TL 11 May 2015

ruth griffin

Star legal writers in company and commercial

This week we have scrutinised the popular briefings section on to bring you the most-read legal writers in commercial and excerpts from their articles. Read on for the dos and don’ts of business negotiation, the importance of strong ethics in GCs and more… 1. Ruth Griffin, principal associate, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co – […]

Matt Byrne

The many ways to make a global elite

Today’s cover story plotting the international office growth of Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters reveals some startling statistics. A&O has opened 22 offices since 2007. The group of big four firms has opened 55 offices since 2005. And they have barely closed any; Freshfields shut down in Singapore in […]

Philip Rodney-index

Oil industry must turn this crisis into a catalyst

The price of oil is not going up any time soon so operators must exploit the situation to create streamlined processes and ditch their ‘two tribes’ mentality. I’ve just returned from Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2015 in Houston. The OTC has been held annually since 1969 and is the leading annual event for the oil […]


The magic circle: together but not the same

In 10 years the magic circle has significantly expanded its global presence but each firm has followed a different strategy for growth. From A&O’s 22 offices to Freshfields’ four, here’s how they did it Allen & Overy (A&O) has done more to build out its international platform over the past 10 years than any of […]


Private client looks a picture of wealth

Private client issues such as inheritance tax, wills and trusts are top of the political agenda right now, and lawyers should prepare themselves for change. The creation, protection and distribution of wealth was a key campaigning issue for all the political parties in the run up to last week’s general election, with Labour and the […]


Danger 2.0: cultural strategies for outsmarting the hackers

As hackers grow more sophisticated, a high-profile cyber breach at a firm is a matter of when not if. How can lawyers minimise risk and manage clients’ increasing demands? In association with Willis Given half a chance, any politician standing in last week’s general election would have informed voters with relish that it’s a risky […]


Moves: 11 May 2015

Move of the week Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Alison Brown as global head of practice for employment, pensions and incentives (EPI). She succeeds Melbourne-based Graeme Smith, who has headed the EPI practice since October 2012 and continues in legal practice in Melbourne. Sydney-based partner Miles Bastick has been appointed regional head of practice for […]

Czech Slovak flag index

The Czech and Slovakian markets take a local turn

Czech and Slovakian firms have been in high demand in the past year but the internationals have found the market so tough some have pulled out. Q:  How was 2014 for your firm in terms of workflow? What were the highlights? Martin Kriz, partner, PRK Partners: The year was very busy in both jurisdictions. We […]

Maltby Nick index

In-house interview: Nick Maltby, Genomics England

For pioneer Genomics England to sequence 100,000 genomes and revolutionise patient care, it leans heavily on its GC to build the necessary support systems, protect its knowledge and forge commercial relationships. The 100,000 Genomes Project is halfway through a four-year mission to sequence 100,000 genomes and discover more about cancer and rare diseases. At its […]

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