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McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood file £2.2bn Tchenguiz claim against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing

28-Nov-2014 5:22 pm | By Natasha Bernal

McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood are advising businessman Vincent Tchenguiz and his family trusts in a £2.2bn lawsuit against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing Bank over their roles in a failed criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

28-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?

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Mishcon and 1 Hare Court secure landmark £337m divorce settlement for hedge fund billionaire

28-Nov-2014 3:06 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Mishcon de Reya and 1 Hare Court have secured a landmark settlement of £337m for the wife of hedge fund billionaire Sir Chris Hohn, in what is thought to be the largest figure ever awarded by an English court in divorce proceedings.

HSF and Macfarlanes advise Stagecoach and Virgin on East Coast mainline franchise

28-Nov-2014 1:46 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Macfarlanes have taken the lead roles for Stagecoach and Virgin on their joint-venture company’s deal with the Department of Transport (DfT) to secure the franchise for the re-privatised East Coast mainline.

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China-based IP boutique Schmitt & Orlov expands ASEAN footprint

28-Nov-2014 10:14 am | By Margaret Taylor

Beijing-headquartered IP firm Schmitt & Orlov is extending its reach in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region with the launch of an office in Laotian capital Vientiane.

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RBS turns to Dentons for £30m Libor claim

28-Nov-2014 0:02 am | By Kate Beioley

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to Dentons to defend it against a £30m claim from Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) client property developer Property Alliance Group over Libor-related misselling allegations.

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Osborne Clarke posts 17 per cent increase in half-year turnover to £70.6m

27-Nov-2014 3:30 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m). 

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Stephenson Harwood taps Clyde & Co for China energy hire

27-Nov-2014 9:53 am | By Margaret Taylor

Clyde & Co has lost the chief representative of its fledgling Beijing office to Stephenson Harwood in a boost to the latter’s energy and resources group.

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Royal Mail seals first post-IPO panel review: Slaughters, DAC Beachcroft and CMS get the nod

27-Nov-2014 0:04 am | By Natasha Bernal

Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s £3.3bn IPO in 2013, retaining DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna but dropping Bond Dickinson on an expanded roster.

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Cuatrecasas pledges to hit 25 per cent diversity target by 2020

27-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Natasha Bernal

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has signed two agreements with the Spanish government pledging to achieve 25 per cent female presence on its board by 2020 and 33 per cent by 2024, and increase female leadership within the firm.

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American Apparel names Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson as general counsel

27-Nov-2014 0:02 am | By Natasha Bernal

US clothing company American Apparel has chosen Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson as its new general counsel, effective 15 December.

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European moves: 27 November 2014

27-Nov-2014 0:01 am | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

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Teacher Stern triumphs against Mishcon's Saudi prince in Supreme Court

26-Nov-2014 2:29 pm | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal brought by a Saudi prince over a series of court sanctions in relation to his case against a former shareholder, handing a win to Teacher Stern just months after taking over the mandate from Howard Kennedy. 

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Doing business in the Arab world

How do you best access the Arab market? It’s a lucrative world out there, but you’ll need to understand the cultural nuances. The Lawyer’s guide to doing business in the Arab world provides key insight on the region, and includes research on the leading independent firms in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Exclusive: US firms now dominate London mid-tier, UK200 shows

27-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

The largest US firms are now so entrenched in the UK legal market that they are collectively generating over £2bn annually and are major players in the 100 firms bringing in the most revenue from the UK.

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Tim Bratton: in-housers must be brave enough to say ‘no’

24-Nov-2014

It’s time for GCs to forget the heroic ‘I do everything myself’ culture and concentrate instead on driving their business, and that means outsourcing

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

28-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?

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Eversheds' investment in Tyco relationship pays off with contract extension

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Eversheds is set to continue in its role as Tyco’s sole legal provider for the next few years, proof that a deal once seen as controversial is reaping benefits for both sides.

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Colbeh, W2 and Kateh, W9: A journey to Persia without leaving West London

Nicky Richmond takes a trip to Persia, without leaving London.

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How to access the Arab market: advice from the lawyers who know

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Middle Eastern market is lucrative, but for international firms business nuances are tricky. To guide you through, The Lawyer has researched the region and the legal players to collaborate with. Here’s a taster of our findings

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Russia special report: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Osborne Clarke posts 17 per cent increase in half-year turnover to £70.6m

27-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m). 

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Watson Farley pushes revenue up 8 per cent to £56.8m at half-year

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Watson Farley & Williams has increased revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, reaching £56.8m.

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She used to sue the Government. Now she leads the legal team at HMRC. Gill Aitken on adding value in-house

24-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

HMRC’s Gill Aitken spent her early career suing the Government but, envious of its cases, she switched sides and now brandishes an 80 per cent success rate

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In-house interview: Direct Line Group's Humphrey Tomlinson

17-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Direct Line Group’s Humphrey Tomlinson has steered the insurance giant down a successful road to an IPO, and an ABS win

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In-house interview: Nottinghamshire County Council legal head Jayne Francis-Ward

10-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nottinghamshire CC law boss Jayne Francis-Ward’s unusual approach to external advice has seen her set up an arrangement involving 78 councils and six law firms. That’s what you call relationship management 

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China-based IP boutique Schmitt & Orlov expands ASEAN footprint

Beijing-headquartered IP firm Schmitt & Orlov is extending its reach in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region with the launch of an office in Laotian capital Vientiane.

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?

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Special report: European firms in London – Why London is still Lawyertown

With ever-more European firms opening in London, could the market be heading towards saturation?

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Special report: Kazakhstan – a safe haven in the CIS

Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting

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17 November 2014

Top 10 stories: 14-20 November 2014

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In an eventful week for the legal market, Eversheds turned its sights on the US and Morgan Lewis hired most of Bingham McCutchen - but our top story highlighted what managing partners dislike about their jobs.

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