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Scotland’s McClure Naismith finally calls in administrators

28-Aug-2015 10:47 pm | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm McClure Naismith has appointed administrators after several years of tumbling revenues meant it was no longer able to service its debt or other liabilities.

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UK 200 series launches with new real estate-focused report

28-Aug-2015 1:03 pm | By Matt Byrne

On 14 September the first-ever UK 200 real estate report will be published, a groundbreaking research project that forms the first part of this year’s new UK 200 series.

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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

28-Aug-2015 0:03 am | By Matt Byrne

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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Freshfields and Pinsents team up with Scottish firms for Total’s North Sea sale

28-Aug-2015 1:43 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has advised energy company Total, as it sold £585m worth of North Sea midstream assets to North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP), represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shepherd & Wedderburn. 

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ULaw puts business school on hold as it seeks more students

28-Aug-2015 11:49 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has backtracked on its plan to launch a business school this academic year, saying that it had not yet recruited “a viable mix of students, with the correct level of attainment.”

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Slater & Gordon’s UK revenue up 48 per cent as global turnover hits £243m

28-Aug-2015 10:57 am | By Jonathon Manning

Slater & Gordon has announced that group revenue has soared 27 per cent from A$411.1m to A$521.9m (£242.9m) for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Tesco instructs Freshfields to defend raft of shareholder group claims

28-Aug-2015 0:01 am | By Tabby Kinder

Tesco has instructed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to defend it against a number of shareholder group claims set to hit the London courts next year, The Lawyer understands.

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Shakespeare Martineau to cut 45 jobs three months after merger

27-Aug-2015 6:06 pm | By Jonathon Manning

Shakespeare Martineau has announced a redundancy consultation that has put 45 jobs at risk.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb names new French general counsel

27-Aug-2015 3:28 pm | By Joanne Harris

Global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has promoted Betty Edery to the post of general counsel for France, just over a year after making its last local head of legal appointment.

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DLA Piper swoops on Eversheds Manchester for three-partner construction team

27-Aug-2015 0:03 am | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has hired a specialist construction team of three partners from Eversheds only three years after the same team joined the firm from Addleshaw Goddard and legacy McGrigors.

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Angling Trust and WWF hook up to bring judicial review over water pollution

27-Aug-2015 0:02 am | By Tabby Kinder

Environmental charity WWF and the Angling Trust have turned to Matrix Chambers to bring a judicial review against the Government over its failure to protect English waterways from agricultural pollution.

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Aspire Law and Buckingham hospital provide rehab to clients

27-Aug-2015 0:01 am | By Jonathon Manning

ABS Aspire Law has entered into a joint venture agreement with the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital to create a service where clients with severe spinal injuries can receive rehabilitation treatment.

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Trio of US firms take top roles on Schlumberger and Cameron's $14.8bn oil deal

26-Aug-2015 2:23 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Baker Botts, Cravath and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher have all advised on oilfield services company Schlumberger’s $14.8bn purchase of equipment provider Cameron. 

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Linklaters retention hits 84 per cent

26-Aug-2015 2:05 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Linklaters has revealed its retention rate for its autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, with 84 per cent of its cohort staying at the firm in newly-qualified (NQ) lawyer roles.

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Arthur Cox, A&O and Freshfields lead on Betfair and Paddy Power's proposed £5bn merger

26-Aug-2015 12:17 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Arthur Cox, Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won top roles on the latest proposed online betting merger between Betfair and Paddy Power. 

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Agility is all

Amid the clamour for work-life balance, law firms are responding with a series of flexible working policies that allow more people to work from home. And of course, with rents a major part of firms’ expenditure, it helps take the pressure off space requirements too. Will it soon become the norm?

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The Lawyer Awards: what it means to win video

5-Aug-2015 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Osborne Clarke may have scooped up the top prize at The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, after it secured the Law Firm of the Year award, but other attendees had plenty to celebrate as our video of the night shows.

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Meet the Best in Class: The Lawyer Awards video

24-Jul-2015 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

What would you ask judges from The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, if you had the chance?

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Tomorrow’s law firm: has anyone asked its clients?

24-Aug-2015

Following the debate over corporate structures in law firms, LOD’s Tim Bratton asks what it means for clients.

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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

28-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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The Lawyer Eats

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The Newman Arms, W1

No, it’s not the Newman Street Tavern, a hop skip and a jump away, around the corner, on Newman Street but it’s confusing to your average punter, this two Newman-named gastropub malarkey.

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The Bar Top 30: small sets, big ambition

3-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Life is rosy at the commercial bar, if last year’s financial results provided by some leading sets are anything to go by. Overall, the top 30 chambers witnessed growth across the board, though expansion at the top end of the leader board was notably slower than in previous years.

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It’s all go in Silicon Wadi: Israel's lawyers get busy

3-Aug-2015

A hi-tech sector on a roll, growing Chinese investor interest, rows over competition law and booming M&A – things are buzzing for Israel’s lawyers.

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Slater & Gordon’s UK revenue up 48 per cent as global turnover hits £243m

28-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Slater & Gordon has announced that group revenue has soared 27 per cent from A$411.1m to A$521.9m (£242.9m) for the 2014/15 financial year.

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CMS UK hits profits record following €100m tech-driven costs saving

24-Aug-2015 | By Matt Byrne

CMS’s UK arm has saved around €100m (£72m) partly as a result of its move last month to new state-of-the-art headquarters at Cannon Place along with its business services deal with outsourced service provider Integreon.

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In-house interview: Kristin Campbell, Hilton Worldwide

3-Aug-2015 | By Katy Dowell

As legal boss of Hilton Worldwide, Kristin Campbell has guided the $10bn hospitality giant through an IPO, honed a 350-strong set of external advisers to 35 and is now putting the finishing touches to an expansion plan

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In-house interview: Amanda Hamilton-Stanley, Chivas Brothers

27-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

In the highly regulated drinks industry, the experienced Chivas GC says keeping an eye on the marketing arm in the digital age is a growing challenge 

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The in-house interview: Ofqual director of legal Natalie Prosser

20-Jul-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Every day is exam day for Ofqual’s director of legal Natalie Prosser, who has had to deal with regulatory infrastructure, litigation over grade boundaries, and building her own team.

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Gibson Dunn's Geffen: US firms at point of no return

Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb names new French general counsel

Global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has promoted Betty Edery to the post of general counsel for France, just over a year after making its last local head of legal appointment.

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Top 10 stories: 21-27 August 2015

28-Aug-2015

The key trends of the moment - agile working, contract lawyers and consolidation - all feature in the top 10 stories of the past week.

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