I've been with The Lawyer since 2007 and in that time have seen sweeping changes across the profession, including the implementation of the Legal Services Act. Primarily I cover the litigation markets as well as the latest goings-on at the bar, including the major cases being heard across the High Court and appellate courts. For the last five years I have been responsible for compiling The Lawyer's annual pick of the top cases to be heard in London. I also have strong knowledge of the insurance markets and take an interest in everything from the personal injury sector to the Lloyd's of London market. As deputy news editor I am also responsible for helping co-ordinate The Lawyer's news coverage. I'm an avid Tweeter and like to make my opinions known. Follow me @thelawyerkaty and join the conversation.
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The High Court has ordered the trustees of Boris Berezovsky’s estate to hand over more than £12m in unpaid legal fees to Addleshaw Goddard.
Lawyers have praised a Supreme Court ruling that legal fees are recoverable under the Access to Justice Act (1999) as a victory for common sense.
4 Stone Buildings’ Jonathan Crow QC has been instructed by the Attorney General’s Office as an amicus curiae to assist the Supreme Court in the next stage of the long-running battle between JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Claimants in the group action against Giambrone & Law scored a High Court victory this week. The outcome might be bittersweet however, after the firm’s indemnity insurers said there was no money left to claim.
On Wednesday (8 July) Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer became the final magic circle firm to reveal 2014/15 financials. So what have we learned about the economic health of the top tier?
Supreme Court throws out QASA appeal subscription
The Supreme Court has rejected a bid to quash the introduction of a new competency assessment for criminal barristers, known as the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).
Osborne Clarke scooped the top prize at The Lawyer Awards last night after it secured the Law Firm of the Year award.
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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has won a David and Goliath legal battle for comedy club operators Comic Enterprises against Twentieth Century Fox.
Financials 2013/14: partner revenues reach new heights as market swings back into action subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners generated the highest revenue on an individual basis than any firm in the UK200 Top 10 in 2013/14, posting a revenue per partner (RPP) figure of £2.88m.
Government suffers legal aid setback after High Court declares ‘residency test’ unlawful subscription
The introduction of a ‘residency test’ for civil legal aid would be “discriminatory” and “unlawful”, the High Court has ruled.
The magic circle has seen its revenue market share of the UK top 10 firms contract by more than 15 per cent over the last decade as global consolidation takes hold of the sector.
Magic circle holds back tide of mergers – for now subscription
As Top 10’s revenue doubles in a decade, consolidation is driving growth at firms outside magic circle
Monckton Chambers has taken a group of five barristers, including silk Ian Wise QC, from Doughty Street Chambers in a bid to build a top-flight public law and human rights offering.
DWF is gearing up for a High Court showdown with the Government over its decision to choose Shepherd and Wedderburn over the firm as an adviser to the Insolvency Service.
Clifford Chance might dominate the magic circle at the latest year-end but how has the firm performed over the last 10 years? Look inside the magic circle decade for a clearer perspective.
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OC leads the pack with a stonking 47% PEP boost, as early results show most top firms returning to growth
Litigators and courts widely misunderstood and misapplied the Mitchell test, the Court of Appeal said today as it sought to clarify the High Court ruling that was intended to help crack down on spiraling litigation costs.
2013/14 financials: the year so far subscription
The 2013/14 financial reporting season is now well underway. Who is outperforming the market and who is lagging behind?
Bird & Bird pushes revenues up 4 per cent to £259m subscription
Bird & Bird has posted a revenue rise of 4 per cent from £249m to £259m but has indicated that net profit will be down on the £47.5m reported at the 2012/13 year end.
Law Society chief executive Des Hudson – who six months ago suffered a humiliating formal vote of no confidence – was awarded a 25 per cent pay rise last year, according to figures from the body’s annual report.
Linkaters has become the first magic circle firm to adopt gender diversity targets and is aiming for 30 per cent female membership on its executive committee and international board by 2018.
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How fortune favoured the brave OC subscription
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Who owns Bob Marley's music? subscription
The High Court was asked to decide last month who owns the copyright to No Woman, No Cry in a major battle for a piece of music that marks its 40th anniversary this year
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) former advocacy head Murray Rosen QC is to join 4 New Square in September.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has named London-based partner Philip Carrington as EMEA disputes head, while in Paris Isabelle Michou becomes head of disputes.
LLPs ponder implications of members' status ruling subscription
Ruling on whistle-blowers’ rights and member status has LLPs in a spin
Revenue rebounds at Clarke Willmott to £36.2m subscription
Clarke Willmott has posted revenue growth for the first time since 2007/08 with turnover climbing 9.3 per cent to £36.2m at the latest year-end.
Partnership retirement rage subscription
Former Clarkson Wright & Jakes partner Leslie Seldon has pursued a seven-year legal battle against his former firm, which included a trip to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Employment Appeal Tribunal signalled the end of the road for the case. Katy Dowell reports
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In the midst of a worldwide recovery, promotions in the UK hit a three-year peak
HKFsi completes boutique acquisition subscription
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has bolted on boutique firm CKFT, in a move that will boost its revenues from £40m to £45m.
Crawford & Co head of legal: Principle character subscription
Taking the lead on compliance matters to stay one step ahead of the regulator ‘scalp-hunters’ is a priority for Chris Pinney at loss adjuster Crawford
Judicial dissent is in decline in the UK’s top court as the Supreme Court moves towards a culture of collegiality on the bench, research by The Lawyer has revealed.
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Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger’s focus on collegiate working is resulting in fewer dissenting opinions on the bench
The $6bn legal battle between Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov is heading to the Supreme Court, where for the first time the justices will examine the standard form freezing injunction.
One Essex Court’s Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Weil Gotshal & Manges have defeated HM Revenue & Customs in a billion-pound litigation for retail giant Littlewoods.
Osborne Clarke to launch in San Francisco subscription
Osborne Clarke is to open in San Francisco, six months after the firm sent a heavyweight contingent to launch an office in Manhattan.
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As well as the famous ‘Treasury Devil’ James Eadie, a select few QCs form the Supreme Court’s star line-up
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Successful QC applicants are at a three-year high. Encouraging stuff for the next silk round?
Ayesha Vardag: I am the diva of divorce subscription
Divorce lawyer Raymond Tooth and his former protégée, the self-proclaimed “diva of divorce” Ayesha Vardag, have reached a settlement in a bitter battle over allegations she attempted to poach his clients.
Blackstone Chambers’ Pushpinder Saini QC will represent West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka at a disciplinary tribunal into his alleged anti-Semitic ‘quenelle’ salute later today.
Herbert Smith Freehills partner Rupert Lewis and 4 Stone Buildings have won a major battle in the High Court for Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone.
The silk route, 2014 subscription
Another year, another weighty round of silk appointees. Katy Dowell looks at the trends behind the numbers.
Third-party funding still too murky subscription
How many City litigators are taking the third-party funding market seriously?
The High Court has slammed the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) over its decision to order a barrister to reimburse fees to a client, branding the LeO ruling “irrational”.
Hogan Lovells has picked up the mandate to represent Ukrainian industrialist Victor Pinchuk in his $2bn High Court battle after White & Case was debarred from the case.
Stephenson Harwood has raided DLA Piper for its Seoul office head Michael Kim with the aim of launching a base in the jurisdiction.
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Litigants have a newfound impetus for pushing the boundaries of law, particularly when it comes to costs. A recent DLA Piper case suggests lawyers could be in the firing line.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has batted off a £10m professional negligence claim stemming from the global financial crash.
Kit Kat copy, right? subscription
When is Greek yoghurt Greek yoghurt? Should a Kit Kat be trademark protected? It was all up for debate in the courts in January.
DAC Beachcroft launches in New York subscription
DAC Beachcroft (DACB) has made its first move into the US through the launch of a representative office in New York.
Case histories subscription
While litigators look forward to a vintage year in court, we look back at what happened in the top cases of last year
Withers has seen the exit of two partners with litigation partner Sue Medder quitting private practice to join London set XXIV Old Buildings.
Inns, outs and firm offers subscription
An increasing number of barristers are jumping ship to private practice
Maitland Chambers’ silk Tom Leech QC has quit the bar to join Herbert Smith Freehills’ advocacy unit.
Addleshaws leads $1bn Middle East conspiracy battle subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has secured the mandate on one of the biggest cases to be heard in the Commercial Court in 2014, acting in a $1bn conspiracy dispute that involves claimant representation from four top silks.
The top 20 cases of 2014: In detail subscription
(1) JP Morgan Chase Bank plc (2) JP Morgan Securities Ltd v (1) Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) Anstalt öffentlichen Rechts v Clifford Chance Partnerschaftsgesellschaft von Rechtsanwälten, Wirtschaftsprüfern, Steuerberatern und Solicitors When? January 2014, 40 days. Where? Commercial Court, Judge TBC
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Famous names, record sums and superstar lawyers – it’s going to be a classic year. If 2013 was the year that credit crunch litigation broke through the surface, 2014 will take financial disputes to an all-new level.
Revealed: the top cases of 2014 subscription
The High Court will host some of the largest-value cases it has ever seen in 2014 - but only the biggest disputes will fight all the way.
Eversheds has been ordered to pay £2 in nominal damages to Newcastle International Airport (NIA) after the Court of Appeal (CoA) brought to an end a six-year court battle.
Litigators could see a rush of professional negligence claims against the sector following the Court of Appeal decision to penalise those that fail to comply with court directions, leading lawyers have warned.
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The Court of Appeal has thrown its weight behind Lord Justice Jackson and issued a stern warning that litigators must comply with court procedures or face restrictive spending sanctions.
Christian guest house owners who refused to allow a couple to take a double room because they were gay have had their appeal rejected by the Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has rejected a landmark appeal by Atkins Thomson for the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP, prohibiting him from exceeding his set costs budget of £2,000.
London set Wilberforce Chambers has appointed XXIV Old Buildings’ practice director Nicholas Luckman as its incoming practice director.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM SJB) has defeated Dechert in the Court of Appeal in a trademark battle for British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
Slaughter and May has been hit with criticism over its relationship with Ernst & Young (E&Y) in a judgment relating to its fee-charging in an administration.
Punished, but for what? subscription
Confusion over disciplinary judgments means lawyers can’t know right from wrong
Matrix hits Doughty Street for three media juniors subscription
Gray’s Inn set Matrix has boosted its media practice with the arrival of three juniors from rival set Doughty Street Chambers.
The Supreme Court has allowed a landmark appeal by the insurance market over the ability of litigants to settle cases without fear of foreign court proceedings.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two Addleshaw Goddard partners £5,000 each after they were investigated over discrepancies relating to disbursements.
Recession still casts its shadow subscription
Remember the depths of the economic gloom back in 2009, when barely a week went by without a law firm announcing big redundancies?
DLA Piper, HSF and DWF benefit from consolidation, while Freshfields’ global view makes it leader of the RPP pack, with a cool £4.5m. By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart
SRA confirms 153 uninsured firms face closure subscription
More than 150 firms could face closure after being unable to get professional indemnity insurance (PII) on the open market.
Landmark Chambers’ Nathalie Lieven QC has defeated Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC in the Supreme Court in a battle over the legality of the Government’s ‘back to work’ scheme.
The High Court has refused an injunction application from the Press Standards Board of Finance (Pressbof) aimed at preventing the Government going to the Privy Council with a Royal Charter on press regulation.
The owner of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant Ineos has instructed Slaughter and May in a libel case against Unite the union at London’s High Court.
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Mr Justice Popplewell last week threw out a series of claims against five former Madoff Securities International (MSI) directors, slamming the claimant Grant Thornton for bringing a “unfounded claim” that verged on public humiliation.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has been left with just three partners in Paris after a raid by Gide Loyrette Nouel, which has taken a team of 19 lawyers, including nine partners.
An attempt by MasterCard to avoid a multi-billion damages claim from a dozen retailers because the monthly due diligence costs charged by its lawyers at Jones Day could be as much as £700,000 has been rejected by the High Court.
The High Court has thrown out a libel case by a retired Moscow policeman against a UK fund manager in a case that has been labelled a blow to libel tourism.
Wilberforce senior clerk Redmond quits for Keating subscription
Keating Chambers has hired longstanding Wilberforce Chambers senior clerk and chief executive Declan Redmond to lead its clerking team.
Master of the Rolls to preside over Plebgate appeal subscription
The Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson is expected to decide whether the former chief whip, Andrew Mitchell MP, can break a costs order restricting his legal spend on a defamation claim against The Sun to £2,000.
