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Martin Arnold elected as managing partner for post-merger Wedlake Bell

Wedlake Bell senior partner Martin Arnold has been elected managing partner for a four-year term in the wake of the firm’s April merger with Cumberland Ellis. Arnold, who joined Wedlake Bell as a trainee in 1987 and has been a partner at the firm since 1996, was instrumental in the firm’s tie-up with Cumberland Ellis […]

Macfarlanes boosts private client with senior Speechlys hire

Macfarlanes has made a rare lateral partner hire by re-recruiting Speechly Bircham international tax and wealth structuring head Charles Gothard. Gothard is set to join Macfarlanes in the first half of next year, although no exact start date has been finalised. He joined Speechlys as a partner in March 2005 from Macfarlanes, where he was […]

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Jones Lang LaSalle highlights real estate pressures for top firms

A growing number of ‘squeezed middle’ firms are looking to cut their real estate costs through sub-letting, double occupancy or mergers, the annual report from property services provider Jones Lang LaSalle has confirmed. The firm’s report into global real estate trends, published next week, focuses on the impact on firms of the tough economic and […]

Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson moots arbitration service for resolving claims against the press

Lord Justice Leveson today said a low-cost arbitration service should be established to help newspapers and magazines resolve legal claims. Publishing his long-awaited report into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, Leveson LJ proposed that a statutory body such as Ofcom should take responsibility for monitoring an overhauled Press Complaints Commission. Such a […]

Gregory Shields
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The Lawyer Management: Forster Dean

Gregory Shields is CEO of personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean. He has spent his whole legal career at the Liverpool-based organisation, training as a solicitor there before leading a management buyout in 2007. What are the key elements of your role?  As chief exec I set the tone. I work on our strategy […]

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