Editor's Letter

Welcome to the inaugural issue of fivehundred, the brand new and free monthly magazine from the bright minds behind The Legal 500.

Ten times a year our team of experienced editors and researchers, along with a host of well-known expert contributors, will tackle the global themes affecting the legal profession. But let’s be clear: this is not a pay-to-play title. This is a new concept in legal publishing, where the best practitioners and biggest names in the global legal market come together to offer best practice advice to each other on a host of issues such as management, marketing, business development, recruitment, and a whole lot more besides.

This first issue is jam-packed with exclusive content, so where to begin? Well, it should go without saying that understanding the needs of clients is imperative to all law firms, regardless of their size, location, or specialism. Still, we’re going to say it anyway, and to demonstrate the point further J. Stephen Poor, chairman of Seyfarth Shaw, argues in our first leadership focus that lawyers should think ‘outside-in’ to be truly client-centric. But why stop there? Yolanda Cartusciello highlights the advantages of client journey mapping, while a selection of general counsel share their thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Providing you with the inside track on what makes the world’s elite law firms successful, we also hear from the managing partners of Bowmans, Ferrere, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, Luther, Paul, Weiss, Walker Morris, and Vinson & Elkins on what sets them apart, while leading practitioners from all corners of the globe brief you on the latest M&A trends.

Offering the latest in-depth analysis and commentary, our in-house team of editors bring you the latest news from Asia Pacific: The Legal 500 considers Malaysia’s recent change in government – and what the future holds for the country’s burgeoning legal market; Asia Pacific deputy editor Andrea de Palatis reports on how Australia’s infrastructure boom is stretching law firms to the limit; and yours truly highlights Singapore’s pro bono culture and why the liberalisation of India’s legal market is a matter of when not if.

Meanwhile, in our first longread, Latin America editor Tim Girven discusses one of the region’s biggest issues: succession planning for family run firms. And, with the help of leading partners, EMEA editor Ella Marshall looks back at The Legal 500’s historical rankings and uncovers the latest legal trends in Sweden.

Elsewhere in this first issue, we consider the importance of mentors in combatting poor mental health in the profession, advise on what to do if you are thinking of launching a new office in a new jurisdiction, and provide tips on how to befriend the press and raise your professional and public profile.

Finally, for those interested in the UK Bar (let’s face it, who isn’t?!), read our exclusive interview with Hardwicke chief executive Amanda Illing on the challenges facing a modern set of chambers and how best to inspire the next generation of leaders.

There is all that and more in this first issue of fivehundred. I hope you enjoy all our content and if you have any comments about November’s articles, or are interested in contributing to future issues, then please contact me at john.vdld@legal500.com.

John van der Luit-Drummond

Sweden’s M&A boom

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Erik Fahlgren, Carl-Johan Pousette and Marcus Tipner predict further growth in a country that is already experiencing an increase in work, both domestically and internationally