Here’s a confession. For the past few weeks I’ve been reading every single issue of The Lawyer ever published.
This isn’t some bout of deranged masochism, rather it is in preparation for our 20th anniversary special next month and for 2008, when we turn 21.
The practice of law has changed more in two decades than in the previous two centuries. In the late 1980s there was clamour around the impending Courts & Legal Services Bill – a hugely important reform.
Twenty years on, the Legal Services Bill has just received Royal Assent.
As part of our celebrations, we’re publishing The Lawyer Hall of Fame next month. We’ve already drawn up a long list through our research, but we want your thoughts too.
We don’t just want the big billers, by the way – that would be lazy thinking.
We’re canvassing for a list of pioneers, innovators, and campaigners; the lawyers who have actually changed the way the law is practised. Time for some of the unsung heroes to take a bow.
Here are some of the suggestions that readers have made so far:
– Tony Angel: for turning Linklaters into a “world class firm”.
– Lord Woolf: for having an enormous impact, “whether or not you agree with his reforms”.
– Ally McBeal: for being “more responsible than anyone for attracting a generation into the profession”.
To post your suggestions for The Lawyer Hall of Fame, click the ‘Add your own comment’ funtion below.
Catrin Griffiths, editor
TO SEE THE FINALISED HALL OF FAME, click here.