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Barnetts Solicitors has hired senior fee-earner Laura Gill into its conveyancing team from London-based firm Knox Ukiwa & Co, where she worked as a trainee solicitor. South East firm Stevens & Bolton has recruited Emma Jacques, a nine month-qualified litigator, from Allen & Overy, and Grace Parker-White, a four year-PQE family and matrimonial specialist, from […]

Smaller sets do big business

Good financial performances are not just the preserve of the top 10 sets, with a few smaller chambers showing signs of a lucrative year. Employment set 11 King’s Bench Walk (11 KBW) grew turnover by 21 per cent, from £11.2m to £13.6m, signaling the start of an expansion push and a search for new offices. […]

Nascent patents

Changes are afoot in the process for settling patent disputes across Europe, with two new models battling it out for supremacy. But don’t hold your breath, say Nick Gardner and Sebastian Moore On 12 July 2006 a public hearing was held in Brussels as part of the European Commission’s consultation on the future of the […]

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