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The Lawyer Management: Forster Dean

Gregory Shields is CEO of personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean. He has spent his whole legal career at the Liverpool-based organisation, training as a solicitor there before leading a management buyout in 2007. What are the key elements of your role?  As chief exec I set the tone. I work on our strategy […]

Catrin Griffiths

Partners do protest too little

Lawyers have become a docile lot. The corporatisation of law firms and the increasingly regimented nature of partnership has produced ranks of professionals who tend to do what they’re told. As Joshua Freedman argues (see City Analysis), one reason why Norton Rose has been able to pull off a series of mergers is because the […]

Lawrence Jacobs

Position: Former News Corporation group general counsel In June Lawrence Jacobs resigned from News Corporation, the parent group of News International. According to a statement from the company, he had chosen to pursue “new opportunities”. Jacobs joined News Corp in 1996 as senior vice-president and deputy general counsel and in 2004 was named senior executive vice-president and group general […]

Jeremy Sweetland

Work Life Quiz: Jeremy Sweetland, Guildhall Chambers

What was your first-ever job? A Sunday paper round on my BMX for £1.25 an hour. What was your worst experience as a trainee? While working in wills and probate for a short period, misreading a death certificate and notifying all relevant parties that the father of the deceased was dead. Quickly but embarrassingly remedied. […]

Robin Knowles

Judgment call – 26 November 2012

Insolvency: The ‘Dicey rule’, arising from the operation of common law and the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933, applied to foreign judgments in avoidance proceedings in insolvency. Rubin v Eurofinance SA & Ors; New Cap Reinsurance Corporation (In Liquidation) & Anr A E Grant and others as Members of Lloyd’s Syndicate 991 for the […]

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