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Risking it all? Preparing for all eventualities in a changing world

Protecting your firm from physical and/or reputational damage may seem obvious, but firms can still be knocked sideways or even under by a big claim or unforeseen disaster. And signs suggest that many firms are still not doing enough to shield themselves from even the day-to-day risks. Fraser Ashman, partnership secretary at CMS Cameron McKenna, uses his career experience in risk to explain why firms should be bothered enough to change their ways.

Thought leader

Change, enemy of the complacent, is no more apparent in professional life than in risk management. By Frank Maher, partner, Legal Risk.

Thought leader

Change, enemy of the complacent, is no more apparent in professional life than in risk management. By Frank Maher, partner, Legal Risk.

R (Teleos PLC) v Customs & Excise Commissioners [2005] EWCA Civ 200

Where a taxpayer claimed VAT from the Customs and Excise Commissioners the commissioners had a discretion in the exercise of their care and management powers under the Value Added Tax Act 1994, Sched 11 para 1 to make interim payments in appropriate cases, and the exercise of that discretion had to be reasonable, proportionate under EC law and was susceptible to judicial review.

Levelling the playing field: Managing the impact of discrimination and equal-pay laws

Law firms might have modernised dramatically in recent years, but there remains a reputation among many for being old boys’ clubs, with all the working inequalities the term implies. James Davies, joint head of the employment and incentives department at Lewis Silkin, explains what firms need to do to ensure that they meet legislative requirements for diversity and equal opportunities, while ensuring a better, happier workforce.

Clementi recommends...

Sir David Clementi, who was appointed in July 2003 to undertake a review of the regulation of legal services in England and Wales, has published his recommendations in a long-awaited report.

S&J opens new office

In America, Washington DC-based legal firm, Steptoe & Johnson has increased its business presence with the opening of new premises in New York, as well as the appointment of two partners.

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