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.
I refer to the leader column "Lord Irvine's climbdown" (The Lawyer, 1 February). Will you please stop using headlines that can only discourage the review of decisions that need to be changed?
Either Lord Irvine was originally right, but circumstances have justified a change of decision - praise him on both counts - or he was originally wrong, but has corrected his decision - applaud the latter decision while criticising the former.
On the facing page, you have a large ad for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Sorting out disputes means encouraging others to amend unfavourable views. When your opposite number agrees, do you say "Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!", or do you appreciate the progress made and move on? Believe me, everyone reflects the concerns they have expressed. They do not want extra difficulties.
The legal system may or may not be ready on 26 April for the Woolf reforms. If not, do you not want those responsible to postpone implementation rather than be put off doing the right thing by the cries of "climbdown" that will no doubt be forthcoming?