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Profit over duty in the age of MDPs

Stephen Fiamma is managing partner at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s London office. Multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) create economic pressure which compels professionals to compromise the duties they owe to their clients and to the traditional rules governing the professionals. The accounting profession, and indeed many lawyers, take the position that such concerns are merely thinly-veiled […]

Shakespeares in merger talks with PI firm

Birmingham commercial firm Shakespeares is in merger talks with local practice Philip Baker & Co. Philip Baker specialises in representing personal injury claimants. A merger between the two would come as a surprise considering the increasing volatility in the PI market. Several firms are understood to have considered off-loading their PI departments as fears grow […]

Lecturer counts cost of injunction ruling

Roger Pearson reports on the efforts of a university lecturer’s bid to challenge an order to pay unexpectedly high legal costs. A Cambridge University history lecturer is to challenge an award of legal costs made against her after she failed to obtain a court injunction against the university. Dr Gillian Evans, of the faculty of […]

Clients get a moral lesson from Warners

Warner Cranston hopes to win a winter windfall with this year’s Christmas cards. The firm is sending out Christmas cards warning of the dangers of going too far at end of year festivities. Employment head Geoffrey Mead advises clients not to hire strippagrams or play games which involve physical contact at their Christmas bash. The […]

It's been a bad week for…

The Lucans. Lord Lucan may have been officially declared dead but the family he left behind is still fighting. His widow, the Countess of Lucan, is accusing her son George Bingham of taking documents from her home while she was in hospital recovering from tranquilliser addiction. Bingham is believed to be writing a book proclaiming […]

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