Why Are Women More Likely To Study Overseas Than Men?

There are several reasons why women are more likely to study overseas than men. For one, women tend to have higher levels of educational attainment than men. Women outnumber men in post-secondary education institutions in many countries, allowing them to pursue studies abroad more frequently. Additionally, women are often more willing to take risks than men, including the risk of living and studying in a foreign country. Studies have shown that women are more likely to see the opportunity to learn overseas as a positive experience, whereas men are more likely to see it as a burden. Finally, women tend to be better able to finance their studies than men, as they often receive financial support from their families and government scholarships specifically for female students. These factors contribute to women being more likely to study overseas than men.

Educational performance:

Women are traditionally more likely than men to study overseas, and several factors contribute to this trend. For one thing, women generally display better educational performance than men. This is partly due to biological differences and societal expectations, which pressure women to achieve academic success. Additionally, women are often encouraged to study subjects such as foreign languages or cultures, making it easier for them to obtain study abroad scholarships and opportunities. Finally, many women view learning overseas as a valuable way to gain independence and experience new cultures, which may not be strongly associated with men. Overall, educational advantages, social expectations, and personal motivation make studying overseas more appealing for women than men.

Gender-specific Interest:

Although men and women are equally likely to study overseas, women are more likely to pursue study opportunities outside their home countries. This is because women are more interested in other cultures and languages. In addition, women view studying abroad as an opportunity to gain independence and learn new skills. As a result, they take advantage of study abroad programs and pursue opportunities to live and study in other countries. While there are many benefits to studying overseas, women reap better benefits from these programs due to their greater interest in different cultures.

Labor market orientation:

Women tend to be career-oriented and focused on building their professional skills, making studying abroad an attractive option. Additionally, the demand for workers with advanced degrees and specialized skills is growing in many areas of the economy. Women understand that studying overseas can help provide them with the preparation they need for these higher-level roles. Furthermore, women have greater access to financial resources to support study abroad opportunities, including scholarships and grants explicitly dedicated to female students. Thus, it is clear that the many benefits associated with studying abroad can help explain why women are more likely than men to seize this unique opportunity.

Encouragement:

Women are generally encouraged to pursue higher education than men, both by their families and society. Women are also more likely to receive scholarships and financial aid, making it easier to afford the cost of studying abroad. Additionally, studies have shown that women adapt better than men to new environments and cultures, which can be a significant advantage when looking in a foreign country. Finally, women tend to be more interested than men in travel and cultural exchange, making them more likely to seek opportunities to study overseas. These factors explain why women are typically more likely than men to study abroad.

Anticipated discrimination:

Several factors may contribute to this trend, including discrimination and a greater desire for independence. For many, attending college outside their home country offers an opportunity to live independently and study in an unfettered environment, free from the expectations and constraints of traditional gender roles. Additionally, women are often subjected to more significant discrimination than men in many parts of the world, making them more inclined to seek opportunities elsewhere where they can focus on their studies without facing additional barriers or prejudice. Ultimately, while many challenges come with studying overseas, for many women, these benefits far outweigh the costs.

Intersectionality of gender and social background:

At the most basic level, this difference is rooted in the social and cultural constructs of gender, which have historically viewed men as the primary decision-makers and influencers in society. As a result, women continue to face more significant barriers and resistance when pursuing opportunities to study abroad. However, this difference also has its roots in historical and social inequalities based on race, class, sexuality, and other forms of social difference. These intersecting systems of oppression often create a layered effect on women’s ability to study overseas, with each additional marginalizing factor compounding the challenges they face. We can help ensure that all students, regardless of their gender or other social backgrounds, have equal access to study opportunities outside their home countries.

Conclusion:

Many factors contribute to the decision of whether or not to study overseas. Women are more likely than men to choose to study abroad, and this is due to a variety of reasons, including educational performance, gender-specific interests, labor market orientation, and encouragement from family and friends. However, women also face discrimination and challenges that men do not experience, which is yet to be.

Author Bio

KC Raj is a career counselor and recruiter with many years of experience. He is interested in human development, education, immigration, inequality, and many other international issues. 

 

LEAP Produces Best Practice Technology Strategy Guide For Criminal Legal Aid Firms

LEAP, the largest independent provider of software to law firms worldwide, has written a white paper on implementing a technology strategy for building a sustainable crime legal aid practice. This follows the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) review, published in December 2021, considering the future and long-term sustainability of the criminal legal aid system.The white paper is written in anticipation of the government publishing its response by the end of March 2022.

