The ‘Hot 100 effect’ is well-documented. Over the 16 years The Lawyer has been running our star-spotting project we’ve brought the attention of the market to hundreds of superb performers working in private practice, in-house, the bar and in business services. And as they often acknowledge, their enhanced profiles have been a factor in their continued success.
This year we have 49 women. We work hard every year to find excellent female lawyers but boy, they don’t make it easy for us. It really is time for them to start putting themselves out there and being spokespeople for the department or project. As it is we spend far too much time persuading women to come forward, as if they’re some kind of corporate Trappists. Enough already.
This year we have 30 in-house lawyers, from multinationals such as Coca-Cola to funkier outfits like Snapchat and VentureFounders. Since the Hot 100 anticipates trends you might note that two of the in-house lawyers – Vicky Lockie of Pearson and Mo Ajaz of National Grid have moved into running the operations and transformation functions of these companies’ legal teams – an increasingly important role for many in-house departments. We expect to see a lot more of legal operations heads in the coming years as the imperatives of efficiency and process shape the internal and external work undertaken by and for companies.
In the crop of Hot 100 private practice lawyers there are a few magic circle partners, but they’re in the minority: as this year’s list shows, Slaughter and May and Linklaters partners are rubbing shoulders with leaders of regional firms like Freeth Cartwright and Wright Hassall, specialist boutiques such as Centrefield Management, Edmonds Marshall McMahon and human rights firm Birnberg Peirce.
Perhaps most pleasingly, we also have six associates. Edward Spencer and Nada Jarnaz of Taylor Wessing, Sascha Grimm of Cooley, Priya Taneja of Reed Smith, Jasveer Randhawa of Herbert Smith Freehills and Nicola Chesaites, of counsel at Quinn Emanuel. What distinguishes this group is that they have either built an identifiable business prior to partnership or made a significant input. So if you’re an associate wanting to make your mark, check out what these individuals have contributed to their organisations.
Over the course of the year our Hot 100 will be visible on www.thelawyer.com and at our events, whether speaking on panels or through detailed interviews. And one of the perks for many of our Hot 100 is the opportunity to be a judge for The Lawyer Awards, which is now open for entries (the deadline, by the way, is 3 March). We hope to see many of you there on 27 June.
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