21 September 2009



The recession could not have come at a worse time. While excitement over a major football tournament in Poland approaches, the prospect of legions of fans travelling on the country’s creaking transport fills many with dread.


A&O’s communication training sparks gender row on soft skills

News that Allen & Overy (A&O) is ­mooting training its associates in soft skills has generated a critical response from some readers of TheLawyer.com. What seems to have antagonised many people is the fact that the initiative, which involves client networking and communication skills, specifically ­targets women.


Tulkinghorn: Briefs Encounter

Who doesn’t like the ­occasional dip in the sea? A little bird has told Tulkinghorn that Michael Beloff QC is so fond of the big blue that he goes for a swim off the coast every morning.

FFW aids Sovereign allay shareholder revolt

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has helped AIM-listed property investment fund Sovereign Reversions see off a shareholder revolt and secure a capital injection through a share placing and open offer.


BPE solicitors

BPE Solicitors hit the headlines in The Lawyer ­earlier this year (15 June) when it closed the ­Birmingham office it had opened in more prosperous times seven years previously.

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