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The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has appointed rated Clifford Chance investment funds partner Tim Herrington as the chairman of its Regulatory Decisions Committee, as revealed on www.thelawyer. com (19 November). The former chairman of the committee Christoper Fitzgerald, an ex-Slaughter and May partner, resigned following the ‘Plumber’ scandal, in which the entrepreneur Paul Davidson’s appeal against a […]

Linklaters ditches junior partner role in global harmonisation plan

Linklaters’ German practice is phasing out the role of junior partners in a bid to harmonise the job titles used by the firm’s international offices. A spokesman for Linklaters said the firm’s German offices were dispensing with the title of junior partner in favour of the equivalent title of managing associate. This was to bring it closer in line […]

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