Top 10 Stories – 20 June – 26 June 2014

Take a look at the most-read stories on this week and share your views

There were celebrations all round this week as The Lawyer held it’s annual awards ceremony, in association with Travelers. RPC and No 5 Chambers were the big winners of the night, picking up gongs for Law Firm of the Year and Chambers of the Year.

Meanwhile Jones Day was named International Firm of the Year at the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, attended by over 1,400 lawyers and hosted by ‘national treasure’ Joanna Lumley. For all the details on the winners and runners up check out the Book of the Night.

In other news, the buzzword of the week has been disaggregation and collaboration. Barclays and Royal Bank otf Scotland have both told panel firms that they must work together to maintain panel places, yet this is a trend that is still to catch on across all in house teams.

Readers of remain sceptical about sharing clients. One reader questioned, “How will this be done? For example who does what, when, where and how are shared timelines achieved? How is work handed between firms, what systems are used and how is quality, oversight, costs & billing managed?”

Another commented, “This approach screams inefficiencies, duplication, conflicts and interface issues. Some GCs have really forgotten how lawyering works – when you actually do the work.”

While many in-house lawyers are still reluctant to buy into the trumpeted disaggregated legal services that are on offer, firm managers believe the tide is turning.

Speaking at a round table event held in association with Thomson Reuters earlier this month, Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin has seen an increase in client preference for the pick and mix option.

“What comes to mind is the appetite for corporate clients to segment the work they’re doing, their willingness to work with multiple providers, internationally or domestically.  Once that mentality has settled in, that allows us to play to our strengths. They don’t have to buy a single wrapper and that has powered our international practice since the downturn.”

Click on the links below to access The Lawyer Top 10 stories for the last seven days. Your views are always welcome.

1. RPC triumphs as Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards

2. The Lawyer Awards 2014: Book of the Night

3. Barclays: work together to keep panel place

4. RBS drafts in Richard Susskind as firms put on standby for panel cull

5. Sir Nigel Knowles: The end of the legal market as we know it is nigh

6. Can the collaboration trend work in favour of the mid-size firm?

7. Cooley closes in on UK launch as it circles Edwards Wildman’s City base

8. Hacking trial: Kingsley Napley client Brooks acquitted, DLA client Coulson guilty

9. Quinn Emanuel fined $2m for leaking Apple/Nokia deal

10. Edwards Wildman loses partner to Orrick as speculation mounts over London office