A walk down the Gazette’s memory lane.

26 June 2008

Reforms predicted to trigger merger boom

The introduction of alternative business structures (ABSs) will greatly speed up merger activity among law firms, a snapshot of leading figures in the legal profession has predicted. The survey found that three quarters of those polled envisaged greater consolidation, with almost half saying their own firm would benefit from a merger.

24 June 1998

Government gives way over human rights

The government last week pledged to bring forwards amendments to the Human Rights Bill to cover freedom of the press after an opposition amendment sought to limit the scope of the proposed legislation. The bill, debated in committee stage in the House of Commons, had raised opposition criticism of its wide definition of ‘public authority’ – the actions of which, under the bill, must be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

22 June 1988

First national law firm

Four major legal practices have joined forces with a view to forming the first ever national law firm in the UK. The four: Evershed & Tomkinson; Broomheads; Daynes Hill & Perks; and Alexander Tatham & Co will form a core membership and the hope is to attract more leading firms. The new firm, to be known as ‘Eversheds’, will be headed by Peter Bromage, senior partner at Evershed & Tomkinson.

June 1948

Notes of the month

Miss Jan Wood, a shorthand typist with Messrs. Cardens, of Brighton, is the first Air Ranger to get her ‘wings’. Aged 21, she gave up smoking and cinemas in order to pay for flying instruction, and has now obtained her ‘A’ licence. The late Miss Amy Johnson was once a solicitor’s clerk and, while in these days we should be sorry to see any solicitors losing the services of a shorthand typist, we hope that Miss Wood may one day emulate the achievements of her illustrious predecessor.