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Morgan Cole partners battle it out for top job

Senior Morgan Cole partners are in the midst of an election campaign for the position of chairman of the recently-merged firm. Since chairman John Bowen stepped down in March, the position has been held jointly by Guy Clarke and John Moisson – partners of the firms which merged to create Morgan Cole. An inside source […]

Zurich in-house demands firms commit to pro bono

Zurich Financial Services’ in-house legal team says it will demand that any firms it instructs in the future must show a commitment to pro bono work. Zurich Financial Services’ 19-strong Swindon-based legal team has become only the second in-house team to join the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG). William Flynn, head of the litigation team […]

Noise award appeal takes off

A surveyor is appealing against damages of £10,750 awarded to East Sussex businessman Graham Farley. Farley took surveyor Michael Skinner to the High Court for failing to warn him of noise at his £420,000 home at Blackboys, Uckfield, East Sussex, from planes going in and out of Gatwick. Earlier this year Judge Peter Baker QC […]

Warner Cranston spurns Sonnenscheins

Warner Cranston’s merger talks with US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal are off. The firm is determined not to surrender its independence easily, despite as many as a dozen offers in the past six months. Peter Alfandary, Warner Cranston’s business development partner, says: “I can categorically say we are not in merger talks with Sonnenscheins. […]

DAC loses second head of corporate this year

Davies Arnold Cooper has lost its second head of corporate in just nine months. DAC’s Charles Wander is set to return to his former firm, Fladgate Fielder, as the steady flow of outgoing partners shows no sign of abating. Wander says he intends to leave DAC “some time in the new year”. DAC’s former head […]

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