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Freshfields taps BT, Deutsche and Morgan Stanley for advice as it launches LGBT diversity scheme

16-Sep-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a new programme aimed at supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues after taking advice from senior legal figures from BT, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.

Athletics

Newcastle firm Muckle wins sole adviser contract with England Athletics

16-Sep-2014 0:02 am | By Natasha Bernal

The firm has announced its appointment to England Athletics’ single adviser panel in a contract that will last for two years.

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Clyde & Co drafted in by RBS shareholders for potential class action

16-Sep-2014 0:01 am | By Kate Beioley

Clyde & Co partner Julian Connerty is advising a group of shareholders planning to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for allegedly forcing small companies out of business through its global restructuring group (GRG). 

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Boodle Hatfield appoints first female senior partner since 1722

15-Sep-2014 0:03 am | By Matt Byrne

Boodle Hatfield has appointed its first female senior partner in its 300-year history, with head of private client Sara Maccallum set to take over the running of the firm on 1 May next year.

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Fidal formalises best friends alliance with Mills & Reeve

15-Sep-2014 5:02 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

French giant Fidal has chosen to formalise its ‘best friends’ arrangement with Mills & Reeve through an exclusive affiliation just months after setting out its ambitions to build its cross-border profile.

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Linklaters names Bennett as new litigation head amid group structure overhaul

15-Sep-2014 2:26 pm | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has named London litigation head Michael Bennett as its new global litigation head and put him in charge of a new standalone litigation team, condensing two executive committee roles into one.

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New GCs make their mark as international business firms dominate UK panel reviews in 2014

15-Sep-2014 1:14 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Magic circle firms are still in demand, international firms stay stable and regional firms carve out a presence in 2014’s panel reviews, according to data compiled by The Lawyer.

London

Jones Day bulks up its banking practice with DLA Piper partner Conway

15-Sep-2014 4:33 pm | By Natalie Stanton

Jones Day has hired DLA Piper banking partner Justin Conway as it continues to invest in its banking and finance practice in the City.

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BLP mulls partner exit options after contested June vote scrapped

15-Sep-2014 0:04 am | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is understood to be consulting on three methods of expediting the partner exit process after an internal protest forced the firm to scrap the results of a June vote.

Australia

DLA Piper hires ex-Minter Ellison CEO as Australia chief

15-Sep-2014 0:02 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Minter Ellison’s former chief executive John Weber will take over from Andrew Darwin as DLA Piper’s Australia managing partner in March 2015.

Hogan Lovells advises M&G Real Estate on £140m acquisition of Wragges office

15-Sep-2014 5:26 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has advised long-term client M&G Real Estate on the £140m acquisition of Two Snowhill, the Birmingham office of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

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A big yes, or a big no?

As the Scottish referendum campaign enters its final week, the debate is getting increasingly heated. While many lawyers are declining to go on the record, The Lawyer’s exclusive that a major Anglo-Scottish firm is shifting its cash to English accounts has caused waves. Read more about the Scottish reaction in our stories below.

Knowles

Nigel Knowles: Protect our national treasure – creativity

15-Sep-2014

An IP crackdown is needed to safeguard and develop the £70bn contribution the creative industries make to the UK economy

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Pinsent Masons' Foley: What I'll do in my first 100 days

12-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

For incoming Pinsent Masons senior partner Richard Foley there is a clear distinction between the role he will assume on 1 October and the one that whoever replaces managing partner David Ryan by next year will fulfil.

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London

Bingham lawyers nervy as London partners mull exit

10-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart, Natalie Stanton

With his firm understood to be talking merger with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Bingham McCutchen’s London managing partner James Roome could be set to quit, an exit that could have a major impact on Bingham’s future in the City.

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Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all

Italy: Diversity strategy

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue

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Scottish firms’ destiny in the balance

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

One firm moves its money to England, fearing a run on banks if UK splits apart

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European IP group Murgitroyd's profit drops by 11 per cent as US client base grows

8-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Aim-listed European IP group Murgitroyd saw its pre-tax profits drop by 10.9 per cent during the course of the 2013/14 financial year.

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In-house interview: Emma Thomas, HomeServe

15-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Emma Thomas’s crisis management skills, honed at Britvic and Woolworths, gave her the expertise to put HomeServe’s house in order after a mis-selling scandal

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In-house interview: Jim Trainor, head of legal at VW UK

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Jim Trainor reveals how he runs Volkswagen Group UK’s legal department like a well-oiled machine

Ian Haslegrave

In-house interview: Ian Haslegrave, GC, Electrocomponents

1-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

A yearning for pioneering digital work across international boundaries means Ian Haslegrave has found his niche at electronics company Electrocomponents

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Fidal formalises best friends alliance with Mills & Reeve

French giant Fidal has chosen to formalise its ‘best friends’ arrangement with Mills & Reeve through an exclusive affiliation just months after setting out its ambitions to build its cross-border profile.

Australia

DLA Piper hires ex-Minter Ellison CEO as Australia chief

Minter Ellison’s former chief executive John Weber will take over from Andrew Darwin as DLA Piper’s Australia managing partner in March 2015.

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Italy: Diversity strategy

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue

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Ireland: Lawyers wanted

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