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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.



One Crown Office Row duo lands roles on BBC review

One Crown Office Row silk Christina Lambert QC and Kate Beattie of the same set have won roles on the Dame Janet Smith-led review of the BBC. The barristers have been brought in by Reed Smith partners Richard Spafford and Carolyn Pepper. Former High Court judge Dame Janet is examining the culture at the BBC […]

Democratic rule

The re-election is a chance for Barack Obama to achieve much of what he proposed in his first term, says Charles Adams. The result of the American presidential election reflects two profound realities. The first is that a majority of the American electorate, notwithstanding the painfully slow pace of economic recovery and the continuing unacceptably […]

Peter Hasson

Clydes moots second Saudi launch as firm posts half-year turnover hike

Clyde & Co is considering launching a second Saudi Arabia base in Jeddah, as it emerges that the firm has delayed transferring partner Ben Cowling to the country’s capital Riyadh amid a logistical hitch. The firm opened in Riyadh in 2009 through an association with with Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily (6 April 2009) and is contemplating setting […]


Pinsents launches second post-merger redundancy round

Pinsent Masons is beginning a second round of redundancies following its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors, with up to 15 jobs set to go. Pinsents merged with McGrigors on 1 May (6 February 2012) and cut 47 jobs among its business development, IT, HR and facilities staff in the summer (24 August 2012) as a […]

Turcan Connell hires family law duo from Maclay Murray & Spens

Scottish private client firm Turcan Connell has hired a senior family law team from Maclay Murray & Spens to join its Glasgow office, which opened just over two months ago. Noel Ferry, head of family at Maclays, has joined Turcan Connell’s Glasgow office as a senior associate alongside senior solicitor Roger Mackenzie. Ferry specialises in […]

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