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Local govt alliance appoints 63 chambers to Bar panel

Author: Michelle MadsenSixty-three barristers’ chambers have won places on the long-awaited West London Alliance (WLA) Bar panel.The WLA, which consists of the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow and Hounslow, has set up 14 rosters of barristers to ...

Corporate Counsel: The success scale

Exctract from an article by Michelle MadsenFirst Law, says giving law firms rankings is about more than just helping in-house teams justify their budgets — it is also about forcing law firms to become more transparent about their costs.“We have ...

First Law runner-up in Law Society Excellence Awards

The Law Society's new Excellence Awards reward outstanding achievement in the solicitors’ profession.First Law was runner-up in the Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by Jordans, for its involvement in the procurement of legal services by alliances of local authorities, which ...

Outstanding innovation

Outstanding Law Firm short-listed for Prestigious Legal AwardsThe outstanding achievements of First Law have been recognised by the judges of the most prestigious awards in the legal calendar. First Law has been short-listed for the Law Society's inaugural Excellence Awards ...

Barristers' £10m bonanza from London super-panel

By Claire RuckinAt least £10m in legal fees will be up for grabs, it has emerged, after five London boroughs kicked off a tender process to appoint barristers to their new combined panel.The West London Alliance – comprising Brent, Ealing, ...

Cobbetts and Dickinson Dees cut in Housing Corporation panel review

Author: Michelle MadsenField Fisher and Addleshaws secure places on government housing agency’s new-look legal rosterNational firms Cobbetts and Dickinson Dees have been slashed from the legal panel of The Housing Corporation, the government agency that funds affordable housing and regulates ...

Five London local authorities unite to launch bar panel in bid to slash costs

Author: Michelle MadsenFive London local authorities are combining to create a panel of barristers for the first time, as part of a drive to cut costs.The London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow and Hounslow have agreed to ...

Appointment of Legal Assessors 2007

The General Medical Council (GMC) appoints legal assessors to advise its Investigation Committee, Fitness to Practise Panel and Interim Orders Panel on questions of law arising in the proceedings before them and to advise on the drafting of decisions in ...

Cosying up to clients

Extract from a feature article by Cameron TimmisAnthony Armitage, director of legal services tendering company First Law, has been involved in several public sector tenders where a partnering arrangement was negotiated – which he defines strictly as an exclusive deal ...

Social housing giant puts coveted adviser panel under the spotlight

The Housing Corporation, the Government agency that funds affordable housing and regulates the sector in England, is reviewing its legal advisers.The body is planning to appoint a range of advisers to its panel, which currently includes national firms and City ...