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Last of DAC casualties joins Masons

The final casualty of Davies Arnold Cooper’s massive restructuring is joining Masons. Stephen Lane, head of tax at DAC, left the firm a week ago. DAC announced in February its intention to cull 90 members from its Manchester and London offices. Lane says: “After the decision was made to make people redundant they were given […]

It's been a bad week for…

Marriot Harrison, the media specialist firm which is acting for Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The firm is now helping Lucasfilm defeat the menace of the internet, after UK bootleggers pulled off the most sophisticated piracy job in cyberspace history. UK pirates are playing merry hell by distributing […]

Getting real about legal education

Life for law students is set to change and their future employers are hoping the developments will reflect more accurately the needs of a profession that is itself changing. The change is happening at many levels. Students enrolling for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Leicester’s De Montfort University this year, for instance, will be […]

Edge Ellison ditches lockstep for performance-based pay

Edge Ellison has moved away from lockstep by introducing incentive-based pay for equity partners. The complex system of assessment seeks to reward both ability and performance, says new managing partner Simon Ramshaw. He describes the new system as scientific, rigorous and exacting. “A percentage of partners’ remuneration will be determined by performance in the year […]


Hempsons suit sparks Leigh family squabble

Well-known legal siblings Sarah and Bertie Leigh are squabbling over a law-suit against clinical negligence firm Hempsons. Bolt Burdon’s Louise Kerr is acting for claimant Dennis Walden, who waited six years in vain for his day in court after being injured at work in 1990. Kerr says angry correspondence between Sarah Leigh, Leigh Day & […]

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