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.
In the blue corner, general counsel are accusing private practice firms of laziness, arrogance and complacence in their approach to panel reviews. In the red corner, lawyers are slamming clients for online tendering systems - “a complete waste of time” - and procurement-led processes.
Both sides seem to be taking an ‘it’s not me, it’s you’ attitude, as cost-cutting pressures from the client side and heightened competition on the firm side raise the stakes for all.
This year has already seen several high profile reviews defined by a step away from the status quo. In March, Royal Dutch Shell scrapped its global legal panel in favour of individual relationships with firms in different countries.
Panel reviews are still on most GCs’ to-do lists. But with two-thirds of in-house lawyers having no written evaluation procedure to measure performance, it looks like private practice lawyers are still getting away lightly.