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Council wins appeal on sale of former school site

Last month the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council, concerning ‘section 2 reverter’ under the School Sites Act 1841. The judges unanimously allowed the appeal, finding in favour of the Council.


Olswang IP lawyer spearheads ‘game changing’ patent service

Olswang IP partner Campbell Forsyth has spearheaded new patent service HLP3, a process aimed at helping patent owners monetise their patents for a fixed fee, working alongside a group of insurers, funders and IP experts. The five businesses involved are US patent and research company HLP Integration, media-focused Olswang, litigation funder Caprica, after-the-event (ATE) insurers […]

Mayer Brown takes Ashurst partner to head real estate in Europe

Mayer Brown has hired longstanding Ashurst partner Martin Wright to fill the new position of European real estate head. A spokesperson for the firm said that Wright, who will take up the position in January 2013, is not replacing anyone at Mayer Brown as he has been hired specifically to drive forward the firm’s European […]


Cleary joins Slaughters’ French ally on Franco-Belgian bailout of Dexia

Bredin Prat, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and former Clifford Chance partner Yves Herinckx have all landed roles as France and Belgium inject €5.5bn (£4.4bn) to bail out ailing Dexia, as part of a recapitalisation deal approved by the company’s board of directors yesterday (12 November). Longstanding Dexia adviser Cleary acted for the Franco-Belgian bank. […]

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Bakers begins hunt for UK head as Senior prepares to step down

Baker & McKenzie London managing partner Gary Senior is set to step down from the role next year after 10 years as the US firm kicks off a process of choosing his successor. Senior figures in the City office have started taking soundings from partners about a replacement for Senior, who was first elected to […]


Prudential hires Tesco GC for company secretary role

Tesco group general counsel Alan Porter has left the supermarket chain to take up the role of group company secretary at Prudential. Porter, who first joined Tesco in 2008, previously spent 15 years at British American Tobacco. In his new role, he takes over the group company secretary function, which was previously occupied by Margaret […]

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