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New partners at law firm Wright Hassall (from left): Mary Rouse, senior partner Richard Lane, managing partner Sarah Perry, Iain Colville, Hannah Carey, Mercedes King-Jones and Lucie Byron

Partner promotions at Wright Hassall

Warwickshire law firm adds five new faces to its partnership

Phil Shiner

Birmingham lawyer accused of hounding British soldiers who served in Iraq struck off

He had previously admitted nine allegations of acting without integrity, including “cold calling” potential Iraqi clients.

Matt Wistow has joined Talbots as its first business development director

Black Country law firm targets £12m with new hire

Firm appoints first ever business development director has it bids to add a further £2m in fees during 2017

Winners at the 2016 Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards

Birmingham Law Society unveils 2017 awards shortlist

Find out here if your colleague or firm has been nominated in this year's awards

New laws to bring driverless cars to UK roads

Transport Secretary says legislation is needed to make it clear who's responsible if a driverless car crashes

West Midlands Police Commissioner buries hatchet with former deputy

PCC David Jamieson and Yvonne Mosquito reach an 'amicable' settlement almost a year after her suspension for misconduct during a murder inquiry

Sponsorship deal for Drive Midlands

Mills & Reeve signs up as only legal partner for investment programme aimed at driving success in automotive supply chain

Eversheds recruits new partner to Birmingham team

Adam Fisher is a new partner in the law firm's litigation team and brings experience of handling a wide range of commercial disputes

Last ditch legal attempt to block green belt housing in Sutton Coldfield

Project Fields group consulting lawyers over a potential judicial review of the decision to release green belt land for development

More delays to the University of Birmingham's new £55m sport centre were announced in December

Review of 2016 - December: £55m sport centre delayed, overhaul for art gallery and German bierkeller in Broad Street

The University of Birmingham's new swimming pool and sport centre was beset by even more delays during December while a city art gallery was poised for a major renovation programme

John Crabtree is the new Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands

Former lawyer named Queen's representative in West Midlands

The man currently leading a panel scrutinising the affairs of Birmingham City Council is the new Lord-Lieutenant in the region

Land Rover Defender

Jaguar Land Rover wins trademark battle over Defender

Luxury car maker takes action against a Canadian company which named its new off-road vehicle Defender

November heard the news that a Legoland Discovery Centre was set to open in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - November: Legoland attraction coming to Birmingham, end of Monaco House and Monarch airport jobs

It emerged during November that family favourite Legoland was planning to open a new discovery centre at the Barclaycard Arena while city eyesore Monaco House could finally be coming down

Hamleys announced it was coming to Birmingham city centre in October

Review of 2016 - October: Hamleys toy stores, Michelin stars and local TV

Legendary toy retailer Hamleys announced in October it was planning to open a concession stand in House of Fraser while Solihull was awarded its first Michelin star

Review of 2016 - September: More skyscrapers, Chinese eyes city housing and new restaurant outside Snow Hill

The city council admitted in September that it would need to look again at its tall building policy after approving a new hotel while Chinese investors took a keen interest in Birmingham's housing market

West Bromwich Albion found itself under new ownership in August

Review of 2016 - August: West Brom takeover, Assay Office in India and Specsavers jobs cull

August saw another Chinese investor plough money into the West Midlands with the purchase of West Bromwich Albion while Specsavers announced plans to close its manufacturing base in Aston

It was the end of the road for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium in July

Review of 2016 - July: West Mids mayor, test cricket and more trampoline parks

An inquiry slams the devolution deal which means the West Midlands must have an elected mayor while Edgbaston Stadium unveils a new diary of international cricket

CGI of The Lewis Building which is bringing an old department store name back

Review of 2016 - June: Lewis's name returns, grand plan for Tramps and Channel 4 courts Birmingham

An old department store name was set to make a return to the city while a grand vision for a former nightclub in Broad Street was revealed in June

It emerged in May that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was trying to open a production studio in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - May: Steven Knight moots new studio, Northfield Manor to be reborn and Ikea comes to city centre

The founder of TV hit Peaky Blinders said in May that he had held discussions with Paramount about launching a new studio in Birmingham while a fire-hit manor was to regenerated as a housing estate

New funding which could save Moseley Road Baths was secured in April

Review of 2016 - April: Arts centre closing, indie restaurateurs hit out and new funding for Moseley Road Baths

Independent restaurant owners hit out in April at the perceived favouritism by landlords for chains while the end drew nearer for a city arts centre

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Battered fish on a toasted bap with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce - the FLT

Jewellery Quarter restaurant Fishylicious in shock closure

Big changes are planned at John Lewis

John Lewis places 770 jobs under threat

Major Birmingham housing plan set to be thrown out

In This Week's Paper

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Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor