I joined The Lawyer in August 2013 and sit on the news desk. I cover litigation and the City and am interested in litigation, corporate and real estate news across a range of sectors. I particularly want to hear about deals in the areas of energy, retail, real estate, food and consumer goods and any news about international domestic dispute resolutions and arbitrations. I work on the city analysis pages of the print edition and write in-house profiles for the print and online editions of The Lawyer. Get in touch with news and gossip - I tweet at @TheLawyerKate
Graiseley Investments, the company behind Guardian Care Homes, has instructed the Wilkes Partnership in place of Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) in its landmark Libor battle with Barclays following concerns over costs.
Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony, is in court today for the fourth day of his wrongful dismissal case against Scottish race driver Paul di Resta.
Turnover inched up at Nabarros by 0.3 per cent for the first half of 2012-13 financial year, taking it to £52.5m and marking a drop in half-year growth.
Dentons has added two new partners to its Paris energy team to focus the firm on growing its Francophone Africa energy strategy.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is facing a €12m (£10m) professional negligence claim brought by private equity house Bancroft over its acquisition of a Slovakian ice cream company.
Linklaters is to introduce a merit-based element to its associate lockstep structure in an effort to “reward high performance as well as chargeable work” after lifting a junior lawyer pay freeze earlier in the year.
Linklaters has named its current Greater China and global litigation head Marc Harvey as Asian regional managing partner to succeed outgoing Stuart Salt.
A King & Spalding solicitor-advocate has transferred to the bar, joining Serle Court Chambers after 15 years working for international firms.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced a 6 per cent increase in revenue for the first six months of the 2013/14 financial year.
‘Safe pair of hands’ Layton to lead Clifford Chance to a future of business-as-usual
Transport is a sector that offers a wealth of opportunities both for legal roles and puns, with government cash setting in train high-profile schemes and getting projects motoring.
Linklaters’ top earning partner took home £2.3m last year - £300,000 less than the previous year, according to the firm’s annual LLP accounts.
The newly elected managing partner of Clifford Chance, Matthew Layton, won his mandate after pledging to look at whether to reduce management committee membership from 16 to nine
The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to replace outgoing Steven Phillips who retires this year.
Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have called off their merger following delays earlier in the month.
Clifford Chance has elected global corporate head Matthew Layton as its new global chief to replace outgoing head David Childs, who retires next year.
Clifford Chance partners Carlos Conceicao and Kelwin Nicholls have been hired by RBS to lead an investigation into claims that the bank forced small companies it owed money to into closure to make a profit.
David Bickerton has been re-elected as Clifford Chance London managing partner after running unopposed.
Clifford Chance is on the brink of crowning a new managing partner as the vote draws to a close today (26 November).
Over 16 law firms are advising on the new Nine Elms regeneration area on the South Bank marking one of the biggest redevelopment projects to hit London in recent years.
Of all the transactional sectors projects and energy has been one of the most resilient throughout the recession.
Lawyer exits and entrances have made for a complex cast list of firms benefitting from the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station area
Clifford Chance’s current London managing partner David Bickerton is set to take up a second term after running unopposed.
Banking giant Barclays is attempting to avoid a full trial over defunct firm Dewey & LeBoeuf after issuing a summary judgment application to the High Court in a case against three former partners over loans.
Nabarro is to open an office in Dubai in 2014 marking the firm’s third international opening after Brussels and Singapore.
We look at cases that have reached the end of the judicial line after being refused permission to carry on to the Supreme Court.
Eversheds decided against pitching for a role on the expanded NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) panel at the latest review despite working on six of its nine ‘lots’ since 2009.
Dentons has boosted its Middle East practice with the hire of two lawyers from DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright to its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices.
Mr Justice Cooke reflects on trend for lawyer manipulation of statements
HowardKennedyFSI chief executive Mark Dembovsky has resigned from the firm after two years spent pushing through the merger between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI).
American media company CBS has appointed a new general counsel from Dell to suceed outgoing Louis Briskman.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has appointed a new general counsel to replace the retiring Anthony Inglese.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired the former global co-chair of DLA Piper’s hospitality and leisure group to its real estate practice.
Travers Smith client Sebastian Holdings has been ordered to pay 85 per cent of the £60m legal bill racked up by Deutsche Bank in an $8bn court showdown between the parties.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed its new global chief information officer (CIO) to replace outgoing chief Paul Domnick.
Norwegian company Sebastian Holdings has been ordered to pay $240m (£146m) to Deutsche Bank after the High Court threw out an $8bn compensation claim against the bank.
Clifford Chance has elected partner Simon Sinclair as its new London capital markets head succeeding partner Andrew Forryan.
Clifford Chance has elected a new global tax, pensions and employment (TPE) head to replace outgoing chief David Harkness.
Edinburgh University is to appoint its first head of legal services before the end of the year in a bid to cut its legal budget by 10 per cent.
The North West region has seen significant growth in recent years after taking a bruising during the recession. But pressure on costs is driving an increase in in-house and non-qualified fee-earner roles.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that allegations that the Libor benchmark interest rate was manipulated can be included in two major cases against Barclays and Deutsche Bank and has scheduled Barclays’ case for next April.
A former Stewarts Law litigation partner who was struck off after a private prosecution has turned to Fountain Court’s Timothy Dutton QC to fight the ruling in the Adminstrative Court next month.
Norton Rose Fulbright has replaced Allen & Overy (A&O) on a criminal corruption trial after partners from the magic circle firm allegedly intefered with a witness.
Follett Stock’s 30 remaining staff were made redundant at midday on Monday (4 November) when the firm was liquidated at a High Court hearing.
Dentons has lost its former Middle East head of dispute resolution and construction to Simmons & Simmons, just two months after losing its former Middle East arbitration head to SJ Berwin.
The SRA has shut down Follett Stock with immediate effect following revelations that the Truro-headquartered firm was facing a HM Revenue and Customs winding up petition last month.
Reed Smith has defeated Allen & Overy (A&O) and Stephensen Harwood in two separate arbitrations totaling $3bn (£1.9bn) against the Republic of Kazakhstan (RoK).
Gresham computing has hired a Manches associate to its new general counsel post, marking the first qualified lawyer to enter the company.
Bracewell & Giuliani has raided Clifford Chance for energy construction partner Tracy London, marking the US firm’s eighth partner hire this year in London.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two Addleshaw Goddard partners £5,000 each after they were investigated over discrepancies relating to disbursements.
DLA Piper has taken a high yield and leveraged finance partner from Clifford Chance’s London office as both firms push for more firepower in their high-yield teams.
The AA has become the latest high-street company to be granted an ABS licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after launching a joint venture with Bristol-based Lyons Davidson.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed another former Brussels chief as co-head of its antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) practice.
Clifford Chance has kicked off the nominations process for the London managing partner elections ahead of the end of David Bickerton’s term in December.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has handed interim general counsel Marina Zain the position on a permanent basis.
If Berwin Leighton Paisner is to halt the stream of senior partner departures, it needs to make up its mind about its true focus and channel resources accordingly. By Kate Beioley
It is no secret that sports deals pay handsomely. Gareth Bale’s record-busting transfer, clocking in at £85.3m, proved that this summer and handed an appetising mandate to high-profile Berwin Leighton Paisner sports litigator Graham Shear. Earlier this month Jones Day ...
A former Newcastle solicitor has been given a suspended sentence for fraud after he funded a “lavish lifestyle” on the back of conned client money.
A judge has come down on the side of the Legal Services Board (LSB) and thrown out an application to reduce the £150,000 cost cap set on the ongoing battle over the new Quality Assurance for Advocates (QASA) scheme.
Dentons has elected another legacy Salans partner as its new European CEO after a partner vote, seven months after its tripartite merger went live.
Bond Dickinson and Blackstone Chambers kicked off the first stage of a judicial review process for supermarket giant Sainsbury’s, marking the latest stage in battle with rival Tesco.
Dentons partners have until 14 November to vote on whether to merge with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge.
