The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
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.
The controversial action by Deacons against White & Case and two of its former partners finally started in the Hong Kong High Court last Wednesday (6 August). As revealed by The Lawyer (8 July 2002), White & Case became embroiled in the battle after it poached a highly-rated insolvency team from Deacons' Hong Kong office. Deacons alleges that the US firm's approach to the four partners breached a confidentiality and non-solicitation clause from a 1999 merger agreement between the firms. White & Case is vigorously defending the action. Deacons also claims that former partners Mark Fairburn and Edward Cairns breached their fiduciary duties. The case was due to start on 2 June, but was delayed after White & Case unsuccessfully claimed bias against the original judge, who had revealed a connection with a Deacons partner 10 years ago (The Lawyer, 14 July). As The Lawyer was going to press, Deacons chief information officer was being cross-examined. The trial continues.