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Brixton solicitor Angello Hornby and Linklaters litigation partner Katie Bradford, who are among 500 leading women who are attending the 43rd Women of the Year Lunch this week. Hornby co-founded the Brixton all-female firm Hornby Ackroyd & Levy in 1980 and has created strong ties with the local community. Bradford is a property specialist and […]

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Members of 42 Bars worldwide meet in Paris this week to discuss ways to make it easier for lawyers to practise abroad. The meeting has been organised by the American Bar Association, the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community, and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Aclec member blasts Lord Irvine over audience rights

A leading member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) has launched a scathing attack on Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine over his plans to speed up the extension of audience rights. In what he describes as a “personal response” to the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) consultation paper on rights of […]

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North East can weather the storm

Every economic forecast reaches the same painful conclusion. There is an economic “slowdown”. The UK might even be heading for recession. So what. The North East has been in recession for so long it has become a way of life. The region consists of a handful of conurbations bounded on three sides by the Scottish […]

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