14 December 2009

The Lawyer

  • 2009 – what a falling off was there

    14 December 2009

    There were layoffs aplenty, but then came the transatlantic launches. By Julia Berris

  • Africa rising

    14 December 2009

    As Africa’s economies continue to grow, opportunities for collaboration have never been greater. By Nankunda Katangaza

  • Back to the brink

    14 December 2009

    In January 2009 the downsizing began in earnest. Many of the biggest ­commercial firms had held off until the New Year, but Clifford Chance’s decision to make up to 80 lawyers redundant in London helped trigger a wave of layoffs around the City.

  • Bakers adds ‘listening ears’ to diversity facility

    14 December 2009

    Baker & McKenzie has launched a diversity ­contact network aimed at allowing potential recruits to grill people within the firm about any diversity-related issues.

  • Camerons chief hints at future integration

    14 December 2009

    One year after the integration of CMS Russia, CMS Cameron McKenna managing partner Duncan Weston has not ruled out exporting the model across the network.

  • Early kick-off

    14 December 2009

    While the World Cup is still several months away, firms in South Africa have already begun to tackle the legal issues surrounding the tournament. Tom Phillips reports

  • Eversheds replaces A&O on French govt PPP work

    14 December 2009

    Eversheds has been appointed as sole legal adviser to the French ­Ministry of Justice for its PPP work, as the UK-­originated model expands further on the other side of the Channel.

  • Firms braced for flood of applicants in 2010

    14 December 2009

    Selection criteria ramped up to cope with expected graduate backlog. Firms are toughening already tight graduate recruitment criteria in a bid to stem the expected flood of candidates returning from gap years following the legal market’s biggest-ever trainee deferral programme.

  • Get with the programme

    13-Dec-2009

    A scheme whereby African lawyers are seconded to big City firms is paying off for all concerned. James Swift gets the lowdown from those involved

  • Good counsel

    14 December 2009

    With the recession biting law firms right from the start of the year, 2009 has in many ways been the year of the general counsel.

  • Growing, growing, gone… Ten years of expansion ends with closures and layoffs

    14 December 2009

    The legal sector has evolved significantly over the past 10 years, with ­massive expansion being the mark of the decade. Despite this, as firms and in-housers prepare for the advent of 2010, the mood is distinctly more chastened than when they embraced the year 2000.

  • K&L Gates equalises notice period for salaried partners

    14 December 2009

    K&L Gates has changed the notice period for the majority of its international non-equity partners (NEPs), bringing all partners of this status onto a uniform 90 days.

  • Litigation wave finally arrives to usher in the New Year

    14 December 2009

    A clear trend is emerging in litigation markets: the global recession has spawned a wave of high-value ­multijurisdictional disputes. It took months for the upswing to take hold, but in August - typically a quiet month for ­litigators - the instructions started to roll in.

  • Lloyd LJ emerges as favourite for Supreme Court post

    14 December 2009

    Lord Justice Lloyd is tipped as the favourite to become the final judge appointed to the Supreme Court after Jonathan Sumption QC revealed last week that he had pulled out of the race.

  • Martineau creates deputy chief role in management revamp

    14 December 2009

    Birmingham-based Martineau is to create the position of deputy managing partner to fill in for its globetrotting managing partner.

  • MoJ rebuffs plan to replace cab rank rule

    14 December 2009

    Proposals to scrap the bar’s longstanding cab rank rule have been rejected by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

  • Nabarro cash injection staves off capital woes

    14 December 2009

    Nabarro averted a ­cashflow problem last year by asking partners to inject an extra £5m into the firm.

  • People moves

    14 December 2009

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has bolstered its banking litigation team with the hire of partner Tom Hibbert (left).

  • Plexus acquisition reinforces QBE ties

    14 December 2009

    Plexus Law has strengthened its links with insurance giant QBE by acquiring the insurance practice of ­Whitfield Hallam Goodall.

  • Recession takes its toll on corporate mid-tier

    14 December 2009

    Figures attained from Companies House filings have revealed the extent to which the financial crisis has hit partnership levels at mid-tier City firms.

  • SA Law

    14 December 2009

    As the fifth anniversary of the launch of SA Law approaches, managing partner Steve Ryan says the firm’s investment in its employment practice has paid dividends during the downturn.

  • Speechly boosts IP team with Nabarro hire

    14 December 2009

    Speechly Bircham has turned to Nabarro for the hire of competition partner Robert Bell.

  • Sussex authorities to set up joint panel

    14 December 2009

    A group of 16 local authorities across Sussex are to launch a joint panel for the first time.

  • Testing times for future lawyers

    14 December 2009

    In a year of chronicling the recession, it’s fitting that our final issue of 2009 leads on the effect of the downturn on the future members of the legal profession.

  • The good news: recovery is one year closer

    14 December 2009

    As we stumble towards the end of 2009 we can take solace in the fact that we are a year nearer to economic recovery and the ­stabilisation of law firm revenues and ­profits.

  • Top spot for Skadden with $1bn litigation revenue

    14 December 2009

    The Lawyer’s annual ­litigation top 50, as revealed in last week’s issue (7 December), is proof that, while it might not be a tidal wave, litigation is definitely on the up.

  • Travers’ big idea: learn a language, get clients

    14 December 2009

    Fresh from a sabbatical in India, Travers Smith’s incoming managing partner Andrew Lilley is upping the firm’s focus on its international profile by providing intensive language courses for its lawyers.

  • Tulkinghorn: Abs heard

    14 December 2009

     On 19 January 2010, the great and the good will roll up for The Lawyer’s annual Hot 100 party.

  • Work Life Quiz: Peter Edwards, Capsticks

    13-Dec-2009

    What is your favourite film? Reservoir Dogs.