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Laying the blame

The news that the Lord Chancellor was to finally part company with the “no fault” divorce in January was as inevitable as the arrival of a decree absolute through the letter box. It was also met with the same wildly divergent responses by the parties involved. As far as the anti-divorce lobby was concerned this […]

Vivendi appoints ten firms to its UK panel

After a five-month review, both regional and City firms win places French utilities and media giant Vivendi has appointed 10 firms to its UK panel following a five-month review. A range of City and regional players have won places. They are Allen & Overy (A&O), Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Boyes Turner & Burrows, Brodies, Burness, Macfarlanes, Pinsent […]

Thyssen judge’s demand is historic first

The judge in the middle of the court battle over Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza’s £1.2bn fortune is believed to have set a historic precedent when he tried to clinch a deal that could have given him a financial interest in the case (The Lawyer, 2 April). Defence lawyers invited Mr Justice Mitchell to stand down […]

Swan capital investments

Another nice public to private deal from Travers Smith, this time brought to the firm by Jim Morris, who left Travers Smith to join WestLB a few years ago and is now a director in its legal department. WestLB provided the financing for the deal and Morris called on Travers Smith partners Spencer Summerfield and […]

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