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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?”


Barristers spread the legal word to Kabul

Training legal practitioners may not sound like a dangerous task, but for the Bar Council’s human rights committee it has been far from safe. The executive members of the ­committee, chaired by Mark Muller QC of Garden Court Chambers, have been in Afghanistan to train practitioners and academics on human and social rights. Blackstone Chambers […]

Freshfields insists it’s business as usual after student’s theft

As white-collar crime goes, 19-year-old Titilayo Olaifa’s theft while on work experience at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is small potatoes. Nevertheless, by managing to steal £13,500 and attempting to steal £46,500 more, Olaifa attracted a jail term of five months for her theft and “fraud by abuse of position” (as reported on, 10 July). Olaifa […]

PI lawyers slam MoJ’s claims reforms

Personal injury (PI) lawyers have slammed the Ministry of Justice for its failure to implement far-reaching reform of the claims process. An MoJ paper on reform of the PI claims process was published after two lengthy consultation periods with claimant and defendant lawyers, insurers, claims management companies, trade unions and legal representative bodies in April […]


Daniel Winterfeldt: Simmons & Simmons

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?A psychiatrist (insert joke here). What was your first-ever job?Working in a Jewish deli in Cincinnati called Izzy’s as a busboy and waiter. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Working two all-nighters in a row and being told by a partner who finally let us […]

Bakers wins Narnia domain name battle

Baker & McKenzie has prevailed over a Scottish family in a fight over the domain name, after a decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Gillian Ferguson and Richard Saville-Smith bought the email domain name in 2006, so that their son, an avid fan of the Chronicles of Narnia books by author […]

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