2 Hare Court’s Jonathan Laidlaw QC replaces John Kelsey-Fry QC as Brooks’ defence counsel
West Country firm Follett Stock has closed its Bristol office, as its winding-up case moves through the High Court.
Two more partners close to entering race: dark horse Wehrli worth a punt
The roster action is finally getting going, with high street names making their moves
Three candidates have emerged in the race to succeed David Childs as Clifford Chance managing partner. Hustings are due to begin next month.
Wilberforce Chambers’ Michael Bloch QC has resigned from the set to join Blackstone Chambers just weeks after senior clerk Declan Redmond announced his exit for Keating Chambers.
Litigation funder Vannin Capital has stepped up to fund a High Court battle between the owner of the largest oil and gas project in Azerbaijan and Credit Suisse International (CSI).
The long-standing general counsel of French oil giant Total SA, Peter Herbel, is to retire in December with oilfield services heavyweight Maarten Scholten stepping into the role.
Linklaters has expanded its Paris arbitration group with the hire of a three-partner team from Paris-based Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Pinsent Masons is aiming at boosting the commercial focus of its Birmingham real estate team with the hire of Shoosmiths partner Joel Kordan.
Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Olswang are among the firms to have missed out on Legal & General (L&G) panel places after the insurer cut its advisor roster from 19 to five, it has emerged.
Lawyers working in the world of regulatory and compliance are looking at an increasingly complicated sector, particularly when it comes to financial services.
Morrisons has completed its first panel review as it prepares to double its in-house legal team by the end of the year.
Liverpool-headquartered Exchange Chambers has moved to slash costs in the wake of legal aid spending cuts, moving offices and implementing a room sharing option to reduce chambers contributions.
Hill Dickinson is to launch a reputation management team in London after taking a two-partner team from media boutique PSB Law, which has shut up shop following the exits.
Devereux Chambers has elected Timothy Brennan QC as its new head of chambers to replace Ingrid Simler QC, who is joining the High Court bench.
Quadrant Chambers is moving further into the energy sector and the Far Eastern market on the back of the appointment of its first joint senior clerk last month.
An attempt by the makers of Scrabble to protect its iconic letter tiles from imitations by claiming trademark rights has been thrown out by the Court of Appeal.
Pinsent Masons has been appointed joint administrator for collapsed litigation and corporate law firm Harris Cartier, which has been sold to two buyers, Gordon Dadds and Mayfair firm Neil Hudgell.
Real estate continues to be the key money spinner for Nabarro, which has always been known for its work in the UK property market, (although) last year results were up across the firm. Google’s ...
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The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has issued a statement about the costs of a judicial review into the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) following widespread outrage and confusion on Twitter.
Quadrant Chambers’ chief executive has defended the bar’s recruitment processes following revelations that former chambers member Tom O’Riordan had lied about his qualifications.
Pinsent Masons’ freshly-installed projects team are taking forward the Transport for London (TfL) tube mandate they won while at Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) after their move last month.
The ongoing Libor misselling feud between Guardian Care Homes (GCH) and Barclays is going to the Court of Appeal next week in a crucial simultaneous hearing with a case involving Deutsche Bank.
Nationwide has launched its delayed general panel review, which was originally expected to take place in early 2013.
The Legal Service Board (LSB) has dropped Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) from representing it in its defence of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) after the firm proposed a £400,000 cost estimate for a three-day hearing, The Lawyer can reveal.
11 KBW has secured an injunction for Covanta Energy preventing Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) from going ahead with a £1.2bn contract with rival waste management company SITA.
West country firm Follett Stock has closed its Exeter office two weeks before it faces a wind-up petition issued by HM Revenue and Customs in the High Court.
A winding-up petition hearing involving Truro firm Follett Stock has been adjourned for three weeks following an initial hearing last week.
David Aitman likely to be adaptable in a changing legal environment
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has taken a lead role for the Metropolitan Police in settling former police commander Ali Dizaei’s five employment tribunal claims against his former employer.
Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Justine Campbell is leaving the company to take up the re-created GC role at British Gas.
