Call for 'Hall of Fame'

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  • Hall of Fame

    Karl Mackie should be nominated for having taken the bold and innovative decision to establish CEDR with his colleagues, which has undoubtedly changed the face of dispute resolution in this country.

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    Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.
    It was Lord Phillips who was responsible for overseeing the work of the Civil Justice Council in resolving a number of thorny issues over legal costs, including the introduction of fixed recoverable costs in RTA claims and fixed success fees in RTA, EL and disease cases. As Master of the Rolls and chairman of the CJC, Lord Phillips was quietly effective in persuading the parties to keep talking when the going got tough.

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    What about Lord Woolf? Whether or not you agree with his reforms, he had an enormous impact.
    Other suggestions - Nigel Knowles and Tony Angel (for being visionary managing partners), Anthony Saltz and Nigel Boardman for services to M&A, Clementi for opening up the law to Tesco and others, and not forgetting Jonathan Sumption for having a brain the size of a planet.

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    Tony Angel - He took Linklaters from a very good firm and turned it into a world class firm. He was the first magic circle managing partner with true global presence to take average PEP over £1m. He's made a serious effort to
    establish the firm in the US.

    Mike Francies - he has single-handed managed, for whichever firm he has been a partner at, to implement a global and top end capital markets practice. He's an unbelievable operator with a reputation that's second to none.

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  • Hall of Fame/Shame

    Alan Hodgart whose 3 core area focus strategy, one size fits all report has defined so many firms

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  • hall of fame

    Ally McBeal. She made the public realise (as we lawyers already knew) that law is fun and sexy. She was probably more responsible than anyone for attracting a generation into the profession.

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    20 years ago banking and insolvency were the poor relations and now they've become global products, so I'm confining my remarks to my sector.

    Mike Duncan, A&O : he has dominated the Global loans market for 20 years and
    created the A&O global loans machine

    Gordon Stewart, A&O: he made debt collecting (now called 'insolvency') fashionable

    Charles Leeming, Wilde Sapte: whilst he retired in 95, he was the dominant restructuring lawyer in the great depression of the early 90s and those jobs spawned a new industry in the legal world

    Mark Stewart, CC : the man smart enough to be first to spot the power of the private equity houses and to use banking expertise as a product differentiator for those clients, off the back of which CC have based
    their global practice

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    John Crabtree, Wragge & Co - leading light of Midlands legal community and architect of Wragge & Co's success;

    Ron Burley - old school king of clerks;

    Lord Woolf - designed the most radical reforms to the civil justice system in the last 20 years, the greatest success of which was to impose mediation on litigators;

    Sir Sydney Kentridge QC - Most famously acted for the family of South African black consciousness leader Steve Biko, but has been a member of the UK Bar since the late 70s. Now its elder statesman, he is still a force to be reckoned with;

    David Pannick QC - the most brilliant public lawyer of his generation; Nigel Knowles, DLA Piper - a force of nature and must be credited for making DLA the firm it is today;

    Janet Gaymer - Simmons & Simmons.

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  • hall of fame

    Shami Chakrabarti, Liberty
    Sahar Hashemi - lawyer who founded Coffee Republic
    Tony Blair
    Cherie Booth
    Jack Straw
    Neville Eisenberg
    Michael Mansfield
    Glanville Williams
    Stanley Berwin (for setting up the two Berwin law firms)
    Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird)
    Geoffrey Bindman
    Angela Mason, founder of Stonewall Lesbian and Gay Group
    Andrew Hochhauser
    Gareth Quarry (for creating whole portability thing)

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    Edward Smethurst - he rejeuvenated the C&I group and set it on its current track

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