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The good, the bad, and the ugly in 2015

John van der Luit-Drummond bids farewell to a year that has been fruitful, tumultuous, and unpredictable for the profession

18 December 2015

What a year 2015 has been. The last 12 months have been as eventful as any other in living memory for the legal profession.

Gateley went where no UK law firm had gone before by floating on the London Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, merger mania continued with some notable conscious couplings both nationally and internationally, along with the creation of the world's largest firm, China-based Dacheng, which joined global firm, Dentons. Unfortunately, it was not all good news for legal businesses, as the Parabis Group, one of the first alternative business structures, was broken up and sold for parts.

Legal regulation also remained in the spotlight. Highlights include solicitors-advocates becoming regulated by the Bar Standards Board; the Solicitors Regulation Author...

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