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Is it too soon to blog about the 2017?

As the year reaches its climax, BCL Legal?s team in Birmingham is still busily organising interviews ? trying to help candidates secure roles and clients to fill positions before the new year. 2016 has been an incredibly busy, with loads of recruitment by the regions law firms both large and small. ?To date in 2016 BCL Legal?s Birmingham team has placed 179 lawyers into permanent positions in private...

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Something to think about

I love Christmas! I?m one of those annoying people full of cheer, I?m constantly upbeat and really excitable. To be honest I?m like this for most of the year (ask my colleagues, I?m like the worst kind of Duracell bunny) but it gets kicked up a notch at Christmas. As a child it was the thrill and excitement of presents brought to us by Santa and his reindeer, as a teenager it was the prospect of Mum and...

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The personal injury market

The Jackson Reforms have been a constant source of concern for personal injury lawyers and the recent announcement relating to MoJ Whiplash reforms is the latest contributor. Although previously shelved, the paper has re-introduced plans to either scrap or cap compensation for soft-tissue injuries. It would see the average whiplash compensation cut from ?1,850 to a maximum of ?425. As most of us are...

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Robert Newry - MD of Arctic Shores - asks: Video-games for legal recruitment: Gimmick or game-changer?

Since the news broke that Clifford Chance is trialling the use of a new video-game based test to find and select the most suitable trainees, there has been much speculation about whether this is merely a marketing gimmick or a genuine shift in the way talent for the legal sector can be identified. Our company is behind the game-based assessment being trialled so I?m going to separate the fact and the...

Nigel Wright - managing director of Converge Technology Specialists: Don?t get caught in an ?in-house bubble?

Continuous learning and self-development is important in any role. For individuals, it enhances job satisfaction, performance, reward and recognition. Companies that support personal development will benefit from a more knowledgeable and innovative workforce, and will see improvements in customer service delivery and staff retention. One business area where innovation is vital is in technology use....

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Bird & Bird?s Richard Eccles and Cathal Flynn discuss the High Court?s ruling that Parliamentary Approval is required to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union

The Supreme Court hearing on invoking Article 50 in early December made the headlines and saw approximately 300,000 people tune into the live stream of proceedings, but while we wait for judgment it is useful to remember exactly how this all started. On 3 November 2016, the High Court in its ruling in R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the EU ("Miller") firmly rejected the UK Government?s...

Nigel Risner: Five Things That Happen When You Finally Decide to Live Your Dreams

1. You?ll see ?it? everywhere: ?Our eyes only see and our ears only hear what our brain is looking for.?? ? Dan Sullivan Once you commit to living your dreams, the lids blinding your eyes will be lifted. A completely new world will be opened to your view. You will notice opportunities that have been in your reach all along, ones your conscious mind simply didn?t pay heed to. From a psychological...

Will Lewis ? director of OBI Property ? on 2016 and what 2017 might hold.

None of us will forget 2016 in a hurry. It?s a year that?s probably best described as tumultuous, with massive shocks coming first in the UK?s referendum on EU membership in June, then in the US Presidential election in November. On the macro level, these are very uncertain times. At the micro level, and in a wider sense across the UK business scene, things aren?t so gloomy. It?s true that quite a...

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Steven Booth ? senior partner at IBB Solicitors ? discusses his forthcoming retirement, his drivers and his predictions for the future

Steven, what?s prompted your retirement? One word: age. I am 68 now and having worked since I left school at 16, I think it?s time for someone else to have a turn. Spending more time with the family is a clich?, but it happens to be true, especially with five grandchildren ? plus lots of travelling and theatre and lots more skiing and sailing and fresh air and generally enjoying the fruits of a long...

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THE BRIEF 20 QUESTIONS WITH: Varinder Rehal, group head of legal and company secretary at International Procurement & Logistics Limited (part of the ASDA/ Walmart Group of Companies).

