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We are known as the “lawyer’s lawyers” for good reason - we act for more than half of the UK’s top 30 law firms, including two magic circle firms and a whole host of other domestic and international firms.

We offer an unparalleled depth of specialist experience in this sector and this is apparent in all of the work that we deliver, and in the training and networking events that we routinely host for our law firm clients.

  • our top ranked employment team regularly advises law firms on all of their HR legal needs
  • our immigration lawyers are noted by Chambers and Partners as being “held in highest esteem by corporate clients, many of whom are other law firms”
  • our exceptional partnership lawyers are routinely called in to advise firms in relation to contentious LLP disputes, and non- contentious issues alike
  • our data privacy and regulatory specialists are the experts in their field
  • our commercial lawyers have substantial experience in advising law firms on their IT software contracts and other commercial arrangements

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Up & Coming HR Academy - Partnerships in Practice

22 July 2020

Join us for a series of online sessions on 8, 15 and 22 July 2020 where we will discuss the operation of law firm partnerships, and how they are addressing current events.

Without Prejudice and Without Prejudice Save as to Costs – Reasons to be Careful

21 November 2019

The judgment in Sternberg Reed Solicitors v Andrew Paul Harrison [2019] EWHC 2065 (Ch) has put practitioners on notice that mislabelling without prejudice correspondence may have serious implications.

“Once privileged, always privileged”

24 October 2019

The Court of Appeal has held that legal advice privilege attaching to communications between a company client and its lawyers survived the dissolution of the company client, even where the Crown had disclaimed its interest in the documents concerned.

Steven Jennings comments for The Telegraph: Fraudsters try to cash in on the good name of British legal companies

15 July 2019

Steven Jennings has commented in an article for The Telegraph that discusses how leading British law firms are being targeted by cyber criminals who set up fake email accounts and pose as top lawyers to try to con people and companies out of millions.

Dealing with #MeToo issues in the legal sector and creating a more positive culture

27 June 2019

Similarly to other sectors, the legal industry has not been immune from #Metoo issues.

UsToo? – Addressing bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession

16 May 2019

Earlier this week, the International Bar Association published its report on bullying and harassment in the legal profession. The message is clear – as a profession we are not meeting the highest standards of conduct which are integral to our positions as bastions of the law. We must change within the profession, and take responsibility for driving wider societal change.

Supreme Court decision on professional negligence and loss of chance: Perry v Raleys Solicitors

21 February 2019

The Supreme Court has upheld the appeal of a firm of solicitors defending a professional negligence claim and helpfully reiterated well-established principles about the approach the court must take when considering the issue of causation in loss of chance cases. The decision clarifies what has to be proved in cases where the question for the court depends on what: (a) the claimant would have done (which the claimant must prove to the usual standard ‘on the balance of probabilities’); compared with (b) what others would have done (which are better assessed on a loss of chance basis).

Two wrongs don’t make a right: Court of Appeal decides illegality is no defence to professional negligence claim

16 October 2018

For public policy reasons, the Court of Appeal has held that the defence of illegality was not available to a firm of solicitors that failed to register a property transfer to a client involved in mortgage fraud. The court decided that there was no risk that enforcing the client’s negligence claim would undermine the integrity of the justice system and she was entitled to damages, in spite of the fraud.

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