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The art of presentation: Make sure your audience understands you

When did you first hear the word ‘prorogue’? While the occasion may not be up there alongside the likes of other great life events (JFK, Watergate, the Spice Girls splitting), if you are not familiar with the distinctly quirky terminology of the UK Parliament you may well have checked its meaning online only to find […]

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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 […]

Former RBS in-houser leaves White & Case after a year

RBS’ former litigation head Laura Durrant, who joined White & Case amid a spate of hires to its financial institutions group, has left the firm after little over a year. Durrant previously spent eight years at RBS and four years as an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills. Following her exit from White & Case, she […]

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Squires sets out finance ambitions with HSF hire

Following on from the hire of Ashurst’s former managing partner James Collis, Squire Patton Boggs has recruited Herbert Smith Freehills partner Ian Yeo in a bid to boost its team. Yeo previously spent 13 years as a partner at HSF and was a trainee at Clifford Chance. He was also at Dentons for a short […]

CMS hires three-strong Lisbon team to capture Africa work

CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut, the Portuguese branch of CMS, has bolstered its African efforts with the arrival of a senior partner from local firm Miranda e Associados. Alberto Galhardo Simões, who has been at Miranda for 16 years and was head of corporate, has left the firm in order to strengthen CMS RPA’s growth […]

Orrick ramps up in London with Cooley hire

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has brought in a new corporate partner from Cooley, marking the firm’s first lateral in London since the departure of Ali Ramadan, who was recently lost to Goodwin’s City hiring spree. Orrick has attracted partner Ed Lukins, who will join the London-based capital markets and corporate group led by partner Nell […]

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Freshfields lures Linklaters finance guru in Paris push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is beefing up its Paris office with a new magic circle partner hire from Linklaters, its second lateral in a matter of days. The firm has brought in Linklaters banking and finance partner Marc Perrone, who until now led the firm’s financial services regulation practice in Paris. The banking partner has spent […]

CMS private equity partner takes up new role in-house

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (CMS) has lost a member of its private equity team to investment manager Partners Group, The Lawyer can reveal. London-based Anela Musat will be moving in-house as global head of its legal services team, sitting in Partners Group’s transactional services division. Musat spent almost ten years at CMS, specialising in private […]

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Freshfields targets boutique in rare Paris lateral

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lured in a new litigation partner in its Paris office, targeting a boutique that has also suffered recent defections to another international firm. Freshfields has hired Christophe Seraglini, the name partner of French boutique Betto Seraglini. The hire deals a blow to the local firm, which has recently been hit by two […]

White & Case’s former EMEA banking head parts ways with firm

White & Case banking partner Lee Cullinane is to leave White & Case after eight years for another US firm in the City. Cullinane has departed for US firm McGuireWoods, alongside senior associate Marc Naidoo, who joined White & Case in Johannesburg in 2014 and will join as a partner in London. Cullinane will lead […]

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Clydes hit by further losses as eight US partners leave firm

Just days after a UK team of partners resigned from to form a boutique, another group of eight partners are set to leave Clyde & Co and set up their own venture in the US. The partners are to leave Clydes’ San Francisco office to set up a legal boutique called Atheria Law. Joan D’Ambrosio, […]

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Simmons suffers second defection as ECM head joins Latham

Latham & Watkins has hired Simmons & Simmons’ head of equity capital markets as the US firm continues to recruit senior players to its London office. Chris Horton has been at Simmons for just over 11 years. He was at Lovells, from 2003 to 2007, and Linklaters prior to that. The partner also spent two […]

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Skadden nabs A&O duo to secure long-sought corporate strength

Allen & Overy is set to lose two London corporate partners to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom following a concerted effort from the US firm to boost its public and private M&A abilities. The Lawyer understands that George Knighton and Simon Toms will make the move to the US firm after resigning from A&O […]

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Clifford Chance tops up corporate bench in second 2019 hire

Clifford Chance has brought in a new corporate partner from Norton Rose Fulbright, as the firm refuels its corporate and financial institutions group. Partner Richard Crosby is set to join Clifford Chance after a longtime career at Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was one of the key client relationship partners for HSBC. He specialises in mergers and […]

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