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Bankim Thanki QC, Fountain Court

Fountain Court announces new leadership as Moriarty QC bows out

Fountain Court Chambers’ Bankim Thanki QC has followed up his recent high-profile victories in the Court of Appeal by being named as the set’s new head. An extremely successful month for Thanki saw him play a significant role in high-profile cases for the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and Ukraine and has now been topped off […]

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4-5 Gray’s Inn Square set for second merger in five years with Arden tie-up

Housing set Arden Chambers will merge with public, planning and property set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square effective from 1 October in the latter’s second merger in just over five years. The new set will take 4-5 Gray’s Inn’s name initially, with Arden Chambers senior practice manager Emily Martin continuing to lead the legacy set’s work […]

Freshfields partner swaps private practice for the Bar

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructuring partner Nick Segal is switching private practice for the Bar, taking on a new role at Erskine Chambers. Segal is set to join the chambers as a barrister in September, after he has been successfully admitted to the Bar. Segal joined Freshfields in 2006 on his return to the UK from […]

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Crisis averted as criminal barristers accept £15m legal aid offer

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA)’s feud with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has ended with 51.55 per cent of members voting to accept the £15m offer that was put to them two weeks ago. The offer was accepted through a slim majority voting in favour of the reforms with an 85 per cent turnout from […]

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MoJ offers £15m to Criminal Bar after fees dispute

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has offered the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) £15m as the government entity seeks to end the increasingly tense standoff between the two bodies. The deal is said to be an entirely new investment and will include an £8m cash injection for barristers who have lost money through a change in […]

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39 Essex’s Hodge Malek QC leads four-strong team to 3VB

3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) has taken Hodge Malek QC and four junior barristers from 39 Essex Chambers, along with three international lawyers who join as associate members. Malek – who acted for Alexandra Tolstoy and her children during the mammoth case against Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev last year – will join the set today bringing barristers […]

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Matrix branches out from law with crisis management team launch

Matrix Chambers has launched a new chambers-wide initiative designed to involve its barristers at an earlier stage to provide impartial advice during regulatory investigations. Integrity+ is a new service available to clients which will see Matrix barristers provide objective advice on issues such as the correct choice of law firm or accountant representation in the first […]

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Criminal Bar issues harsher proposals to combat fee cuts

The gulf between the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has continued to grow as the CBA ramps up pressure to reject work falling under the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS). In an announcement issued on 13 May, the CBA encouraged its members to continue rejecting any form of work falling […]

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Clifford Chance throws down gauntlet to the Bar with bid to ban brief fees

As part of a push for greater transparency, Clifford Chance has started telling some of the UK’s most prominent commercial sets that it will look to scrap some traditional fees as part of a revamped approach to pricing. Global head of dispute resolution Matthew Newick and London head of dispute resolution Helen Carty have made it […]

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Landmark, Littleton and 7KBW among chambers appointing pro bono champions

Chambers are appointing ‘pro bono champions’ as part of a new initiative to encourage barristers to take on not-for-profit work. The move is a result of the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s ‘FABFeb’ campaign which ran over the course of February. The Unit contacted all heads of chambers, senior clerks and chambers directors, at sets with […]

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SFO appoints interim head as Green steps down

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has appointed chief operating officer Mark Thompson as interim director as former head David Green QC prepares to step down at the end of this month. Thompson joined the SFO in 2004 and was appointed chief operating officer in October 2016. He will take on the role on 21 April, […]

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Chambers threaten to strike over 50% fee cut

In a move that will jeopardise the Ministry of Justice’s post-Brexit campaign to market London as the world’s leading legal centre, several criminal chambers are threatening to refuse work from 1 April, The Lawyer has learned.

 

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Litigation Tracker: banking and finance cases reign supreme, report reveals

The Lawyer Litigation Tracker 2017 reveals a ground-breaking year for the English courts, with landmark judgments reached in a number of areas of law that have set precedents and reformulated long-standing legal principles. However, it was also a year in which fewer cases went all the way to judgment. Some 2,412 judgments were tracked by […]

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