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Leveraging your firm’s knowledge for a greater share of voice and market

By Samuel Page, Adam Elgar The “Excess Share of Voice” (ESOV) rule is as close to a law of marketing as we are likely to ever have. Across tens of thousands of marketing cases covering hundreds of markets and economic conditions, this rule is continually proved to be true. Brands that maintain a higher share […]

Reaching your market on LinkedIn (Best practice content campaigns – part 5)

By Samuel Page Reaching your target audience with content has always been a challenge. If you’ve been tuning into this post series you’ve already seen our best practice advice for planning a content campaign, defining your topics, and creating your content. Here we’re looking at how to reach an audience on LinkedIn through advertising.

Black Lives Matter: A call to action to dismantle institutional racism in the UK

By Desmond Brady The impact of eight minutes and 46 seconds in the murder of George Floyd watched by millions around the world sparked a new reckoning in the chapter of institutional racism—for not only in law enforcement but in society at large. Thousands of people marched in the streets around the globe and many […]

Debt for equity swaps – A possible solution to rising levels of debt?

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke The Financial Times recently reported that UK business faces a potential debt burden of up to £105 billion with small and medium sized companies under most pressure. Such levels of corporate debt are likely to be unsustainable and create obvious issues for […]

Technology trends lawyers should follow considering COVID-19—Part two

By Nayeem Syed In the previous article, we discussed how Covid-19 will accelerate existing technology trends and innovation. Here we will continue to discuss some of the implications which lawyers will need to consider and help manage their clients. As new technology is deployed at pace, technology-related risk-spotting becomes more important Many industries may see […]


A grand time at $impson

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is used to leading the pack when it comes to salary rises. Now it’s doing the same with charge-out rates: the two are not unconnected. The firm has demonstrated a rather elevated view of its partners’ abilities by hiking their charge-out rate to $1,000 (£503) an hour (see story). While this […]

Slaughters makes a killing

When it comes to law firm financials we all know that profit per equity partner (PEP) is just one measure of many. But let’s face it – it’s still the most eyecatching. When it comes to law firm financials we all know that profit per equity partner (PEP) is just one measure of many. But […]

Simpson Thacher hikes charge-out rates

The New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has increased its charge-out rate for top performing partners to $1,000 an hour. Key partners at the firm, such as head of litigation Barry Ostrager, litigation partner Kevin Arquit and M&A partner Richard Beattie, will now charge clients approximately 10 per cent more than their previously […]

CC sends London insurance lawyer to Hong Kong

Clifford Chance has continued its mobility strategy with the transfer of a senior associate from London to Hong Kong. Last month (30 July) the firm’s global managing partner David Childs told The Lawyer that, as part of a firmwide strategic review, everyone coming up to partnership will be expected to have undertaken a stint either […]


Jujitsu barrister pleads self-defence

The Sovereign Chambers barrister who is accused of drunkenly beating a man at a wedding shortly after exposing himself has told a jury that he acted in self-defence. Christopher Dunn, who has a black belt in jujitsu, accepted that he hit out at David Baird-Dean at a hotel but said he acted self-defence. Defence barrister […]

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