There are some words that law firms love to use when describing what they do. Deploying a well-thumbed lexicon, albeit with a somewhat limited vocabulary, legal marketing teams invariably turn to: innovation, technology, service, expertise, experience, complexity, team, client, challenges, culture, global, international, cross-border, seamless, bespoke, relationships, tools, solutions. And so on.
When couples divorce, it is pretty routine for one or both parties to point the finger and say that it was his or her fault. Likewise, attributing blame has been firmly woven into the fabric of the English legal system with the onus on having to prove that a marriage has irretrievably broken down. But […]
It has been a very good year for most large international law firms with increased revenues and profits generally par for the course. But things have not been quite so good at Philadelphia-based Dechert. The latest results from the AmLaw100 show an unusual disparity in the firm’s performance compared to many of its peers.
Many indicators show that Italian crisis seems to be behind us now. An increasing number of brands, in the retail field, are now carefully scrutinizing street storefronts (even in “secondary” cities); this is also the result of a general lackluster performance of shopping malls located in certain parts of the USA. Add to this the […]
Shopping malls are enjoying important growth in Europe, acting as a “magnet for customers” and, at the same time, contributing to the economic development of this sector. Data shows that in the first half of 2016, malls reached an area extension of 153,6 million SQM, with further growth forecasted for 2017, up to an overall […]
Unlikely as it seems, LIBOR has been making headlines – again. Endless stories about banks facing heavy fines and their traders facing criminal trials have made this acronym for an interbank rate synonymous with fixing, rigging and manipulation. The latest story relates to a court hearing last week and what the Bank of England (BoE) […]
Antitrust enforcers have been increasing pressure on institutional investors in recent years in cases where a portfolio company violates the antitrust rules. The 9th amendment of the German competition act (Act Against Restraints of Competition – ARC) which is currently in the legislative process contributes to this development. In addition, the 21st report of the […]
This year has seen the extension of the tenure of the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), David Green QC, alongside much praise for the change in organisational direction he has overseen. Indeed, there has not been a singularly catastrophic case since that of the Tchenguiz brothers in 2012. The first trial in the […]
A connection between the luxury retail sector and real estate markets has become increasingly evident in recent years. Italian shopping high-streets have conquered world-wide consumers’ confidence (Needless to say that Italian streets offer a selection of clothing, jewelry, watches and beauty boutiques, as well as technology objects, and fabulous restaurants and gourmet shops), thus leading to […]
Legal professional privilege (LPP) is the convention which, under common law, protects communications between a professional legal adviser and their client from disclosure without the express permission of the client. The basic principle is that it allows people to speak freely when dealing with their legal advisers, safe in the knowledge that the facts which […]
With the increasing proliferation and dissemination of information available online, the debate about the balance between individuals’ right to privacy and the public interest in access to information is waged with increasing ferocity. Google has been fighting a running battle with the European Union over delisting of search results, which has repeatedly seen rulings in […]