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Niche insurance firm Fishburns has raided Weightmans’ London office for a professional indemnity team led by partner John Bennett. Bennett joined Fishburns last week along with four assistants. He focuses on professional indemnity work, particularly in the barrister, solicitor and patent agent field. Fishburns senior partner Anthony Marsh said: “It gives us the opportunity to […]

Eversheds tops charts as energy powers AIM market

A boom in mining, oil and gas has fuelled a major push by law firms to secure AIM clients, with mid-sized UK firms the first to get their piece of the action. Eversheds advises 43 AIM clients – the biggest AIM client list of any firm, according to research conducted by Hemscott Group. Other firms […]

SFO lawyers quit en masse citing red tape

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has suffered a spate of resignations across its legal departments, losing four lawyers during the past three months alone. A total of eight lawyers, including two senior lawyers, have left this year, which is around 13 per cent of the total number of lawyers across the organisation. The most recent […]

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