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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.


Shepherd & Wedderburn CEO on coming back from the brink

It’s been a tough few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn’s CEO Stephen Gibb. The firm’s turnover stagnated in and around the £30m markand the ‘Scottish big four’ group dissolved when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors merged. But while market commentators were predicting doom and gloom, Gibb had no doubt that the firm was in good […]

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The Global Law Summit: Celebrate what’s great about UK law

Next week one of the biggest legal market events of the year will roll into London. It should be good – it’s been 800 years in the making. The first-ever Global Law Summit (GLS), which takes Magna Carta as its jumping off point, will rightly showcase the immense talent across the breadth of the UK […]

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Uría Menéndez posts record results with 3.6 per cent revenue increase to €192.1m

Slaughter and May’s Iberian best friend firm Uría Menéndez has posted a 3.6 per cent increase in turnover to €192.1m (£142.4m) in 2014, thanks to an improvement in the Spanish and Portuguese economy. Uría’s activity increased in M&A, capital markets and real estate, which had been relatively dormant during the past few years. This resulted in […]

Shoosmiths directs GBR Phoenix Beard over purchase of niche property business

Shoosmiths has advised property consultants GBR Phoenix Beard on the acquisition of Optic Asset Management, a niche property management company based in London and Leeds. Shoosmiths corporate partner Ben Turner led the deal with assistance from corporate solicitor Georgina Gurnhill, tax partner Kate Featherstone and employment solicitor Liz Parkin.

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