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Double wins for Burness Paull and Brodies at IP awards

Burness Paull LLP and Brodies LLP have scored double wins for their intellectual property teams at an international awards ceremony.

The Managing IP Awards saw Burness Paull named winners of the Scottish Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and also Scottish Copyright Firm of the Year awards at the event which took place in the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last week.

Brodies was recognised for the seventh consecutive year, picking up the awards for Scotland’s Trade Mark Contentious Firm of the Year and IP Transactions and Advisory Firm of the Year.

Brodies’ IP team received the awards in recognition of excellence in innovation and specialist intellectual property work over the past 12 months.

Burness Paull’s IP practice is led by Colin Hulme, the only Scottish IP litigator ranked as band 1 in Chambers UK and as a “leading individual” in Legal 500.

He said: “The patents award is reflective of the ongoing work we are doing with AstraZeneca in the Court of Session and acting for both operators and major service companies on patent disputes in Scotland and internationally in the oil and gas sector.

“The breadth of our practice is underlined by the copyright award in recognition of our work for significant rights-holder clients such as the Harris Tweed Authority, Sky, PPL, PRS for Music and the enforcement of their rights across Scotland ensures we are the heaviest user of the Scottish IP Court by some margin.”

Robert Buchan, partner and head of Brodies’ contentious IP team, said: “IP continues to be critical in safeguarding the future of many businesses, encouraging innovation and improving the bottom line. This year we have worked on international patent and trade mark disputes and high value IP transactions, as well as using the local Scottish courts to successfully protect valuable IP rights.

“Receiving these awards from Managing IP for the seventh consecutive year is a great honour, and is testament to the hard work of the team at Brodies, not to mention our clients, who we thank for continuing to trust us with challenging and interesting mandates.”

About Burness Paull LLP:

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We have over 530 people.

We operate from three offices.

This year we have worked on over £42.8bn of deals in more than 60 jurisdictions.

And we have one goal. To be the Best Scottish Law Firm in the World.

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ChangeScout scoops Bronze at Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

Deloitte’s ChangeScout, a change management solution that accelerates and simplifies complex change programs in real time, has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group bronze award for excellence in the “Best Advance in the Unique HR or Workforce Management” category.

Organisations are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of today’s digital disruptions, while simultaneously facing pressure to deliver quicker, more seamless change transformation. ChangeScout combines cutting-edge technology, onsite access to experts, and Deloitte’s unique change methodology to transform the way change is delivered.

ChangeScout enables organisations to drive successful transformations by covering the key aspects of change management, including methodology, technology, expertise and insights, enabling organisations to innovate and grow to get the most value out of major change investments.

“We developed ChangeScout to provide structure when companies are implementing new programs and making crucial changes to their business,” said Mike Bentley, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “As social enterprises, organisations increasingly need to become more adaptive to the external forces impacting their business and workforce, increasing the need for specific tools to manage the process. We are thrilled the Brandon Hall Group recognised the value and potential of ChangeScout.”

This is the second consecutive year Deloitte has been recognised by the Brandon Hall Group for its Human Capital products. In 2017, Deloitte’s ConnectMe received Gold recognition in the Best Advance in Emerging Workforce Management Technology.

“We were blown away,” said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group. “Our research was confirmed by the entrants’ responsiveness to the needs of employers who seek to align technology to the goals of their businesses. Every Technology Award entry embodied a win-win proposition for employers and employees.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Deloitte

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 5,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace to make an impact that matters — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them.

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Vote Now: 2018 Awards of Excellence Ballot

Welcome to our Annual Awards of Excellence. These are Luxury Travel Advisor’s “readers’ choice awards,” where suppliers and top executives are honoured for their superb performances throughout the year.

The nominees you’ll see by clicking on the link below have been selected by our advisory board; these are the luxury travel advisors who have graced the covers of our magazine over the past 13 years. As we add new cover profiles, the advisory board grows, creating a diverse array of opinion from year to year.

Next steps? The ballot now goes out to our general readership (advisors only, please) to cast the final vote for who deserves top honours for the best in luxury travel. Please do voice your opinion, for as you know, every vote makes a difference. Voting ends Friday, March 29, 2019. The winners will be announced at the 2019 ULTRA Summit, which will take place May 21-23 at Reunion, A Salamander Resort in Kissimmee, FL.

If you would like to cast your vote, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18awardsofexcellence

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The top consulting firms and financial advisers for the education sector

A survey among buyers of consultancy services has identified the top management consulting and M&A advisory firms for the education sector. The list recognises large consultancies such as EY-Parthenon (the strategy consulting subsidiary of EY) KPMG, PwC, and boutiques with a focus on the education sector such as Cairneagle Associates and William Clarence Education.

