Spotlight Practice Analysis Articles

Spotlight: Restructuring is a global matter for DLA Piper

In this week’s Spotlight, we delve into the often-confusing world of restructuring disputes, to find out how DLA Piper comes to the rescue when a company goes under. The market: While restructuring disputes used to be the remit of clearing banks and the Big Four accounting firms, the market has undergone a huge diversification in […]

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Spotlight: Defending the employers with Bakers

For this week’s Spotlight, we’re highlighting Baker McKenzie’s employment law team to see how rising industrial action, new technologies and regulations are changing the field. The market Unfair dismissal claims and misconduct remain the bread and butter of defendant side employment lawyers. However, whistleblowing claims, involving regulatory angles are taking on a growing role in […]

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Spotlight: Resolving fertility disputes with Mills & Reeve

Operating in a small pool of fertility law experts, Mills & Reeve’s team work on international surrogacy matters, disputes over parentage and conflicts with fertility clinics. The market: The legal market in this area of law is small, so trends sweeping the practice hit hard. International surrogacy is an enormous market for Mills & Reeve […]

Spotlight: Eversheds’ sanctions team goes global

This February marked the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the single largest imposition of sanctions by the international community as a result. This week, we focus on Eversheds’ sanctions team, with over 60 lawyers handling matters worldwide. The market: Sanctions compliance is vital for any entity doing business on an international scale, […]

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Spotlight: Meet the Freshfields team defending the most class actions

As revealed exclusively by The Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has the most defence side mandates in Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) amid a booming class actions market. We laser in on the team on call.  The market: The interchange fee collective action, brought by class representative Walter Merricks on behalf of 45.5 million UK Mastercard customers, is […]


Spotlight: Step into the metaverse with Bird & Bird

After the excitement of new technologies such as NFTs, AI, and 5G comes the slow and arduous legal work of finding out who owns what and who’s getting paid; this is where Bird & Bird’s intellectual property team steps in. The market: Standard-essential patents (SEPs) are the bread and butter of the IP market, setting technical […]


Spotlight: Morgan Lewis takes on the war in the sky

This week on Spotlight, we check out the aviation disputes team at Morgan Lewis & Bockius as it brings a large number of operator policy claims against insurers in the mammoth Russian aviation litigation, which featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2024.  The market: Aviation is both an extremely international and consistently high-value industry. An issue […]

Spotlight: Withers has a Valentine’s deal for you

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re feeling romantic at The Lawyer. As shops and restaurants cash in on flower sales and candlelit dinners, law firms are approaching “pre-nup season.” For this week’s Spotlight, we put Withers’ family and divorce team under the microscope. The market: “There’s always gossip in the family law world”, says […]

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Spotlight: Clifford Chance lines up to defend group actions

This week on Spotlight, we look at a defence side team at Clifford Chance operating in the booming securities litigation space – specifically shareholder group action claims. Members of the team are defending Serco, one of the UK Government’s most high-profile outsourcing contractors, in a claim brought by a group of investors. The case featured as one of The […]

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Spotlight: Freeths takes on more than just the Post Office

This Friday’s Spotlight, the first of the Hilary term, features a special episode on national firm Freeths’ disputes group. The firm and its lawyers have received much attention since ITV’s portrayal of the Post Office scandal in its drama Mr Bates v the Post Office, titled after the group litigation of the same name that a Freeths […]