7 October 2013
A bustling legal market and political attempts to make Austria a centre of European investment are keeping lawyers on their toes
A panel review resulting in a network of advisers rather than a formal roster, plus a client-serving ABS to nurture, shows BT group GC Dan Fitz is ready to push boundaries
Newly elected Norway prime minister Solway has promised measures that will kickstart a flat infrastructure sector
Decisive action when facing closure will at worst avoid a chaotic wind-down and at best net a turnaround
The international legal bandwagon is on a roll in Africa, but perils await the unwary
Series of unfortunate events shows legal profession taking a major role in latest outing of TV show
Bar divided over publication of Supreme Court arguments on the web
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia has dominated the Finnish headlines. It signals a new chapter for the country’s business opportunities
David Aitman likely to be adaptable in a changing legal environment
In contrast to its battered eurozone neighbour, Gibraltar is in rude economic health but there are political threats to this popular port of call
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have taken lead roles on French Energy company EDF’s investment for Hinkley Point C nuclear project.
Four-borough legal link shows public sector is forward-thinking. Next stop, ABS
You’d have had to have been hiding under a rock to miss the Battle of Balcombe – hoards of environmentalists kicking up a storm over fracking in a small Sussex village. In fact, shale gas extraction, mining, oil and gas have all been hot topics in recent months, and each has its own environmental repercussions. Does this mean demand is increasing for environmental lawyers? Taylor Root senior consultant Justin Gyphion says this is simply not the case.
Let’s be realistic: those procurement people aren’t going away, and we need to learn to live with them. The discipline of procurement has engendered remarkable hostility among many lawyers; its first wave was all about process rather than strategic relationships. But peace is breaking out.
Roll over long-lunch panel reviews – the procurement department is now central to the process, so you’d better get used to it
Move of the week
Those firms for whom personal injury is no longer viable should not wait to put a get-out plan in place
Leadership, organisation and funding in a fast-changing market were the themes of our recent law firm management event