20 February 2012

LawVest’s Big Bang

When DLA Piper announced its stake in soon-to-be-ABS LawVest, the market was agog. Was LawVest just going to be an Irwin Mitchell-lite? Was it a shell company waiting to take over Quality Solicitors? What was Sir Nigel up to? As The Lawyer reveals today, LawVest is on a campaign to eradicate hourly billing. Its product […]

Move On Up: Hogan Lovells

Last week’s Move On Up focused on Hogan Lovells and its general partner growth over the past six years. The data revealed that the firm, both since the May 2010 merger between Hogan & Hartson and Lovells and previously as Lovells, had made up 51 partners, hired 19 but lost 56 to retirement, other firms […]

Job Watch: IT

IT is a rapidly growing industry and the demand for IT lawyers is on the rise. “IT seems to be a hot area, with the sweet spot being the mid-level,” comments Robert Rooney, manager at Shilton Sharpe Quarry. “We’ve received instructions from six firms for lawyers with this skill-set in the past month alone.” “There’s […]

Nigel Hewitson

Work Life Quiz: Nigel Hewitson, Norton Rose

What was your first-ever job? Paper boy, aged 13. What was your worst experience as a trainee? I once had to sit behind counsel on a hearing to determine whether some children were to be taken into care. I found it harrowing, and I admire lawyers who work in that field – I couldn’t do […]

Deals of fortune: M&A keeps rolling through the downturn

Our roundup of the biggest deals so far of 2012 points to healthy activity. The world economy had not collapsed completely at the time of going to press, so the M&A market is not quite dead yet. In fact, the early part of 2012 has seen a startling array of chunky deals. Bloomberg’s ‘2012 Global […]

The Lawyer Management: 9 Gough Square

Fiona Robb, a former management consultant at KPMG, was previously chief operating officer at patent and trademark attorney firm Boult Wade Tennant and before that head of ­operations at Norton Rose. What does your role involve? I’m almost at the end of my second month in the job and so far I’d ­describe my role […]

Chinese firms have matured, but are they ready for marriage?

Chinese legal profession’s progress not in question, but the extent of it remains subject to debate Many Chinese lawyers point to 1979 as the time of the reinstitution of the Chinese legal profession following a long period of dormancy under Chairman Mao, but in fact 1993 is the year when private law firms were first […]

Anne Pritam

Quotas won’t fool voters

’Golden skirt’ board quotas are not a panacea for business gender inequalities So, David Cameron spends a few days in Stockholm and the next thing we know he is telling us the concept of a quota for women on boards is “very interesting”. Was this just Cameron being polite in a country where ­quotas have […]

Mary Clarke
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Employing updated regulations

Dismissal rules set for shake-up, while the Government moots tribunal fees In recent months there has been ­frenetic activity in the employment law arena. Barely a year since the Equality Act 2010 altered the face of anti-discrimination law in the UK, the Government has unveiled plans to overhaul employment law further still. It also plans […]

Michael Edenborough

Phone hackers get the message

Right result in disputes over IP rights in voice messages Do IP rights subsist in telephone voice messages? That was the central issue in the recent cases of Coogan v News Group Newspapers Ltd [NGN] & Glenn Mulcaire and Phillips v NGN & Glenn Mulcaire, which were heard ­together before the Lord Chief ­Justice of […]

Slaughters wants quality from allies – or it will come tapping, tapping at their door

Slaughter in the graveyard

Never let it be said that the dudes at Slaughter and May don’t know how to show you a good time. Those crazy cats once took some chums from De Brauw Blackstone for a fun day out at… Kensal Rise Cemetery. The windy plot is, of course, where William Slaughter is buried and is just […]

David Farrer
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Fraud is not too taxing for a jury

Juries follow fraud cases closely, contrary to popular opinion Whatever the reasons – besides ­innocence, of course – for Harry ­Redknapp’s acquittal, I doubt it was due to the jury failing to understand the case. A couple of bonuses/investments, a Monaco bank account and an ill-judged ­exchange with a News of the World reporter. It […]

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