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In brief: Eversheds' financial services unit grows

Eversheds expanded its financial services unit to a five-partner department at the start of January with the appointment of Rowe & Maw partner Michael Wainwright and Wilde Sapte partner Nicholas Walmsley.

Poaching war continues as set takes on top two

James Hunt QC’s chambers, 36 Bedford Row, is continuing its expansion by pulling aboard a family silk and a high profile criminal specialist. Family specialist Heather Swindells QC joins from Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham while criminal lawyer Anesta Weekes joins from Cloisters. Swindells is chair of the East Midlands Business and Property Bar Association and […]

Tobacco case costs ruling could thwart legal aid plans

THE COURT of Appeal could derail the government’s legal aid reform plans next week if it rules that the firms handling a multi-party action against two tobacco companies are liable for their opponents’ costs if they lose. The crunch ruling, due on 26 January, is over the tobacco companies’ claim that Irwin Mitchell and Leigh […]

LCD puts brake on reforms

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is poised to make a public admission that he will not meet the tough self-imposed 1 April deadline for the implementation of his controversial legal aid reforms. The Lawyer understands that he or his deputy, Geoff Hoon is preparing to concede that only the plan to replace legal aid with […]

Litigation Writs 20/1/98

A charity trustee accused of spending £86,000 of a charity’s money on a pension for his wife and of using £41,000 of other charity money to buy five cars now faces High Court action by the Charity Commission. Graham Pattison, of Consett, Durham, and fellow trustee Ronald Morrissey, of Sherburn Village, Durham, are being sued […]

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