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Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

Why now is the time for a first-class outsourced switchboard

Where others see obstacles, let us see opportunities. Now we are starting to move back into our offices, we’re all looking for ways to make improvements and savings. Especially with additional measures in place to receive staff and visitors. Here is how outsourcing your switchboard can greatly improve your front of house team. And ultimately, your firm’s operations.

Employers should prepare for long-term changes to the world of work

There are of course many negatives arising from the crisis presented by COVID-19. However, there could be real benefits for businesses and their staff if we take some of the opportunities that have been presented and do not just look to revert to the old ways of doing things.


Allen & Overy puts Japan arm on trial

Allen & Overy (A&O) is conducting a wholesale strategic review of its underperforming Tokyo office. The magic circle firm’s management will meet to discuss the Tokyo arm in an attempt to establish a consensus on its future direction. Options that will be considered include closing the office or scaling it back. Another possible scenario might […]

Firms clamour as BA’s case takes off

The investigation into the alleged price-fixing at British Airways (BA) and a number of other airlines is providing much work for the City’s biggest competition practices. As first reported by The Lawyer (26 February), Slaughter and May is advising BA on the latest investigation, but Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith and […]

BT brings in two to boost legal team

BT has recruited two lawyers as part of its drive to ramp up its in-house capability across its legal function following the creation of its Openreach division in January. The main beneficiary of the recruitment campaign is BT’s Wholesale division, which provides network services to UK businesses. Thomas Bucknall, the former European counsel of ViewSonic, […]

Forsters records best year ever with £487K PEP

Property-based Mayfair firm Forsters has confirmed its best year ever with an average profit per equity partner of £487,000, a rise of 29 per cent. The 27-partner firm may have also secured itself a first-time spot in the top 100 firms by revenue with a 25 per cent increase in gross fees to £19.9m. Managing […]

Firm friends

Reed Smith and Richards Butler say they will succeed where other US-UK mergers have failed. But only one man can pull it off Just five years ago, in 2001, Pittsburgh firm Reed Smith had 594 lawyers, who brought in $193m (£104.89m), with an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of $335,000 (£182,000). By January 2007, […]

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