Picking up the pieces – the risk debate gauges the #MeToo era

Picking up the pieces – the risk debate gauges the #MeToo era

A clear focus on a number of #MeToo episodes among City law firms has led to a close examination of culture by risk teams as well as wider discussion of reputational damage and the extent to which this can be measured. We gathered leading risk experts from some of the UK and international firms in …

The Legal Business Awards – Night to shine

The Legal Business Awards – Night to shine

The 22nd annual Legal Business Awards featured more than 1,000 guests in a gala ceremony on 28 March, hosted by comedian, writer and actress Meera Syal. Before the Awards, in-house guests gathered for the launch of our seventh annual GC Powerlist, with key representatives from FTSE 100 companies such as BAE Systems, Anglo American and …

The GC (re)defined: Beyond the cookie cutter

The GC (re)defined: Beyond the cookie cutter

What is it like to work as a lawyer in a fast-paced, risk-laden, tech-driven ‘disruptive’ company? How do general counsel (GCs) find the right level of resource in a company where legal is viewed as anathema to impatient entrepreneurs? When is a lawyer not a lawyer? These are the questions we put to senior in-house …

Time to shine: nominations open for the Legal Business Awards 2019

Time to shine: nominations open for the Legal Business Awards 2019

Could it be your year? Nominations are now open for the most prestigious showcase of talent in the industry, the Legal Business Awards 2019. The event will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019 at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. You have until 16 November to provide submissions in any of the 25 …

The risk debate: Silver linings playbook

The risk debate: Silver linings playbook

The decade since the fall of Lehman has seen some dramatic changes to the profession, not least law firms’ risk teams. Ten years since Legal Business first collaborated with broker Marsh to create our annual risk management and professional indemnity survey, progress has been made but the threats to the key players within the industry …

The disputes funding debate: The value of everything

The disputes funding debate: The value of everything

Craig Arnott, Burford Capital: Litigation finance used to be perceived as a last-ditch resort for impecunious clients. That has transformed, largely because of cost pressure. It is just at the start of the change, especially on the corporate side and what possibilities there are for outsourcing. It seems a little crude, but it is an …

Unstoppable: The Risk Report

Unstoppable: The Risk Report

Our debut risk management and professional indemnity report with broker Marsh in February 2008 featured a timid segue into an unfamiliar topic. We suggested that neither were ‘glamorous subjects’, while observing that firms were ‘thinking harder than ever’ about how to mitigate risks. A necessary evil, if you will. The risk landscape portrayed then – …

Revolving Doors: Akin Gump and King & Spalding boost London benches while international lateral hiring continues apace

Revolving Doors: Akin Gump and King & Spalding boost London benches while international lateral hiring continues apace

In a week dominated by European and international partner hires, US firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and King & Spalding were among four firms to add to their London benches with strategic additions in project finance and white-collar crime respectively. After the coup of hiring former Financial Reporting Council (FRC) heavyweight Gareth Rees …