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Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

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Scottish lawyers will challenge the judicial independence of Scotland’s129 temporary sheriffs at Linlithgow Sheriff Court. The argument is thattemporary sheriffs depend directly on the Lord Advocate – the senior lawofficer in Scotland – for their one-year contracts and therefore fail thehuman rights test of a fair trial before an “independent and impartialtribunal” which is required […]

In brief: Coudert Brothers

Coudert Brothers is understood to be holding merger talks with leading Belgian law firm Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures. Coppens lost itsinternational capability when the Punder group dissolved last year.US-based international firm Couderts has recently been linked to German lawfirm Schurmann & Partners.

Addleshaws shuts debt recovery unit

Co’sdefunct debt recovery department.Addleshaws announced the shutdown of its 85-strong debt recovery unit,part of the Recovery Management Group (RMG) on 22 July.Clients have been informed the firm will stop taking instructions from theend of August.Jones dismisses rumours the firm will sell the RMG and says staff will beoffered jobs in the firm.He says: “There are […]

White & Case hires Euro IP team

US firm White & Case has poached top IP lawyer David Llewelyn and keymembers of his team to set up its London IP practice.Llewelyn joins from Llewelyn Zietman, which he founded with Clive Zietmanfive years ago.He will effectively be head of IP for the whole of White & Case’s Europeannetwork, working with the telecoms, competition […]

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