15 July 2013

Dreaming of azure skies

Unless you’re stuck in the office with a pile of documents, this weekend will be a good one. So with the sunny weather in mind, check out our reports on the best holiday destinations, cunningly disguised as analyses of the local legal market. Don’t forget your hat. Greece: Back in the game Malta: An island […]

Cat Griffiths index

Myth of the client calculated decision

Writing about brands is like wrestling an oiled octopus; it seems to require a grounding simultaneously in psychology, economics, art and textual analysis. Professional services brands are even more difficult to parse; how does a client differentiate between one set of people in suits and another? Is it about intellectual reputation or service delivery, or […]


Change in the air for Barclays panel

Barclays is on the brink of a big change in the way it uses outside advisers What exactly is Barclays going to do with its lawyers? CEO Antony Jenkins’ Transform programme is bound to lead to deep spending cuts affecting law firm fees, but it looks as though the bank is going to go much […]

Asia Singapore

MoJ oversight costs London dear

No arbitration centre in the Rolls Building: Singapore picks up work Did the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) miss a trick when it failed to install an arbitration centre in London’s £60m Rolls Building? Many at the bar are concerned that by not doing so the MoJ has gifted foreign centres a competitive advantage. Competition for […]


Mergers drive growth

Consolidation pushes up revenues among the UK’s top firms, with DWF the leading beneficiary Mergers have been the driving force behind revenue growth for 2012/13. DWF is the biggest grower so far, with revenues up by 84 per cent to £188m from £102m, thanks in part to its £3.5m rescue takeover of failing Cobbetts in […]


Thinking inside the box

Murder trial broadcast highlights the unseen role played by TV in-house lawyers As broadcasters continue to break new ground, in-house lawyers are becoming stars behind the scenes. Nick Holt’s real-life courtroom documentary The Murder Trial, broadcast last week on Channel 4, reignited the debate over cameras in court. Never one to shy away from controversy, […]


Lawyer Management: Eversheds

Lorraine Kilborn is head of talent, learning and development at Eversheds and has been at the firm for more than 15 years.  What are the key elements of your role? My team and I are responsible for talent management and coaching. Our focus is on tailoring learning and development to the stages of our professionals’ […]


A rich new vein of complexity

Offshore employment regulations are in for a shake-up, so make sure your employer clients are up to speed The Government has published its consultation document on the use of offshore employment intermediaries and it has significant implications for employers that use such structures. The draft legislation was published on 30 May this year and the […]

palo alto

FFW and OC: near as dammit to a merger

 How close can you get without actually merging? Ask FFW and OC There is no suggestion of corporate stalking here, but there are some eye-catching things going on between Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Osborne Clarke (OC). First it was the launch in Palo Alto that got people wondering. FFW opened its representative office there […]

Simon Foreshaw

Religion vs sex: sex wins again

The perceived clash of rights does not really stand up, as the law cannot protect subjective content The decision of the Court of Appeal (CoA) in Black & Morgan v Wilkinson [2013] is another attempt by the courts to resolve the apparent clash of rights associated with sexual orientation and the right of persons to […]


Divorce cut is the deepest

Excluding lawyers from the divorce process is a false economy that will only pile on the agony It will come as no surprise to anyone when the loss of legal aid in family cases triggers an increase in DIY divorces and has a profound effect on the families involved. And it will come as no surprise […]

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