A year ago this week

Davies Arnold Cooper media unit jumps ship for Reynolds
Three members of Davies Arnold Cooper's (DAC) media and defamation team left to join rival Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. This was a blow for DAC, as these were the latest in a line of resignations, which included the departure of Malcolm Henke, head of the common law department, motor unit head Simon Curtis and senior team leader David Pipkin, who all left for Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.
The departees, Keith Mathieson, head of media and defamation, partner Maddie Mugford and assistant Kirsty Watt, all joined Reynolds' media and communications department, headed by Liz Hartley.
A year on, DAC no longer has a media and defamation department.
A spokesperson for the firm says: “This was no longer a key practice area for the group, because we want to focus on other growth areas. Therefore, at the time, we didn't appoint replacements.”
Curtis, Pipkin and Gilbert are still with Reynolds.

Masons offers free advice
Construction specialist Masons set its sights on being part of the dotcom culture by launching a website aimed at new media start-ups.
The venture, out-law.com, was launched to provide legal advice for people who were sceptical of traditional law firms. Initially free, the firm had plans to introduce charges three to six months down the road. The site was to be solely operated by its own panel of experts.
A year on and, according to Masons, the site has been “incredibly successful”, with 7,000 registered users and more than 100 new clients. The firm plans to introduced a number of paid-for services in the coming months. However, there will be no charge for the services that it already offers on the website.