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.
Not content with a good position in last week's UK M&A rankings, Macfarlanes has also set out to be the UK's most cultured firm. Dominating an entire wall in one of the firm's labyrinthine corridors is a huge frieze comprised of individually sculpted squares. The work is so intricate, Tulkinghorn understands that certain partners have taken to spending hours at a time staring at it. But the lost billable hours are of minor importance now. The firm has won the Art & Work Award 2000, which is judged by a panel of worthies that includes Sir Geoffrey Chipperfield, the former permanent secretary of the Department of Energy (who is presumably a bit of a culture vulture in his spare time). Tulkinghorn has seen the piece and has to concede that, as modern art goes, it's better than a dead cow. However, if you come across Charles Martin or Charles Meek, the best way to annoy them is probably to point out that your five-year-old daughter has done something similar and then offer to sell the girl's work to Macfarlanes for the price of a pint.