TL 24 March 2014

public enemy
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Local authority law: Public enterprise

Cash-strapped local authority legal teams are being pushed towards privatisation – and potentially on a collision course with FTSE 100 outsourcers Last week’s Budget underlined the fact that the theme of austerity is still with us, with headline-grabbing measures on pints, petrol and pensioners not hiding the fact that a recovery is still some way off.  […]

Cat Griffiths index
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Beware a council lawyer scorned

So, Ashfords, Bevan Brittan, Browne Jacobson, DMH Stallard, Eversheds, Nabarro, Pinsent Masons, Sharpe Pritchard, TLT, Trowers & Hamlins, Wragge & Co: where do you think your local government clients are heading? It’s not a rhetorical question. Those private practice firms are just a small selection of external advisers that have local government clients. But public […]

James Eadie
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Litigation: The Supersilks

As well as the famous ‘Treasury Devil’ James Eadie, a select few QCs form the Supreme Court’s star line-up For many litigants the Supreme Court is the last roll of the dice. When it comes to instructing counsel only the best will do, and many instructing solicitors will, in effect, trade up to ensure they […]

Hull

Moves: 24 March 2014

Move of the week Eversheds has hired Ashurst London pensions head Steven Hull. He is expected to join the firm’s City office on 1 May. Hull specialises in pension scheme reorganisations and mergers, deficit reduction strategies and scheme funding negotiations, changing and closing benefit structures.   UK London DLA Piper has appointed Paul Gray as […]

Austria

Austria: Hypo-activity

The sale of the ‘good’ assets of crisis-torn Hypo bank is a welcome stimulant for local firms, but the lack of young blood in the profession is a persistent problem The Hypo Group Alpe-Adria bank in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia will mean next to nothing to all but those with the most detailed […]

Dante Dante's inferno hell
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Training: Paralegal purgatory

For years, it was accepted that a stint as a paralegal would boost aspiring lawyers’ chances of getting a training contract. Is that the case any more? Training contracts are becoming more scarce. The number registered in 2011/12 was 4,869 – the lowest since 1997/98 and down from a pre-recession high of 6,303. Though investing […]

Public sector roundtable

Public sector roundtable: Authority figures

Facing a barrage of swingeing spending cuts, local government lawyers are adamant they will emerge stronger than ever The role of the UK’s public sector lawyer is about to change. Instead of bemoaning further cuts in spending – the deepest faced by British public services in more than 60 years – local authority legal teams […]

Saul

A slow and steady revolution

Slaughters is quietly reshaping its partnership for a post-crunch, Asia-centric era Slaughter and May has always been conservative, setting itself apart from the magic circle with its three-stop-shop policy and consistently high profitability. So when change comes, it comes so slowly that many outsiders fail to notice. But take a closer look and you will […]

Devitt
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After the Addleshaws blunderstorm

Undermined by leadership slip-ups, is it time firm looked outside for fresh blood? There’s nothing like a miscalculated paycheck to ruffle feathers. Particularly when it coincides with managerial mistakes and waning confidence. Perhaps that’s why few eyebrows were raised when Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Paul Devitt announced plans to resign from the top job at […]

Hull

Moves: 24 March 2014

Move of the week Eversheds has hired Ashurst London pensions head Steven Hull. He is expected to join the firm’s City office on 1 May. Hull specialises in pension scheme reorganisations and mergers, deficit reduction strategies and scheme funding negotiations, changing and closing benefit structures.   UK London DLA Piper has appointed Paul Gray as […]

Austria

Austria: Hypo-activity

The sale of the ‘good’ assets of crisis-torn Hypo bank is a welcome stimulant for local firms, but the lack of young blood in the profession is a persistent problem The Hypo Group Alpe-Adria bank in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia will mean next to nothing to all but those with the most detailed […]

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