Devereux chief executive to leave chambers subscription
Devereux Chambers is considering whether to implement an administrative overhaul after chief executive Beverly Landais tendered her resignation.
Revealed: Freshfields and Herbert Smith Freehills settle £140m London Underground claim subscription
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have avoided a £140m court showdown with London Underground (LUL) after settling a professional negligence case just weeks before it was due to be heard.
Devereux Chambers expands tax practice subscription
Devereux Chamber has expanded the tax practice through the addition of Jolyon Maugham who joins the set from 11 New Square.
Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken the lead roles in advising the Government and Lloyds Bank on the sale of a 6 per cent stake in the banking group.
Capita is to enter into the legal market through the acquisition of volume outfit Optima Legal Services, three years after the SRA ordered the firm to sever its relationship with the outsourcing giant.
London litigation boutique Hage Aaronson has expanded its international reach by setting up a referral relationship with New York disputes firm Gregory Joseph.
A two-tier bar will emerge as a result of public sector sector spending cuts, with top level commercial sets breaking away from the mid-tier in the civil sector, leading barristers warn today.
The bar must fight for its survival subscription
Despite having commercialisation thrust upon it, the bar lags almost every other profession in terms of modernity.
Exacting Excalibur subscription
The longest running case of 2012 came to an end yesterday, but there are still plenty of questions to be asked of the claimant Excalibur and its lawyers
The High Court has dismissed a $1.6bn claim from Clifford Chance client Excalibur Ventures, bringing to an end one of the longest running trials of 2012/13.
Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance rates are set to rocket following the withdrawal of underwriter Berliner from the market, leading insurance brokers have warned.
Firms with fewer than 10 partners are being forced into the unrated insurance market when it comes to renewing professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover, leading insurance brokers have warned.
Court waiting times on the rise as litigants line up subscription
Commercial court waiting times are rising to new levels says the Lord Chief Justice
Music streaming service Spotify has brought in Taylor Wessing to help defend a database copyright claim levelled at it by dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS).
DAC Beachcroft loses five-partner team to Capsticks subscription
Capsticks has poached a five-partner team from DAC Beachcroft’s health practice in Leeds, with the planning to join the firm in 2014.
The Court of Appeal will decide whether Andrew Mitchell MP can reverse a High Court decision that the cost of his libel action against The Sun should be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim.
Matrix Chambers’ Matthew Ryder QC has been instructed to challenge the detention of the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, David Miranda, under the Terrorism Act.
Macfarlanes, Peters & Peters and Taylor Wessing will do battle with Herbert Smith Freehills in a multi-million pound case that pitches the NHS against pharma giant Reckitt Benckiser Group in January.
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Former Tory chief whip slapped down for costs violation in ‘Plebgate’ case
The High Court has told the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP that the cost of his libel action against The Sun will be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim.
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Costs budgeting in libel cases is being tested
Brick Court Chambers, one of London’s most prestigious sets, has been joined by Scottish advocate James Wolffe QC.
The High Court has ordered the Sunday Times to pay £180,000 damages to former Conservative Party treasurer Peter Cruddas over allegations he profited from setting up meetings with the Prime Minister David Cameron.
High street retailer Topshop has lost a High Court battle with international pop star Rihanna.
Professional indemnity special: Division sign subscription
The collapse of several insurers won’t worry the smart set, but it is likely to be a problem for smaller law firms
Midlands firm Challinors has filed a notice to appoint administrators following a meeting between the partners on Monday.
Net profit has fallen to a 10-year low at Manches, dropping by 42 per cent from £3.7m to £2.15m, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) has fallen below £200,000 for the first time since 2004/05.
The expansion of the equity partnership at HowardKennedyFSI has cut average profit per equity partner (PEP) at the combined firm by almost half to £128,092.
Parabis revenues put BLM in the shade subscription
Upstart insurance ABS Parabis outperforms mothership BLM
Blackstone Chambers has shaken up its international strategy with the addition of leading Indian barrister Harish Salve, who is set to join chambers next week.
Revenues soar to £48.3m at 39 Essex Street subscription
London set 39 Essex Street has revealed turnover for the first time in two years, posting revenues of £48.3m.
UK200: Commoditisation and consolidation subscription
What impact are ABS firms having on the insurance legal market?
Top earning civil barristers are threatening revolt over plans to charge them a practising certificate fee (PCF) based on annual income.
Mergers drive growth subscription
Consolidation pushes up revenues among the UK’s top firms, with DWF the leading beneficiary
Smaller firms have seen a tighter squeeze on revenues compared with their peers, the latest figures coming out of The Lawyer UK200 firms reveal.
CoA rejects Saudi bid to have case held in camera subscription
The Court of Appeal has refused to quash an order preventing two Saudi princes from having their case heard behind closed doors.
Olswang hires Byrne & Partners' Bernard O'Sullivan subscription
Olswang has bolstered its commercial litigation group with the hire of partner Bernard O’Sullivan, who will join the firm from Byrne and Partners in November.
A heavyweight roster of lawyers is gearing up for the latest instalment of the High Court battles between billionaire oligarchs, in what could become a re-run of the mammoth Berezovsky v Abramovich legal battle.
The High Court has rejected a judicial review bid by a journalist to reveal correspondence between the Prince of Wales Prince Charles and government ministers.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has turned to bar heavyweight Tony Grabiner QC of One Essex Court to lead the defence of a £140m professional negligence claim against it by London Underground.
Firms’ revenues come bouncing back subscription
Early figures show plenty of top firms upping their turnover
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has posted the largest percentage change in turnover among the magic circle for the 2012/13 year, with the outlook for the top 50 firms remaining positive despite fears of a major slump across the profession.
Collyer Bristow has settled a £50m professional negligence claim against it just days before the dispute was to be heard at the Court of Appeal (CoA).
The High Court has granted a non-disclosure injunction to an “elderly solicitor” preventing his former younger lover from disclosing details of their relationship.
Stewarts Law is to scale back its US operations in favour of an alliance model as it targets £50m turnover within the next 12 months.
Barrister Stephen Smith QC, one of the busiest advocates at the bar, is to join Erskine Chambers along with juniors Tim Akkouh and Emily Gillett.
4 New Square names Ben Hubble QC as head of chambers subscription
London set 4 New Square has named Ben Hubble QC as head of chambers following the elevation of Sue Carr QC to the High Court bench.
Gordon Pollock QC steps down as head of Essex Court subscription
Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC, one of the longest serving heads of chambers at the bar, is to stand down from the role.
In-house lawyers must take a more robust approach to protecting whistle-blowers and be prepared to speak out against bad management decisions, HBOS’ former risk management head Paul Moore has warned.
Supreme Court lifts Iran bank sanctions subscription
Courts should only hold closed hearings if it is the interest of justice, the Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said yesterday (19 June), rejecting a Government bid to have a case against Bank Mellat heard behind closed doors.
The Court of Appeal has upheld judicial review proceedings against the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in a landmark judgment that could have implications for the way the FSCS assesses compensation claims for poor investment advice.
Soldiers serving in the British armed forces will be protected by the Human Rights Act (HRA) wherever they are based, the Supreme Court ruled this morning.
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The Jackson reforms are coming under scrutiny by the courts.
Around 1,300 firms will be forced to find replacement professional indemnity insurance (PII) or be put at risk of being closed down after the Latvian authorities yesterday withdrew operating licences from domestic insurer Balva.
The Supreme Court this week confirmed that English courts do have jurisdiction to grant injunctive relief in support of an arbitration agreement, even when there is no arbitration is in existence.
The Supreme Court has ordered divorced husband Michael Prest to transfer to his former wife, Yasmin Prest, properties held by companies owned and controlled by him, as part of a £17.5m divorce award.
Notebook: Kennedys needs air traffic control subscription
Kennedys’ purchase of aviation boutique is brave, but must be managed with care
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Minster to benefit hugely from investment by Compare the Market parent company
The Government’s litigation advisors, the Treasury Counsel, have waded into the row over legal aid cuts and warned that changes to the judicial review (JR) system will leave public bodies unaccountable to the public.
Jams hires former Ince senior partner Peter Rogan subscription
Ince & Co’s former senior partner Peter Rogan is to retire from the firm to join alternative dispute resolution provider Jams International.
The Employment Tribunal has rejected an age discrimination claim by lawyer Leslie Seldon against his former firm Clarkson Wright & Jakes (CWJ), bringing to an end five-year legal battle that reached the Supreme Court.
Jackson LJ to hear his own appeals subscription
After the appointment of Jackson LJ to hear appeals spinning out of his reforms litigators warn that bigger battles are on the horizon
Travers Smith will review its training contract programme and invite all partners and staff to take part in its first Diversity Week in the autumn in the wake of an Employment Tribunal ruling against the firm.
Sex discrimination and the City subscription
Katie Tantum’s discrimination claim against Travers Smith highlights that such cases at top City firms are rare, but it is even rarer for accused firms to fight back
The High Court has ruled that Sally Bercow, the wife of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP, libelled former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine on social media network Twitter.
Media set 5RB picked up roles on both sides of a Court of Appeal (CoA) battle over whether it was a matter if public interest that Boris Johnson MP, Mayor of London, had a daughter with a former mistress.
Hage Aaronson secures Supreme Court win for M&S subscription
Hage Aaronson has secured a Supreme Court win for Marks & Spencer (M&S) after the court today ruled against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in a tax battle with the retailer.
Mark & Spencer (M&S) has lost a long-running trademark battle with Interflora after the High Court ruled that the retailer had infringed Interflora’s trademark.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out an appeal by two Saudi princes who wanted a case against them be heard behind closed doors.
Goldman Sachs' HMRC tax deal legal, rules High Court subscription
Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC has defeated a judicial review bid by lobbying group UK Uncut over HM Revenue & Customs’ multi-million pound “sweetheart” deal with Goldman Sachs.
CoA throws out £400m Northern Rock appeal subscription
Brick Court Chambers’ Mark Howard QC has been successful in knocking out an attempt to force the Northern Rock to pay compensation to shareholders who lost out when the bank was nationalised in 2008.
Defendant insurance firm Plexus Law, a subsidiary of Parabis, is to merge with Greenwoods to create a £90m firm.
The number of international litigants turning to the Commercial Court to resolve disputes has increased by 30 per cent since March 2009, new research reveals, while the number of domestic litigants is on on the wane.
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Leading a tiny team at the raging heart of the great 21st century patent war is… tremendous fun, says Nokia litigation boss Richard Vary
Barclays is to attempt to stamp out fraudulent misrepresentation claims related to the Libor scandal at the Court of Appeal (CoA), after the High Court yesterday said the bank could challenge the fraud claims.
Watson Burton construction and engineering chief Roddy Gordon has left the firm to head DAC Beachcroft’s construction practice in Newcastle.
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The Court of Appeal has refused to reverse a High Court ruling that Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank should pay bonuses to more than 100 bankers, gifting Stewarts Law and Mishcon de Reya a win over Linklaters.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to relocate disputes partner Caroline Kehoe from London to its United Arab Emirates (UAE) practice where she will be based in Dubai.
Blackstone Chambers stalwart Thomas Beazley QC is to leave the bar to take up partnership with top level litigation boutique Hage Aaronson.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has added to its London construction practice with the hire of a three-partner team from boutique Maxwell Winward.
Brick Court silk instructed on Tobin tax challenge subscription
Brick Court Chambers’ Mark Hoskins QC has been instructed to mount a challenge against the financial transactions tax, known as the Tobin tax, that is to be adopted by 11 EU states.
Clydes flexes its muscles in Madrid subscription
Madrid move shows how Clydes is changing the insurance law game
MoJ names four High Court justices subscription
The Ministry of Justice has unveiled the appointment of four High Court judges following the promotion of 10 to the Court of Appeal.
Linklaters client RBS has been refused an appeal against hedge fund Highland Capital after the court rejected a first instance ruling.
Clydes expands international footprint with the launch of a base in Madrid after raiding DAC Beachcroft for a team.
Clifford Chance has been replaced by Irwin Mitchell in a High Court battle that two Saudi princes are attempting to keep out of the public eye by alleging it will damage relations between London and Riyadh.
The former head of Eversheds’ in-house advocacy unit Tom Keith has quit the firm to return to the bar, taking up tenancy at Devereux Chambers.
Irwin Mitchell volume stalwart to retire from firm subscription
Irwin Mitchell strategic client relationships chief executive Joe Simpson is to retire after more than 30 years with the firm.
Exchange Chambers has seen a return to growth for the 2012/13 financial year, with the set posting a revenue rise of 10 per cent.
