We’ve got the look

Don’t worry – this is still The Lawyer. Let me give you a whistle-stop tour.

Despite our features-led picture cover, news junkies can still see all the breaking stories online. (The best way to get these, by the way, is to subscribe to our daily commentary email here.)

But we know you’re bombarded with information, so our opening pages are designed to filter and shape the agenda. The Notebook section, where we unearth trends, is followed by a digest of the top stories from TheLawyer.com, with The World This Week on page 6. Then, on our Number Crunching page, we’ve worked with Perfect Information and Thomson Reuters to track who instructs whom on capital markets issues and M&A respectively. We’ll also be using this page to look at law firm LLP results allied to data derived from our annual magnum opus, The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report. Data fans will relish our new format; our City analysis on Goldman Sachs mandates is also based on statistics fromPerfect Information.

Judgment Call, on page 16, is our pick of the recent cases, including commentary from practitioners. Litigators can also get their teeth into our regular January blockbuster, the Top 20 Cases (page 30). Our reconfiguration allows us to run more expanded features throughout: on page 24 we reveal Moscow partner Allen Hanen as the power behind the throne at Herbert Smith, while page 42 is a dissection of the difficult market that is Romania. In-house coverage looms large: our amplified In-house Interview is on page 20, while our special report on IP features general counsel discussing digital copyright.

The popular workplace pages – Moves and Work-Life Quiz – are now at the back, along with two new elements. Move On Up is a survey of promotion prospects at top firms (this week Weightmans), while Job Watch is based on vacancy statistics, segmented by practice area or region.

As you’ll see, The Lawyer has undergone not a cosmetic redesign, but a fundamental change.

The big issues of the day are best served analytically and at length – it’s what print does best.

Have a good read.