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 John Thompson's letter in (The Lawyer, 31 January). As a current member and former president of the Law Society of Scotland, I was not surprised to learn that my own Law Society had apparently agreed with the CCBE ban on MDPs, but I was disappointed that it should be so.
The Law Society of Scotland has a long-standing ban on MDPs, like almost all legal regulators. However, the issue is very much a live one north of the border and the Law Society is to circulate a report on it to, I understand, stimulate debate. Standing that, it is undoubtedly premature to say that Scottish solicitors have rejected the MDP structure.
I support the opportunity that would be provided by MDPs provided that the unique advantages which solicitors bring to their work, such as independence, can be properly safeguarded. I believe that they can.