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 LORD Chancellor's Department has pledged in a new initiative that mediation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) will be used wherever possible instead of litigation.
Standard Government contracts will now include clauses on using ADR, and its departments will also improve flexibility over compensation, including using independent assessment instead of the courts.
Certain cases will be exempted, such as intentional wrongdoing and abuse of power, public law, human rights and "vexatious litigants".
Christopher Style, head of litigation at Linklaters & Alliance's London office, says: "This brings the Government into line with best practice and it's a clever PR spin. An obligation to explore consentual mediation is very common in a wide range of contracts."
Barlow Lyde and Gilbert's litigation expert Richard Spafford believes that using ADR often means that cases are "settled more cheaply and in less time".