17 July 2000

Breaking into Belgium

While more UK firms open offices in The Netherlands, the Belgian market has failed to attract the big City firms looking at further European expansion. The Lawyer reports on how the City is now looking beyond Brussels There may be Benelux firms, but there is no such thing as a uniform Benelux culture – at […]

Digests

It’s been a good week for… Charity workers John Brock and Ruth Wynder, who were released on bail after seven months in prison. The pair were the first charity workers to be jailed under Section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 after King’s Lynn Crown Court heard that they knowingly allowed heroin to […]

The Anorak

It is unlikely to have escaped your notice – whether you have children or not – that last weekend saw the release of The Book. The latest Harry Potter novel, previously only read by four people at Bloomsbury sworn to a secret pact worthy of Professor McGonigall himself, finally emerged from weeks of hype to […]

Book Review

Cyberselfish by Paulina Borsook, published by Little Brown ISBN031684771 If your firm is one of those targeting the new start-ups or high-tech businesses, you will have met with the new breed of entrepreneurs, virtual capitalists and net prophets who are building the new e-conomy. And in those meetings you may have felt a certain disquiet […]

A feeling of security

With the rise in web-based legal transactions, law firms are becoming increasingly conscious of online security. Fenella Quinn reports on the concerns and the latest developments in e-security If you or I contemplated the idea of some unpleasant youth hacking into our personal email, we would probably dismiss the notion without too much concern, knowing […]

Rozenberg

The sheer size of the American Bar Association annual meeting is what makes it so amazing. Even though the number of members visiting London this week is lower than expected, there will still be over 3,000 lawyers attending some 225 meetings and events. Each of the specialist sections could probably put on one of the […]

Getting ready for the bad times?

It might seem perverse. Right in the middle of the biggest bull market in years, Clifford Chance and US firm Bingham Dana are setting up trans-atlantic insolvency and restructuring practices. They are not the first. The much-maligned Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft first had the idea when it hired Andrew Wilkinson from Clifford Chance back in […]

Committing to making lawyers better people

Lawyers today have to wear many hats. It goes without saying that they need to be first-class legal practitioners, but they also need to be equally adept corporate advisers, people managers, marketing supremos, business developers… the list goes on. To be proficient in a chosen legal discipline is no longer enough and that is why […]

Taking a step in the right direction

The final piece of the conditional fees jigsaw is in place. On 3 July, the Rules and Practice Direction came into force to give substance to the provisions of the Access to Justice Act and its associated regulations, which had a commencement date of 1 April. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) fought hard […]

Greenberg Traurig doubles with Graham & James team

Miami law firm Greenberg Traurig is doubling the size of its New York office by taking on a team from Graham & James and merging with a niche high-tech firm. The New York office of Graham & James broke away from its California-based parent firm earlier this month when it merged with Cleveland’s Squire Sanders […]

The Amsterdam advance

There may be a few more smoke-filled rooms than usual in Amsterdam this year. When the city hosts the IBA conference in September, there will be the usual run of men in suits and studiedly casual meetings. What better opportunity to meet and greet potential alliance partners? As if Dutch lawyers have not had enough […]

Aon borrows 30 lawyers to slash in-house costs

Insurance giant Aon is setting up a 30-strong in-house legal department to be staffed entirely by lawyers on secondment from panel firms. The team, which is understood to be the first of its kind, will handle solicitors’ professional indemnity claims for Aon claims Solutions (ACS)- which Aon is launching in place of the near-defunct Solicitor’s […]

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