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Property body in quality row

PROPERTY solicitors have complained to the Law Society over its plans for a quality standard for conveyancing firms following a tense annual meeting. The Solicitors’ Property Group (SPG) has written to the society condemning the idea and the rapid timetable for its introduction. The complaint follows a row over how the society sought consultation. Two […]

Top Scots firm opens in Lithuania

GLASGOW practice Bishop and Robertson Chalmers has opened an office in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius. The firm, one of the largest in Scotland, is opening in the former communist state after 18 months of research in the region showed there was a market for providing advice to Western businesses and investors. The office, officially […]

In brief: New boss at society international practice

The Law Society’s deputy head of communications Jonathan Goldsmith has been appointed as the head of international practice, succeeding Hamish Adamson. Goldsmith will take on his new role on 1 October, a month before Adamson, who has held the title since 1987, retires. Goldsmith, who manages the society’s five regional offices and its Brussels office, […]

In brief: Surrey firm signs up to European network

Guildford and Farnham firm Stevens & Bolton has joined Euro-Link for Lawyers, the largest worldwide network for medium-sized law firms. Established in 1989, Euro-Link has more than 80 members, including law firms and in-house lawyers from major companies throughout Europe. Stevens & Bolton partner Richard King says the wide range of specialist advice available through […]

Barrister claims race bias at Bar after tribunal

A BLACK barrister has accused the Bar Council of racial discrimination over its decision to take disciplinary action against him. Jonathan Deve’s case was brought before an industrial tribunal in central London last week but was adjourned until August. Deve was brought before a Bar disciplinary hearing for allegedly misleading the court during a case […]

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