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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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A good technical presentation. Is it possible?

Hello, good morning and welcome to my technical presentation. Please turn off your phones, settle back and prepare to spend the next 45 minutes to an hour being bored out of your mind… Not the best introduction, I know, and one that, in my experience at least, has never been used as an opening salvo […]

Three preparation tips for better presentations

“Preparation is everything.” “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” “I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practise and preparation.” Three quotes from an A-list actor, an athlete and a four-star general. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Quinn Emanuel recruits competition partner from Covington

A competition partner at Covington & Burling has swapped one US firm for another, joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s City office. Elaine Whiteford is moving to Quinn’s City operations and is a barrister with experience in contentious EU, competition and regulatory work, specialising in damages litigation. Most recently she acted on the LCD cartel […]

O’Melveny down to six partners in London after lawyer exit

O’Melveny & Myers has lost a third City partner in less than a month, with financial regulation lawyer Eve Ellis joining Ropes & Gray. Ellis, who specialises in financial services regulation, first started at O’Melveny in 2007 as counsel in its investment funds group. She has moved back and forth over the last twelve years, […]

Omega Poole

Mishcon hires new real estate finance partner from US firm

Mishcon de Reya has broadened its consultancy services offering with the hire of real estate special situations partner Omega Poole from Brown Rudnick. Poole will join Mishcon’s real estate finance group, where she will offer a new debt advisory service, assisting clients throughout real estate transactions, from sourcing of debt to completion. Between 2003 and […]

Stewarts adds firepower in tax disputes with partner hire

Stewarts has brought in three new lawyers, including one partner, to boost its tax litigation and investigations team. James Le Gallais has joined the firm as a partner from Peters & Peters. He already has significant instructions in commercial tax litigation, including the multi-million-pound action against funding company Ingenious Media. Le Gallais will bring expertise […]

Macfarlanes

Ropes restructuring partner resurfaces at Macfarlanes

Ropes & Gray restructuring partner Peter Baldwin has resurfaced with a new role at Macfarlanes, in what is the City stalwart’s third lateral hire this year. Baldwin left Ropes last year and will join Macfarlanes at the start of June, where he will focus on special situations and distressed transactions. He worked in Ropes from […]

Shard

Dechert tax partner leaves firm after just two years

Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie is switching over to another US firm in London, in a move that will reunite her with former colleagues from Kirkland & Ellis. Scobie, who left Kirkland for Dechert in 2017, is moving across to Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s London office, where she will work with Kirkland alumna Claire McDaid, […]

Charlotte Hill

Taylor Wessing plugs regulatory gap with Covington hire

Taylor Wessing has hired a Covington & Burling partner to lead its financial services and competition group, following the exit of previous head Jonathan Rogers to White & Case. Charlotte Hill will fill the seat left empty by Rogers, the firm’s former head of financial services regulatory. He left Taylor Wessing last November for the […]

Norton Rose

Norton Rose Fulbright reels in Hogan Lovells rail partner

Norton Rose Fulbright has snapped up Hogan Lovells‘ former co-head of rail and shipping, making him the firm’s second City partner hire in a week. Simon Gwynne focuses on asset finance and structured finance involving aircraft, rolling stock, telecoms equipment and shipping. He joined Hogan Lovells from Linklaters in May 2011, alongside the magic circle […]

Holborn Viaduct

Second Akin Gump partner heads for Dechert

Dechert has brought in a second partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in as many weeks, following on from the recruitment of funds lawyer Thiha Tun at the end of last month. Akin Gump partner Sarah Smith will join Dechert’s finance practice. She leaves amid a boom in Akin Gump City figures, with […]

Andrzej Mikosz

K&L Gates’ Warsaw corporate team exit for Taylor Wessing

As many of the US firms look to pull out of the CEE region or shrink their practices, Taylor Wessing has taken the opposite approach with a team hire from K&L Gates’ Warsaw office. The UK-headquartered firm has hired partner Andrzej Mikosz in Poland, a corporate and capital markets lawyer who joined K&L Gates in […]

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