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Fergus Payne is a partner and joint head of the Partnerships & LLPs group at Lewis Silkin LLP Recent times have given us two interesting announcements in relation to current merger trends. First, Norton Rose said that it will merge with the US firm, Fulbright & Jaworski. This is set to make the merged firm join the top 10 law firms globally, both by revenue and number of lawyers. Separately, after much recent speculation, Osborne Clarke and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have confirmed that they have called off talks regarding a prospective merger. Interestingly, FFW was involved in failed merger discussions earlier this year with Lawrence Graham. The Norton Rose merger indicates that firms of a certain size are still looking for a foothold in the US legal market, which is not surprising when companies in the US account for more than half of the spending on law firms worldwide. This announcement came shortly after news that SNR Denton will be merging with Salans and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain early next year and that SJ Berwin is in talks with King & Wood Mallesons, which would open up new markets for the English firm in the Asia/Pacific region. It is perhaps not surprising that there has been so much recent consolidation in the legal sector. Although it has repeatedly been said that there are too many solicitors’ firms – roughly 10,500 – it has taken the economic downturn, together with other factors such as the advent of the Legal Services Act, to start driving the current trend with any real momentum. Up to that point there were not necessarily any compelling reasons for firms to rush into mergers, particularly in our innately conservative profession. But the playing field has undoubtedly changed. The continuing trend of globalisation has had an effect as demonstrated by the mergers I mention above. In the domestic market, firms see size, rightly or wrongly, as a way to give access to a new client base. There are many other reasons typically given for a merger, such as access to new markets, increasing firm profitability, expanding the range of services provided, and increasingly exploiting the opportunities of alternative business structures to build non-legal services. From the outside it is easy to question whether the partners in the merging firms are collectively clear what the reasons for seeking a merger actually are, and what the associated implications will be. Every firm will have its own particular requirements when considering a merger and the biggest challenge is often about ensuring a good cultural fit. History has shown that the risks can never be underestimated and any merger throws up its challenges. It is easy to forget just how many notable mergers have taken place both globally, regionally and in London over the past 18 months. Examples include Clyde & Co merging with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Pinsent Masons with McGrigors, Beachcroft with Davies Arnold Cooper, Bond Pearce with Dickinson Dees and Shakespeares with Harvey Ingram. The interesting tie-up between the Australian stock market-listed firm, Slater & Gordon, with Russell Jones & Walker, certainly shows that change is afoot. But let me go back to the other recent headline concerning the non-merger of Osborne Clark and FFW. The two firms cite differences between their operating models as the principal reason for not proceeding. Better for both sides to recognise early enough in their negotiations that problems exist which they believe won’t, or can’t, be resolved. A significant factor in the ultimate success of any merger will depend on the firms’ reasons for merging being complementary and both being clear about the rationale and implications of joining forces. Despite the obvious stumbling blocks, in my view, there will be a continuing trend of consolidation, particularly by mid-tier and larger firms, although the speed may be difficult to predict. I also anticipate that consolidation will continue to occur with new ABS entrants to the legal market joining with an existing law firm. What is certain is that there will inevitably be winners and losers.
Latest government research on not-for-profit providers of legal advice does not paint the most up-to-date picture of the sector, a leading advice network has said.The Ministry of Justice’s Survey of Not for Profit Legal Advice Providers in England and Wales was conducted to develop a ‘baseline’ of the profile of not-for-profit advice providers, to describe their clients and to provide an indication of how they have been affected by cuts under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) and other reforms.The last sector-wide research was conducted a decade ago. Nearly half (49%) of the 1,462 organisations identified as not-for-profit legal advice providers responded to the latest survey. The main-stage telephone interview fieldwork took place between December 2014 and February 2015.The report acknowledges that the findings ‘cannot be inferred to the overall sector’ since the ministry did not have details about non-responding organisations.‘The findings based on responding organisations, however, paint a picture of a sector that appears to be adapting to change,’ it says.’Although the findings show that some organisations are shrinking, there is also evidence to show that others have expanded and are anticipating continued service provision going forward.’However, the Law Centres Network said the ‘supposedly stable finance picture, reflecting fieldwork carried out in early 2015, is already out of date’.Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, head of policy and profile, said the Advice Services Transition Fund, which was still available at the time of the survey, has been discontinued.Local authorities were a primary funder ‘but now face a 6.7% funding cut by 2020 so are likely to cut support’.‘Also, until last spring, contract holders could still bill LASPO work, so it is only since then that we can see the LASPO regime in isolation,’ Ben-Cnaan said.‘The main replacement for statutory funding is charitable grant funding, but this normally supports fixed-term projects and not ongoing services. It may replace funds now, but in the longer-term services may become more precarious.’
