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DLA becomes LLP

International firm DLA has converted to a limited-liability partnership (LLP) following a 12-month internal review.

Official Receiver v Wadge Rapps & Hunt (a firm) [2003] UKHL 49

Insolvency - Official Receiver reported to Secretary of State under Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, s 7(3) that disqualification proceedings should be brought against company’s directors for misconduct - Powers conferred by Insolvency Act 1986, s 236 on Official Receiver included provision of information to Secretary of State for purpose of disqualification proceedings

There but for the grace... Lessons learnt from the Clifford Chance memo

Last month, Managing Partner published the first part of an article examining the impact and lessons that can be learnt from the Clifford Chance memo, which was written by associates at the firm’s New-York office and was published in the international press towards the end of 2002. In this second part, Gerald Riskin, a principal at Edge International and a former managing partner, continues his lessons, focusing on the problems of the billable hour, the importance of communication, and the need to explore and enforce the firm’s values throughout the workplace.

Risk and the rogue partner: Turning hindsight into foresight

In last month’s Managing Partner, articles highlighted the importance of implementing a risk-management strategy in the face of an open-market insurance regime. This month, Frank Maher, a partner in Legal Risk and a consultant at Weightman Vizards, takes us a step further by focusing on the fraudster.

There but for the grace... Lessons learnt from the Clifford Chance memo

Associates at the New York office of Clifford Chance wrote a memo at the end of 2002 that was subsequently reported in the international press. The repercussions were significant for such a well regarded firm, but the lessons are relevant to every law firm that could easily find itself in a similar position. Gerald Riskin, a principal at Edge International and a former managing partner, uses the memo as a basis for a two-part article on the good, the bad and the ugly of law-firm management.

Understanding the perils of the professional-indemnity partner

Failing to meet the complex requirements for professional indemnity can be catastrophic for law firms. Successfully managing the process might be the final responsibility of a particular partner but, as Frank Maher, national head of professional indemnity at Weightman Vizards, explains, it is a duty that must involve the co-operation and understanding of the entire firm.

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