18 November 2013

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Freshfields and the London Stock Exchange: Friends & relationships

Freshfields and the London Stock Exchange have had a long and close association. Here’s how they keep things alive As the London Stock Exchange popped champagne corks to celebrate its 200th anniversary 12 years ago, it did something a little bit crazy – especially for an institution that even staff viewed as the ‘conservative old […]

Cat Griffiths index

Management: the Nurofen Top 5

It’s been a relatively healthy first six months of the financial year, with many private practice firms reaping the benefits of a newly professionalised leadership team. But while financials may be on a sounder footing, management problems across The Lawyer UK 200 abound. Here are just a few examples of firms that have, well, issues. The one […]


Freezing cold war weapon

Freezing orders are known as the ‘nuclear’ option, so be well-prepared before applying for one The successful application to the English High Court for a worldwide freezing order against Syrian businessman Tarif Akhras has sparked interest in the legal community, partly because of its size (it relates to an outstanding payment on two large commodities […]

In-house road to big bonus bucks

GC rewards outpace private practice as competition for top lawyers intensifies Everyone likes to pipe up when it comes to money so, following the news that Davis Polk & Wardwell is breaking into the London trainee market with a scheme that will offer a newly qualified salary of £100,000, let’s poke our noses in-house. According […]


Luring tomorrow’s legal stars

Graduate recruitment campaigns are moody and minimal this season Law fair season is here and graduate recruitment teams across the UK are grudgingly getting up at ungodly hours to schlep off to Exeter and other far-flung university towns to pimp their firms to the nation’s students. Success largely depends on how firms brand themselves, but […]


The Lawyer Management: Mundays

Jonathan Robinson is the business development manager at Mundays. He recently joined from Bindmans, where he was head of marketing.  Is marketing’s role in the legal sector changing? Yes, it’s always been changing. From the original focus on sponsorship and brochure production to today’s broad spectrum of comms, PR, website development and event organisation, all these […]

One Direction

And the winning law firm is…

X Factor finalists vote on which lawyers will represent them  Contestants on hit reality TV show The X Factor and its BBC rival The Voice are not used to playing judge. Music hopefuls have to battle to impress in the final rounds, but the tables turn when the time comes to pick their own lawyers […]


Job Watch: Immigration

Few topics get tabloid blood racing like immigration, but are heart rates running quite so high among lawyers practising in this area?  Certainly, many recruitment consultants agree that immigration is a particular hotspot right now although, they add, this zippy pace is nothing new. “The immigration market has been busy since the points-based system was […]


You can make a difference

Lawyers can get involved in the fight against poverty by supporting pro bono initiatives Imagine you are a child and your diet is almost exclusively made up of maize, so you do not eat enough protein, fats or micronutrients. You are at risk of anaemia, vitamin A deficiency and stunted growth. You are malnourished. You […]

Finance Top 15: the very slow road to recovery

Finance practices’ flickering flame of hope was soon snuffed out in 2012/13, as banks remained hobbled by litigation and the glow of Asian salvation proved a false dawn. By Natalie Stanton Quite a few finance teams kicked off 2012/13 with a healthy dash of optimism that the markets would creak back into action. This did […]

David Foxton

Judge clamps down on ‘cunningly crafted’ witness statements

Mr Justice Cooke reflects on trend for lawyer manipulation of statements £60m – it will buy you 133 million bags of crisps, 18 Lamborghini Veneno Roadsters (the most expensive car in the world) or one legal battle against Deutsche Bank. Norwegian billionaire and owner of Sebastian Holdings Andrew Vik may be wishing he’d spent his […]


Millions of reasons to disclose

Document disclosure is  vital in some divorce cases, as the long and bitter Young row demonstrates After almost seven years of litigation, this month saw the start of the final hearing in one of lengthiest, most complex and, some say, most acrimonious divorces ever to come before the English courts, that of Michelle Young and […]

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