Legal accountancy firms, anyone? subscription
Let’s kick off this week with some bad news – yet more misery is looming on the horizon for mid-tier firms, as their accountancy counterparts attempt to steal a march on their clients by acting for the major financial institutions. Sorry to be blunt, but there you are.
Men still dominate law at the top level subscription
No progress on gender diversity at partnership level in the City
The Employment Tribunal has thrown out a constructive dismissal claim brought by The Apprentice 2010 winner Stella English against Alan Sugar’s company Amshold Group declaring it was “a claim which should never have been brought”.
Lawrence Graham loses real estate lit chief to A&O subscription
Lawrence Graham partner Jane Fox-Edwards has quit the firm to join Allen & Overy (A&O) as head of its property litigation group.
Firms cannot automatically be held liable for costs when they have funded a claimant’s disbursements in a failed claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
A&O unveils reduced partnership promotions round subscription
Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled its smallest partnership promotions round since 2010, with 19 being taken into the fold.
BLM adds 17 to partnership with PI taking the bulk subscription
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has expanded its partnership after promoting 17 associates, with the majority of the promotions made in London.
Debevoise replaces Reed Smith in Supreme Court bout subscription
Debevoise & Plimpton has replaced Reed Smith as the litigation management team for power plant Ust-Kamenogorsk Hydropower Plant’s Supreme Court battle.
Kennedys rogue partner fiasco sparks legal battle subscription
Kennedys could be forced to defend in court a decision not to reimburse a client who alleges he was the victim of client money theft by a rogue partner.
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Jackson reforms spark ABS revolution in personal injury sector
Taylor Wessing will secure Lucasfilms as a client following the hire of Harbottle & Lewis IP heavyweight Mark Owen.
RAC lays foundations for ABS move with Quindell deal subscription
Motoring giant RAC has laid the foundations for a move into the legal market after agreeing a deal with the Quindell Portfolio estimated to be worth £500m annually.
Nabarro has named insolvency and restructuring head Patricia Godfrey as head of international and board member.
Third-party funder Argentum has agreed to bankroll a multi-million pound claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Holland & Knight has appointed DLA Piper’s former global head of Islamic finance Oliver Agha, who quit the firm in 2009.
High Court smoothes out Greek yoghurt food fight subscription
When is Greek yoghurt legally Greek yoghurt? That was the question put to Mr Justice Briggs in a major IP battle.
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Trowers & Hamlins has added seven to its partnership with promotions across its offices in London, Dubai and Manchester.
Parabis expands in Scotland with Brodies hires subscription
Parabis is to expand its Scottish footprint with a second office just six months after launching a Glasgow base.
Trowers & Hamlins has named its Bahrain resident managing partner Dominic O’ Neil as its first international managing partner.
Clifford Chance, DLA and Hogan Lovells are among the firms appointed to FCA panel to undertake investigations at banks.
Herbies adds Berlin to German expansion plan subscription
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to open offices in Berlin and Frankfurt in its first move into the German market as a standalone firm.
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Just 84 QCs were made up this year. It’s an expensive game, so we ask some of the chosen few why it’s worth it
Sir Sydney Kentridge QC goes part time subscription
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The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out an appeal by West Yorkshire Police over its obligations to police land owned by Leeds United Football Club.
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The former Ince & Co partner jailed yesterday for defrauding the firm attempted to obtain an OBE by faking letters hailing him as a cancer charity hero, it has emerged.
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Bevan Brittan partner Iain Miller is advising the SRA on the fallout of Cobbetts’ demise after the firm today confirmed that it plans to call in the administrators (30 January 2013).
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Mishcon de Reya is the latest firm to take on Addleshaw Goddard client Boris Berezovsky after the firm was instructed for the oligarch’s ex-partner Yelena Gorbunova in a battle for his reduced wealth.
Clyde & Co partner James Burns will succeed Michael Payton as senior partner of the firm after he stood unopposed, The Lawyer can reveal.
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The former owners of Liverpool Football Club Tom Hicks and George Gillett have settled their High Court battle with the club’s former board of directors and financier RBS.
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The civil courts will be dominated by credit crunch litigation and professional negligence battles in 2013, The Lawyer reveals today, while London’s courts continue to attract the wealthiest of litigants (see The Lawyer Top 20 Cases).
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The former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, will challenge the right of the government to appoint the court’s chief executive in a proposed amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill this week.
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Mr Justice Coleridge has been cleared of judicial misconduct over his involvement with pro-marriage charity the Marriage Foundation, but said he would take a “lower profile” position.
Clyde & Co senior partner Michael Payton is to stand down next year after leading the firm for 28 years, triggering senior partner elections at the firm.
Lord Justice Leveson today said a low-cost arbitration service should be established to help newspapers and magazines resolve legal claims.
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Matrix Chambers and DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards have scored a victory in the Court of Appeal (CoA) for former News of the World (NoW) editor Andy Coulson, ordering the defunct tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) to pay his legal costs.
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Brick Court Chambers has added the former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, to its roster of arbitrators.
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Mr Justice Tugendhat has slammed a claimant who attempted to sue London Evening Standard journalist Andrew Gilligan calling the case an “attempt at extortion”.
Clyde & Co’s Manchester fraud head Damian Ward is to take a team of 17 to Keoghs after quitting the firm in the summer.
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London set 39 Essex Street is laying the foundations for an amalgamation with 4-5 Gray’s Inn in a move that will create London’s largest civil set.
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Planning silk Tim Corner QC has become the latest barrister to quit London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square after securing membership at Landmark Chambers.
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The ongoing battle between Kazakhstan-bank JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov could find its way to the Supreme Court after Ablyazov’s lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard said yesterday they would fight the court’s decision to debar him from the case.
One Essex Court’s Laurence Rabinowitz QC will later this month face Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC in a London arbitration between oil giant BP International and its Russian TNK-BP partner, Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) Petroleum.
Addleshaw Goddard client Muktar Ablyazov has been debarred from defending claims totalling $6bn against him after the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruled that he could not overturn a committal order against him.
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Addleshaw Goddard has failed in its bid to have Mr Justice Teare recuse himself from a $6bn dispute between Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov and JSC BTA Bank.
The government has rejected Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for a costs council despite senior judges calling for the end of the hourly rate.
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London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has seen the exit of six members including silk Paul Brown QC, with Matrix Chambers, Landmark Chambers and 11KBW adding two new barristers apiece.
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Addleshaw Goddard has secured a High Court victory for Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky after Mr Justice Floyd granted him summary judgment against Aeroflot Russian Airlines.
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Clifford Chance has failed in its attempt to have Libor rate-fixing claims against banking giant Barclays thrown out, setting the stage for what is one the most hotly anticipated banking disputes to spin out of the recession.
Newcastle International Airport (NIA) has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 of Eversheds’ legal costs into a holding account after it failed in its attempt to sue the firm for negligence.
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The Court of Appeal (CoA) has delivered a shock verdict in a hotly anticipated big-money divorce case, ruling that companies belonging to oil tycoon Michael Prest should not be forced to hand over assets totalling £17.5m to his former wife.
Addleshaw Goddard is in the High Court this afternoon to lodge a recusal application requesting that Mr Justice Teare stands down from the multi-billion dollar dispute between Kazakh JSC BTA Bank and its client Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Reed Smith has been appointed to advise the independent inquiries set up by the BBC in the wake of allegations that the corporation ignored evidence relating to claims that Jimmy Savile was a predatory sex offender.
Media firm Lee & Thompson has won a major libel claim for Frankie Boyle after a jury ordered Daily Mirror publisher Mirror Group Newspapers to pay the comedian £50,400 after concluding it had libelled him.
Eversheds’ South Africa counterpart is to break away from the firm in the new year due to conflicts between the firms.
Addleshaw Goddard uplifted partner fees to £1,000 an hour for the mammoth Boris Berezovsky litigation following the settlement of the chancery tranche of the cases, The Lawyer can reveal.
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The Court of Appeal will issue guidance through procedural cases outlining how Lord Justice Jackson’s litigation funding reforms are to be implemented, Lord Dyson has said in his first speech as Master of the Rolls.
Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA) and Leigh Day & Co have won the latest round in a legal battle with the Government over claims that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was negligent in its failure to provide soldiers with equipment that could have saved lives.
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SJ Berwin had elected three new members to its management board, with IP partner Stefan Krüger, Elaine Gibson-Bolton and Michael Goldberg joining the team.
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Insurance firm Kennedys has said that up to 72 support staff across its finance department are at risk of redundancy across its domestic office network.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out a bid by technology giant Apple to reverse a High Court order that forced it to alert consumers that its rival, Samsung, did not copy the iPad.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has appointed a chief executive officer for its nascent Asia practice to lead the development of the regional base.
Addleshaw Goddard client Boris Berezovsky has agreed to pay legal costs of £35m for his rival Roman Abramovich after losing his $5bn claim against him.
The High Court has upheld a judicial review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in a move that could have implications for the way the FSCS assesses compensation claims for poor investment advice.
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Aviation firm Gates and Partners has entered into merger talks with Kennedys.
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Clive Sheldon QC of 11KBW is on standby to launch a judicial review bid into the GCSE English marking fiasco for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
The Supreme Court has ended years of legal uncertainty by ruling on what constitutes a house in the contest of leasehold enfranchisement.
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Mr Justice Arnold has thrown out an appeal bid by a franchisee of sandwich chain Subway to challenge HM Revenue & Customs’ VAT policy on hot food.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed a victory to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) after it ruled that only conditional fee agreements (CFA) entered into after 1 April 2013 will benefit from a 10 per cent rise in damages.
Brick Court Chambers heavyweights Mark Hapgood QC and Mark Howard QC are set to go into battle in the Supreme Court next month as a dispute involving Russian investment business VTB Capital reaches its final stages.
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One Crown Office Row’s Guy Mansfield QC has lost a High Court case for the Government after Mr Justice McCombe ruled that Mau Mau veterans could claim against the Government despite being out of time.
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Quadrant Chambers is to embark on a structural overhaul as it looks to broaden its practice base beyond its traditional marine and aviation roots.
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The cost of lawyers has accelerated at a faster pace than the revenues they have produced over the last five years, but in the last two years that trend has started to reverse, The Lawyer UK200 reveals today.
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The £1bn court battle between Rusal chief executive Oleg Deripaska and businessman Michael Cherney has been settled ahead of the resumption of the case at the Rolls Building next week.
Addleshaw Goddard is preparing to go into battle with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer over £5m billed by the magic circle firm for the defence of Russian metal magnate Vasily Anisimov in the mammoth Berezovsky v Abramovich case.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed claims made against Clyde & Co by whistleblower and former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof but ruled that her pregnancy, sex discrimination employment case against the firm can continue.
Keystone Law has added five lawyers to its ranks, including two partners, as it sets it sights on achieving £25m turnover within the next three years.
Energy giant Eon has named assets and supply chain head Graham Line as its new UK head of legal in a move that is intended to overhaul how the company structures its legal spend across Europe.
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Manches’ star family partner Helen Ward has quit the firm for rival Stewarts Law.
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Addleshaw Goddard has been left with a slimmed-down legal fight for Boris Berezovsky in the Chancery Court after the billionaire withdrew a raft of his claims against his opponents.
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Penningtons has instructed Brick Court Chambers’ Richard Gordon QC to represent London Metropolitan University in its battle with the government over its future.
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Proposals put forward by Lord Justice Jackson to reform civil litigation funding and reduce costs have backfired before they’ve even been implemented with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) gearing up for a court battle over the plans.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is preparing to go into battle with the claimant lobby after the Court of Appeal (CoA) said damages should be raised by 10 per cent from April next year.
Media firm Michael Simkins is to launch a reputation protection practice after hiring former Schillings partner Gideon Benaim.
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Mrs Justice Gloster has thrown out claims totalling $5bn brought by Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky against Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, handing a huge defeat to Addleshaw Goddard.
News International’s former legal chief Tom Crone is the latest tabloid executive to be arrested in connection with the phone-hacking scandal.
Fountain Court’s Michael Brindle QC is to have a second outing in the mammoth Berezovsky legal battle, having been instructed for the estate of Arkady ‘Badri’ Patarkatsishvili in chancery proceedings due to start in October. The case has already had a six-month outing in the commercial court.
The Master of the Rolls (MR) Lord Neuberger is to be succeeded in the role by Supreme Court Justice Dyson when the former is elevated to Supreme Court president next month.
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Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC and 11KBW’s Nigel Giffin QC have been instructed to lead Virgin Rail Group’s High Court action against the Department for Transport (DfT) after the contractor missed out on the bid to renew its control of the West Coast Main Line franchise.
