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Top Cameron McKenna lawyer’s qualification thrown into doubt

The Lawyer has obtained a document casting doubt on the legal qualifications of the Cameron McKenna lawyer at the centre of sexual harassment allegations. Ilia Iaroslavski, who heads the firm’s Tashkent office, claims to have qualified as a master of law from Tashkent State University, in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, in 1989. But […]

Law firms may be needed to draft new laws

The Government’s lawyers are reportedly so snowed under with the weighty workload that Labour’s legislative programme is facing delay. The utilities bill, for example, – which reforms utility regulations – was due to be published before Christmas, but is now, apparently, on hold. There are also growing fears that the financial services and markets bill […]

Lyell leaves Brick Court for rival set

Premier European and competition law set Monckton Chambers has poached Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, the former Attorney-General, from rival Brick Court Chambers. The bar has reacted with surprise at Lyell’s decision to leave the set which, with 56 tenants including 22 silks, is one of the top four commercial chambers in the country. Lyell says […]

Garretts loses a founding partner

Adrian Phillips joined Garretts nearly six years ago and played a key role in building the Reading office into a seven-partner practice with 35 fee earners serving the Thames Valley market. His departure is the latest in a string of high-profile defections from the firm’s regional offices in the past year. Garretts has, however, strengthened […]

Movement at the bar

The true volatility of life at the bar was dramatically highlighted this week by the unprecedented event of five leading silks moving chambers. The departure of Sir Nicholas Lyell QC from Brick Court Chambers shows that not even the magic circle is secure from rival chambers poaching its leading barristers. Such movement, as well as […]

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