The white paper recommends the key items that crime legal aid firms should be thinking about at the moment to help boost the fragile margins of profitability and sustainability such as:

  • Fully embedding a single system to run their firm. In order to account for the 24/7 nature of criminal legal aid. Solicitors are dependent, at any given time, on reliable and accurate information whether working from the office, attending the police station or out at court. By implementing a single system to run their practice mobile criminal legal aid lawyers have everything they need close at hand.
  • Implementing a technology solution to help with the heavy lifting. Technology can provide huge benefits to the way criminal lawyers work by automating the processes that they follow. By improving the accuracy and speed of document production, the recording of their attendance and time, and by overcoming the complexities of claiming for payment from the Legal Aid Authority (LAA) powerful technology can provide the perfect partner to streamline key tasks and improve productivity.
  • Efficiency and risk-reduction. Helping to minimise any risk of firms losing their legal aid contract, technology can deliver compliance, accuracy and consistency to the way criminal lawyers practice. With the right technology in place firms can avoid misreporting and mis-accounting, or losing cases as a result of poor communication, misplaced evidence or documentation.

Christina Grzasko, author of the white paper, expert on legal aid billing systems and long-time crusader for law firms that do legal aid work says:

“Legal aid practice isn’t for the faint hearted because you are facing the kind of problems that don’t beset any other type of business. Everything you do is political and subject to government schemes. This can make long term business planning very difficult. It takes a certain kind of determination and belief in the importance of legal aid to survive in this environment. It also takes some hard-headed business approaches to help reduce the risks the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) can present to your business. Sustainability is a huge issue, allied with staff retention, and much of it comes down to the 24-hour nature of the work and the low rates of pay.”

Legal Aid practice is a very specific discipline that can only be successfully managed by efficient, well trained staff supported by a single, embedded productivity solution. LEAP is a fully integrated legal software system that covers every aspect of legal aid practice from police station to crown court, defence statements to LAA audit reports, totally mobile and up to date at all times.

View the white paper.

LEAP Legal Software has been helping small to mid-sized law firms to become more efficient and profitable, globally, for more than 25 years. 

The Ukraine Invasion Drives Reform To UK Property Law

The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely to reverberate through Europe and across the rest of the world for years if not decades to come. While questions remain about the speed and effectiveness of the UK government’s response thus far, there are some changes being made closer to home that will not only impact the Russian economy, but will also alter the legislative landscape of the UK.

It has been announced that long-tabled reforms to the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill have been brought forward and are set to be fast-tracked through the Houses of Parliament in response to the war in Ukraine. One of the main issues it will seek to address will be the lack of transparency which surrounds overseas ownership of UK property.

The reforms propose the creation of a ‘beneficial ownership register’. This will aim to establish a level playing field between UK companies that already report to Companies House on the matter of beneficial ownership, and those based overseas, by actively identifying all beneficial owners of overseas assets that also have interests in UK properties.

To be maintained by Companies House and made publicly available, it’s expected that the scheme will follow the same template used for the register of ‘persons with significant control’ of a UK company, which was introduced in 2016.

Robert Lee, Corporate partner from regional law firm Wright Hassall, explains:

“Under the new legislation, every overseas entity featured on the ‘beneficial ownership register’ must supply information including the details of its all its registrable beneficial owners and any ‘managing officers’ such as a director, manager or secretary.

“Those found to be submitting information which is false or misleading to the register could potentially find themselves facing a fine, a two-year prison sentence or a combination of both. Information will have to be updated annually and if it isn’t, then the entity and its officers will be liable for a fine. If the situation persists, this would become a daily default fine of not more than £500.

“It will not be legal for an overseas entity to own property in the UK without being entered on the register, and this will be applied retrospectively to any properties purchased by overseas entities in England and Wales after 1st January 1999.”

Details within the bill specify that those overseas entities who fail to retrospectively place themselves on the register will face major restrictions when looking to sell-on a property. However, a transition period of 18 months has been proposed, which will come into force from the day the Bill becomes law. This should offer ample time for any historic transactions to be placed on the register, before restrictions are enforced.

