9 Sept 2013

Joyce

Work Life Quiz: Sean Joyce

What was your first-ever job?  I had a paper round and a milk round when I was 12. These were closely followed by a dishwashing job in a restaurant at 13. I’m not sure if all this was legal or not, but I don’t think those employers would get away with that sort of child […]

Joyce

Work Life Quiz: Sean Joyce

What was your first-ever job?  I had a paper round and a milk round when I was 12. These were closely followed by a dishwashing job in a restaurant at 13. I’m not sure if all this was legal or not, but I don’t think those employers would get away with that sort of child […]

Catrin Griffiths
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Pain of the panel review is just the start

Panel reviews elicit many opinions. General counsel get furious that law firms haven’t read the spec properly, while private practice lawyers and business development professionals complain that half the time clients aren’t sure what they’re really after. As our main feature this week illustrates, these irritations haven’t stopped the trend of external adviser reviews: far […]

Risam

Aviva’s tough decisions on panel rejig

Aviva completes extensive panel rejig, assigning work by jurisdiction Insurance giant Aviva is the latest big company to trim its number of legal providers. On its UK and group panel it is taking a hardline approach, cutting fees and arranging the panel by jurisdiction. Aviva appointed just eight principal providers; Allen & Overy (A&O) and […]

Carroll

Fund rows without tears

AIFMD confusion makes mediation the most efficient solution to multi-jurisdictional funds disputes For several years the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) from the EU hung over European fund management, creating uncertainty and an environment where even the finest legal minds can find it hard to understand what the law is (or might be) in […]

hamer

Accidental war on progress

In seeking to prevent tax avoidance, HMRC may restrict the development of UK professional services Tax avoidance is front-page news. Every week we see another story about multinationals reducing their corporation tax bills or the creative use of tax havens. The Government has now set its sights on limited liability partnerships (LLPs)as it considers some […]

Washington DC

Washington machine turns out bright in-housers

A stint in the White House is a stepping-stone to a top legal post at a global company What does a White House lawyer do next? Well, Barclays hired former White Houser Bob Hoyt as its general counsel on 30 August.  The move surprised the market, which assumed an internal appointment was written in the […]

Nokia

Job Watch: Telecoms

As other sectors ground to a halt during the economic downturn TMT remained very much alive and kicking. But, within the growing TMT sector, how did telecoms hold up? “Telecoms lawyers from rated practices have always been in high demand and the downturn did little to change this,” says DMJ Legal’s Gemma Haworth.  In fact, […]

money

Professional indemnity insurance: Toughing it out

As the renewal season for professional indemnity insurance approaches, insurers see the market hardening How are law firms approaching the 2013 renewal season? Sandra Neilson-Moore, head of solicitors’ PI for Emea, Marsh: Large law firms are organised about the way they are approaching the renewal of their professional indemnity insurance (PII) programmes. Renewals are proceeding […]

Legal aid

Training: Criminal injustice

Legal aid changes could have a serious impact on junior barristers Transforming Legal Aid was the name of the Government’s consultation paper, aimed at cutting one-fifth off the legal aid budget by 2018. The Government responded to the bar’s reaction to the paper last week. While many of the cuts will go ahead, the Justice […]

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Lawyer Management: HowardKennedyFsi

HowardKennedyFsi finance director Philip Mitchell joined legacy firm Finers Stephens Innocent in January 1992, having been a senior manager at KPMG from 1989. The two firms officially merged in January 2013. How has your role changed since the merger? As well as needing to learn a new accounts system (Elite) the most time-consuming yet extremely […]

Rusetskaya

CIS region: CIS-express

The minor countries of the CIS region have attracted less interest than their larger, louder neighbours but this is still a valuable region While international business coverage of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has often been dominated by Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, the other members of this vast and emerging economic region covering Central […]

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