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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.



Work Life Quiz: Steve Ryan, SA Law

What was your first-ever job? Stagehand at the local theatre. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Wandering into my principal’s office without a counsel’s notebook and pen. His reaction taught me never to do that again. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]


Opinion: Welby must ditch the evangelism

The new Archbishop of Canterbury should represent everyone, including the bankers he has castigated Dominic Griffiths, banking partner, Mayer Brown As lawyers sat down to lunch on Remembrance Sunday did the conversation drift into debate over the new Archbishop of Canterbury-designate? Does anyone really care about the background or suitability of Justin Welby, the man […]

Risk control

Ask an in-house lawyer why they chose a path away from private practice and the answer is usually the same: they wanted to get closer to the business. Judging by a recent survey from KPMG and Meridien West that canvassed 320 in-house counsel across 32 countries, rising regulation is seeing in-housers get more involved in […]

Mark Dembovsky

Pre-merger Howard Kennedy to cut 10 support staff roles

Howard Kennedy has put 10 support staff on redundancy consultation ahead of its planned merger with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI). The firm said the redundancies were a result of a review of the firm’s internal structure and were not triggered by the merger talks with FSI. A statement read: “We’re continuously reviewing the structure of […]


2Birds set for Danish merger as management plans aggressive overseas strategy

Bird & Bird will cement its presence in Denmark in the new year by merging with its best friend in the country, Bender von Haller Dragsted (BvHD). The Danish boutique IT/IP firm, which has 15 lawyers, will be acquired by Bird & Bird in January 2013 in the same way the firm merged with Finnish […]

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