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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.


Ashton Morton to work off £1.45m in miner fees

Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack has been forced to repay £1.45m of the money it has made from representing sick miners. The repayment is the result of a High Court ruling earlier this year that firms had been overpaid for processing claims. However, the firm will offset the money against future miners’ scheme-related earnings rather […]

Who’s the daddy?

Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae may be embarking upon a marriage of convenience, but for one London managing partner the honeymoon will be over before it’s even begun. In case you missed it, the two US firms confirmed earlier this week that they are courting wildly (as first reported by The Lawyer […]


It could simply be taken as a sign of the continued downturn in litigation: the total revenue generated by the UK’s top 20 disputes groups was down last year. Not by a mere £10m or £20m, but by £132m. Big-hitter Lovells was one of eight firms to drop places in the top 20 league, moving […]

Family: Home sums

The laws regarding the financial rights of cohabiting couples are changing, but is the shift significant enough to reflect this sea change in society? On 31 July 2007 the Law Commission recommended reforming the law for cohabitants when their relationships end by separation or death. Subsequent criticism has attacked the proposal as unnecessary, as another […]

Poorly Frawley gets Taylor Wessing blessing

Five points for anyone who correctly guesses the identity of this well-known lawyer: “Sorry, but I’ve got a massive hangover today. I was out with clients at 5pm yesterday when the news came through.” If you said Taylor Wessing’s current, and newly re-elected, managing partner Michael Frawley, you win. Yesterday the Kiwi wine buff may […]

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