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Geordie Law Soc chief aims to boost “relevance”

The head of property and planning at North East firm Ward Hadaway has been elected president of the Newcastle Law Society. Neil Robson will be president for the next year, and takes over the post from outgoing president, Guy Goodings, a partner at Northumberland-based firm Wholley Goodings. Robson said: “My main goal during my presidency […]

Portugal: Call of port

As Portugal’s economy flourishes, the country’s legal market is seeing an influx of foreign firms. But any newcomers will have some way to go to topple the current big-hitters

North-West rivals are the best firms to work for

Pannone has retained the third spot in the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for list while the biggest riser on the list was Brabners Chaffe Street. Brabners rocketed 23 spaces from last year’s ranking, this year bagging 67th spot. Brabners managing partner Michael Brabner told the Lawyer: “We are pleasantly surprised and this […]

Foreign & Commonwealth Office IT deal goes to FFW

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has fended off Bird & Bird, DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons to win a mandate to advise the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on its website development project. FFW beat rival FCO panel firms during a competitive tender process. It is the firm’s fourth mandate for the FCO, which keeps its […]

A&O scoops Dutch mega-merger

Allen & Overy has cemented its dominance on large Netherlands-based deals as it scored instruction from pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough on the €11bn (£7.5bn) cash purchase of Dutch group Akzo Nobel’s drugs division.The main draw of Akzo Nobel’s…

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