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.
Graham Maurice Durnford Ford, a former senior partner of Hastings firm Durnford Ford, has been convicted at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to 10 counts of theft of clients' money. Ford accepted liability for stealing no less than £5 million. The Solicitors Compensation Fund has paid out around £7 million in connection with his exploits since 1992. The case was brought by the Serious Fraud Office and Sussex police. Sentencing is postponed until completion of the trial of Ford's co-accused, former partner William Digby Bew. Bew faces four counts of furnishing false information contrary to Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968. Four similar counts against Ford were not proceeded with. Bew's trial is expected to last between six to eight weeks.