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Minster and Optima top UK200 debt charts

Minster Law and Optima Legal have emerged as the two firms with the highest reported level of borrowings in this year’s The Lawyer UK200. Last year Minster’s turnover was £104.1m. The Lawyer can reveal that at the end of the last financial year it had total borrowings of £69m. At Optima the proportionate debt levels […]


Wragges and Gateley steer black-cab maker’s administration

Wragge & Co has won a lead role alongside Gateley on the administration of Manganese Bronze, the stricken company behind London’s world-famous black cabs. The Coventry-based maker of the iconic taxis filed for administration late last month, with PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Tony Barrell, Matthew Hammond, Ian Green and Mike Jervis appointed to oversee the case. The […]

Chris Grierson

Ex-Hogan Lovells partner struck off for £1.27m fraud

Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson has been struck off the solicitors’ roll, after pleading guilty earlier this year to defrauding the firm of £1.27m. Grierson was struck off by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) yesterday (31 October) and ordered to pay costs of £14,000. He did not attend the hearing. In May he was […]

Teare J refuses to recuse himself from Ablyazov case

Addleshaw Goddard has failed in its bid to have Mr Justice Teare recuse himself from a $6bn dispute between Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov and JSC BTA Bank. Addleshaws made a last-minute application for Teare J to recuse himself last Thursday (25 October 2012), arguing that it could appear that the judge was biased against its […]

Paul Murray

DAC Beachcroft signs three-way Chilean merger

DAC Beachcroft and Chilean firms Seguros Lex and Amunategui y Cia are to join forces to create DAC Beachcroft Chile from today (1 November 2012). The move will make DAC Beachcroft the first European-based law firm to have a presence in the country. It comes almost a year to the day since Beachcroft merged with […]

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