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Council wins appeal on sale of former school site

Last month the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council, concerning ‘section 2 reverter’ under the School Sites Act 1841. The judges unanimously allowed the appeal, finding in favour of the Council.


AstraZeneca strikes drug discovery collaboration deal with Orca Pharmaceuticals

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co life sciences experts have advised long-standing client AstraZeneca on a three-year drug discovery collaboration agreement with Orca Pharmaceuticals. The agreement will give AstraZeneca access to inhibitors of acid-related orphan nuclear receptor gamma (RORg) developed by Orca Pharmaceuticals with the potential to treat a range of autoimmune disorders. The collaboration combines the scientific […]

WorldRemit move underlines buoyancy of London fintech sector, says Eversheds

Commenting on news that London fintech start-up WorldRemit has raised $100m from Silicon Valley investors, Charlotte Walker-Osborn, head of technology at Eversheds, says: “Last year brought signs of encouragement for London fintech and this merely underlines the buoyancy of the sector. The development of the technology cluster in London has been encouraged by both local […]


Shoosmiths back in the driving seat for Mercedes-Benz after five-year hiatus

Shoosmiths has been appointed to a new Mercedes-Benz UK panel alongside Nabarro after dropping off the roster in 2009. Nabarro has been on the German automotive brand’s panel since 2009, when it picked up a spot alongside legacy Wragge & Co following a beauty parade of 11 firms that saw Pinsent Masons and Shoosmiths ousted […]

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: Lawyers are amazing. Here’s why

Boris Johnson put London and the rule of law squarely at the heart of the world’s legal market yesterday in his keynote speech at the Global Law Summit. While cracking jokes. Obviously. Was the Mayor of London ever likely to do anything else? Of course not. But in his characteristically showman’s manner, Johnson not only […]


Government admits procedures for handling legally-privileged information are unlawful

The Government has admitted that the security services’ procedures for handling legally-privileged communications do not meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In a statement issued yesterday (18 February), the Government conceded that policies applied since 2010 for the handling of legally-privileged information by the security and intelligence agencies did not […]

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