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Lawrence Tomlinson’s report on RBS lending found there was evidence it had let some small businesses default

One last tower and Docklands is done

Just over 20 years since development started at Canary Wharf, work is set to begin on the final building. Sarah Arnott reports

Press regulator recruits Lord Grade as it beefs up board

The Press Complaints Commission has named Lord Grade, the former BBC chairman, as one of its new commissioners.

Mark Leftly: Proof that a word in the right ear changes policy

Government made to see sense on migrant cap

Asia's rising powers flex their muscles

Asia's growing confidence is reflected in a rise in the region's share of global mergers and acquisitions. Sean Farrell reports

Top lawyers toast record earnings but revenues fall

Despite the recession causing a fall in the combined billing fees of the UK's 100 biggest law firms for the first time in nearly 20 years, top lawyers are earning more than ever.

Gartmore reinstates fund manager who breached internal rules

Gartmore, the investment group, yesterday reinstated Guillaume Rambourg, the fund manager it suspended last month.

Michael Smyth CBE: British democracy is the victor

The unanimous judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that an order to hand over a journalistic document infringed the media's right to free expression is a reminder that media freedoms are about more than a balanced defamation law.

Cadbury dismisses 'derisory' Kraft bid

City analysts say 'patient' Kraft will have to bid more than £8 a share for Cadbury

England to host Rugby World Cup

England will host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the International Rugby Board have announced.

Lloyds prepares search for chairman after Blank quits

Sir Victor to stand down by June 2010 following pressure over HBOS merger

If the City is a law unto itself, it needs lawyers more than ever

Nigel Knowles has grown DLA Piper from Sheffield legal firm to global giant – a feat shortly to be recognised on a visit to the Palace. He tells Simon Evans why a knighthood won’t go to his head

Creditors choose advisers to retrieve $26bn at LyondellBasell

Creditors owed $26bn (£19bn) by LyondellBasell, the world's third-biggest chemical maker which filed for bankruptcy this month, will select advisers this week to retrieve that debt.

Credit crisis diary: Plenty of fun in the High Court

The atmosphere at the Northern Rock judicial review hearing got just too hot yesterday. The judge called a short recess so that a window could be opened in court after Lord Grabiner, representing the Government, complained that he was too warm. To laughter, he added: "I'm not blaming Mr [Michael] Beloff," the QC who had just finished a lengthy argument on behalf of RAB Capital. Mr Beloff rather needlessly told the judge he assumed that Lord Grabiner was implying he was full of hot air (we got the joke the first time, thanks) and gave his opponent a wink. Those comical barristers, eh?

Dozens of lawyers to go at Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance, the largest law firm in the world, is to axe 8 per cent of its staff in the City. It warned staff yesterday that 70 to 80 lawyers would be made redundant. Insiders added they would be surprised if many of its peers did not follow with job cuts in the coming months.

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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