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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...

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Richard Nelson?s Nick Holroyd on his passions outside work, travel and what events have inspired him to succeed in life

I am lucky to live in the North Yorkshire Moors and so try to take advantage of the fabulous walking and cycling around the area. Rosedale, Dalby Forest and Roseberry Topping and the Howardian Hills are favourite places to visit and all in areas of outstanding natural beauty. There are some challenging cycle rides with some steep climbs and it certainly provides a good way of keeping fit and getting...

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Mike Morgan ? founding partner of Morgan Sports Law ? on establishing the business and why it?s important to never be star struck when representing the likes of Maria Sharapova

Mike, can you tell us a bit about your early career and how you started out in law? I studied a Joint Honours BSc in Sports Science and Psychology at the University of Birmingham. I really enjoyed the degree but I wasn?t sure that I wanted to pursue the usual career paths that follow from Sports Science or Psychology degrees. Then, an alumni from the University of Birmingham ? Darren Bailey ? gave a...

North West

Eversheds has recruited Andy Phillips to its corporate team. Knights Professional Services Limited has acquired a team of ten litigation and debt recovery specialists, including partners John Lord, David White and Joanne Gardner-Boyes. Horwich Farrelly, the specialist insurance industry law firm, has appointed Mark Dickson as a new defendant partner. DWF has appointed Linda Avan as an...

North East

Hay & Kilner has expanded its clinical negligence team with the appointment of recently-qualified solicitor Sophie Moss. Jacksons has made four appointments. Louise White and Charlotte Alexander both join the corporate team. Ruth Beeton has also joined to head up its residential conveyancing department. A qualified mediator, Ann Owens joins the family department as a consultant. Swinburne Maddison...

Yorkshire & Humber

Freeths has expanded its corporate defence and regulatory team with the appointment of Daniel McNally. Duncan Watson has joined Clarion Solicitors as an associate director in its private client team. Weightmans has appointed James Sargent as a partner in its real estate team. Ward Hadaway has appointed Nicola Hunter as a solicitor in the family law team. Taylor & Emmet has made three senior...

Midlands & The East

Browne Jacobson has expanded its construction and engineering practice with the appointment of partner Martin Cannon. Lodders has announced that Mark Miller has joined the firm as an equity partner in the real estate team. Knights Professional Services Limited has appointed Philip Woolham as a partner and head of the pension?s team. Veale Wasbrough Vizards has appointed immigration specialist...

London & The City

DLA Piper has appointed Tom Heylen as managing partner. Linklaters has appointed Claudia Parzani as Western Europe regional managing partner. Herbert Smith Freehills has confirmed the appointment of Mark Rigotti as the firm?s sole chief executive officer, with effect from 1 May 2017. Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Neil Upton has a partner in its global energy and natural resources practice...

South West

Stone King has appointed Helen Tucker as a partner in the independent schools team. Everys Solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Caroline Parker to its private client team. Duane Roystone has joined BLB Solicitors as a member of the conveyancing team. Burnetts Solicitors has appointed Daniel Addis as a senior planning consultant. BPE Solicitors has promoted six new partners:...

South East

Irwin Mitchell has appointed family and divorce lawyer Katharine Shaw as a partner. Attwaters Jameson Hill has welcomed partner Lesley-Ann Mayhew back to the firm?s wills, trusts and probate department. Penningtons Manches has appointed two lawyers to its family law practice; Laura Hughes and Lee Henderson. Attwaters Jameson Hill has welcomed solicitor Keri Anne Rowan to the firm?s wills,...

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Stephen Hewitt ? managing partner of London firm Fisher Meredith ? on his role and how the practice has evolved

You became Managing Partner in 2000, so what do you think have been the biggest changes to the legal sector during that time? The pace of change in legal services has been pretty relentless over the last ten years. The tendency is always to look forward, rather than back. Having said that, the changes that spring to mind immediately are the professionalisation of law firm management, improvements in...

