Mediating the wrong way

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In brief: Trowers restructures support in time for move

Trowers & Hamlins has appointed David Dixon, previously deputy chief financial officer for Pricewaterhouse Coopers Eastern Europe, as head of finance. Last month John Cooper, previously at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, joined as head of information services and Gordon Taylor came from Cameron McKenna to head up the administration. The arrivals complete a restructuring of support […]

Mediating the US way

I was disappointed to read that solicitors are unenthusiastic, apprehensive and hostile about mediation schemes which offer parties the chance to resolve disputes out of court. In the US, mediation has been used with great success and, in line with Lord Woolf’s recent Access to Justice report, the industry must work hard to ensure that […]

Russell Jones moves into Wales as next step in national expansion plan

FAST-EXPANDING Russell Jones & Walker has opened a new office in Cardiff – the firm’s third new office in the last 18 months. The Cardiff office will be staffed by five solicitors, all specialising in either medical negligence, personal injury or criminal cases. Michael Imperato, a senior assistant previously based at the firm’s Bristol office, […]

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Blow for Shoosmiths as partners quit

Two partners have quit Shoosmiths & Harrison following a restructuring of its Reading and Southampton offices. Corporate partner Marshall Leopold and commercial property partner John Castell, both from the Reading office, will join Garretts in Reading at the beginning of September. The restructuring, announced last week, has seen the Northampton firm’s two southern offices re-branded […]

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