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.
Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice-president is stepping down after 22 years now that the company's antitrust problems are drawing to an end.
William Neukom led Microsoft's response to the initial antitrust complaints brought by the US Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice and the EU. The US cases are settled, but things are still ongoing in Europe. Neukom also led the firm's successful seven-year battle with Apple over intellectual property rights. He is being succeeded by Brad Smith, who for the past five years served as Microsoft's deputy general counsel for worldwide sales. Neukom began handling Microsoft's legal work in 1979 while still a partner at Seattle-based Preston Gates & Ellis. The firm was led by Bill Gates, the father of the software entrepreneur of the same name. Neukom moved in-house in 1985, and has since built a 600-strong law and corporate affairs department boasting 200 lawyers.