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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 0:00 am | 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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Teacher Stern triumphs against Mishcon's Saudi prince in Supreme Court

26-Nov-2014 2:29 pm | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal brought by a Saudi prince over a series of court sanctions in relation to his case against a former shareholder, handing a win to Teacher Stern just months after taking over the mandate from Howard Kennedy. 

Money

Watson Farley pushes revenue up 8 per cent to £56.8m at half-year

26-Nov-2014 12:32 pm | By Kate Beioley

Watson Farley & Williams has increased revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, reaching £56.8m.

India

India’s TMT Law Practice takes over Chennai IP firm APR Associates

26-Nov-2014 11:02 am | By Margaret Taylor

Indian technology boutique TMT Law Practice has expanded its offering in the Chennai market by taking over local firm APR Associates.

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Weil prioritises London and finance in 12-strong promotions round

26-Nov-2014 10:10 am | By Kate Beioley

Weil Gotshal & Manges has added 12 new partners to its ranks in its most recent promotions round, up on nine the previous year, adding four partners in London.

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Taming of the panel: RSC names Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve on first roster

26-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has named Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve as its inaugural panel firms, beating shortlisted Freeths and Wright Hassall to the roster.

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Bird & Bird and Dechert saddle up for Assos v ASOS trademark battle

26-Nov-2014 0:01 am | By Kate Beioley

Bird & Bird is representing Assos, the Swiss company responsible for the first ever lycra cycling shorts, in a Court of Appeal (CoA) case against online retailer ASOS.

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Legal executives win right to establish law firms

25-Nov-2014 5:04 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Chartered legal executives will be able to establish their own law firms in the New Year, following parliamentary approval.

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Collas Crill and Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth announce offshore merger

25-Nov-2014 1:47 pm | By Joanne Harris

Channel Islands firm Collas Crill and Cayman firm Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth (CARD) have announced they are merging in the New Year.

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Stewarts Law lines up against Freshfields for Tesco shareholder fight

25-Nov-2014 1:14 pm | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Stewarts Law are gearing up for a shareholder battle brought against Tesco following its first-half £250m profit overstatement in September this year. 

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Simmons' turnover up 8 per cent to £140m at half year

25-Nov-2014 12:39 pm | By Kate Beioley

Simmons & Simmons has boosted revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year compared to the same period in 2013/14, bringing in revenues of over £140m. 

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Nearly one in every five lawyers would round up bills even when it might amount to fraud, report finds

25-Nov-2014 10:53 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

One third of solicitors would miss flight to family holiday for sake of clients; six in ten feel their work conflicts with their personal values.

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Linklaters warms up to lockstep flexing as part of US plan

25-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

A high-level source at Linklaters has said the firm could flex lockstep in the future as a way of building up its US practice, marking a key attitude shift within the firm.

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Doing business in the Arab world

How do you best access the Arab market? It’s a lucrative world out there, but you’ll need to understand the cultural nuances. The Lawyer’s guide to doing business in the Arab world provides key insight on the region, and includes research on the leading independent firms in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Exclusive: US firms now dominate London mid-tier, UK200 shows

27-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

The largest US firms are now so entrenched in the UK legal market that they are collectively generating over £2bn annually and are major players in the 100 firms bringing in the most revenue from the UK.

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Tim Bratton: in-housers must be brave enough to say ‘no’

24-Nov-2014

It’s time for GCs to forget the heroic ‘I do everything myself’ culture and concentrate instead on driving their business, and that means outsourcing

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Pinsents' outgoing MP David Ryan: "I thought I couldn’t get any busier"

21-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

David Ryan is more or less an institution at Pinsent Masons. During his 15 year tenure as the firm’s managing partner, he has led its transformation from a 134-partner regional practice into a 380-partner global outfit.

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Eversheds' investment in Tyco relationship pays off with contract extension

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Eversheds is set to continue in its role as Tyco’s sole legal provider for the next few years, proof that a deal once seen as controversial is reaping benefits for both sides.

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Nicky Richmond finds the food elegantly spiced but the prices too eye-watering at the Michelin-starred Benares

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How to access the Arab market

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Middle Eastern market is lucrative, but for international firms business nuances are tricky. To guide you through, The Lawyer has researched the region and the legal players to collaborate with. Here’s a taster of our findings

Russia

Russia special report: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Money

Watson Farley pushes revenue up 8 per cent to £56.8m at half-year

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Watson Farley & Williams has increased revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, reaching £56.8m.

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Simmons' turnover up 8 per cent to £140m at half year

25-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Simmons & Simmons has boosted revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year compared to the same period in 2013/14, bringing in revenues of over £140m. 

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Aitken

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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In-house interview: Direct Line Group's Humphrey Tomlinson

17-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Direct Line Group’s Humphrey Tomlinson has steered the insurance giant down a successful road to an IPO, and an ABS win

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In-house interview: Nottinghamshire County Council legal head Jayne Francis-Ward

10-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nottinghamshire CC law boss Jayne Francis-Ward’s unusual approach to external advice has seen her set up an arrangement involving 78 councils and six law firms. That’s what you call relationship management 

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India

India’s TMT Law Practice takes over Chennai IP firm APR Associates

Indian technology boutique TMT Law Practice has expanded its offering in the Chennai market by taking over local firm APR Associates.

Luxembourg

Simmons expands into Luxembourg with five-partner office

Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry.

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Special report: European firms in London – Why London is still Lawyertown

With ever-more European firms opening in London, could the market be heading towards saturation?

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Special report: Kazakhstan – a safe haven in the CIS

Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting

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17 November 2014

Top 10 stories: 14-20 November 2014

21-Nov-2014

In an eventful week for the legal market, Eversheds turned its sights on the US and Morgan Lewis hired most of Bingham McCutchen - but our top story highlighted what managing partners dislike about their jobs.

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