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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.

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Moves: 26 November 2012

Norton Rose has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) IP litigation partner Huw Evans as a partner. Move of the Week Evans, who focuses on patent litigation, moved to the magic circle outfit in 2009 from Wragge & Co alongside DLA Piper IP partner Neville Cordell. The hire follows news of Norton Rose’s merger with US […]

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Work Life Quiz: Jeremy Sweetland, Guildhall Chambers

What was your first-ever job? A Sunday paper round on my BMX for £1.25 an hour. What was your worst experience as a trainee? While working in wills and probate for a short period, misreading a death certificate and notifying all relevant parties that the father of the deceased was dead. Quickly but embarrassingly remedied. […]

Michael Ward, Gateley

Gateley to cut 19 fee-earner positions from English offices

Gateley is embarking upon its first redundancy round since the economic slowdown began, with up to 19 fee-earners facing the axe. The redundancies will affect up to 19 fee-earners – including partners but not trainees – in the construction, real estate, dispute resolution and employment practices across the firm’s English offices, apart from Leeds and […]

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Landmark scoops fourth silk from 4-5 Gray’s Inn

Planning silk John Hobson QC and Stephen Whale are the latest barristers to quit 4-5 Gray’s Inn for Landmark Chambers. Hobson is the fourth silk to leave the set for Landmark in recent weeks following Paul Brown QC and Philip Coppel QC (9 November 2012), and Tim Corner QC (7 November 2012 ). Hobson was […]

Korieh Duodu

Impossible task

Freedom of speech is likely to be the scapegoat of Lord Justice Leveson’s report, says Korieh Duodu Before we can look at what Lord Justice Leveson should propose, we have to grapple with his terms of reference – this was a knee-jerk political move to stave off critics of Number 10’s cosy relationship with certain […]

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