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Ellisons Solicitors joined 100 Accountants and Lawyers from 27 countries in Berlin to discuss the latest trends in global business

17 May 2017

Managing Partners Seamus Clifford and Tim Logan, Associate Susan Ryan and Solicitor Jennifer Howard-Dobson, from Ellisons were among 100 senior professional advisors from 27 countries in Berlin last week for the EMEA Regional Conference of Alliott Group, one of the world’s leading international associations of accounting and law firms. Ellisons is the association’s law firm member for the UK.    

The exclusive, invitation-only event, held from 10-13 May 2017, connected accountants and lawyers from 54 independent firms around the world to exchange views on the latest developments in the international trading environment and to learn how to improve services to clients operating across geographic borders.

Speakers from business, government and professional consultancies shared insights into trends impacting the world of business, what clients expect from their professional advisors and the current and future opportunities offered by Germany and other countries in the EMEA region and beyond.

Seamus Clifford commented: “Ellisons has a growing number of clients who are involved in cross border business. Our attendance at this conference benefits both these clients and those who are considering entering new geographic markets, by strengthening our relationships with professional experts across the world.”

“The relationships we have built and the knowledge we have gained at the conference enables Ellisons to advise our clients on how changes to the economic and political environment will affect their business, how they can adapt and where in the world growth opportunities can be found. The conference also gave us the opportunity to learn more about Berlin’s vibrant start up sector which is attracting a huge amount of venture capital.” 

Keynote speakers at the event included David Weissert, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Berlin City Government, who played an active part in successfully restructuring Berlin’s economy after German reunification. Weissert provided insights into Berlin’s past, present and future, the potential consequences of the upcoming German elections in September and of Britain’s exit from the EU, and into Germany which remains the European Union’s largest consumer market with a population of 80.9 million and GDP of US$49,055 per capita.

Other speakers included foreign exchange expert Chris Towner of HiFX who explained how businesses with foreign exchange risk can protect themselves from adverse market moves.

Ellisons also attended the ‘New Markets 2017: TECH/DIGITAL’ conference hosted by Alliott Group and Connect which explained the different strategies used by innovative start-ups to identify and take advantage of opportunities in Germany and internationally to scale up their businesses and attract venture capital. Keynote speaker Nikita Fahrenholz, a co-founder of two hugely successful disruptive businesses including Book a Tiger and Delivery Hero, shared his approach to disrupting and digitizing different sectors by creating software driven platforms that are more attuned to the fast changing needs of customers and explained how and why they can be introduced quickly to the market. 

Attendees from Ellisons also received cultural awareness training from Alliott Group commercial partner Farnham Castle Intercultural Training, further enabling the firm to support clients in developing a global mindset, communicating more effectively and building rapport faster when working across borders.

James Hickey, Alliott Group’s CEO comments: “This year’s EMEA Regional Conference was our largest to date due to the growth of the association within the region and huge interest from member firms and their clients from outside the region. The large core of EMEA participants was supplemented by the attendance of members from countries including the U.S., Australia, Argentina and Uruguay. Our member firms continue to leverage their Alliott Group membership to differentiate themselves as local providers of cross border services and to develop business for their clients that will accelerate the firm’s growth and enrich the careers of their professional people.”

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Record year for promotions at Ellisons this spring

15 May 2017

Ellisons Solicitors is delighted to announce SEVEN promotions at the firm this spring, marking the start of the new financial year. 

Natalie Simpkins, a solicitor within the prominent Insurance Litigation department, has accepted the offer to become a Partner, having spent the previous two years as an associate at the firm. 

Ellisons has also promoted six lawyers to the position of Associate. They include Joe Brightman (Property Litigation), Jennie Kingham (Private Client), Scott Porter (Dispute Resolution), Ceri Rogers (Dispute Resolution), Susan Ryan (Commercial Property) and Edward Weaver (Insurance Litigation).

The promotions this spring reflect the overall contributions each individual has made to their relevant departments, and in turn, to the success of the firm.

Ellisons prides itself in offering an excellent service to clients and contacts, with a greater breadth of expertise, and (even) a global reach through the Alliott Group; the firm is positive that Natalie and the new associates will all strive to emulate that success.  

Ellisons Solicitors attend international conference in Berlin for Professional firm leaders

10 May 2017

Representatives from Ellisons Solicitors will be attending the Alliott Group 2017 EMEA Regional Conference in Berlin this week (10-13 May). The conference is focused on the latest developments and trends in global business, with accountant and lawyer member delegates learning how to become more effective in meeting the needs of clients with multi-market business interests. Approximately 100 leading professional advisers from 54 independent firms in 27 countries are expected to attend. 

Managing Partners Seamus Clifford and Tim Logan will be attending alongside Associate Solicitor Susan Ryan and Solicitor Jennifer Howard-Dobson. 

Alliott Group hosts the event, one of the worlds’ leading international associations of independent accounting and law firms in which Ellisons is the representative member in Essex and Suffolk. The conference takes place over four days and will enable attendees to listen to and learn from a range of speakers on business, technical, marketing and firm improvement topics that will help their firms and their clients to be smarter and more strategic in the way they do business, particularly when business crosses geographic borders.

Keynote speakers including David Weissert, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Berlin City Government, who will give insights into the Berlin economy and Germany's place in the European Union, and the potential consequences of the upcoming German elections in September and Britain’s looming exit from the EU.

Other speakers include: Chris Towner (HiFX) talking about how corporates with foreign exchange risk can protect their business from adverse market moves; Richard Allen (Burcher Jennings) explaining how professional firms can price for value from their clients’ perspective and remain profitable; and Melissa Davis (MD Communications) and David Gilroy (Conscious Solutions) speaking about how firms can build a brand and improve business development using their online presence.  The Managing Partners Meeting will be facilitated by Eddie Ross of Paterson Consulting.

A separate business conference “New Markets 2017:TECH/DIGITAL” takes place on the morning of 11th May, and brings early/growth stage tech startups interested in how to scale up their businesses through the international marketplace into direct contact with Alliott Group’s expert tax, accounting and legal advisors to the tech/digital sector.  Keynote speaker Nikita Fahrenholz, CEO of Book A Tiger, will explain how he and the two other co-founders built the hugely successful online food delivery service Delivery Hero / Lieferheld into an international platform that connects to 200,000+ restaurants in over 30 markets. He will also share his experiences of building Book A Tiger and his vision to disrupt the facility management sector globally using a technology platform.
The team from Ellisons will also attend meetings of the alliance’s International Tax, Corporate Finance and M&A, and Global Mobility groups which will host international roundtable discussions on topics including: How foreign companies can avoid creating a permanent establishment problem in different jurisdictions, and the changing rules and challenges affecting short-term business travellers and cross-border commuters.

James Hickey, Alliott Group’s CEO comments: “The EMEA Regional Conference continues to evolve each year and the numbers continue to rise, with attendees also coming from countries outside of the region including Argentina, the USA, Australia and Uruguay.  Senior and managing partners and other key partners within member firms who are involved in cross border business clearly view the conference as a must-attend event that will broaden their referral network, add value to their clients’ business and support their firms’ ongoing development. ”