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Top banking job is up for grabs

BANKING ombudsman Laurence Shurman is to step down at the end of the year. Shurman gave up his managing partner post at Kingsley Napley in March 1989 to take up the ombudsman post. His pending retirement at the end of the year has prompted the Council of the Banking Ombudsman to advertise for a senior […]


AWS chair spearheads quest for the top posts

NEW chair of the Association of Women Solicitors Alison Parkinson has stressed her commitment to getting more women to the top of the profession. More than 50 per cent of entrants into the profession are now women and the association, which has increased its membership by over 1,500 in the last year to 8,000, now […]

Butler-Sloss gives AWB her seal of approval

AN UPBEAT verdict has been pronounced by the UK’s leading woman judge on the progress made by the Bar’s women’s group since it was founded five years ago. Appeal Court judge Lady Justice Butler-Sloss was one of the guests at the Association of Women Barristers’ fifth anniversary celebrations held last month. She told the group […]

For whom the dinner bell tolls

THE AGE-old tradition requiring would-be barristers to attend term dinners is in line for a major shake-up which could even herald its demise. An Inns of Court working party report on plans to deregulate training and defer call to the Bar recommends a reduction in the number of dinners students have to have from 18 […]

Formal professional negligence Bar as such

Although a number of practitioners commented that they doubted whether there was a “formal professional negligence Bar as such”, with recommendations spanning commercial, chancery and even family counsel, the names are very much horses for courses. What leading practitioners are looking for is a realistic assessment at an early stage, and whether it ties in […]

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