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McDermotts expands London litigation team

US firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced the appointment of three associates to its London litigation group. Nick Vodovich joins from Gouldens and Samantha McBain from Lovell White Durrant. Kate Learoyd will join the firm from Rowe & Maw in August. John Reynolds, who heads the litigation group, says: “They are lawyers of the […]

The ones to watch

Ruby Sandhu tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Timothy Fancourt Professional achievements/associations:Chancery Bar Association Areas of practice: Property, chancery anhd commercial litigation as well as advisory work, particularly commercial and residential property. What others say about him: Fancourt is described as an […]

Akin Gump merges with IP law firm

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has merged with Philadelphia intellectual property firm Panitch Schwarze Jacobs & Nadel. Panitch Schwarze founding partner Ronald Panitch becomes managing partner of Akin Gump’s Philadelphia office. He says: “Although a number of firms expressed interest in us over the years, we consistently concluded a merger did not […]

Don't forget the public LPCs

We read with interest your special report on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). We fully support much of what was said in the article and commend your efforts to stimulate the debate. However, we are concerned that the article quoted, and concentrated, on the two private providers of the LPC and failed to refer, except […]

Landmark music copyright ruling due

A landmark ruling is expected next week that could have major implications for the ownership of music copyright. The plaintiffs, former members of 1980s pop group Spandau Ballet, are claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in royalties from songwriter Gary Kemp. They claim that because they assisted in the rehearsing of songs and performed on […]

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