25 March 2013


The Lawyer Management: Devereux Chambers

Beverly Landais, CEO Beverly Landais is CEO of Devereux Chambers. She previously held roles as head of marketing at Lloyd’s of London and director of business development at Baker & McKenzie, where she worked for almost 10 years What are the leadership challenges in chambers? A leader needs to understand and handle various situations. This […]

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BLP creates international business partner role

So what does BLP’s new ‘international business partner’ do? What exactly has Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) new international business partner John Bennett been appointed to do? It’s hard to imagine a firm needs to create a role just for developing client relationships – the portfolio BLP has officially highlighted. The find-a-merger role seems off the […]


Chancellor gets on LLPs’ case

Law firm partnerships face challenges as Budget highlights clampdown on tax avoidance What does the Budget mean for law firms? Well, the content of this year’s announcements echoed to the theme of clamping down on tax avoidance. The question for most practices will be whether any new rules will affect all partnerships or only those […]

Catrin Griffiths

Five things not to like about US firms

Time to get something off my chest: US firms just have too good a press. Their arrival in London at the end of the 1990s may have brought about a welcome shake-up, but we’ve seen precious little in the way of innovation since. For all its undoubted financial muscle, US BigLaw has shown virtually none […]

Sir Sydney Kentridge QC goes part time

Legendary advocate Sir Sydney Kentridge QC calls it a day on full-time work – at 90 A lifetime achievement award symbolises the beginning of the end for many a recipient, but for Brick Court’s Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, who was given the award by The Lawyer in 2001, it was the start of yet another […]


Set fair

Legislation to break up the concentration of economic power in Israel will spark a business upsurge, say panellists at our London event In June 2011 many Israelis protested against the continuing rise in food prices by boycotting one staple food item – cottage cheese. Large public demonstrations about the cost of living followed amid growing […]

Job watch: private equity

Few things characterised the Noughties boom as much as the highly leveraged buyout. The driving force behind many of these multibillion-pound deals was private equity, a sector that consequently became among the most fashionable in the legal market. These days it is a different story. As Celene Yon, in-house private equity specialist at Barclay Simpson, […]

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Work Life Quiz: David Carter, Ashurst

What was your first job? I rode around on a milk float as a child but I did not get paid in cash so I suppose working as a temp for an agency which had me stuffing video cases, emptying lorries and cleaning Ealing Town Hall. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Sending […]

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Firms find most fertile hunting ground in AIM

There’s been some client jostling in the FTSE 100 and 250 markets but firms have hooked more clients in the alternative index, show the latest quarterly adviser rankings The FTSE 100 is known to be a slow burn, and the latest data on firms’ lists of clients from the index shows no exception to this […]


New world, same old Europe

EU plans to reform data protection law are running into difficulty due to scaremongering lobbyists Spring may not really have sprung, but European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is already getting hot under the collar about plans to reform data protection law in 2014. In 2012 the message was simple – one law throughout Europe. A […]

NQ salaries face cut

NQ wage cut idea floated as pressure on rates builds Who will blink first? That was the question last week following news on TheLawyer.com of a move to cut newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers’ pay. An HR seminar hosted by recruitment consultancy Edwards Gibson focused on the negative impact high salaries are having on the profession. In […]

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