The Legal 500 Podcast brings together insights from over 30 years of market-leading research and content, updates and advice from our editors, and appearances from influential members of the legal community.

The Legal 500 Podcast: Bonus Episode 5

This week’s episode of The Legal 500 podcast is hosted by The Lex 100, guide to legal education and training in the UK, and is all about solicitor training during the pandemic and beyond. Hosted by Peter Tweedley, Editor of The Lex 100, it features an interview with Victoria Widdows, Director of International Legal Recruiting and Development at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. Join us for a discussion of the challenges of maintaining training opportunities for aspiring solicitors, continuing high quality firm practise, handling the rapid transformation of the legal workplace, and more.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 16

In a slight break from our normal schedule, this week's episode features an extract from our recent webinar discussion on disputes in the Gulf Cooperation Counsel (GCC) states. This lively discussion takes in the views of Marcus Khoury, senior counsel at Consolidated Contractors Company, one of the largest construction companies globally and the leading contractor in the GCC, Sean Yates, general counsel of China State Construction Engineering Corporation in the Middle East, Robert Stephen, registrar of DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre and partners representing Horizon & Co law firm, including managing partner Ali Ismael Al Zarooni.

The Legal 500 Podcast: Bonus Episode 4

Over recent months the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated chambers’ marketing strategies. Keating’s Marie Sparkes, Wilberforce’s Hayley Eustace, and Old Square’s Phil Desmondez talk about the history and future of marketing at the Bar, including webinars, social media, and – yes – directories, while UK Bar editor John van der Luit-Drummond offers some best practice advice on chambers submissions.

The Legal 500 Podcast: Bonus Episode 3

This week's bonus episode of The Legal 500 podcast is all about social mobility at the Bar. Join Red Lion Chambers' Joanna Hardy, 5 St Andrew's Hill's Alexandra Wilson, Essex Court Chambers' Rick Hoyle, and Trinity Chambers' Craig Vickers as they discuss the challenges facing wannabe barristers from non-traditional backgrounds and how chambers can ensure a more diverse membership in the years ahead.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 15

'Re-engineering current models to drive better results': in part two of our series with Susan Hackett, CEO of Legal Executive Leadership, Susan and David move away from the hypothetical and discuss how to improve existing models for in-house legal departments.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 14

'Defining an ideal in-house legal business model': on the first of two episodes with Susan Hackett, CEO of Legal Executive Leadership, David asks what the in-house legal function looks like in an ideal world.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 13

On our second episode with MOSAIC Collective, founders Emma Sharpe and Claire Debney dive deeper into the MOSAIC Mood Index, a vital report into the mood of the profession.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 12

On the first of two episodes with MOSAIC Collective, David speaks with founders Emma Sharpe and Claire Debney about their commitment to openness, mental wellbeing and challenging the status quo in the legal industry. Read the MOSAIC Collective's guest blog at fivehundred magazine to learn more about the MOSAIC Mood Index, and stay tuned for part two next week!

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 11

On Episode 11 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David hands the mic over to GC Magazine's Harveen Kaur. Harveen speaks with Simon Lee, head of legal, governance and risk at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), about the challenges Covid-19 has brought to the natural world, and how lockdown has affected ZSL London Zoo's research projects and the animals it looks after. Also speaking is a more famous David – Sir David Attenborough. If you would like to support ZSL's work, please consider donating.

The Legal 500 Podcast: Bonus Episode 1

On the second bonus episode of The Legal 500 Podcast, UK Bar editor John van der Luit-Drummond starts his series of conversations with leading and up-and-coming practitioners on the issues facing chambers and their members. First off, he speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on international arbitration. Joining him are Hall of Famer Philippa Charles, partner and head of international arbitration at Stewarts, Owen Lawrence, CEO of the International Arbitration Centre, Andrew Stevens, a junior barrister at 4 Pump Court, and Jern-Fei Ng QC of Essex Court Chambers.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 10

On the tenth episode of The Legal 500 Podcast, David speaks with Dana Denis-Smith, founder and CEO of Obelisk Support and creator of The First 100 Years project, about gender equality, the importance of quotas, female entrepreneurship, and how to be an ally.

The Legal 500 Podcast: Bonus Episode 1

On the first bonus episode of The Legal 500 Podcast, guest contributor Barnaby Merrill takes a deep dive into the Baltic legal market and its response to Covid-19 with Laimonas Skibarka, Managing Partner of Sorainen. Watch this space for more bonus episodes and regional insights from The Legal 500 Team.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 9

On Episode 9 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David speaks with Brad Karp – "the hardest working man in law", chair of Paul Weiss since 2008 and Legal 500 Hall of Fame litigator – about leadership in lockdown, affirmative action, and the firm's recent acquisitions.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 8

Episode 8 of The Legal 500 Podcast focuses on our partnership with the Billable Hour campaign. Founder Sean Jones QC speaks about the campaign, where it started and how to help, and David is joined by Save the Children's humanitarian director Gareth Owen OBE, who details the urgent causes supported by your invaluable donations. Learn more about The Legal 500 and Billable Hour.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 7

On episode 7 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David speaks with senior members of the clerking community about modernisation at the Bar and the importance of listening to the client.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 6

On Episode 6 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David Burgess speaks with Jeff Davis, Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, about perfectionism and openness in the legal profession.
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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 5

Episode 5 of The Legal 500 Podcast continues David's conversation with Deborah Farone and Yolanda Cartusciello about law firm marketing, partner expectations and innovation during the pandemic.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 4

On Episode 4 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David Burgess speaks with Deborah Farone and Yolanda Cartusciello about the importance of marketing in the age of coronavirus.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 3

On episode 3 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David Burgess speaks to UK Solicitors editor Georgina Stanley about the UK research cycle, what measures researchers are taking in these uncertain times, and what she has brought to the publication since taking on the editor role two years ago.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 2

On the second episode of The Legal 500 Podcast, Publishing Director David Burgess speaks with editors Ella Marshall (EMEA), Tim Girven (Latin America) and Ian Deering (USA) about research in the age of Coronavirus.

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The Legal 500 Podcast: Episode 1

On Episode 1 of The Legal 500 Podcast, David Burgess presents an extract of the IBA Webinar 'Personal Tales from the Wild Side: The Lawyer's Survival Guide to Covid-19'. Watch the whole webinar at the IBA website.

The Legal 500 Podcast: Trailer

Publishing director David Burgess introduces The Legal 500 Podcast.