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Simmons seconds partner to PFI panel

Simmons & Simmons commercial partner Edwin Godfrey has been seconded to the Private Finance Panel as joint deputy chief executive. The panel is funded by HM Treasury to monitor and encourage the implementation of PFI projects and has a broad range of professionally qualified members. Rees Griffiths, who shares Godfrey’s post as deputy chief executive, […]

QBD to pilot applications by video link

Lawyers throughout the country may be able to make applications to the Queen’s Bench by video conference if a pilot scheme is successful. Under a scheme designed to save expensive and time-consuming trips to court, lawyers on the Northern Circuit will soon be able to make applications to Queen’s Bench Masters by video conference. If […]

Major mergers of the 1990s

In September 1992 Manchester firm Pannone March Pearson merged with City firm Pritchard Englefield & Tobin to form a 55-partner firm, but they later split. Then in 1993 the 45 partners of City firm Frere Cholmeley agreed to join the 20 partners of Bischoff & Co. Meanwhile Eversheds was slowly expanding its network of law […]

Merged Cameron McKenna to recruit

McKenna & Co and Cameron Markby Hewitt, which have merged to form the UK’s eighth largest law firm, are looking to headhunt lawyers. The firms went public with one of the legal community’s worst kept secrets when they announced just before Christmas that they were to merge from 1 May 1997 to become Cameron McKenna. […]

Report backs civil recovery for retailers

A NEW civil procedure should be introduced to allow retailers to claim compensation from shoplifters, according to a report published by the Nene Centre for Retail Research in Northampton. The report on the operation of civil recovery in the US and Canada, published last month, concludes that civil recovery is cheap, convenient and accessible and […]

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