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City lawyers’ earnings are continuing to soar ahead of their national colleagues, according to the latest salary survey from recruitment consultants Michael Page Legal. The twice-yearly survey of 500 firms throughout the UK found that experienced regional lawyers are often earning £25,000 to £30,000 less than their colleagues in the City. Newly-qualified City solicitors’ salaries […]

Cornish to join PW's legal arm

Top commodities lawyer Martin Cornish, the senior partner of MW Cornish Batty & Co, is believed to be poised to join Arnheim & Co, the law firm tied to accountancy firm Price Waterhouse. Both Cornish and Paul Downing, head of PW’s European legal network, would neither confirm nor deny the move but if it goes […]

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