Public sector and local authority

Revealed: The firms cashing in on the failed Garden Bridge project

Seven City law firms raked in over £3.5m in fees from the ill-fated Garden Bridge project, including Bircham Dyson Bell and Macfarlanes. According to the full breakdown in fees, the Garden Bridge project cost a total of £53.5m with legal accounting for 6 per cent of the total money spent by authorities including Transport for […]


Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]

Duncan Weir

Bevan Brittan revenue reaches £44m in sixth consecutive year of growth

Bevan Brittan has posted its sixth year of consecutive growth, posting a 12 per cent increase in turnover from £39.2m to £44m. Net profit stood at £9.6m last year, up from £7.8m the previous financial year. Average profit per equity partner increased from £313,000 to £443,000 – a phenomenal rise of 43 per cent. The firm […]



After Burford, litigation funders need a healthy dose of transparency

Litigation funders live and breathe disputes, but this was not the sort of dispute Burford Capital was used to. On August 8, Burford’s share price plunged 66 per cent after a ferocious attack from San Francisco-based hedge fund Muddy Waters, whose founder Carson Black questioned the accuracy of the funders accounting practices. Black described the […]

Featured briefings

Shoosmiths appointed to key public sector legal services panel

By Lee Perry National law firm Shoosmiths has been appointed to two full service lots in England, Wales and Scotland on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Wider Public Sector Legal Services Panel (RM3788). This panel helps a variety of public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland to access Shoosmiths’ public sector legal expertise through a […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecutes Samantha Eastwood murder

Jonas Hankin QC, instructed on behalf of West Midlands CPS, opened the case against Michael Stirling when the case was listed for sentence before the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE. Michael Stirling was convicted by his guilty plea of the murder of Samantha Eastwood on 27th July 2018.  Shortly before 8am that day Samantha had left […]

Walder Wyss advises Swiss Life in share buyback program

On 29 November 2018, Swiss Life Holding AG has announced to repurchase own registered shares up to a maximum repurchase value of CHF 1 billion for the purpose of a subsequent capital reduction. The share buyback program starts on 3 December 2018 and will last until 31 December 2019 the latest. The repurchases will be […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers represents West Midlands council against fraudulent claim

Counsel from a Birmingham barristers’ chambers has represented a West Midlands council in a contempt of court case against a woman who fraudulently claimed for damages. Gareth Compton, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, represented Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in the case. Karen Britton, 45, of 44 Harwood Street, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to contempt of court […]

Vda enters into a partnership with Center of Excellence for PPPs

VdA is celebrating a new partnership with the Center of Excellence for the PPPs development in the water and sanitation sector, in which Manuel Protásio integrates the international panel of expert lawyers in these matters. The Center of Excellence consists in a partnership between the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Portuguese […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers defends biomedical scientist on misconduct allegations

By Anthony Haycroft Anthony Haycroft successfully represented a biomedical scientist on a pro-bono basis in a 4 day Fitness to Practise hearing at the Health Care Professionals Tribunal Service in London. The registrant admitted to 5 serious blood checking errors over a 7 month period 4 years ago which could have been life threatening. He had […]

Gowling WLG assits GuarantCo to facilitate first dual listing of Ghanaian corporate debt

Gowling WLG are pleased to have advised long-standing client GuarantCo in respect of the listing by Quantum Terminals Group (QTG), on the London Stock Exchange. Quantum), a leading energy infrastructure developer in Ghana, has listed its GHS 45 million (USD 10 million) corporate bond, guaranteed by GuarantCo (a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers defends judicial review challenge to party conference accreditation system

In R (Segalov) v Chief Constable of Sussex Police & Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, the Claimant, a Labour Party member and journalist challenged the decision to refuse him police accreditation to attend the 2017 Labour Party conference and also the police system for party conference accreditation itself. James represented Greater Manchester Police, who host […]

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