30 January 2012

The Lawyer

  • ABS spearheads irresistible law career revolution

    31-Jan-2012

    Not all revolutions involve mass protest and angry mobs. If you are a lawyer, then you have been living in evolutionary times for the last few years.  And now, the pace of that change is picking up with evolution giving way to revolution.

  • Case of the week: Human rights

    30 January 2012

  • Domain event: Website names sometimes betray firms’ plans - but sometimes not

    30 January 2012

    What’s in a domain name? Everything or nothing, it seems.

  • Eat, drink and be very scared

    30 January 2012

    Chinese food such as lemon chicken and sweet and sour pork is now popular in the West. But as an expat lawyer working in China, the eating experience can be quite different, and sometimes verging on the horrifying.

  • Family value: Vizards’ messy break-up sparks pay row

    30 January 2012

    A law firm takeover is hard to get right, but a partial one can be hell, as Vizards Wyeth is finding out.

  • Fuel’s errand

    30 January 2012

    Leading energy practitioners give their thoughts on the post-Fukushima nuclear landscape as well as shale gas, renewables and solar feed-in tariffs

  • Getting to know you

    30 January 2012

    The SRA’s outcomes-focused regulations will take a bit of getting used to

  • Hapgood steps in for Berezovsky: Brick Court enters stage left as Rabinowitz bows out

    30 January 2012

    Brick Court Chambers heavyweight Mark Hapgood QC has secured the mandate to represent self-exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in his six-month trial set for October.

  • House calls

    30 January 2012

    The SRA’s outcomes-focused regulations will take a bit of getting used to

  • It’s all academic

    30 January 2012

    With three academics and only one lawyer on the panel, will the Legal Education and Training Review listen to the needs of private practice?

  • Jewel purpose

    30 January 2012

    The Portuguese government is set to privatise the country’s remaining crown jewels, providing work for lawyers in a tough year

  • Job Watch: Shipping litigation

    30-Jan-2012

    ?Shipping catastrophes may hit the headlines once in a while, but specialist litigators in this sector are always in demand, both in private practice and in-house.

  • Judgment call: 30 January 2012

    30 January 2012

    The court granted an order for possession of land occupied by protesters outside St Paul’s Cathedral and orders for declaratory and injunctive relief.

  • Learner drivers

    30-Jan-2012

    It’s tense out there. Any minute now, the monster project that is the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) will publish its first offering - a literature review that will set the parameters of reform of the loose competence frameworks that underpin the legal training system.

  • Litigation – a right or an unaffordable luxury?

    30-Jan-2012

    Robert Morfee, partner at Clarke Willmott, discusses the impact that proposed changes to part 2 of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will have on access to justice in the UK.

  • Merlin GC: Independent minded

    30-Jan-2012

    In a music world dominated by iTunes, Merlin general counsel Charlie Lexton is sticking up for the independent labels

  • Move On Up: Hill Dickinson

    30-Jan-2012

    Liverpool wins out on internal promotions, Manchester for laterals, but churn means the partnership size has stayed static

  • M­­oves

    30 January 2012

    K&L Gates has hired Addleshaw Goddard corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson into its equity partnership. Robertson joined Addleshaws in 2007 from Peters & Peters in a move seen as a boost to the firm’s white-collar crime expertise.

  • Number crunching: King & Wood Mallesons

    30-Jan-2012

    Many unions are a result of the long-term relationship between couples, but the link between China’s King & Wood and Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques seems like love at first sight.

  • Outward bound

    30 January 2012

    Lusophone Africa has become a second home for Portuguese lawyers hit by the country’s economic woes, with cross-border alliances key to work streams

  • Pay and display

    30 January 2012

    New rules will make executive remuneration more transparent

  • Peer review: Sir Fred’s blushes saved by Knight in shining armour

    30 January 2012

    It says plenty about Britain that most of the public buzz around Sir Fred Goodwin is about the threat to his knighthood.

  • RBS: is the well running dry?

    30-Jan-2012

    When the Government bailed out RBS for £45.5bn in October 2008 all the bank’s prayers seemed to have been answered.

  • Snapping up IP

    30 January 2012

    Kodak may be sinking, but its patents are still highly coveted

  • Stocks and ’mares

    30-Jan-2012

    IPOs may often land new clients but they don’t bring in much money and can also fail altogether. Are they worth the bother?

  • The Art of Negotiation and Seduction

    31-Jan-2012

    A good litigator is a silent assassin in seeking settlement but a battle field major when court is the only means to an end.  A good litigator, by employing charm and seduction, will keep costs minimal and the timescales of Court a statistic for someone else’s argument.

  • The Lawyer Management: King & Spalding

    30-Jan-2012

    Derek Hardesty, a partner and director of strategic projects at King & Spalding (K&S), took over the chief operating officer (COO) role at the US firm on 1 January from Patrick ­Glisson, who retired at the end of 2011.

  • Volume firm Silverbeck steps boldly into the new LSA world

    30 January 2012

    Quindell’s acquisition of Silverbeck Rymer shows adaptability of PI legal sector

  • Why are litigation letters often so dreadful?

    30-Jan-2012

    There is no genre of literature more dismal – more utterly depressing to read – than the letters of litigation solicitors.  Every day hundreds, perhaps thousands, of these wearisome missives are compiled and despatched.  And many contain the most insincere and heart-sinking language.

  • Work Life Quiz: Daniel Barnett, Outer Temple Chambers

    30-Jan-2012