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Should I resort to flattery while taking what advice I can get from him?
Diversity at the Bar is improving, but how should a solicitor respond when a client insists they only instruct a ‘white male barrister’? A recent incident has caused outrage in the legal industry.
This week, Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC explain why things can go wrong if a team does not work well, and what can be done to improve team performance.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has pushed back the introduction of the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) by another year, following feedback from universities and law firms. The SRA originally said the new way of qualifying as a solicitor should be in place by 2019; however, that estimate was later pushed back to autumn 2020. It now anticipates […]
People arrive at your presentation and walk into the room with what you perceive to be an air of dread. There’s a bit of general chatter but not the sort of buzz that you had hoped for. There’s a lot of phone-related activity. You begin to doubt your ability and competence and even your subject […]
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Lord Hain’s decision to name Sir Philip Green as the man whose settlement of harassment claims was protected by NDAs raises questions over privilege.
After the government enacted the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 it considered abolishing or phasing out civil partnerships altogether. Instead, it will now extend them to heterosexual couples, as Paul Magrath explains.
The final report of the Lammy Review, published in September 2017, highlighted a number of concerns over the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals by the criminal justice system. It made numerous recommendations, some of them radical. A year later on, Paul Magrath looks at what effect it has had.
Paul Magrath examines the current crisis in the penal system and how the government plans to fix it.
Two recent cases in the UK Supreme Court have highlighted problems in the existing divorce laws. Meanwhile, two private members’ bills have been launched in the House of Lords aiming to provide solutions, as Paul Magrath explains.
Employment law is a popular qualification choice for many trainee solicitors, however newly qualified solicitor roles are few and far between and this was the case even before the (now abolished) employment tribunal fees were introduced. If you are seeking a career as an employment solicitor then you should bear the following in mind. Firms […]
Powered by Lexis Nexis, and featuring experts from the University of Law and Bird & Bird, this webcast explores the future of the legal profession. It looks at the developments currently taking place in the legal market, what those changes will mean for the future, and how students can develop the skills that will be […]
Is there still a social mobility problem in the UK legal profession? How can applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds get ahead? And what effect will the forthcoming to legal education and training have? Experts voice their opinion in our webcast
In this webcast, our expert panel discusses burning trainee concerns, such as: how to go about choosing your area of law, what support to expect from your law firm developing your business and commerce sense should you take a year out after an LPC? how not to feel intimidated by the unfamiliar work environment The panel […]
Powered by Lexis Nexis, and featuring experts from the University of Law and Herbert Smith Freehills, this webcast will help candidates make themselves employable in the eyes of law firms and barristers’ chambers, and land that first job in law. The content covers how to build a CV that can’t be ignored, personal presentation and […]
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) former banking head Philip Wood QC is retiring at the end of this month after half a century in the magic circle firm.
Donna McCarthy left school at 16 and thought she might go into the creative sector. She is now a partner at Devonshires.
David Kirkland is a Sydney born and based lawyer who currently works in the banking and infrastructure team at Gilbert + Tobin. He moved back to Australia after five years in London with White & Case, then Latham & Watkins.
Ashley Cordwell trained at CMS but after qualifying this autumn, he has set up his own art gallery in Petworth.
Bobby Reddy trained at Slaughter and May and made partner at Latham & Watkins before quitting law in 2013 to travel. He’s now combining a PhD with a number of other projects. How did you get into law originally? I studied science at university and I really enjoyed the theoretical side of things, but the third […]
After a 20-year legal career at Norton Rose, Shearman & Sterling and Hogan & Hartson, Jon Coppin retired from the profession at the age of 44. After a couple of years working as a psychotherapist in the NHS he has now set up his own practice aimed at helping people working in the City. Was […]
This week Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC look at working with depression, in the words of a lawyer who has done just that.
This week, systemic coach Zita Tulyahikayo and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC discuss the issue of secondary gain, and how looking for the purpose in all behaviour can help support change in ourselves and others.
This week, Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC discuss insecurity and its remedy: acceptance
It’s not just the time on the training field that meant the England football team has performed so well – they have also displayed strong mental, team and leadership skills. Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and barrister and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC explain.
Trauma that we inherit and leave unresolved is passed on to future generations. Until you cross the bridge of your past and insecurities, you can’t begin to explore the future and your possibilities. Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and Barrister and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC explain.
This week Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and barrister and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC discuss the limitations of using reason and the power of embodied, intuitive methods for complex problem solving.
CMS’s Adam Greaves on the shift in attitudes between 1980s AIDS related hatred of gay men to the near normalisation of gay issues today.
Solicitor apprentice Hal Donovan gives his take on LGBT in law as one of the newest entrants to the profession.
Luke Williams’ introduction to the profession was a tough one, but working in legal education has proved a heartening experience.
How often do you stop to think about the environment you are in? Not in terms of the planet and what, as a collective species, we are doing to it but rather your choice of environment in which you conduct your business development activities. Where do you take your client, meet them or arrange to […]
Grab their attention with a bang, build the theme with highs and lows and finish with a powerful ending. Pretty much the format for any great symphony not least the very well-known work by one of the most celebrated composers of all time – Ludwig van Beethoven; the Fifth Symphony in C minor. So, what […]
How often had you heard that effective communication is 55 per cent non-verbal, 38 per cent tone of voice and 7 per cent what you actually say. There are many who swear by this as some form of mystical statistic that is the key to communication enlightenment itself. And then there are those that say hang […]
Follow these presentation tips from Luan de Burgh to have an audience who will not only remember your material but will also laud your name when asked about the highlights of the day
Macfarlanes and White & Case are among six firms signing up to the Reignite Academy, which will take talented women who have taken a career break and put them back on the path to partnership.
Openness about sexual orientation is good for the diversity agenda – but what if you simply want to keep your private life, well, private?
