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Clean-air company that Walker Morris built wins innovation award

A pioneering technology developed by a spin-out company from the University of Salford has been recognised for its ingenuity at the Times Higher Education Awards. The Salford Valve Company was spun out from the university in 2013 and was assisted in its formation by a multidisciplinary team from Walker Morris comprising specialists from the  corporate, commercial […]

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Allen & Overy and Linklaters pocket £10.4m for Aviva’s Friends Life merger

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters earned fees of approximately £10.4m for their advice on the proposed £5.6bn merger of insurance companies Aviva and Friends Life. A&O is set to pocket about £4.4m for its work on the transaction (24 November 2014). The firm fielded a team led by corporate partner David Broadley and insurance […]

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Shepherd & Wedderburn’s Stephen Gibb on post-Tods Murray optimism

It’s been a difficult few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn, what with turnover stagnating and the ‘Scottish big four’ group it formed a nominal part of disintegrating when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors were taken out by merger. Like its last remaining big four counterpart Maclay Murray & Spens, the firm ran the serious risk […]

No5 Chambers’ Richard Kimblin acts in planning dispute

No5 Chambers’ Richard Kimblin has acted for the secretary of state in Oxfordshire CC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which the council challenged an inspector’s finding that a monitoring fee was not compliant with regulations.   In a detailed consideration of the origin and operation of Regulation 122 Mrs Justice Lang dismissed the […]

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SFO ordered to pay £7m in legal costs for Guildhall Chambers silk trial

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been ordered to pay £7m in legal costs for Guildhall Chambers’ Stephen Davies QC and four other defendants cleared of fraud last year. Mr Justice Hickinbottom made the costs order this morning after throwing out the SFO’s case, known as ‘Celtic Energy’ against Davies and his fellow defendants last […]

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