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Council fears explosion risk

Bromsgrove District Council is heading for a High Court showdown in London with a man it accuses of creating the possibility of an explosion by work he has carried out on an old tip in Bromsgrove. The council is to seek court orders banning the man, identified as T O’Neill in the claim, from interfering […]

Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings merge

The chambers of 11 Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings have merged to create a 45-tenant set. The set does not yet have a new name or premises – although both are under urgent review. After a number of failed investigations into other sets, 11 Bolt Court entered negotiations with 7 Stone Buildings in April. […]

A&O, Linklaters cut back in CIS

Allen & Overy and Linklaters are making redundancies in their Moscow offices, The Lawyer can reveal. Allen & Overy has made three local lawyers and three support staff redundant in a move which should save the firm an estimated £150,000. Linklaters has also laid off three Moscow-based Russian lawyers. A Linklaters spokeswoman confirms: “We have […]

Lord Irvine slams LawSoc over QC stance

The Lord Chancellor has attacked the Law Society following its call for QCs to be abolished and announcement that it is boycotting the soundings process. In a furious letter to Law Society president Robert Sayer, Lord Irvine declares himself “deeply disappointed” with the society’s adoption of a public position before Sir Leonard Peach’s scrutiny of […]

US firm acts in $115bn mega deal

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has advised on the biggest deal in history – a telecommunications merg-er worth $115bn. The 442-lawyer firm, which has offices in London, represented MCI WorldCom on its merger with Sprint Corp. Cravaths partners made over $2m last year – the second biggest average profits per partner in New […]

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