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Private firms may run courts

Private corporations tendering for the contract to run the UK’s court computer systems could end up running most of the systems. The process is already under way for a planned handover around May next year but despite a statutory requirement the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has not consulted the judiciary in full on its plans. […]

Barristers urge Bar to ease rules on training

Cyril Dixon reports BARRISTERS working in local government are calling for the introduction of solicitor-pupil masters in order to combat the shortage of openings for pupils in the public sector. The Bar Association for Local Government and the Public Service claims pupils are being turned away because there are so few barristers practising in local […]

Mayers' London partner defects to Bakers

US FIRM Mayer, Brown & Platt partner Peter Gaines has quit his post in the firm’s London office to join the UK banking team of rival Chicago practice Baker & McKenzie. Gaines, who worked for Mayer Brown for 20 years – including a five-year stint in London – last week started leading Baker & MacKenzie’s […]

Freshfields appoints Markland as first Asia managing partner

LONDON-BASED Freshfields partner Ruth Markland is returning to Asia after six years in the UK to become the firm’s first-ever managing partner for the region. Markland moves out at the end of the month to assume control of Freshfields’ Asian network, which covers Tokyo, Hong Kong/China, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. From […]

In brief: Survey raps PI influence on Woolf report

Large corporations believe personal injury lawyers may have had too much influence on the Woolf report, a client survey is expected to show this week. The survey by Simmons & Simmons questioned 35 clients and contacts from the banking, insurance and corporate world. They are worried that Lord Woolf relied too heavily on PI submissions […]

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