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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?”


A modern role for arbitration

Clare Ambrose assesses how the new Arbitration Act will affect the role of commercial counsel as arbitrators and advocates. Clare Ambrose is a barrister at 20 Essex Street. The Arbitration Act 1996 is a confident sign that England’s arbitration system has been fully modernised and is ready to provide efficient and speedy dispute resolution. For […]

Hanging on to your investment

Many firms feel frustrated that the trainees they spend thousands of pounds on do not stay for long, writes Peter Weiss. Peter Weiss is a freelance journalist. Specialist recruitment agencies and other industry insiders estimate that law firms spend between £60,000 and £80,000 on each of their trainees only to see many of them leave […]


Lovell White Durrant advised property company Shaftesbury on its issue of £63m of first mortgage debenture stock secured on its property in London’s Chinatown and Carnaby Street. Linklaters & Paines advised the trustee, Prudential Trustee Company, and the listing agent, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, on what was the first debenture stock placing through the Stock Exchange’s […]

Ex-Law Soc five in Regis complaint

Five former senior Law Society officials, including John Hayes, the chairman of the pensions regulator Opra, and the insurance ombudsman Walter Merricks, are named in a 17-page letter of complaint to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors over the management of the Regis computer project. The other three are Jane Hern, John Randall and […]

In brief: Birmingham lawyer calls for fees review

MARTINEAU Johnson senior partner Michael Shepherd (pictured right), the new president of the Birmingham Law Society, has called for an urgent review of the legal profession’s fee structures. “As firms are increasingly being asked by clients to quote fixed fees, it is clearly a matter for urgent discussion,” said the Birmingham lawyer who succeeds Richard […]

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