28 October 2013


Cyber security: Lawyers are the weakest link

With threats ranging from hacktivists to Chinese spies, it’s time for law firms to get their data security act together In space, no one can hear you scream, but cyberspace will soon be alive with the shrieks of lawyer pain as client confidentiality disappears out a gapingly wide-open digital window.  Law firms are in the […]


Contest for top job at CC opens up

Two more partners close to entering race: dark horse Wehrli worth a punt The contenders for the top job at Clifford Chance have emerged, with global corporate head Matthew Layton, Paris chief Yves Wehrli and new entrant, real estate finance partner Andrew Carnegie, all bidding to win the partnership vote next month. It wasn’t too […]

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Cyber security: it’s big and it’s scary

This week’s issue is devoted to cyber security, a topic simultaneously fascinating and terrifying. Along with our lead feature, we also have an interview with the in-house team at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Our sister company Global Security Finance, a subsidiary of VB Research, has interviewed key players in the sector, which we’re also […]


Jakarta’s cold hand of protectionism

Bahasa! Expat lawyers in Indonesia may have to take ethics exam in local language Unlike its neighbour Malaysia, which is slowly opening up its legal market, Indonesia is going in the opposite direction. Since the end of last year the 50-odd expat lawyers based in Jakarta have been wondering if they are really welcome.  Indonesia’s […]


Lawyer Management: Ashfords

George Wilkinson, director of marketing George Wilkinson is the director of marketing at Ashfords. He retired from the firm’s partnership in April 2012 but has continued in a senior non-fee-earning role.  How has your role changed during your time at the firm?  At one level the change has been total, from working at the coalface […]


Aviva work: the price of a merger

As Greenwoods’ Aviva team heads off to DWF, are they that sadly missed? At first glance, the transfer of a 50-strong Aviva-dedicated personal injury team from Greenwoods to DWF seemed strange. Why, less than six months after its merger with Plexus, a subsidiary of £150m-turnover insurance giant Parabis, would a relatively large team dedicated to […]


Cyber security Q&A: Mechanics of cyber warfare

The threats are many and varied, while suspects range from activist groups to nation-states Q: Can you put a figure on the total cost of cyber warfare? The global business of cyber warfare is an estimated £10bn, although the real figure is thought to be much higher because it does not take into account the […]


Panel ordeal begins

The roster action is finally getting going, with high street names making their moves The panel review process is a nail-biting time for law firms, particularly when a climate of reduced rosters is fuelling stiff competition over places.  The year so far has been slow for reviews, with companies dragging their heels over change. But […]


Cyber security Q&A: Investment by digital guardians

The US government spent $4.7bn on cyber defence last year (while the UK spent just £650m). So how is the cyber security industry shaping up?  The US Department of Defence has requested more funds to support cyber-related operations in 2014 – some $800m (£500m) more than in 2013, when the spend was $4.7bn – emphasising […]

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Cyber security: IBM ramps up its analytics armoury

Trusteer acquisition shows the IT giant is solutions-led, says IBM’s Martin Borrett One of the most talked-about transactions in the cyber security industry in recent weeks has been IBM’s acquisition of Trusteer, an Israeli provider of endpoint cybercrime prevention solutions targeted mainly at financial organisations, for a rumoured $1bn (£620m). Seven of the top 10 […]


Cyber security: An immune system for information

Look for clues in the behavioural data in your network, says Darkrace’s Steve Huxter  Invoke Capital recently announced an investment of between $10m and $20m (£12.3m) in Darktrace, a start-up company that offers behavioural cyber defence solutions based on ground-breaking mathematical research out of the University of Cambridge. Simply put, Darktrace is a cyber security […]

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Cyber security: How to fix bad files at an early stage

Reactive systems won’t cut it in the age of zero-day threats, says Greg Sim of Glasswall  “Many enterprises know how many files they have going in and out of the organisation, but not necessarily what’s in them,” says Glasswall Solutions CEO Greg Sim. “For example, pdf files are now commonplace and trusted, but they are […]

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