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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Reading the front page of last week's The Lawyer, with what may be seen as five negative stories on one page - including headlines with words such as "fiasco", "conman", and reports of magistrates being forced to admit membership of the freemasons, as well as a barrister facing a disciplinary hearing - lawyers may be feeling rather insecure and worried about the state of their profession.
Given your readership, perhaps we can brush these off as isolated incidents, inevitable in a profession which is allowed to regulate itself. But anyone who then watched the BBC2 programme The Verdict with its reports on law firms' use of "uplift" - albeit with exceptions - and a stout defence by Tony Girling, the president of the Law Society, may well have cause for concern. Perhaps the proposed marketing campaign is now a necessity, but the legal profession should realise that its image cannot be sold as whiter-than-white without some major cleaning up.