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In brief: Lawyers race to victory in City of London

Two lawyers won the eighth annual City of London road race last Thursday. Giles Clifford from Freshfields won the men’s race and Kate Jenrick of Arden Chambers was the first woman to finish. Over 3,000 people took part including Heather Hallett QC, chairman of the Bar Council. The event, organised by Wilde Sapte, raised money […]

"Carders' triumph over council

Roger Pearson looks at how Westminster council turned to the Environmental Protection Act in its attempt to stop “carders’. Westminster City Council is trying to get rid of prostitutes’ cards that are “fly-pitched” in telephone kiosks. Unfortunately for the council it is coming up against more legal obstacles than it expected in its fight to […]

Taskforce finds euro fix for derivatives contracts

After six months of meetings, in-house and private practice finance lawyers from around the world have hammered out a protocol that should prevent tens of thousands of derivatives and swaps contracts having to be individually renegotiated because of the euro. Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Golden opened the protocol to the first signatories – Charles […]

Demand rises for "know-how' staff

THE recent explosion of mergers and the tendency towards specialisation will lead to a sharp rise in the number of law firms employing “know-how” managers to share out information, recruitment consultants have predicted. Know-how managers act as a bridge between the legal and the IT departments of the firm. The majority of the top 20 […]

In brief: TSG considers limited company status

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) National Committee is recommending turning the TSG into a limited company. At present liability is conferred on individual committee members. The TSG is the first Law Society group to consider incorporation and the final decision will be made by an Extraordinary General Meeting of the full membership on 27 June.

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