The High Court has thrown out a judicial review bid by National Lottery operator Camelot in which it instructed Blackstone Chambers’ David Pannick QC to challenge the legality of a rival lottery scheme, the Health Lottery (THL).
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Insurance firm Parabis is set for a £50m cash injection after being granted an ABS licence by the SRA, allowing it to take private equity investment from Duke Street.
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Government proposals to spend less time with the family wins legal approbation
Litigation funder Burford has appointed Time Inc associate general counsel Melissa Sobel to help manage the company’s investment portfolio.
The Court of Appeal is to welcome four new appellate justices next term after the latest round of promotions by Downing Street.
A 39 Essex Street silk accused of VAT fraud has withdrawn his membership of the set in the face of criminal charges against him.
Lincoln’s Inn set 4 New Square has expanded its costs practice with the addition of two 39 Essex Street barristers, Robert Marven and Benjamin Williams.
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Essex Court Chambers’ Toby Landau QC and David Joseph QC will go head-to-head at the Singaporean High Court next week in a mammoth $300m legal battle for Malaysian tycoon Ananda Krishnan and the Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group.
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Withers has announced a bumper round of partner promotions, with five added to its partnership.
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) must devise a successful objective justification defence if it is to defeat a discrimination claim being pursued against it by a part-time judge, the Supreme Court has said.
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The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger has been named the next Supreme Court president, succeeding Lord Phillips, who will officially step down in September.
Riverview Law has attracted four new members to its divorce and family team, including silk Christopher Pocock QC of 1 King’s Bench Walk.
Clyde & Co is set to become the first international firm to open a base in post-Gaddafi Libya after it hired Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) general counsel Albudery Shariha.
Keystone Law is aiming to more than double its turnover within three years to £25m by attracting 50 new lawyers to its ranks.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has appointed former judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC to advise it on bringing cases to court.
RPC has revealed a 10 per cent rise in turnover to £68m for the 2011-12 financial year, while net profit has climbed 9.5 per cent to £23m.
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Chambers see their own regulator as a block on the road to ABS
Liverpool City Council has slashed its advocacy legal spend by 20 per cent after launching a procurement process that saw Exchange Chambers cut from its roster of advisors.
Kennedys is back on the expansion trail and is set to join the Scandanavian market after formalising an associate agreement with Danish firm Advokatfirmaet Erritzøe.
Manches chief executive Judit Petho is to part company with the firm two years after she was appointed to boost its profitability.
Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC has convinced the Supreme Court that Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal, should disclose who instructed him at the News of the World.
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Clyde & Co has unveiled revenue growth of 36 per cent for the 2011-12 financial year, with its tie-up with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and growth outside the UK underpinning its performance.
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DAC Beachcroft has unveiled its first financial results since merging in November 2011, with the combined firm generating revenues of £163.2m.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has quashed an indemnity costs award order made against F&C Asset Management, stating that the High Court was not entitled to apply the Part 36 costs consequences “by analogy”.
Landmark Chambers has voted in David Holgate QC and Tim Mould QC as its first joint heads of chambers, with the set appointing former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer business development manager Holly Gavaghan as chambers director.
DAC Beachcroft has blocked victims of black-cab rapist John Worboys from making claims against the insurance company that provided his motor insurance.
Government-backed mutual reinsurer Pool Re has appointed Hogan Lovells partner Christian Wells as company secretary and general counsel following the firm’s reappointment of the reinsurer’s incumbent legal chief Helen Chapman.
London chambers One Essex Court and 39 Essex Street have become the latest sets to break with tradition by opening international bases, with both sets on the verge of launching Singapore offices.
Clyde & Co will attempt to stamp out an employment claim brought against it by former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof at the Court of Appeal (CoA) next month.
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The co-directors of spread-betting firm Blue Index, James Sanders and James Swallow, and Sanders’ wife Miranda have been sentenced for their part in an international insider dealing scam.
The Insolvency Service has dropped its High Court battle against the Farepak executives who it had wanted barred from taking up directorships for up to 15 years.
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Clifford Chance, SNR Denton, Allen & Overy and Simmons & Simmons have halted a bid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Home Secretary Theresa May to seize documents relating to an Italian criminal investigation into four banks, including JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/1674.html).
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The Court of Appeal has clarified its position on piercing the corporate veil rejecting an appeal against brought by state-owned Russian bank VTB Capital against Nutritrek International.
Mishcon de Reya is on track to smash its three-year budget target after unveiling 20 per cent revenue growth at the 2011-12 year end.
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Mrs Justice Gloster, the current head of the Commercial Court, is being widely tipped to join the Court of Appeal (CoA) bench in October.
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Commerzbank has been ordered to pay £5.3m in legal costs to the bankers who successfully sued the German bank after it refused to pay their bonuses, with the cash set to go to Mishcon de Reya and Stewarts Law.
DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards will represent former News of the World (NoW) editor Andy Coulson in his bid to “vigorously contend” perjury charges relating to the Tommy Sheridan trial.
Withers has been ordered to pay £100,000 to a former client after the High Court found it had been negligent in advice over a Chelsea property purchase.
Simmons & Simmons has made its first lateral hires for its new low-cost Bristol base, hitting Osborne Clarke for financial services litigation partners Tim Boyce and Ed Crosse.
Matrix Chambers’ Clare Montgomery QC has persuaded the Supreme Court to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face allegations of sex offences.
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Riverview Law, the start-up venture backed by ABS-in-waiting LawVest, is to open an office in New York.
Trainee barrister Henry Mostyn, who secured a sought after pupillage with 4 New Square, has appeared before the Bar Standards Board today accused of “engaging in conduct that is discreditable to a barrister”.
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International expansion has boosted turnover at Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) by 10 per cent with the firm posting turnover of £123.8m at the year-end, up from £112.5m in 2010-11.
RPC has successfully defended Associated Newspapers in the first media harassment case to go to trial, after the newspaper group was sued by the partner of MP Chris Huhne, Carina Trimingham.
Midlands firm Shakespeares is set to achieve its £50m growth target two years early after entering into exclusive discussions to merge with Leicester-based Harvey Ingram.
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Collyer Bristow is preparing to launch an indemnity costs claim against the 555 claimants which failed in their attempt to sue the firm on Friday.
Kennedys has announed preliminary growth figures of 11.6 per cent at the 2011-12 year end, breaking through the £100m barrier with turnover of £108m.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has won a major derivatives jurisdiction battle against rival Allen & Overy (A&O).
Six silks from commercial set 4 Pump Court are to launch a new venture in Hong Kong aimed at attracting arbitration specialists from around the globe.
Social diversity programmes have a mountain to climb, with 15 per cent of lawyers educated privately compared with seven per cent of the population.
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This year’s The Lawyer Awards Barrister of the Year shortlist is a picture of variety, with contestants ranging from media stars to shy, retiring clever-clogs.
Collyer Bristow has defeated a £50m professional negligence claim that threatened the financial stability of the firm.
Cobbetts unveils marginal turnover rise subscription
Manchester firm Cobbetts has posted a marginal increase in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year, up 1.6 per cent from £44.5m to £45.2m.
DAC Beachcroft has entered into a formal association with Canadian firm McCague Borlack with a view to fully integrating with the firm.
The High Court has thrown out a professional negligence claim against CMS Cameron McKenna, ruling that the challenge by perfume distributor Edenwest had no real prospect of success.
Addleshaw Goddard will not be forced to disclose the whereabouts of its client Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh billionaire accused of embezzling funds worth billions of dollars out of the Kazakh-nationalised JSC BTA Bank.
The end of the hourly rate is nigh and a costs council should be established urgently to review litigation billing methods, the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger has warned.
One Essex Court silk Tony Grabiner QC’s £3,000 hourly rate has helped push the cost of the phone-hacking investigation by News Corporation’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) to £53m.
Leading public law silk Richard Hermer QC of Matrix Chambers will lead the fight against Clyde & Co over whistleblowing claims launched by former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof.
Clyde & Co plans to appeal an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision that found the firm should face a claim from a former partner.
Appleby partner quits for membership at Wilberforce subscription
Offshore firm Appleby has been hit by the exit of litigation partner Graeme Halkerston, who is rejoining the bar and taking up membership at Wilberforce Chambers.
City firm RPC has hired Reed Smith disputes partner Simon Hart for its banking litigation team.
Exeter-headquartered Michelmores is to pay all lawyers and staff a bonus equivalent to 3 per cent of their individual salaries after posting a 5 per cent rise in turnover to £19.2m.
DAC Beachcroft is continuing on the acquisition trail with the appointment of three partners, including Eversheds’ local government practice head Judith Barnes.
Weightmans sees turnover rocket after expansive year subscription
North-West firm Weightmans has posted a 32.5 per cent rise in turnover from £58.2m to £77.1m at the year end.
Mishcon de Reya and Stewarts Law have won their bid to force Dresdner Kleinwort to pay out bonuses promised to its investment bankers prior to its takeover by Commerzbank in 2008.
Third-party funder Harbour Litigation Funding has raised £120m to plough into commercial litigation cases while its market rival Vannin Capital has quadrupled its annual litigation fund from £25m to £100m to meet growing demand.
Royal Dutch Shell has launched a new global disputes group to handle all of its litigation and arbitration, appointing Fulbright & Jaworski partner Richard Hill as the group’s associate general counsel.
The High Court has ordered Britain’s internet providers to stop users accessing filesharing site The Pirate Bay following a successful application by entertainment firm Forbes Anderson Free for music industry body BPI.
Lawyers are not under any obligation to continue acting for clients who refuse to settle their legal bills, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled.
Bond Pearce and RPC are the latest firms to unveil partnership promotions, with RPC adding two lawyers to its all-equity partnership while Bond Pearce has promoted five.
Clyde & Co has unveiled its first promotions round since its takeover of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) at the end of 2011, with the bulk of its 14 new partners coming from the legacy Clydes side of the tie-up.
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Parent companies can be held liable for the health and safety of their subsidiaries’ employees, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case that will impact asbestos sufferers.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that £200,000-a-year stripper Nadine Quashie was an employee of Stringfellows club, paving the way for her unfair dismissal claim against the club.
RJW wins SRA backing for ABS conversion subscription
Russell Jones & Walker has been authorised by the SRA to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS) and will list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASE) as part of its planned merger with Slater & Gordon.
Former News International lawyer Tom Crone has issued a furious response to allegations made by Rupert Murdoch that he was complicit in a cover up of the phone-hacking scandal at the Newsof the World.
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DAC Beachcroft has added five lawyers to its partnership, three of whom join its commoditised claims solutions group.
Bevan Brittan has elected local government partner Bethan Evans to the role of senior partner after recently installing a traditional legal management structure.
Supreme Court rejects Seldon age discrimination case subscription
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by lawyer Lesley Seldon, who challenged his firm’s right to retire him at the age of 65.
Mills & Reeve has defeated a profession negligence claim in the Court of Appeal (CoA) in a case that caused controversy in litigation circles after Mr Justice Peter Smith was told to stand down from the dispute.
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Addleshaw Goddard will host the mediation between 32 ex-Halliwells partners and the firm’s liquidators, BDO partners Dermot Power and Shay Bannon, today.
Addleshaw Goddard has continued it litigation hiring spree with the appointment of Chris Brennan, until now head of regulatory in Lloyds Banking Group’s legal team.
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Research shows ECHR is not as obstructive as politicians make out
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If the Supreme Court upholds Rubin, it will turn London into ’disputes central’, but UK businesses risk being exposed to fresh uncertainties.
The Supreme Court will next week (25 April) decide what justifications a partnership can use to retire a partner when it hands down judgment in Seldon v Clarkson Write & Jakes (CWJ).
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Monckton Chambers silk Christopher Vajda QC has been nominated by the Government to join the European Court of Justice (ECJ) bench.
Irwin Mitchell has promoted four lawyers into its partnership, while a partner and non-lawyer have been made members of the firm, the equivalent of being awarded equity status.
Litigation boutique Stewarts Law is set to launch a US practice, with offices in New York and Delaware.
Withers bulks up corporate crime with Crowell hire subscription
Withers has appointed Crowell & Moring partner Gerallt Owen to the newly created position of international regulatory and corporate crime head.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is preparing for battle with Simmons & Simmons in a showdown between its client Apple and Simmons’ client Samsung.
Alternative business structures will provide access to justice for consumers affected by legal aid cuts, a Legal Services Consumer Panel report states.
