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.
Drug addicts. Barrister Roger Warren Evans, a member of Mumbles Community Council, has published a pamphlet calling for illegal drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be decriminalised. The leaflet argues that taking some drugs is statistically safer than playing football. It also claims that removing the criminal element from drug dealing would raise huge amounts of revenue for the government purse.
Law firms. Ministers believe that the Government may be forced to hire private sector lawyers to draw up legislation because it is concerned about Whitehall delays in drafting bills. Most legislation is drafted by 40 government lawyers that make up the Parliamentary Counsel. The counsel has had a virtual drafting monopoly since it was formed in 1869. But in 1995 Freshfields was called in to draft legislation to simplify the way banks and stockbrokers account for tax deductions from foreign dividends and interests. It now looks as if more drafting will be farmed-out to firms in the future.