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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.


A pint of milk, Curly Wurly and some boundary dispute advice, please

If brand recognition can be taken as a measure of success, then it’s fair to say that QualitySolicitors, which only launched in 2008, has been pretty successful. So it was only a matter of time before someone else jumped on the franchise bandwagon. With the usual lines about the legal services industry changing and uncertain […]

Boris Johnson

Boris and the oligarchs

London mayor Boris Johnson has extended an invitation to oligarchs to litigate in London. Is that such a bad thing? London mayor Boris Johnson has annoyed Prime Minister David Cameron – again – with his open invitation to overseas oligarchs to issue claims in the UK.Contrary to the Government’s policy of discouraging libel tourism, the […]


CMS to renew hunt for US deal after flat first half

CMS is on target for a marginal increase in turnover in 2012/13 despite what UK managing partner Duncan Weston termed a “flat first six months”. Although CMS does not disclose half-year figures, Weston said the CMS network had seen no movement on its combined 2011/12 revenue figure of £691.9m over the first six months of […]


Moves: 19 November 2012

Davis Polk & Wardwell has continued its English-law hiring spree by snaring a corporate partner from Herbert Smith Freehills. Move of the week Corporate partner Will Pearce has resigned from Herbert Smith Freehills and is set to join Davis Polk’s burgeoning English law practice in London. Davis Polk launched its English law practice in January […]

A&O’s currency converter

Allen & Overy (A&O) is once again the first magic circle firm to post its half-year results, and get your fill because it’s probably the only one that’s going to reveal them too. Are the others just too scared? A&O has been just as upfront about its figures this year despite the numbers not being […]

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