24 September 2012

Featured case: Negligence; banking and finance; contracts

Having found that a bank had given an investor negligent investment advice that he had relied on, a judge had erred in concluding that the loss suffered by the investor on his capital was not caused by that negligence but by unprecedented market turmoil, and therefore unforeseeable and too remote to award more than nominal […]

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A&O annual review reveals plans to reduce costs Law firm literature is not usually something to get worked up about. Prospectuses, reviews and the like rarely stray from banalities about how much the firm adores its clients, how excellent its excellent lawyers are at being excellent, and something pro bono related cobbled together at the […]

Anne-Marie Amatt

Purchase orders

Procurement managers bring value for money in-house Increasingly procurement managers are taking control of legal spend in place of in-house counsel as the drive for costs efficiencies continues. Energy giant E.on, for instance, took legal spend out of the hands of the in-house department three years ago and put strategic sourcing specialist Anne-Marie Amatt in […]

Magic circle’s lost property mojo

What do you do with a practice area whose margins do not match the rest of the firm’s? As James Swift explores in this issue, nowhere is this problem more acute than at Linklaters’ real estate department – although given the current size of that team, perhaps we should call it the real estate unit. […]

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The odd couple

On the face of it Field Fisher Waterhouse has the most to gain from a possible merger with Osborne Clarke, but given their differences it’s a long shot A clause in a partnership agreement preventing three partners from standing for managing partner says much about a firm’s culture. Quite how the line got into Field […]

’Fessing up about fees

Look out, fee disclosure is about to hit the big time, becoming a feature of all civil cases In case you missed it, from April next year all court users will be under an obligation to give a detailed assessment of their predicted fees in advance of the full trial hearing. It is a monumental […]

CC in front seat at Carlyle

The flurry of deals undertaken by private equity giant Carlyle this year has provided rich picking for a number of big firms The Carlyle Group has announced deals at a rate of knots in the past months. In August it said it was buying Los Angeles asset manager TCW Group from Société Générale. Later in […]

Nigel Shepherd
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Spread the word about mediation

Those in family disputes wish to avoid battles, so we need to raise awareness of the non-court options This is the first Family Dispute Resolution Week, instigated by family law association Resolution. The aim is to raise awareness of the alternatives to court when dealing with the consequences of separation or divorce. Most commonly, mediation […]

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The taxman cometh…

…and even an assessment error could result in unwanted attention Q: What do Welsh grocers, Geordie beauty therapists, the Scottish motor trade and London lawyers have in common? A: The taxman is on their backs. Accountants are painting a mixed picture of plans unveiled by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to launch a taskforce to […]

Rita Rosen

The Lawyer Management: Ilyashev & Partners

I’m responsible for marketing strategy and planning, budget, overall marketing activities and CRM development. I work closely with partners and lawyers to ensure the marketing strategy is implemented at all levels. Describe the key elements of your role: I’m responsible for marketing strategy and planning, budget, overall marketing activities and CRM development. I work closely […]

Paul Tweed

A better approach to disputes

Tony Blair’s Glencore intervention was cheaper and more effective than litigation Tony Blair’s diplomatic skills were credited for the rescue of the $50bn merger deal that was in danger of collapse between Glencore and Xstrata. Whether or not the deal holds, Blair’s intervention A better approach to disputes Whether or not the deal holds, Blair’s […]

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