Lee adds:

“Restrictions will first take the form of a Government notice requiring the entity to register within 6 months, and if this doesn’t have the desired effect, a fine will be levied on the overseas entity and every officer of that entity will find themselves facing a two-year prison sentence, a fine, or a combination of the two punishments.”

Clarification on the term ‘beneficial owners’ is already set out in Schedule 1 of the Companies Act 2006, which defines what a ‘person with significant control’ of a UK company is. In order to be deemed a ‘beneficial owner’ of an overseas entity for the purposes of the register, a person or entity will have to meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • They hold, directly or indirectly, more than 25% in the overseas entity
  • They hold, directly or indirectly, more than 25% of the voting rights in the overseas entity
  • They hold the right, directly or indirectly, to appoint or remove a majority of the board of directors of the overseas entity
  • They have the right to exercise, or actually exercise, significant influence or control over the overseas entity
  • They are trustees of a trust, members of a partnership, unincorporated association, or other entity which is not a legal person under the law by which it is governed; and they have the right to exercise, or actually exercise, significant influence or control over the activities of that trust or entity

Lee concludes:

“Despite the seemingly good intentions of this new register, questions have been asked about how it will be enforced in reality. In its current form a register of this kind would impose significant extra work on Companies House and the Land Registry and would require extra funding to make enforcement a practical reality.

“Only in the months going forward will it become clear whether the new register, as well as the other measures contained in the Bill, will have the impact the government presumably intends.”

Robert Lee heads up the corporate law group at Wright Hassall. With over 20 years’ experience, he specialises in mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Robert also has extensive experience in advising on shareholder agreements, company law, corporate finance and refinancing and takeovers, both within the domestic and international environments. 

Wright Hassall is a top-ranked regional law firm, providing legal services including: corporate law; commercial law; litigation and dispute resolution; employment law and property law. The firm also advises on contentious probate, business immigration, information governance, professional negligence and private client matters.

Photo of Russian embassy (definitely Russian owned!) by Kbthompson via Wikipedia – cc by 3.0.

Five Business Dispute Trends To Look Out For In 2022

With COVID-19 and Brexit bringing a range of issues to businesses across the UK, this article looks at what the knock-on effects are with regards to business disputes that could be faced in 2022.

They say that the path of true love never runs smoothly; the same can be said for business. A company is made up of many moving parts and often involves relationships with suppliers, clients, collaborators, and partners.

While these relationships are extremely beneficial, they can also bring bumps in the road in the form of disputes.

In the last couple of years, we’ve seen some major global changes which have had a knock-on effect on commercial litigation in the UK. Keep reading and we’ll take a look at five business dispute trends to look out for this year…

Cybersecurity addressed in court

Cyber-attacks and hacking increased by 11% in 2021. Fueled by the pandemic and the fact that more people than ever were working from home, cyber criminals had a field day in 2020 and 2021.

Alarmingly, during the pandemic, there was also an increase in cybercrimes being committed to company employees. Although, at present, only about 0.3% of cybercrimes are actually prosecuted.

However, the growing focus on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors means that more and more cybercrime cases are now making their way to court in the UK.

Employment issues caused by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on almost every single aspect of our lives, and business are no exception. As businesses were forced to close their doors and furlough their staff, an inevitable knock-on effect was that deadlines were missed, meaning terms of commercial agreements were broken.

Although the pandemic was, of course, out of the hands of the businesses involved, there has been an increased number of cases brought by clients looking to recoup the losses that they experienced due to non fulfilment of contracts.

While many companies have managed to find solutions to these problems through a commercial litigation solicitor, many more will still find themselves in court in 2022. On top of this, many businesses are finding themselves having to deal with the quagmire which is staffing issues which may end in a dispute.

One example of this is that some businesses either furloughed staff during the pandemic, or paid them out of pocket, only to find that those staff are handing in their notice once they are instructed to return to the workplace.  Understandably, a lot of employers have been angered by this and have sought to make a claim against those employees.

Commercial property rent

In the UK, a significant number of businesses were forced to move to remote working for up to 18 months to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect their staff. Subsequently, lots of businesses found that they were working at a limited capacity which, although unavoidable, led to specific problems with rent and mortgage payments on commercial property.

In many cases, businesses simply did not have the funds to keep paying their commercial rent or mortgage and found themselves slipping into arrears. This has led to an increase in claims by landlords and mortgage companies looking to get hold of the cash that they’re owed.

