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The reason to turn yourself from a busy expert into a recognised thought-leader

If you are a “fee earner” working in Professional services it is likely that you are an expert in whichever field you specialise in. Your clients pay you a fee for that expertise. It is also likely that you are very busy. But what would it mean if you could turn yourself from being just another “busy expert” like so many of your peers into a “Recognised Thought-Leader?”


Yahoo! post for Cliff

Lindsay Cliff, a former Simkins Partnership solicitor, has returned from an in-house job in Australia to be European legal director for Internet company Yahoo! For the past four years she has been an in-house lawyer at Bertelsmann’s Australian subsidiary BMG Australia.

Database via the Net

Home secretary Jack Straw and the president of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, Judge David Pearl, have launched an Internet-based database, The Electronic Immigration Network (EIN). The directory, which is run by an independent board, headed by Immigration Advisory Service director Keith Best, includes all immigration tribunal decisions from September 1997 and a further 300 significant […]

Open justice? Not in the county court

Restrictions on access to county court documents strike at fundamental tenets of English law, says Rupert Grey. Rupert Grey is joint senior partner of Crockers Oswald Hickson. Open justice is one of the fundamental principles of the English legal system. It should operate to ensure that the media can freely report court procedures and related […]

Judge questions Gouldens' evidence in fee claim case

A High Court judge has thrown out the evidence given by Gouldens’ head of company commercial Max Thorneycroft in support of the firm’s bid to force a company director to pay up to £200,000 in fees. In a judgment which effectively scotches Gouldens’ attempts to force entrepreneur Robin Herd to pay up the money, Judge […]

Number of writs issued in 1997 falls

The number of writs and summonses issued in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division fell by 15 per cent in 1997, according to the Judicial Statistics Annual Report released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week. The average waiting time from issue of writ to start of trial fell by one week to 178 week.

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