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What price do you put on the environment?

The pandemic has challenged a lot of the ways we do things, and large scale on-site catering has been subject to more change than most. For some, this has meant the logistical challenge of delivering meals to residents at a distance from a central kitchen, and alongside the physical distribution, this has brought about the need to procure packaging for hot meals.

SMAs – a phoenix from the flames of Covid-19?

One of the consequences of the slowdown in fundraising caused by the recent pandemic seems to have been an increase in the use of Separately Managed Accounts as investment vehicles.

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Going solo – the best route to partnership?

Ambitious lawyers want to attain partnership in a firm for a variety of reasons, both personal and financial. But what is the best route to achieving this goal? And what about those with an entrepreneurial spirit? Is the satisfaction greater still in going your own way and starting your own firm from scratch?This question has […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority launches referral fees inquiry

The Law Society’s Regulation Board yesterday (20 September) agreed to review and overhaul the principles governing the use of referral fees by solicitors’ firms. It was agreed that the board should consider the underlying principles of the current referral fee arrangements at its November meeting, with a view to a full-scale review and consultation of […]

Chairman threatens Kirkpatrick UK

The chairman of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has threatened his London office with “a bloody nose” when the guaranteed payments it has been paying to City partners end in January 2007. Kirkpatrick chairman Peter Kalis said the new merit-based system was “definitely not” an eat-what-you-kill system, but would be based on a partners’ contributions […]

BLG ticked off after advert row

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dealt a blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, upholding a complaint over a full page advertisement that appeared in the national press. The advert appeared on 3 May and listed the names and companies of 250 in-house counsel, stating: “If you’d like your name kept out of the legal […]

Dewey, Orrick focus on London despite merger negotiations

Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s London offices remain focused on their respective independent growth strategies, despite last week’s confirmation that the two US heavyweights are in merger talks. As revealed on https://www.thelawyer.com (12 September), the two US firms’ respective chairmen, Morton Pierce and Ralph Baxter, confirmed that the firms are in preliminary ongoing […]

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