Editor's Letter

fivehundred, the magazine from The Legal 500, combines the knowledge of our experienced editors and researchers with expert contributors to give you an insight into the global themes affecting the legal profession.

Over May and June 2020, we look at the impact the Cover-19 pandemic is having on the legal sector. The crisis is an opportunity for law firms to examine ways of being more inclusive, say Linklaters’ David Martin, Daniel Danso, and Neha Rao; in the US, Nelson Mullins’ Bart Daniel and Elle Klein warn coronavirus labs to beware potential fraud prosecutions under new federal laws; from Singapore, Allen & Gledhill’s Jerry Koh talks about the lessons learnt from the pandemic in Asia; and in the UK, Jeremy Callman, of Ten Old Square, considers the challenges facing law firm management amid a financially-damaged world, plus much, much more, including our cover feature with Cleary Gottlieb’s managing partner, Michael Gerstenzang.

Tested by Covid

Specialist law firms that are adaptable, innovative, and have strong cultures will be well placed to take advantage of the post-pandemic marketplace, says Robert Coffey, managing partner of Cooke, Young & Keidan 

The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about the acceleration of several significant pre-existing trends, which are changing how law firms do business. For those involved in advising on dispute resolution, in particular, the pace of change in the use of technology and funding has been intensified. It is my view that many …

Covid-19 and the tough questions law firms are now asking

Jeremy Callman, a barrister at Ten Old Square, considers the legal challenges facing law firm management amid the coronavirus pandemic and a financially-damaged world

The financial scars of the Covid-19 pandemic run deep. The new harsh financial reality means those who manage law firms face some tough legal questions. In my partnership practice, I have already seen the following questions arising as part of the ‘fallout’ from the coronavirus pandemic: Profit share: can we cut partner share and adjust …

Taking care of business

Exchange Chambers’ John Jones QC and Ian Whitehurst, along with CCL Group’s Adam Irwin, consider private prosecutions in a digital age

Corporate crime in the United Kingdom takes many forms and the increasing dominance of the digital economy has only sought to heighten the problem. Sadly, this is happening against a backdrop of increasing neglect by law enforcement, owing to insufficient economic resources; a lack of suitably qualified individuals with the appropriate skills; and an apparent …

Diversity and inclusion shouldn’t take a back seat during the pandemic

Covid-19 is an opportunity for law firms to examine ways of being more inclusive, especially for those employees who may be dealing with significantly more challenges, say Linklaters’ David Martin, Daniel Danso, and Neha Rao

In the current global Covid-19 climate, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is supremely important to business and those who have a strong foundation in D&I will be reaping the rewards when it comes to the wellbeing of their people. D&I speaks to the heart of taking care of our people.  The language of this crisis – …

Out with the old, in with the New Delhi labour reforms?

William Farrington considers the high-stakes changes and ongoing debates consuming India’s labour market

As the torchbearer of the BRICS economies since its successful globalisation project throughout the ’90s, India’s employment market has been the nexus of an enduring ideological struggle as the nation seeks to reconcile its socialist-era labour legislation with liberalised market policy.  The frontline of this struggle is seen in the extensive proposals for legislative reform …

Covid-19 may have awoken a sleeping bear

Nelson Mullins’ Bart Daniel and Elle Klein warn coronavirus labs to beware potential fraud prosecutions under new federal laws

Although the federal government may have relaxed healthcare regulations amid the pandemic in an effort to quickly respond to the growing number of Covid-19 cases, enforcement agencies have not relaxed at all. In fact, they have done just the opposite.  With the federal government spending millions of dollars in support of Covid-19 testing and countless …

Pain and gain in pharma litigation

As vice president in charge of portfolio planning and IP litigation at Sun Pharmaceuticals, India’s largest pharma company and the largest Indian pharma company operating in the US, Bharati Nadkarni has been behind some of the biggest pharma cases in recent times. fivehundred catches up with her about developments facing lawyers in the pharma sector 

Bharati, please can you explain the challenges you face in bringing litigation in the pharma space?  The approach to litigation in the pharmaceuticals sector is a little different from the approach taken in other industries. There are two main reasons for this. First, patents are territorial. A patent approved in the US may not get …

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 …

Move watch: Spotlight on Scott Wilson, DLA Piper

Scott Wilson joined DLA Piper’s litigation practice as a partner in the New York office in December 2019. In the following interview, Helen Donegan, US editor (content), speaks with Scott about this move and his reasons for joining DLA Piper, and he shares some insights into his practice 

Can you tell me about your background and experience prior to joining DLA Piper? I was a partner at a prominent US litigation firm, Boies Schiller, for six years before I joined DLA Piper. Prior to that, I served as senior advisor and special counsel to the New York Attorney General, which was a formative …