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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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With the New York Convention as standard-bearer, arbitration is making moves to supplant the more traditional forms of international litigation. Andrea Dahlberg and James Freeman report International arbitration is increasingly preferred to litigation for resolving international commercial disputes. Globalisation has been a key factor in bringing this about. In a world of cross-border trade and […]


St Johns’ three-way merger creates UK’s biggest chambers

Manchester set St Johns Buildings (SJB) is to become the largest chambers in the country following the completion of its merger with Liverpool’s India Buildings Chambers and an agreement to combine with Sheffield’s Paradise Chambers by December. SJB head of chambers Michael Redfern QC unveiled the talks in ­January, stating that the broader base would help the set ­target public sector work […]

Ashurst goes on a diet

For a while there it looked like Ashurst would get away with just the fallout from its war on real estate and energy. The perception that senior management considered anything other than corporate and finance as peripheral was reinforced when the firm shifted six real estate partners and three in energy, transport and infrastructure down […]

Robert Lewis

China Watch: A Foreign Lawyer’s View from the Inside

A couple weekends back I attended my firm’s semi-annual partners’ meeting in the outskirts of Beijing.  Robert Lewis is international managing partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm, Beijing A couple weekends back I attended my firm’s semi-annual partners’ meeting in the outskirts of Beijing.  This was my second partners’ meeting after joining Zhong Lun (ZL) […]

Duncan Weston

Camerons associates score Swiss MBA slots

CMS Cameron McKenna has awarded three ­associates places at the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland as part of its associate appraisal scheme. London associates Adrian Bell and Dominic Harris and Bucharest senior associate Horia Draghici won places on the ’Building on Talent’ course, a foundation programme for the school’s Executive MBA. They begin the […]

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