18 March 2013

Lawyer 2B Spring 2013 digital edition

Lawyer 2B is the leading dedicated news-led magazine and website for aspiring lawyers, solicitors or barristers and is an ideal tool for boosting commercial awareness. Published four times a year Lawyer 2B contains everything you need to know about securing your first graduate job in law. In addition to all the latest legal news aimed […]


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A third of partners hired in London don’t stick – and the finger of suspicion points at the hiring system itself Does your firm give much thought to how long it expects lateral hire partners to stick around, or is the emphasis on getting them to profitability as quickly as possible? The results of the […]

Road to banking rosters is a slow one

Banks are becoming the masters of panel review prevarication If time is of the essence, perhaps those conducting bank panel reviews are using the wrong clock. In the past year we’ve seen Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society shuffle their feet through the decision-making process, leaving firms across the land scratching their heads […]

Matt Byrne

The formula for lateral hire success

Two years ago Mark Brandon, the founder of Motive Legal Consultancy, exclusively provided The Lawyer with innovative research into the UK’s partner recruitment market. Brandon analysed the fates of 1,944 lateral partner moves over a five-year period, and asked a simple question: was each individual partner lateral hire made during the specified period still working […]

Jackson LJ

Costs budgeting obligations lifted

Proposed costs management programme derailed at the final hour Is the senior judiciary rolling back from the costs reform programme proposed by Lord Justice Jackson? The fact that costs management will no longer be applied to cases valued at above £2m in the chancery is, some litigators believe, a sure sign that it is. Following […]

Tina Two

The Lawyer Management: K&L Gates

Tina Two is director of HR and development in the London office of K&L Gates. She was previously the regional HR manager of Grant Thornton. How has your role changed during your time at the firm? Since our merger with K&L in 2005, my role has become much more international and collaborative. Every action, or […]

Who will King & Wood set its sights on next?

King & Wood Mallesons denies merger talks with US firm, but not with SJ Berwin On the back of the tie-up between Chinese firm King & Wood and Australia’s Mallesons in March 2012, the market was buzzing with talk of which firm, country or continent would be next on the Asian behemoth’s expansion agenda. Two […]


Judgment call comment

Defamation (1) Nigel Waterson v (1) Stephen Lloyd MP; (2) Rebecca Carr. [2013] EWCA Civ 136. Laws LJ; Richards LJ; McCombe LJ. 28 February 2013 Political opponents who had disseminated publications about a Member of Parliament’s expenses claims were entitled to rely on the defence of honest comment in a resulting libel claim. References to […]

Peter Smith

Humble in mind but not in deed

Managing the huge and global Catholic Church and its legal responsibilities is no task for the meek Last week, an Argentine prelate, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected the head of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Francis. Much is made of his humility but it is one thing for the new Pope to […]


Clifford Chance hopefuls line up

It’s London vs Paris as Bickerton and Wehrli are early favourites for the top job at CC There’s over a year to go until David Childs stands down as global managing partner of Clifford Chance, but already the question of who will replace him in May 2014 is a hot topic in the corridors of […]


Feeling the judicial chill

Judges are about to get much tougher as costs are ranked alongside justice in the new CPR I was sat at the back of court recently while a well-known district judge heard a couple of applications before mine. In both, the parties wanted more experts. Neither was hotly opposed, yet in each case the judge […]

sarah turpin

Insurance: details and the devil

Get the wording of D&O policies right and avoid unpleasantness for clients when the stuff hits the fan It would be a mistake to think that directors and officers (D&O) insurance provides a blanket indemnity. D&O policy wordings are complex and technical. Frequently, coverage is subject to a number of exclusions, some of which may […]

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