Archive for February, 2010

The Legal Services Board Has Spoken

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 10:00

The Legal Services Board has announced that the firstĀ  Alternative Business Structures will be able to apply for licences in mid-October 2011. For English lawyers this will be the dawning of a new age. For the Master of the Rolls (the head of our civil appeals court) this is the slippery slope to the fusion […]






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The Flowers Are Blooming…Already

Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 10:45

(Thanks to RalphMag) It was only a few days ago that I was speculating how local governments and their legal departments would respond to the opportunities raised by the Legal Services Act 2007 and Alternative Business Structures (ABS). We don’t have to wait that long. In today’s The Lawyer it was reported that Kent County […]






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Today I Sat in a Meeting on Risk Management in the Law School…

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 10:00

(Thanks to New Yorker)






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The Rise of Boutiques?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 10:00

(Thanks to Coolhunting) Flexibility and mobility are two necessary attributes to dealing with markets in flux. As we have seen with the struggles of the behemoth law firms over the last year or so, restructuring is painful, slow and very unwelcome. Small firms, however, may have the advantage because they can reconfigure themselves with relatively […]






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Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 12:37

(Thanks to Anselm Kiefer “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom” , 2000) “Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land.” So said Chairman Mao in 1957, on which the misquotation above is […]






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