Trust Disputes – The Myth of Trust

Trust Disputes – The Myth of Trust

Trust disputes can offer advisers a lucrative caseload and longer-term institutional and corporate relationships. Legal Business looks at the key players in a competitive market. Wealthy business owners tend to have colourful lifestyles, families and ways of protecting their wealth, and these ingredients can often come together to form an explosive cocktail. Take Stanley Ho, …

The vision thing – Sizing up the big issues set to shape law through the 2020s

The vision thing – Sizing up the big issues set to shape law through the 2020s

The last decade emerged with the shockwaves of the banking crisis still making themselves felt on the profession. Having just made a series of job cuts in major markets the like of which had never been seen in the legal industry, the mood was infused by uncertainty, the brutal realities of austerity and the sudden …

Regime change – The scorched-earth approach to legal education reform

Regime change – The scorched-earth approach to legal education reform

Its supporters are accused of advocating reforms not fit for purpose, posing a threat to the standing of the profession; its detractors are derided as ‘dinosaurs’, apologists for inequality and ‘buggers’ who moan about everything. Four years since the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced plans to shake up legal education in England and Wales with …

The Global 100 debate – Decision time

The Global 100 debate – Decision time

Alex Novarese, Legal Business: Let’s get some observations on how people think their businesses are performing. Charlie Jacobs, Linklaters: If you look at the last three years, conditions for law firms have been pretty benign. For a lot of our clients, it has been a tough environment, but the law firms have performed well. There …

Leadership pivots and partner exits highlight a period of flux for Clydes – what next for the insurance giant?

Leadership pivots and partner exits highlight a period of flux for Clydes – what next for the insurance giant?

Muna Abdi assesses a period of upheaval for one of the UK’s most upwardly-mobile law firms Sudden moves in the legal industry are generally viewed with suspicion and the resignation of Simon Konsta as Clyde & Co’s senior partner in June, little more than halfway through his five-year term, was no exception. After all, it …

New tricks – Can law firms beat New Law disruptors at their own game?

New tricks – Can law firms beat New Law disruptors at their own game?

Lee Ranson was restless. It was late 2018 and Eversheds Sutherland’s co-chief needed something different: a viable plan to double revenue over the next five years. A few months earlier, he and US-based co-chief executive Mark Wasserman had joked about telling the firm’s partner conference in New York they were floating on the stock exchange. …

Firms pile into fast-moving corporate crime sphere but is there enough work to keep all hands busy?

Firms pile into fast-moving corporate crime sphere but is there enough work to keep all hands busy?

  Georgina Stanley and Anna Cole-Bailey assess a highly competitive sector in flux Tesco, Rolls-Royce, Unaoil, Greenergy – as companies face increasing scrutiny of their governance and anti-corruption procedures, the number of law firms striving to corner the lucrative white-collar/corporate crime market shows no sign of abating.

E-discovery: Cloud atlas

E-discovery: Cloud atlas

No matter how much technology accelerates cumbersome processes like document review, the human element must always be hovering in the background. When it comes to e-discovery, there are five essential stages to the process: find, collect, review, redact and produce. The further up the chain, the greater the need for human judgement and sign-off. This …

Sponsored briefing: Punching above weight

Sponsored briefing: Punching above weight

You’ve both been at the firm for more than 25 years. What have been your highlights? Richard King (RK), managing partner, Stevens & Bolton: I’m in my third year as managing partner and speaking as a manager, rather than a litigator, the highlight is our ongoing evolution. There’s a real sense that we’ve never stood …