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Extension to UK sanctions reporting requirements

by DLA Piper on

On 8 August 2017 new regulations will come into effect in the UK imposing enhanced sanctions reporting obligations on professional service providers. There are some variations across the regimes, but in general the...more

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia 101: Investing in the Kingdom

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald Trump will be making his first official overseas trip as president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, commencing May 20, 2017. During the course of the president’s trip, over US$100 billion worth of...more

Registration of foreign branches with the UAE Ministry of Economy

by DLA Piper on

Until recently branches of foreign companies registered in the Emirate of Dubai, conducting activities classified as "professional" in nature, were not required by the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) to be...more

Political Discourse and Professionalism

by Blattel Communications on

We’ve been part of numerous professional services client discussions where the question asked is, “Can I discuss politics on social media?” The answer we generally give is, “No,” as one always risks losing favor from the...more

Just Say “No” to Social Media Automation

by Blattel Communications on

I’m a big fan of automation. When I met my now-wife, she was writing out checks each month for various bills – a time consuming process that could easily be accomplished with auto-bill pay. In no time, that’s just what she...more

What the NFL’s Ratings Swoon Says to Professional Services Marketers

by Blattel Communications on

If you ever doubted that the media landscape is shifting, you only need to look at the reports that the NFL, the mightiest-of-mighty media properties, is experiencing a large dip in viewership. Through the first five weeks of...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 6, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

Restrictions on Fees Permitted under HIPAA for Copies of Medical Records - When health care providers provide copies of medical records to an individual patient or to third parties at the direction of that individual...more

One More Thing That A Limited Liability Company May Not Be Able To Do

by Allen Matkins on

California law does not permit limited liability companies to render a variety of professional services. See, Contractors Do It, PIs Do It; Why Not Real Estate Brokers? To add insult to injury, the California General...more

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Provide Feedback on the Government’s Strategic Plan for Professional Services

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On August 2, 2016, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) released the government’s new Professional Services Strategic Plan for industry comment (click here to download.) The Strategic Plan outlines the actions the...more

Professional Service Firms: What Is a House Mark and Why Do You Need to Protect It?

Pat Concannon, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property and Business Departments, analyzed why professional service firms need to safeguard their house marks in Nutter Insights. Pat discussed why a house mark is important...more

PRACTICING WITHOUT A NET: Protecting Your Firm By Agreement

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Attorneys come to us when contemplating the creation or expansion of their firms, when they want to leave their firm, or are dealing with the fallout of another member leaving. While many law firms have taken advantage of...more

Navigating Michigan’s Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine in the Accountable Care Organization Environment

by Dickinson Wright on

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are organizations that have accepted responsibility for the overall quality, cost and care of a defined group of beneficiaries in compliance with the rules established by the federal...more

Getting to Know You: Penny Desatnik

by Blattel Communications on

This is the first of our series, “Getting to Know You,” profiling the professionals of Blattel Communications and exploring what makes them tick. Today, we check in with Account Supervisor and native Clevelander Penny...more

Cross Selling Sucks. Here Are 18 Reasons Why. (Part 2)

by Ross Fishman on

This is the second part of a two-part post describing why Cross Selling (or “cross-marketing,” or “cross-servicing”) is much more difficult than most professional-services firms believe. Below are additional reasons...more

Cross-Selling Sucks. Here Are 18 Reasons Why. (Part 1)

by Ross Fishman on

Q: My law firm can’t cross-sell. What are we doing wrong? A: It’s not just you, it’s most firms. In fact, most law, accounting, and other professional-services firms struggle with selling different practice areas to...more

Mandatory Retirement in Professional Services Firms

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On May 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The Court found that John McCormick, an equity partner in Faskens, was not an employee for the purposes of the...more

A Peek at the Horizon: Six Questions, Six Answers

Recently, I was honored when Kevin McMurdo of McMurdo Consulting approached me to do a video interview to discuss professional sales leadership in the legal services industry. I greatly appreciate Kevin giving me a platform....more

Adding an “Additional Insured” in the Professional Services Agreement: an exercise in futility! (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

As an architect or engineer, you may be asked to sign a contract that has a requirement of adding the Owner (or Contractor, in a design-build project) to your own insurance as an “additional insured”. This is usually a fall...more

A Nine Inning Communications Game Plan

by Blattel Communications on

Crafting and executing an effective communications plan requires long-term vision, daily execution and a strategic direction. These same elements are readily apparent with a successful baseball team....more

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