Insurance loopholes

Insurance is an essential part of any business, and many companies spend a significant amount of money on their business interruption insurance. This protects them against factors out of their control which may mean that they have to cease trading for a period of time.

Of course, one important factor was the pandemic, and many businesses were relying on their business interruption insurance to dig them out of a considerable financial hole.

Unfortunately, as with other kinds of insurance, many insurers have worked hard to find loopholes when it comes to COVID-19. This has forced a lot of companies to resort to legal action in order to claim what they believe they are owed.

The insurance sector was increasingly under fire during the pandemic as many companies such as wedding insurers refused to pay out on claims, stating that COVID-19 was not covered in the contract.

Changes to auditing

The Accounts and Audit regulation changes of 2021, relating to the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 financial years, mean that we’re likely to see an increase in claims against directors and unfair prejudice.

A company’s shareholders tend to take a deep interest in the way that a company is being run. The shareholders usually won’t hesitate to take legal action if they feel that their investment has been prejudiced in some way.

For company directors who may be caught out by the new rules, this could be disastrous. Particularly as a growth in litigation funding for third parties will make claims easier to pursue than ever before.

A challenging year ahead for businesses

As we navigate our way out of Brexit wrangling and the COVID-19 pandemic, a huge number of businesses are still struggling to recover from what has been a devastating couple of years, with many more which have since gone under.

For most of these surviving businesses, the prospect of a legal dispute is disheartening to say the least. Any business facing legal action of any kind should always kit themselves out with a great commercial litigation solicitor as soon as possible.

 

Virtual Law Firms In 2022 – Creating A New Way For Lawyers To Do What They Do Best

Analysts have reported that virtual law firms may play a huge role in the future of the legal sector, with coronavirus restrictions fuelling more and more lawyers to become consultant solicitors. The report from investment bank Arden Partners Pllc estimates that one-third of all UK solicitors could be working under a consultancy model within five years. The report also suggests that virtual law firms could be as disruptive to the current legal market as Specsavers and Vision Express have been to High Street opticians.

Of course, the pandemic has acted as an important catalyst for this change, demonstrating that working from home is possible – and for many – preferable to the traditional office environment An increasing number of lawyers have begun to question what they want their future working life to look like, and virtual firms are in ‘pole position’ to take advantage of this according to the report.

How does a virtual law firm work?

Under a consultancy model, freelance lawyers at the firm have a central platform and brand, and also benefit from management and technology services. Consultant lawyers keep a proportion of their fees, and give a percentage to the firm to allow them to utilise the firm’s infrastructure. Typically, lawyers retain around 70% of their fees, which means they often earn more than working in a traditional firm.

How a virtual firm can allow you to do your best work

One of the biggest advantages to joining a virtual firm is that it allows you to focus on doing what you do best. Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said:

“First, many lawyers just want to practise law and don’t want the administrative and managerial responsibility of the partnership – but also they don’t want to be employees any more.”

She goes on to discuss how virtual firms are attractive for fee-earners who just want to be great lawyers without investing in their own firm or becoming involved in practice management. She said:

“They’re happy because they can focus on practising the law and their salaries are often higher than they would find in traditional firms as a result.”

In addition, the ability to work to your own schedule, but also your clients’ schedules is essential too. At Scott-Moncrieff, lawyers are in control of how much they work, when they work, and the type of work they take on.

“Some consultants choose to work full-time for us and take on fairly substantial pieces of work, others work more part-time, and some work for other firms as well as us.”

Reduced overheads under consultancy models also mean competitive pricing. Fee earners are making more money but can also charge their clients less and offer a more tailored service.

Bird & Bird Advises Equistone Partners on the Acquisition of Eperi GmbH

Bird & Bird has advised Equistone Partners Europe on its recent acquisition of Eperi GmbH as a new portfolio company.

Based in the Rhine-Main area of Germany, Eperi GmbH is a leading provider of data security and compliance as well as cybersecurity solutions. Through its secured gateway, the company enables it customers to use cloud applications such as MS365 and Salesforce safely and legally compliant with e.g. GDPR and Schrems II while preserving the functionality of the secured applications. The company’s solutions are easy to deploy in on-premise, hybrid-, and multi-cloud environments. Eperi GmbH has a particular focus on data encryption for cloud applications for their international customer base consisting of large companies from the financial, healthcare and industrial sectors.

