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.
Four solicitors admitted bringing the profession into disrepute at a disciplinary tribunal hearing last week. A total of £8 million was plundered from clients' accounts at Hastings firm Durnford Ford, which collapsed in 1992. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard that the fraud was masterminded by former senior partner Graham Ford and that three senior equity partners had simply "rubber-stamped" the decisions. Ford was given a 10-year sentence for fraud in December last year. Junior equity partner William Bew was given a suspended sentence for furnishing false information. Bew, 38, of Winstone, Gloucestershire, was struck off the solicitors' roll. The three other partners - Roy Kershaw, 47, of Howden-le-Wear, Co Durham, David Gunson, 51, of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and William Elliot, 44, of Dorchester, Dorset - were each fined £5,000 and ordered to pay substantial costs.