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Firms pay premiums to recruit top-level management

Law firms competing to recruit and retain top-quality people are extending their efforts to management professionals according to a survey that shows that financial directors at some firms are earning £360,000.

E-mail: Retention, disposal and dealing with misuse

The use of e-mail has become so popular that it is used widely across all types of business. All who use it applaud the speed and efficiency gained by its use and the e-mail has become an integral part of day-to-day business. However, law firms, just as any other business, are susceptible to the risks attendant upon its misuse. We need only think back to the recent case of Weil Gotshal & Manges, where it fell foul of e-mail communication in its handling of the bankruptcy of Global Crossing, to understand the potential risks. Stephen Mason, barrister and chairman of Pario Communications, examines the legal requirements and considerations that all businesses must employ if e-mail is to continue to be such a central component of everyday business.

Olswang ditches ‘lockstep’

Olswang has become the first major London law firm to scrap the traditional UK model of annual salary bands for junior lawyers.

Wragge launches London practice

Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has signalled its intention to become a player in the real estate market by recruiting Herbert Smith’s equity partner Geral Bland to head the push.

Leadership and management of change

As the year speeds its way through to the half-way point, law firms continue to face uncertain times. While certain firms have published positive results inspiring thoughts of an escape from recession, some magic circle firms are freezing salary bands, presaging fears of impending redundancies.

The very small firm – a case history

Moorcrofts Corporate Law was founded in January 2000 just at a time when the economy was taking a turn for the worse. Businesses, ever since, have been on tenderhooks waiting for a change in the conditions. Adrian Phillips, the founder of Moorcrofts, however, has witnessed the successful growth of his small law firm and is looking optimistically to the future. Hearing some of his experiences, we must wonder, does bigger necessarily mean better?

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