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ABS countdown | The Australians are coming

As Slater & Gordon continues to acquire English law firms, Stuart Bushell asks what can UK lawyers learn from the Australian approach and external investment generally

9 September 2013

Australia's cricket team may be returning home having lost the Ashes three-nil but its big law firms appear to be reversing that result. But what can UK lawyers learn from the Australian approach and external investment more generally?

Only last month, Slater & Gordon Lawyers (S&G) confirmed that it was acquiring Fentons Solicitors for £32.5m as the latest step in its expanding English presence.

In May, the newly listed Australian firm Shine Lawyers announced that it was interested in a number of law firms in the UK. This was followed in August by Integrated Legal Holdings, the first corporate law firm in the world to go public, giving indications that Britain would be the target for its own expansion plans. Both have no doubt been keeping a close eye upon rivals S&G, which have been making the pace.

In June it reported to the Australian Securities Exchange that its UK business had delivered £40.6m in revenue. S&G's...

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