The Sunday Law Review: 18th to 24th January

Welcome to this weekly column dedicated  to looking at what happened in the business of law, legislative changes, activity in law firms and lawyers in the news within UK as reported by legal publications throughout the previous week. 

The implications of Charlie Hebdo continued to fuel this week's debates on increased surveillance powers with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg insisting that "blanket" data retention is "not very British". Andrew Caplen, the President of The Law Society argued for 'the right for all to be treated equally before the law, the right to a fair trial, the right to hold the government to account and the right not to be arbitrarily arrested, detained or exiled'.

Requests for inclusion within the 'Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week' section below by law firms and legal professionals should be emailed to

The most interesting articles on developments, compliance, business of law within UK or as well as international developments of interest to UK law firms and legal practitioners: 

Interviews, features, obituaries & lawyers in the news: 

Interesting articles involving the study of law and legal cases, legal training, pupillage, associates, legal academia, publications on law and law students: 

  • Whewell Professorship of International Law at Cambridge University
  • City law firm finally realises that trainees don’t know what ‘commercial awareness’ is:
  • Top law firm employee's video diatribe against 'apologetic' Muslims in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack
  • Clifford Chance silent on future of ‘YouTube trainee’ | Law Gazette
  • Law students want 'feel good factor' - 61% of students pursue a career in law to help others | The University of Law  

Recommended Articles of this week:

The UK and international articles of the week are pieces selected by @TheLawMap tweeting team based on recommendations from friends and followers of daily law news blog.

Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week: 
Friday 23rd January
Thursday 22nd January
Wednesday 21st January
  • Fenwick & West adds Kaye Scholer partner to nascent Shanghai base | The Lawyer 
  • Kobre & Kim launches fourth US office in San Francisco with IP hire | The Lawyer 
  • Addleshaws' TLT hire leads to Barclays instruction on case against former Dewey partners | The Lawyer
  • Freshfields, HSF and Fieldfisher to battle for UK spots on Pearson's global legal panel | The Lawyer 
  • Irwin Mitchell appoints brokers ahead of possible 2015 IPO | The Lawyer
Tuesday 20th January
Monday 19th January
  • Pannone Corporate to take up residence in iconic local chapel | The Lawyer 
  • De Brauw notary team splits away as Dutch boutique trend gains momentum | The Lawyer 
  • Norton Rose Fulbright continues to shuffle global energy team with Singapore relocation | The Lawyer


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