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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.

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Students lobby for return of magazine

THE LAW Society’s weekly publication, The Gazette, could resume distribution among student members if representations put to the society this month succeed. Students have not received the magazine for the past three years after budget cuts at Chancery Lane. But a submission by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) will go before the society’s strategy committee […]

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Scottish lawyers rail against Law Soc practice name rules

LEADING Scottish firms have hit out at English red tape which prevents them from practising under their own names south of the border. While English firms can set up branch offices under their own names in Scotland, they claim the Law Society of England and Wales refuses to allow them to do the same. Partner […]

Lawyers jailed for passport scam

TWO lawyers have been jailed for running a sophisticated passport racket giving Hong Kong Chinese a new life in the West. Barrister Paul Samrai and solicitor James Walker charged u40,000 a time for forging documents that “proved” their customers were entitled to British citizenship. At Southwark Crown Court, Judge Gerald Butler QC jailed each of […]

Wandsworth makes second tender stab

Nicole Maley reports WANDSWORTH Borough Council has called for expressions of interest on its controversial litigation tender. The five-year contract, the subject of a critical report prepared by the council’s in-house legal team earlier this year, includes routine and non-routine litigation work in departments throughout the authority. The council is expected to issue invitations to […]

Strong in health field

I was most disappointed to open the edition of The Lawyer for 8 November and to find on page 14 an article on National Health Service legal services, which included a table of solicitors’ firms active in the field. We were not mentioned. Since the merger of Le Brasseurs with J Tickle & Co on […]

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