Codes of Practice for laworld members

1. Publicity and ethics

1.1 Members shall avoid adverse publicity, both for LAWorld, other member firms and their own law firms.

1.2 Members shall impose the obligations from article 1.1 upon those they employ or hire.

1.3 Members shall only seek publicity when this is in accordance with the wishes, the interest of their clients and in conformity with the rules of their national law society.

1.4 Members shall abide with the laws and codes of their national law society.

1.5 Members shall endeavour to represent and refer only clients of good standing.

2. Business referral procedures

2.1 On receipt of a business referral, acknowledgement will be given within three working days.

2.2 Referral work must always be the subject of an engagement letter to be issued by the member firm to whom the work is referred. The following items must be included in the engagement letter or in a covering letter sent with the engagement letter:

(a) a description of the work to be undertaken.

(b) nature of independent contractual relationship and responsibilities.

(d) a statement indicating the professional indemnity insurance which is required in the jurisdiction, and the amount which is actually held by the firm.

(e) the name of the partner responsible for carrying out the work together with details of staff assigned.

(f) the hourly charge-out rates applicable. Copies of engagement letters must be made available to referring firms upon request.

2.3 A partner must always be responsible for satisfactory completion of the work referred by another member.

2.4 No member shall conduct business in the name of LAWorld but only in the name of their own independent firm.

2.5 Members shall not refer work where they foresee that the client will not be able to settle the fees. Settlement of the fees, however, is the responsibility of the member to whom the work is referred. Members to whom work is referred will generally ask for an advance payment and the referring law firm will inform the client accordingly.

2.6 Members shall not accept referrals for which they do not have the necessary expertise. In that case they will recommend another law firm that has the required expertise.

2.7 After having received all the necessary information, members will give their first opinion as to the referred case, to the client within 10 working days.

2.8 The referring and the referred law firm will agree the manner, form and extent to which information is communicated either directly or indirectly with the client.


LAWorld News

Nexsen Pruet Law Firm in The Carolinas, USA strengthens its intellectual property capabilities

Patent attorney Dave Krasnow has joined Nexsen Pruet as a Member and will practice in the firm´s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Krasnow, who has nearly three decades of intellectual property experience, focuses his practice primarily on chemical patents.  He has represented clients in virtually every aspect of patent issues – from due diligence to rendering opinions to litigation – and is well versed in invalidity and infringement as well as intellectual property and valuation matters in complex merger, acquisition, divestiture, and initial public offering activities.  

"Dave brings a unique level of knowledge and expertise to matters involving chemical patents," said John Sowards, Firm Chairman.  "His experience as in-house counsel – combined with his strong academic background in chemistry – adds a certain value that you just can´t find in a lot of attorneys.  His real-world understanding of the issues and practical approaches to protecting intellectual property will surely bring big benefits to current and prospective clients of Nexsen Pruet."  

Krasnow provides counsel on patents involving polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, optics, ocular science, pharmaceuticals, industrial gases, raw and specialty chemicals, coatings, refractory materials, material deposition, and medical devices.  

His background includes working as in-house counsel for Bausch & Lomb, Inc., and practicing with firms in the Carolinas, New York, and Washington D.C.  He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States District Courts of Virginia and North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Krasnow is active in a number of professional organizations and is the Founder and two-time Past President of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association in Raleigh.  He has also served as a past Director of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, he was listed in Business North Carolina´s Legal Elite Hall of Fame in the category of Intellectual Property.  He has also been named a Global Intellectual Property Luminary by IP World.

Krasnow earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Southampton College in New York and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.  

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 195 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues. 

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