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Iron Mountain’s Ernest Cloutier and Chris Thomas are keen to centralise the firm’s legal function, bringing global cohesion to the teams of internal and external lawyers
The Supreme Court will decide whether the High Court has jurisdiction to hear equal pay claims after giving Birmingham City Council permission to appeal a Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling.
Withers has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court a dispute brought against it over client money.
Former Collyer Bristow partner Gary Withey, who advised businessman Craig Whyte on his takeover of Rangers Football Club, has emerged as a consultant at City boutique Segens Solicitors.
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SRA cracks down on rogue lawyers, but bans its panel from defending them
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Three female barristers quit 3 Serjeants’ Inn
The Court of Appeal (CoA) is to pilot a mediation scheme for all personal injury and contract claims up to the value of £100,000 for which permission to appeal is given.
Clyde & Co has been hit for seven Hong Kong partners, with RPC announcing an office opening on the back of a four-partner team appointment.
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Mayfair firm Forsters has made up four partners across its property practices, bringing its partnership headcount to 41.
Solicitor Anthony Dennison should be struck off for his part in The Accident Group (TAG) scandal, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled.
RPC senior associate Brid Jordan and Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Miller QC have won a major case for The Guardian in the Court of Appeal (CoA), which ruled that the media has a right to see documents used in criminal cases.
Riverview Law has appointed 3 Verulam Buildings’ (3VB) practice director Jeremy Hopkins as director of operations.
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Firm banks on ’sector-led’ approach as it dumps Euro alliance and sets out on the acquisition trail
Former members of 1980s reggae band Musical Youth, who had a hit with ’Pass the Dutchie’ in 1982, have lost their royalties legal battle with their former music lawyer Anthony Seddon.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has overturned a first instance decision to award an actor £1.7m following the break-up of his civil partnership to a City analyst.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Hogan Lovells litigator and joint graduate recruitment partner Lawson Caisley.
Osborne Clarke is to merge with its Spanish and Italian Alliance partners, Osborne Clarke Spain and SLA Studio Legale Associato, as it dismantles its formal European alliance with the aim of transforming into a standalone European firm.
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The Supreme Court has today established that all employers’ liability (EL) insurance cover is triggered at the point of exposure to toxic materials that cause the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma rather than when the disease starts to develop.
Essex Court Chambers’ Charles Ciumei has scored a High Court victory for JPMorgan & Chase after the bank escaped being forced to pay £580,000 to a trader after it inflated his salary by missing a decimal point in his contract.
Insurers could be forced to pay out hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation after the Supreme Court ruled against them in a landmark ruling affecting thousands of asbestos victims.
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Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), Oxford-based John Welch and Stammers and Kent-based Lawbridge Solicitors have become the first alternative business structures (ABS) to be approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Olswang has promoted five lawyers to its partnership, with two of the new partners based in its Berlin office and the remainder in London.
Berrymans Lace Mawer elects new senior partner subscription
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has elected partner Mike Brown as its new senior partner succeeding Terry Renouf, who will stand down after six years in the job.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Chris Grierson pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud totalling £1.27m at a plea hearing at Southwark Crown Court this morning.
Channel Islands imports must carry VAT, court rules subscription
High Street retailers will not escape VAT on imports into the UK from the Channel Islands, the High Court has ruled.
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Paper trials shift balance of power to publishers as Supreme Court backs fair comment
The Supreme Court has unanimously endorsed the use of the Reynolds defence, the right to claim a defence of public interest, in media cases.
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The SRA has sought to defend claims it is failing to move quickly enough to regulate alternative business structures (ABS), stating it will not compromise a duty of care to rush through applications.
High Court judge Mr Justice Vos has ordered firms involved in the wave of phone-hacking cases to find a more efficient method of working or risk their clients being forced into a group litigation order [GLO] represented by a single firm.
Insurance firm Parabis has been forced to delay its ABS deal with private equity house Duke Street because the SRA is struggling to cope with the flow of post Legal Services Act applications.
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Phone-hacking costs must be cut or claimants will have to join forces
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Speed up authorisation or risk scuppering finance deals, SRA told
Linklaters has replaced Olswang as instructed advisers to News International on all outstanding phone-hacking claims.
Exeter-headquartered Michelmores has beefed up its London presence with the hire of a partner and senior associate.
US firm Goldberg Segalla is to launch in London next month after hiring reinsurance heavyweight Clive O’Connell.
Matrix adds human rights silk from Doughty Street subscription
Matrix has hit rival set Doughty Street Chambers for human rights silk Richard Hermer QC.
Mr Justice Richards has accused Herbert Smith of taking a “lackadaisical” approach to a disclosure exercise in a case in which the firm has been instructed by Irish businessman Paddy McKillen.
Midlands firm Shakespeares has appointed Guildhall Chambers chief executive Hamish Munro as commercial director as it pushes to hit turnover of £50m by the 2012-13 year-end.
The High Court has given permission for Bindmans to bring a ‘right to die’ matter before the courts after it threw out the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) strike out application.
One Crown Office Row’s Stephen Miller QC has won an appeal against the General Medical Council for Professor John Walker-Smith, the doctor who carried out some of the tests that suggested a link between the MMR vaccination and autism.
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The pressing need for tighter case management by the judiciary has again been thrown into focus this week in a wasted costs dispute between West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) and Willbros Global Holdings.
The High Court has ordered Herbert Smith client West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) to pay a £135,000 wasted costs order after an e-disclosure exercise spiralled out of control.
The Court of Appeal has thrown out a bid by British Telecom (BT) and TalkTalk to overturn a judicial review ruling handed down by Mr Justice Parker last year, paving the way for the implementation of the Digital Economy Act.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is to expand its recently opened Singapore office with the transfer of legal director Jeremy Hewitt from London to lead a regional financial lines practice.
The High Court has thrown out a libel action being brought against Google over comments posted on a blog on the grounds that there was no jurisdiction to try the claim.
As the downturn lingers, junior barristers are wary of outpricing their solicitor clients
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Firm faces High Court questions after failing to disclose client details
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For Esther Felton, head of legal at insurance company QBE European Operations, seismic regulatory and market changes are both a challenge and an opportunity
The country’s most senior media judge Mr Justice Tugendhat has criticised Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs, the woman he allegedly had an affair with Imogen Thomas and News Group Newspapers (NGN) for their conduct in their legal wrangling over a tabloid story about the alleged affair.
Government to pay pensions to 8,000 part-time judges subscription
The UK Government will be liable for the pensions of 8,000 part-time judges following a ruling in the Court of Justice in Luxembourg (CJEU) yesterday (1 March).
The High Court will debar Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh billionaire at the heart of the largest commercial claim of the year, if he fails in an appeal against a High Court committal order.
Ince shuns UK in five-strong promotions round subscription
Ince & Co has promoted five into its partnership with all the promotions made outside its UK base.
Supreme Court rules in Lehman client money case subscription
The Supreme Court has ruled that hedge funds whose client money was not properly ring fenced when Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE) went into administration will have access to monies deposited in the UK division of the failed bank.
QC promotions down as 88 take silk subscription
The Queen’s Counsel selection board has promoted 88 new silks in the latest round of appointments, down more than a quarter on last year’s 120 appointments.
Hogan Lovells is due to return to court in the coming days to apply for a debarring order to prevent Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov from defending claims totalling $5bn that are being brought against him by JSC BTA Bank.
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The High Court has rejected a bid to extend an injunction granted to environment secretary Caroline Spelman’s son Jonathan.
Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC is to represent Great Britain’s rhythmic gymnastics group in their appeal against their exclusion from the Olympic Games.
Court unanimously rejects Occupy LSX appeal subscription
The Court of Appeal has refused protestors camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral permission to appeal Mr Justice Lindblom’s ruling that they could be removed from the site.
The High Court has given permission for a claim to be served via Facebook in what is believed to be a first for a commercial case.
Irwin Mitchell has been forced to defend its pricing policy after the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger highlighted a case in which it charged six times the amount paid out to its client.
Bevan Brittan is to revert to a legal management structure following the exit of chief executive Andrew Manning at the end of the financial year.
Rolls-Royce installs former BA GC as legal chief subscription
Engineering group Rolls-Royce has appointed Robert Webb QC as general counsel to succeed Tim Rayner.
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Solicitor puts Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s powers under the spotlight in CoA
Retired appellate judge Stephen Sedley has hit out at arguments made by Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption about judicial interference in political life, stating that the contention “harms the standing of the judiciary and confidence in the law”.
High Court rejects students' tuition fee JR bid subscription
The High Court has rejected a judicial review bid regarding the Government’s decision to raise tuition fees on the grounds the hikes would breach the human rights of students.
Bideford Council to appeal High Court prayer ruling subscription
Bideford Town Council is to appeal a High Court ruling that found that it is unlawful for prayers to be held before council meetings under the Local Government Act (1972).
The High Court today ruled that Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov has been in contempt of court orders because he failed to disclose the full extent of his assets.
BT to offer legal services via claims business subscription
A wholly owned subsidiary of the BT Group, BT Claims, has unveiled plans to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS).
The High Court has handed victory to Faegre Baker Daniels by throwing out a claim brought by wealth manager Towry against seven of its former financial advisers for allegedly breaching covenants and soliciting its clients.
The determination of lawyer Stephen Sugar and his widow Fiona Paveley to force the BBC to reveal details of the 2004 Balen Report into its Middle East reporting has meant that this case has been before the courts at least 10 times - discounting judicial review attempts.
Supreme Court win for BBC in FOI case subscription
The Supreme Court has ruled that the BBC is not required to publish details of its Middle Eastern reporting policy under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Supreme Court will tomorrow decide whether the BBC is obliged to publish a report on its Middle Eastern coverage under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
Howard Kennedy has entered into redundancy talks with six non-equity partners in its property department in an effort to reinvigorate the firm’s financial performance.
Civil court users will be forced to deliver legal papers to a ‘drop box’ after plans to redeploy court officials away from front line services were unveiled by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
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Australian-listed Slater & Gordon will want to see results from its new acquisition.
DAC Beachcroft has convinced the High Court that to hold prayers before council meetings is unlawful under the Local Government Act (1972).
RPC wins Rothschild libel case for Daily Mail subscription
The High Court has handed victory to RPC after it ruled that Associated Newspapers (AN) did not defame billionaire investor Nathaniel Rothschild, which he claimed had portrayed him as a “puppet master” of former Labour minister Peter Mandelson.
The fight by pub landlords to get the legal right to use foreign decoders to screen FA Premier League (FAPL) matches without infringing copyright took another step forward last week.
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Gray’s Inn set 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) has hit Keating Chambers for its director of clerking Paul Cooklin who will rejoin his former chambers as practice director.
Acquisition-hungry firm Parabis Group is to take a cash injection from private equity house Duke Street.
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The High Court is about to rule on Mukhtar Ablyazov’s role in the mystery of the Kazakh bank’s disappearing billions.
Court of Appeal upholds tribunals’ rulings that fixed-share partners cannot claim employee rights
LG sues former client over unpaid fees subscription
LG has launched legal action against former client Dr Zaur Leshkasheli for unpaid fees in relation to litigation.
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The decision by five Bristol-based barristers to leave their practices at Queen Square Chambers for local rival Guildhall Chambers comes as the regional bar enters a period of unprecedented change.
White collar crime firm Bivonas discriminated against lawyer Lee Bennett on the grounds of sexual orientation, an Employment Appeal Tribunal has found.
The Court of Appeal has thrown out a disability discrimination claim brought against the College of Law (CoL) over its examination provision.
Herbert Smith has lost a Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) case for BAA after it failed to reverse a Competition Commission decision that forced the airport authority to sell Stansted Airport.
Addleshaw Goddard has won a £100m High Court dispute for Standard Life in a professional indemnity insurance dispute with its insurers Ace European Group.
Fixed share partners are not employees, CoA rules subscription
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has given a seminal ruling on the status of fixed share partners in an unfair dismissal claim being pursued against Lester Aldridge.
Bristol set Guildhall Chambers is to launch an employment group after adding five new members from Queen Square Chambers.
The Court of Appeal has today rejected an appeal by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal, over a High Court order forcing him to disclose who instructed him.
Australian insurer QBE is to launch a non-claims UK panel review and establish its first European panel.
Irwin Mitchell LLP accounts show dip into debt subscription
Irwin Mitchell saw turnover rise by 17.2 per cent at the end of the last financial year to £184.1m from £157.1m, the firm’s LLP filings show, but internal investment resulted in a rise in net debt.