Every year industry platform EducationInvestor organises the EducationInvestor Awards, a competition that is awarded to organisations and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the education sector in the past twelve months. Awards are also provided to firms and people that have done an outstanding job in promoting excellence and innovation within the industry.

Three categories look specifically at the performance of consulting firms in the sector. In the advisory and finance segment of proceedings, nominations have been handed out for the services of consultants to education institutions, and to private sector entities looking to invest in education. Meanwhile, nods were also handed out to five firms for the financial advisory category.

Top Consultancies

London headquartered Cairneagle Associates is an international strategy consultancy specialising in education, media and technology. The firm has previously been recognised with the 2015 and 2016 EducationInvestor Awards for Consultants to the Private Sector. Joining the consultancy is Carfax Projects. Founded in 2011, it provides technical and strategic support to investors, universities, governments, and inter-governmental organisations around the world.

The strategy subsidiary of Big Four firm EY also made the grade. EY-Parthenon is nominated alongside Big Four rival KPMG, and SAP consultancy Pivot. Pivot focuses primarily on digital transformation projects in the sector, while the final nominee for the category, William Clarence Education, recently announced a new partnership with educational guardianship organisation, AEGIS. The education consultancy will collaborate in order to offer new guidance for parents of international children studying in Britain.

Alongside second nominations for Cairneagle Associates, Carfax Projects and EY-Parthenon, CIL Management Consultants has also been nominated for the Consultants to the Private Sector Category. Last year, CIL was similarly noted for its achievements in the health sector, as the Health Investor Awards. The final consultancy to be nominated in the category is PwC. The firm recently announced its investment in the health technology business that has developed Perfect Ward, an online inspection tool aimed at improving quality in healthcare organisations and systems.

Financial Advisers

In the Financial Adviser category, Clearwater International, a financial advisory firm that provides services across multiple sectors, was marked out for its work. Founded in 2014, Clearwater hosts 200 employees in 15 international offices, and the business has completed over 1400 transactions, worth more than €66 billion. Alongside Clearwater, fellow nominee DC Advisory, a London-based corporate finance advisor with specific expertise in cross-border transactions, was also acknowledged.

Grant Thornton, the UK’s fifth largest auditor, received a nomination in the category as well, along with Houlihan Lokey/Quayle Munro. In January 2018, Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank, successfully completed the acquisition of Quayle Munro, an independent advisory firm that provides corporate finance advisory services to companies underpinned by data & analytics, content, software, and services. Interestingly, QMPF, formerly known as Quayle Munro Project Finance is the final nominee in the category, having parted ways with Quayle Munro in 2014, thanks to a managerial buy-out.

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Williams Parker Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Williams Parker has announced that Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters lawyer-rating service, has named 13 of its attorneys as 2018 Super Lawyers and three as 2018 Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The following Williams Parker attorneys were named as 2018 Super Lawyers: Charles D. Bailey, III, Gail E. Farb, Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, Rose-Anne Frano, Ric Gregoria, John M. Hament, J. Michael Hartenstine, Elizabeth C. Marshall, Mark A. Schwartz, William M. Seider, Jeffrey T. Troiano, Kimberly P. Walker and Michael J. Wilson. 2018 Rising Stars are Douglas J. Elmore, James-Allen McPheeters and Elizabeth M. Stamoulis.

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BDO Singapore: Business Excellence Advisory

(A) Business Excellence Advisory

In today’s rapidly evolving and globalised economy, enterprises are actively pursuing business sustainability and scalability to maintain long-term market competitiveness. Some companies just work – like a well-oiled machine, they function seamlessly internally by having robust processes and keeping employees engaged with their jobs. Externally, they can maintain a competitive advantage and adapt according to different economic conditions. Regardless of industry size, structure or stage of development, these are the hallmarks of sustainable enterprises that have achieved organisational excellence. If you are a business owner reading this, the more pertinent question is – where do you start?

Achieving Organisational Excellence with the Business Excellence Initiative

Organisational excellence is all about adopting a holistic approach to strengthening management systems and processes of an organisation for growth and productivity improvements. The Business Excellence initiative is driven by SPRING Singapore to help and encourage organisations in their journey towards organisational excellence by assessing and improving their performance against the requirements of internationally benchmarked organisational excellence frameworks such as:

– The Baldridge Performance Excellence Programme in the United States
– The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Award
– The Japan Quality Award
– The Australian Business Excellence Award

As a prolific advisory service provider to enterprises seeking to achieve organisational excellence and to prepare for the Singapore Quality Class (SQC) recognition by SPRING Singapore, BDO’s Business Excellence Advisory service helps business owners to identify organisational gaps and impart insights on industry best practices to improve the organisation. Our proprietary methodology is rooted in SPRING’s Business Excellence Framework and is focused on understanding your organisational needs thoroughly before designing a recommendation roadmap to address the identified gaps in the organisation.

