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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 […]


Freshfields’ support services rejig spells job cuts

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is close to completing a major overhaul of its support services teams. The magic circle firm is in the final stages of the consultation exercise and is currently interviewing staff, in accordance with government guidelines, in a bid to re-employ them. The sweeping review, which was announced last October, is understood to […]

Merger failure leaves Dewey with $89m pensions black hole

Dewey Ballantine is facing a pensions deficit totalling $89m (£45.18m), The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. The firm, which ended its merger talks with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe on 4 January, will now have to meet its unfunded pension obligations alone. The pension deficit was among the issues that derailed the two firms’ merger talks earlier […]


Blackstone wins landmark sex case for Nomura

Blackstone Chambers scored a landmark victory today for Nomura as the Court of Appeal rejected all grounds of appeal in a long-running six-figure sex discrimination case against the bank. The judgment in the case of Andrea Madarassy v Nomura International was handed down by Lord Justices Mummery, Laws and Maurice Kay and upheld the two-stage […]

The long and winding road to taking silk

Barristers hoping to take silk felt the pressure over the Christmas period by the need to prepare for the current selection wave. Launched on 12 December 2006, the process was originally meant to give them around a month to prepare, but that deadline has since been extended by two weeks. Even so, preparations have been […]

Power to the (legal) people

The complaints of in-house lawyers are manifold, but chief among them is that they too often sit outside the decision-making within their companies. To be fair, their concerns have been justified in many cases. There are plenty of corporate horror stories that could have been avoided if the lawyers had been allowed in earlier. Contrary […]

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