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Council wins appeal on sale of former school site

Last month the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council, concerning ‘section 2 reverter’ under the School Sites Act 1841. The judges unanimously allowed the appeal, finding in favour of the Council.


Simon Beswick

Irreconcilable differences

Deep-seated disparities caused FFW-Osborne Clarke merger talks to fail Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Osborne Clarke have similarities and differences. The former is still more politically heated and divided than gentlemanly Osborne Clarke, despite FFW’s efforts in recent years, but their clientele would have complemented each other well, especially in corporate. News of the collapse […]


High Court awards £98 to demoted employee in Facebook dispute

The High Court has awarded less than £100 to an employee who was demoted by his company after he posted comments on Facebook about gay marriage, despite ruling that he had not breached his company rules. Manchester-based Aughton Ainsworth partner Tom Ellis instructed Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC for the claimant, Adrian Smith, who had […]

Peter Martyr

Norton Rose’s Martyr: Fulbright deal won’t hurt US referral relationships

Norton Rose CEO Peter Martyr has brushed off claims that next year’s merger with Fulbright & Jaworski will jeopardise the firm’s referral relationships with other US outfits, as concerns emerge among parts of the UK-headquartered firm that the tie-up could have a negative effect on some partners’ practices. A number of Norton Rose partners in […]

Adam Wagner

A war on judicial review?

The Government has unveiled plans to revamp the judicial review system, but Adam Wagner believes it should think carefully before silencing the law The Prime Minister said he is to “get a grip” on people forcing unnecessary delays to Government policy by cracking down on the “massive growth industry” of judicial review. David Cameron told […]

Costs Management – some practical tips

Whilst concerns over the Jackson reforms appear to have centred on funding arrangements (CFAs and DBAs) and the new proportionality rule, Lord Justice Dyson, in his inaugural speech as Master of the Rolls, said that, “costs management is the key to the Jackson reforms”. Unless firms understand the costs management process, and take practical steps […]

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