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Network support launched

A PIONEERING consultancy has been launched in Bristol to help councils steer through the maze of problems arising from the reorganisation of local government. The Network support system will offer advice on key legal questions arising out of issues such as competitive tendering, staff transfers and employment contracts. Legal input for the Bristol-based consultancy is […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: William Longrigg

William Longrigg is a partner in the family department at City firm Charles Russell. Born in Oxford in 1960, he now lives in Battersea, London What was your first job? Barrister’s runner in Oxford on 50p per hour. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5,000 as an articled clerk. £14,000 when newly […]

Penningtons loses office as partners choose to go it alone

THE BREAKAWAY of the Bournemouth offshoot of the London and Home Counties firm Penningtons was confirmed last week when it relaunched as a separate practice under the name Fynn & Partners. Months of negotiations ended with senior partner Lionel Fynn and five other partners beginning as a specialist practice in environmental, licensing and planning law […]

Westminster lawyer gets the all-clear

Former Westminster city solicitor Matthew Ives has been cleared of wrongdoing in the council’s controversial “homes-for-votes” policy. Ives was among five people who were judged to have acted within the law by the council’s district auditor John Magill last week. Ives, now at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, was on holiday […]

Travellers challenge eviction

A legal battle which will test council powers to move new age travellers from municipal land edged closer last week when two groups won injunctions preventing their eviction. Travellers from Crowborough, East Sussex, and Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire, can remain on the land until a full High Court hearing is held. They are seeking a judicial […]

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