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Panels get a beating

Extract from an article by Philip HoultAnthony Armitage, director of legal services tendering firm First Law, says that companies and other purchasers of legal services, such as local authorities, often make law firms go through needless hoops.Armitage, who has conducted ...

In-House Lawyers Ask Firms To Give Out Precedents

Note: Anthony Armitage is First Law's director and founderLaw firms are being encouraged to give up their precedents to in-house lawyers under a pilot initiative launched by the London branch of the Law Society’s Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group. Branch ...

C&I announces new Vice-Chair

C&I has pleasure in announcing that Anthony Armitage, Director of First Law assumes the role of Vice-Chair and resigned from his role as Director of Communications whilst retaining the role of Chair of C&I London Region.

The Housing Corporation

The Housing Corporation is a Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The principal activities of the Corporation are the promotion, financing and regulation of Registered Social Landlords in England. The Corporation intends to ...

Gazettte Centenary Awards

First Law's Director and Founder, Anthony Armitage, has been invited to sit with Law Society President, Peter Williamson as co-judge for the Gazette's 'Lifetime achievement - company/commercial' Award. The Gazette is the official magazine of the Law Society. This is ...

Family Barristers Face Anti-Competitive Charge

A consortium of 12 councils in the north-west is threatening to report the family bar to the Office of Fair Trading as the row over the consortium's plans to control its spend on counsel in child care cases escalates. The ...

Doncaster Metropolitan District Council

Doncaster Metropolitan District Council is developing a bold and ambitious strategy for economic growth focused largely around the implementation of a range of transformational projects and activities involving the delivery of several key investments over a period of 10 years ...

Manchester attempts to battle barristers

An attempt by 12 Greater Manchester councils to save money on child care barristers has attracted the wrath of the Bar Council.   The councils have appointed First Law, a legal tendering and audit solicitors firm, to negotiate a standard ...

Reducing counsel's fees for child care work

Three separate news articles reporting on First Law's negotiations on behalf of 12 local authorities to reduce their expenditure on counsel's fees for child care work.

Managing External Lawyers

Managing the relationship with external lawyers may be a significant part of the function of an in-house lawyer, but judging by the initial success of First Law, the first fully constituted law firm that advises on in-house counsel's relationships with ...

First Law leads consortium of Councils

A consortium of ten councils in Greater Manchester and two Lancashire unitaries is cutting down its spend on barristers in child care cases by 25% following a link-up with First Law, the legal tendering and audit service. This initiative - ...

Enterprise Bill for entrepreneurs (first published in 2002)

The new Enterprise Bill's wide ranging proposals aim at creating a stronger and fairer marketplace for small businesses and encouraging entrepreneurs to take risks. It criminalises cartels and makes significant changes to insolvency practice so that honest bankrupts are not ...

The 21st Century In-House Lawyer

Building on the success of the first 21st Century conference, this programme brings together a series of presentations considering some of the new (and ever present) issues facing in-house lawyers today. This year's themes touch on some of the biggest ...