New presidency role for Bernard Shepherd

Ros Caldicott hands over the chain of office to Bernard Shepherd, the new president of the West Midland Association of Law Societies.

Bernard Shepherd has been appointed president of the West Midland Association of Law Societies (WMALS).

Formerly president of Birmingham Law Society, Mr Shepherd takes the baton from Ros Caldicott, who has been in the chair for six years and moves across to become secretary of the organisation.

WMALS was formed in the 1960s and comprises eight regional law societies (Breconshire & Radnorshire; Birmingham; Herefordshire; Stafford & District; North Staffordshire; Walsall; Wolverhampton and Worcestershire).

The organisation was set up to represent the views of the regional law societies with London policy makers, including the Law Society. Continue reading

New out of court initiative for city’s judges

Birmingham Law Society has launched a new initiative designed to improve dialogue between the local judiciary and solicitors.

The organisation’s dispute resolution committee launched the Judges/Solicitors Forum following a request from regional judges keen to get a better understanding of the issues currently facing solicitors. Continue reading

Mills and Reeve to advise MMU

Law firm Mills & Reeve LLP has been appointed to the legal panel of Manchester Metropolitan University.

The firm will provide legal advice to the University across a number of areas, including education, employment, commercial contracts, IT, intellectual property, procurement and construction law, as well as property and real estate work and academic agreements. Continue reading

Demand for industrial property in the Midlands outstrips rest of UK

Demand for industrial and logistics property in the Midlands outstripped all other regions in the UK during the first quarter of 2010, according to CB Richard Ellis.

Take-up during the quarter was more than 2.25 m sq ft – 51 per cent of total take-up of industrial and logistics property in the UK. The South East region was the second highest with 34 per cent.

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Birmingham office rents now mid-table

Ashley Hancox, head of regional office agency at CB Richard Ellis

It is now £2.50 per sq ft more to occupy leased offices in Manchester than it is in Birmingham, according to CB Richard Ellis’s Global Office Rents survey.

Rents, rates and service charges now total £44.50 per sq ft in Manchester, the world’s 22nd most expensive office centre, compared to £42 per sq ft in Birmingham, which is 27th out of the world’s top 50. Edinburgh, also at 22nd, joins Manchester as the UK’s most expensive regional city.

Two other regional cities make the CBRE top 50: Glasgow, 31st at £40 per sq ft and Leeds, which at £36 per sq ft is 40th. London’s West End tops the international poll at a whopping £120.50 per sq ft. Continue reading

Information security a key priority for financial institutions

Financial institutions are facing a serious battle in their efforts to protect consumers’ financial assets and data, a Midlands technology risk expert has warned.

David George, associate partner at business advisory firm Deloitte, said growing sophistication of targeted attacks by criminal gangs and the threat of internal breaches of security were the two main areas of concern for financial organisations.

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Social media a key driver for hospitality industry

Social media and new technology will play an increasingly important role in driving future growth in the hospitality industry over the next five years, according to a new report from Deloitte.

The firm’s Hospitality 2015 report identifies social media and new technology as two of the key trends that will shape the future success of the industry.

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