1 August 2016

Israel’s law firms are missing out on contract lawyers

Contract lawyer services have been growing in popularity, with firms such as Lawyers on Demand (LOD) heralded as innovators in the legal sector. Clients and law firms across the UK, Australia and Asia have welcomed such services, but the Israeli market remains largely untapped. This is set to change, however, as the country’s thriving start-up community seeks more flexible advisers.

Canada: pushing boundaries

The new Global 200 report from The Lawyer is the definitive guide to the world’s biggest law firms, forensically detailing their international coverage, practice area bench strengths and financial health. While the top of the list may be dominated by those in the US, seven Canadian firms make the list.

How the top funds teams earn their crust

Dementia, reinsurance and an end to the UK Government’s ownership of Northern Rock – it’s been a busy year in the world of funds. This year’s shortlisted entries at The Lawyer Awards showcased the variety of funds work undertaken by law firms, with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) taking the top accolade for a landmark secondary transaction.

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Moves: Latham hires A&O finance star Kensell

Move of the week Allen & Overy finance partner Stephen Kensell, a frontrunner in the firm’s recent leadership election, has exited for Latham & Watkins. Kensell was co-head of the magic circle firm’s banking practice between 2008 and 2016. He joined the firm from Blake Dawson in 1994. UK London Fladgate has hired real estate […]

Scotch Whisky Association legal chief on protecting a £4bn industry

Landing a job at an organisation whose sole purpose is to promote, protect and represent the interests of the scotch whisky industry sounds like a dream come true for any lover of the so-called water of life. But, as Alan Park, director of legal affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association, points out, the chances of him getting to sample the good stuff in the line of duty are slim to none.

Recharge: renewables after the UK subsidy cut

This time last year the UK renewable energy sector was still reeling. Just one month on from the election victory in May 2015, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) sent shockwaves through the industry when it confirmed that the Conservative’s manifesto pledge “to end new subsidies for onshore wind” in fact meant an early end to the Renewables Obligation.

Renewables: buffeted by subsidy cuts but not yet beat

By Thomas Sturge Renewables has had a rough ride in some quarters of the national press. Onshore wind turbines are dubbed an eyesore, offshore turbines installed far from anyone’s gaze out at sea are derided for being too expensive, and solar panels are berated for being inefficient. Some politicians also blame the rise in renewables […]

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