Equistone is currently expanding its traditional company portfolio with the additions of high-growth and future-oriented IT companies. The goal of this partnership is to enhance the strong market position of Eperi GmbH through scaling the organization, a dedicated buy-and-build strategy, and further internationalising Eperi GmbH. The seller and founder of Eperi GmbH will continue to act as managing director and will retain a significant stake of shares in the company.

Bird & Bird advised Equistone in cooperation with P+P Pöllath + Partners in the legal due diligence and the negotiation of the transaction documentation. Bird & Bird’s main focus was on the complex IT and IP related matters due to the leading expertise in this practice as well as the FDI assessment for the fund’s long-term strategy with the acquisition and the FDI clearance with the German Department of Economics.

Equistone Partners was advised by the following Bird & Bird lawyers: lead partner Dr. Hans Peter Leube, LL.M. and associate Michael Maier (both Corporate/ Private Equity, Frankfurt); partner Dr. Alexander Duisberg and associate Gökhan Kosak (both IT/Data Protection, Munich); partner Dr. Stephan Waldheim and Tamy Tietze (both Competition & EU, Dusseldorf); partner Dr. Christoph Maierhöfer (IP, Munich); partner Dr. Catharina Klumpp, LL.M. and associate Julia Neuper (both Employment, Düsseldorf); as well as partner Guido Bormann and associate Johannes Woltering (both Public Commercial and Regulatory law, Dusseldorf).

 

Adelina Prokop and Pawel Puacz Make Partner at Clifford Chance

Adelina Prokop and Pawel Puacz have been promoted to Partner in Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office.

Former Counsel Prokop, who joined Clifford Chance in 2010, focuses on litigation and dispute resolution. According to the firm, she “specializes in disputes in the financial and renewable energy sectors, and acts for financial investors, in accountants’ defense, and in post-acquisition disputes”

Former Counsel Pawel Puacz, who joined Clifford Chance in 2007, is the Head of the Energy and Environment Group in the firm and also focuses on corporate matters. According to the firm, his “practice is focused on renewable energy, energy transition, and climate change issues.”

“The promotions of Adelina and Pawel are great personal achievements by them,” commented Warsaw Managing Partner Agnieszka Janicka. “This is a well-deserved reward for their hard work and a consequence of creating specialized teams, developing client relationships, and market recognition.”

Bird & Bird Advises Toposens on New Series Pre-A Financing Round

International law firm Bird & Bird has advised the Munich-based company Toposens GmbH on its latest Series Pre-A financing round, led by its existing investors ALPANA Ventures from Switzerland, Basinghall Partners from the UK and a new investor SPDG Ventures from Belgium, amongst others. This brings Toposens’ total funding since 2017 to around €3.9 million.

The startup, which has developed the world’s first ultrasonic sensor with 3D functionality for automotive, robotics and industrial applications, plans to use the investment to improve its sensor technology and software, build partnerships and evaluate new use cases based on the technology. The startup works with well-known partners such as Infineon and Murata and has implemented and successfully tested the technology in a wide range of automotive, robotics and industrial projects together with customers such as BMW, Continental and Daimler.

Bird & Bird has represented Toposens GmbH for several years and the team advising on the current Series Pre-A financing round included the following lawyers: Counsel Andrea Schlote (lead), Counsel Michael Gassner, associates Marina Dolina and Kilian Hummel (all Corporate/M&A, Munich).

 

Difference Between Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle is one of the most thrilling things you can do. That sense of freedom can hardly be compared to anything else. Still, motorcycling also can be dangerous. Statistics figures are relentless, they’re showing that, only in 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in crashes. It’s almost 14 casualties per day. Unfortunately, the death rate continues to grow in following years.

Statistics for bicycle accidents shows that bicyclists are in a bit better position than motorcyclists. However, according to the NHTSA, 846 bicyclists have been killed in traffic in 2019 only.

Having in mind these figures, we want to point out the importance of the safety on the road and present to you basic differences between motorcycle and bicycle accident cases. Hopefully, it will give you a better overview about your potential accident and what to do if it happens. Even though you can’t predict the accident, you can ask for professional help and try to neutralize the damage caused by it.