Accountants are closing the pay gap on lawyers as the growing use of paralegals and oversupply depress salaries in the legal sector, latest research suggests.Average pay for chartered and certified accountants rose by 2.8% in 2015 to £35,923 – 3% higher than the pre-recession peak of £34,882 in 2007, according to figures from accountancy contractors Nixon Williams.But median pay for legal professionals (£41,602) remains 2.4% below its 2009 peak, meaning the difference between the professions has fallen from 20% seven years ago to 13.7% now.Explaining the rise in pay within the accountancy sector, Nixon Williams said accountants were focused on cost-cutting and reducing headcount during the recession. Large accountancy practices cut back on graduate training, which led to a shortage of suitably qualified candidates to meet rising demand.By contrast, the legal profession has the ‘reverse problem’ of too many lawyers when demand in many areas has stagnated or fallen.Nixon Williams chief executive Simon Curry (pictured) said: ‘We are still producing too many lawyers at a time when law firms are closing down or merging, crime is falling and legal aid budgets [are] being slashed. Law firms are getting rid of really expensive solicitors and getting more work done by paralegals, which is driving down average pay.’The accountancy sector’s push into the legal market has become increasingly evident. Last week the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales applied to become an approved regulator and licensing authority for five reserved legal activities. Developments among the ‘big four’ accountancy giants – of which three have alternative business structure licences – suggest they also pose a retention and recruitment threat.Curry said law firms were facing increased competition from accountants ‘who are moving into process-oriented, high street work’.He added: ‘Accountancy firms are increasingly able to undercut law firms by offering a fixed-fee pricing model. This is appealing in a market which has become less willing to accept the billable hours charged by many law firms.’
Share 155 Views no discussions LocalNews Dominica to commence fogging to prevent Zika Virus by: Dominica Vibes News – May 22, 2015 Share (Photo credit: www.cbc.ca)The Ministry of Health and Environment is urging members of the public to help prevent mosquito breeding and reduce any possibility of the introduction of the Zika virus into the island.This health advisory issued on Friday 22 May 2015, follows an Epidemiological Alert from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on 7 May 2015 recommending its Member States to establish and maintain the capacity for Zika virus infection detection, clinical management and an effective public communication strategy to reduce the presence of the mosquito that transmits this disease, particularly in areas where the vector is present. Zika virus, which is new to the Americas and threatening to spread to the Caribbean, is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same mosquito that transmits Chikungunya and Dengue.Its symptoms include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), headache, weakness, rash, swelling of the lower limbs and to a lesser extent vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain.Symptoms usually appear after the incubation period of 3-12 days following the bite of an infected mosquito and last 4-7 days. There is no specific vaccine or treatment for the virus.The Ministry has advised the public to take precautionary measures by inspecting their homes and yards weekly in order to identify and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites indoors and outdoors. Water drums and barrels should be tightly covered and stagnant water in flower vases, old tyres, and other containers that might act as breeding sites should be thrown out.The National Public Health Response and Surveillance team is on high alert and has begun reviewing and refining management strategies and guidelines which will shape the Ministry’s response in the event of the disease surfacing in Dominica.National Pest and Termites Control, the agency engaged by the government to perform vector control services around the island has already begun placing Altosid – (a larvicide) in the utility ducts in Roseau. Fogging will begin on Tuesday May 26 at 4:30 am and continue on Wednesday and Thursday in the Roseau Health District. Fogging activities will be scheduled within other areas of high Aedes aegypti mosquito infestation within the island. There is currently an outbreak of the disease in Brazil however, there are no deaths due to the Zika virus have been recorded worldwide to date.The Zika Virus was first isolated in 1947 in a Rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest, Uganda. It was first isolated in humans in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania. Outbreaks have been seen since then in the island of Yap (2007), French Polynesia (2013) and Brazil (2015). Sharing is caring! Share Tweet
