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The Allied Irish Bank debacle has brought the issue of internal control and risk management to the fore once again. Deborah Talbot reports on what went wrong The publication of a preliminary report into the activities of ‘rogue trader’ John Rusnak and how he was able to incur losses of more than £490m for his […]

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It’s that time of year again. The first rays of sunshine… shop windows laden with chocolate temptation… and the silks list is out.As lists go, it was the equivalent of a six foot-high Easter egg, with nearly 50 per cent more QCs being created than in last year’s list.Over the last couple of years there […]

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Cherie Booth QC is continuing to hold client meetings at 10 Downing Street nearly two years after she was first criticised for using Government premises for her practice.Booth, now at Matrix Chambers, was slammed for seeing clients at Number 10 when working on the BCCI case in 2000 while at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. She […]

DLA, Eversheds and Halliwells on HBOS panel

Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) has set up a formal panel of firms for banking work in the North West. The North West panel is split into three groups: structured finance, corporate banking and business banking. DLA, Eversheds and Halliwell Landau are on all three arms of the panel, while Hammond Suddards Edge and Pannone […]

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