Our Business Excellence Advisory service covers the seven (7) essential areas of an organisation, including:

– Leadership, which focuses on your commitment and involvement in setting clear directions and goals, as well as sustaining clear and unique corporate values in your organisation
– People, which focuses on how your organisation taps the full potential of the workforce, emphasising on human resource strategies, training and development, employee satisfaction and performance recognition
– Customers, which focuses on how your organisation determines and fulfils changing customer requirements and improves customer satisfaction
– Processes, which focuses on how your organisation manages and seek continuous improvements of essential processes in the organisation
– Knowledge, which focuses on the collection, management and analysis of information to improve and support decision-making at all levels of the organisation
– Strategy, which focuses on how you drive your organisation’s strategy development and ensure proper implementation of action plans to achieve your organisational goals
– Results, which focus on how you track your organisation’s performance in key areas such as financial and market results, people results, customer results and operational results

With such a list of broad areas to look at, we at BDO strive to provide bespoke solutions that best fit your organisation, by working closely with the management in prioritising changes that are urgent, impactful and specific to your enterprise.

An organisation anchored on the foundations of Business Excellence will provide you with the confidence of maintaining business resiliency and catalysing sustainable growth in the long run.

(B) Strategy Innovation and Transformation

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ~ Peter Drucker

Growth is hard. Trusted business models run out of steam. Disruptive start-ups appear from nowhere. Organisations which have previously excelled at doing what made them successful have now become victims of their own success.

We help organisations grow by defining and focusing on their core. We see things that others miss, offering you insights and solutions accumulated from deep experience and intimate industry knowledge to create more value for your business. We work collaboratively, building lasting capabilities to help your organisation mobilise for change. We define our success by your results. Together, we help you design and create your future. At BDO, we are committed to partner with you in the following areas for business transformation:

Innovation and Growth

Innovation is critical to growth, but most organisations fall short. Organisations understand the importance of innovation, but they fail when it comes to its execution. We define innovation as seeing things in a new light, helping our clients gain valuable insights into transforming their organisation and boosting performance. We support our clients to develop a clear innovative strategy to meet their business and strategic objectives through identification of gaps between where they are and where they want to be. We work with our clients to identify areas of their businesses that are ripe for innovation through a proven 10-point framework, and we can support them in rapid business-case prototyping and development to transform ideas into reality.

Organisational Transformation

Business model lifecycles are shrinking across industries, creating an imperative to innovate to remain relevant in the increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Future success often hinges on the rethinking of the current business model by defining and redefining compelling customer value propositions and supporting it with a viable, profitable and efficient operating model. Whether seeking to drive breakout growth, reinvigorate a lagging core, or defend against industry disruption or decline, management needs to ask themselves: Can our existing business model continue to win?

Resource Planning

Highly successful organisations are consistent and dynamic resource planners and allocators. They are resilient towards change, adaptability and value creation, particularly in uncertain economic times. Most organisations are slow to allocate resources to the right areas in the business. Every year, they stick to the same processes for strategy development, capital budgeting and talent management with marginal improvements from the year before, if at all. Quoting Albert Einstein, “Madness is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”

We help clients to design an effective strategic resource planning and budgeting processes to overcome the inertia that hinders organisational growth. We utilise tools and techniques to help organisations challenge the status quo and overcoming obstacles in the way of dynamic organisational renewal. To us, winning is not the end goal. Sustaining the business is the ultimate key to success.

Strategy Design and Management

Organisations often struggle with their strategy, and it can be challenging to reconcile the need for short-term returns with long-term strategic goals. It is even more challenging to build the capabilities required to achieve both short- and long-term goals. We help organisations enhance and strengthen their strategy development processes and assist clients with solutions to specific strategic issues or design a whole new approach to their organisational strategy.

We can provide guidance on strategic issues, including processes for successful strategic planning and advice on implementation with the executive team. Each organisation is different with varying contexts and divergent challenges, and, to support the team, we develop bespoke solutions tailored to each organisation’s culture, organisational structure, processes and results desired. Hence, being different is our unique motto and commitment to our clients.