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Partner hires at highest level since credit crunch

14th May 2012

A top legal website has published the results of research which suggests the number of solicitors being hired as partners is now at its highest level since before the financial crisis hit the sector in 2008. According…

Legal sector warnings over Queens Speech legislation

11th May 2012

There has been a mixed response from lawyers to legislative proposals announced in the recent Queen’s Speech. Plans to merge the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with the Competition Commission were confirmed as part…

Shell launch new global disputes group

11th May 2012

Oil giants Royal Dutch Shell have announced the launch of a new global disputes branch to deal with its litigation and arbitration matters, and have appointed the partner of a leading firm as its associate general…

Outgoing Supreme Court president takes jobs in Qatar and Hong Kong

10th May 2012

It has been announced that Lord Phillips, the outgoing Supreme Court president, will take on two senior international judicial roles when he retires from his current position at the end of September. Phillips, who has…

Funding companies announce increased capital

9th May 2012

Two commercial litigation funding companies have announced that they have increased their capital significantly after reporting a big rise in demand for their services. Spokespeople from both Harbour Litigation Funding…

News International moves on with new general counsel

9th May 2012

The troubled media organisation News International has appointed a new general counsel to head up its legal department as it tries to move on from a calamitous year. Paul Chinnery, who was previously senior legal…

Magic Circle firms predict steady growth

8th May 2012

The biggest law firms in London are cautiously optimistic for growth in 2012-13, despite a challenging economic climate. Leading figures from the so-called ‘Magic Circle’ have said that they expect to post…

New company secretary appointed at Virgin Money

8th May 2012

Katie Marshall has been named as the new deputy company secretary at Virgin Money, following the departure of Jasan Fitzpatrick as legal director of the bank. Fitzpatrick worked at Northern Rock for a decade and moved…