Former solicitor Tessa Street, who at 28 has become the first woman freeman of Oxford for 500 years. The last one was a 15th century fletcher. She now has the right to graze cattle on the city's Port Meadow and to fish in the River Thames. Street was accepted because she had completed an apprenticeship with an existing freeman, Oxford solicitor Chris Butterfield. Street has now forsaken the law and works at NatWest.
Addleshaw Booth & Co, which announced that it had advised on more than £2bn worth of deals in eight months, including the £400m buy-out of United Provincial Newspapers, the northern newspaper arm of United News & Media, which owns the Express Group.
Solicitor Andrew McCooey and barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC, whose client Philip Portington won a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that his rights were violated because he had waited more than eight years for his appeal against a murder conviction in Greece. McCooey said that they would now appeal to the Greek government to seek his release as he has served 12 years.