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.
FAQs: Frequently asked questions, the internet's own quirky version of a help file. Back in the days when newsgroups were the most popular and dynamic "communities" online, seasoned veterans grew sick of telling "newbies" the basics, and so created a file to which they could be directed when they wanted a basic grounding in a subject. Now the term has been adopted by more traditional publishers and is often the first port of call for a nervous surfer.
File-sharing: A billing hours goldmine, with peer-to-peer music networks still the source of suits and counter-suits. File-sharing has always been a mainstay of the networks, with protocols such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP), allowing users to anonymously download files from a site. The term is also used on intranets, where files can be read and written to allow collaborative working.
Firewall: The guarantee (sic) of security and data integrity. A set of programmes on a local network designed to stop access in and - occasionally - out. A firewall can also work with a proxy server, which will make network requests on behalf of workstation users.
Flame: Vitriolic and often abusive attacks on someone who has breached netiquette. This can take the form of a single email pointing out the transgression in occasionally witty but more likely crude terms or the bombarding of the offender with messages and junk mail.
Frame: A self-contained panel on a webpage that can change or remain constant independent from the rest of the page. Although effective, it slows down a page's display, interferes with search engines and makes display in some browsers difficult.
Fuzzy logic: An approach to computing based on "degrees of truth" rather than the usual "true or false". It has been used to make smart-focusing camcorders and washing machines that adapt to loads. It has yet to be used in the writing of new media business plans.