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In brief: Ex-Vallance Lickfold partners fined £5,000

Three partners at London firm Vallance Lickfold have been found guilty of using client money and failing to pay counsel fees by a Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal in London. Andrew Cameron, now a solicitor at London’s Swepstone Walsh, and Alan Herd and Neil MacDonald were fined u5,000 and ordered to pay costs of u9,609.

UK firms in Singapore shift tactic to weather Asian crisis

UK City firms in Singapore are adopting divergent strategies in response to the Asian downturn which continues to eat into profits. Linklaters is trying to sub-let half of its office space at 9 Raffles Place, after a reassessment of its boom-time expansion plans. Meanwhile City rivals Freshfields and Lovell White Durrant are expanding. Tony Grundy, […]

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