What time did you wake up this morning? 6am, which is actually a lie in, as one of my two daughters usually wakes me up before then! What?s your favourite object in your office? I guess it must be the ice-cream machine that we bring into our office every summer. Who is your closest colleague? Well, that has to be my PA because she sits next to me. Do you have a favourite family heirloom? I...

Henrietta Grimston - relationship manager ? at 7IM: An investor?s view of recent political events

Henrietta Grimston   2016 has been quite a busy year for controversial politics ? from Brexit to Trump to the recent Italian referendum. 2017, however, is not looking much quieter with Dutch, French and German elections planned, a possible independence vote in Catalonia in Spain, as well as UK local elections taking place in May which could sway the Government?s stance on the approach being taken to the Brexit...

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Jason Woodland ? partner in the Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing department at Peters & Peters ? shares his expectations for the legal sector in 2017

With the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote, I had decided to give up on making predictions for the future, I?m prepared to dust off my crystal ball and look forward to what the legal market can expect in 2017??.. First, the impact of Brexit. Whilst lawyers are caught up with the niceties of the crown prerogative being played out at the Supreme Court, businesses are trying to make decisions...

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John Seigal ? managing partner at Clintons ? on being a market leader in the entertainment, media and creative sectors, the opening of the firm?s new LA office and more.

John, you?ve worked at Clintons for 30 years - and been managing partner for 20 - so what have been your career highlights over the past three decades? There have been many but in no particular order: seeing the firm grow from strength to strength with increasing profits; overseeing a number of trainees in to the partnership and then into equity; realising that a ?crew pass? is better than an ?all...

North West

DWF has made a number of recent promotions. Director, Julia Williams (head of consumer credit and asset finance sector) and senior associate, Luke Hopkins (commercial property) have been promoted to partners. The firm has also made a number of director level promotions; these are equivalent to partner at DWF. They are: Gareth Curtis (family), Helena Davies (commercial property litigation), Greg Dawson...

North East

DWF has promoted Lee Pickett to partner. Muckle LLP has appointed Claire Willcock and Sara Worsick as solicitors in the corporate team. Sarah Farish has joined Short Richardson & Forth as a professional support lawyer and she will assist across all departments.  

Yorkshire & Humber

Taylor & Emmet has made two new partner appointments in its commercial property team; Alastair Reid and George Thomson. Chadwick Lawrence has promoted three new partners; Sarah Wood (employment), Simon Ingham (dispute resolution) and Peter Harling (corporate recovery & insolvency). Devonshires has appointed Chris Drabble to head its new office opening in February 2017. Bond Dickinson has...

Midlands and The East

Howes Percival has appointed Jonathan Wortley as a partner. Parkinson Wright, a Quality Solicitors firm, has promoted Sharon Ingram to partner. Birketts has appointed a number of newly-qualified solicitors. They are Lisa Churchill (family), Georgina Perrott and Stephanie Newman (corporate and commercial), Meha Patel and Emma Medina (commercial property), Katie Williams (litigation and dispute...

London & The City

Freshfields has appointed Adrian Maguire as co-head of the firm?s global financial investors group. DWF has made a number of recent promotions to director level, equivalent to partner at the firm. Martyn Kolankiewicz (corporate recovery), Matt Lynch (fraud litigation), Caroline Sanders (insurance) and Jon Hyde (professional services). Shakespeare Martineau has recruited two new partners. Kim...

South West

Trowers & Hamlins has appointed Georgina Savill-James as a partner in the real estate team. Veale Wasbrough Vizards has promoted David Bird and Jessica Booz to partners in the firm?s real estate team. Royds Withy King has welcomed two new partners to their health and social care team, James Sage and Hazel Phillips. Boyce Hatton has appointed Warren Douglas as a partner in the commercial...

South East

Gateley has appointed John Downs as a real estate partner. Thompson Smith & Puxon has welcomed newly qualified solicitor Imogen Grainger to the firm on the successful completion of her training contract. Palmers Solicitors has appointed solicitors Gordon Johnson, Marissa McKenzie, and Siobain Moore. Johnson is a member of the family team, McKenzie works in the wills, trusts and probate departments...

