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.
Morality in the profession. Joanne Feldman, described by the Daily Mail as "one of the country's most successful lawyers", told the paper how having a family has forced her to rethink the sort of cases she takes on. "I got a thrill out of manipulating language," she wrote. Of her commercial lawyer husband she adds: "My ability to stand up for people accused of the most odious crimes never ceased to amaze him." But motherhood changed that. On sitting in a room with an accused paedophile, Feldman says: "I reached for the off-switch but this time, it did not work..."
Families living under Heathrow flight paths. In a test case on aircraft noise the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ordered the Government to justify subjecting 1 million people in London to unacceptable noise at night. Susan Ring, lawyer for eight residents who have been fighting the decision to allow 16 night flights between 4am and 6am and unlimited flights between 6am and 7am, claims that the Government has been dishonest by "saying one thing to residents and to the courts, and another to the terminal five public inquiry".
Kosova, which is soon to be invaded again, but this time by UK judges and lawyers sent in by foreign secretary Robin Cook to help rebuild the province's justice system. But volunteers entering the country could face a hard time. The US prosecutor and Swedish judge already there wear bulletproof vests, have bodyguards and live in a highly-fortified French army base.
French and Belgian chocaholics, after a European Parliament vote lifted the 27-year- old ban on the sale of UK chocolate in those countries. Despite French and Belgian chocolatiers claiming that a Flake does not meet their own standards, our European cousins will now be able to savour their own glass-and-a-half of British sweets.