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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.



Lawrence Graham makes ‘prudent’ move to cut 18 jobs

Lawrence Graham has launched a redundancy consultation aimed at cutting 18 jobs across lawyer, central services and support staff ranks. In a statement, managing partner Hugh Maule said: “This is a very regrettable but prudent action to ensure that we align our resources with what remains a difficult market. “We’re ensuring the firm is in […]



Monte Carlo was the location for The Lawyer’s annual European Awards and Conference. Here are the highlights The awards As ever, this year’s European Awards demonstrated the diversity and quality of the Continent’s legal profession. Now in their fourth year, the awards attracted more than 150 entries from firms across Europe – from those with […]

Spanish trio acts as Bertelsmann takes over Random House Mondadori

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, d’Urso Gatti e Bianchi, Garrigues and Uría Menéndez have all landed roles as the Bertelsmann Group acquires a 50 per cent stake in Barcelona-based Random House Mondadori, Random House’s trade book publisher in Spain and Latin America, for €54.5m (£43.6m). Cuatrecasas and Uría Menéndez acted for the German multinational media conglomerate. Barcelona-based […]


Local firms can thrive in Malaysia

Malaysian firms can gain from a liberalised market if they change their mindset and learn from newcomers Chew Seng Kok, managing partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co With the Legal Professional (Amendment) Act (LPA) passed in June, Malaysia has embraced an era of liberalising the legal profession. The amendment allows foreign firms to practise in Malaysia […]


New-look Dentons to be ‘most multi-cultural’ law firm

SNR Denton global chair Joe Andrew has pledged to make post-merger Dentons the “most multi-cultural” firm when Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) combine early next year. Andrew, who will take the same role at the merged Dentons, has hailed the new transatlantic entity as the first law firm ever to launch […]

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