The human sex drive is surpassed in middle age by the drive to litigate. Or so Gore Vidal suggested. Driven by disputes over money, middle-aged litigants are certainly multiplying offshore, where lawyers help satisfy their appetite across a range of jurisdictions.
As a barometer of economic health, litigation has always been cyclical. While growing economies encourage entrepreneurs to expend their energy in making money rather than in consulting litigators, so recessions fuel their disputes.