TL 22 June 2015

Peter Arnold of No5 prosecutes Shropshire rapist

Peter Arnold, member of No5 Chambers Crime Group, has prosecuted a 73-year-old man found guilty of raping an elderly woman in her home. Peter Rowley was convicted of one charge of rape after a trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court. The court heard that Rowley overpowered the woman in her living room in the sheltered accommodation she […]

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Business Leadership Guide: meet the pace-setters

Clear trends have emerged from this year’s Business Leadership survey. In-house legal teams confirm they are under increasing pressure to deliver more for less but the drive to embrace innovation remains elusive. Has there been a step change in the legal market in terms of the services that clients are being offered? And if so, […]

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Business Leadership Guide 2015 peer panel: the risk business

Our specialist panel discusses the key issues in risk management, including how it can be used by firms to gain a competitive edge, and the biggest risk-related challenges currently facing firms and clients In association with Q: What are the main challenges firms currently face in terms of risk? Chris Vigrass, partner and director of risk […]

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Business Leadership Guide: digital marketing in the legal sector

In research from The Lawyer ’s sister brand Econsultancy, marketing, digital and communications professionals from the legal sector give their insight into firms’ current activity and priorities, current key trends, and the challenges they face to following best practice. This research, conducted by Econsultancy in association with The Lawyer, is focused on digital marketing in […]

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In-housers at home in the comfort zone

If you work in-house, are you frustrated by the uninspiring service or lack of innovation your external legal services providers offer you, but do you lack the desire to kick them where it hurts? Controversial? At least one of the UK’s senior in-house lawyers believes this is the reality. “We lack imagination, creative zeal and […]

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Business Leadership Awards: the shortlist

From boutiques to global behemoths, entries to this year’s Business Leadership Awards are as diverse as they are high in their excellence. Last week around a dozen of the UK’s leading in-house lawyers spent some of their day debating the merits or otherwise of the entries for this year’s Business Leadership awards. It was quite […]

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Star legal writers in the intellectual property sector

This week’s top briefings writers from TheLawyer.com are drawn from the intellectual property arena. Read on for details on the new IP Act 2014, whether Pharrell Williams has been misjudged and dealing with the rush of applications to trademark ‘Je suis Charlie’ Paul Herbert (partner), Goodman Derrick – ‘Intellectual Property Act 2014: a summary of the […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills’ worldwide efficiency drive

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has joined the small but growing number of firms appointing legal project managers to take control of client work and fee allocation. The firm hired one project manager to its disputes practice in London in May and now plans to roll out the programme across all sectors and a number of […]

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Southern exposure: Latin America and investor interest

Latin America is an area of immense interest for investors, especially from the US, and this is translating into work for lawyers. Q: What are the main trends that you have noticed in your local legal market in the past 12 months? Edmond Grieger, managing partner, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico: The main trends we are […]

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Cream of the crop: The Lawyer Awards’ Best in Class event

Former winners of The Lawyer Awards and this year’s shortlisted teams and in-house counsel gathered last week for our first ‘Best in Class’ event, a networking and best practice exchange session ahead of tomorrow’s awards ceremony. During the Best in Class keynote session hosted by The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths, some of the awards’ judges […]

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Good lawyers relish the challenge of change

It’s not true that the legal industry is behind the times – in fact, innovation has always been a big part of what makes law such a satisfying profession. Our profession abounds with popular – if often misleading – narratives. One is that the legal industry is slow to change. I disagree: the pace of […]

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Moves: 22 June 2015

Move of the week Fox Williams has appointed former Eversheds partner Audrey Williams to its employment practice in London. Williams joined Eversheds in 1989 after training at legacy Lovells. She advises on diversity and discrimination, and also tackles strategic boardroom issues. As well as working with major international corporates, she advises government departments on employment […]

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