Letter from London

Back in New York from a solid week of meetings in London (17 in five days) and a few observations, reflections, musings, and speculations come to the fore.  And no, these will pointedly not include whether the US or the UK’s version of being seized by political...

The Bottom Line Is, Well, The Bottom Line

Alex Novarese, editor-in-chief of the UK-based publication Legal Business, some time ago granted us permission to republish a few of his articles as we see fit. The following is one where we most definitely see fit.  Those in the audience who are writers know the...

A Take on the 2016 AmLaw 100

Compared to what we were once used to, BigLaw’s 2015 financial results can pithily be described as “crummy”—at least as reported in the just-released 2016 AmLaw 100 figures.  We won’t go into the reality-TV zone of which particular firms were up and which were down...

“Agile Working” and Office Design

Having spent last week in London, where every firm worthy of its PR news feed has at least mentioned “agile working,” it’s worth spending a few moments reflecting on what’s behind that shorthand. The phrase clearly embraces the notion of being able to work (well,...

Lateral Partner Recruiting: Still Delusional?

When an especially provocative and ingenious piece is published analyzing a noteworthy aspect of the sea BigLaw swims in, one may feel an obligation to one’s readers to weigh in on the conversation. Particularly when the original piece was published under...

Understanding the Lateral Hiring Frenzy

A few years back, as exceptionally studious and faithful readers might conceivably recall, I wrote two pieces on the lateral hiring frenzy, Our Arms’ Race and Our Arms’Race (2),  which took an almost across-the-board stand against lateral partner hiring....
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