Birmingham to pilot radical reforms to civil litigation system

Birmingham has been chosen to act as a blueprint for radical reforms to the civil justice system.

Cost rules for high-value complex commercial cases have come under the spotlight and could be amended following a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs by one of the country’s most senior judges.

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Seb Coe visits Deloitte in Nottingham

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, visited the Nottingham office of Deloitte recently as part of a special one-day visit to the region, organised by the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) as part of the London 2012 Nations and Regions programme.

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Amey wins £4.5m Network Rail contract

Amey, the UK’s leading support services partner and one of two companies bidding for the £2.7bn Birmingham highways maintenance PFI contract, has been awarded a multi-million pound contract with Network Rail to provide design and contract supervision services for the construction of platform extensions in nine stations on the Thameslink route.

The delivery of the project will be managed by one of Amey’s design offices in Birmingham and will be supported by two other Amey consultancy offices in Swindon and York.  The fee income for the work is estimated to be between £4-4.5m. The project is due for completion before the end of 2011.

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Private capital injects new life into health project

A Birmingham businessman with 50 years of commercial links with Handsworth is continuing to invest further in the area. 

Satish Thukral, chief executive of Bluecross Healthcare, is to build a 17,500 sq ft extension to the new Soho Road Primary Care Health Centre, in a deal funded by Royal Bank of Scotland.

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TMT industry reduces spend on security

Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) companies have significantly reduced investment in security spending in the past year, according to a new Deloitte survey.

The business advisory firm’s annual TMT Security Survey reveals that 32 per cent of respondents have reduced their information security budgets in the past year. Sixty per cent of respondents believe they are “falling behind” or still “catching up” to their security threats.

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Bootle: Green shoots still some way off

Roger Bootle, economic adviser to Deloitte, said there was more bad news around the corner for the UK economy, at a dinner hosted by Deloitte’s Birmingham office.

Mr Bootle, who is also managing director of Capital Economics, said any green shoots in evidence at the moment could be giving people false hope.

“I think there are some green shoots coming through but they don’t amount to very much,” he said.

“What has happened is the speed of deterioration has slackened and some signs of an upturn have made people more cheerful but I think there is more bad news around the corner.

“I’m sceptical that next year will show much of an improvement. In fact, I think things could get worse but by the end of the following year we may start to see signs of a recovery.”

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New president takes the helm at Birmingham Law Society


Solicitor Bernard Shepherd has taken up the presidency of Birmingham Law Society.

He takes the baton from Caroline Coates, who stood down at the Society’s Annual General Meeting (28 April), becoming the organisation’s 190th president.

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