Safety

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to serious injury than drivers in cars are. The rider has little protection between him or herself and the ground, cars, or other obstacles that may cause injury.

In 2017, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes and over 81,000 were injured on U.S. roadways. While motorcycles only account for 3% of all registered vehicles and 0.7% of all vehicle miles traveled in 2017, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, and more than 80% of these involved collisions with another vehicle

Due to lower speed, bicyclist casualties are less frequent, but it doesn’t mean they don’t happen. Of course they do! NHTSA says there are 3 reported fatal accidents involving bicyclists on the U.S. roads per day.

If you’re riding a bicycle, a helmet is an essential item of safety equipment, but it can only do its job if it fits properly. The following tips will help you make sure that your helmet is snug and secure, enabling the helmet to absorb impact in the event of a collision:

  1. Make sure the helmet fits snugly on your head, and isn’t tilted backwards or forwards. If it’s too loose, tighten the straps. If it’s too tight, loosen them up a bit.
  2. Most helmets have adjustable straps that allow for fine-tuning the fit around the ears and chin area. Make sure these straps are snug and comfortable, and that they hold the helmet in place without letting it shift or tilt around when you move your head.
  3. When you put your helmet on, try pushing it to different areas of your head while holding it in place with your hand—if there’s room for the helmet to slide around on your head even after tightening the straps, then it doesn’t fit properly and may not provide adequate protection in an accident.

Injuries

When riding a bicycle, the rider is less protected than someone who rides a motorcycle. This means that if they get into an accident and are hit by a car, they are more likely to suffer severe injuries.

However, speed is a critical factor. Studies are showing that 80% of motorcycle crashes result in severe injuries or death.

The severity of injuries depends on several factors such as speed and angle of impact, but there are common types that occur with all types of accidents involving motorcycles. Injuries resulting from these include: broken bones, brain injuries like concussions or contusions; spinal cord injuries which result in paralysis; burns and other disfigurement; amputation or loss of limbs; internal bleeding; organ damage; loss of vision or hearing due to trauma; and death.

Some injuries are not always immediately apparent. More serious injuries may not become apparent until some time after the accident has occurred. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident it is important to seek medical attention right away even if you don’t believe your injuries are serious.

Law compliance

When you ride a motorcycle or a bicycle, you have the same responsibilities on the road as someone driving a car. You must follow all traffic laws and yield to pedestrians. You must obey all traffic control devices, including stop signs and stop lights, even if there is no one else at the intersection.

However, the enforcement of these rules can be a bit trickier when it comes to bicyclists. Many bicyclists do not feel that they are required to stop at a stop sign if no one is at the stop light. However, both bicyclists and motorcyclists can be charged with reckless and careless driving if they disobey traffic laws or ride in an unsafe manner.

In addition, both bicyclists and motorcyclists can be charged with reckless or careless driving. These positions are held by several state governments across the United States, although they vary slightly from state to state.

Conclusion

Accidents happen. And the sad truth is that they will always happen. But there are a few steps you can take to lessen their likelihood and severity.

First, don’t get intoxicated. Stay out of alcohol and drugs, including some prescribed medications. It negatively affects your judgment and vehicle control.

Second, Obey traffic lights, signs, speed limits, and lane markings; ride with the flow of traffic and leave plenty of room between your bike and other vehicles.

Third, wear sturdy protective gear. Your motorcycle or bicycle helmet should meet U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards.

Last but not least, defensive driving means watching out for other drivers who may not be watching out for you. To stay safe on the road: avoid being in a driver’s blind spot; watch out for cars that might pull out in front of you from driveways or side streets; be extra cautious at intersections—especially when drivers are making left turns; don’t “lane split” or weave through traffic in heavy congestion or poor visibility conditions; keep a constant lookout for road hazards such as potholes or gravel; allow extra stopping distance on wet or slippery roads; be alert for pedestrians or bicyclists who may move into your path; avoid sudden braking if a vehicle behind.

Follow those tips, stay safe on the road and try to get out of national statistics. That’s the key to your long and safe ride.

 

Forsters Promotes 10 Lawyers in Record Year

Forsters, the leading London real estate and private client law firm, announces today that it has promoted six Senior Associates to Partner and four to Counsel. This is the single largest round of promotions that the firm has recorded in in its 24-year history. Forsters now has 66 partners and 420 other members of staff.

