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Survey shows women still lagging in law firms

Women lawyers continue to lag behind their male counterparts in rank, clout and pay, according to a survey by The National Association of Women Lawyers, due in part to new structures at firms that limit opportunities for women to advance.

Now in its fifth year, the survey is the only national study of the nation’s 200 largest law firms that annually tracks the progress of women lawyers in private practice and collects data on firms as a whole rather than from a subset of individual lawyers. Get the full story »

Mayer Brown calls off courtship in London

Mayer Brown, in response to recent published reports that it was discussing a possible merger in London, acknowledged Tuesday that it has had preliminary talks with English firm Simmons & Simmons. But the Chicago law firm said the discussions have ended without any agreement.

In a joint statement, the two firms said, “Mergers are complex and present a number of issues which need to be resolved before discussions can proceed.  We have concluded that a combination between our firms is not the right option.” Get the full story »

Lovells law firm to shut down its Chicago office

By Ameet Sachdev | The Lovells law firm plans to close its Chicago office by the end of
October, sending 22 lawyers and 25 other employees scrambling to find

The London firm is set to merge with Washington-based Hogan &
Hartson on May 1, creating one of the world’s largest law firms with
$1.8 billion in revenue and 2,500 lawyers in 40 offices. But the new
firm, to be called Hogan Lovells, will not have a presence in Chicago.

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