Trainee programme at local law firm is a success

Local firm Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers are celebrating the success of their trainee programme as another of their trainees has achieved full qualification as a solicitor.

Michael Johnson grew up in Scarborough, attending St Augustine’s School followed by Scarborough Sixth Form College. He joined Pinkney Grunwells on a training contract in 2017 having first completed a Law and Politics degree at the University of Manchester and a Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Michael, who during his training contract gained experience in property, family and private client law, will be staying on at the firm to become a full time member of the private client team in Scarborough, advising clients on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate and estates.

The firm has a long history of taking on trainees and the trainee programme has grown and developed over time. With a minimum of two trainee solicitors retained at a time, new placements are recruited for annually, usually last two years and provide trainees with the chance to train across at least three areas of law. The firm has developed links with local education and training providers, regularly attending careers talks and events and providing work experience placements. Opportunities are also regularly available to local young people seeking to complete apprenticeships in business administration, finance or legal services.

Teresa Bennion, Managing Partner at Pinkney Grunwells, said that recruiting talented professionals can be challenging for local businesses and for law firms in particular.

Teresa said, “We acknowledge that staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to growing local talent through our trainee programme. We provide trainees with an environment in which they can develop the skillset needed as practising solicitors. In a location where it can be difficult to attract qualified staff, we are proud that many have stayed on to further their career with us after they have qualified.

As a business, we recognise that investment in training and development means that in the long-term, we retain staff and provide a better service to our clients as we are able to respond more easily to demands for particular service areas as they arise.”

Michael Johnson is pleased that the training programme has given him the opportunity to have the career he wants without having to move away.

“I was attracted to the trainee programme at Pinkney Grunwells as it is the largest firm on the Yorkshire Coast and the Partners are proactive. Training at a high street firm has given me the opportunity to train across a varied caseload, assisting my local community with the legal aspects of life events from buying a house to making a Will or helping with difficult areas such as divorce.

I had a particular interest in private client law due to the varied nature of the work and I am really looking forward to working with clients both old and new at our Scarborough and Driffield offices.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://pinkneygrunwells.co.uk/

Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C. Adds New Partner

Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser is pleased to announce that Brian M. Rothery has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Rothery has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of intellectual property law cases.

Mr. Rothery provides strategic representation to clients in technology disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. In addition to his trial practice, he also counsels clients on technology-related issues such as licensing, product development and supply agreements, merger and acquisition due diligence, product clearance (Freedom to Operate), and IP portfolio development. His fields of expertise include consumer products, medical devices, manufacturing equipment, robotic devices, and life sciences.

Mr. Rothery’s credentials as an innovative IP attorney are well established, most recently serving as a partner with Fox Rothschild, LLP’s intellectual property group. Brian Rothery earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1987), and his J.D., cum laude, from Pace University School of Law (1990). He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, admitted to the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of N.Y., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

Founded in 1973, Garden City-based Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C. (SSMP) is a premier intellectual property practice comprised of highly skilled attorneys with sophisticated technical backgrounds. SSMP is well-positioned at the crossroads of cutting-edge science, technology and law where it offers detailed, bankable opinions and secures, protects and enforces intellectual property for its clients.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.ssmp.com/

102 Honigman Attorneys named in The Best Lawyers in America©

Best Lawyers® named 102 Honigman attorneys from 53 practice areas in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Based on extensive peer-review research, these attorneys were recognised based on their professional excellence.

Two attorneys are new to the Honigman list this year: Thomas J. Appledorn (Trademark Law) and Jeffrey A. Hyman (Tax Law).

