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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?”


Premier Oil head of legal quits

Energy group Premier Oil is losing its head of legal and senior lawyer as the company struggles to cope with a loss of millions of pounds. Claudia Keenan, head of legal and company secretary, and Nick Shepherd, senior lawyer both accepted voluntary redundancy after the company announced its intention to reduce overheads and cut costs. […]

Trademark case goes to Lords

The Law Lords are to consider the question of trademark infringement in the case of Scandecor Development AB v Scandecor Marketing AB & ors. They have just granted leave for Scandecor Development to appeal against an Appeal Court decision in July last year, in which an earlier ruling giving it partial victory in its claim […]

Holding on to DAC

Sitting in the Manchester office of Davies Arnold Cooper is an unnamed assistant, the sole reminder of February’s bloodletting. The rest of the 90 staff who were made redundant (the corporate department in Manchester was axed and five partners and nine assistants went from the London office) have dispersed, leaving not just an office but […]

It's been a bad week for…

Watford’s Sheila Metson, a legal secretary at her husband Harold’s solicitors firm, whose 20-year affair with plasterer Brian Ward was exposed when British Telecom wrote to Ward asking if he’d like to include her number in its cheap-rate “Friends and Family” deal. Ward’s calls were so frequent that British Telecom put Metson’s number at the […]

Wilde Sapte wins battle to keep partner exit rule

Wilde Sapte is celebrating winning an arbitration case that will prevent more than two partners a year from quitting the firm. Tom McDonald, a partner in the Paris office, had taken the firm to arbitration before a judge in France over the firm’s constitution, which prevents more than two senior equity partners leaving in a […]

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