The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force is currently investigating a fatal vehicular accident, which claimed the life of ten month old Shay Dorival of Fond St. Jean.The accident occurred at 10:30 am on Tuesday, 4th September 2018, on the Michael Douglas highway in Portsmouth.According to Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Simon Edwards, the accident involved car registration number PN320, driven by Davian Francis, female 38 years of Fond St. Jean, and truck registration number TE320 driven by Alston Thomas, male adult of Lagoon Portsmouth.It was noted that Francis was accompanied by Patricia Mingo, female 70 years, Mickael Steward, male 13 years, and 10 month old Shay Dorival, all of Fond St. Jean.According to the information reaching the media, the car was traveling north to Portsmouth on the road while the truck was heading in the opposite direction.The driver lost control of the car, veered of the lane, and collided with the truck. The car was extensively damaged and the four occupants received varying degrees of injuries.The individuals were transported to the Reginald Armour Hospital, where they were attended to, before three were transferred to the A&E department at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Patricia Mingo will be later today, transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital.Shay Dorival succumbed to her injuries at the Princess Margaret Hospital and was pronounced dead by a medical doctor. Share Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Accident in Portsmouth claims life of 10 month old by: Dominica Vibes News – September 4, 2018 1391 Views one comment Tweet
Governor Mike Dunleavy proposed to spend the $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funds by LB&A, a House-Senate committee, as well as input from other members of the Legislature. $568.6 million to help communities and local governments impacted by COVID-19, distributed in a model that follows the precedent set by the longstanding Community Assistance Program.$290 million for the state to provide relief to Alaska small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The money will be distributed through grants at the direction of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. DCCED estimates this funding will help 10,000 small businesses that were unable to obtain loans through the federal Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.$100 million in economic stimulus for Alaska fisheries, which will help a wide variety of individuals and entities that rely on fishing and will be impacted by the substantial reduction in revenue associated with diminished opportunities to fish commercially or operate charters and guided fishing tours.$51.6 million directed in the federal CARES Act to be used for rural airports and other programs managed by the Alaska Department of Transportation, money which will go toward improvement of the statewide aviation and rural airport systems where additional needs have occurred due to COVID-19, as well as funds for the Whittier Tunnel.$45 million to help stabilize K-12 classrooms impacted by COVID-19.$42 million for child nutrition programs that serve children forced out of school by the pandemic.$29 million to address rural transportation costs, including the Alaska Marine Highway System.$10 million for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to help prevent homelessness. By helping people make mortgage and rent payments, Alaskans will be less likely to become homeless. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people experiencing homelessness are at higher risk of moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19.$5 million for direct financial aid grants to help University of Alaska students, and to help minimize systemic impacts of COVID-19 on the university system.$3.6 million in critical funding for state, local, and tribal governments to provide a range of programs including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and more. Tens of thousands of individual Alaskans and organizations impacted by COVID-19 will receive a portion of the federal relief funds directed to our state, which includes: FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee (LB&A) voted on Monday to approve funds to Alaskans and Alaskan small businesses through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
LSU’s Kevin Faulk (3) runs for a first down picking up 6 yards before being brought down by Akron’s Corey Christian (41) and Rich Reliford (30) a 1997 game in Tiger Stadium.This is one of a Louisiana Sports Writers Association series of stories featuring the 11 members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Class. They will be enshrined Saturday, June 27 in Natchitoches, capping three days of activities. For a full schedule, visit LaSportsHall.com or call (318) 238-4255.Banks Menard still remembers the first time he ever heard about Kevin Faulk.He was on the staff of new Carencro High head coach Mac Barousse at the time when the town’s middle school coach showed up at practice one day with a proclamation.Carencro Middle coach Billy McCauley told he and Barousse that this seventh-grader he had would be the best thing to ever hit the field at Carencro High.At the time, an All-State caliber quarterback named Greg Laxey had just left the program to begin a college career with the hometown Ragin’ Cajuns.“We were like, ‘Yeah right,’ but I decided that I had to go see this kid,” Menard said. “I watched this kid beat Anderson Middle, which I’m not sure had ever lost a game before, by himself. He was incredible.”As quickly as he could, Menard reported back to Barousse.“Coach, you’ve got a stud coming up,” he exclaimed. “Kevin Faulk is the real deal.”For the next two decades, that seventh-grader proceeded to make McCauley a prophet.As a freshman at Carencro High, he intercepted nine passes starting at safety. As a sophomore, he led the Golden Bears to the first football state championship in the history of Lafayette Parish.“Even as a freshman, his work ethic was relentless,” former Carencro High assistant coach Tony Courville said. “Sure he had a lot of God-given talent, but his mental strengths was as big or bigger than his physical strengths.“I will never forget this 15-year-old kid during a big moment in the state championship game just tap Mac (Barousse) on the shoulder and say, ‘I got it coach.’ You don’t see that very often.”The two-time State Offensive MVP and USA Today and Parade All-American then took his game to LSU where he restored a winning attitude to the Tigers with three straight winning seasons after the program had endured six consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival.Faulk was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft.During his 13 years with the Patriots, he played in five Super Bowls — winning three — was honored on the Patriots 50-year anniversary team and finished as the franchise’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards.All of those statistics, though, only begin to provide the reasons why “Kevin Faulk is the real deal.”Faulk’s impact on football in Louisiana will be cemented forever with his induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, June 27 in Natchitoches.“This honor is a big one,” Faulk said. “This is home. This is recognition from your peers back home.”Home has always meant a big deal to Faulk.These days, he’s back at Carencro High coaching, hoping to provide the kind of leadership today’s youth need.“This is where I come from,” Faulk said. “I take it very seriously. I’ve been there. I know the things that these kids learn in high school are lessons they can take with them moving forward.”The players Faulk are currently coaching weren’t even alive when Faulk’s legend really began back in the fall of 1992 as a sophomore quarterback.“When you’re a sophomore, you’re not even thinking about pressure,” Faulk said. “Truthfully, I didn’t feel any pressure. What pressure? All I had to do was hand the ball off to Ernest Lazard or Derrick Beavers. That wasn’t pressure.”And yet, cool beyond his years, it was Faulk being named as the MVP in the 28-27 overtime win over Neville in the state championship game.Before his high school career was over, Faulk would amass 4,877 rushing yards at a clip of 8.1 a carry and 7,612 all-purpose yards with 89 touchdowns.“He was always thinking that there was something he could do better,” Menard said. “He worked at it. He went that extra mile. He had speed, vision and such a great knowledge of the game. He had passion for the game.“When you have it, you have it. He’s one of those kind of athletes that you only get every 10 or 20 years.”Faulk’s former LSU running backs coach Michael Haywood said it didn’t take him long to realize what kind of superstar athlete Faulk was.“The first day I showed up on campus was the day Kevin Faulk came to visit LSU,” Haywood said. “I was stunned. All of those recruits were treating him like a rock star, asking him for his autographs.”Patrick Pass was one of those prospects who was a big fan of Faulk and he wasn’t even being recruited by LSU. He was from Tucker, Georgia.A USA Today All-American the year after Faulk left Carencro, Pass said he would regularly wake up each Saturday morning to watch the ‘‘Countdown to Signing Day’’ TV program just so he could watch Faulk’s highlights.“I was a big fan of Kevin’s,” said Pass, who played at Georgia and then was a teammate of Faulk with the Patriots from 2000-06, 2009. “He was unbelievable. He had some incredible highlight-film runs.“When we (Georgia) played LSU in 1998, I was happy just to be on the same field with Kevin Faulk.”If Haywood didn’t quite get it initially, it didn’t take him much time on the practice field for Haywood to learn what all the fuss was about.“Kevin Faulk was the smartest football player I ever coached and the most competitive athlete I ever coached,” Haywood said.“He saw things before it happened.“He understood the technique and the fundamentals so well.”Faulk possessed the kind of attributes that can make it easy to coach, sort of like being the quarterback coach for Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.“Booger McFarland would joke with me during practice, ‘Coach Haywood, you can have the day off again today.”The only thing Faulk didn’t feature was a tall frame. During his days with the Patriots, he was listed at 5-foot-8.“But he always played with a 6-2 heart,” Menard said.“I never thought his size was a problem,” Haywood said. “He was as physical as (other LSU backs) Cecil Collins, Rondell Mealey or Kendall Cleveland.’’By the time Faulk left LSU, his 4,557 yards rushing was second in SEC history only behind Georgia’s Herschel Walker and his 6,833 all-purpose yards and was fifth in NCAA history and tops in the SEC, before being eclipsed by Tim Tebow in 2009.Once in the NFL, Faulk’s big impact wasn’t as easily noticeable … to some at least. The Patriots’ coaches, players, media and sure noticed him.He finished as the franchise’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards. He finished with 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing, as well as 3,701 yards and 15 touchdowns receiving.But when he was elected to the franchise’s 50th anniversary team, and as the story goes, he accepted that news with little fanfare as always.Owner Robert Kraft called him into office to inform Faulk of the honor.“I thanked him and told him that I didn’t believe it,” he said. “Then I told him I had to go to practice.”In short, that was Faulk.“He was always humble and hard-working,” Menard said. “He still is.”It was that approach that allowed Faulk to play 13 years in the NFL. Instead of seeking fame when other teams came calling to make him a featured back after his first contract ended in New England, Faulk stayed and just continued to play a huge role in helping the Patriots win.Faulk gave credit to former agent and friend Raymond Brothers, Jr. for encouraging him to stay in New England instead of taking more short-term money elsewhere.“What do you want to do?” Haywood remembered saying in discussing the issue with Faulk. “He said, ‘I want to play 10-14-15 years in the NFL.’“I agreed with him at the time. What’s wrong with being a third-down back? Look how it worked out for him.”