Legal news

Top 100 law firms increase debt to £4.3bn to fund growth

Top 100 law firms increase debt to £4.3bn to fund growth

The UK's top 100 law firms are racking up debt to the tune of £4.3 billion as they borrow to invest in growth.

Editor's picks

C-SUITE

Starbucks puts general counsel in charge of workforce

Starbucks puts general counsel in charge of workforce

The company has elevated its general counsel Lucy Helm to take over the people role, following management changes at the global coffee chain.

CLIENT SATISFACTION

Jones Day tops the list for client preference

Jones Day tops the list for client preference

Clients have voted for their preferred law firms with Jones Day topping the poll.

POLITICS

Australia's new laws would force tech companies to decrypt content to help flight crime

Australia's new laws would force tech companies to decrypt content to help flight crime

Australia is set to introduce new laws to force technology companies to provide access to encrypted communications in efforts to tackle terrorism, drugs trade and child exploitation.

FEES

Legal departments do not trust law firms on billing

Legal departments do not trust law firms on billing

Law firms are not consistent on billing with few following guidelines and questions over quality, say clients.

Blogs

LEGAL EDUCATION

The pretext of scholarship and how it discriminates against practitioners

The pretext of scholarship and how it discriminates against practitioners

Legal academics are sniffy about practitioners who teach. But, says Reuben Guttman, this outdated view does a disservice to the legal profession.

INVESTMENT

Egypt's missed investment opportunity

Egypt's missed investment opportunity

Egypt has passed a new investment law but while it is a step in the right direction, more is needed, says Cairo-based lawyer Dr Mohamed Bahaa Eldin Abou Shoka.

Management speak

COMMODITISATION

Law firms need a wake-up call on commoditisation

Law firms need a wake-up call on commoditisation

Law firms are suffering from commoditisation blindness as their profits disappear and clients call the shots.

Corporate counsel

APPOINTMENTS

Around the house

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Business sector round up

DATA

The sovereignty of data

The sovereignty of data

The lack of a unified global approach to data and regulation is a serious impediment to global business, says Dean Armstrong QC, Dan Hyde & Sam Thomas of Cyber Counsel.

PEOPLE

Cali-headquartered Knobbe Martens expands to NYC

Cali-headquartered Knobbe Martens expands to NYC

Leading US intellectual property law firms Knobbe Martens is to open an office in New York City as a result of a growing demand for IP expertise in the Big Apple and in efforts to recruit qualified staff.

Who did the deals

IP

A step in the right direction

A step in the right direction

The recent reform of the UK Unjustified Threats Regime brings clarity to the law but is it enough, ask Peter Damerell and Rajvinder Jagdev of Powell Gilbert.

 
 

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White & Case fined a record £250,000 by the SDT for acting 'recklessly'

White & Case has been fined a record £250,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for breaching conduct rules.