Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

The moribund state of the UK litigation recruitment market is hardly surprising. Litigation has always been regarded as a counter-cyclical activity. And then there is the impact of the Woolf reforms. In such an environment, you are hardly going to get a rush of lateral hiring or – for that matter – internal promotions. At Lovells and Fresh-fields Bruckhaus Deringer, which acted opposite each other in the Bank of England/BCCI dispute, not a single London-based commercial litigator was admitted to the partner-ship this year, while at Herbert Smith just one commercial litigator made the grade. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, which has become something of a bellwether for the health of the litigation market, recorded a drop in turnover during what was a record financial year for many top 50 firms.

This premium content is reserved for
Legal Week Subscribers.


  • Trusted insight, news and analysis from the UK and across the globe
  • Connections to senior business lawyers within the leading law firms and legal departments
  • Unique access to ALM's unrivalled, market-leading reporting in the US and Asia and cutting-edge research, including Legal Week's UK Top 50 and Global 100 rankings
  • The Legal Week Daily News Alert, Editor's Highlights, and Breaking News digital newsletters and more, plus a choice of over 70 ALM newsletters
  • Optimized access on all of your devices: desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Complete access to the site's full archive of more than 56,000 articles

Already have an account?

For enterprise-wide or corporate enquiries, please contact Paul Reeves on Preeves@alm.com or call on +44 (0) 203 875 0651


Legal Week Newsletters & Alerts

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your subscription, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters and alerts. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2019 American Lawyer Media International, LLC. All Rights Reserved.