Alstom Transport has been given permission to appeal a ruling that handed victory to Eurostar in a case regarding the latter’s decision to order Channel Tunnel trains from Germany company Siemens.
The secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration is to return to his former firm Clifford Chance to co-head its arbitration group.
CoA to rule on status of fixed share partners subscription
The Court of Appeal will tomorrow decide whether fixed share partners should be classed as employees of a firm.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to be acquired by Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon.
A trio of partners from Italian firm Giambrone Law, which is acting for a number of individuals affected by the Costa Concordia ferry disaster, is under investigation by the SRA.
Brick Court Chambers heavyweight Mark Hapgood QC has secured the mandate to represent self-exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in his six-month trial set for October.
Quindell’s acquisition of Silverbeck Rymer shows adaptability of PI legal sector
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The court can enforce an arbitration award if it is for a negative declaration, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled in the much-anticipated West Tankers case.
A firm’s retainer cannot be transferred to another firm should the initial firm be taken over, the High Court has ruled in an ongoing professional negligence case currently being pursued against Pinsent Masons.
CoA ruling on Mulcaire privilege case imminent subscription
The Court of Appeal will next Wednesday (1 February) decide whether the private investigator at the centre of the News of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal must disclose who instructed him to intercept voicemails.
Blood on the tracks subscription
Disputes over procurement policies are on the rise as contractors fiercely fight to secure contracts. Nowhere is this more evident than in Alstom Transport’s legal battle with Eurostar International over the train operator’s decision to hand a fleet building contract to Siemens.
Four leading tobacco manufacturers have dropped their judicial review bid against the Government’s plan to introduce a display ban on tobacco products.
Media boutique Wiggin has appointed John Banister as its first non-lawyer chief executive and admitted him to the partnership.
Rabinowitz QC pulls out of Berezovsky case subscription
Addleshaw Goddard is on the hunt for a top-notch silk to lead the second tranche of the Boris Berezovsky proceedings after One Essex Court’s Laurence Rabinowitz QC withdrew from the case.
Halliwells: picking at the carcass subscription
The battle to claw back monies from ex-equity partners has put creditors and former fixed-share partners at loggerheads.
With 15,000 pre-trial documents totalling 200,000 pages, the battle of the Russian oligarchs was the ideal testing ground for the latest case-management technology
BLP partner secures £25,000 phone-hacking payout subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Graham Shear has secured a £25,000 settlement payout from News Group Newspapers over allegations that the News of the World hacked his phone.
3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) senior clerk Nick Hill is to leave the set to take up the same role at intellectual property set Three New Square.
Eurostar is not a utility obliged to comply with the Public Contract and Utilities Regulations, the High Court ruled today, in an ongoing procurement trial between it and Alstom Transport.
Concerns have been raised over the prospect of up to 50,000 visitors to the Inner Temple during the summer Olympics following a deal to allow the Belgian Olympic Committee (BOIC) to reside there for the event.
Linklaters partner Christa Band and 11 South Square’s Michael Silverleaf QC have driven settlement talks for News Group Newspapers (NGN) over allegations of phone hacking made against the News of the World (NoW).
The saga continues... subscription
If you thought the furore surrounding the News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking claims had died down, you were wrong.
K&L Gates hires Addleshaws corporate crime head subscription
K&L Gates has hired Addleshaw Goddard corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson into its equity partnership.
BDO appointed as Halliwells liquidators subscription
BDO has been appointed as official liquidators of Halliwells, a precursor to dealing with outstanding creditors’ claims against the failed firm.
Supreme Court hears solicitor's age claim subscription
The Supreme Court has convened five of the country’s most senior judges to hear a landmark case over the social justifications that can be used to justify retiring a partner.
Irwin Mitchell has appointed former PricewaterhouseCoopers vice-chairman Glyn Barker as executive chairman designate, succeeding Michael Napier, as the firm steps up its campaign for alternative business structure (ABS) approval.
11KBW has appointed its first chief executive with the hire of David Stead, currently director of marketing and business development at patent attornies Gill Jennings & Every.
The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger has ordered the retrial of a professional negligence claim brought against Ashfords after the first instance judge His Honour Judge (HHJ) Denyer QC halted the trial after just one day.
Lord Chancellor chides Thorpe LJ over driving ban subscription
Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Thorpe has been reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke and the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge over his driving ban.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has spent £3m on its legal battle with US hedge fund Highland Capital, a figure that is expected to rise to £4m by the end of the five-day trial that begins on 23 January.
Kennedys senior partner wins fourth term in charge subscription
Kennedys has endorsed the reelection of senior partner Nick Thomas to a fourth consecutive term at the helm after he stood unopposed.
Addleshaw Goddard has raided US firm Chadbourne & Parke for insurance disputes partner Mark Pring.
Monckton Chambers’ Tim Ward QC is to represent Iceland in its dispute with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority (ESA) over failed Icesave deposit schemes.
Ex-Fulbright partner admits stealing £100k from firm subscription
Former Fulbright & Jaworski partner Richard Simkin and his office manager wife Zakia Sharif have pleaded guilty to stealing £100,000 from the firm.
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) today (12 January) launched the largest recruitment drive in its history ahead of its intended conversion to an alternative business structure.
Manchester solicitor jailed for money laundering subscription
Manchester-based solicitor Nicholas Heywood has been jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of laundering money from a vulnerable lottery winner.
Blackstone Chambers’ David Pannick QC has won judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Justiceon behalf of the BBC.
Litigation firm Stewarts Law has further expanded its employment practice through the appointment of Russell Jones & Walker partner Arpita Dutt.
Middle Temple set Devereux has appointed Ingrid Simler QC as head of chambers succeeding Colin Edelman QC, who has spent 10 years at the helm.
Third party funder Woodsford Litigation Funding has appointed Timothy Mayer, formerly of Allianz ProzessFinanz, as an investment officer to assess cases for investment opportunities.
Eversheds cut it pension deficit in half during the 2010-11 financial year as part of a strategic plan to clear the liability altogether.
Analysis: OFT slated over tobacco fines subscription
After a series of failed appeals, the role of the competition regulator needs redefining
Mr Justice Eady’s decision to grant an injunction to “well-known footballer” CTB on the basis he was blackmailed by reality television star Imogen Thomas was called into question today in an unusual High Court hearing.
Lord Chief Justice paves way for court Tweeting subscription
The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge has issued guidance on the use of text-based messaging from the courts, clearing the way for the use of Twitter to become more common in the courts.
CAT sets aside competition fines in blow to OFT subscription
The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has set aside fines totalling more than £200m levied by the Office of Fair Trading against tobacco manufacturers and retailers for alleged antitrust activity.
Withers loses client money battle in appeal court subscription
The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by Langbar International against Withers in a battle over client money.
The High Court has rejected a professional negligence claim against City firm Devonshires clearing it of any wrongdoing to a former client.
Cable & Wireless deputy GC: Cable wise subscription
Since becoming deputy general counsel at Cable & Wireless, Helen Copestick has put her private practice experience to good use when it comes to getting the best legal deals, says Katy Dowell
ICC surveys in-housers on arbitration process subscription
In-house counsel are being invited to engage with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) over what role they should play in arbitration proceedings.
Keystone Law subscription
In the 2010-11 financial year Keystone Law posted a revenue hike of 9 per cent, up from £10m to £11m. According to managing partner James Knight, the uncertainty caused by the recession has created some opportunity for growth and practice diversification as clients shop around further for legal services.
Privacy cases on the rise after year of injunctions subscription
The row over the use of injunctions has prompted a significant jump in the number of privacy cases being pursued in the High Court.
Allen & Overy partner Mark Mansell is to represent News Group Newspapers in its battle over legal fees with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has received approval to regulate alternative business structures (ABS) and will begin accepting applications in January.
The Legal Services Commission did not abuse process when it sought to recover overpaid legal aid fees to lawyers and it can recover overpaid sums from the point of the costs assessment, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed a multi-million pound claim brought against Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney by his former agency Proactive Sports Management.
Mishcon de Reya is to launch a family practice in its New York office after hiring family partner Michael Stutman from US firm Mayerson Stutman Abramowitz.
The High Court has jurisdiction to hear equal pay claims after the Court of Appeal ruled in a case brought by Birmingham City Council.
ULR Additions to appeal legal expense insurance case subscription
Legal expenses insurance (LEI) provider ULR Additions is to appeal a High Court ruling over whether LEI providers should pay the fees of off-panel solicitors who have been instructed by policyholders.
Allianz lit funder pulls plug in Europe subscription
Third-party funder Allianz Litigation Funding has withdrawn from the European and UK market.
Bristows and offshore firm Carey Olsen have advised new client Argentum Capital on its multimillion-pound listing on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX).
Clydes acts for Eversheds on airport negligence case subscription
Eversheds has instructed Clyde & Co partner Sarah Clover to defend it in the High Court over a profession negligence claim brought by former client Newcastle International Airport.
Get used to it subscription
There has been much grumbling since the Ministry of Justice unveiled plans to reform the civil litigation funding regime, but that has not stopped progress being made towards their implementation.
Associated Newspapers’ long-standing legal chief Harvey Kass is to leave the newspaper group after more than two decades.
Blackstone’s new chiefs target international work subscription
Blackstone Chambers has elected Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC to succeed Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC as joint heads of chambers.
Halfway decent: top firms make strong start to year subscription
A quiet optimism has come over the profession at the half-year point, with many leading firms reporting turnover rises. However, turmoil in European markets and a foggy economic agenda in the US threaten to stall full-year growth.
Simmons ends seven-year fight for Masri debt subscription
After securing a judgment in favour of a client many litigators are left with the daunting prospect of enforcing the decision.
Solicitors from Hell website forced offline subscription
Solicitors from Hell founder Rick Kordowski has given up his legal battle against the Law Society after Mr Justice Tugendhat granted the body injunctive relief and ordered the site to be taken offline.
MoJ plans massive rise in court fees subscription
Court fees charged to litigants are expected to soar after the Ministry of Justice said the High Court and Court of Appeal should be paid for by court-users rather than the taxpayer.
Napier announces retirement from Irwin Mitchell subscription
Irwin Mitchell chairman Michael Napier is to retire from the firm after 40 years.
The High Court will impose fines and prison sentences on lawyers who fail to comply with the orders of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO), it has been warned.
A major pensions dispute for the Port of Tyne Authority has been dropped just hours before the legal fallout over the PNPF Trust Company litigation was due to be heard by the Court of Appeal.
The High Court has ordered a US car manufacturer to amend its case against the BBC in a dispute involving Top Gear or have the claim thrown out.
Silks who make the cut at the Supreme Court subscription
Successful Supreme Court silks are a special breed, with the same names dominating the most high-profile cases. Katy Dowell reports
Lewis Silkin has made a double partner hire with the addition of Graham Reid from Finers Stephens Innocent and Owen Watkins from Kaye Scholer.
Law firms and lawyers who have had a series of complaints upheld against them will be named and shamed by the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) from April next year.
Mills & Reeve to offer family-friendly fees subscription
Mills & Reeve is to provide fixed-price family services as it prepares to compete with non-legal players entering the profession.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has instructed Taylor Wessing partner Andrew Howell and 4 New Square’s Justin Fenwick to defend a £840m claim brought by sub-prime lender and former client Cattles.
Webster Dixon wins legal expense insurance case subscription
Legal expense insurers cannot use cost as the sole basis for refusing to underwrite fees for policyholders who use non-panel solicitors, the High Court has ruled.
Ince & Co has scored a victory in the Supreme Court after it ruled that business sense should be applied when interpreting commercial contracts.
Crash of the Icebergs subscription
The sudden demise of the Icelandic banking system in the autumn of 2008 left 145 local authorities in the UK exposed to huge financial losses. The authorities had ploughed money into Icelandic banks such as Landsbanki, Glitnir, Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (KSF) and Heritable because of the attractive deposit rates they had on offer.
Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has drafted in former Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold to review witness statements associated with his legal battle with Boris Berezovksy.
Ahmed commits to Brum with St Philips subscription
Former Birmingham City Council (BCC) legal chief Mirza Ahmed is to take up tenancy at Birmingham chambers St Philips.
DAC Beachcroft growth strategy: pump up the volume subscription
The merger between Beachcroft and Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC)?has been overshadowed by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s upcoming tie-up with Clyde & Co.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to launch another consultation on a future code of conduct for barristers with consideration being given to the introduction of business structures to the bar.
Bevan Brittan is in talks with business process outsourcing (BPO) company Intelligent Office UK in a deal that will see 75 support staff transferred out of the firm.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain is the latest firm to open in Singapore on the back of the hire of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) insurance and reinsurance partner Mark Errington.
