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Review of the year

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30 years on, the role of semi-contentious practitioners is growing

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National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

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Quotes of the year

Review of the year “Women should be absolutely delighted when men say, ‘Show us your legs’ in a funny way” – Vanessa Lloyd Platt, Lloyd Platt & Company, 9 April. “I’m very interested in trees and the different colours of the leaves” – Anthony Cann takes over at Linklaters, Fiona Callister Interview, 2 July. “At […]

Weil Gotshal in bonus bonanza

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Deals summary

Clifford Chance (Andrew Forryan Robert McGregor, Adrian Cohen) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley as joint lead managers, on the £875m securitisation of the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield for British Land. Simmons & Simmons (John Davies, James Bresslaw) advised British Land, with Addleshaw Booth & Co (Michael […]

White collar crime
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The UK Government is getting tough on cartels and proposing that guilty directors could face harsh prison sentences. Jon Robins asks whether the measures are going too far If you thought that the dramatic conviction of Alfred Taubman, the former chairman of Sotheby’s, in New York for colluding with apparent arch-rivals at Christie’s to fix […]

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