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.
If you fancy working at the heart of business after you qualify, then moving in-house is looking ever-more promising. The job of an in-house lawyer is changing: chief executives of companies are starting to be alert to the horrible effects of litigation, particularly when it comes to employment or health and safety issues.
This has provided openings for employment specialists at investment banks, but there are lots more opportunities for IP lawyers too. Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has started to recruit litigators to investigate the patents of acquisition targets to find weaknesses in their IP portfolios. So IP lawyers particularly those with a background in patents are now very popular with those companies. And as Lawyer 2B reported in the last issue (December 2006), a small but growing number of major UK companies, such as Reuters, HBOS, HSBC, Persimmon and Barclays, are starting to offer training contracts. You may never have to see the inside of a law firm.