The Lawyer Hot 100 2012


In 2011 a large number of US firms took on Hong Kong law capability through lateral hires. David Eich, Kirkland & Ellis Among them, Kirkland & Ellis’s expansion was easily the most ambitious and market-shaking. The firm hired eight partners and a large number of associates from rivals Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Latham […]


Not many lawyers can claim to have taken on movie mogul George Lucas and won, but that is exactly what SC Andrew name partner Seamus Andrew did in 2011. Seamus Andrew, SC Andrew Representing British engineer Andrew Ainsworth in a dispute over Star Wars stormtrooper helmets has been Andrew’s focus since 2004. The fact that […]

Commercial, IP and regulatory

Wragge & Co competition head Bernadine Adkins had a standout 2011. Bernadine Adkins, Wragge & Co The lawyer led construction company Thomas Vale through a battle against a £2m fine issued by the OFT over alleged cover pricing, a case that won the firm third place in Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year category at The […]

Private client, family and employment

Having successfully stewarded legal aid firm TV Edwards through no fewer than eight mergers, the Co-operative knew it was on to something good when it poached the firm’s managing partner Jenny Beck. Jenny Beck, Co-operative Legal Services Alternative business structures go live this month and Beck, who also co-chairs the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, has […]

Hot 100 2012: In-house

Charmian Averty’s relationship with insurance group Resolution began before she moved there as in-house counsel in 2009. Charmian Averty, Resolution While still an associate at Slaughter and May, Averty acted for the company on its IPO. However, since taking up the in-house role Averty has had hands-on involvement in all of Resolution’s deals. She leads […]

Infrastructure and energy

Even when the market’s opinion of SNR Denton’s Emea business wavered following patchy financial results, the firm’s projects practice and network in Africa were still seen as jewels in its crown. Paul Bugingo, SNR Denton Paul Bugingo, a partner in SNR Denton’s energy infrastructure and project finance department, and co-chair of its Africa committee, has […]

Hot 100 2012: Finance

Ropes & Gray finance partner Tania Bedi has had a great year since being promoted to partner at the beginning of 2011 – the firm’s first promotion since launching in the City in January 2010. Tania Bedi, Ropes & Gray Having joined the firm in April 2010 from White & Case, where she had two […]


Christina Blacklaws was recently hired as the Co-operative’s new head of strategy and policy and will lead the organisation’s pioneering foray into alternative business structures (ABSs). Christina Blacklaws, Co-operative Legal Services For the next six months, Blacklaws will hold down two jobs – the Co-operative role and family law partner at legal aid firm TV […]


The Hot 100 2012: The Bar

To those in the know, Jonathan Adkin has been tipped for success for some time. Jonathan Adkin, Serle Court But now he is bursting on to the commercial stage in serious fashion thanks to his instruction as the only leading junior to appear in the mammoth Berezovsky v Abramovich battle of the oligarchs. Adkin is […]


As one of the junior partners on Linklaters’ big-ticket Glencore account David Avery-Gee has made a name for himself as one of the firm’s most promising young corporate lawyers. David Avery-Gee, Linklaters He advised on Glencore’s long-awaited £7.05bn London IPO last year as an associate, joining the partnership a month later, in May, in a […]

Catrin Griffiths, editor

The Hot 100 2012: Hot stuff

Over the latter part of 2011 The Lawyer’s editorial team embarked on one of our most enjoyable projects of the year: picking 100 high-achieving names for our annual celebration of talent that is the Hot 100. We try to choose a representative sample of the commercial legal profession, so in these pages you will find […]

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