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Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

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The art of presentation: the dangers of being over-prepared

I have often written about the need to prepare for an effective presentation. It is a mantra I urge every professional stepping up to the podium to adopt. However, in this article I am going to consider the disadvantages of being too prepared. I stand by the need to be prepared – always – but […]

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The art of presentation: engaging an audience on a dry topic

People arrive at your presentation and walk into the room with what you perceive to be an air of dread.  There’s a bit of general chatter but not the sort of buzz that you had hoped for.  There’s a lot of phone-related activity.  You begin to doubt your ability and competence and even your subject […]

Client relationships: why your environment matters

How often do you stop to think about the environment you are in?  Not in terms of the planet and what, as a collective species, we are doing to it but rather your choice of environment in which you conduct your business development activities.  Where do you take your client, meet them or arrange to […]

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The Musicality of Presenting

Grab their attention with a bang, build the theme with highs and lows and finish with a powerful ending.   Pretty much the format for any great symphony not least the very well-known work by one of the most celebrated composers of all time – Ludwig van Beethoven; the Fifth Symphony in C minor.  So, what […]

Arthur Cox scouts Freshfields alumni for aviation practice

Arthur Cox has taken on a double hire, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former global aviation head, to bolster its aviation team. Partners Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham, two Freshfields alumni, have moved from London to join the Irish firm’s Dublin office. Murphy joins as co-chair of Arthur Cox’s aviation team, returning to private practice after a year as chief […]

Mishcon moves to replace Levitt with Kingsley Napley hire

Mishcon de Reya has moved to fill a gap left by its former head of white collar crime and investigation Alison Levitt QC by hiring Kingsley Napley criminal litigation partner Johanna Walsh. Walsh will join the firm on 4 February having previously worked at DLA Piper and litigation boutique Peters & Peters with a focus […]

Hong Kong

KPMG muscles in on Hong Kong legal market with six-lawyer team

Big Four accountancy firm KPMG has extended its legal services network to Hong Kong, targeting a headcount of 20 lawyers for its newly-established legal outfit in the region. The new firm called SF Lawyers is being set up by former Harneys counsel Shirley Fu, who started her professional services career with KPMG back in Australia in 2004. […]

London town

MoFo launches first London real estate practice with Reed Smith hire

Reed Smith’s head of private equity real estate, Oliver s’Jacob has left to join US counterpart Morrison & Foerster as its first real estate partner in London. s’Jacob becomes MoFo’s first and only real estate partner in London, following on from the arrival in late 2017 of partner Florian Ehrich, who joined to build out the real […]

Dubai

Dechert’s former Dubai co-head moves to new firm in London

Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]

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Fried Frank plugs finance gap with Milbank hire

Plugging a gap in its leveraged finance offering in the City, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has secured a new partner in London from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Neil Caddy has been a partner at Milbank for over six years, joining in 2012 from Mayer Brown. His practice focuses on leveraged financing and restructuring, […]

Luxembourg

Clifford Chance expands in Luxembourg with second hire in a month

Clifford Chance has ramped up recruitment efforts in Luxembourg with a second partner hire so far this year, taking on magic circle rival Linklaters’ funds partner Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion this time. Henrion joins Clifford Chance as a partner in the investment funds practice in Luxembourg. This is the firm’s second lateral partner hire in the European […]

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Further DWF defections as real estate finance duo leave firm

Partners continue to trickle out of DWF ahead of its proposed £1bn IPO, with the latest two leavers being snapped up by Fieldfisher. Iain Thomas and Christian Francis are to join Fieldfisher’s real estate finance practice. Thomas led the real estate practice at DWF, where he has been since 2014. He was previously a partner at […]

A&O partner takes top UK job at Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal has ended its nine-month long search for a leader of its new UK legal arm, with the appointment of a new managing partner from Allen & Overy. The role, which for months was believed to have targeted a general counsel, has by contrast fallen to A&O banking partner Michael Castle, who has spent […]

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