wedding cake

Happy ever after? The Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn get hitched

16-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn have finally decided that three’s a crowd and, after months of flirting with Boyes Turner, gone ahead with a traditional two-way merger.

debt

Debt: Red lines

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne, Joanne Harris

Debt can kill a firm but it can also fund ambition. Our first-ever market snapshot shows firms in the UK 200 getting into it in a big way

Public sector roundtable

Public sector roundtable: Authority figures

24-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Facing a barrage of swingeing spending cuts, local government lawyers are adamant they will emerge stronger than ever

Eagle vs lion

Leveraged finance: has the British lion lost its roar?

17-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

They’re getting the mandates, and they’ve got the hiring power. Are US firms elbowing out the magic circle on leveraged finance?

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Barclays ready for battle over Dewey debts

5-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

It is now two years since the collapse of mammoth firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. But the next chapter in the story of its dramatic spiral into crisis is about to emerge in lurid technicolour following a High Court trial last week.

Debt market

Acquisition finance debt: Day of the non-banks

3-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The fragile refinance market is back in rude health and US-style alternative lenders are stepping up with innovative structures to sustain the recovery

money

SJB and the problem with private equity

20-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

When a firm shouts loudly about a landmark merger, as SJ Berwin did when it joined forces with King & Wood Mallesons, departures are always likely to come under the spotlight.

Battle

ULaw vs BPP: hostilities subside, war goes on and on

18-Feb-2014 | By Richard Simmons

The law school war shows no signs of ending. But we have, perhaps, reached the end of the beginning.

telecoms

Deals round-up January 2014: Battle of the broadbands

10-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Lawyers used up their minutes on the latest instalment of the Vodafone/Liberty telecoms struggle in January, while football deals also featured strongly

Schneider

All clear on M&A deals front

3-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Two years after the Takeover Code transparency rejig, we ask if firms are feeling the benefit, and comb through recent M&A fees

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Brands Update — April 2014: experts on national law win the lottery download subscription

Taylor Wessing 16-Apr-2014

The CJEU has given a procedural judgment in a trademark cancellation case, clarifying the ground rules for EU courts in assessing the legal arguments made before them.

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cambridge

Irwin Mitchell makes first strategic move since securing £60m funding with Cambridge launch

16-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Irwin Mitchell is due to open its ninth UK office in Cambridge less than a month after the firm secured a £60m funding facility from a trio of banks last month.

Stephen Miles

DWF hires Pinsents financial institutions head for CEO role

16-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

DWF has raided Pinsent Masons for financial institutions head Stephen Miles as the firm gears up for growth across its commercial practice groups.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court to examine scope of solicitor's duty

16-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court is to examine the scope of a solicitor’s duty and whether they are legally required to warn clients about commercial risks.

London US

Latham takes Bakers' crown as number one firm on top 30 international firms ranking

14-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the 30 largest international firms in the UK by revenue for the first time, with UK revenue hitting an all-time high of $210.6m. 

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Mark Handley

From Kick-off to Kick-back: the latest Bribery Act prosecutions

9-Apr-2014

Bribery Act prosecutions are growing in number

David Israel

Post HMRC changes, how many employees does an LLP have?

9-Apr-2014

HMRC’s changes to the tax treatment of members could raise serious employment law issues

Ben Douglas-Jones

Contempt is not a crime

3-Apr-2014

A Supreme Court has for the first time spelt out the difference between civil and criminal contempt in English and Welsh law

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