16 July 2012

Marque of distinction

Professional services firms spend a considerable amount of time trying to differentiate themselves from each other but brand management in the legal market is still in its infancy. How do clients perceive law firm brands? The age of marketing Myth of the client calculated decision Minster, the ABS, and the mighty meerkat Sum total of […]


Into the data jungle – in association with Huron Legal

In this age of increased cross-border litigation the landscape of data protection is changing, and new legislation is on the EU launch pad In brief The law on data protection is widely held to be outdated in a world of social media and mobile apps, so the EU is proposing a revamped regime. Here, experts […]

Nigel Jones QC

Case of the week: Civil Procedure

VTB Capital plc v (1) Nutritek International Corp; (2) Marshall Capital Holdings Ltd; (3) Marshall Capital LLC; (4) Konstantin Malofeev (2012) EWCA Civ 808. CA (Civ Div). Aikens LJ; Lloyd LJ; Rimer LJ. 20 June 2012 It would be contrary to principle and authority to hold that, where the court pierced the corporate veil, it […]

Mixed grill

Law firm interviews just go on and on, these days It is a stereotype universally acknowledged that lawyers can be a little lacking in the personality department, so it is bemusing to learn that ultra-cautious senior partners are conducting personality tests on potential hires in the pub. Yet, shock horror, candidates who believed they had […]

Michael Todd

All bar some

IBC hopes back-room staff will finally gain recognition after ‘culture change’ There is much tutting at the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) after the Bar Council snubbed its attempt to become fully affiliated with the bar’s representative body. The IBC had wanted to become affiliated in recognition of the contribution clerks, practice managers and chief […]

Lorrainne Brennan, Guglielmo Verdirame

Global exchange – in association with The Open University

The growing importance of public international law and global human rights practices were examined at The Lawyer’s latest roundtable discussion Public international law and human rights issues have gained increasing prominence over the past decade. But with the increasing pace of globalisation, The Lawyer’s Round Table in association with The Open University found there are […]

Clyde-ranging vision

Like moving around at the drop of a hat? Get a job at Clyde & Co  When you are in charge of a firm that has seen rapid international growth through partner hires and acquisitions, keeping control is vital. This is something Clyde & Co CEO Peter Hasson recognised years ago, telling The Lawyer […]


Unsettled weather ahead for graduates

There’s a mixed outlook for career prospects in law as firms report retention rates up, but graduate vacancies down Those hoping to become solicitors received a mixed forecast this summer as law firms posted improvements in their retention rates, while reporting that graduate vacancies are set to drop. So, while the outlook for newly qualified […]


Arabian gulf

More options for female lawyers in Saudi, but gender gap persists Saudi Arabia has no written laws banning women from driving, but the rules do state that all drivers must have locally issued licences – which women cannot get. Given the situation for women wanting to drive, you might well imagine how tough it is […]


Tulkinghorn: Tweet and sour

Tulkinghorn has discovered that a Taylor Wessing tweeter found himself in extremely hot water at the Supreme Court during the recent New Cap Reinsurance Corp & Rubin & Lan v Eurofinance SA & & AE Grant trial. Tweet and sour According to sources close to the action, Taylor Wessing partner Nick Moser was asked to […]


Mishcon control

If you’d asked your average lawyer in your average firm about Mishcon de Reya 10 years ago the response would have been based on two impressions. First, the firm’s racy publicity after advising Diana, Princess of Wales on her divorce and the posthumous charitable trust. Second, it was reputed to have one of the most […]

Brian Chadwick

Miniclip GC: Game plan

Brian Chadwick rejected the conventional path and chose instead to work for a nascent gaming company, which was a good move Position: General counsel and group directorCompany: MiniclipIndustry: Interactive entertainment Reporting to: CEO [Rob Small]Employees: 160Legal capability: FourTotal legal spend: £500,000Main external law firms: Brown Rudnick, Rouse The year is 2008 and corporate lawyer Brian […]

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