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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.


Job Watch: Private Equity

Private equity had a tough time during the recession, but has it started to creep out of the doldrums? “The private equity sector fell off a cliff as funding dried up, which had a knock-on effect for lawyers specialising in this area, with redundancies and work levels drying up,” remarks Keith Miskelly at Garfield Robbins. […]

SJ Berwin bolsters corporate team with Field Fisher CIS expert

SJ Berwin has added to its City corporate practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) CIS specialist Alex Woodfield. Woodfield founded and headed FFW’s CIS focus group covering Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and specialises in transactions for clients in the region encompassing sovereign funds, major oil companies and high-profile businessmen, with a focus […]

JPMorgan GC takes Emea role following internal revamp

JPMorgan has confirmed the revamped structure of its in-house legal team following the merger of its investment bank and treasury and securities units, with senior London-based lawyer Karen Linney taking on a broader role as Emea general counsel for the overall business. Linney, previously general counsel of the investment banking division, has been appointed as […]


Judgment Call: 5 November 2012

On an application under CPR r.39.2 for witnesses to give evidence in private, the judge had to consider whether there was a risk of reprisals against the witnesses such as to justify a derogation from the principle of open justice. Civil procedure Deripaska v Cherney. [2012] EWCA Civ 1235. Maurice Kay LJ; Munby LJ; Lewison, […]


Work Life Quiz: Steven Martin, Antony Hodari & Co

What do you do at weekends? Spend time with my family, play golf, coach U9s rugby. What was your first-ever job? Labouring on a building site. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Doing a seat in conveyancing. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

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