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The bank that likes to say yes

It was Trustee Savings Bank, the forerunner of Lloyds TSB, that in 1984 styled itself as “the bank that likes to say yes” in one of the most 80s-style TV adverts you’re likely to find. The TSB brand has gradually slipped away from Lloyds since the two merged in 1995 to form Lloyds TSB. Lloyds […]


Slaughters to part company with 41 secretaries at end of consultation

Slaughter and May is set to axe 32.7 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in its secretarial team after finalising a round of redundancies. A total of 41 secretaries have chosen to take voluntary redundancy, which includes a redundancy pay package, while approximately three to four in the evening team are being asked to exit the firm […]


Minster and Optima top UK200 debt charts

Minster Law and Optima Legal have emerged as the two firms with the highest reported level of borrowings in this year’s The Lawyer UK200. Last year Minster’s turnover was £104.1m. The Lawyer can reveal that at the end of the last financial year it had total borrowings of £69m. At Optima the proportionate debt levels […]


Government rejects judicial demands for costs council

The government has rejected Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for a costs council despite senior judges calling for the end of the hourly rate. Justice minister Helen Grant said yesterday that the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs (ACCC) set up in 2007 to advise on costs issues was to be disbanded with its responsibilities transferred to […]

Couchmans scores former Fifa lawyer

Sports-law boutique Couchmans has hired the former head of disciplinary and governance at football’s world governing body, Fifa, as a consultant. Paolo Lombardi, who is qualified in Italy, first joined Fifa in 2002 from Deloitte. At that time he was a legal counsel and rose to become head of its disciplinary and governance department in […]

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