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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 man rarely afraid of a fresh challenge, John McDonnell this year managed to set up from scratch a new set of chambers, Thirteen Old Square, house it with 14 tenants and equip it with ultra-modern technology while maintaining a first-class practice. A bold move in the current climate, but in 2005 McDonnell expects the set to double in size to 30 tenants.
Before becoming a barrister in 1971, McDonnell’s work ranged from being a speechwriter for Senator George McGovern to helping create England’s 1971 Industrial Relations Act. Diversity is at the heart of his practice as a barrister. This year he acted for sisters Chitralekha Mehta and Anila Shastri in their high-profile dispute with their brother over ownership of the Patak spices empire; for the world’s largest steel owner Mittal; and in the vast Nina Wang case in Hong Kong over ownership of a family trust in which kidnapping and murder claims feature in the evidence. All colourful stuff – which is undoubtedly a description that many in the City would afford McDonnell himself.