The Sunday Law Review: 25th to 31st January

Welcome to this weekly column dedicated  to looking at what happened in the business of law, legislative changes, activity in law firms and lawyers in the news within UK as reported by legal publications throughout the previous week. 

Requests for inclusion within the 'Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week' section below by law firms and legal professionals should be emailed to

The most interesting articles on developments, compliance, business of law within UK or as well as international developments of interest to UK law firms and legal practitioners: 

Interviews, features, obituaries & lawyers in the news: 

  • The in-house interview: Pets at Home legal chief Louise Stonier - Profile | The Lawyer
  • My legal life: Kevin Poulter, Legal director, employment and social media, Bircham Dyson Bell - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Ben Emmerson QC – the high-flyer representing Marina Litvinenko 

Interesting articles involving the study of law and legal cases, legal training, pupillage, associates, legal academia, publications on law and law students: 

Recommended Articles of this week:

The UK and international articles of the week are pieces selected by @TheLawMap tweeting team based on recommendations from friends and followers of daily law news blog.

Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week: 
Friday 30th January
  • Freshfields gives cyber security help on pro bono basis | The Global Legal Post
  • Law Firm Bromleys, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, saw revenues rise 5 per cent to £2.55m in the 12 months to April
  • Wetherby & York law firm bidding farewell to family solicitor Jonathan Leach who served more than 33 years
  • Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger | The Lawyer 
  • Freshfields first of magic circle to report spring trainee retention, keeping 85% | The Lawyer
  • Chadbourne becomes latest entrant into Jo'burg with Bowman Gilfillan hire | The Lawyer 
  • Squire Patton Boggs advises on Sheffield Wednesday sale to Thai seafood businessman | The Lawyer 
  • BBVA UK legal head takes up new role at derivatives platform NetOTC | The Lawyer 
  • China’s Dacheng raids Haworth & Lexon for six-partner team | The Lawyer 
  • Simmons' managing partner Jeremy Hoyland on Bristol, Luxembourg and defying gravity | The Lawyer
  • CMS paid £2.3m to prepare Dundas for takeover, LLP accounts show | The Lawyer 
  • Allen & Overy records highest trainee retention since before recession | The Lawyer 
  • BLP advocacy head Stuart Isaacs QC joins King & Spalding | The Lawyer
  • Reed Smith advises Sky on mobile phone launch with Telef√≥nica UK | The Lawyer
  • Freshfields adds Kirkland employment partner as US expansion drive continues | The Lawyer 
  • DLA Piper International revenue and headcount fell in 2013/14, accounts show | The Lawyer
  • HSF cuts debt by 21 per cent in first full year after merger | The Lawyer
Thursday 29th January
Wednesday 28th January
Tuesday 27th January
Monday 26th January
  • Clifford Chance moots superpoints for star partners as part of lockstep overhaul | The Lawyer
  • Bird & Bird hit by €130m professional negligence claim in Hamburg | The Lawyer
  • DLA Piper bulks up in Singapore with hires from Gibson Dunn and Jones Day | The Lawyer 
  • Goodwin Procter and Mayer Brown pick up key roles on £327m sale of Tower Place | The Lawyer
  • Vedder Price wins key role on launch of the UK’s first regulated bitcoin trading platform | The Lawyer
  • Wilson Sonsini loses Beijing head Li to Sidley | The Lawyer


We would like to thank all the publications cited in this week's column. Please notify via @TheLawMap Twitter handle of any errors or omissions.


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