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Dundas abandons Aberdeen and London offices early as CMS merger nears

25-Apr-2014 0:05 am | By Kate Beioley

Dundas & Wilson will exit its Aberdeen and London bases early in preparation for the launch of its merger with CMS Cameron McKenna next week (1 May). 

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BSB examines complaints over alleged disabled people remarks by Peter Village QC

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

The Bar Standards Board has launched an investigation into 39 Essex Street silk Peter Village QC after he allegedly made derogatory remarks about disabled people living in a west Sussex village.

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Herbies focuses on London in 23-strong promos round

24-Apr-2014 10:24 am | By Lucy Burton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added 23 associates to its partnership, with almost half of those made up based in London. 

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Primark

A&O and DLA advise as Primark plans US launch

24-Apr-2014 11:02 am | By Lucy Burton

Budget fashion retailer Primark has turned to Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA Piper for advice on its first launch into the US following a 26 per cent rise in the chain’s profits.

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Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

24-Apr-2014 10:45 am | By Kate Beioley

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.

Cleary and White & Case win lead roles on Zimmer’s £8bn acquisition of Biomet

24-Apr-2014 6:16 pm | By Natalie Stanton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case are advising on the £7.9bn ($13.4bn) acquisition of orthopaedic manufacturing company Biomet by Zimmer, the manufacturer of the ‘zimmer frame’.

People

Ashurst makes up 15 partners in first post merger round

24-Apr-2014 11:06 am | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013.

Singapore

LG surrenders Singapore relationship as Wragges merger looms

24-Apr-2014 10:31 am | By Yun Kriegler

Lawrence Graham (LG) has surrendered its Singapore foreign law practice licence in preparation for its merger with Wragge & Co next month.

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Norton Rose Fulbright to close Prague office for second time due to “difficult” market conditions

23-Apr-2014 4:13 pm | By Natalie Stanton

Norton Rose Fulbright is set to close its Prague office on 1 May 2014, following a review of the Czech market.

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Film and TV US firm SmithDehn opens up in Northern Ireland after HBO media course launch

23-Apr-2014 3:25 pm | By Lucy Burton

US entertainment firm SmithDehn has opened in Northern Ireland, months after it kicked off a media law course in the region with client HBO. 

Battle

Eight firms line up against Osborne Clarke over £3.3m Savile compensation scheme

23-Apr-2014 3:15 pm | By Kate Beioley

Eight firms including Slater & Gordon, Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen are gearing up to battle Osborne Clarke over claims for compensation from the £3.3m estate of former TV presenter Jimmy Savile. 

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Portable business: the key to making private equity work

24-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

When it comes to their legal affairs, private equity houses have tended to be creatures of habit. Generally they prefer to return to the same lawyers time and time again.

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Is Bonelli's lock-in a solution to the European succession planning question?

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Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger, or to stem a slew of partner departures.

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21-Apr-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger’s focus on collegiate working is resulting in fewer dissenting opinions on the bench

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Switzerland: You can dodge, but you can’t hide

21-Apr-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

As Swiss banks wait for the US authorities’ tax evasion spotlight to fall on them, law firms are drafting in extra staff to cope

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21-Apr-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

The IMF has slashed its 2014 growth forecast for Turkey from 3.5 to 2.3 per cent. Investors are now hoping the aviation and energy markets will provide some comfort

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Top international firms in London: American pie and chips

14-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

While some US firms had a rougher ride in this year’s survey, the West Coasters have found London a home from home

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Savings energy: Fiona Smith, GC at Nest

21-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Set up to help with pensions auto-enrolment, Nest has gone from start-up to snaring its millionth member in just 18 months, which suits GC Fiona Smith just fine

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7-Apr-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Sarah Nelson Smith, UK legal chief of KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum! Brands took a fresh approach to panel review

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Cleary and White & Case win lead roles on Zimmer’s £8bn acquisition of Biomet

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case are advising on the £7.9bn ($13.4bn) acquisition of orthopaedic manufacturing company Biomet by Zimmer, the manufacturer of the ‘zimmer frame’.

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Ashurst makes up 15 partners in first post merger round

Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013.

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As Swiss banks wait for the US authorities’ tax evasion spotlight to fall on them, law firms are drafting in extra staff to cope

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