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Ryanair loses Aer Lingus buyout case

23rd May 2012

Budget airline Ryanair has lost a long-running competition case against the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) relating to their blocked 2006 buyout of rivals Aer Lingus. The victorious OFT was advised by a team holding some…

Yahoo! sells shares back to Alibaba Group

22nd May 2012

The multinational internet corporation Yahoo! has sold its 40 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba Group back to the e-commerce company in a move which involved employing the advice of six large law firms. The $7. 1bn…

In-house team cut at Paramount Pictures

21st May 2012

US-based film and television production company Paramount Pictures has cut its team of in-house London lawyers from seven to two. The UK legal arm of the business was set to disappear completely until recently, with a…

Mayer Brown announces new chair

18th May 2012

Paul Theiss is to become the new chair of Mayer Brown after the former chair, Herbert Krueger, has stepped down due to being ineligible for another term as chair under the Mayer Brown partnership agreement. Theiss…

Tailored Minimum Wage Scrapped by SRA

18th May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has voted to scrap the tailored minimum wage for trainee solicitors, meaning that trainees in future could be paid the national minimum wage of £6. 08 per hour. The change has…

Senior lawyer calls for an end to hourly billing

17th May 2012

Lord Neuberger, one of the most senior judges in Britain, has criticised the practice of hourly billing in litigation cases, saying that it ‘incentivises inefficiency’. In a speech to the Association of…

Newsagents push OFT to launch inquiry

16th May 2012

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are going to the Competition Appeals Tribunal in a bid to force an inquiry from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over…

Britain's Got Talent finalists seek brand protection

16th May 2012

An international law firm headquartered in London has been chosen to represent the Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud as they seek brand protection and start proceedings to register as a charity. The…