Lawyers with political ambitions, beware... It has been revealed today that a Wikipedia description of solicitor-turned-Labour rising star Chuka Umunna as "UK’s Barack Obama" was made from a computer registered under the 220.127.116.11 IP address of Rochman Landau. The top employment law firm is where Umunna was practising as a solicitor at the time, having... Read more »
Amid the corporate swirls and twee etchings at HowardKennedyFSi's offices, where the Legal Cheek team was lucky enough to spend yesterday evening gorging on fine wine and canapés at the firm's merger bash, one piece of artwork didn't quite fit... Had a lost teenage boy put it on the wall having mistaken HowardKennedyFSi's reception area for his... Read more »
The boyfriend of solicitor Kate Baker has weighed into the row surrounding her sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal claims against Devon law firm Follett Stock. Social media manager Tristan Rothwell (pictured left) began by identifying himself on LinkedIn as "the person she was having the relationship with!"... He then turned to Twitter to... Read more »
"After 16 years practising personal injury law I have now seen it all," wrote Zenith Chambers barrister Andrew Wilson yesterday evening on Twitter after spotting Bradford's 'Pimp my Claim'. But who owns it?
Ed note: This is the latest post in the 'If I knew then what I know now' series, where leading members of the legal profession share their wisdom with the next generation of wannabes. If I knew then what I know now, I'd recognise that everybody makes mistakes but most lawyers pretend they don't. I... Read more »
Following on from the agreement of the partners at SNR Denton, Salans and FMC to vote through a three-way mega-merger yesterday, the firm has published a document about the "challenges of changing names". Contained within it is the gem below (spotted by top legal journalist Ben Wheway).
Most of the top 30 UK law firms have "mediocre" websites that are defined by their "dry" approach and "staid" tone, according to a survey by a digital benchmarking company. It names the worst five sites as Holman Fenwick Willan, Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, DAC Beachcroft and SNR Denton...
For those unfamiliar with the show, Sky Sports' 'Soccer Saturday' sees washed-up ex-footballers offer excitable commentary on unfolding events in the Premier League every week. Neither its format nor its content is obviously analogous with personal injury law. Yet Liverpool-based GT Law obviously sees a link, having commissioned this spoof legal-themed version of the show,... Read more »
Yesterday at 5:17pm – a full three hours and 16 minutes after the announcement had been made that Norton Rose and US firm Fulbright & Jaworski were to merge, and the story had been dissected at length by the main legal publications on both sides of the Atlantic – The American Lawyer magazine's London correspondent roared... Read more »
At last night’s Life With Law talk on 'finding your path and making things happen', one of the speakers instructed the hundred or so audience members – most of whom were City solicitors – to list seven high points in their life. Then he asked them to put their hands up if none of their... Read more »
Freeman Keep On Driving, the specialist drink driving law firm owned by Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman (pictured), is shutting up shop tomorrow. The firm abandoned its website earlier this week. The news comes just weeks after Mr Loophole was memorably condemned for his "sharp practice" and "repugnant and improper" conduct by a High Court judge.
In its September newsletter, Blavo & Co Solicitors professes itself "excited and delighted by our 43,000+ Twitter followers who continue to enhance the way we communicate and exchanged ideas through social media." That makes Blavo & Co, a firm with seven offices across London, Hertfordshire and Surrey, Britain's most popular law firm on Twitter, by... Read more »
Adam Chapman, the head of public law at top London firm Kingsley Napley, has found himself at the centre of a storm for spelling ‘Middlesbrough’ wrong in a court document. Chapman (pictured above) misspelled the proud town’s name in a judicial review claim form submitted to the High Court on behalf of his client, Cleveland... Read more »
As Christian Louboutin prepares to open a new dedicated men’s footwear store on London’s Dover Street, a City lawyer found himself quoted in the Financial Times last week as part of an article about men showing greater daring in their choice of footwear, writes Legal Cheek's sartorial advice guru Auntie Em(ily Jupp). Here's the quote:... Read more »
To date, one of the great tragedies of E4 reality show Made In Chelsea is the lack of any lawyer characters among its cast. (OK, so there’s Hugo’s dad, the SJ Berwin solicitor-advocate Tim Taylor QC, but he’s not really a cast member, having appeared in but one solitary scene.) It was, accordingly, with great... Read more »
None of the 'serious' legal publications have reported the news that DLA Piper is the third top contributor to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so it looks like we’ll have to. According to Obama’s Fox News campaign page, DLA (of dubious journalism awards fame discussed below) has given the president $314,977 (£200,000) – more than Google... Read more »
Interesting, but hardly surprising, to note that the winners of last month’s DLA Piper 'Journalist Awards' have all contributed favourable pieces of editorial about the firm to their respective publications. DLA’s 'Business Journalist of the Year', Ian King of The Times, co-authored 'How did business weather the economic winter? (£)', featuring some nice quotes delivered... Read more »
When paralysed motorcyclist Kenny Jordan took his case to Clarke Willmott, he would have expected the "Great service... Great People..." promised by the firm's strap line. Instead he got what could be summarised as "...". Paul Mulderrig of Mulderrigs Solicitors represented Jordan in his professional negligence action against the firm. It was concluded with a... Read more »
Look upwards when you’re walking along the street these days and chances are you’ll see several solicitors abseiling off buildings. Some law firms like Hill Dickinson and Hogan Lovells have their solicitors do it out of their office windows. Others pick big-name regional attractions to descend, like the Forth Road Bridge (Dundas & Wilson, Gateley),... Read more »
"What first attracted you to short, balding millionaire Paul Daniels?" Mrs Merton once memorably asked the dancer Debbie McGee. Similar questions are being put to Anna Chapman (pictured left), the glamorous 30-year old Russian arrested for espionage in 2010, after it emerged that she was romantically involved with the rather less glamorous John Altorelli (pictured... Read more »
To promote its recent tie-up with Australian law firm Blake Dawson, City giant Ashurst has released a series of videos as part of a £970,000 advertising campaign – one of the most expensive law firm marketing pushes ever. In the videos Blake Dawson employees explain how delighted they are with the “perfect match” between Ashurst... Read more »
DWF's recent win for best rebrand in the professional services sector at the Transform Awards was an emotional moment for the legal sector, proving that law firms' logos and websites don't have to look shit. Many still do, though. At the top of a fairly lengthy list of firms crying out for help is Gateley.... Read more »
If I were to tell you that I like pizza slightly more than Cornwall, but not quite as much as I like The Bill, you’d dismiss me as an idiot. If, though, I were to say that I like Allen & Overy slightly more than the Gatwick Express, but not quite as much as I... Read more »
EXCLUSIVE: It wasn’t just kids in Tottenham and Hackney who got carried away during last summer’s London riots. Law Society President John Wotton found himself rather swept up in events, too. "Over the coming months, the victims will need practical help to get their businesses or personal lives back on track," said a statesman-like Wotton... Read more »
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which has one of the lowest percentages of female partners (12%) of a City firm, gave a hint at its views about a woman’s place by choosing to celebrate yesterday’s International Women’s Day with a gender stereotype-affirming bake-off. To commemorate the achievements of women through the ages, and campaign for fairer attitudes... Read more »