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A lot of people I know were happy to see the backside of 2022 (this gal included). But even with the enthusiasm for a new year in our pockets, it can be hard to find the motivation to kickstart our plans and projects as we head back to work and find ourselves facing the same day-to-day grind as before the holidays, as well as a backlog of vacation work and emails to catch up on.
I’ve heard more than one person say that the new year doesn’t really start until February, and with February just around the corner, that feels more true this year than ever – though does anyone else feel like January gets longer every single year?
After rigorously pursuing every avenue available to secure recovery of the pending claim in courts in the United States, it became clear to Connor Bifferato of The Bifferato Firm, P.A. that the defendant in his case would have to be pursued in Austria. He had no direction or practical means to proceed, but fortunately, he was referred to Andreas Bauer and Philipp Sebesta of Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GMBH through their relationship with Connolly Gallagher, LLP as fellow members of the ILN.
On January 10th, the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law and the Thomson Reuters Institute released their 2023 Report on the State of the Legal Market, which seems more relevant than ever as we go into a year of uncertainty. The report confirms this (and I’ll delve into a few specific points), but overall, I’d like to remind readers that we’ve been here before – contractions in the legal industry are nothing new. The good news is that hopefully, firms have learned the lessons of 2008/2009 and haven’t forgotten them. Will there be some casualties? Yes, but that’s the nature of business. And make no mistake – the law is still a business.
Vanessa Pantelakis is a partner at WOLPERT RECHTSANWÄLTE PartG mbBa part of the ILN’s German Group. In this episode, Lindsay and Vanessa chat about the mental health crisis that the pandemic has created for women and young girls, and how it has further revealed issues in the legal profession, but how remote working has also helped to create a greater work/life balance in many ways and given lawyers the ability to create better relationships with their clients. Tune in today!
You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.
We’ve now returned from our winter break and I have some news – my family has grown by four paws: the adorable Belgian Malinois mix, Nikko.
Who can resist this face?
Rescuing an older dog with almost no recorded history has its challenges – all I know about Nikko is that his previous owner died tragically and he was found at 52 pounds in a field in Roswell, New Mexico (yes, that Roswell – his paperwork even has a spaceship on it). I’m not a new dog owner – I’ve had dogs growing up, and have been a basset hound owner for 14 years. I definitely don’t recommend getting a Mal if you’re new to dogs, and I’m lucky to have worked with a truly GREAT rescue throughout this entire process.
The International Lawyers Network (“ILN”) is so happy to close out the year by officially welcoming our two newest member firms in Slovenia and Germany respectively, Law firm Kavčič, Bračun & Partners, o.p., d.o.o. and Wagner Rechtsanwalts- und Notarkanzlei.
Our final guide of the week is also the biggest one!
The International Lawyers Network’s Corporate Specialty Group is delighted to announce the ninth release of its corporate publication, “Establishing a Business Entity: An International Guide.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key corporate law principles in 40 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those establishing an entity in these jurisdictions.
Guide number 2 is out this week, and it’s our Real Estate Guide!
The International Lawyers Network’s Real Estate Specialty Group is excited to announce the seventh release of its real estate publication, “Buying & Selling Real Estate: An International Guide.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key real estate law principles in 30 jurisdictions across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those buying and selling real estate in these locations.
As someone with a MAJOR type-A personality (ask anyone who knows me), I am a wee bit of a workaholic. This might sound noble, but I assure you, it isn’t.
Over the past three years, I’ve been caught up short by my own workaholism more than once, and the way in which it does not serve me as a good business practice. I’ve had many, many conversations with others in the legal profession who are in the same boat – and I think we’ve also learned that remote work (which has offered many people a greater work/life balance – whatever that is) can help us to achieve a little more peace. But so many of us are still really burned out.
We’ve launched the third edition of our Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Rehabilitation guide!
The International Lawyers Network’s Restructuring & Insolvency Group has announced the third release of its publication, “Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Rehabilitation Proceedings: An International Guide.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key insolvency and bankruptcy law principles in 14 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those needing assistance in these jurisdictions.
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