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Lawyers Hold Protest on Legal Aid Cuts
Barristers, Solicitors, and Law students gathered on Thursday to protest against cuts in legal aid.
Irwin Mitchell Sponsors Sensory Workshop For Disabled Children
Sensory Leeds, based in Headingley, provides multi- sensory facilities for people with brain injuries, hearing loss and visual difficulties. The facilities include sensory lighting, a water bed, a massage room and a sound pad.
Kennedys Names Specialist Partner
Kennedys, a growing Sheffield Law firm has announced Martin Cox, costs specialists, as their new partner on the national costs team.
Slater & Gordon continue to grow
Slater & Gordon, the rapidly expanding law firm which is headquartered in Australia, has continued its acquisition drive with a deal for the Personal Injury book of a well known Yorkshire firm.
Irwin Mitchell Acquire PI Firm
Irwin Mitchell have acquired a Manchester- based personal Injury firm - McCool Patterson Hemsi Solicitors (MPH)
Night Out At The Sheffield Brewery Company
Kennedy's merge with leading Scottish Law firm
Kennedy's have recently announced they are merging with Simpson and Marwick, a leading Law firm in Scotland. The merge is expected to be effective from November 2013.
Bond Dickinson reveals first post merger figures with revenues of £98.3 million
Bond dickinson has unveiled £98.3 million since the merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce went live on May 1st 2013.
Sir John Thomas as Lord Chief Justice
The unofficial news of the selection of Sir John Thomas to become Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has shown how fallible many were having hoped that the job would go to Lady Justice Hallett.
DLA Piper advises Leeds City Council on financing of housing PFI scheme
DLA Piper has advised Leeds County Council on the successful close of its social housing regeneration project for areas to the north and south of Leeds city centre, with a capital value of £138.5 million.
Kennedys merge with Gates and Partners
Kennedys have agreed a merger with Gates and Partner who are a specialist aviation and aerospace law firm. The merger which takes effect on the 1 June will now allow Kennedys to provide full legal advice to the aviation sector.
Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley relocate
The law firm Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley has relocated from Solly Street to The Synergy Building in the Cathedral quarter in Sheffield, the newly refurbished offices are based in a more convenient location for the firm's clients, contacts and staff.
Hill Dickinson create a new team
The Sheffield office of Hill Dickinson has created a new specialist team of 24 members; the expansion is following the acquirement of DLA Piper’s casualty insurance practice in Sheffield and Manchester.Subject to agreement DLA Piper will transfer their client base and defendant matters to Hill Dickinson. Managing Partner, Peter Jackson said “the firm had made the expansion of its insurance practice a priority”.The new fee-earners will allow Hill Dickinson to strengthen their capability and presence in the defendant insurance area. The new team are based on Pinfold Street in Sheffield City Centre.
Greenwoods and Plexus confirm plans to merge
It has been confirmed that Plexus Law the insurance firm and Greenwoods are set to merge to create a £90 million defendant insurance litigation business.Both firms, which have operations in Leeds are defendant insurance litigation businesses. Once combined the firm will employ around 1,200 staff and is expected to have around 12 equity and fixed share partners. As part of the deal Greenwoods partner Malcolm Henké becomes a senior partner in the merged firm. The Greenwoods brand will remain alongside Plexus Law which is part of Parabis Law, collectively they will turn over around £150m.
Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees merge
Bond Dickinson law firm was launched this week (1 May) after Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees merge. With offices in eight locations including Leeds Bond Dickinson will have more than 700 lawyers working across real estate, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and private wealth. The firm will focus on seven key sectors, including energy, transport and infrastructure, retail and FMCG, chemicals and manufacturing. Nick Page, Chairman at Bond Dickinson said "our new scale will give us the strength and depth along with sector insight to support our clients' growth plans and will give us a solid platform for further growth and lateral recruitment.” The two firms first revealed their merger talks back in September. Bond Dickinson
Taylor Bracewell Expand
Doncaster based law firm Taylor Bracewell has expanded their Residential Property Team. Steve Taylor, Richard Ellis and Mark Walton are to head up the property team. Steve who qualified as a solicitor in 1999 will be joined by Richard, a property lawyer with 38 years’ experience and finally the third new member chartered legal executive Mark, a property specialist, all three were born and raised in Doncaster. Peter Caswell, head of the firm’s personal law team said “I am delighted to welcome our new property trio.”
