Legal Business Awards 2020 – Chambers of the Year

Legal Business Awards 2020 – Chambers of the Year

The entries were reviewed and our panel of general counsel judges delivered their verdicts: we are now delighted to reveal the winner of Chambers of the Year for the 2020 Legal Business Awards. This award highlights the UK set that stood out for its impressive performance over 2019. Key factors considered included evidence of an …

Legal Business Awards 2020 –
In-House Team of the Year

Legal Business Awards 2020 – </br>In-House Team of the Year

The entries were reviewed and our panel of general counsel judges delivered their verdicts: we are now delighted to reveal the winner of In-House Team of the Year for the 2020 Legal Business Awards. Tying in with our annual GC Powerlist: UK report and event, this award is given to the in-house team that can …

Legal Business Awards 2020 – GC of the Year

Legal Business Awards 2020 – GC of the Year

After reviewing the evidence for dozens of candidates, we are delighted to reveal our GC of the Year for the 2020 Legal Business Awards. The winner of this award is a UK-based general counsel who has truly led the way for their business in 2019. Key factors that influenced our judging panel included board profile, …

Legal Business Awards 2020 – Rising Star In-House Counsel of the Year

Legal Business Awards 2020 – Rising Star In-House Counsel of the Year

The entries have been assessed and our research completed: we are now delighted to reveal the winner of  Rising Star In-House Counsel of the Year for the 2020 Legal Business Awards. Tying in with our annual GC Powerlist: UK report in recognising outstanding achievements by in-house lawyers below group general counsel level, this award focuses …

Legal Business Awards 2020 – Most Transformative In-House Team of the Year

Legal Business Awards 2020 – Most Transformative In-House Team of the Year

In what is a brand new category for the Legal Business Awards in 2020, we are pleased to reveal the Most Transformative In-House Team of the Year. This award recognises in-house legal teams that have made a major contribution to change or transformation either at an industry or sector level, or have championed unusual or …

Legal Business Award 2020 – Legal Technology Team of the Year

Legal Business Award 2020 – Legal Technology Team of the Year

The entries were reviewed and our panel of general counsel judges delivered their verdicts: we are now delighted to reveal the winner of Legal Technology Team of the Year for the 2020 Legal Business Awards. In this category, we recognise the law firms, in-house teams and chambers, either offshore or onshore, that have pushed through …

HSF ensures victory for regulator in major Covid-19 insurance test case 

HSF ensures victory for regulator in major Covid-19 insurance test case 

Herbert Smith Freehills  (HSF) has ensured victory for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in a landmark test case intended to provide clarity on whether companies have valid business disruption insurance claims as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The High Court judgment handed down this morning (15 September) by Lord Justice Flaux and Mr Justice …

Keystone shrugs off coronavirus uncertainty but internal investments see profits tumble 

Keystone shrugs off coronavirus uncertainty but internal investments see profits tumble 

Keystone Law is producing a resilient performance as the year unfolds, the firm’s interim results show, with revenues up despite the financial impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, but profits have slumped following internal investment at the UK-listed firm. Revenue in the first half of the firm’s financial year was up 6.5% to £24.5m from £23m last year. …

Comment: Litigators prepare as market enters phoney war but battle lines are yet to be drawn 

Comment: Litigators prepare as market enters phoney war but battle lines are yet to be drawn 

The received wisdom is that a downward trajectory in the economy results in an upward trajectory in contentious work as the environment becomes more acrimonious, and by extension more litigious. Of course, this is a simplistic take, but it does describe something that is approximately true. But no downturn completely resembles the one before it. Though …

‘Match fit’ DWF rebounds after torrid finish to 2019/20

‘Match fit’ DWF rebounds after torrid finish to 2019/20

DWF has started 2020/21 strongly after a series of efficiency measures were put in place following a tumultuous end to the last financial year that saw debts rise and underlying profits plunge, the firm’s delayed financial results show. For 2019/20, revenue at DWF rose 11% to £297.2m, up from £268.2m last year. Despite the double-digit hike, …