Disputes perspectives: Sir David Green QC

Disputes perspectives: Sir David Green QC

Looking back, I spent 25% of my time at the Serious Fraud Office reacting to a campaign against the SFO orchestrated [by] the [UK government]. In order to do that I was building alliances with politicians in the Lords and the Commons, with journalists, with academic and City lawyers, with independent NGOs and with international organisations. They were all hugely supportive, and ultimately the SFO survived.

I’m not saying that there aren’t two sides to this argument, but I fought as I did because I believed very strongly in the need for an independent SFO. The reason being that if you are investigating the kind of companies at the very top of the blue-chip list, people who can literally pick up the phone and speak to the Prime Minister, it is incredibly important in terms of public confidence that the prosecutor has visible and real independence. Continue reading “Disputes perspectives: Sir David Green QC”

Disputes perspectives: Jolyon Maugham QC

Disputes perspectives: Jolyon Maugham QC

One of the things about being a barrister is that you’re independently-minded, which means all the big Remain campaigns find me a mixed blessing. People’s Vote are trying to draw me in, so they said if I wrote something they’ll get it in one of the broadsheets tomorrow.

I am independently-minded but I do like to play nice with others where possible. So I stayed up until about 10pm putting something together. It’s going in The Independent. Continue reading “Disputes perspectives: Jolyon Maugham QC”

The quality of life report: Pursuits – Steve Cooke, Slaughter and May

The quality of life report: Pursuits – Steve Cooke, Slaughter and May

‘We have a reasonable word-of-mouth reputation as purveyors of miserable music for gut-wrenching films.’

 

Many City lawyers have outside interests, few combine being at the very top of their profession with another career outlet. But Slaughter and May senior partner Steve Cooke is one such individual. Since 1993 the M&A veteran has worked with cartoonist Russell Taylor – famed for creating the comic strip Alex – to produce soundtracks for over 50 films and documentaries. Among others, they composed the music for Bafta-winning and Bafta-nominated documentaries such as The Lost Girls of South Africa, China’s Stolen Children, Chosen, Orphans of Nkandla, and the recent BBC series about Country Life magazine titled Land of Hope and Glory. Cooke plays and composes on the keyboards and guitar.

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The quality of life report: Pursuits – Edward Braham, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The quality of life report: Pursuits – Edward Braham, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

‘What makes a photograph is the light – you’ve got to get everything else there, but if the light isn’t right it will never work.’

Freshfields senior partner Edward Braham has taken photographs all his life. The walls of his office are covered with photographs from his trips to South Africa, Paris, Kyoto and Tanzania. For this respected City corporate lawyer, photography is the hobby that ‘clears the brain’ when he takes time out.

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