Irwin Mitchell announce 13 promotions
Sheffield - head quartered law firm Irwin Mitchell announce 13 promotions all who have been promoted to partnership status, nine solicitors and four non lawyers. Chief executive John Pickering said he was delighted that the successful candidates came from across the firm reflecting the strength of its offering to clients.
Recruitment of temporary staff emerging as a key hiring strategy
It is fair to say that 2013 so far has been an uncertain time for the legal sector in Yorkshire. We have witnessed yet further administrations, closures and mergers. In addition, the changes to Personal Injury law combined with the legal aid cuts have caused many firms to exercise a degree of caution.
Wake Smith to protect case load of Legal Gateway
Administrators have appointed Wake Smith to act as agent over Manchester based personal injury firm Legal Gateway. The firm went into administration at the beginning of February, joint administrators for the firm Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency Ltd and Blue Gate Capital said poor trading and changes to the running of personal injury claims were the factors behind the collapse of the firm.
Atteys Solicitors closes Its doors
Unfortunate news was announced last week that Doncaster based law firm Atteys Solicitors has gone into liquidation. Mark Feeney legal rescue consultant tried to find a buyer but could only sell parts of the business. The law firm closed down with debts in the region of £3m and the loss of around 40 jobs. The financial pressures they faced are believed to be caused by the economic downturn; Atteys employed 140 staff across South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire and were one of the largest law firms in Doncaster.
Addleshaw Goddard and Nabarro held possible merger talks
It has been confirmed by both firms that merger talks between Addleshaw Goddard and Nabarro’s ended at the beginning of February 2013. Discussions were only preliminary and it is unsure how long both firms had been in discussion. Further discussion will not take place and a possible merger will not happen. The combined firms could have created revenues of more than £280 million. Both firms have faced difficulties during the recession with both firms revenue growth being under 5%, as possible merger talks have ended both firms continue to have a good relationship.
BT are granted ABS Structure
It has been announced that BT are launching a new business that will provide legal services to corporate customers. The launch of BT Law Limited will initially focus on the motor claims market and will progress into other areas such as employment law and public liability. BT have been granted ABS (Alternative business structure) from March 2013 which the SRA authorised yesterday.
RTA portal is set for extension
The new RTA portal is due to be implemented at the end of April with basic fees staying the same. However the extended RTA portal which is to include public and employers’ liability claims and cases worth £25,000 will be implemented at the end of July 2013.
Bakewells and Nelsons Solicitors
Derby based law practice Bakewells has merged with Nelsons Solicitors. Nelsons who are based in Nottingham are set to become dominant in the East Midlands area with the merger creating a £15m firm. Nelsons currently has 200 staff working across the region and Bakewells have a strong team of 35 people who will move across to Nelsons offices in Derby. The merger is part of Nelsons strategy to become a powerhouse in the East Midlands area. The firm also has further plans to increase its strength throughout the East Midlands through more mergers and acquisitions.
Raworths senior partner steps down
Senior Partner Christopher Butterworth at Harrogate law firm Raworths has announced that he is stepping down. Mr Butterworth is one of the longest serving senior partners in Yorkshire being the third generation of his family to lead the firm.
DWF pick up the pieces
DWF confirmed the acquisition of Cobbetts which is now complete following the appointment of KPMG as administrators on Wednesday 6 February 2013. Cobbetts who are a Manchester firm specialising in real estate have been struggling since 2008; administrators confirmed Wednesday that over 400 jobs will be saved.
EAD Solicitors gain ABS status
Liverpool Solicitors EAD is the latest solicitors to be licensed as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS).EAD has one of the country’s largest clinical negligence departments and is widely known for acting for members of major Trade Unions.
Hill Dickinson acquires DLA Piper's Sheffield & Manchester practice
North West law Firm Hill Dickinson has picked up the majority of DLA Piper’s defendant insurance practice in Sheffield and Manchester. The deal will involve Hill Dickinson picking up 30 new staff including 3 new members at the end of February 2013. The DLA Piper practice has a turnover of approximately £2million and specialise in disease cases. Its client base, subject to agreement will transfer their defendant matters to Hill Dickinson.
Movers & Shakers
Clare Holsgrove, Senior Recruitment Consultant at CRA Legal comments on the trends she has witnessed throughout 2012 and her thoughts on the year ahead. Read Claire's full article in The Legal, Sheffield & District Law Society by clicking on the link below.
