A report on Higashimachi’s activities for 2010

By Yoshihiro Uetani*

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your continued patronage.

On June 1, 2010, Higashimachi Law Office was incorporated, changing its name to Higashimachi LPC, and our Tokyo branch was opened. Following that, on December 28, we opened our Imabari branch. Furthermore, at the same time we were also joined in this new enterprise by veteran lawyers, Mr. Yousuke Tanaka and Mr. Takashi Aihara. We also hired Mr. Kazuya Yamashita in September.

With our three offices, in Kobe, Tokyo and Imabari, we are now able to provide a more extensive and flexible legal service.
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Misdirected email and disclaimers

By Sei’ichi Nishikawa*

The primary cause of information leakage through email is when emails are inadvertently sent to the wrong person. What measures has everyone been taking to prevent this kind of thing from happening?

I have, on occasion, received email messages which may only be a few lines long, but which are then followed by a signature and a ten-line disclaimer. Read the rest of this entry >

Maritime-law Workshop

By Shōhei Tezuka

Since early 2009, we have been holding regular maritime-law workshops with maritime practitioners (including shipping companies, insurers and lawyers). We use a maritime law textbook written by scholars in the U.K.

The workshop is held almost monthly, with around 20 participants. We designate presenters from among the members of the workshop for each chapter. In each workshop, we discuss many points, such as questions about the interpretation of English law and central themes to be taken into account in practice, as well as focusing on understanding the meaning of the sentences in the textbook itself. Read the rest of this entry >

Report on Shanghai

By Takahisa Fukumoto*

The eyes of the world are once again on Shanghai, after last month’s opening of the 2010 Expo.

Mr. Uetani and I paid a visit to the city last year, despite the end-of-year hustle and bustle, from the 18th to the 20th of December. Please allow me to report on our trip.

My first ever visit to Shanghai was in 2003, when I spent two weeks training at our Chinese affiliate, Jiahua Law Office. Ever since then I have been back regularly – about once a year. However, last year, due to my commitments at the Bar Association, among other things, I was unable to do much travelling, so this was my first Shanghai trip in two years. Read the rest of this entry >

A report on Higashimachi’s activities in 2009

My name is Yoshihiro Uetani, and I am the Chief Partner at Higashimachi Law Office.

I would like to take the opportunity of the launch of the English and Chinese versions of our website to report on the activities of Higashimachi Law Office over the past year.

In February 2009, in response to the need to boost our efficiency and to strengthen information management system, we extended the size of our office by 50 percent. The attorneys’ offices are now concentrated on the 9th floor, and our consultation and meeting rooms are located on the 10th floor. In addition, we set up a dedicated “Bankruptcy Law Division” within the office, in order to better handle large-scale bankruptcy cases and related legal consulting. Read the rest of this entry >