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Give a KWM staffer a job, please
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30 November 2016
KWM's European partners voted overwhelmingly last week not to put their hands in their pockets and save the former SJ Berwin. Most of them will now be sorting out their parachutes and negotiating terms at rival law firms.

This is of course not such an easy option for the employees of the firm, who will most likely find themselves looking at new year on the dole through absolutely no fault of their own.

Last Friday we suggested that the many firms which have taken on partners from KWM over the past year might like to help out. So far only Keystone Law has put its hand up. So we're widening the appeal to all employers out there. If you have a vacancy in your post room, if you can use another secretary or a trainee, if you can keep another litigation associate busy - please click here or send an email to helpkwm@rollonfriday.com to let us know, we'll post your details and staff can apply directly.


  This could be you

Come on, it's nearly Christmas, please do your bit.

UPDATE:

From Fox Williams:

"If any of the KWM associates c.3years PQE would like to join one of the UK’s pre-eminent corporate teams advising financial services firms and professional practices, please call Liz on 020 7614 2511. We have a number of roles in our thriving department and we are looking in particular for great candidates who have a good understanding of partnership, LLP as well as corporate law. Experience in one or more of these areas would be advantageous. We have real opportunities for committed, ambitious lawyers with good people skills. Excellent prospects in a friendly team."


And from GQ Employment Law:

"GQ Employment Law is interested in hiring a junior level Associate (NQ-3 years’ PQE).

 
GQ is a specialist employment law firm focused on advising employers on high value, complex employment law issues:

-We have a team of 15 fee-earners, all of whom have joined from leading City firms.

-We work with employers in a variety of sectors from financial services to technology, professional services and luxury goods. We also work with a select number of senior executives on high-value individual employment and partnership/LLP issues.

-We advise on the full range of employment law issues, including day-to-day issues, workplace restructuring, High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation, transaction support, international projects. We also advise on partnership/LLP issues.

Any interested Associates can contact Jon Gilligan (jon.gilligan@gqemploymentlaw.com), Paul Quain (paul.quain@gqemploymentlaw.com) or Sophie Vanhegan (sophie.vanhegan@gqemploymentlaw.com)."  


Keep 'em coming.




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The Lord Chancellor is a coward. And I claim my five pounds.
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08 November 2016
Unless you have been living in a cave for the past week, you will know that three top judges held that Parliament would need to vote in order to activate Brexit. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice Etherton MR and Lord Justice Sales stressed in their judgment that they made no comment on the merits or otherwise of Brexit itself. This was simply a constitutional point.

The Government, which is appealing, was clearly irritated. But the fury of the Daily Mail was unimaginable. It surpassed itself with the following headline:

     

Yup. Three senior judges who did exactly what they were paid to do are "enemies of the people". How dare they prevent the government for doing whatever it wants without consulting Parliament? And in case the collective spleen of Middle England wasn't sufficiently inflamed by this audacity, some handy biographies were given of the judges.

Lord Thomas is a "committed Europhile" who "banked £1m" when he downsized his family home. And he went to Cambridge. Sales LJ  "charged taxpayers £3.3m in six years" as the Government's First Treasury Counsel. He came from the same set as Tony Blair, and we all know he's a wrong 'un. And he went to Cambridge AND Oxford. And Etherton MR qualified for the 1980 Olympics as part of the British Fencing Team. A few weeks ago it was all about our Olympic Heroes. But if you're the Master of the Rolls then it just smacks of elitism, eh? And fencing, that sounds a bit iffy, doesn't it? Sure enough we're told for no reason whatsoever that Etherton is "openly gay". And he might be a bit Jewish, too. "In 2014, he and his partner, solicitor Andrew Stone, took part in the first Jewish ceremonies at a UK synagogue to convert a civil partnership into marriage".

This sort of inflammatory bilge from the Daily Mail is hardly new. Here's a headline from back in the day:

   

And if the Supreme Court finds against the government, presumably we'll have this to look forward to:

     

The vaguely sentient haemorrhoids who write from the Mail are paid to come up with this rabble-rousing nonsense. But you might expect the Lord Chancellor, on behalf of the judiciary, to take issue with it. And you would be wrong.

Nothing was heard from Liz Truss for days. When she finally put out a statement it was a sanitised, cowardly effort designed to appease her political masters. It grudgingly acknowledged that the judiciary should be independent, but it absolutely failed to make any criticism of the Mail.

Truss's appointment as Lord Chancellor back in July was widely ridiculed. Her allies said that much of this was down to misogyny, which might well have been the case - David Mellor this week described her as a "delightful girl". She isn't a lawyer. Neither were her two predecessors, Gove and Grayling, said her camp. True. But Gove was completely useless and Grayling was verging on insane. And her record prior to the job was notable largely for her excruciating speeches.  “We import two-thirds of our cheese. That. Is. A. Disgrace." Hmmm.

Nonetheless she was sworn in with an oath to champion the judiciary. And within a few weeks she has broken it and lost the confidence of pretty much the entire profession. She could, and should, have waded in and destroyed the Mail's points one by one. Dominic Grieve (I declare an interest, a friend), whom absolutely everyone expected to get Truss's job, was immediately on Newsnight telling anyone who'd listen that the Mail and Telegraph were an absolute disgrace and that this sort of coverage "started to make one think that one was living in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe … I think there’s a danger of a sort of mob psyche developing".

