Opinion

Opinion

Nathan Menon, Reed Smith

South Asian Heritage Month: “Be proud of your culture”

At a young age, my parents made it clear to me that there were a limited number of “acceptable professions” that I should pursue, namely doctor, lawyer, accountant or engineer. I believe this was driven primarily by transferrable skills that could earn a living anywhere in the world being crucial to my parents’ generation. They […]

Daniel Wyatt

NFT judgment: Not the final word, but an important milestone in crypto law

D’Aloia v. Persons Unknown and Binance Holdings Limited & Others is the latest high-profile crypto judgment handed down by the English Courts. The facts of the case will be familiar to those with an interest in the ever-increasing line of crypto-related judgments, with ‘persons unknown’ having allegedly fraudulently misappropriated the claimant’s crypto via a trading […]

Ceri Morgan, HSF

Red flags, Quincecare and the significance of the JPMorgan judgment

There are many controversial things to have come out of the 1980s: shell suits, hair crimping, Cabbage Patch Kids. And, according to Mrs Justice Cockerill, the Quincecare duty. However, in her recent judgment in The Federal Republic of Nigeria v JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. [2022] EWHC 1447, Cockerill J confirmed that the duty plainly exists […]

Paying costs: What the Supreme Court’s latest ruling means for the SRA

On 25 May 2022, the Supreme Court gave judgment in two related appeals, Competition and Markets Authority v Flynn Pharma and Competition and Markets Authority v Pfizer, which concerned a challenge to the general presumption that no order for costs should be made against a regulator following an unsuccessful prosecution. The case was potentially of […]

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Infertility, pregnancy loss and lawyering: all in a day’s work?

“Your HCG levels aren’t rising”. A phrase reserved for parents whose unborn baby is (literally, if you repeat home pregnancy tests) fading before their eyes. Words spoken to me in February 2018 while sat in my open-plan office. An hour later, I walked into a presentation. Broken, helpless, confused, shaky and sad, I couldn’t articulate […]

IWD 2022: Billable hours and gender representation: turning nouns into verbs

Law firms recognise the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion, and they recognise the need to have a diverse workplace; after all, a large number of studies demonstrate that a more diverse workplace is better for business. Many law firms have cultures and values which embed these important nouns into their business models, and many […]

How the legal market’s worst-named product forgot about the people

Managed services. Managed services. Managed services. Repeat the words and they feel like an increasingly meaningless phrase. Definitely no prizes for communicating a compelling proposition to clients. Yet look back a decade and it was going to be the next great saviour, fixing the problem of everyday contract work for the legal profession. Law was […]

IWD2022: “Hybrid working has changed so much for women”

As part of International Women’s Day, Morgan Lewis partners Melanie Ryan and Ayesha Waheed, and associates Opeyemi Atawo and Jennifer Connolly share their experiences and advice. If you could go back to an earlier point in your career and give yourself some advice, when and what would it be? Jennifer Connolly: It would be right […]

IWD2022: In conversation with Travers: Role models, baby drool and fresh perspectives

As part of The Lawyer’s International Women’s Day coverage, Travers Smith senior partner Kath Russ spoke with private equity partner Genna Marten about how the legal industry has changed for young women starting out today. Kath: Genna, what drove you to specialise in private equity?   Genna: I chose private equity as a practice because […]