Jonathan Rayner

Jonathan Rayner

Staff Writer

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    Law Society spotlight: The Law Society Charity

    6 April 2020

    Founded 45 years ago, the LSC mostly depends upon legacies and donations from law firms and individual practitioners.

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    Happy anniversary?

    16 March 2020

    As the Commercial Court turns 125, litigators are confident it can remain globally pre-eminent despite the threat of rival jurisdictions and Brexit uncertainty. Jonathan Rayner reports.

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    Only connect: Sarosh Zaiwalla

    24 February 2020

    Sarosh Zaiwalla has always looked overseas for work – a strategy, hears Jonathan Rayner, that has brought him cases ranging from sanctioned banks to the return of ancient religious idols

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    News and the noose

    20 January 2020

    ‘Idealist’ Tamsin Allen acquired a taste for fighting miscarriages of justice by taking up one of the biggest causes célèbre of the post-war era. Now she has the pedlars of ‘fake news and lies’ in her sights, reports Jonathan Rayner.

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    Law Society spotlight: Reaching out for a support lifeline

    21 October 2019

    As the Law Society’s Practice Advice Service turns 30, Jonathan Rayner looks behind the scenes at how the team helps hard-pressed solicitors.

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    Leveraging social media and going it alone

    7 October 2019

    Small Firms Division annual conference.

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    In-house conference: inside stories

    1 July 2019

    Budgeting, recruitment, new technology and pro bono ranked high on a list of topics under the critical gaze of GCs at the Law Society’s In-house Division annual conference. Jonathan Rayner reports

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    Wills power

    10 June 2019

    In 27 years at Freshfields Claire Wills has risen to become the magic circle’s most senior woman. And this after a childhood marred by upheaval.

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    Class warrior

    3 June 2019

    Solicitor Walter Merricks CBE has been catapulted into the headlines by his record-breaking class action against Mastercard.

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    Feel the difference

    3 June 2019

    A special roundtable on new ways of providing legal services – in association with Thomson Reuters.

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    Success in an ever-changing world

    20 May 2019

    How your firm can thrive on uncertainty.

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    Breaking new ground

    15 April 2019

    As a magic circle lifer one of Michael Castle’s toughest assignments was paving the way for development of Arsenal FC’s iconic Highbury stadium. Recently headhunted to lead Deloitte’s ambitious legal arm he now has more hallowed turf in his sights, hears Jonathan Rayner

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    Baby boomers v millennials

    18 March 2019

    People in Practice conference.

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    Minority report

    25 February 2019

    Wesley Gryk gave up a lucrative career as a Wall Street corporate lawyer to take up the mantle of penniless asylum seekers and the rights of lesbian and gay couples. Jonathan Rayner met him

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    Endangered lawyers: 216 jailed in Turkey


    Declaration lays bare the scale of President Erdogan's abuse of legal process.

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    Taking control

    21 January 2019

    An unquenchable drive is in Janet Legrand’s DNA. This catapulted the Woman Lawyer of the Year 2018 to the helm of global firm DLA Piper and into the heart of international dispute resolution, writes Jonathan Rayner

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    Leader of the pack

    3 December 2018

    Three decades as a managing partner crystallised Lynne Burdon’s ‘core ideology’, the entrepreneur, mentor and author tells Jonathan Rayner

  • Ravi Naik

    Sinking the data pirates

    12 November 2018

    An uncle who joined Gandhi’s independence movement inspired Ravi Naik to aim for a legal career, the Law Society human rights award winner tells Jonathan Rayner

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    Living in the moment

    5 November 2018

    Can mindfulness for lawyers have the power to be transformative?

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    Occupational hazards

    22 October 2018

    Lawyers all over the world risk losing their liberty – and worse – when they seek to uphold fundamental human rights. Jonathan Rayner reports

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