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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.



Crowded huis

Jones Day plans to open in Amsterdam, but is there room in the market for another US firm in the Netherlands? After several years of Dutch lawyers calmly accepting that little would change in their market, this year something changed. Just over a month ago US firm Jones Day announced it was adding to an […]

Apathetic solicitors costing firms millions

Indifferent lawyers are costing firms and the environment millions a year by showing a lack of interest in green practices in the office, according to research from Banner Business Services, one of the UK’s largest stationery suppliers. Banner surveyed 1,000 lawyers about their environmentally friendly habits at work. The results showed there is still work […]


Robert Walters group head of legal: Ripple effect

After an early career shock a strong sense of decency now drives Richard Harris, group head of legal at recruiter Robert Walters, as he reshapes his team In the Feng Shui-designed Covent Garden offices of recruitment agency Robert Walters, group head of legal Richard Harris is working hard to bring his team into the 21st […]

Paul Brown

Cameron’s reforms are misguided

Reforming judicial review procedures will not lead to a better system but will punish those who need it most There are five reasons why the proposed reform of judicial review procedures is misguided. First, it is based on a false premise. The stated object of the exercise is to “speed up development and boost economic […]

Suzanne Wise

Network Rail prepares to revamp legal panel under new general counsel

Network Rail has invited 20 firms including Clifford Chance, Eversheds and Simmons & Simmons to pitch for its external legal panel as the transport infrastructure group’s new general counsel prepares to review its roster of advisers. The company, which owns and operates much of the UK’s rail infrastructure, has asked all its 12 current panel […]

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