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Freshfields opts for Bruckhaus merger

Freshfields and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober, two of the leading international and European law firms, announced recently that they are to merge on 1 August 2000. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as the merged firm will be known, combines Freshfields’ international experience and local practices around the world with Bruckhaus’ leading corporate and financial practice in Germany, Austria and central Europe. Established on shared professional values, a similar partnership culture and a perfect regional fit, the merger will create a top European law firm.

Retention lessons

Meaning, not money alone, matters. Maryann G. Hedaa and Charles G. Douglas, Hildebrandt International Inc., comment on the benefits of using pro-bono work as a tool for training and retaining associates and partners, and how this can additionally enhance your firm''s reputation.

Professional Services Online

e-b1s Business 1 Stop, a new interactive support service for small to medium sized businesses, has been developed in conjunction with UK law firm, Steele & Co. e-b1s Business 1 Stop will, for the first time, allow businesses will have access to professional services, including law, on-line.

The honeymoon is (almost) over

Jane always knew that being Managing Partner would not be an easy role to fulfil. The roller coaster exhilaration of the first 100 day had been both exhausting and exciting. She had now spoken to all the partners and a cross section of staff, and with only one or two exceptions, they had all expressed a mixture of relief and enthusiasm about her appointment. Whilst she welcomed the support, she also sensed that behind the words a degree of concern also existed. Her instincts suggested to her that they might be questioning whether she could deliver, would she be able to make some real and sustainable changes to the firms strategy and overall management?

The first 100 days.

I have every faith in your abilities Jane, I know you can sort this firm out. Those infamous words of encouragement from John Parsons (57), the firms Senior Partner, were uttered just before Christmas, 1999. They had echoed continually around Jane Allens (39) head every since. Prior to her appointment as the new Managing Partner of Graysons and Hanrahan (incorporating Parsons and Jones) from the 1st January, 2000, she also had confidence in her ability to sort this newly merged firm out. Now, she felt much less clear. By Tom Kennie & If Price.

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