TL 16 February 2015

Matt Byrne

The Global Law Summit: Celebrate what’s great about UK law

Next week one of the biggest legal market events of the year will roll into London. It should be good – it’s been 800 years in the making. The first-ever Global Law Summit (GLS), which takes Magna Carta as its jumping off point, will rightly showcase the immense talent across the breadth of the UK […]

Richard Punt

Punt Peerpoints the way

As the UK contract lawyers market goes into overdrive, the CEO of A&O’s flexible resourcing arm is staying ahead of the curve – watch out world. If, as a hard-bitten, committed deals junkie who sees sleep as the enemy you have any doubts that flexible working is the best way to get the most out […]

Israel Technology

Israel – A hi-tech attraction

Technology M&A is leading the way in Israel as foreign companies clamour to invest, but will a regulator’s U-turn put the brakes on growth? Last July, at the height of Israel’s seven-week war with Hamas in Gaza, then Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid assured the public that the conflict would not damage the country’s economy, […]


Moves: 16 February 2015

Move of the week Patent and trademark firm JA Kemp has appointed IP litigator Alan Bryson as head of its litigation group. He joins from Wilberforce Chambers, where he was a barrister. Before being called to the bar in 2004, he was an IP partner with Clifford Chance for 17 years. Bryson will be responsible […]

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Referral networks – Davids vs Goliaths

Referral relationships help independent firms to punch above their weight against internationals in an increasingly cross-border legal world. In a legal world increasingly characterised by global consolidation, having a strong referral network not only helps independent firms compete with their international rivals when trying to attract clients or break into emerging markets – it can […]

Wendy Miles

Silk appointments 2015 – Why be a QC?

We talk to seven of this year’s 93 successful applicants for silk to discover the enduring appeal of the Queen’s Counsel kitemark. The ‘new’ silks appointment system has now been in place for nine years. This year’s round of appointments, announced last month, suggests a stabilisation of the revamped system. While the number of applicants […]

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Firm branding – it might get you in the room but it’s up to you after that

Pinning down elusive firm differentiation may soon be easier thanks to market forces, but will it actually deliver what we want? I have spent many hours over the years discussing how law firms can achieve differentiation in the market. The conversations are often very similar. First someone says ‘we have a very collegiate culture’. Then […]

Mark Amsden

The in-house interview: Morrisons GC Mark Amsden

From calls to the FBI over a cyber security issue to launching the retailer’s first loyalty card, former rugby reporter Mark Amsden has a lot on his plate as Morrisons’ general counsel. From rugby reporter to general counsel at one of Britain’s largest supermarkets, the career path of Morrisons’ general counsel Mark Amsden is a […]

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