Litigation, the engine of the stratospheric domestic profits for US firms, is, ironically, the calling card for the UK’s elite law firms if they are ever to crack America, writes The Lawyer’s editor Catrin Griffiths.
Using Global 200 data, The Lawyer reveals which law firms have failed to keep pace with the global market, and what this group’s performance since 2008 can tell us about the future for the world’s top law firms
WeWork has appointed Sarah Nelson Smith as its first ever European general counsel, as it ramps up its legal capabilities outside the US. Nelson Smith, who was The Lawyer’s in-house lawyer of the year in 2014, joins the collaborative workspace giant from KFC, where she acted as European chief legal officer. When it started the hunt in April, WeWork […]
Clifford Chance has launched a new innovation lab in Singapore to explore legal technology solutions with the input of startups, companies and academics. As part of the firm’s innovation and best delivery hub for Asia Pacific, the project called Create +65 aims to develop and test new technology by gathering players at various ends of the […]
Jones Day has made up 46 new partners globally in its latest promotions round, while London accounts for the majority of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s new joiners. The majority of Jones Day’s new partners – 34 out of 46 – were made up in the US, with a smattering of partners making the grade in the […]
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Dechert have fought off an appeal from White & Case upholding an earlier High Court decision in favour of Russian lender Sberbank. The appeal made by the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) was unanimously dismissed by Lord Justices Lewison, Henderson and Baker, with White & Case now expected […]
Clifford Chance has pledged to engage other elite law firms in a bid to counter corruption, after the firm came under pressure for acting on a deal involving the son of Equatorial Guinea’s long-serving president. The firm confirmed it played a role in the sale of a private jet to Teodoro Obiang in 2006, with the magic […]
Centrica’s deputy general counsel Justine Campbell has been named as the company’s new legal head following the retirement of its longstanding chief Grant Dawson. Campbell joined Centrica in 2013 as general counsel of its British Gas business, before rising through the ranks to the role of Centrica’s general counsel for UK and Ireland and then […]