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A welcome end to rigidity

Now that recession panic appears to have lost its stranglehold on the collective consciousness of lawyers, something interesting is starting to emerge. It’s an anti-strategy trend; the freedom to be opportunistic without three sets of position papers and a partner vote. This is partly because the fear has been taken out of poor financial results […]

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Nabarro set to trial student speed-dating

Nabarro has spiced up its vacation scheme application process by introducing a speed-dating inspired networking exercise to its assessment centres. Nabarro has spiced up its vacation scheme application process by introducing a speed-dating inspired networking exercise to its assessment centres. Although those applying for a place on the firm’s ­vacation scheme were not expected to […]

Brabners and Bremners amalgamate

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street will merge with Liverpool firm Bremners Solicitors on 1 May to create a social housing powerhouse for the region. North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street will merge with Liverpool firm Bremners Solicitors on 1 May to create a social housing powerhouse for the region. Bremners specialises in commercial and […]

Mayer Brown lays off 45 more lawyers in US

Mayer Brown has cut 45 lawyers and 90 support across its US offices. James Holzhauer The US firm has made the cuts as a result of a review of its global operations. In a statement released by the firm chairman Jim Holzhauer said: “These changes were necessitated by the severe and prolonged downturn in the […]

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