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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?”

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In brief: Smith Llewellyn

Smith Llewellyn, based in Swansea, is acting for three people who have won legal aid to launch a case against the makers of the anti-acne drug Roaccutane, which they say drove them into a deep depression. The firm says a further nine legal aid applications have been submitted and 15 more clients are poised to […]

In brief: Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co is leading a nationwide campaign to stop pirate copies of Beanie Babies coming into the UK. Recently 1,000 fakes were seized at Birmingham Airport and destroyed. The Birmingham-based firm’s intellectual property team is working for the collectable toy’s creator, Ty Inc, and claims that some of the counterfeits are badly made and […]

Flotations & Financing

Hammond Suddards acted for the bank syndicate providing a £105m multi-currency loan facility to finance an acquisition by auto depot chain Kwik-Fit Holdings of continental rival Speedy Europe SA Group. Karen Jarvis, Hammond’s Manchester-based banking partner, led the team. Halliwell Landau advised Kwik-Fit Holdings.

In brief: SIF contributions

SIF contributions last year paid by the legal profession amounted to u281,013,000 – an £85,558,000 hike on 1997, according to the monopoly’s annual accounts. The fund has managed to reduce its shortfall from u432.6m to u359.2m. But the the annual report reveals £74.3m in projected interest payments, which pushes that total up to £433,505,000.

Next week's news

Britain’s longest legal hearing, the Terminal 5 inquiry, is due to wind up after more than 504 days of evidence and arguments. Anyone who has been stuck at Heathrow waiting for a plane will have immediate sympathy for the lawyers who have been stuck there for nearly four years.

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