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Earl takes helm at Wedlake Bell

Property specialist David Earl has been elected as Wedlake Bell’s new senior partner.Earl replaces Robert Dolman, who is stepping down after 10 years in the role. Dolman, a private client partner, will return to fee earning. Although Earl’s primary focus will be his commercial property practice, he hopes to continue Wedlake Bell’s growth. The firm […]

Ashurst fills Paris managing partner role

Ashurst has chosen corporate partner Frédéric Pinet to replace outgoing Paris managing partner Christopher Crosthwaite. Pinet, 38, becomes one of the France’s youngest managing partners. Pinet is charged with consolidating Ashurst’s corporate presence in France, particularly in M&A work. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 18 January 2005

James Liddiard: The Innovation Group

After cracking international expansion, insurance software company the Innovation Group is breaking into claims processing. Joanne Harris reports When James Liddiard first walked through the door of the Innovation Group (TiG) in July 2001, he was a corporate assistant on secondment from DLA (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary). He thought he was on a […]

Conflicts top the agenda -again

Another week, another set of conflict allegations. First, there’s Norton Rose being blasted by erstwhile trophy client Stelios on its work for Stelmar. Norton Rose is denying any conflict, but that hardly seems to be carrying much weight with the easyGroup chairman. And then there’s the GE panel review, heavily trailed in this magazine and […]

Firm profile: Fenwick Elliott

A confident firm is one that can choose to turn away work. Fenwick Elliott is one such firm. The construction boutique, which moved into new premises on Aldwych just before Christmas, believes it is in the happy position of being the largest specialist construction law firm in the UK, following construction heavyweight Masons’ merger last […]

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