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Far-reaching employment rights are to be written into barristers’ contracts when they join chambers, under new guidelines issued by the Bar Council last week. Under the scheme, barristers will now be able to have statements written into their employment policies allowing them to take career breaks, work flexible hours, part time or partly from home. […]

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In Germany late last year, Linklaters antitrust star George Roper (aka Dirk Schroeder) was recruited by Cleary Gottlieb to kickstart its Cologne office. For the determinedly working class Roper, the move to a classless US outfit was a natural fit, although how his legendary indolence will go down with the frantic billable hours culture of […]

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Professional indemnity insurer The St Paul is launching a new product especially for law firms that convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status. Securing limited liability by converting to LLP status is increasingly popular for law firms. But as well as losing unlimited liability, LLP members lose joint and several liability with their partners. If the […]

Morgan Stanley lures Lovells’ Asia head of corporate

Lovells’ head of corporate for Asia is leaving the firm for an in-house role at Morgan Stanley. Greg Terry will become Morgan Stanley’s managing director and general counsel for the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. However in an unusual arrangement will be leased back to Lovells on a consultancy basis for the remainder […]

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