Ramsdens Solicitors launch office number nine
Ramsdens Solicitors have announced expansion plans into Wakefield. The Huddersfield based solicitors plan to open their ninth office at the end of this month. The new office will employee between 10-20 staff. Paul Joyce, Managing Partner said “This is the next stage in our on-going expansion programme and is a natural progression for the firm in our aim to provide specialist legal services to people across the whole region.” The opening of their new office is just part of their programme to create a greater presence in the West Yorkshire region.
New Year brings good news
News that the extension of the RTA portal to higher value motor and employer's and public claims will not happen in April 2013, the delay has been welcoming. A final date is still to be finalised for the extended scheme, MOJ are urged to wait and see on portal fixed cost rates.
Knights Solicitors receive Dragons’ Den investment
Knights Solicitors have been granted SRA approval this week for its capital injection from Dragons’ Den James Caan, the deal was firstly revealed in June 2012 and will take effect in January 2013. Knights Solicitors will also convert to an ABS on the 1st January 2013.
Dart Group’s Finance Director joins Irwin Mitchell
After gaining their five ABS licences Irwin Mitchell has hired Andrew Merrick as their new Chief financial officer who will start in April 2013. Andrew Merrick previously worked at Leeds based transport and aviation group Dart, which owns budget airline jet2.com. Prior to this Mr Merrick has had senior positions at Thomas Cook and Bradford and Bingley.
Irwin Mitchell appoints new national head of real estate
Irwin Mitchell has announced this week that Paul Firth has been appointed as the national head of real estate. Mr Firth first joined Irwin Mitchell in 2011 and is a highly experienced senior property and development lawyer.
Director of Spencers Solicitors John Spencer is one of the UK’s leading personal injury solicitors with over 27 years experience. Mr Spencer has won top accolade award at the Personal Injury Awards. The law firm which is based in Chesterfield specialise in personal injury cases across the UK. The outstanding achievement award was an honour given that the decision is at the discretion of the judges. Chair man of the judging panel Dr Harry Brunjes stated “Mr Spencer has won the award for campaigning tirelessly on behalf of injured people”. Mr Spencer also commented “The award is really for everyone at Spencers Solicitors who daily defend the rights of victims”.
Slater & Gordon
Slater & Gordon originally known as Russell Jones & Walker are expanding. The firm which started out in 1996 with just a team of 16 have now increased their team to over 50. The team now represents claimants from across Yorkshire and their Sheffield office has specialist teams who work predominately on brain injury cases, asbestos claims and accidents at work.
Yorkshire Lawyer Awards
Local law firms shined at the 12th annual Yorkshire Lawyer Award which took place at the Saville Hall in Leeds. The yearly black tie event celebrated some of Yorkshires top achievers; DLA Piper won Law Firm of the Year 31+ partners and the Corporate and Commercial award second year running. Richard May, Managing Partner at DLA Piper stated “DLA Piper has its roots in Yorkshire and we work extremely hard to ensure we remain the forefront for legal services in the region”.
Jordan Ltd apply for ABS
Jordan Limited a 150 year old company is applying for the new ABS business structure; the new business structure will allow Jordan’s to gain new work from city law firms. The launch will not come until early 2013 after the SRA have reviewed their application. Jordan’s plan to expand all three areas of their business, corporate services, property services and business information.
James Caan Making a Change in the Legal World
Being held back by your own regulator
DWF Newcastle boss John Flynn encounters integration issues
Just a year after joining DWF to set up the North East City John Flynn is set to leave. Flynn was not available to comment and no formal announcement has been made but many in the Newcastle office are aware of his departure.
Russell Jones & Walker
RJW to modernise its image
Edward Bramley Law Ball
On the 1st of May Clare, Natalie and Mark attended The Sheffield University Edward Bramley Law Ball at the Sheffield City Hall. CRA Legal had sponsored the event and went down to show their support. The event was extremely well attended with approximately 300 law students in attendance. Clare Holsgrove of CRA Legal says ‘We were very proud to sponsor this event. At CRA Legal we believe that it is important to support our candidates at all stages of their careers, with those candidates looking to enter the profession being equally as important as those already within the profession. We appreciate that it is a competitive market at the moment but we are always available to provide advice and support and assist law graduates who are looking to secure their first role within the legal profession.’ On the night CRA donated prizes which included shopping vouchers and champagne for the lucky winners. Check out the pictures on our facebook page
CRA Consulting Moves To New Offices
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Innovative recruitment solutions needed to satisfy emerging ABS market.
