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.
A SOLICITOR who was insulted by Legal Aid Board head Steve Orchard at a conference has questioned the chief executive's ability to run the board.
Orchard claimed that what Roy Douglas said at the Legal Action Group conference last week "came out of an orifice and it wasn't between his ears". But he was forced to retract the comment afterwards.
He made the remark after Douglas, of Douglas & Partners in Bristol, alleged the board assured lawyers franchising would not lead to exclusive block contracts. Orchard said he gave no such assurances and accused Douglas of lying.
Douglas says: "I would not expect a man in his position to resort to such language over something that I genuinely felt."
LAB chair Sir Tim Chessells says: "We think it's a storm in a teacup. Stephen Orchard is a very successful chief executive."