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Cycle of danger: legal risks of negligence on a pushbike

In a recent case the claimant, Gemma Brushett, was awarded damages of £4,161 plus costs for injuries suffered by her as a pedestrian in a collision with the defendant cyclist, Robert Hazeldean, despite the fact that at the time of the collision the claimant was not paying attention to the road but was apparently looking […]

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Presentation skills: beware the pitfalls of spontaneity

All it takes is a few seconds. One-time Labour leader, Neil Kinnock called it a ‘rush of blood to the head;’ the point when all good sense appears to go out of the window and a well planned speech stumbles down a calamitous path of spontaneity… It is perhaps no coincidence that Boris Johnson’s lead […]

So, Um, Er Stop! Avoiding common presentation pitfalls

“SO! Before I begin, I’d like to start today by saying thanks to everyone for coming. Today I’m going to talk to you about… is this thing on?… Oh yes. Before I begin, can everybody hear me okay?… I’ll take that as a yes. So, let’s crack on as I know some of you are […]

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Harnessing the power of language

A fact about the South American country of Suriname – the lingua franca of 500,000 inhabitants of this country is Sranan Tongo, also known as Taki Taki. Why is that relevant? Because Taki Taki, is listed as the language with the fewest words, at only 340. By comparison English, widely recognised as the language using […]

Effective Presentation? Sometimes, Less is More…

“Do you have any tips for improving slide presentations?” is a question that has come up on several occasions in recent times. Powerpoint, Prezi, Haiku Deck, Pickit… there are many presentation packages out there offering great user options but we must never forget that at the business end of every great presentation tool is the […]

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Latham exits continue as energy partner joins Morgan Lewis

Latham & Watkins partner Ayesha Waheed has left the firm after over a decade to join Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London office. Waheed joined Latham in 2008 from Clifford Chance, where she had spent three years as a foreign lawyer in the banking and finance department of its Frankfurt office. She focused on project finance, […]

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A&O to lose fraud head to Milbank’s expanding City office

Milbank has made its second hire from Allen & Overy in 2019, recruiting the firm’s head of fraud to lead a new group in its City office. Mona Vaswani, who was also the firm’s former co-head of firm’s UK banking, finance and regulatory litigation practice, will join Milbank after spending 26 years at the magic […]

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Shearman City partner makes transatlantic move to Quinn

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has expanded its international arbitration team with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mark McNeill will be joining Quinn as a partner in its New York office. He has been at Shearman & Sterling for 12 years, initially in its Paris office and later moving […]

Goodwin builds on tech surge with new Orrick hire

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses. His clients […]

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Paul Hastings snatches Shearman team in São Paulo

Paul Hastings has hired two partners in its São Paulo office from rival US firm Shearman & Sterling. Corporate partner Jonathan Kellner and capital markets partner David Flechner will be joining Paul Hastings along with several members of their team, which will include of counsel Andrea Campos and associates Thomas Ayres, Diana Balassiano, Filipe Lima. […]

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Greenberg reels in new partner from Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is to lose another partner to a US outfit in the City, over a month after it was revealed that corporate finance partner Warren Allan is leaving for Proskauer Rose. Aircraft and rail finance partner Graeme McLellan is to join Greenberg Traurig. McLellan has been a partner in Stephenson Harwood’s asset finance team since […]

Norton Rose Fulbright to lose seven insurance lawyers to DACB

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s insurance team has been hit once again, as seven lawyers exit for DAC Beachcroft. The group will follow former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Liam O’Connell, who left the firm in May to head DACB’s global insurance practice. He will be joined by fellow partner Kirsty Hick, who litigates on behalf of insurance […]

Akin Gump brings in fifth O’Melveny lawyer this year

O’Melveny & Myers have lost two lawyers in London today, as merger negotiations with Allen & Overy continue to provide uncertainty for those still at the US firm. Jonathan Blake, a senior funds consultant, and Karen Ireland, a finance and capital markets counsel, have resigned from the firm and are the most recent in a […]

Taylor Wessing rebuilds life sciences group with Fieldfisher hire

A month after the firm lost four life sciences and technology partners to Goodwin Procter, Taylor Wessing has started to reassemble its group with a new hire from Fieldfisher. Fieldfisher’s former life sciences and healthcare head Alison Dennis is to join Taylor Wessing after over a decade at Fieldfisher. As the head of the group, […]

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Cooley set to launch third international office of 2019

Cooley is expanding in Asia-Pacific after the hire of a Singapore-based partner from Gunderson Dettmer. Ferish Patel is joining Cooley’s fledgling office in Hong Kong but will help to pursue a Singapore launch for the US firm. Patel was head of Gunderson’s Singapore office, having joining the firm in 2015. Prior to Gunderson, he was […]

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