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Money talks: the top hires by US firms in 2014

23-Dec-2014 0:03 am | By Natasha Bernal

This year has seen an unprecedented number of major partner hires by US firms looking to beef up their capacity in London.

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Reckitt Benckiser launches legal team for spinoff Indivior ahead of IPO

23-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Natasha Bernal

Pharma company Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has named a new general counsel for spinoff business Indivior ahead of its listing today (23 December) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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Irwin Mitchell most successful firm online, but Taylor Wessing is top Tweeter

23-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Joanne Harris

Irwin Mitchell is the best top 50 firm in the UK at marketing itself online, particularly through social media - although firms’ online presence remains minimal.

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Stories of the year: big moves keep coming into December

23-Dec-2014 0:01 am | By Natalie Stanton

The action continued into December, which has so far seen Kirkland & Ellis’ banking partner Stephen Gillespie quit for Gibson Dunn, and BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg step down after five terms on the firm’s top rung.

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Freshfields reappointed as MoD unveils delayed projects panel

22-Dec-2014 2:18 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been reappointed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as one of 10 firms on its new-look projects panel, but Pinsent Masons has lost its spot.

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Nabarro, Weil professional negligence claims among raft of top 20 cases to settle

22-Dec-2014 0:04 am | By Joanne Harris

Professional negligence claims brought against Nabarro and Weil Gotshal & Manges and due to be heard this year have both settled, it has emerged.

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R&R Ice Cream GC Francesca Yardley returns to private equity roots

22-Dec-2014 0:03 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

R&R Ice Cream general counsel Francesca Yardley has left Europe’s largest private-label ice cream maker to pursue two new roles in private equity-related start-up companies.

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Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

22-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Margaret Taylor

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

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Stories of the year: November has US flavour

22-Dec-2014 0:01 am | By Kate Beioley

The legal market was far from quiet in November with law firm leaders airing their grievances and banking panels launching and closing. There was also a strong American flavour to the month, with Eversheds seeking a US merger and DLA Piper losing partners to US firms.

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A&O, NRF, Pinsents and ShepWedd advise on funding of disputed road project

19-Dec-2014 2:03 pm | By Margaret Taylor

Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose Fulbright, Pinsent Masons and Shepherd & Wedderburn have advised on the financing of a controversial road that will bypass the city of Aberdeen.

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Fried Frank loses 'Putin's banker' Pugachev claim to lift $2bn asset freeze

19-Dec-2014 12:23 pm | By Kate Beioley

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has lost a first round for Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev in the High Court after the billionaire failed in his attempt to lift a $2bn freezing order imposed in July.

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Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

19-Dec-2014 0:04 am | By Kate Beioley

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders. 

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The leadership interview: the magic circle

19-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Joanne Harris

Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK.

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Clyde & Co announces 5 per cent growth in revenue at half-year

18-Dec-2014 5:46 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co has reported a 5.3 per rise in income at the half-year, bringing revenue for the first six months of 2014/15 to £178m.

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Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers face criticism as Al-Sweady Inquiry concludes

18-Dec-2014 11:56 am | By Joanne Harris

Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers were the subject of criticism by defence secretary Michael Fallon yesterday (17 December) following the publication of a report into allegations that British forces tortured and executed Iraqi citizens.

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Generation A to Z

What are the millennials thinking? According to law firm graduate recruitment heads, current students are better-prepared than ever (probably because they read Lawyer 2B, The Lawyer’s dedicated student offering). But for all their ambitions to develop as fully-rounded commercial advisers, pay is still a big issue – as our stories below indicate.

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Stories of the year: big moves keep coming into December

23-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The action continued into December, which has so far seen Kirkland & Ellis’ banking partner Stephen Gillespie quit for Gibson Dunn, and BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg step down after five terms on the firm’s top rung.

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The leadership interview: the magic circle

19-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK.

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Money talks: the top hires by US firms in 2014

23-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

This year has seen an unprecedented number of major partner hires by US firms looking to beef up their capacity in London.

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Wiltons, SW1 - history on a plate

Nicky Richmond finds that even the superb sole cannot compensate for tired service and high prices at historic Wiltons.

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Clyde & Co announces 5 per cent growth in revenue at half-year

18-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co has reported a 5.3 per rise in income at the half-year, bringing revenue for the first six months of 2014/15 to £178m.

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Weightmans reports 3 per cent revenue rise to £42m at half-year

16-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans has reported a rise in revenue of 3 per cent at the half-year point, bringing turnover for the first six months of 2014/15 to £42m.

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In-house Interview: Green Investment Bank’s Euan McVicar

8-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Green Investment Bank GC Euan McVicar has to sort the windmills from the waste-to-energy initiatives while staying within European state aid rules 

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The in-house interview: Hyperion GC Will Bloomer on panels and acquisitions

1-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hyperion general counsel Will Bloomer provides a whistle-stop tour of the consolidating insurance market and explains why he doesn’t believe in panels.

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She used to sue the Government. Now she leads the legal team at HMRC. Gill Aitken on adding value in-house

24-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

HMRC’s Gill Aitken spent her early career suing the Government but, envious of its cases, she switched sides and now brandishes an 80 per cent success rate

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Melbourne

Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

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Withers takes on Aussie private client market with local alliance

Withers has entered the Australian private client market with the launch of a strategic alliance in Melbourne and Sydney, just months after it opened in San Francisco.

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Special report: Cyprus – Bounceback island

Cyprus is still in recession, but it looks as though Russia’s favourite island will revive more quickly than was thought likely.

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Special report: Ukraine – No place for lawyers?

The Ukraine crisis has raised questions over which rule of law to follow, but the flight of international investors is giving local firms an advantage.

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Top 10 stories: 12-18 December 2014

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The last full working week of the year saw Bird & Bird involved in litigation in two countries, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg step down, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher hire Kirkland & Ellis big-hitter Stephen Gillespie.

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