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Court denies Dechert chance for public hearing to "clear its name" over fee dispute with ENRC

24-Oct-2014 1:37 pm | By Kate Beioley

The High Court has ruled that a dispute launched by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd’s (ENRC) over adviser Dechert’s £16m legal bill should be heard in private to prevent prejudice to an ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into the company.

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Olney retires after 31 years at Slaughters as Wittmann is elected practice partner

24-Oct-2014 11:27 am | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May corporate partner David Wittmann is to become the firm’s practice partner on 1 January 2015.

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"It could be win/win for us and for him": Weil's Francies on losing Lucas

24-Oct-2014 0:03 am | By Natalie Stanton

In his 14 years at the helm of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office, Mike Francies has overseen a wealth of change, watching the office transform from a private equity and structured finance focused outfit into a broader beast.

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Kromann Reumert and Reed Smith advise on exclusive licence for Ebola vaccine

24-Oct-2014 12:01 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Reed Smith and Danish firm Kromann Reumert advised Bavarian Nordic on a licence and supply agreement for approximately $187m to grant its Ebola vaccine exclusively to Johnson & Johnson company Crucell Holland.

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Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

24-Oct-2014 10:59 am | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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SFO requests £26.5m emergency cash injection for Tchenguiz and fraud battles

24-Oct-2014 10:59 am | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has requested an urgent cash injection of £26.5m – 75 per cent above its core budget – in order to pursue its high-profile fraud investigations and pay out compensation to the Tchenguiz brothers.

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Clifford Chance re-elects senior partner Sweeting in uncontested vote

24-Oct-2014 10:32 am | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance has re-elected senior partner Malcolm Sweeting for a second term following an uncontested election, handing him another four years in the top role.

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Pinsents set for managing partner election as Ryan steps down

24-Oct-2014 10:12 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan has decided not to seek re-election at the end of his current term in April 2015.

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Orrick and Withers lose at High Court as Excalibur funders forced to pay £23m costs

24-Oct-2014 0:02 am | By Kate Beioley

The explosive $1.6bn oil row between Excalibur Ventures and Texas and Gulf Keystone took a new turn yesterday (23 October) when the High Court ruled the third-party funders backing the case were liable for indemnity costs.

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Neil Hudgell combines with Rapid to form £20m PI outfit

24-Oct-2014 0:01 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Acquisitive Hull-headquartered personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors has today acquired Rapid Solicitors to form a £20m personal injury (PI) business.

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DWF named top management team at The Lawyer Management Awards

23-Oct-2014 0:04 am | By The Lawyer editorial staff

DWF’s rapid expansion and willingness to embrace the new opportunities in the UK legal market scooped it Management Team of the Year at The Lawyer Management Awards last night.

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Keystone Law sells £3.15m stake to private equity house

23-Oct-2014 0:02 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Dispersed firm Keystone Law has received a £3.15m cash injection from private equity house Root Capital in return for a 35 per cent stake in the firm’s shares.

Court

Claimants in Mishcon court case granted sanction relief for missed deadline

22-Oct-2014 5:01 pm | By Kate Beioley

Former Queens Park Rangers chairman Antonio Caliendo has been allowed to keep his conditional fee arrangement (CFA) in a case launched against Mishcon de Reya despite missing a court-ordered deadline.

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What should aspiring general counsel know about getting the top job? A recent roundtable brought a number of in-house heads and deputy heads together to discuss preconceptions of the GC role. And as our other stories indicate, the GC jobs market is a very fluid one at the moment.

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Charles Martin: Partner performance management can make or break a firm

20-Oct-2014

From a firm’s culture to the nuts and bolts of service delivery and business performance, it all stems from how you choose to manage your partners

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"It could be win/win for us and for him": Weil's Francies on losing Lucas

24-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

In his 14 years at the helm of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office, Mike Francies has overseen a wealth of change, watching the office transform from a private equity and structured finance focused outfit into a broader beast.

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Inheriting the “crown jewels”: Clifford Chance’s private equity chiefs focus on succession

23-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance’s private equity co-heads are determined that their sector remains the “crown jewels” of the corporate team despite high-profile partner exits.

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MIPIMUK - What is it good for? A lawyer's view

20-Oct-2014

Tempted as I am to finish the line of that song, it would not be entirely accurate.

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Nicky Richmond makes a trip to the Middle East, in Soho.

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The five associates taking law firm gender balance into their own hands

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Tired of firms’ talk of commitment to the partnership gender balance while seeing scant evidence of change, five female lawyers have launched Women in Law London (WILL) to empower women to take the initiative themselves

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Special report: Finland – Triumph in adversity

20-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Manchester

Express Solicitors hits £8.7m turnover for the first time

25-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Manchester-based Express Solicitors reported a 21 per cent increase in fee income over the last 12 months, with end of year figures increasing from £7.2m in 2012/13 to a record £8.7m in 2013/14.

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Luther's global turnover up 12 per cent as German revenue breaks through €100m

24-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Luther has reported a 12.4 per cent rise in revenue for the 2013/14 financial year, with domestic turnover breaking through the €100m barrier for the first time.

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In-house interview: Colin Armstrong, Merlin Entertainments

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

As GC at one of the world’s biggest visitor attractions operators, Colin Armstrong’s role is to keep Merlin out of the firing line of global regulators

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In-house profile: QBE general counsel Esther Felton

13-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Esther Felton’s vision as GC for insurer QBE was to create a legal function that works shoulder to shoulder with the business. Now a reality, her team’s remit is extending and fast acquiring specialist expertise

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In-house interview: BFI general counsel Richard Brousson

6-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Film lover Richard Brousson is the perfect casting for the role of BFI GC, whose script includes the legalities of the London Film Festival and rubbing shoulders with stars and directors

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Kromann Reumert and Reed Smith advise on exclusive licence for Ebola vaccine

Reed Smith and Danish firm Kromann Reumert advised Bavarian Nordic on a licence and supply agreement for approximately $187m to grant its Ebola vaccine exclusively to Johnson & Johnson company Crucell Holland.

Melbourne

Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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Special report: Finland – Triumph in adversity

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Briefing live: Romania

Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country

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Top 10 stories: 17-23 October 2014

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The week on TheLawyer.com was dominated by our coverage of a new initiative to support women’s career progression.

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