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In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith has won a final victory in its battle with the Inland Revenue.The Revenue last week decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling that the firm was correct to deduct expected tax relief on £5m rent losses from its accounts. In February’s hearing, senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott dispensed with counsel and represented […]

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Clintons, the entertainment law firm, has taken on one of the founding partners of US law firm Costello & Joelson. Stephen Joelson, a specialist in international commercial litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, joins as a consultant.

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Adverse possession – legal theft

The recent decision to award property title to a squatter has highlightedthe urgency of the Law Commission’s proposed land registration reforms,writes David Taylor. David Taylor is head of property at Berwin Leighton.Media attention has focused this week on the doctrine of adversepossession with cries of incredulity from the tabloids that the law isprepared to legitimise […]

Takeover rivals enlist US firms for oil battle

French oil rivals Elf Aquitaine and TotalFina.Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has martialled 18 lawyers from its Paris, NewYork, London and Washington offices to represent TotalFina in a hostiletakeover euro42bn (approx u28bn) bid for Elf made on 5 July.Now Elf has enlisted Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb Steen &Hamilton to muster a combined team […]

Freshfields snaps up IT expert

Freshfields has poached Richard Lister, the driving force behind BerwinLeighton’s commercial IT department, as it seeks to build its IP/ITpractice.Lister, 32, specialises in telecoms, new media and e-commerce and willjoin Freshfields as a partner.His departure will come as a severe blow to Berwin Leighton, where he iscredited with having built up the corporate side of […]

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