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History of the Inns

The architecture of the Inns of Court is lavishly documented in a large- format book to be published in April. It traces their history from their beginnings in the 13th century, with photographs by Helene Binet and essays by David Evans and Jill Allibone. The Inns of Court, from Black Dog Publishing, costs pounds 55.

Disability Act seminar

A two-hour seminar on the Disability Discrimination Act will be hosted by the chambers of Antony Shaw QC of 4 Brick Court at the London School of Economics on 20 March. Declan O'Dempsey and Andrew Short, co-authors of the forthcoming book Disability Discrimination Law, will be speaking.

Experts in injuries

Nabarro Nathanson has boosted its personal injuries department by hiring two key lawyers from the Leeds practice Cranswick Watson. They will help to make the team based in Sheffield, at the firm's new national centre for law in industry, among the largest and most experienced in Britain.

On the Russian front

The national law firm Eversheds has been appointed by the Overseas Development Administration's Know-How Fund to study the feasibility of franchising in Russia as a way of marketing British goods and services.

Driving force

The Birmingham law firm Martineau Johnson is celebrating the centenary of the British car industry by launching an automotive group, bringing together lawyers with experience of the industry and specialist skills in areas such as trademarks and dealer franchising.