​Awards, boards and … swords?

This week’s main feature in The Lawyer on the shortlist for our glittering awards in June is a reminder that the deadline has now also passed for entries to the inaugural – and no less starry – The Lawyer Management (TLM) awards.

The response has been fantastic. Over the coming weeks The Lawyer editorial team, along with the first-ever TLM panel of judges, will be poring over and sifting through the entries to arrive at a shortlist for each of the categories. We’ll keep you posted on how we’re getting on and keep your eyes peeled for the successful shortlisted entries.

Meanwhile a double whammy of partner promotions and the financial year-end has been keeping HR and finance teams across the land frantically busy, though one person who may be losing less sleep now is Nigel Morland, Ashurst’s longstanding financial director who has stepped down from the board-level role and been replaced by the firm’s first-ever CFO, Allen & Overy’s Brian Dunlop.

There’s change at Herbert Smith Freehills too, where Australian partner Mike Ferraro has been brought in to rejig the internal structure of its London corporate practice.

Generally the partnership promotions trend seems to be for fewer lawyers to be made up, with DLA Piper almost cutting its promotions in half. Could it be that this is a precursor to another round of belt tightening and lack lustre financial results across the UK legal market? We’ll soon know.

And here are some of The Lawyer’s latest briefings, including Informance on client management analysis, Epiq Systems on sound evidence (literally) and Symantec on disclosure trends.

Matt Byrne
Feature editor