Business leadership

Roundtable: How to retain talent through culture

As political turmoil continues to temper financial markets, hamper international trade relations and exacerbate political insecurity, ensuring client stability and satisfaction still remains of vital concern for all law firms. In a recent roundtable co-hosted by Scottish-based Morton Fraser and The Lawyer, participants discussed the biggest challenges facing law firms in maintaining client satisfaction into […]

Lindsey Keeble, WFW

WFW kickstarts search for new City premises

Watson Farley & Williams, which has been based in its London home for three decades, is the latest firm to have secured the services of a real estate consultancy to help it find new space. The firm, based on Appold Street behind Liverpool Street station, has sought out the advice of Squarebrook. WFW occupies 80,119 […]


Clifford Chance names Layton’s ex-chief of staff as UK COO

The chief of staff to Clifford Chance’s former global managing partner is to become the firm’s new regional chief operating officer for the UK. Lizzie Goodburn returns to the magic circle firm to replace outgoing UK COO Sophie Schwass, who is relocating to New Zealand after three years at the helm. Goodburn spent nearly four […]

A farewell to the car park: Clifford Chance may miss the Wharf after all

The drift from Canary Wharf to the City of London symbolises the end of the developer dream. An idea that gathered momentum in the early 2000s, Canary Wharf has been home to Clifford Chance, legacy US firm Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Townsend), Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and offshoots of Allen & Overy and […]


Case study: How Dentons redesigned M&S’ in-house team

Last year, when Sarah Dickson joined M&S as deputy general counsel, she found herself at the heart of a business that was changing fast. Following the Ocado deal in 2019, many M&S operations had moved online. The business was going through a huge corporate transformation focused on digital to see how each function conducted business […]



Infertility, pregnancy loss and lawyering: all in a day’s work?

“Your HCG levels aren’t rising”. A phrase reserved for parents whose unborn baby is (literally, if you repeat home pregnancy tests) fading before their eyes. Words spoken to me in February 2018 while sat in my open-plan office. An hour later, I walked into a presentation. Broken, helpless, confused, shaky and sad, I couldn’t articulate […]

How the legal market’s worst-named product forgot about the people

Managed services. Managed services. Managed services. Repeat the words and they feel like an increasingly meaningless phrase. Definitely no prizes for communicating a compelling proposition to clients. Yet look back a decade and it was going to be the next great saviour, fixing the problem of everyday contract work for the legal profession. Law was […]

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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Networking: don’t forget to follow up!

When networking, it’s easy to focus on the event itself and forget that one of the most important parts of the process is the follow-up. Networking, and relationship building, aren’t a one and done – they’re a process. And that process takes careful tending.

Breaking the Bias: part 2

In celebration of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias, our national GROW network for female-identifying professionals is putting the spotlight on some of Gowling’s key clients through a powerful month-long video series.

Achieving gender balance – women on boards

The FTSE Women Leaders Review 2022 saw the United Kingdom rank in second place internationally for its representation of women on FTSE 350 boards and their leadership teams. The FTSE 100 saw a rise in the representation of women by 2.1% from the beginning of 2021, to 39.1% and an increase was also achieved in the FTSE 250, with the proportion of women in the boardroom now at 36.8%.

Employment “by reason of”, “for” and “in” the metaverse

The employment contract can be linked to the creation and development of the Metaverse, it can involve providing services from the real world, but in the Metaverse, and even in the most sophisticated form it can be performed entirely, even from its creation, in the Metaverse.

Leadership lessons: Navigating a crisis

Recently, I saw a quote that said that adulthood is not one crisis after another, it’s multiple crises, simultaneously, forever. Is anyone else feeling that way lately?

Efficient data privacy compliance using ediscovery workflows

Data privacy is rapidly transforming personal information management policy and practices. Technology-assisted programs to comply with and contain the costs of Data Subject Access Rights (DSARs) in the European Union and Subject Rights Requests (SRRs) in the United States is top of mind for affected organizations.