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Mergers and structures

Including alternative business structures, LLPs, mergers and acquisitions

Mark Briegal

Scale modelSubscription

2 July 2019By ,

Law firms outside the top 50 are the new ‘squeezed middle’. The burden of regulation is increasing, key practice areas are being commoditised, and closing is complicated and expensive. That’s where consolidators can come in. Mark Briegal and Nigel Haddon explain 

Mark Briegal

Growing pains

15 January 2019By ,

No form of growth is easy, but in a competitive market, no firm can afford to rest on its laurels. Mark Briegal and Howard Hackney look at the pros and cons of the three main ways of growing your firm: merger, acquisition, and organic growth

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Outside voice

2 October 2018By

External investment is increasingly common in the legal sector, and for all sizes of firm. But is it for you? Tom Blandford helps you decide

Robert Postlethwaite

Share and share alikeSubscription

3 July 2018By

Involving employees in the ownership of a business can improve performance, motivate your people, promote team spirit and cohesion, and support succession planning. Robert Postlethwaite looks at the options for law firms

Ed Whittington

Moore is moreSubscription

17 April 2018By

Diana Bentley talks to Moore Blatch managing partner Ed Whittington about the firm’s strategy for growth

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Taking shapeSubscription

11 April 2017By

Getting your business structure right will help you with everything from achieving your goals and attracting external investment, to inspiring your people and planning for succession. Mark Waddilove outlines how to make the bests decision for your business

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Heart of the matterSubscription

8 November 2016By

If you are looking to merge or be acquired, you need to understand your firm’s value, and maximise it by effective planning and due diligence. Grania Langdon-Down talks to the experts

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In the Manager's Chair: Spinning platesSubscription

8 November 2016By

Duncan Wood talks to Ann Harrison, chairwoman of Stephensons and member of the Law Management Section committee, about juggling multiple roles, presiding over a period of impressive organic growth, and making plans for the future

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Ringing the changes

2 August 2016By

In conversation with Elizabeth Noone, Christina Blacklaws reflects on her new role as deputy vice president of the Law Society, and discusses effective leadership and pressing issues for the profession

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Gunning for successSubscription

6 May 2016By

With a distinguished career as a law firm partner behind him, Darryl Cooke co-founded a law firm, gunnercooke, on an innovative new model. He explains to Duncan Wood how the firm is challenging the way that legal services are delivered 

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Taking shapeSubscription

6 May 2016By ,

Patricia Kinahan and Andrew Allen discuss the relative merits of an LLP and a limited company – or both – as trading structures for law firms, and how to make the best decision for your business

Careers maze

How can a law firm spread the cost of shareholder exit tax efficiently?

3 July 2015By ,

Andy Poole and Nigel Holmes provide an overview of a common issue with the limited company structure and how to overcome it


Limited appealSubscription

14 May 2015By

In the second of our series on law firm structures, Andrew Allen takes a look at the potential benefits and drawbacks of using a limited company as your core trading structure


The shape of thingsSubscription

15 February 2015By

Law firm partnership structures have been under scrutiny in recent years, with some predicting their death knell. Aster Crawshaw looks at their role now, and how to choose between structural options to ensure the best result for your business


Joining forces

12 November 2014By

Mark Jones provides his 10 top tips for successful mergers, from planning through to integration, to ensure your mergers go smoothly so you can reap the benefits

Howard Sears

Seven-year itchSubscription

11 November 2014By

Seven years after the Legal Services Act, alternative business structures are now a common feature of the market, but the application process can be a daunting prospect. Howard Sears gives us the lowdown on how and why and how to make the change

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Limited edition

12 August 2014Updated: 15 October 2014By

The changes which came into force on 6 April 2014 represented a fundamental change to LLP taxation, for both individual partners and firms. Jon Cartwright looks back at how we got here, and what law firms need to do now

Andrew Allen

Life partnersSubscription

12 February 2014Updated: 15 October 2014By

Andrew Allen discusses the impact on law firms of the partnership changes announced in the autumn statement, including to the self-employment status of LLP members, and to the operation of ‘mixed partnerships’

Patricia Wheatley Burt

Back to Basics: Exit strategies 

12 February 2014Updated: 15 October 2014By , ,

Mergers, acquisitions and law firm closures are at unprecedented levels, given the strategic changes that have taken and continue to take place in the legal industry. So, what steps should you take if you’re considering winding up your law firm?

Geoff Wild

Running WildSubscription

12 February 2014Updated: 15 October 2014By

Geoff Wild on Kent County Council’s innovative model, offering legal services to other public bodies

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