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.
Martin Smith joined the clerking fraternity after his A-levels. He joined Blackstone in 1988 as second junior clerk, on the basis that the first junior was soon leaving. Within a year the then senior clerk suffered a vote of no confidence, and Smith pleaded with chambers to be given his chance - he was duly promoted and is now estimated to be earning in the region of £300,000 and managing a team of 11 clerks in a thriving set that won this year's Lawyer Award for Chambers of the Year. The set also employs practice manager Julia Hornor. It has developed rapidly during the past few years on the back of its public and international law practice, while continuing to push its commercial expertise.