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In brief: Pilot steers future of conveyancing

We are forever being bombarded with portentous statements about how our world is changing, how we live in a technological age and how those of us who do not adapt our philosophies and systems will be cast adrift. The future involvement of technology in conveyancing is a certainty rather than a probability. But from my […]

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Rowe & Maw has lost its battle to keep Brussels-based competition partner Simon Baxter, who has quit to join Clifford Chance. Baxter was one of four Rowe & Maw corporate partners planning to join Clifford Chance but, in September, The Lawyer reported that three others in London – Paul Maher, Andrew Copley and Peter Dickinson […]

City 'nonsense' over PFI claims

What a lot of self-interested nonsense from City PFI chieftains (The Lawyer, 3 November). Provincial firms and small practices are perfectly capable of handling PFI work competently. Like all legal services it is “horses for courses”. Large City firms are better equipped to deal with major DBFO transport projects – but it is not economical […]

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