Management and leadership strategies have come under scrutiny in recent times as existing law firm models are put to the test. High-profile failures, global mergers and increasing pressure on fees have sparked discussions of how law firms ought to be run in the 21st century. As the leading players look to maintain their share of a heavily saturated marketplace their approach to compensation, technology, globalisation and client billing will determine their success.
Andrew Ness of Jones Day explores future challenges and trends in the construction sector and their potential impact on lawyers and their practices: "While major disputes still occur, they are fewer in number, and as a result the focus of construction practice has shifted somewhat. This is leading to significant changes in many construction law practices, as there is reduced need for fleets of associates to staff major litigation and arbitration matters, and more of a premium on senior lawyers."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Rupert Choat of Atkin Chambers, Jaime Gray of Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray, Phillip Greenham of Minter Ellison, and Ben Cowling, Laura Warren, Mark Blanksby and David McElveney from Clyde & Co to discuss industry trends, volume and type of work, legal market changes and developments for the year ahead.
Mark Roe and Gurmukh Riyat of Pinsent Masons look at the potential issues raised from construction contracts with states and state agencies and explore what steps contractors can take to protect themselves in the event that things go wrong: "A good rule of thumb for a contractor entering into a construction contract with a state entity is 'test it backwards'. This means looking at enforcement issues first, before signing the contract and certainly before beginning to spend money on arbitration or other court proceedings."
Bernard P Wolfsdorf, the leading practitioner in our research, and Mark Hertel of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal explore the significance of immigration lawyers in today's increasingly globalised and interdependent world: "Immigration lawyers have a key role to play in resolving the conflict between narrow-minded territorialism and a global world of ideas advancing at lightning speed."
Who’s Who Legal has brought together Eugene Chow of Chow King & Associates, Katie Malyon of Ernst & Young, George Newman of Stinson Leonard Street and Caron Pope of Fragomen to discuss the ease of doing business in their jurisdictions, increased levels of enforcement and scrutiny, regulatory developments, and the legal market.
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