Gray’s Inn set South Square has appointed Ron Barclay-Smith as chambers director following the departure of chief executive Caoilionn Hurley.
Extradition expedition subscription
Media law has been dominated by the News International phone-hacking scandal, but its worth remembering that newspapers will also use the courts for investigatory purposes.
Chartis aims to bring down costs with European panel subscription
Chartis, the property casualty insurance carrier of US insurance giant AIG, is to launch its first European panel in 2012 in an effort to streamline its legal spend.
Clyde & Co: today BLG, tomorrow the world subscription
Merged firm plots moves in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Singapore and the US
RBS dumps Herbies for Links on Highland case subscription
Herbert Smith’s litigation team has been kicked off a $100m (£66m) dispute for RBS, with the bank turning to traditional counsel Linklaters mid-way through the action.
RJW beefs up PI arm to take on high street rivals subscription
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to expand rapidly the number of consumer products promoted through Claims Direct to compete with the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) in the consumer markets.
Mr Justice Tugendhat has dismissed a £1m defamation claim launched against Law Society chief executive Des Hudson by Solicitors from Hell owner Rick Kordowksi, branding the bid “an abuse of the court process”.
Lawyers have been invited to apply for High Court judicial appointments in the Chancery division.
Merger partners Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clyde & Co will send a representative to Libya next week in a bid to extricate BLG from its lease on a London office building owned by the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico).
The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of an Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) disciplinary hearing, ruling that the body’s disciplinary process was not independent enough to serve its purpose.
Britain’s leading judges are calling for an electronic revolution in the courts, arguing that enhanced use of technology would solidify London’s High Court as one of the best in the world.
Courting clarification subscription
When Lehman Brothers went into meltdown back in September 2008, insolvency lawyers knew that unwinding the bank would take years. And so it has proved, not just for Lehman but all the other financial institutions that failed at the height of the crisis.
Martineau senior partner Andrew Whitehead is to launch the firm in Brussels after signing a strategic collaboration with German law firm, Becker Büttner Held (BBH).
A group of former fixed share partners in failed firm Halliwells are investigating decisions made by equity partners in the run up to the collapse of the firm with a view to taking legal action against them.
News Group Newspapers (NGN) has replaced Farrer & Co with Olswang as official adviser on all phone-hacking claims made against defunct tabloid News of the World.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner Simon Chumas to its shipping practice.
Boutiques step in where mid-tier fears to tread subscription
The conflict-free firms taking full advantage of the litigation boom by acting against rivals’ prize clients.
Doughty corporate plan aims to beat fee squeeze subscription
Doughty Street Chambers is planning to launch a subsidiary incorporated body to channel direct access work.
Irwin Mitchell moves 81 staff to BPO outfit subscription
Irwin Mitchell is to transfer 81 support staff to business process outsourcing (BPO) company OCS as it looks to streamline its cost base in preparation for converting to an alternative business structure (ABS).
St Johns Buildings QC hit with negligence action subscription
Manchester firm GLP has launched a professional negligence case against St Johns Buildings silk David Berkley QC in a bid to recover a portion of damages it paid out to settle a claim against it by a former client.
Manchester set St Johns Buildings (SJB) is to become the largest chambers in the country following the completion of its merger with Liverpool’s India Buildings Chambers and an agreement to combine with Sheffield’s Paradise Chambers by December.
Supreme Court feels the strain as cases back up subscription
Two-year wait for hearings at highest court as recession sees litigants dig in for the long haul
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an appeal by Nortel and Lehman Brothers International (Europe) against the Pensions Regulator over obligations to members of their respective pension schemes.
Quadrant Chambers is to launch an arbitration division with the appointment of retired High Court judge Sir David Steel.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert insurance partners Simon Cooper and Kiran Soar have defected to Ince & Co ahead of the firm’s merger with Clyde & Co.
Blackstone silk loses Supreme Court asbestos case subscription
The Supreme Court has ruled that people in Scotland who have been affected by the asbestos related condition pleural plaques have the right to compensation.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed down judgment in the latest bout between Leigh Day & Co and Trafigura, upholding an earlier ruling that Leigh Day must cut the 100 per cent success fee it charged for bringing a group action against the oil company to 58 per cent.
Withers has won a judicial review case against the FSA after the High Court ruled that an email exchange between the firm’s client Stewart Ford and his former lawyers at Irwin Mitchell should be bound by legal privilege.
Co-op cements ties with sets in Bristol subscription
The Co-operative Legal Services has strengthened relationships with Bristol-based sets, signing new terms of agreement with Guildhall Chambers and 3 Paper Buildings.
The Legal Services Act (LSA) comes into force today (6 October) but law firms will not be able to become multi-disciplinary partnerships because the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is not authorised to regulate them.
The Supreme Court has convened five justices to hear a dispute over holiday entitlement for offshore workers, a case that could have implications for holiday allowance for all employees.
Roll with it? subscription
In the weeks running up to the opening of the Rolls Building members of the judiciary, barristers, clerks and litigators were called in to take a tour.
Grays Inn set Monckton Chambers had grown its human rights group with the addition of barrister Eric Metcalfe as a tenant.
The European Court of Justice has ruled against the Premier League, advised by DLA Piper, after it ruled that it is not illegal for individuals to buy decoders from foreign broadcasters.
Firm in bitter litigation with insurance broker Lockton
Collyer Bristow is in dispute with its insurance broker Lockton Companies International over whether the intermediary has placed adequate liability insurance to cover a potential £50m loss in a fast-approaching negligence battle.
A paedophile victim who was unable to recover compensation from her alleged attacker because he was granted legal aid is suing the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the decision to award him the funding.
Mr Justice Langstaff has been appointed head of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge.
Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC has failed in his bid to convince the High Court that the Sunday Mirror misused private information about footballer Rio Ferdinand.
DLA Piper, Eversheds and Shoosmiths are among a roster of firms appointed to information management company Iron Mountain’s European advisory panel.
Flower power subscription
The High Court has been left to decide whether Marks & Spencer (M&S) infringed Interflora’s trademark after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the retailer could use the florist’s trademark as part of its keyword advertising on major search engines.
South Devon firm Hooper & Wollen is set to merge with its regional rival Harold Michelmore next week (3 October).
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has hired DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards to launch a High Court claim against the defunct newspaper’s publisher, News Group.
Links coughs up £13m in negligence settlement subscription
Linklaters is understood to have paid £13m to settle a professional negligence claim brought by former client Levicom, a Baltic telecoms company.
Property consultant takes £18m High Court hit subscription
The High Court has upheld a professional negligence claim against commercial property consultant Drivers Jonas, ordering it to pay £18.05m to claimant Capita Alternative Fund Services (Guernsey).
RPC’s quality drive on track as Bristol beckons subscription
When Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) makes a strategic move it is usually intended to send a clear message to its insurance industry peers.
Former Halliwells legal services director Emma Nutbeen has settled an unfair dismissal claim against Gateley, resulting in the firm offering her a job.
Domestic court to decide if M&S infringed Interflora's trademark rights after ECJ ruling subscription
The European Court of Justice has ruled that high street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) can use Interflora’s trademark as part of its keyword advertising on major search engines, but a domestic court will have to determine whether it breached the florist’s trademark rights.
May the best man win subscription
When any client walks out the door in favour of a rival lawyer it is going to be disappointing.
Monckton Chambers’ Piers Gardner has won a victory for the now defunct oil giant Yukos after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the Russian government had breached its rights.
Head of 1 Hare Court joins High Court bench subscription
Family set 1 Hare Court’s chambers head Philip Moor QC has been appointed to the High Court bench, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced this morning.
Mayer Brown litigation partner Clare Canning is set to leave the firm to become global general counsel at Ernst & Young (E&Y).
Kingsley Napley partner Louise Hodges has been instructed to represent Kweku Adoboli, the trader charged with fraud and false accounting at Swiss bank UBS.
Annual registration for the roll of solicitors has descended into chaos after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) moved registration online.
Farrers partner heads for News Group subscription
Farrer & Co partner Benjamin Beabey has left the firm and is understood to be joining News Group Newspapers.
Foot Anstey reveals top team for Bristol base subscription
Foot Anstey has unveiled the partner line-up for its new Bristol office, which is targeting £5m in revenue within three years.
Peters & Peters guides Mittal in oil access row subscription
Litigation boutique Peters & Peters is advising steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal on a claim being brought against him by businessman Moni Varmer.
SH loses £20m Ablyazov role to Addleshaws subscription
Stephenson Harwood (SH) has been ditched as adviser to the ousted chairman of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov, in favour of Addleshaw Goddard.
A&O joins growing list of lawyers on Hackgate; Clifford Chance brought in to advise James Murdoch
Old Square Chambers’ Jane McNeill QC has won a partial victory for British Airways pilots who can now challenge in the Supreme Court how they are remunerated while on leave, the EU Court of Justice has ruled.
Rolls Building subscription
While it may not officially open until December the Rolls Building will see action in October when one of the biggest cases of the year comes to town - Berezovsky v Abramovich.
Clyde & Co has been ordered by the High Court to disclose the contact details of a client who was found to be in contempt of court and in breach of asset disclosure orders.
Eversheds has advised the Amber Green Consortium on its appointment to manage the £100m London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF) on behalf of the Mayor’s London Green Fund (LGF).
Mishcon bags FFW, Travers duo subscription
Mishcon de Reya has boosted its partnership with the addition of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) IP partner Lewis Cohen and Travers Smith banking partner Michael Bardell.
SJ Berwin scores Dubai partner with Clydes swoop subscription
SJ Berwin has raided Clyde & Co’s Middle East practice to hire partner Hamish Walton in Dubai.
MoJ bans referral fees outright subscription
Referral fees for personal injury cases will be subject to an outright ban, the Ministry of Justice said today.
The Serious Fraud Office has dropped its two-year long investigation into London-based hedge fund Weavering Capital (UK) prompting complaints from Jones Day which is pursuing a civil fraud case against the hedge fund’s managers.
Online hell subscription
Attempts by the lawyers to derail the Solicitors from Hell website through the courts have been repeatedly knocked back by the site’s owner, Rick Kordowski.
Former News International legal chief Tom Crone has told a Parliamentary committee that he was “certain” that News International’s (NI) James Murdoch was aware that the phone-hacking scandal went beyond one rogue reporter.
Wragges exploits local relationship for Dubai launch subscription
Wragge & Co is to launch in Dubai after expanding its relationship with local lawyer Mohamed Al Mehairi with whom it launched in Abu Dhabi last year.
‘Blood on the carpet’ as ICC old guard excluded subscription
A row is brewing in the arbitration markets after the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration excluded six former secretary generals from top-level discussions about new rules it plans to introduce next year.
The split between the top and bottom of the profession is nowhere more evident than in the solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) market.
Hogan Lovells lands blue movie role subscription
When Hollywood takes an interest in adapting a concept for the silver screen, it is the IP lawyers who are left to come up with exactly how that can happen.
Peters & Peters raids Bishops for new CEO subscription
Peters & Peters has created the role of CEO and filled it with Kim Archer, who joins from Bloomsbury-based Bishop & Sewell.
The fight between the Law Society and Solicitors from Hell website owner Rick Kordowski has taken a further twist with Kordowski launching a defamation claim against Law Society chief executive Des Hudson.
Hogan Lovells advised representatives of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) on its successful bid to have 1.86bn Libyan dinar held in the UK by printer De La Rue released and flown back to the country.
SH win allows NTC to instruct on Libyan cash subscription
Stephenson Harwood has won a High Court order for the British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB) allowing it to act legally on the instructions of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).
Working party appointed to implement Jackson reforms subscription
A City lawyer, a trade union lawyer and an insurance claims manager have all been appointed to the Civil Justice Council’s working party on the implementation of Lord Justice Jackson’s civil justice reforms.
The Law Society has given Solicitors from Hell owner Rick Kordowski until 2 September to remove his website from the internet otherwise it will take High Court action against him for defamation, harassment and breach of the Data Protection Act.
Volume houses are driving the delivery of legal services, says Katy Dowell
Leading chambers are learning to live with rate pressures and demands for more direct access, says Katy Dowell
Centre for Justice appoints panel of silks subscription
Centre for Justice, an adjudication service for business, government and the public, has established a barristers panel for its insurer service users.
Clydes-BLG: merger of equals or wholesale takeover? subscription
Last week’s news that the Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) brand will disappear as part of the firm’s November merger with Clyde & Co (TheLawyer.com, 4 August) supports the argument that the deal is more a takeover than a merger of equals.