Want to set up an LGBT+ network but don’t know how to start? Gavin Williams of Osborne Clarke has some advice about how to go about it.
The murder of an LGBT man in the 1950s had repercussions for Chris Williams, now a business services manager at BCLP.
When I first started making training contract applications I concentrated heavily on my ‘diverse’ background. I realise now I was wrong to do so.
More than half the European 100 either had no net change, or a net decrease, in female partner numbers last year.
Clifford Chance is searching for its first global head of inclusion and diversity, just a few weeks after the firm revealed a 66 per cent pay gap in its gender pay gap reporting. Clifford Chance’s new global head of diversity and strategy will be based in any of the firm’s 32 worldwide offices, and will work […]
Exeter University is investigating allegations of racism within its student law society after screenshots of a WhatsApp group showing racist messages were shared online. Student Arsalan Motavali shared the images on Facebook, writing: “Not only are their statements disgusting, they are often targeted towards their peers and some of my close friends, whilst depicting them as […]
Forty-two per cent of women working in law firms have been subjected to sexual harassment, with nearly half of the most recent occurrences taking place within the last year, new research by The Lawyer has revealed. In the largest survey of the profession yet since the Harvey Weinstein revelations and emergence of the #MeToo movement, 1,000 lawyers […]
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has become the first law firm to offer to cover part or all of the costs of gender reassignment surgery for its transgender employees in the UK. The firm has launched global transitioning guidelines which contain the medical benefit as well as access to psychological support under the firm’s medical benefits […]
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has made up 23 lawyers to partner in its latest promotions round, with the majority being legacy Bryan Cave lawyers. It is the first set of promotions since Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) merged in April. Eighteen lawyers have been promoted across the United States, while three solicitors – all […]
US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has made up one lawyer to partner in London for the second year in a row. Real estate lawyer Samuel Charlton has made the cut, while another 9 lawyers have been promoted across the firm’s US offices in New York, Houston and Palo Alto. There is one promotion in […]
Baker Botts has promoted its first partner in the London office in five years, making up Dorine Farah in the firm’s litigation practice. Farah has been at the firm since 2007, acting as special counsel in the international arbitration group. She trained at Slaughter and May. Her practice involves a mixture of commercial and investment-treaty arbitration. […]
Ropes & Gray has prioritised its US offices in the firm’s most recent promotions round, with nearly two-thirds of new partners hailing from across the Atlantic. The firm has made up 24 partners in its largest promotion round ever. Last year Ropes made up just 12 lawyers to partner, compared to 11 in 2016. One London-based […]
Latham & Watkins is to promote 31 lawyers to partner globally, with the firm announcing more promotions in London than in any other of its offices. A total of nine lawyers will be made partner in the City, while there are 21 promotions across Latham’s US offices. Six lawyers have been made up in New York, […]
White & Case has made its largest promotions round in the firm’s history, making up 41 partners globally.
Shearman & Sterling’s entire Hong Kong capital markets team is moving to PRC rival Fangda Partners’ Hong Kong office in the most significant coup yet by a Chinese firm to scale up in the financial hub. The Lawyer can confirm that the entire Hong Kong capital markets practice at Shearman led by partners Colin Law and […]
Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]
Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]
In its biggest pre-listing lateral hire to date, DWF has brought in Clyde & Co partner and global co-head of reinsurance David Abbott. Abbott joined Clydes as part of the 2012 merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert having started work there in 1998. It is thought that he will not have to serve his full […]
Reed Smith is beefing up its Middle East practice with two new hires, only one month after its regional managing partner exited to open HFW’s fifth Middle Eastern office. Commercial disputes partner Mahmoud Awad will join the firm’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices from Hadef & Partners, while Waseem Khokhar will take on a role […]
Simmons & Simmons has recruited Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner James Grand to lead its practice focused on collateralised loan obligations (CLO). Grand has joined the structured finance and derivatives practice of the firm, having been promoted to partner at the magic circle firm in 2007. He joined Freshfields in 1995. His arrival follows Simmons’ expansion of […]
White & Case is to round off 2018 with its second lateral hire from Weil Gotshal & Manges this year, taking on the firm’s London head of banking. The Lawyer can reveal that Mark Donald is joining White & Case as a partner, after six years at Weil. He joined following a spell of almost 15 […]
Ince & Co offshore energy duo Renaud Barbier-Emery and Jonathan Goldfarb have become the latest partners to leave the firm as it prepares for its reverse takeover by AIM-listed Gordon Dadds. The pair are joining Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein’s London office as partners. They will be joined by several members of junior legal staff who […]
A team from Orrick’s French operations are to decamp for White & Case’s burgeoning corporate practice, the latest development in a spate of activity in the Paris market. Saam Golshani, Orrick’s co-chair of European restructuring and head of its Paris M&A and private equity group, is leading the move to White & Case. He has spent […]
Baker Botts has made further moves in Europe, with the hire of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels managing partner Matthew Levitt. Levitt joins Baker Botts after almost 17 years at Hogan Lovells where he focused on transactional, advisory and contentious EU and UK competition law. He has particular expertise in the shipping, ports, oil and gas, industrial manufacturing and […]
Ashurst has nabbed White & Case partner Matthew Wood for its Africa-specific project finance practice, ending his 16-year stint at the US firm. Wood has been drafted in by Ashurst to lead the firm’s operations in the region and will relocate from the UAE to the London office. He has spent his entire career at White & […]
This is the latest in a spate of partner moves from international to Chinese firms.
Managing partner James Knight featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 this year after floating Keystone Law on the London Stock Exchange.
Darren Rosier, recently appointed KWM’s new managing partner, recalls his training contract at Slaughter and May.
Stewarts family partner Sam Longworth featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 after a string of roles in major divorce cases.