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July 29, 2009   
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The End of Lawyers?
The National Chamber of Legal Advisors is organizing a conference with the participation of Richard Susskind, author of the book The End of Lawyers?
Susskind will discuss new ways for lawyers to think about the future of their profession. He argues that clients will increasingly require routine legal work to be standardized and even "commoditized," and that this will fundamentally challenge the business models underpinning most modern law firms. He will go on to look at recent developments in information technology, and identify a collection of technologies that will help reshape the legal market. He will argue for new ways of sourcing legal work (outsourcing, off-shoring and multi-sourcing). He will conclude by identifying the role for lawyers in the future.

Susskind has specialized in legal technology for 25 years. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. He lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. He has written and edited numerous books. Susskind has a first-class honors degree in law from the University of Glasgow, and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford.The conference will be held at Warsaw's InterContinental Hotel Sept. 15.

More information and registration at: www.konferencje.kirp.pl


Aid for Jobless Mortgage Borrowers
The lower house of parliament has passed a bill on government aid for mortgage borrowers who have lost their jobs. The assistance will be available in the form of interest-free loans to borrowers who lost their job or went out of business after July 1, 2008. They must be officially registered as unemployed. The decision to grant this kind of assistance will be made by county administrators. Under the law, the aid may be granted for up to 12 months and may not exceed zl.1,200 per month. The financial assistance is interest-free and will have to be paid back over eight years.


Australia to Join Norton Rose Group
International legal practice Norton Rose Group, which has offices in Poland, has announced that Deacons Australia will join the group. The decision follows a vote by partners June 22. The new international legal practice will be called Norton Rose Group and will take effect from Jan. 1.

The new group will have a turnover of more than 420 million pounds and over 1,800 fee earners in 29 offices worldwide. In the Asia Pacific region, it will bring together more than 700 fee earners operating from 12 offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

From Jan. 1, Norton Rose Group will be led by Group Chief Executive Peter Martyr, and Deputy Group Chief Executive Don Boyd, the current Deacons Australia Chief Executive Partner. Boyd said, "As soon as the initial discussions were underway it became clear that there was a common global ambition, particularly in the predicted growth markets of the future, namely Asia Pacific.

"We have shared aspirations regarding strategic growth, both in practice area terms and geographic expansion. The business case is compelling and the synergy of working together is convincing."


Tougher Penalties for Hiring Illegal Aliens
Employers hiring foreigners staying illegally in the European Union will face tougher sanctions including a ban on applying for EU funds, under a directive approved recently by the European Parliament.

In addition to fines, employers will face a five-year ban on seeking public tenders and applying for state aid and EU funds. Entrepreneurs violating the new regulations will have to cover the costs of sending back the illegal aliens to their home country. Dishonest employers will also have to pay the equivalent of all the taxes and social security premiums they would have paid if the foreigner had been hired legally, together with penalty interest and fines.

The number of illegal immigrants in the EU is estimated at 4.5 to 8 million. Illegal employees are hired mainly in construction, agriculture, tourism, the hotel industry and services.
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