13 August 2001

The straight man

Halliwell Landau’s senior partner Alec Craig is certainly not afraid to say what he thinks, which is that the regions, while important, are not enough Alec Craig is in the middle of telling me how Halliwell Landau is going from strength to strength, when he stops and, looking over my shoulder, whispers: “He’s broken the […]

Dickinson Dees wins Ofsted work

Dickinson Dees has been appointed to the education watchdog Ofsted’s national panel for work under the Children Act 1989.The firm will advise Ofsted in relation to new child minding and daycare legislation.Ofsted has divided the country into eight regions. Dickinson Dees will look after the North East, carrying out criminal prosecution and family work.Family law […]

Beating off clients

Sightseeing tours might be alright for the clients of DLA, but it seems that not all clients are happy with such civilised pursuits.In this brave new world where the client always comes first and where (some) barristers have embraced the concept of marketing, law firms are going to increasingly ludicrous extremes to keep said clients […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer won a sports car for the weekend in a charity raffle, and we have had no peace since. It was shaped like a sugar mouse, bright yellow, with chrome bits all over the place. The top rolled down at the touch of a button.“Where’s the roof, Daddy?” asked Liability. “Won’t you blow away?”“Ha […]

David McIntosh, President of the Law Society

The Law Society Council has indeed decided that it is time to make sure it raises the resources it needs to be a model and modern regulator through the practising certificate fee.The fact that a postal vote was called for the 26 members of the profession – and not 90, as your article (‘City faces […]

Living for yesterday

Client entertainment? Forget the lavish cocktail parties and corporate golf days, law firms’ clients are cultured individuals. Some even desire intellectual stimulation.Surprised? Well, DLA’s Mike Pullen was delighted that he could entertain clients with one of his favourite pastimes – history. And not just any history, the Battle of Waterloo. As he splits his time […]

The worst places in the world to practise

It is easy to become an international law firm, isn’t it? Just stick a few pins on a world map and then pack off a few keen associates and a pioneering partner to set up camp there. Certainly, the road to globalisation drives on inexorably. But it seems that all is not so sweet for […]

Reed Smith in Greenberg team swoop

Reed Smith is taking on an e-commerce team from Florida firm Greenberg Traurig to increase the size of its New York office. The co-head of Greenberg’s New York e-commerce practice Joseph Rosenbaum is moving with counsel Daniel Schnapp and two associates.Rosenbaum will head Reed Smith‘s New York e-commerce practice and will join the business and […]

Kingsmill in £1.7m claim

A senior judge, the deputy chair of the Competition Commission and DJ Freeman are being sued for £1.7m by a car crash victim. Mr Justice Clark, deputy chair Denise Kingsmill and DJ Freeman were found guilty by three Court of Appeal judges of professional negligence. They have appealed to the House of Lords. The judges […]

[re]inventing the brand by Jean-NoëKapferer

published by Kogan Page (ISBN 0749435933) ‘The Brand’ is one of those terms thrown around in marketing speak. It has a nice jargon feel to enable marketing professionals to create an aura around their work but it is sufficiently vague to ensure that they cannot be held to account for how it works, or fails […]

Beauty tips

Love them or hate them, beauty parades are likely to always be there. David Benady gives tips on how to get your firm noticed, and asks: is it all a question of marketing? Beauty parades are not to everyone’s taste. You can find enough in-house and private practice lawyers who despise the endless trawl of […]

North-Eastern promise

With a lack of high-level commercial work it might be thought that firms in the North East would be struggling, but Gareth Chadwick’s round-up of the top deals proves otherwise Large-scale, purely North East commercial work is thin on the ground. There are relatively few North East-based companies operating at the highest commercial level nationally […]

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