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What gets you out of bed in the morning?

It?s winter. It?s dark when we get up, dark when we leave the office, and it can be really difficult to convince yourself to leave your bed on a Monday morning (or sometimes, any morning!). I don?t know about you but it?s when my alarm has just gone off, and I am in my bed, contemplating having to brave the cold, that I think about work. I consider myself very lucky ? I work with a great group of people...

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Tis? the season to be jolly

The German market has arrived in Birmingham, the John Lewis Christmas advert is on TV, shelves are stocked with mince pies in Tesco ? the festive season is in full swing! Along with numerous other social events around the corner, this inevitably means that your Christmas party is on its way. You may have been invited by your soon-to-be employer in a job you?re due to start in the New Year, you may...

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We talk to Reno Antoniades, managing partner of Lee & Thompson ? one of the UK?s leading media and entertainment law firms

Reno Antoniades (2) Reno, can you tell us a bit about your own career? I trained at Herbert Smith and spent the first two years of my career in the corporate department there. I then moved to Olswang which is where I became immersed in the film and television industries acting principally for independent production companies, sales companies and distributors. I joined Lee & Thompson in the early 1990s which was then...

Nigel Risner asked: Are there conversations that no one wants to discuss or obvious truths that are going unaddressed?

Well, maybe there is an elephant in the room. Do people seem uncomfortable and everyone knows the discomfort is there and no one wants to bring up. Instead, everyone tiptoes around it, united in the unlikely hope that it will somehow go away by itself. You can rest assured there is an elephant in the room. How you respond to the elephant is a huge test of leadership. Here are some strategies for...

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John Hodgson - reader in Legal Education, Nottingham Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University ? on why we are still in the ?phoney war? phase of Brexit

We are still in the ?phoney war? phase of Brexit. There is a constant stream of news and statistics on the potential economic impact. Equally there is a constant stream of information as to the political implications, domestically, in relation to the EU as a whole, and internationally. However, it has recently become reasonably clear that the essential negotiating position of the EU is that the UK will...

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Linda Ford, chief operating officer at CILEx, on the institute?s work, its focus, apprenticeships, diversity and more

Linda, when did you join CILEx and what does your role entail? I joined CILEx at the end of 2015 as COO with responsibility for the day to day running of the professional membership association and awarding body. Since June 2016 I have also been fulfilling the responsibilities of chief executive. A key challenge this year has been to improve the financial performance of the institute, through a...

Will Lewis ? director of OBI Property ? on whether size matters

Do occupiers want to be on large floorplates? In property circles, it?s become accepted wisdom over the last few years that firms facing a move want to be on as few floors as possible. The reasoning given is perfectly sound - better lines of communication, especially for those professional services firms setting their partners free from cloistered cellular offices ? there?s often a ?democratising?...

Nigel Wright - managing director of Converge Technology Specialists - on capturing new talent

Law firms are changing. Not only in their response to a shift in customer expectation and changes in the competitive landscape, but also in their ability to recruit and retain quality staff. Recruitment and retention is often cited as one of the main challenges facing law firms, so firms are looking at ways they can adapt to stay competitive in the market for talent. Along with a need to attract new...

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THE BRIEF 20 QUESTIONS WITH: Kasia Findley, company lawyer at ANS Group, answers our 20 Questions.

What time did you wake up this morning? 5am. Every morning starts at 5 am: Gym, shower, breakfast, work. What?s your favourite object in your office? Coffee machine. Who is your closest colleague? My boss, Paul Shannon. Do you have a favourite family heirloom? Champagne flutes from my grandma?s wedding. What?s your favourite song of all time? Killing Me Softly by Lauren Hill. I?ve been...

Ben Kumar - investment manager at 7IM on the invasive impact of inflation

Inflation is on the rise. The latest numbers state prices increased to 0.9% in September, back up to levels not seen since November 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics. But what does that mean? Inflation is a bit of a strange concept. In many ways, it?s viewed by economists in the same way that Goldilocks considered porridge ? there is a level that is just right, but extremes are...