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After a relatively quiet first half to the year, the offshore legal profession is on the move again. Isle of Man firm Cains is opening in Singapore and Collas Day is moving into London. Harneys has merged with Cayman firm CS Gill & Co to give it a base on the island, while Maitland Group […]

Clydes switches to merit-based pay

Clyde & Co has shaken up its pure lockstep to a three-gated remuneration ­structure based on merit. The ;firm’s ;previous ­system began with 46 ­profit-sharing units and ended with 100, supplemented by a 5 per cent performance-related element. The new system, however, sees ­partners move through gates every three years, reaching plateau within 10 years. […]

Collas Day expansion to encompass City, Jersey

Guernsey offshore firm Collas Day is to open a ­London office as part of a broader expansion plans. Commercial partner Jason Romer said: “To begin with it will be a marketing outpost, with one person encouraging more interaction between the London markets and Collas Day. “In time it will become a fee-earning office, but it’s […]

Eversheds lures Addleshaws partner

Eversheds has hired Addleshaw Goddard partner Andrew MacCulsh to head the firm’s construction team in Nottingham. MacCulsh, who joined Addleshaws from Hammonds in 2005, said he plans to grow Eversheds’ construction team as well as strengthen his own practice. “The major growth and success of the team over the last 12 months and the calibre […]

OFT appoints new GC

The Office of Fair Trading has promoted former Slaughter and May lawyer Frances Barr to the roles of general counsel and head of legal profession at the watchdog. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has promoted former Slaughter and May lawyer Frances Barr to the roles of general counsel and head of legal profession at […]

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