Pinsent Masons has scooped the mandate to be the sole legal provider for Eon over 40 other firms, taking on responsibility for the energy company’s day-to-day work on a fixed-fee basis.
David Aitman was once told he’d never make it big in the law. Almost half a century later, the new global managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, would – very politely – beg to differ.
Can the in-house advocacy unit at Berwin Leighton Paisner really compete with the independent commercial bar?
After confirming the exit of Hogan Lovells partner Christoph Wagner last week The Lawyer can reveal that he was asked to resign for criticising a major IP client.
Herbert Smith Freehills saw real estate revenues jump by a third at the 2012/13 year-end, making it the biggest grower in the UK200 top 15 real estate table.
It’s property work, but not as we know it: fussier clients mean firms are having to redefine their offerings and there is still talk of the magic circle backing away
Firm closes Berlin office after lawyers go in search of the conflict-free life at MoFo
Total legal costs for the first phase of HS2, the planned high-speed railway, are expected to hit £5m with £400,000 already spent on battles in the High Court and Court of Appeal (CoA).
CMS has trumped BT’s real estate panel firms to take on its first real estate deal for BT, advising the telecoms giant on its plans for the UK’s tallest brick clad building in London’s Nine Elms.
Truro-headquartered Follett Stock has been served with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after failing to pay an outstanding tax bill, The Lawyer has learned.
Hogan Lovells is understood to be losing its entire Berlin office to Morrison Foerster (MoFo), marking the most recent raid on its technology and media team.
Brown Rudnick has expanded in London with partner hires into the corporate and white collar crime groups.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to run up a legal bill of £42m defending shareholder action over its £12bn rights issue, with Quinn Emanuel expected to join the action for Prudential, Standard Life and Legal & General.
Clifford Chance is boosting its Munich office with the relocation of a two-partner team to expand its advisory capabilities.
Despite a brief rush of activity in July, when Baker Botts revamped its Middle East office with a raid on Norton Rose Fullbright’s Dubai team (16 July 2013), cautious optimism seems to be the name of the game in the region.
Autumn heralds a worldwide corporate fight-back, led by telecoms sector
Footie and telecoms dominate our regular round-up of recent M&A activity, as the threat of rising interest rates kick-started activity among organisations.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has named former Burges Salmon transport head Nick Olley as general counsel.
Tennesee Valley Authority has wrestled $42m settlement from its insurer, Arch Insurance Bermuda, in the first of three arbitration cases following a 2008 accident at the corporation’s power plant.
A former Slaughter and May partner has been named general counsel for the newly-established Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), while the former executive director of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), Sonya Branch, will become director of enforcement.
Real estate investment fund Ashby Capital has recruited a former Berwin Leighton Paisner corporate associate Tom Hill as in-house legal counsel.
San Diego firm the McMillan Group is being sued by online directory company Yelp.com for allegedly fabricating positive reviews to boost its reputation.
Singapore firm Selvam & Partners has launched an office in Yangon, Myanmar, making it the latest firm to scramble for a spot in the fast-emerging market.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have taken the lead roles on GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) £1.35bn sale of drinks brands Ribena and Lucozade to Japanese consumer goods company Suntory Beverage and Food Ltd (SBF).
Firm injects DAC Beachcroft team into health-focused Leeds office
Shakespeares has launched a fresh redundancy round with 19 secretarial roles put at risk of being cut across its seven offices at the end of the month.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s only Vienna partner Rainer Wachter is set to leave the firm after a strategic review concluded the office was no longer viable.
Schillings is relaunching itself as an integrated legal, risk management and IT security and investigation business targeting the growing market in reputation management for corporates and high net worth individuals.
Shakespeares has expanded again through two bolt-on acquisitions as it continues in its bid to be a £50m mid-tier heavyweight by 2014.
Osborne Clarke has continued its European expansion with two partner hires in its newly formed Paris and Brussels offices.
Personal injury (PI) firm Winn has attracted investment from two high-profile investment companies, with JZ International (JZI) and Souter Investments taking a 60 per cent stake in the outfit.