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Richard Pearce, head of services to the profession at the Law Society, who was acquitted of stalking a female commuter on a train. Pearce admitted that he had misread the signals from the middle-aged secretary. He thought he was getting the come-on, while she thought he was doing “disgusting things” under the newspaper on his […]

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In brief: Nabarros appoints to public sector group

Nabarro Nathanson has made another appointment to its expanding public sector group. Mary Bzowska, a former local authority lawyer with the London Borough of Camden, will be joining in January. This is the third appointment made from the local authorities in recent months.

Three form South African giant

Three of South Africa’s largest law firms have joined forces to form one of the top five legal services outfits in the country, with a partner count of more than 60. Finance heavyweight Bowman Gilfillan Haymen Godfrey is joining forces with IP specialists John & Kernick, and shipping, insurance and energy experts Findlay & Tait, […]

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