Legal Weekness

Legal Weekness

I am rarely minded to blog in order to criticise articles in the legal press. On the contrary, I am – as an alumni – generally a defender of the legal press, a much-maligned yet vital part of the legal community.

But as my friend Kim Tasso points out in her blog, Legal Week’s recent wander through the history and current state of legal marketing/business development (BD), lacked a certain something.

This is a pity because the piece covers a lot of ground and makes quite a number of valid observations otherwise, but the record must be set straight.

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Time to call time on the directories?

Time to call time on the directories?

With the publication of the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners’ Directory of the Legal Profession, I am, as ever, receiving calls from valued clients, contacts and friends baffled, puzzled, and in some cases irate, at the pronouncements of these two weighty tomes.

Let me first declare an interest, so that you can put what I am about to say in context: I edited The Legal 500 in 1996 and 1997 and am responsible for the thematic (as opposed to alphabetical) construction of the editorial of that publication, an innovation I am proud to say remains intact to this day, and which I believe better reflects the interconnected nature of the sector-led approach law has increasingly taken.

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Big thumbs-up for The Lawyer’s redesign

When I was in publishing, many moons ago, I used to have a maxim: “you can never have enough maps, graphs and tables”. I’m delighted to see that The Lawyer‘s crisp new ‘infographic’ redesign for 2012 meets with my approval, packed with tons of data in tables and colourful pie-charts.

Speaking frankly, I usually sigh inwardly when a publisher announces a redesign. What seems like a radical refresh in the hallowed cloisters of most magazine publishers often barely registers a flicker among the readership, which cares, primarily, about one thing: content. Design is usually of subliminal importance; they know when it’s not right, but otherwise just want it to look nice.

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Legal Business goes digital

A very welcome addition to the excellent online press resource available to the UK legal profession has appeared in the shape of the digital version of leading legal monthly publication, Legal Business.

This is a subscriber-only service, and looks very smart, opting for a black-and-silver frame design which sets it apart, visually, from the more conventional ‘white space’ approach of its weekly competitors.

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