Archives for May 2013
Today is a key day in the annual U.S legal directories calendar.
Anyone in New York who didn’t attend the awards event can collect a hard copy of Chambers USA 2013 from Cipriani at 110 East 42nd Street (between Lexington and Park) on Friday, May 24 2013 from 8-10 am eastern time.
The Chambers USA Awards are now in their seventh year.
Although the process of shortlisting and selecting winners relates to the Chambers USA directory research, Chambers states that the results are not tied directly to the rankings:
“They also reflect a law firm’s recent achievements, which may include, for example, significant new matters handled during the past twelve months, expansion into a particular practice area, or the recruitment of high-profile partners.”
(Pictured: Coney Island, Brooklyn. Taken by Lloyd Pearson in July 2007)
— Lauren Hughes (@LH_Legal500) May 22, 2013
It made such fascinating and entertaining reading that I decided to dedicate a blog post.
The article was written in May 1988 after the release of the first edition of the Legal 500 UK edition, and was published in the Law Society Gazette.
Read the article in full here.
For non-UK readers, the Law Society is the professional association that represents solicitors in England and Wales.
The Law Society Gazette is published weekly by the Law Society and distributed to all practicing solicitors.
(pictured – the Reagans arrive in Moscow in May 1988)
Not to be outdone, Chambers & Partners has kindly informed me that the Legal 500 is not the only esteemed legal directory publisher to be given the Gazette quill and ink treatment.
If you’ve worked in legal media for any length of time, you may have come across LawFuel.
The New Zealand-based online legal news site was formed in 2000 at the dawn of the modern internet age and is one of the market’s longest-running legal news and job sites.
An early pioneer in this space, it has outlived numerous other legal directory and news sites, many of which have come and gone and reinvented themselves in that time.
When I worked in-house in law firm PR departments in the early 2000s, LawFuel was one of those places where you sent your press releases and firm news, before the likes of Lexology, JDSupra, LexBlog, Linked-In, Twitter, and all the other modern aggregators were around.
To be honest, I hadn’t followed LawFuel for some time – I knew it was still around, but hadn’t made contact for more than five years.
So recently I spoke to the site’s founder, John Bowie, to find out what the company was doing.
At LawFuel, the main development in recent years has been the separation of the site into two parts – the “.co.nz” suffix, focused on the New Zealand law firm market, and a newer “.com” which is more international, and weighted towards the United States.
As you might expect, LawFuel has become more focused on search engines in recent years.
Lawyers and law firms can access a Google-friendly page of their own, and upload, delete and amend content.
John said that LawFuel encourages contributors to provide law news articles for exposure via a “straight-to-Google news service”.
In addition, LawFuel has editors who access law firm articles, news, and releases for placement on the site.
Regional heavyweight Al Tamimi & Company walked away with the flagship Middle East Law Firm of The Year award for the second year running.
Allen & Overy picked up the headline award for international firms active in the region – International Law Firm of The Year.
Among the key in-house victors, Emirates (pictured) won the Large Team Legal Department of The Year.
The awards were organized jointly by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Middle East Group and took place in Dubai on May 16 2013.