In addition, nine practices were recognised as “Top Listed State Awards” including:

  • Corporate Law in Michigan
  • Health Care Law in Michigan
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law in Michigan
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in Michigan
  • Real Estate Law in Michigan
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law in Michigan
  • Tax Law in Michigan
  • Trademark Law in Michigan
  • Venture Capital Law in Michigan

Honigman was also recognised for the following “Top Listed City Awards:”

  • Total Lawyers in Detroit
  • Corporate Law in Detroit
  • Environmental Law in Detroit
  • Health Care Law in Detroit
  • Litigation and Controversy–Tax in Detroit
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Detroit
  • Real Estate Law in Detroit
  • Real Estate Law in Bloomfield Hills
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law in Detroit
  • Securities Regulation in Detroit
  • Tax Law in Detroit
  • Tax Law in Bloomfield Hills

Firm Overview:

Honigman is a leading business law firm serving clients locally, nationally, and internationally from its Midwest base. We counsel clients on complex legal issues in more than 60 areas of legal practice. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ businesses and being exceptionally responsive to their business goals and needs.

Honigman is on the forefront of developing new approaches to add value to our client service. With our innovative administrative approaches, project management skills, and client service teams, our attorneys are able to work proactively with our clients to deliver outstanding service and results. The extraordinary proficiency of our attorneys and staff, our client service ethic, and our Midwest cost structure allow Honigman to successfully compete with the nation’s largest law firms.

For more than 70 years, Honigman has been repeatedly commended by peers and clients for exceptional performance. Our Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Real Estate practices are ranked in the top tier in Michigan by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019. U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranks 15 of our major practice areas nationally among the nation’s most prominent law firms.

Honigman is a member of Interlaw, a global network of elite independent law firms whose selective membership includes firms in 140 cities worldwide. Every prospective law firm is thoroughly vetted before an invitation is extended to join the network, and each member’s participation and performance is monitored to assure continued quality control. This membership connects Honigman with local counsel for cross-border transactions when needed. Interlaw is ranked by Chambers & Partners in its highest category, “Elite,” among all global law firm networks.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.honigman.com/

Slater and Gordon Turns Profit in Successful Year of Stabilisation

Slater and Gordon UK today reports its first year of profitability after a successful period of stabilisation, restructuring and strategic investment.

The business, under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer David Whitmore, generated revenues of £222.7m and achieved an adjusted EBITDA of £1m in 2018, its first year of independence following its separation from the former Australian parent company.

The success has been maintained into 2019, as the business continues to grow in strength and profitability under a new leadership team and as it invests in new technologies to digitalise legal services and focuses on delivering excellence in customer care.

“In the last 18 months we have strengthened the leadership team, bringing in a wealth of experience and skills from inside and outside of the legal sector. This mix of talents and expertise will enable our business to continue growing to meet the demands of our customers, partners and colleagues. It is an exciting time to be part of the business and we look forward to continuing to transform the way consumer legal services are delivered in this country.”

During 2018 and 2019, the Slater and Gordon UK Group made a series of significant hires to strengthen the management and directorship of the business.

Martyn Beauchamp joined as Chief Customer Officer, a new role to reflect the importance the business places on customers and their Slater and Gordon experience, while Yvonne Ferguson was appointed Chief Technology and Transformation Officer. Alison Wilford also joined as Chief Financial Officer, bringing wide-ranging experience of working for international brands, while Angus Eaton joined as Chief Risk Officer, following a career at Aviva as Strategy and Transformation Director.

It also saw the development of a People and Culture function within the Group, headed up by newly appointed Chief People Officer, Alicia Alinia.

David Whitmore added: “Our people and culture are critical to the success of Slater and Gordon. The right progressive culture provides a business with a clear competitive advantage. Our culture allows our people to thrive and ensures they deliver the right outcomes for our customers”.

Other highlights of the period of 2018 include:

  • A 100% retention of contracts with existing partners
  • An investment of £6.7 million in technology initiatives, as the first phase of a three-year multi million programme to enable the business to digitalise legal services and integrate onto a single case management platform
  • The creation of a new team of data scientists who are providing fresh insight to better resource and plan for case outcomes, based on probability as well as experience
  • Completion of the roll out Microsoft Managed Desktop – becoming the first business in the world to do so. The team now use Surface Pros, accessed via facial recognition, further enhancing data security and enabling a more flexible approach to working.

