The Times Law 100 lists the most influential lawyers in the land
16 March 2012
The Times has published its countdown of the most influential lawyers in the country, for the first time including a rundown of the top ten City lawyers.The Times Law 100
(££ unless you can leap Murdoch's paywall) is billed as revealing the 100 most influential movers and shakers in the legal world. "Carefully honed through hours of debate over several months
" and judged by a panel of 12, the list of legal luminaries includes judges, charity executives, human rights lawyers, general counsel and even the hard man of legal education, Nigel Savage (who pays for The Times' Legal Christmas Drinks at the Reform Club every year; hmm).
A pair of Magic Circle lawyers also make the top 100. Freshfield
's Ted Burke and A&O
's David Morley, with Morley being the first ever City lawyer to make it into the overall top ten. But the difficulties inherent in judging anonymous City lawyers, huddled in glass-walled corner offices making millions for corporates, against campaigning lawyers engaging in a impassioned ding dongs with Paxman on Newsnight, has persuaded the Times time to draw up a separate sub-list of the top 10 City lawyers
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Perhaps bored with the endless ranking, the selection does not appear hugely inspired, and the panel seem to have simply plumped for the most recognisable lawyer at each of the Magic Circle firms. Although the inclusion of Simon Davies, Managing Partner of Linklaters
, may raise a few eyebrows. After all this is the chap who presided over the cull of 39 partners in 2009 and the swathes currently being kicked out
, and the same man who pulled off the impressive feat of losing an election in which he stood unopposed. But the Times points out that average partner pay at Linklaters has increased, so everything's OK after all.
The list is rather male-dominated: of the 100 most influential lawyers, just 14 are women. And the Times' panel could not think of a single woman worthy of inclusion in its City lawyer top ten.