28 January 2013


Baltics: Threestyle

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania escaped the worst of the eurozone crisis, making them attractive to foreign investors. That trend is set to grow Although the Baltics has not been immune to the eurozone crisis, lawyers in the region are optimistic that after a few difficult years things may finally be starting to look up. “Overall, […]


Triumph of the newt romantics

Lawyers must be sure their clients with land interests are insured against wildlife-related hold-ups Now we all know the answer to the question ‘why did the newt cross the road?’ – because it had to use the £1m superhighway built for it by the developer. This story of a hijacked development in deepest Cambridgeshire is […]

Cross-border activity boom sparks Singapore prof neg trend

Clydes and Allen & Gledhill battle out professional negligence case in Singapore As cross-border commercial activity in Singapore continues to grow, the chances of professional negligence claims against lawyers are also on the rise. Most recently, Clyde & Co and Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill have been involved in such proceedings. In a nutshell, Swiss […]

Ladbrokes GC lays down the law to panel firms

Spurs fan Ladbrokes GC tackles panel firms where it hurts Ladbrokes general counsel Jonathan Adelman chairs the Tottenham Tribute Trust, which helps former Spurs players who have fallen on hard times. Next on his to-do list will be setting up a Panel Firms Tribute Trust after the former SJ Berwin partner slashed Ladbrokes’ adviser roster […]


Pinsents gets Balfour Beatty legal services work

Balfour Beatty calls Pinsents for legal back-up: BLP misses out again Balfour Beatty’s decision to use Pinsent Masons for all its business-as-usual work, reported in The Lawyer last week, was a big win for Pinsents. The scrum of firms – as many as a dozen, according to one source – licking their wounds after losing […]

Brum super-set takes direct action

No 5 Chambers fends off the downturn blues with move towards shared services While many barristers are surfing a litigation wave, just as many are feeling the pinch from the downturn and the annihilation of the legal aid budget. For sets that straddle civil and criminal work this presents a dilemma: how do you maintain […]

Catrin Griffiths

Hot 100: bringing hidden stars to light

Welcome to The Hot 100 2013: as you’ll see, this year we’ve devoted a lot of space to our highly anticipated feature. But there’s more; in our extended treatment we have video interviews with no fewer than 80 of the participants in the Hot 100. This took three days of shooting – and a lot […]

Filip Corveleyn

Walk the talk for any restructuring

A recent case clarifies the point at which employee consultation should start in regard to redundancies In a recent case (USA v Nolan), the advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Paulo Mengozzi reminded us of a key principle in any restructuring: a company’s communication strategy. First, the facts: in June 2006 the […]

Daniel Stillitz

Prudential gets rough judgment

The Supreme Court choked when it could have developed the law on legal advice privilege In R (on the application of Prudential plc & Anor) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax & Anor the Supreme Court declined, by a majority of five to two, to extend the ambit of legal advice privilege to advice given […]

Cherie Booth

Staying out of the religious cross-fire

ECHR decisions show where employers can draw the line on displays of religious belief at work The recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, in which a British Airways employee overturned a ruling of the Court of Appeal (CoA), brings sharply into focus the issue of whether or not you […]


Hot 100: Bryan Hughes, Eversheds

Say what you want about Eversheds, but it is a firm with a plan. It may have been leapfrogged in terms of turnover by firms like DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose, but Eversheds has kept itself relevant amid the shifting sands of the legal profession when it could have so easily fallen in […]


Job Watch: Energy Oil & Gas

The energy sector is booming, but what is the demand like for legal expertise in this sector right now? “The energy market is resilient, with relatively few redundancies,” comments Jonathan Firth, managing director at Michael Page Legal. “The opportunities that come up tend to be in new-build, international projects and commodities trading.” “The market for […]

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