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The sword of truth finally fell on Jonathan Aitken this week when the old-Etonian left for an 18-month holiday at the public’s expense. Clutching his shield of English fair play the former minister was led down after being sentenced for perjury and perverting the course of justice after his libel case against The Guardian and […]

A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover. A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is […]

In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US law firm, has expanded its London offices. It has taken over a second floor at 7 Bishopgate, London. Another US law firm, Altheimer & Gray has also leased part of the City building.

Nabarros lobbies for property law

NABARRO Nathanson is lobbying the Government to change the law to boost investment in the ailing residential property market. Nabarros is due to meet with Treasury and Inland Revenue officials on Wednesday (16 June), to discuss its proposals, based on booming US real estate models. Nigel Heilpern, Nabarros property finance partner, told its annual property […]

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