Catrin Griffiths

Catrin is the editor of The Lawyer.

Magdalen College’s BAME challenge

When Dinah Rose QC takes up her role as principal of Magdalen College, Oxford in September she will have more on her mind than the deer park. Tucked away on her list might be some scrutiny of why Magdalen, the alma mater of Lords Denning and Sumption, is one of the lowest-performing colleges at the […]

The pandemic and climate change need two styles of leadership

The start of the decade has been grim. A pandemic has led to multiple deaths, a stock market crash, panic buying and an impending recession. Legal industry talk of disruption through AI now seems entirely vanilla. And, without wanting to create a pecking order among the horsemen of the apocalypse, once the public health crisis […]


Cuts expected as Sainsbury’s panel process gets underway

Sainsbury’s is kickstarting a review of its £10m-a-year legal panel and is likely to axe  the number of external firms it uses. “We’ve got an insanely competitive retail market at the moment and a lot of retailers are under a lot of pressure – and we’re no different,” said legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s […]


The Virus Diaries: Sainsbury’s legal chief on a “huge test of team resilience”

“The coronavirus is a Black Swan event that pressure-tests everything,” says Sainsbury’s legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s been a pretty intensive two weeks.” The week before lockdown, Sainsbury’s and the rest of the supermarket sector provided the backdrop to a social-behaviour test case as thousands of customers stockpiled essential items, disrupting everyday logistics and […]


Mishcon eyes spin-out of ancillary businesses as it shelves IPO

Amid turmoil on the public markets, Mishcon de Reya has shelved further discussion of a part-IPO after resistance from sections of the partnership. Early in 2019 The Lawyer noted the talk linking the firm with an IPO; by the end of the summer the news broke that Mishcon was indeed in the early days of […]

Logistics clients need your help

Lawyers serving clients in the logistics and supply sector are about to see a remarkable shift in emphasis in their work. Up until now their advice has been exploratory, deal-driven and expansive; now, it’s largely about crisis management. Risk has been dramatically recalibrated in the wake of panic-buying, raising the spectre of disruption in the distribution […]

A message to our subscribers: how The Lawyer will be reporting the pandemic

Events are moving fast. Two weeks ago we were reporting that law firms in the Milan area were forbidding employees from taking public transport; now a whole country is on lockdown. In the City, some firms have closed their buildings; other firms are trialling mass experiments in working from home. Given these fraught and extraordinary […]

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The mirage of a cross-European corporate team

Confusing Europe with London is never a good habit, but it’s one to which US firms still fall prey. A clear-eyed assessment is well overdue at four firms in particular: McDermott Will & Emery (MWE), Orrick, Squire Patton Boggs, and Cleary. We single out those firms because of an interesting data point buried in The […]


The ups and downs of US firms in London

In this episode The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths and deputy editor Matt Byrne discuss the impact of coronavirus, the latest US financials season, and whether law firms are actually listening to their clients on one of the biggest issues in the world today.


HSF’s drift away from the City

Growth by big gesture is out of character for HSF, where gestation periods are habitually elephantine. The energy of 2011-12 when Herbert Smith launched on the Continent, in New York, and merged with Sydney-headquartered Freehills, was in retrospect a strategic fever-dream, not to be repeated.  We have yet to see the hoped-for doubling of size […]

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