What you need to know about… Bird & Bird

Even though Bird & Bird LLP was formally established in 1846, it has gained a reputation for being tech-savvy. In 1995, it became the first law firm to create its own website. The firm has 29 offices spanning 21 countries including Australia and the Middle East. It is worth noting the firm has a strong presence in Latin America, due to the firm’s office in Madrid creating connections in culture and language. 75% of its top 100 clients have stayed with the firm for over five years, which only goes to show the firm’s level of commitment to providing high-quality service. Changes in technology and the digital world over the past decade (and during the pandemic) have allowed the IP heavyweight firm to go from strength to strength, with its latest revenues piling in at £380.1 million. Over the past decade, the firm has become well known for helping clients in technology, Intellectual Property and Life Sciences. Training wise, the firm offers up to 18 training contracts every year. To sum up, Bird & Bird LLP is inquisitive, progressive and innovative.

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What is “arbitration”?

If you have a legal issue that needs resolved, who are you gonna call? (Hint: it’s not the Ghostbusters). You might instigate judicial proceedings, bring a claim against the other party or, increasingly, opt to use a method of dispute resolution that does not involve a court. One of these alternative methods is known as arbitration. With roots dating back thousands of years to the dawn of commerce itself, arbitration is a procedure where the parties agree to submit their disagreement to a neutral third party. After hearing the facts of the dispute, these independent adjudicators (known as “arbitrators”) will then deliver a binding decision. This is different from mediation, where a mediator assists the parties in reaching a solution but their guidance is non-binding.

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What you need to know about… Burness Paull

The 2012 merger between Burness and Paull & Williamsons brought about the formation of Burness Paull, which has since grown to become a leading Scottish commercial law firm. From its offices in each of Scotland’s three largest cities, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Burness Paull serves clients in eighty jurisdictions. The firm has a yearly trainee intake of around 30 across its three offices. Specialising in 10 core practice areas including corporate M&A, commercial property and dispute resolution, and with expertise in ten key industry sectors, Burness Paull’s client offering is full service, expert and international.

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What you need to know about… Freshfields

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was formed by the 2000 merger between UK-based Freshfields, Germany-based Deringer, Tessin, Herrmann, & Sedemund and Germany-and-Austria-based Bruckhaus, Westrick, Heller, Löber. The firm is amongst the oldest law firms in the world and is also one of the largest and most prestigious international law firms. With 28 offices that span across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, Freshfields offers 80 training contracts each year with opportunities for international and client secondments.

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