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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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DLA Piper gets tough on non-performers

DLA Piper has overhauled its partnership constitution following a wholesale review that gives the board power to axe equity partners with 12 months’ notice. Until now 90 per cent of the 171 equity partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa needed to be in agreement to eject a partner for performance reasons. A 75 […]

Dismissal targets: morale booster or sapper?

Low-performance, low-potential employees make up one-tenth of most businesses’ workforces, a statistic that, naturally, has grave implications for UK businesses. Shedding staff, even underperforming staff, in a climate where law firms are desperate to find talent seems, at best, counter-intuitive. Nevertheless, retaining for the sake of retaining damages both the long-term health of the firm […]

Linklaters hit by Tokyo raid

Capital markets and securitisation specialist Mitsuhiro Yasuda has quit Linklaters‘ Japanese operation in favour of newly formed firm Nishimura & Asahi. Yasuda only joined Linklaters’ Tokyo office in 2005 as part of the magic circle firm’s launch of its Tokyo capability. Before that he was a name partner at local firm Mitsui Yasuda Wani & […]

Paul Hastings raises London NQ salaries to £90k

US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has matched Weil Gotshal & Manges by upping its London newly qualifieds’ salary to £90,000. London NQs at Paul Hastings have benefitted from a 20 per cent rise in base salary in the move, which London managing partner Mark Eagan defined as an attempt by the firm to […]

Nabarro associates want stepping stones

Nabarro associates have taken a proactive approach to coming up with the firm’s alternative career path structure. When the firm’s managing partner Nicky Paradise set up the liaison team, comprised of associates and HR executives, she was inundated with ideas of how the firm can further graduate the route from associate to partner. While associates […]

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