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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: Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling, the US firm, has recruited five UK lawyers to join its London European acquisition finance group. They are Bruce Hendry from Dickson Minto, Nicky Blair from Watson Farley & Williams, Leonard Fung from Simmons & Simmons, Kelly Knight from Ashurst Morris Crisp, and Leigh White from Weil Gotshal & Manges.

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper. Last week. The Lawyer incorrectly stated that Maurice Millen, who was leaving DAC to join Macfarlanes, was a senior lawyer. Millen was DAC’s head of IT. We apologise to the two firms for any inconvenience this may have caused. We would also like to apologise to Millen for any embarrassment caused by […]

Welsh Assembly practice decision provides boost for Welsh lawyers

Welsh lawyers are hoping to cash in on extra work following a ruling allowing challenges to Welsh Assembly decisions to be heard in Cardiff not London. A practice direction issued last week by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, creates a Crown Office in Cardiff. The direction also advises lawyers on how to spot devolutionary […]

Loeffs sheds advocacy partners in A&O link-up

Dutch-Belgian law firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke is understood to be shedding up to a third of its partners to prepare for its merger with Allen & Overy. Dutch sources say Loeffs plans to dump its advocacy department to become a pure corporate firm. Loeffs partners specialising in court hearings, like barristers in the UK, are […]

Perfecting the pitch

How badly do law firms want to win work? Well, insurance practice Weightmans, for one, admits to using professional actors as “extras” when it pitches for business. National law firm Bevan Ashford is so keen to perfect its presentation skills when pitching for in-house work that it is considering hiring professional actors to coach its […]

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