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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
The High Court in London has granted unprecedented leave to serve a notice of bankruptcy petition against an untraceable former solicitor, by advertisement in the legal press. The action brought against William Relton, former head of William Relton & Co, relates to unpaid fees to legal recruitment consultancy Charles Fellowes Partnership. The notice has been placed in The Lawyer by the company. Martyn Libberson, of Birmingham firm Lee Crowder, said: "It is very unusual to get an order for substituted service against anyone, but I have never heard of one being served against a solicitor in this way." Anthony Tomkins, head of Charles Fellowes, said that he had pursued the matter as "a point of principle". Relton does not currently hold a practising certificate and his firm closed down following intervention by the Law Society in April 1996.