Tory Justice Minister Lord Faulks resigned when Truss was appointed. He said "I have nothing against Ms Truss personally. But is she going to have the clout to be able to stand up to the prime minister when necessary on behalf of the judges?" At the time he was criticised for failing even to give her a chance. But he's been shown to be completely right, surely?

Truss's cravenly supine position can only encourage this mob mentality and assist the far right. Nigel Farage has announced that he's going to get 100,000 of his swivel-eyed disciples to march on the Supreme Court, just to press home to the judiciary what will happen to them if they fail to bow to the will of the people. Again, no word from Truss. It's scandalous.

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World Exclusive: KWM top brass in China to hammer out deal
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04 November 2016
Michael Cziesla and Tim Bednall, European Senior and Managing Partners of KWM, are currently in China trying to hammer out a deal to shore up the London office.

They have been meeting with the firm's top brass after London partners were told of the levels of debt and partner departures at the firm last week, as broken by RoF.

     

Cziesla and Bednall are due to return next week to present a deal to the London office. Expect an announcement then. Fingers crossed they've managed to find a way forwards.

A spokeswoman for the firm declined to comment.

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World exclusive - KWM UK partners told firm on the edge
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27 October 2016
UK partners at KWM were told today that the firm has debts out of which it is unlikely to trade. And four top partners immediately jumped ship.

An insider says that partners were told today that they have £35m of debt. Apparently CMS and a bunch of other businesses were at the meeting to advise. This sort of debt would not normally be a problem for a major firm, but 54 partners have left over the last year. Four of them today, including Rob Day, former Managing Partner.

There is a question mark as to whether partners will get back their capital contributions. Our source says they won't, and some face bankruptcy. Hundreds of employees will lose their jobs if the former SJB can't find a lifeline. 

It's just tragic. SJB was a cracking City institution, it shouldn't collapse like this. The death spiral can be blamed on the firm's Far Eastern paymasters who didn't understand it and frankly didn't care very much until it went so wrong there was no turning back, and a raft of UK partners who fled and feathered their own nests, causing a run on the bank. Awful.

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Exclusive: University of Law's CEO steps down
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24 October 2016
I can exclusively reveal that Stelios Platis, CEO of the University of Law, has stepped down.

Dr Platis, an economist who had been a politician in Cyprus, only took on the role in May this year, so he's barely had time to get his knees under the desk. I met him shortly after his appointment. It was an off the record discussion, so the details remain confidential, but he struck me as a pretty odd choice for the head of a law school. Nice enough chap though.

    Vote Platis!

The new CEO is Professor Andrea Nollent, the university's Vice-Chancellor. She's widely respected throughout the City and should probably have been offered the job in the first place. She is the third CEO at the The University of Law since its new owners, Global University Systems, acquired it last year.

A spokesman said “following the successful restructuring of the University Executive, the board of the GUS group has asked Dr. Stelios Platis to undertake a new assignment specifically focussed on the strategic development of GUS international operations. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrea Nollent will take over Dr Platis’ duties.”

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LCCA fashion show
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19 October 2016
For the first time ever I went to a fashion show last night.

Like most lawyers I wouldn't recognise Issey Miyake if he jumped up and kicked me in the crotch. But I had a cracking time. It was for graduates of the London College of Contemporary Arts, part of Global University Systems which acquired the University of Law last year. Hence my rather convoluted route to an invite. It was at a beautiful Wren church in Holborn. I thought I'd be at the back jumping up and down for a peek, but I was placed next to the owner in the middle of the front row by the runway. Bonza.

The graduates showcased their collections with professional models and now have a proper portfolio to show prospective employers. I'm told that last year's crop are working at the likes of Gucci. Similar success is clearly on the cards for many of last night's designers:

     

     

     

     


Although I don't know how much of a market there is for a cross between Darth Vader and the Leather Man from the Village People:

     

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Childish headline from this week's ABA Journal
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18 October 2016
Sent in by a chum. I know, it's beyond puerile, but it made me chuckle...

     

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Excellent Trump t-shirt
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10 October 2016
Spotted at the weekend in a restaurant in the West End:

     

  The next ruler of the free world
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Ince & Co - outrageous claim of the week
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04 October 2016
Thanks to the reader who pointed out this extraordinary assertion on Ince & Co's LinkedIn page:



    Ince & Co - the perception

    Ince & Co - the reality

The UN? Shove it. Medecins Sans Frontieres? Get stuffed. Thousands of major international charities? Blow it out of their collective arse. An 85 partner shipping firm? Now you're talking.

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Outstanding packaging of the week
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03 October 2016
I got a gaudy plastic keyboard as a kid's present from Amazon recently for about 10p. It's brilliant. But not as good as the packaging in which it came.

I don't know where it was made. Probably Pyongyang and I'm unwittingly funding Kim Jong-Un's sweetie habit. But  as the latest in an occasional series on communist toys, feast your eyes on these beauties:

     

More funtion attune! The Drum That Interest Clap Reaction Promotes The Hand!

     

5 drums can flap! Tempo and volume have more distinction to tune up!

     

Errr...

     

Ah, he talks and is very gout. In his little puffer jacket and pudding bowl haircut.
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