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TfL takes new GC from GLA

Transport for London (TfL) has appointed Greater London Authority (GLA) head of legal Howard Carter as its new general counsel. Commissioner for transport Peter Hendy announced Carter’s appointment, and he will take up his new post from September. TfL is part of the GLA Group. Hendy said: “Howard will be responsible for advising the TfL […]

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High oil prices and a focus on diversifying is vying with capacity and cost issues in the Middle East’s construction industry to create what promises to be an interesting year ahead for the region. Jeffery Barrett reports For those who thought 2005 was a busy year for project activity in the Middle East, 2006 is […]

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Royal Bank of Scotland’s in-house overhaul has far-reaching implications for the bank’s advisers, both in and out of house. Matt Byrne talks to RBS’s legal chiefs about introducing a culture of relationship management What is the role of an in-house team? It is a question the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) senior legal team has […]

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