Emily Exton, Managing Partner at Forsters, commented: “We have promoted 10 talented lawyers from across our practice areas, reflecting the fantastic talent pool we have at Forsters and the strength of the firm’s business. Each of these exceptional individuals has already established a strong market profile and has a track record of providing technically excellent advice to our growing client base while also contributing to our positive working culture. I look forward to working with them as they continue to develop in their new roles.”

The promotions to Partner are as follows:

The promotions to Counsel are as follows:

James Brockhurst, new Partner in our Private Client team, commented: “Forsters is an extremely powerful player in my sector, private wealth, so I am delighted to be joining the partnership. I will be working with clients and intermediaries in the offshore market, and especially look forward to promoting our business in the Middle East. Alongside this, I will continue to work on a deep level in the cryptoassets space, as that industry grows rapidly.”

Jade Capper, new Partner in our Commercial Real Estate team, commented: “I am delighted to have been promoted to Partner during my 10th year at Forsters. Having trained at Forsters, I am excited to be embarking on this new role at the firm and to continue working with our brilliant Commercial Real Estate team and fantastic clients on a broad range of investment and development work. I look forward to further contributing to the team and the firm as a whole, and helping to grow our already formidable network of industrial and logistics clients and advising them on complex and interesting high value deals.”

Amy France, new Partner in our Commercial Real Estate team, commented: “I am delighted to have been promoted to Partner. Having trained at Forsters it is a very special opportunity for me to join the next generation of Partners who will help to steer the firm forward. I am looking forward to leading the Later Living practice within the Commercial Real Estate team and advising our clients who are investing in this exciting growth sector. I will be working alongside the other real estate partners to ensure that our clients receive the fantastic Forsters’ service that we are rightly recognised for.”

Anthony Goodmaker, new Partner in our Commercial Real Estate team, commented: “Having trained at the firm, to become a Partner at Forsters really means a lot to me. I am incredibly proud and excited to be making this step up at such an interesting time for the real estate industry. I am keen to build on our existing network of fantastic clients across the spectrum of investment and development work, with a particular focus on the industrial and logistics sector. As a Partner, I look forward to further contributing to our team and the firm as a whole.”

Caroline Harbord, new Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, commented: “I feel so proud to now count myself among the partners here at Forsters. In addition to being home to fantastic lawyers, the firm is a trail blazer on gender equality and has fostered a culture which really promotes thought leadership. As a partner in the Dispute Resolution team, I look forward to continuing to build my commercial litigation practice, and in particular helping trustees and other parties recover offshore investment losses.”

Anna Mullins, new Partner in our Property Litigation team, commented: “I am delighted to have been promoted to partner in our highly-regarded property litigation team. This promotion reflects the success and growth of our team. I look forward to working strategically with the partners in our award-winning commercial real estate and residential practices to ensure that we continue to grow and deliver a first-class service to our clients.”

Michael Armstrong, new Counsel in our Private Client team, commented: “Having trained at Forsters, I am delighted to have been promoted to Counsel in our award-winning Private Client group. This promotion confirms the firm’s commitment to mental capacity work, and I am looking forward to the chance to develop my practice advising and supporting vulnerable clients and their families.”

Polly Reeve, new Counsel in our Rural Property team, commented: “Having been with Forsters since 2010, I am delighted to be moving to this next phase of my career with the support of such an excellent team around me – our top ranked Rural Property practice provides a strong platform for this to happen. This promotion reflects the expertise we have built and continue to build in the rural sector and in my particular case, in rural transactions, complex and high value residential and mixed-use developments and renewables. My expertise in rural housing development and green energy projects, particularly solar, battery storage facilities and wind farms in rural areas are key issues for our clients and I will developing a broader practice in this demanding area of law.”

Amanda Sandys, new Counsel in our Family team, commented:
“In my new role as Counsel I will be further developing my expertise in advising and supporting clients who are part of a growing network of modern families, with a focus on the financial and parenting issues that can arise on separation particularly amongst cohabitants. Working closely with the wider team, and building on our strong market reputation, I look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of our practice.”

Bryan Shacklady, new Counsel in our Dispute Resolution team, commented: “I am looking forward to developing further our market leading dispute resolution practice, which is unique in combining highly effective commercial litigation with other practice areas for which Forsters is justifiably renowned.”