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Andrew Gregory ? in-house legal counsel at the newly formed Leonard Curtis Legal Limited ? on his career, why he?s now heading up this new challenger brand and how it will play its part in the market

Andrew can you tell us a bit about your career in the legal sector? I joined Davies Wallis Foyster (later rebadged as ?DWF?) as it was known in June 1990. I recall at my interview that the then senior partner, Jim Davies, commenting: ?Your CV is not very hot from a commercial point of view?. I think if he had his way then I would not have been hired at all! Well, I was hired and I got my head down and...

Nigel Wright - managing director of Converge Technology Specialists: Check your change

One of the most challenging aspects of managing any project is making sure that people support the change and are positive throughout the transition. Any project that alters the way people work, whether changing systems, processes, structures or technology, requires effective change management to be successful. As organisations embark on projects, the onus is on managers to handle the change process...

Justin Urquhart Stewart, co-founder of Seven Investment Management: We?re 30 years on from the Big Bang, but what?s changed for investors?

October 26th marks the 30th anniversary of the Big Bang. It was so called as it marked a collision of sudden deregulation, the change to electronic trading and an employment revolution in the City of London. The FTSE 100 by this point was already two years old, and up significantly from its 1,000 base when the Index was launched. However, with the increased trading and prominence of London as the...

Nigel Risner says that rules are for people you don?t trust

The goal of a leader is to move their organisation to the high-trust duty and love end of the spectrum. 1. Start with personal integrity. Doing what you say you will do. Promise less and do more. On and off the job. Even if you?re not where you want to be, team members who see leaders working on shortcomings will tend to trust them, and enterprise-wide trust will grow. 2. Invest in...

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Keri Devine ? GC and company secretary at Boohoo.com ? answers our latest 20 Questions With

What time did you wake up this morning? 6am. What?s your favourite object in your office? I have a bell on my desk, like one you might have on a hotel reception. I ring it in the office when we complete a contract or to celebrate a win. Simple, but surprisingly satisfying! Who is your closest colleague? That would be Tom Kershaw, my assistant co sec and right hand man. I couldn?t do it without...

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Helen Clayton ? head of Corporate Services at PM+M ? on Looking to the Future

The Solicitors? Regulation Authority (?SRA?) has issued a consultation, which closed on 21st September 2016, focused on providing more flexibility in the profession whilst still ensuring protection for clients. There are two aspects which interest me most as an adviser to the legal profession; first, the potential impact of qualified solicitors providing certain legal services through an unregulated...

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Simon Ross - managing partner at Seddons ? on the recent merger with B D Laddie & the future

Congratulations on the merger with B D Laddie. What made the two firms decide to merge? Thank you, we are delighted that B D Laddie joined forces with us and are now part of Seddons. Unlike many mergers, the rationale behind ours was not driven by a specific event, but rather by the fact that it represented a unique and valuable opportunity. The existing relationship between our two firms ? as well as...

Will Lewis ? director of OBI Property ? on markets making cities

We?re just a few weeks away now from what?s become an annual ritual in Manchester ? the opening of the Christmas markets. Such has been the success of the market that over the years it has sprawled out from the main action in Albert Square into Brazennose Street, King Street, St Ann?s Square, New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square. Just as you think the novelty might soon wear off, more and more...

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Steve Eccleston, managing partner at Kuits Solicitors, discusses how he packs up and gets away from the stresses of his legal life

Discovering new parts of the country and getting the opportunity to enjoy the great British outdoors is one of my favourite pastimes. I bought a VW campervan last year so that my wife and I could take a break away from our hectic lives whenever, and wherever, we like. Now that our children have left home ? both of our sons are currently at university ? we have more time to ourselves. The van allows...

North West

Weightmans LLP has appointed partner James Rowley to the healthcare team. Hill Dickinson has made a number of appointments in its property team. Darren Hamer has joined as a partner and will be working with investors dealing with all their requirements across their real estate portfolios. Knights Professional Services Limited has appointed Tim Scott, a corporate finance specialist, as a...

North East

Aberdein Considine has announced its first expansion into England and Wales with the acquisition of Wallers Solicitors. The acquisition is being accompanied by the firm?s first senior appointment in England, former HL Interactive LLP chief executive Matt Wightman. Insurance specialists Paul Hughes and Chris Smith have joined Ward Hadaway as consultants in the personal injury team. Muckle LLP has...