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Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling announce merger

22 May 2023

In what the firms describe as ‘the first fully integrated global elite law firm’ Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have announced a planned merger to create a ‘unique …

Russ to step down as Travers Smith senior partner

09 May 2023

Kathleen Russ has taken the decision to step down as senior partner of Travers Smith, following a leave of absence for ‘exceptional family reasons’. Russ (pictured) will return to her …

‘Crisis averted’: City banking and corporate partners react as HSBC acquires SVB UK

22 March 2023

After a tense weekend of negotiations, the Bank of England announced on 13 March that HSBC would buy the UK branch of collapsed US bank Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The …

Training contract programme insight sessions with Cripps

27 February 2023

Join us online at one of our insight sessions to find out more about Cripps and our training contract programme. This year we will be running three insight sessions. Each …

End of the road for Womble Bond Dickinson merger talks with BDB Pitmans

02 February 2023

Merger talks between Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) and BDB Pitmans have been called off, the firms announced on Wednesday (1 February) in a joint statement. Talks of a combination first …

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Pro Bono

22 May 2023

In the legal industry, pro bono is the act of giving free legal advice to clients who may not otherwise be able to afford it.   In the US, it’s …

Top Tips for Training Contract Interviews

18 April 2023

Do your research You will no doubt have done plenty of research on the firm before submitting your application. If you’re lucky enough to be invited for interview, you’ll need …

The Silicon Valley Bank Failure

30 March 2023

For the past month the name Silicon Valley Bank has been floating in the economic and financial news like the Lehman Brothers’ ghost. The bankruptcy of the favourite bank of …

Why I think every lawyer should learn a language

08 March 2023

There are over 7,000 languages spoken across the globe. Why, in an industry with communication and collaboration at its core, would you only want to speak one, asks Katie O’Brien, …

No Russell Group? No problem.

28 February 2023

Ben Follows, law student at the University of Leicester, challenges the rhetoric that the prestige of attending a Russell Group University trumps all else when it comes to job applications. …