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.
Tulkinghorn was interested to note that Linklaters head of corporate David Cheyne's sympathetic approach to billing clients is inspiring parts of the legal profession Cheyne would not expect to reach. In The Lawyer on 22 July, Cheyne admitted that when clients' initial public offerings are aborted, he will "share their pain" and give them a fee discount. Not to be outdone by the big boys, West End lawyer to the stars Henri Brandman has taken this approach on board. Brandman acts for TV presenter and comedian Jim Davidson, who has been divorced four times. If Davidson has to go through the same number of marriage breakdowns again, Brandman has decided he will share his pain and do the legal work on his next four divorces for the price of three. He is also happy to extend this compassionate offer to any other famous serial divorcees who may need a lawyer. Tulkinghorn would like to point out that readers should not confuse Henri Brandman with Henri Brookman. Henry Brookman is the notorious divorce lawyer who became famous last year with his lavatory adverts that told men to 'ditch the bitch' and women that 'all men are bastards', which also came to light in this column.