five hundred magazine | December 2018/January 2019

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fivehundred, the brand new magazine from The Legal 500, combines the knowledge of our experienced editors and researchers with expert contributors to give you an insight into the global themes affecting the legal profession.

In the latest issue, internet sensation The Secret Barrister talks about the broken criminal justice system; former Cravath CMO Deborah B. Farone dishes the secrets on law firm marketing; Richard Crump talks about HFW’s international expansion and potential US growth; DWF’s Andrew Leaitherland on the importance of rewarding lawyers based on merit, not length of service; Hodge Jones & Allen’s Vidisha Joshi explains the benefits of employee-ownership; and The Legal 500 examines US fintech practices which have finally come over age.


Tricia Hobson: Women lawyers have every reason to aim high

Norton Rose Fulbright’s global chair on why having senior female role models is important, evolving client expectations, and why it’s no longer enough just being a high-quality lawyer

Inside this Edition

Where next for London as a disputes centre?

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The capital must not rest on its laurels, as other innovative disputes hubs seek to take advantage of Brexit, writes Peter Hirst, partner and co-chair of Clyde & Co.’s global arbitration group

Think international arbitration is ‘soft’ litigation? Think again

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Litigators who yearn for the rough and tumble of the local courtroom are not necessarily the best fit for international arbitrations, writes Kyle Richard Olson, senior associate disputes resolution lawyer at Baker McKenzie Chicago

GCs as the ‘ultimate integrator’

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EMEA editor Ella Marshall reports on reforms to Switzerland’s corporate tax regime, data protection concerns, legal tech insecurity, and Brexit spam

Latham & Watkins and Kirkland & Ellis lead the pack

US rankings editor Ian Deering deep dives into the brand new United States rankings to highlight the best performing firms of the past 12 months

Don’t be afraid of ‘coming out’

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As part of Pride Season, Daniel Gerring, head of pensions at Travers Smith and a founding members of The Law Society LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee, shares his thoughts on the progress of inclusion in the legal profession

Reasons to go green

Raising awareness, engaging with your people, and changing behaviours can help improve your environmental performance, explains Dr Georgios Zampas, senior citizenship executive at Herbert Smith Freehills

Knowing what clients want and what winds them up

Rebecca Priestly

As highlighted in previous issues of fivehundred, the backgrounds and experiences of chambers chief executives are broad and varied; they come from the traditional clerking ranks, the armed forces, the public sector, education, marketing and advertising, and, yes, the legal profession itself. Rebecca Priestley comes from the latter, but unlike her contemporaries she has held …

Avoid getting rusty

The head of Hogan Lovells’ Mexico office on the importance of managing partners avoiding isolation, leading by example, and why future lawyers will need a different skillset

Evolve or get swallowed up

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Robert Coffey, managing partner, and Sinead O’Callaghan, partner, of Cooke Young & Keidan consider what is next for litigation boutiques

Greater than the sum of our parts

Jessica Roland

Mourant Guernsey’s managing partner on not being tied too closely to the traditional law firm model and why leadership is a collective responsibility

Ready for take-off

The former barrister, now Dechert’s head of disputes in London, talks about her firm’s recent growth, lateral hires, cost control in litigation, and peer recognition

Jan Hofkens: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Jan Hofkens

Lydian’s employment, pensions, and benefits partner on what sets his firm apart in the Belgium market and the challenges facing his clients

The collaborative approach

Sadiq Jafar

The managing partner of Hadef & Partners talks about the latest growth trends in the UAE and working alongside international law firms

Moving towards compliance in ambiguous times


Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz’s Tanya Forsheit and James Mariani explore the evolution of US privacy law

Lawyers, know your tech

Don’t get hung up on product name, focus on the match to your business requirements, writes Roy Russell, CEO of Ascertus Limited

From Uber to Lawber

White & Case’s chief knowledge officer, Oz Benamram on how digital transformation may change the legal industry