6 key ingredients of effective law firm press releases

As the media continues to evolve in this electronic age, newsrooms are shrinking or disappearing, the role of journalists is changing, and opportunities for publishing news online are proliferating. The type of information getting published – especially online – also is changing. A decade ago, the chances of getting a law firm press release published verbatim were almost nil. Today, with news and aggregate websites in abundance, wire services publishing on the Web, and more non-journalism-trained editors deciding what gets published, the tables have turned for the press release as a PR tool.

A press release is no longer a vehicle just for informing journalists (who, in the past, mostly cherry-picked the facts they needed from a press release to incorporate into their own stories). In many cases today, a press release is the complete story that your audience will see. That makes the stakes higher than ever before. With that in mind, consider these tips on key ingredients and useful elements to include when writing a law firm press release.

  • Include an attention-grabbing headline.
  • Include the most “newsworthy” information in the first two to three paragraphs – your audience may not read beyond that.
  • Emphasise what’s different about you, your firm or whatever news you’re communicating. Reporters love “firsts” and precedent-setting developments (if they are legit).
  • Insert web links to your law firm’s site and blogs, attorney biographies, and related external web pages. (Even if publishers use “nofollow” links that don’t pass link juice, you will still point readers to your firm’s website where they can further engage with your content.)
  • If there’s a related video, link to that also or embed it into the press release. YouTube and Vimeo players make it easy to copy embed codes.
  • For releases about attorneys, add links to their social media platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter).
  • Provide an email address and phone number for someone knowledgeable and responsive as a media contact.
  • Employ useful content. Great storytelling is what sells a release, and these add-ons and themes will help get reporters and editors invested in your news:
  • Provide statistics, if applicable, to add timeliness and credibility to your story.
  • Add local angles. For example, if a law firm has multiple offices, consider customising releases for each office with a different market (city) dateline. In each release, quote a local attorney/office head on firmwide stories. Consider other ways to localise your release to interest journalists in each city where you want coverage.
  • Try to pivot from a current event or story in the news. For example, for a press release about a new law firm office, juxtapose it against a recent story about a downturn in new business openings in the community.
  • Relate your news to current or emerging trends in the legal industry. Reporters often are interested in piggybacking on top of what’s on the cutting edge.
  • Analyse the impact of the news or development that your release covers. Don’t just report the news about you or your firm – explain how it may affect clients, the business community, other lawyers and law firms, and other key constituents.
  • Include at least one good quote from an attorney source or the subject of the release. This adds “color,” personalises the information, and breaks up the routine facts of “who, what, when, where and how.”

Don’t be intimidated by having to produce the perfect law firm press release every time out. By including as many key elements as possible, and hitting upon a couple of attention-grabbing content themes, you’re likely to have success in getting published and positively building the public reputations of yourself and your law firm.

Ron Herman Appears on CBS 12 Discussing Epstein Case

Attorney Ron D. Herman, founder of Herman Law, P.A., was featured on the August 14 broadcast of CBS 12 news offering his thoughts on the investigation into the late Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring. The in-depth News Team Coverage included an extensive interview of Herman due to his “years of experience with sex crime cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.”

While prosecutors are continuing their investigation, Herman explained that the criminal charges against Epstein will be dismissed due to his death. New York City’s chief medical examiner determined the death was a suicide.

Based on his experience in cases in which a defendant dies, Herman notated that “the criminal case is over.” Herman explained that Epstein will continue to enjoy the presumption of innocence in the eyes of the law because his attorneys had entered a not guilty plea prior to his death.

Nonetheless, alleged victims of Epstein’s sex crimes have other legal remedies, such as civil claims against his estate. Criminal cases against Epstein’s associates may also still be possible. As a former prosecutor in the coveted Crimes Against Children Unit (Special Victims Unit or SVU), Herman was tapped for his legal analysis of the issues in this high profile case.

About Ron D. Herman

Ron Herman is the managing partner of Herman Law, P.A., an established West Palm Beach criminal law firm, where he defends complex cases, with experience representing companies and professionals fighting government investigations. With litigation experience spanning two decades, Ron has handled more than 150 jury trials during his esteemed career.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit https://www.rhlawfl.com/