The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. 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 carnage of the recent Co-op v ICL case has inspired Field Fisher Waterhouse to launch a new IT practice area - the project support group - aimed at avoiding litigation. Litigation partner Richard Stephens will lead a group of more than 30 lawyers, which aims to combine the skills of litigators and non-contentious lawyers. "Lawyers are set in this mindset of sitting around waiting for something to go wrong rather than offering proactive help," said Stephens. He explained that disputes often occur because nobody reviews a contract, even years after it is signed. In Co-op v ICL, it was claimed that there was no contract at all. The case is currently being appealed. Field Fisher will charge a fixed fee in advance for three services, which are labelled 'project check-up', 'project workout' and 'project lifeline'. The first is a healthcheck aimed at reviewing the commercial health of a contract and assessing any risks. Project workout will provide training in legal risk to contract negotiators and project managers. Project lifeline offers telephone support on particularly troublesome projects.