Collapses among big Scottish law firms had more to do with management failings and the partnership system than big bank-mania and ‘Scottishness’.
Beware loopholes in instant dismissal and contractual T&Cs, find out key features of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and the progress being made for whistleblowers – just some of this week’s top briefings coverage from the company/commercial sector.
Wilkin Chapman chief executive Des Mannion gives his perpective of moving from accountancy to law.
Hit hard by the 2008 crisis, Austria’s businesses and law firms have found a variety of ways to adapt to the changed environment.
Fear of social media-borne reputational damage, cost considerations and judicial pressure are all boosting the uptake of alternative dispute resolution.
For the first time, Chinese firms can be ranked by revenue, and one thing is clear, most of the elite Chinese firms have enjoyed stellar growth in the past year. How?
In-house counsel have revealed the firms they most like to work with. Top of their list? Firms that have listened to their needs and come back with refined or remodelled service delivery models. Here’s their wishlist.
The threat of cyber crime and big law firms’ increasingly global ambitions will shape PII in the next five years.
And there goes another Scottish independent. McClure Naismith’s decision to call in the administrators in August was the third sad ending of its kind, following Semple Fraser in 2013 and Tods Murray, bought by Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2014.
We didn’t deliberately co-ordinate the publication of our China Elite report (click here for an executive preview) with George Osborne’s visit to the PRC, but it’s happy timing.
Formal education has its place, but law needs to move with the times and appreciate the benefits that organic learning through technology can bring.
Last night, Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court, was trending on Twitter. This, I think, was a first. The furore was linked to an interview given by Lord Sumption to the Evening Standard.
The Financial List should present an opportunity for London to build on its reputation as a pre-eminent global centre for the resolution of large financial disputes.
Lawyers are prone to a sort of exceptionalism that they alone are responsible for the client, but when you look at that service in the round, you have to consider business development, team allocation and, of course, technology.
Insurance firm Ince & Co is discreetly sounding out firms for a possible tie-up, The Lawyer understands.
US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.
London firm Gordon Dadds will acquire Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) following a pre-pack administration.
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Behind the Law
The in-house legal team of publishing giant Pearson have had a busy summer.