Derby County administrators taking legal advice over media coverage of saga to find new owners


The joint administrators of Derby County say they have taken legal advice over what they say is the growing level of inaccurate reporting about their efforts to find a buyer for the troubled club. Quantuma said they were ready to talk to anyone with the potential cash to take the club on amid growing unrest at the length of time the process was taking. Derby went into administration last autumn...

Newcastle attracting bigger commercial legal cases thanks to ‘sea change’ of business court


Newcastle is now attracting “bigger and better” legal cases from businesses with a range of disputes including shareholder fall outs, contractual wrangles and intellectual property theft. That’s the message from two of the city’s top legal names – Judge Philip Kramer and Simon Goldberg QC – who have been reflecting on the five years since Newcastle got its own...

Leading regional law firm makes £1,000 cost of living crisis payment to 350 staff


Grimsby headquartered law firm Wilkin Chapman is paying every one of its employees £1,000 extra to help overcome the “unprecedented” cost of living crisis. The leading regional legal operator said the bonus – on top of pay reviews and performance incentives – is in recognition of the challenging external factors, particularly felt through fuel and energy costs. With more than 350...

Merger creates new largest law firm in Manchester with more than 1,000 staff


Greater Manchester has a new largest law firm after a merger deal was completed. Clyde & Co, which has its office in St Ann’s Square, has combined with Salford-based BLM. The new firm, which will go under the name Clyde & Co, will have more than 1,000 employees in Greater Manchester. The region will be its second-largest base after London. READ MORE: Betfred’s profits slashed...

Law firm Thrings merges with Wye Valley’s Okells FrancisLaw


Law firm Thrings has merged with historic legal practice Okells FrancisLaw in a move it said “strengthens” its geographic reach. The deal brings Wye Valley-based Okells FrancisLaw’s teams in Ross-On-Wye and Lydney, in Gloucestershire, into Thrings, adding to its existing offices in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, London and Romsey. Thrings, which has 42 partners and more than 250 staff, said...

New partners at law firm Simpson Jones


Law firm Simpson Jones has added two new members to its partnership. The conveyancing, wills and probate specialist, which has offices in Derby and Ashby-de-la-Zouch, has appointed Paul Wareham and Paul Chapman as partners. The pair are former Countrywide plc executives who will join forces with existing partners Joanne Jones, Deb Peck and Elly Tavener to establish opportunities for growth and...

Cost of living crisis sees South West confidence hit two-year low


South West business confidence has hit lows not seen since the start of the first national Covid lockdown according to a new report, with firms indicating they have been impacted by the cost of living crisis. The region’s private sector saw a further slowdown in business activity last month, the latest NatWest PMI found, with the weakest increase in output since March 2021. The softer rise...

Lawsuit filed in High Court against TSB over mortgage interest rates


A class action lawsuit potentially worth up to £800 million is being filed today against high street bank TSB in relation to customers dubbed ‘mortgage prisoners’ locked into loans with high interest rates. Harcus Parker, a London firm of specialist group action solicitors, is bringing the case in the High Court which it claims could see up to 27,000 customers join the lawsuit. TSB...

Curious Case of Unfair Dismissal


If you ever thought that the only requirement to do any particular job was to know how to complete tasks in as efficient a manner as possible, it’s perhaps time to think again. In some instances – perhaps a lot more than you might have thought – the manner in which you go about your daily business can make the difference between keeping a job and losing it. Most of us have, at some point in our...

There are two ways that a claim can be dealt with if the Claimant is under the age of 18


A Litigation Friend must be appointed in all cases that involve a minor. The Litigation Friend is usually the minor’s parents who must act in the minors best interests and will provide instructions on behalf of the minor. Parental Indemnity Parental indemnity is where the Litigation Friend will sign a parental indemnity form accepting an award from the Defendant in full and final satisfaction of...


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