Sydney

Withers takes on Aussie private client market with local alliance

18-Dec-2014 10:55 am | By Margaret Taylor

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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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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Burges Salmon, CMS and Osborne Clarke retained as Eurostar delays panel review until 2015

18-Dec-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

Eurostar has delayed its panel review until spring 2015, granting Burges Salmon, CMS Cameron McKenna and Osborne Clarke a four-month reprieve.

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Stories of the year: September sees law firm and celebrity tie-ups

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

September saw the beginning of the end for Bingham McCutchen as its London partners decided to jump ship to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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BLM, Clarke Willmott and Penningtons Manches among new appointments to second HALA panel

18-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

BLM, Clarke Willmott and Penningtons Manches are among the firms to have been newly appointed to the Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) refreshed panel.

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HSF’s Asia losses continue as Tokyo M&A chief joins MoFo

17-Dec-2014 10:28 am | By Margaret Taylor

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).

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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

17-Dec-2014 0:04 am | By Natalie Stanton

A Hamburg-based Bird & Bird lawyer, and a former partner from the same office, have been drawn into a corruption trial involving one of their clients.

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Bucks ABS expected to generate £400,000 profit for local authority over five years

17-Dec-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

Buckinghamshire County Council has tasked its new alternative business structure (ABS) with generating profits of £400,000 over the next five years.

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Stories of the year: private equity moves continue in August

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

Readers remained heated in August, as the storm surrounding marketing professionals’ salaries raged on. Meanwhile, Cooley was busy making informal job offers to a number of Edwards Wildman Palmer partners, and Nabarro began offering fixed fee deals to clients across its litigation practice.

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Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright on call for £12.5bn BT EE acquisition

16-Dec-2014 12:05 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is leading negotiations for BT on a £12.5bn deal to acquire telecoms operator EE, whose joint owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom are being represented by Norton Rose Fulbright and Clifford Chance.

London

Eversheds and Hill Dickinson among 14 firms appointed to Metro Bank lending and securities panel

16-Dec-2014 12:00 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds and Hill Dickinson are among 14 firms to have taken places on Metro Bank’s lending and securities panel.

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Clydesdale replaces UK GC as Darbyshire returns to Australia role

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

Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role. 

Money

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

16-Dec-2014 0:02 am | 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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Stories of the year: Clifford Chance rings the changes in July

16-Dec-2014 0:01 am | By Richard Simmons

There was no let-up in news over July: stories hitting the headlines included a radical management overhaul at Clifford Chance, the first in a string of departures from Doughty Street, the conviction of three Gibraltar lawyers for fraud - and of course the wedding of the year.

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BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg to stand down after five terms

15-Dec-2014 3:51 pm | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg is set to stand down at the end of his fifth term at the end of April 2015, 16 years after first stepping into the role.

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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: September sees law firm and celebrity tie-ups

18-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

September saw the beginning of the end for Bingham McCutchen as its London partners decided to jump ship to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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Mark Brandon – Be choosy with clients: only let the right ones in

8-Dec-2014

Let your most awful clients go and bug someone else – they cost you far more than they’re worth.

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The leadership interview 2014: the dealmakers

12-Dec-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For a year now, The Lawyer has run a weekly interview with a law firm leader as part of our coverage of strategic issues facing the legal profession. Over the next two weeks we’ll be running the highlights from our interviews with the men and women who are shaping private practice.

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Life in life sciences: Is the boom in legal services set to last?

15-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The life sciences sector is generating millions of pounds of revenue for lawyers despite the worldwide decline in healthcare budgets and stringent regulation worldwide. With regulators closing in and costs climbing higher – is the bubble set to burst? 

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Le Chalet, Selfridges. Food and shopping. What’s not to like?

Nicky Richmond finds a bit of Christmas spirit at a pop-up restaurant on the top floor at Selfridges.

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The Lawyer Global Litigation Top 50: Executive Summary – The day of the regulator download

8-Dec-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The world’s leading litigation and investigations practices are responding to the challenge set by globally co-ordinated and ultra-aggressive regulators.

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The Lawyer Briefing Live: North Africa – Through Africa’s northern gateway

8-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

North Africa is swiftly becoming a hub for investment into the rest of the continent. 

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Money

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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Nabarro revenue up 3 per cent at half year to £54.1m

11-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nabarro has posted a three per cent uptick in turnover for the first six months of 2014/15, taking it to £54.1m for the six months to end October, compared to the £52.5m the previous year.

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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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Sydney

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.

Tokyo

HSF’s Asia losses continue as Tokyo M&A chief joins MoFo

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).

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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: 5-11 December 2014

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Litigation was the focus of the top stories this week following the publication of our annual Global Litigation Top 50 report, which revealed that DLA Piper is the world’s largest contentious practice.

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