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Freshfields signs deal to take on short-term lease in Manchester's Arndale House

31-Mar-2015 0:03 am | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has agreed terms to sign a three-year lease for office space in Manchester’s Arndale House, The Lawyer understands.

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Slaughters and Bonelli advise on Dufry’s €1.3bn World Duty Free acquisition

31-Mar-2015 2:17 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Best friends Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Slaughter and May have advised on opposite sides of Dufry’s €1.3bn (£950m) acquisition of shares in rival World Duty Free from the Benetton family, in a deal that creates the world’s biggest travel retailer.

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Quinn Emanuel and Niederer Kraft & Frey seal first US settlement for Swiss bank BSI

31-Mar-2015 4:53 pm | By Joanne Harris

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Swiss firm Niederer Kraft & Frey have advised BSI, the first Swiss bank to reach a deal with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over allegations of helping clients evade tax.

London

Former Olswang arbitration head joins JAMS in bid to avoid conflicts of interest

31-Mar-2015 12:51 pm | By Tabby Kinder

Former Olswang arbitration head Andrew Aglionby has joined arbitration provider JAMS International as an arbitrator and mediator in London and New York, ditching plans to join the bar.

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Freshfields returns to Linklaters for another Hong Kong partner hire

31-Mar-2015 10:07 am | By Margaret Taylor

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has continued to bolster its Asian practice by hiring from magic circle rival Linklaters, this time taking a Beijing banking and finance partner for its Hong Kong office.

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Hogan Lovells launches in Australia with Allens two-partner hire

31-Mar-2015 9:51 am | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has launched an office in Australia with the hire of partners Nicky Lester and Tim Lester from Linklaters’ best friend firm Allens.

Money

Squire Patton Boggs reports 12 per cent hike in year-end financials

31-Mar-2015 0:02 am | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs has posted a 12.3 per cent hike in revenue to $870.5m (£589m) in its first year-end results as a merged firm, with UK revenue growing by 1.8 per cent from $160m to $163m.

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Vardags signs agreement with Trench to break into Dubai HNW market

31-Mar-2015 0:01 am | By Joanne Harris

High net worth family firm Vardags has signed a joint venture collaboration with Dubai firm Trench & Associates in order to break into the valuable United Arab Emirates (UAE) market.

London

Mishcon announces women-only promotions to bring female partnership to 32 per cent

30-Mar-2015 12:56 pm | By Joanne Harris

Mishcon de Reya has made up three women to partner in its annual promotions round with another nine lawyers promoted to the role of legal director.

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Baker Botts scores Trowers big-hitters for Dubai office

30-Mar-2015 12:55 pm | By Joanne Harris

Baker Botts has announced the hire of Trowers & Hamlins’ United Arab Emirates (UAE) head Abdullah Mutawai and head of international disputes Lucas Pitts in a boost to its Dubai offering.

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Plexus loses 13 travel lawyers to Kennedys following group restructure

30-Mar-2015 12:20 pm | By Tabby Kinder

Plexus Law has lost a team of 13 lawyers from its travel law practice to insurance firm Kennedys, including senior partner and head of the practice Claire Mulligan and partner Justin Collins.

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Scotland's Maclays adds Dana Petroleum GC to oil and gas team

30-Mar-2015 11:10 am | By Margaret Taylor

Scotland-headquartered Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its Aberdeen oil and gas practice with the hire of Dana Petroleum general counsel Jill Reid.

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Slater & Gordon set to hand over £700m for Quindell professional services arm

30-Mar-2015 10:31 am | By Tabby Kinder

Slater & Gordon is poised to buy insurance outsourcer Quindell’s professional services arm for around £700m overnight on Monday (30 March) before the exclusivity period on its acquisition right expires.

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Spring brings welcome news for some. Across the UK, it’s partner promotion season. National firms are adding plenty to their partnerships, but magic circle firms are being more circumspect. At Freshfields, for example, only three made the grade in London out of 17 worldwide

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Solving the outsourcing dilemma: when to opt for contract lawyers and when to call Big Law

30-Mar-2015 | By Tim Bratton

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Webber Wentzel's Sally Hutton: We want to be the dominant South African law firm

27-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Lawyer’s Africa Elite report is published on Monday (30 March). Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future.

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Gibson Dunn and its Djibouti nightmare

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Recent unwanted attention on Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in light of the Djibouti falsified evidence case will do nothing for the firm’s hard-won reputation in the world of anti-corruption and combating fraud.

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Squire Patton Boggs reports 12 per cent hike in year-end financials

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Noerr continues run of growth with 7 per cent turnover rise in 2014 to €197.2m

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Noerr has announced another strong year with turnover rising by 7 per cent to €197.2m (£145.2m) for 2014, up from €184.5m the previous year.

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The in-house interview: EnergySolutions senior vice-president and legal counsel Simon Stuttaford

16-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Think you have regulatory and insurance headaches? Imagine what it’s like working in the global nuclear waste industry like Simon Stuttaford, GC of EnergySolutions 

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Quinn Emanuel and Niederer Kraft & Frey seal first US settlement for Swiss bank BSI

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