Over the years I have seen the highs and lows of recruitment in the legal profession, from the heady years of ‘bidding wars’, when solicitors could almost name their price, to the severe cut backs during the recent recession: we wait to see the results of the proposed cuts in legal aid. But all pale into insignificance compared with the next big change – Alternative Business Structures (ABS).
4% fee income increase for top 100 law firms but market still vulnerable
International advisory group Deloitte has reported a 4% increase in the fee income of the UK’s top 100 law firms in the quarter ending 31 July 2011 over the same period last year. However, whilst it might indicate signs of recovery, the figures mask the fact that there was a huge variation in the performance of firms in general and that the legal market remains vulnerable.
Legal recruitment market steady
A rise in unemployment to 2.51 million is of course a blow, swelled no doubt by school leavers, public sector cuts and another economic slowdown, and with the UK’s service sector being the hardest hit, is it all bad news for the legal market?
Supporting young professionals
Supporting young business professionals is something that Sheffield companies have always valued, recognising the need to provide support and assistance to those in the early stages of their careers in order to breed new talent for the future.
CRA sponsors Junior Lawyers summer party
CRA Legal is delighted to be sponsoring Sheffield and District Junior Lawyers’ (JLD) 2011 summer party, which will be held at The Forum, Sheffield on Thursday 4th August.
Are we losing our lawyers?
With the pace of change in employment law as fast as ever, one thing is for sure – we need our employment lawyers to keep us on track.
5 ways to get the best value out of your law degree
The Guardian has published an excellent article which offers guidance on how to get the best out of your law degree. You can read it by clicking here:
New guidance on Agency Workers Regulations
The government issued long awaited guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations last week. The regulations which come into force on 1 October 2011 have not been entirely clear and have caused some concern amongst businesses.
Investing in Recruitment
Securing finance is of course a pre-requisite for any start up or developing business, but what about securing staff?: surely it’s second only to financial safety, after all people are generally a business’ most valuable asset.
Sheffield Law Society annual dinner a sell out
Despite the economic climate – and the gale force winds! – the 2011 Yorkshire Banquet (Sheffield Law Society’s 135th annual dinner) was a sell-out. Over 360 people attended what has become an un-missable event in the Yorkshire legal calendar.
Permanent appointments grew at fastest rate for six months in January
According to the latest ‘Report on Jobs’, which is published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, the number of permanent and temporary appointments grew faster in January than at any time in the past six and seven months respectively.
Is the legal profession still dominated by men in 2011?
The results of an in-depth study carried out by the Law Society last spring – in which a random sample of 1200 legal practitioners were interviewed – have been released. Perhaps surprisingly, as there is certainly a feeling within the legal field that women lawyers are become more predominant, the report indicates that the legal world is still dominated by men.
Employers to have a duty to keep staff fit?
The government is promoting a new initiative to get employers to pledge to help to keep their employees fit...
Responding to the changing legal recruitment market
The last 12 months have seen dramatic changes in the legal sector recruitment market with mergers, acquisitions and, unfortunately, administrations. Of course the loss of some of the traditional, smaller Sheffield firms is sad, but the mergers have also opened opportunities for practitioners looking for careers in newer and expanding fields of law, not previously offered by the traditional firms.
Creative staff development in tough economic times
Creative staff development in tough economic times
Solicitor brings legal expertise to CRA
Sheffield legal and financial recruitment specialist CRA Consulting is delighted to announce that it has been joined by solicitor, Clare Holsgrove (formerly Clare Slater) to further strengthen its busy legal recruitment department.
Dreaming of a white Christmas – but will you have to pay your staff?
Dreaming of a white Christmas – but will you have to pay your staff?
Law graduates - still a huge benefit to employers
Heidi Sandy, chairwoman of the Law Society's junior lawyers division recently indicated that graduate recruitment in the legal sector is on the up, saying that firms that didn't offer training contracts two years ago are now recruiting and those graduates that were deferred are starting their contracts, freeing up places in firms that may have been 'on hold'.
