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The Lawyer Inquiry: Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer QC was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1947. Based at 1 Paper Buildings in London, he is the founder of Compas, a clearing house scheme for pupils which is due to start this autumn. He lives in Amersham in Buckinghamshire. What was your first job? Labourer on a building site. What was your first […]

Wetherspoons lawyer moves up as director

AN IN-HOUSE lawyer with J D Wetherspoon has been promoted to its top legal job. Rosalyn Schofield has been appointed director of legal services and company secretary at the Watford-based company which operates 101 pubs. She takes over from Christina McLellan who is returning to private practice but will continue to do consultation work for […]

CLA welcomes employee code

THE NEW chair of the Commission for Local Administration has welcomed the publication of a code of conduct for council employees, saying the reputation of local government is one of its “most precious assets”. Edward Osmotherly, who succeeded Sir David Yardley in October, says local government “cannot flourish unless everyone believes it is straight” and […]

Change of style

Lively times are predicted for the pensions scene. The new pensions ombudsman Julian Farrand QC made this quite clear when talking to the Association of Pensions Lawyers last week. In a matter of months, he has given 50 determinations, compared with his predecessor’s 160 over a period of years. And the style will be different. […]


The BOC Group, advised by its in-house legal department, has bought shares for an undisclosed sum in the Heathrow-based London Cargo Group, the Manchester Airport-based ManCargo, and Birmingham International Airport-based Elmdon Cargo Handling, the vendor shareholders being advised by Mundays.

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