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Insolvency: right to supply

In these uncertain times, suppliers need to protect themselves against losing their biggest clients, say Jonathan Wheeler and John Adams. In recent months we have seen the demise of some of our best-known high street retailers such as Woolworths and MFI. With the closure of further high street names likely as more companies feel the […]

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The former judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has joined Atkins Chambers as a door tenant. Sir Thayne Forbes retired from the High Court bench last week and immediately took up his new position at the chambers to advise on arbitration and mediation matters. Atkins senior clerk Simon Slattery said: “Sir […]

TfL’s Gareth John takes up GC role at Sodexo

Transport for London’s (TfL) director of compliance Gareth John has left the company to take up the general counsel role at facilities management services provider Sodexo. John will be in charge of Sodexo’s UK and Ireland operations, heading a team of around six qualified lawyers. It is understood that TfL will advertise to find a […]

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Weil Gotshal & Manges has reported a 4 per cent hike in global revenue for the 2008 financial year. The US firm’s revenue increased by 4 per cent from $1.18bn in 2007 up to $1.23bn in 2008. This compares with a 12.4 per cent hike last year from $1.05bn in 2006. In 2008, Weil Gotshal […]

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