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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 […]


Kings Chambers takes on retired judge

Kings Chambers has snared His Honour David Gilliland as an arbitrator. Gilliland retired from the bench on 30 September, having been a senior circuit judge on the Northern Circuit at the Technology and Construction Court. Gilliland, aged 69, joined the set today (8 October). The set has offices in Manchester and Leeds. Senior clerk William […]

Herbert Smith helps TfL safeguard Metronet pension scheme

Herbert Smith played a key role in ensuring the employees of tube contractor Metronet did not miss out on pension benefits when the company went into administration. Partner Roderick Morton advised Metronet and Transport for London (TfL), which stepped in to take responsibility for the pension scheme until a new contractor is found. Morton explained […]

LUL’s PPP review process in question after Metronet probe

The ongoing extraordinary review of failed tube operator Metronet is to have a significant impact on London Underground Limited’s (LUL) periodic PPP contract review (, 24 September). Last week, as part of the extraordinary review of Metronet’s £2bn cost overrun, PPP arbiter Chris Bolt ruled that the operator could have claimed between £140m to £470m […]

New Orrick M&A head sets sights on London

Howard Shecter got off to a flying start last week as the new head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s global M&A practice. “Sorry I didn’t get to speak to you yesterday,” jokes Shecter when The Lawyer catches up with him on day two. “But I spent all day doing benefit plans and computer training.” Things […]


The insurance industry could be forgiven for appearing like a headless chicken since the US mortgage crisis sparked the global credit crunch. The market is waiting with bated breath to see what impact the collapse of the sub-prime mortgages will have in the insurance world. There is an expectation that as companies continue to fold […]

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