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Laterals fad sweeps bar as chambers add numbers to fend off consolidation Across the civil bar sets are assessing how best to survive in the post-good times era. The modern bar is not without its own price pressures and also faces increased competition from the solicitor profession. Inner Temple set 11KBW is hoping to find […]

Landmark returns to 4-5 Gray’s Inn for another silk

Planning silk Tim Corner QC has become the latest barrister to quit London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square after securing membership at Landmark Chambers. It brings the number of exits from 4-5 Gray’s Inn to seven, including two silks, in the past week. As revealed by The Lawyer, Landmark took Paul Brown QC and Lisa […]

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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 […]

SJ Berwin bolsters corporate team with Field Fisher CIS expert

SJ Berwin has added to its City corporate practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) CIS specialist Alex Woodfield. Woodfield founded and headed FFW’s CIS focus group covering Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and specialises in transactions for clients in the region encompassing sovereign funds, major oil companies and high-profile businessmen, with a focus […]

Public crawl

Slimmer pickings for firms on public sector rosters Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11 has almost as much to do with firms’ choices as TfL’s strategy. Travers Smith, one of four firms to leave the panel, elected not to tender for a place after not receiving […]

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