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The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week overturned a landmark High Court decision that the minimum wage applies to pupil barristers. The Court of Appeal has ruled that pupils over 26 should not be entitled to the minimum wage. The original High Court action was brought by Rebecca Edmonds, a pupil at 23 Essex Street, who was backed by her chambers and the Bar Council.
Addleshaw Booth & Co has hired Linklaters assistant Adrian Collins as a partner and moved partner Peter Hardy from its Manchester branch in a drive to expand its City office's commercial property department.
Weil Gotshal & Manges assistant Jonny Crowe has left to become corporate counsel at internet incubator company idealab! Europe, which has just opened a London office.
Elliotts, a Manchester-based law firm, has been appointed by Whitbread's Pelican Group to handle its licensing requirements for its cafes, bars and restaurants. The firm will deal with more than 200 outlets across the UK, including Bella Pasta, Cafe Rouge and Mamma Amalfi.
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has appointed a legal services consultative panel to advise on matters such as legal training and conduct of those providing legal services. Lord Justice Potter, the Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal, chairs the panel. Other members include Herbert Smith partner Charles Plant, solicitor and founding director of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group Peta Sweet, and barrister and Inns of Court Law School lecturer Barbara Mensah.
2 Temple Gardens has lost two of its leading silks following internal restructuring. European law and insurance expert Alexander Layton QC is joining commercial set 20 Essex Street while Patrick Phillips QC, a former head of chambers, is leaving for an unknown destination.
Matrix Chambers, the newly-formed human rights set, has appointed Nicholas Martin as its chief executive. Martin is currently employed in a similar role at London-based family set One Garden Court, where he has worked for the last two years.
Norton Rose plans to provide £100,000 of sponsorship over five years for the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. As part of the sponsorship John Armour will become the first Norton Rose lecturer in corporate and financial law when he returns from a sabbatical as research fellow at the ESRC Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge.
Dibb Lupton Alsop's London practice moved into its new 12-storey office at 3 Noble Street last week. The move allowed the firm to bring its 300 London-based lawyers into one building. Previously they operated out of four separate offices around the City. Dibbs has signed a 20-year lease on the premises.
The Mourant Group, the largest law firm in the Channel Islands, has appointed Gary Bowles to the new post of director of e-commerce. Bowles will be responsible for the firm's e-business strategy. He has previously worked for electrical goods makers Xerox and Texas Instruments, and as a management consultant specialising in software development and IT strategy.