Friday 11th May: What We Learned This Week in Law

THAT SLAUGHTERS made only their third lateral hire ever, with Wynne Mok joining the Hong Kong office to focus on regulatory inquiries and investigations. http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/slaughters-hires-investigations-lawyer-hong-kong-regulator/75771 THAT CLYDE & CO. have succeeded where so many British pop groups have failed, and…

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Marking International Women’s Day 2018

Today is International Women’s Day, with the 2018 theme of the campaign ‘#PressforProgress’, highlighting issues of gender parity internationally. In the UK, 2018 also marks the centenary of the first women to get the vote, adding further weight to this…

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Singapore for Solicitors – Life and the Legal Ma...

Singapore is fascinating, multi-cultural and beautiful, ripe for exploration. Sharing many of Hong Kong’s benefits, including its reputation as a ‘gateway to Asia’, it inhabits a tropical location with excellent links to mainland Asia. English is widely used in Singapore,…

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Hong Kong – Legal Industry and Lifestyle

Hong Kong is arguably one of the most fascinating cities on earth, with its history having shaped an international hub where Eastern and Western cultures mesh. Hong Kong’s ‘free port’ policies have shaped a City which business has long regarded…

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Top Tips for Working Efficiently

At Espero, we aim to assist lawyers not only when they are thinking of changing jobs, we are also here to help you to excel in your current role. Here, we look at the habits of productive people, and also…

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Women in Law – How Much Has Changed?

During this Spring’s Partner promotion announcements, there has been a flurry of positive gender diversity headlines from law firms. We are seeing the first female Partners and Heads in institutions, a rush of gender diversity target achievements, and there are…

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Guide to working for US law firms in London 2017

Working for US Firms in London You’ve heard the rumours of high salaries, long hours, better environment, more responsibility from an early stage, poor support, better/worse partnership prospects…. but what is the truth about working for US law firms in…

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News Round-Up: Brexit & Article 50

So, it happened – Article 50 was triggered last Wednesday. There has been much discussion across all channels on what this may mean for the UK legal industry. In the first of our regular news round-ups, we bring you an…

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The Current Trend In Partner Compensation

How law firms that are retaining top talent through brutal compensation schemes are alienating the lower order of partners. Simon Chadwick of Espero Consulting shares his insight into why more partners are leaving large law firms now. It is true…

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The rise and rise of the Bar

A decade ago, the accepted wisdom was that the Bar was in decline and Chambers would have to evolve into fully fledged commercial entities. They would need to morph into organisations akin to boutique law firms and increasingly deploy alternative…

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Partner Hiring and Retention Strategies

As we approach the halfway point of another year of vigorous growth amongst the legal Global Elite, we have seen unprecedented rewards, huge retention efforts and even more care than ever before being shown through extensive and costly due diligence when considering…

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The Real Legal Staffing Trend Post-Brexit

Simon Chadwick of Espero Consulting shares the real data for associate and partner hires and leavers across the major European law firms in September 2016… It appears to be true that many law firms in the UK and Europe have…

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The Impact of Brexit: A Measured View

With most protagonists in the Brexit debate polarised, I thought a measured assessment of the likely impact might prove helpful. The overall effect of Brexit on the economy is hard to predict at the moment, but it is certainly worth…

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Partnership – What Kind of Law Firm?

There has never been more competition between law firms for talented partners and ambitious, capable senior associates who themselves will carve a niche as the partners of the future. In a market in which the best candidates are highly sought after, the…

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Interview Preparation Guide

The pages below offer advice to assist you in skilfully negotiating the entire interview process, from preparation leading up to the interview right through to accepting your offer and resigning your current position. It is recommended you read the entire guide before beginning…

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National Work-Life Week and the legal market

This week is Working Families’ National Work-Life Week, and today, Wednesday 5th October is Go Home on Time Day. The long hours culture is especially prevalent in the legal market, with parents, carers, and those seeking a better work-life balance…

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Latest Innovations in Staff Resourcing Solutions

The legal market is going through significant and lasting change on a global basis. This change is being driven by three simultaneous forces: 1 The COMMODITISATION of legal services Clients who are demanding lower fees and real value. This effect is exacerbated…

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