The Bar Elite: Silk and steel

The Bar Elite: Silk and steel

Despite Brexit, costs pressures and the loss of financial crisis work, reports of the commercial Bar’s decline are overblown. We identify the sets and the silks redefining the modern Bar

Everyone in the global business community seems to know that many of Britain’s brightest lawyers practise at the commercial Bar, helping to maintain London’s position as a world leader in litigation. Over the past decade, nearly 70% of cases in London’s commercial Court have been brought by overseas clients: Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the US routinely originate the most litigants. Continue reading “The Bar Elite: Silk and steel”

Matrix Chambers CEO Lindsay Scott to head up 39 Essex Chambers later this year

Matrix Chambers CEO Lindsay Scott to head up 39 Essex Chambers later this year

Long-serving Matrix Chambers CEO Lindsay Scott (pictured) is to join 39 Essex Chambers as its new chief executive officer, later in the year.

Scott, who has been the CEO of Matrix for 11 years, is responsible for its overall management, including developing client relationships, marketing strategy and human resources. Continue reading “Matrix Chambers CEO Lindsay Scott to head up 39 Essex Chambers later this year”

Q&A: Latham’s Sophie Lamb on life in chambers, practice and the danger of post-Brexit immigration policy

Q&A: Latham’s Sophie Lamb on life in chambers, practice and the danger of post-Brexit immigration policy

Latham & Watkins’ global co-head of international arbitration Sophie Lamb (pictured) discusses Lord Goldsmith, Latham and the impact of Brexit with Georgiana Tudor. Continue reading “Q&A: Latham’s Sophie Lamb on life in chambers, practice and the danger of post-Brexit immigration policy”

Life during law: Lord Dyson, 39 Essex Chambers

Life during law: Lord Dyson, 39 Essex Chambers

I’ve enjoyed every minute as a barrister and a judge. Two careers. I’ve been privileged.

I didn’t want to be a lawyer. Even when I went to Oxford I didn’t know. I thrashed around, then stumbled into the Bar. I wanted to do something in the real world. My father was always starry-eyed about the Bar. I suspect that came into it too.

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Q&A: Jolyon Maugham QC on the first victory for Brexit’s legal challenge

Q&A: Jolyon Maugham QC on the first victory for Brexit’s legal challenge

Devereaux Chambers Jolyon Maugham QC – who organised a crowdfunded movement to challenge the government’s triggering of article 50 without an act of parliament – speaks to Legal Business in the wake of last week’s High Court victory for remain supporters.

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Hillsborough inquest: Birnberg Peirce and other firms take home £63m as government foots legal bill

Hillsborough inquest: Birnberg Peirce and other firms take home £63m as government foots legal bill

The Home Office has spent £63.6m on the legal costs for the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster, with London human rights firm Birnberg Peirce and Partners taking the lion’s share of fees. Continue reading “Hillsborough inquest: Birnberg Peirce and other firms take home £63m as government foots legal bill”

Perspectives: Toby Landau QC

Perspectives: Toby Landau QC

I have been incredibly fortunate in my career. I feel that very strongly.

I come from a long line of doctors. It wasn’t my calling. Around 14, I got interested in law. I’ve always been argumentative and difficult. I grew up in North West London. There’s German on both sides of my family. All refugees. Striving and ambitious.

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