The Lawyer Global Litigation Top 50 report is the only ranking of international law firms by litigation and arbitration revenue and is essential reading for anyone seeking to benchmark their litigation and dispute resolution practices...
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.
A secretary of a law firm in the Netherlands has discovered how to handle working with lawyers: write a comic all about them.
Esther Keijnemans spent nine months putting together comic Hamerink & Van Boordt, which are the names of the characters in the comic. They are based on the working lives of Keijnemans’ former bosses, partners Erik Klinkhamer and Haco van Oordt, at Dutch maritime firm AKD Prinsen van Wijmen.
According to a press release from the comic’s publishers, the partners are not disgruntled that Keijnemans spent hours secretly observing their various habits when she should have been stapling A4 paper.
However, it ought to be noted that Keijnemans is their former secretary.
It appears to be an imaginative effort. The comic is split into 26 episodes; each episode relates to a letter in the alphabet which is in turn associated with a particular theme. For instance, ‘C’ is for ‘casual Friday’, in which, according to the press statement, “Hamerink is decked out as a yob and Van Boordt as a punk, while their unnamed secretary is dressed in a ball gown”.
Also, every other page is in black and white. This, says Keijnemans, symbolises the general perception that lawyering life is dull as ditchwater, whereas in reality it is… er… hugely fun and exciting – hence the comic.
How right she is. So exciting, in fact, that an opera should at least be written on something that is hugely interesting but which is popularly thought to be boring as hell, such as bilateral investment treaties or accelerated takeover bids.