The Lawyer redesign sees mag focus on analysis

Centaur's The Lawyer magazine has unveiled a radical redesign that will see its weekly print edition devoted entirely to analysis, features and comment.

Its website will be used for breaking news, allowing the print edition to move away from a 'reactive agenda'and instead focus on 'lengthier, contextual writing".

'Such is the welter of information pouring into every lawyer's BlackBerry, the challenge for us is to be a filtering device as well as to continue sniffing out stories,'said editor Catrin Griffiths.

'We've had fantastic feedback already on our relaunch. Print works, as long as you get the product right – analytical doesn't have to mean anodyne."

Former Guardian designer Simon Esterson was drafted in to oversee the redesign, which will include picture-led covers and greater use of photography and infographics.


The Lawyer is also working closely with sister company Perfect Information on transaction data, and with Thomson Reuters for case reports.

The magazine will retain regular sections such as the in-house interview, City column, special reports and the diary section Tulkinghorn. New regular sections include The Notebook, Judgment Call and The World This Week.

'The Lawyer has undergone not a cosmetic redesign, but a fundamental change,'said Griffiths.

'The big issues of the day are best served analytically and at length – it's what print does best."

According to its most recent ABC figures, which is also set to be redesigned this year, now averages 250,000 unique users a month, while its daily newsletter Lawyer News Daily has more than 66,000 subscribers.

The weekly print edition has a circulation (mostly controlled free) of 22,465.

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