met with people from Skadden, one of USA’s top law firms.“A lot of people in the States want to work with EU-based law firms who are English-speaking and operating in a common law jurisdiction. This gives us an advantage over London … [Read more...] about Law firm sees global opportunity for Ireland as EU litigation hub
These are good days for Irish law firms as a resurgent economy drives dealmaking and foreign investment. Professional advice is in high demand, say senior legal figures, and top lawyers are enjoying inflation-busting pay increases. But the prospect of a “no-deal” exit of the UK from the EU and growing global trade tensions are threats to a sector that is heavily exposed to any volatility in international markets.Right now the mood in business law circles in Dublin is “cautiously optimistic”, says John Cronin, a partner at law firm McCann FitzGerald. “But [lawyers are] aware there are external forces that could, frankly at any time, cause disruption to that situation. We depend — in terms of confidence, investment and perspective — on world trade and its continued good health.”A decade after the financial crisis that led Ireland into a humiliating international bailout, the country is on the cusp of full employment and the economy is … [Read more...] about Is Brexit an opportunity for Irish law firms?
The City's top law firms are keeping a wary eye on the Big Four accountancy giants as the beancounters expand into the $600bn (£465bn) global legal services market. Managing partner of City law firm Fieldfisher Michael Chissick said: “They have very ambitious plans, that isn’t in doubt, audit is in decline and it is low margin, legal has been growing for the last 30 years and is high margin. They got it wrong several years ago and they have come back with better, clearer strategies. They are a threat to firms in my strata, I wouldn’t underestimate them in any way.” Co-chief executive of $1bn law firm Eversheds Sutherland Lee Ranson has also noticed the audit firms' moves to muscle in on the legal turf, telling City A.M.: “The reality is they are already of a significant size, if you look outside the UK in some jurisdictions they are in the top five or 10 firms by size and in the UK now there is much more of an overt intent to expand into legal … [Read more...] about Turf war: Law firm bosses see Big Four as ‘threat’ as they aggressively expand into legal sector
0 COMMENTS By Sara Randazzo and Sara Randazzo The Wall Street Journal BiographySara Randazzo @sara_randazzo [email protected] Nicole Hong Nicole Hong The Wall Street Journal BiographyNicole Hong @nicole_hong Google+ [email protected] July 30, 2018 11:38 a.m. ET The flowers arrived at Mayer Brown days after a prized new hire started at the law firm’s New York office. “Thanks for taking him,” the note on the bouquet read. It was signed: “The women.” Mayer Brown partners had begun getting calls earlier that February day about James Tanenbaum, a veteran capital-markets attorney, a person familiar with the matter said. They learned he left his previous firm, Morrison & Foerster, in December after sexual-harassment allegations. Mr. Tanenbaum, 70, resigned from Mayer Brown the next week, shortly after the firm began an investigation, the person said. It wasn’t the first time he had switched jobs following misconduct allegations. … [Read more...] about At Law Firms, Rainmakers Accused of Harassment Can Switch Jobs With Ease