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The public sector’s not what it was – it’s much better

Life has been tough for the public sector in the past few years, with spending cuts hitting home. The pressure has seen many councils shake up the way they deal with legal issues – and in many cases has driven innovative thinking far beyond that seen in the private sector. A couple of years ago […]


Breath of fresh air: Malta’s firms diversify thanks to the Legal Services Act

Malta’s reputation as a reliable international finance centre is embedded and now firms are diversifying, helped by the anticipated Legal Services Act. Q: Looking back on 2014, what were the highlights of the year for the firm? Max Ganado, managing partner, Ganado Advocates: Ganado Advocates have had a very busy 2014 and we are pleased with […]


The end is nigh for lockstep as top firms think global

Global expansion sees leading firms consider different routes to remuneration. The magic circle is falling out of love with lockstep. After decades of protecting the remuneration system a growing number of top tier firms are preparing to break the rigid ladder in favour of more flexible approach.  The Lawyer revealed this week that Linklaters is again […]


The fight for London’s litigation world title

Lawyers must champion IT and infrastructure innovation to maintain the capital’s status as the pre-eminent disputes resolution centre. The position of London as the global centre for international dispute resolution must be recognised, celebrated and built upon. The challenge is to retain that status in the 21st century and beyond. Commercial clients from around the […]


Hot 100 alumni: Tim Emmerson, Sullivan & Cromwell

In 2008, Tim Emmerson was a senior partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s M&A team in London. Two years later, he became head of European M&A, tasked with building the firm’s corporate transactions practice in the UK and Europe. In 2008, Tim Emmerson was a senior partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s M&A team in London. Two […]

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ATE insurance roundtable: the group litigators are gathering

Demand for ATE cover shows no sign of dwindling as clients continue to use it as a way to spread costs risk, while some experts predict a rise from group litigators Q: What changes do you expect to the regime following the election? Sonia Campbell, partner, Addleshaw Goddard: I do not envisage any material changes to […]


How the servants became masters: the rise of the public sector

Public sector legal chiefs have turned local authority cuts to their advantage by creating liberalised in-house teams with the expertise to rival private practice. Modern austerity Britain has sent a blisteringly harsh wind sweeping through the corridors of town and county councils. Whitehall-imposed cuts on local authorities in England, according to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation […]

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Moves: 1 June 2015

Move of the week Fried Frank is hiring a banking partner from Hogan Lovells to become the firm’s first head of finance in London. Hogan Lovells banking partner Stuart Brinkworth is joining Fried Frank’s London office as head of the financial team from 1 September. Brinkworth, who has been a partner at Hogan Lovells since […]

Ben Knowles, co-chair of Clydes’ global arbitration group

Worldly wisdom: Clyde & Co roundtable on global dispute resolution

International disputes resolution is growing and it is increasingly important that general counsel, especially in sectors that are not traditionally litigious, learn the various risks of and solutions for handling cross-border disputes. International arbitration cases have spiralled and venues are developing to serve the new wealth of the East, meaning lawyers working for Western companies […]


In-house interview: John Abramson, Travelers

With legislative changes for the insurance market coming this year, John Abramson is educating employees in preparation at industry giant Travelers. When John Abramson joined insurance heavyweight Travelers in 2012, he did so to be part of a company that was increasing its position across the world. With 10 years under his belt at rival […]

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