Top SMEs Attract Best Employees
TOP SMEs ATTRACT BEST EMPLOYEES
Recruitment consultants harnessing legal talent in Sheffield
As the economy struggles to get back on its feet and the number of candidates looking for jobs still outweighs the number of jobs available, it is more important than ever that businesses make the best of harnessing the amazing talent available in the region and using a reputable and dynamic recruitment consultant can certainly be an advantage.
Changes to the Sheffield legal scene
There have been changes afoot in Sheffield’s legal district over the last month.
Junior Lawyers Division: Launch
The Sheffield & District Junior Lawyers Division will this month be launching their new committee, website and monthly newsletter.
Telegraph Telephone Advice
Irwin Mitchell was shortlisted in 2009 for its contribution to community development, and 2010 looks set to be another innovative year for the leading law firm.
Where there’s a Will…
The National Will Aid Campaign has this year raised over £1million and local lawyer Lauren Smith has been a part of that success. She was able to raise a sum in the region of £6,000 for charities such as Help the Aged, NSPCC, and Save the Children UK.
Free Legal Advice
The last twelve months have seen a growing trend amongst Sheffield law firms for the provision of free advice clinics. Taylor & Emmet set up its free advice service in 2009, and this month Simpson Sissons & Brooke will be providing a free legal advice clinic starting on Wednesday February 3.
BiG Challenge for DLA
Multinational law firm DLA Piper has sponsored this year’s BiG Challenge, so that a lucky group of Sheffield pupils will get the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong.
Happy New Year for Halliwells
2010 is already turning into an excellent year for Halliwells. They have benefited from the recent growth in commercial activity and now they have a new Senior Partner heading up their Sheffield office.
Kennedys to Launch in Sheffield
The New Year will see the arrival of a new brand on Sheffield’s legal scene.
Legal Sector Graduate Recruitment
The economic cyclone of the last year has affected recruitment in every sector. Graduate recruitment in the legal sector has not escaped unscathed.
Keeble Hawson’s Paul Trudgill has recently advised on a management buy-in for the Babington Business College enterprise.
Audit of the LSC
The Legal Services Commission has come under fire after an audit of their work that was published last week.
Impressive Personal Injury Performances
The Chambers Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers has hailed two of Sheffield’s law firms as leaders in their fields.
Sheffield Firms lead the way
Two leading Sheffield firms have been involved in the takeover deal of Wigan-based Lea Green Foods.
Proposed Amendments to Inheritance Laws
The Law Commission has this week proposed major amendments to Inheritance Laws.
Hazardous Hacking for Consumer and Companies
From the UK to the US, Beijing to India, across the developed world, hacking in the telephone communications industry has become an ever more problematic and growing trend.
Excellent Community Investments
The upcoming Law Society Excellence Awards is a prestigious event in the calendar, and this year Sheffield has reason to be proud of its legal community. Scheduled for 22 October at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, the event will highlight some of the national achievements in the legal world.
Sheffield’s Legal Stars
Sheffield law firms have reason to be proud of their appearances in this year’s Legal 500.
Singing Solicitors Charity Challenge
Earlier this summer we reported how The Master’s Cutler Challenge puts the “fun” into “fundraising” with the return of law firm DLA Piper’s life-sized Monopoly Board on the streets of Sheffield. Now another leading Sheffield law firm have joined in the Cutlers’ capers with a karaoke challenge.
Next Generation Celebration
It was recently announced that Chris Fry of Wake Smith will be elected to President of the Sheffield & District Law Society in April 2010. And following in his footsteps through the Law Society Doors is colleague Kevin Poulter who has been appointed as head of the Next Generation group at Sheffield & District Law Society. Kevin has been a key member of the fledgling group which aims to link members of the South Yorkshire legal community from law students to qualified professionals.
Law Firm’s Sports Link
Simpson Sissons & Brooke have made a 3 year commitment to the Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club. The law firm, which is based in Townhead Street, Sheffield, will provide funding of £12,000 per year throughout the agreement.
Dronfield Doctors enlist Green’s Legal Guidance
Vincent Green is playing a key role in developing a new medical centre being built on part of the former Gosforth School site on Stubley Drive, Dronfield.
Lupton Fawcett’s Fantastic Transaction
Sheffield law firm Hackett Windle is set to be the next acquisition for commercial lawyers Lupton Fawcett.