Olga Belyakova and Eva Talmacsi: Be brave and stay curious

The co-heads of CEE TMT at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang talk about the key issues facing their clients, the firm’s ambitions for the region, and how to balance a successful team

What have been your greatest personal or professional achievements to date and why? Olga: I believe my biggest professional achievement was, in fact, my decision to become a lawyer many years ago. After 20 years in practice, the profession remains my passion and for me, it is not only about prestige but also about the …

Javier Menor: Some of our own lawyers don’t realise the strength of our brand

Baker McKenzie’s managing partner in Barcelona on seeking balance between fee-earning and management, the external and internal perception of the firm, and the importance of having the right D&I initiatives in place

How would you define the firm’s culture? How is it introduced to new hires? For us, the firm’s culture is a culture that has clear components: the vision presented to Baker McKenzie employees has a strong global perspective, which has the international vocation innate in Baker McKenzie’s DNA, combined with a strong component of local …

Michael Gerstenzang: Insights from Cleary’s ‘Listener-in-Chief’

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In February, Cleary Gottlieb’s managing partner spoke with Helen Donegan, US editor (content), about his role as ‘Listener-in-Chief’, law firms as a talent business, and plans for Cleary Gottlieb’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2021

You recently began your second term as Cleary Gottlieb’s managing partner. What surprised you the most during your first three years leading the firm? I now have an appreciation for what music fans refer to as Bob Dylan’s ‘Never Ending Tour’ – lawyers are often on the road, but the life of a managing partner …

Jerry Koh: We need to prepare our lawyers for the future

Allen & Gledhill’s joint managing partner on juggling fee-earning with management, the impact of technology on conventional markets, and the lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic

How would you define the culture of Allen & Gledhill and how important is that culture to you?  Allen & Gledhill (A&G) is one big close-knitted family and our people are the critical ingredient to the success of our firm. We are inclusive and as a family, unity is important. We take pride in our …

We don’t grow simply to grow

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Helen Donegan, US editor (content), speaks with DLA Piper’s Ann K. Ford about the launch of a tech-focused financial regulatory practice, creating a global competitive edge, the challenges still facing female attorneys, and the firm’s Leadership Alliance for Women

On January 22, DLA Piper announced you have become the sole US chair and global co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) practice. Can you tell me a bit more about your move into this role in addition to other roles you hold within the firm? I have been in leadership roles for …

Talented people look for meaning in their careers

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Jennifer Selendy, Selendy & Gay’s co-managing partner, speaks with Helen Donegan about the firm’s recent successes, creating a culture of excellence, and the challenges facing women in the legal profession

In recognition of the firm’s two-year anniversary, can you start by telling us about the key successes for Selendy & Gay to date? We set out to build something different and something that could drive excellence and a collaborative, client-centred service. So, the quality of the practice we’ve built over these past few years is …

There are too few senior women leaders, but the tide is turning

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Caroline Green, Browne Jacobson’s new senior partner, talks to John van der Luit-Drummond about firm leadership, #MeToo, Brexit, why the High Street isn’t dying, and the importance of listening to your people

You were Browne Jacobson’s first female partner and were recently elected its first female senior partner. How have the attitudes towards women in law, and women leaders, changed during your career? There is no doubt that attitudes towards women in law have changed dramatically since I qualified as a solicitor in 1984. As part of …

The self-examination needed to take silk

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New silk Deshpal Panesar QC talks about the challenges of the QC appointment process, what he would change about it, and whether it is all worth it in the end

There is a sort of miracle about most careers at the Bar. The fact that every year, cadres of people choose to cast free of the security of a salary, a defined career, paid leave, or the support of an institution, to pursue a career at the Bar, is remarkable enough. All the more so …

It’s all about engagement – in our clients, our people, our communities

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Morgan Lewis is the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. In this interview with US editor (content) Helen Donegan, firm chair Jami McKeon provides insight into her plans for her second term in the role, reveals what most challenges and excites her in her work, and shares her thoughts on women in the legal profession

The firm has changed dramatically since you first became chair. Has your focus changed for your second term and, if so, what is your main focus now? It is certainly correct that our firm has changed dramatically. Expanding in practice areas and locations where our clients most need us has led to us growing by …

Dr. Benjamin Parameswaran: It would be short-sighted to limit innovation to just tech and tools

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The managing partner of DLA Piper in Germany talks about his firm’s recent growth, the competition for talent, and looking out for the next big trend

Dr Parameswaran, you joined the firm almost a decade ago and have been managing partner for six years. In your opinion, what’s changed most within that time? Having started as a greenfield operation in Germany only 15 years ago without building on a legacy firm, we are now very well established in the German legal …