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.
Criminal suspects. In a surprise ruling, the USSupreme Court has reaffirmed that the police must read suspects their four fundamental rights, including the "right to remain silent" - the so-called "Miranda rights" beloved of US detective series. One of two dissenting judges said the decision "converts Miranda from a milestone of overreaching" into one of "judicial arrogance".
Australian consumers. Under amendments to copyright laws, software companies and book publishers will lose their monopolies on bringing products in Australia. Under the new rules, importers will be able to obtain their products as soon as they are released anywhere in the world without having to wait for local companies to release them in Australia. The move could drive prices down by up to a third.
Republican QCs in Northern Ireland. The Lord Chancellor has announced that QCs will not have to declare that they will "well and truly serve Queen Elizabeth II". Instead they will "well and truly serve all whom I may lawfully be called upon to serve in the office of one of Her Majesty's Counsel learned in the law". Lord Irvine said that the change was taken "in the spirit of compromise".
Women in Kuwait, who are launching a legal claim for political rights. A group of women is asking a court to decide whether the electoral law which prevents women from voting or standing for public office violates the constitution which says:"All people are equal in human dignity and in public rights."