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.
Those good, honest folk who populate the nation’s newsrooms will be throwing their trilbies in the air in triumph this afternoon after the MoJ published its long-awaited draft Defamation Bill (see story).
The red tops in particular have had something of a rough ride over the last few months, what with the draconian measures being rolled out to stop them spying on innocent members of the public and accusations flying around that maybe some parts of what they publish may have only a passing acquaintance with absolute truth.
But they can stop reaching for that supermarket scotch hidden in the desk drawer for a while as justice secretary Ken Clarke seems to have enshrined a few basic journalistic rights, if that isn’t an oxymoron.
The bill “will ensure that anyone who makes a statement of fact or expresses an honest opinion can do so with confidence,” said Parliament’s favourite cigar chomper.
All of which sounds suspiciously like the ’fair comment’ defence that Fleet Street’s finest have been rolling out for decades. With increasingly limited success, thanks to the work of, for instance, Justices Eady and Tugendhat.
Still, if it means your favourite news providers can now honestly state that they believe Fred Goodwin is a banker, we say it’s a small step on the long walk to freedom… of the press.
The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B has teamed up with the College of Law to host a unique event for career changers and mature students. ’Not too Late for Law’ will be held on 19 April at the College of Law’s Moorgate Branch, where delegates will be able to gain an insight of how to break into the legal profession from some of the City’s top law firms. For more information click here.
—- The Lawyeris holding a debate on investing in India on 4 May. Please click here for further details.