TL 23 March 2015

Cat Griffiths index

Invest in operations professionals

Prophets of change in the legal industry seem doomed to disappointment. Over the past two decades law firms have not torn up their structures; rather, change has been cultural Yet there has been an evident recalibration of what constitutes marketable expertise that can be sold on to clients, as we’ve seen in firms’ investment in […]


Magic circle re-builds the pyramid structure

To what extent is the traditional resourcing model of law firms under fire? We track the inexorable change. Trainee retention in the magic circle has shot up recently. But this apparent good news is not all that it seems. And just to be clear, this is a story that is very far from being solely […]

David Halliwell index

The machines are coming for your job

The commoditisation of artificial intelligence means many areas of the lawyer’s trade are at risk – including the ‘creative’ element. Lawyers like nothing more than a good argument. That’s one of the attractions of the job for us. And the arguments are raging over the role of technology in law and driving us into two […]

Scales of Justice

Litigation – A travesty of justice?

Proponents of reforms to judicial review claim they will deter ‘frivolous’ cases but the legal profession is worried about the effect on access to justice. A number of reforms to the way judicial reviews can be brought and financed in the UK have caused industry-wide concern over the past two years. Lawyers, ministers and peers have universally […]


Moves: 23 March 2015

Move of the week Cooley has hired life sciences partner John Wilkinson to join its London office. Former Reed Smith partner Wilkinson was in this year’s The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list for his work advising Bavarian Nordic on its licence to supply an Ebola vaccine in Africa. His practice involves representing pharmaceutical and life sciences […]

Kimberley Whitaker index

The in-house interview: Aurelius’ legal counsel Kimberley Whitaker

Exactly one year on from becoming Aurelius’ first UK-based legal counsel, The Lawyer caught up with Kimberley Whitaker to see how her role has developed Taking on the job of European investor Aurelius’ first and only UK lawyer was a career-changing move for Kimberley Whitaker. “It was my first permanent in-house position,” she says. “But […]

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