Litigation funders poised to prove finances in place subscription
Third-party litigation funders may be asked to formalise capital adequacy standards to demonstrate their financial strength, under a code of conduct being drawn up by the Civil Justice Council (CJC).
Clarke Willmott offloads investment arm for £6m subscription
Clarke Willmott has sold its investment management arm to wealth management group Brooks Macdonald.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has appointed Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) head of policy development Alistair Kinley to lead its working party on Lord Justice Jackson’s civil justice reforms.
BLG brand to disappear as part of Clydes merger subscription
The Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) brand will be scrapped in favour of Clyde & Co when the firms merge in November with BLG’s partners moving onto Clydes’ lockstep structure.
War of the roses subscription
“This is a case about Yorkshire pride, in more ways than one,” so says Mr Justice Arnold in the opening line of a decision handed down last week (22 July) over who has the right to use a white rose symbol.
Davenport Lyons has hit back at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s (SDT) decision to fine and ban from practice two partners that sent “intimidating letters” saying the action was “totally unjustified”.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has suspended two Davenport Lyons lawyers from practising and fined them £20,000 each for sending “intimidating letters” to individuals they accused of illegal file-sharing.
Pinsent Masons is set to go to the High Court tomorrow in a bid to strike out a £10m professional negligence claim being pursued against it by construction contractor Shepherd Construction.
Arbitration ruling shields London status subscription
There was a collective sigh of relief last week as the Supreme Court overturned an appellate court ruling to find that arbitrators cannot be classed as employees and therefore are not subject to UK equality rules.
Howard Kennedy finally bares all subscription
Howard Kennedy chief executive Mark Dembovsky is pushing through what he calls a strategy of “openness and trans-parency”, which has seen the firm release its financial results for the first time.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clyde & Co have voted to proceed with their merger plans, the firms have announced jointly.
39 Essex Street silk joins Leveson LJ on NoW inquiry subscription
A silk from 39 Essex Street has been appointed as counsel to Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking allegations levelled at the defunct tabloid News of the World.
The High Court is to welcome five new judges in the Michaelmas term, including Matrix Chambers’ Rabinder Singh QC.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been given permission to investigate Ryanair’s minority stake in AerLingus, thanks to a Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) ruling.
The High Court has granted an injunction to six major Hollywood studios that will force British Telecom (BT) to stop its internet users from accessing a website that infringes copyright.
Arbitrators are not employed and are therefore exempt from UK Equality Regulations, the Supreme Court has ruled today.
The Supreme Court has held that Lucasfilm can enforce a US copyright in the UK but that the stormtrooper helmet the movie giant went to court over was not a sculpture and therefore the defendant did not breach copyright.
ABSs won’t launch in October as parliament not ready subscription
The implementation of the Legal Services Act will be delayed because the primary legislation needed to enact it has not been debated in parliament.
Clydes set to cherry-pick BLG teams pre-merger subscription
Clyde & Co has drawn up a shopping list stipulating exactly which teams it wants from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to allow the proposed merger between the two firms to go through.
Matrix QC slated as first Sikh High Court judge subscription
Matrix Chambers silk Rabinder Singh QC is being widely tipped to become the High Court’s first Sikh judge in the coming weeks.
News Corp shells out £3k an hour for Grabiner subscription
One Essex Court’s Tony Grabiner QC is understood to be pocketing £3,000 an hour for his advice to News International parent News Corporation in relation to phone-hacking.
NoW phone-hacking saga: the legal line-up subscription
News International’s woes have created a new market for the media pack. Since the allegations of phone-hacking first emerged back in 2009 a handful of claimant lawyers have urged the owner of the News of the World (NoW) to come forward to answer questions about payments to private detectives.
London Underground sues magic circle firm over Metronet advice
The High Court has ruled that four Kenyans can pursue claims against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over allegations that they were victims of British atrocities committed during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.
Eurostar to Siemens subscription
Procurement disputes have become a feature of the economic downturn with major corporates bringing out the big guns to help them secure contracts.
Irwin Mitchell has posted 9 per cent rise in turnover for the 2010-11 financial year, up from £157m to £171m.
Bar suffers knock-on effects of fees squeeze subscription
Growth at the bar has slowed over the past financial year as a result of litigators piling pressure on fees to get the best deals for clients.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) aggressive move in threatening legal action against its departing aviation team will send shockwaves through the insurance sector.
BLG’s threat of legal action steps up aviation row subscription
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Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed appellate judge Lord Justice Leveson to head the public inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed News International.
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Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC is in court this week leading a privacy action against the Mirror Group on behalf of footballer Rio Ferdinand.
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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given permission for barrister Aisha Bijlani to pursue a racial and disability discrimination claim against four named individuals at her chambers, 4 New Square (4NS).
Clyde & Co has completed its merger with Canadian insurance firm Nicholl Paskell-Mede (NPM).
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The Supreme Court has paid tribute to Supreme Court justice Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, who has passed away after a short illness.
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The shell business of former Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons has gone into voluntary liquidation after failing to pay creditors including Barclays Bank, which is owed just under £1m.
Growth has slowed at insurance firm Kennedys for the first time in three years with the firm posting a 10.4 per cent rise in global revenues from £88.2m to £97.4m.
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For some firms the litigation surge has provided the opportunity to reposition in the market. Recognising Travers Smith’s ability to do just that, last night The Lawyerawarded the firm the Litigation Team of the Year gong at its annual awards ceremony.
Holman Fenwick & Willan (HFW) has announced a series of partner moves aimed at enhancing its Asia Pacific practice, following the opening of its Perth office.
The defence of a major banking litigation worth $250m (£154.5m) has collapsed nine days into the High Court trial.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has rejected a bid by the tobacco industry to reverse an impending ban on the sale of tobacco products from vending machines.
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Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has converted to a legal disciplinary partnership (LDP) and promoted non-lawyer Alistair Kinley into its equity partnership.
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The Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has issued a warning to Twitter followers who break anonymised court orders.
Beachcroft has focused on its core domestic insurance practice in its latest round of partnership promotions, bringing six into the fold.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is planning to merge with fellow insurance firm Clyde & Co, in a deal that would propel the combined entity into the UK top 10 by turnover.
Former International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley has instructed Collyer Bristow to take his fight against the domestic press to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
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Kennedys has formally merged with its Dublin associate office O’Hare O’Connor Walshe (OHOCW) to create Kennedys Ireland.
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Court 10 at the Royal Courts of Justice has had more visitors than usual in the past month as the press fights back against what it perceives as encroaching privacy laws.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has upheld a claim brought by the former head of children’s services at Haringey Council, Sharon Shoesmith, against former Secretary of State for Schools Ed Balls and the council.
Former Ince & Co partner Andrew Iyer is under investigation by Scotland Yard over £3m of client money that he allegedly moved into accounts under his name.
The High Court has refused to refer to the Attorney General a contempt of court action against Associated Newspapers brought by the woman alleged to have had an affair with Fred Goodwin.
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Firms should be forced to disclose to clients when referral fees have been paid for cases, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has concluded.
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Hogan Lovells is upping trainee salary bands by £1,000 and allowing junior lawyers to gain a larger pay increase by progressing to the next pay level.
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Screeching headlines about judicial interference in press matters have been all too prominent in recent weeks.
The High Court has upheld a judicial review application against the Metropolitan Police investigation into phone hacking allegations against the News of the World.
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Clyde & Co has broken through the £200m turnover barrier, posting a 10 per cent rise in revenue for 2010-11, from £192m to £212m.
Schillings has been instructed to take on the might of Twitter in the High Court, with partner Gideon Benaim instructed by CTB, the individual at the centre of an injunction row.
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The Bar Standards Board is considering a major shake-up of how barristers continue their professional development after qualifying.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has instructed Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC to lead its judicial review proceedings into the decision to give West Ham United use of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games.
Newspapers should be given advance warning of injunction applications but there should be no fast track appeal system to challenge their existence, the Master of the Rolls (MR) Lord Neuberger has concluded.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has posted a 35 per cent jump in net profit, from £16.8m to £22.7m, at the end of a year of significant change for the firm.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) won favour with newspaper media lawyers last week after it rejected a bid by former International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley to force newspapers to warn people beforehand if they are going to publish details of their private lives.
Bevan Brittan has seen revenues slide 9 per cent from £37.7m to £34.3m as a result of mass public spending cuts.
Brick Court Chambers has appointed Nicholas Green QC as joint head of chambers, succeeding Jonathan Sumption QC.
The Law Society has consulted leading media silk Hugh Tomlinson QC on potentially launching a legal action against consumer website Solicitors from Hell.
North West firm Weightmans has unveiled a 3.2 per cent rise in turnover at the 2010-2011 year end, up from £56.2m to £58m.
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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected a bid by former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley to force newspapers to inform subjects prior to publication if details of their private lives are going to revealed.
Clifford Chance US litigation chief Juan Morillo has defected to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after spending two years in the role.
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Lincoln’s Inn set 11 Stone Buildings had added insolvency silk Lexa Hilliard QC to its membership.
33 Bedford Row team defects to Tanfield subscription
Gray’s Inn set Tanfield Chambers has added a four-member team to its ranks after a raid on 33 Bedford Row.
Blackstone Chambers’ Pushpinder Saini QC has won a major dispute on behalf of Ofcom after the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) ruled that Ofcom held jurisdiction to resolve telecoms providers’ disputes over British Telecom’s (BT) regulated prices.
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Hunters is taking advantage of the fallout from the Dawsons-Penningtons merger and the senior management changes at Farrer & Co to ramp up its presence within Lincoln’s Inn.
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PA Group, the parent company of the UK Press Association, has appointed Kelvin Barker to the newly created role of group head of legal.
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Squire Sanders Hammonds London associates Charny Sanghera and Andrew Bowden-Brown are to join Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) as partners in its asset-based lending litigation team.
BLG makes up nine partners subscription
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has unveiled its partnership promotion round, bringing nine into the fold.
Peters & Peters has appointed Alan Bacarese, an international fraud specialist, as special counsel.
Clyde & Co has promoted nine to its partnership with a further seven partners elevated to senior equity status.
Winckworth Sherwood is to launch a base in Manchester after raiding Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) for partners Karen Cooksley and Colette McCormack.
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With the Prime Minister David Cameron becoming increasingly vocal about judicial behaviour you might expect the country’s leading judges wanting to step out of the limelight.
Farrer & Co has appointed Jim Edmondson and Richard Parry as joint senior partners to succeed James Furber from 1 May.
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Penningtons has acquired seven new partners as part of its completed merger with Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons.
Big firms will bear brunt after SRA ditches ARP subscription
The closure of the assigned risks pool (ARP), the insurer of last resort for all firms, will come at a cost of tens of millions of pounds to the profession, with commercial firms picking up the claims tab for the smaller end of the profession.
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Partnership promotions across the country’s leading firms have topped 2009’s and 2010’s levels, marking a return to upward mobility within the profession.
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Had it been successful in its judicial review of the FSA and the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) would have forced the financial regulator to look again at its approach to regulation.
Freshfields' PPI judicial review rejected by court subscription
The High Court has dismissed a judicial review launched by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) against the FSA and Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) over the handling of payment protection insurance (PPI) claims.
Irwin Mitchell is to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS) when the Legal Services Act (LSA) is implemented to enable it to raise tens of millions of pounds either through floatation or external investment.
The Law Society and Bar Council should investigate defamatory comments made on the Solicitors from Hell website to find an effective route of redress for firms named on the website, the High Court has said.
The former head of Charles Russell’s corporate tax group Tarlochan Lall has taken up a seat at Monckton Chambers.
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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to scrap the assigned risks pool, the insurer of last resort for firms which is available to firms which fail to secure professional indemnity (PI) cover on the open market.
Maitland Chambers chief executive Robert Graham-Campbell has quit the set for private practice and has been appointed as chief executive of Knightsbridge firm Pemberton Greenish.
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Parabis Group, the parent of Plexus Law and Cogent Law, is to plough investment into developing specialist legal teams ahead of converting to an alternative business structure (ABS) when the Legal Services Act (LSA) is implemented.
BLP adds two partners to City office subscription
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made a double lateral hire, adding partners to its corporate finance and asset finance practices.
The Supreme Court has refused to endorse a Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling on noise induced hearing loss, blocking the progression of what lawyers believe could have been thousands of hearing loss claims.
The High Court has ordered Wragge & Co to pay £7.65m to former client Amalgamated Metal Corporation (AMC) for negligently failing to advise it on how to deal with a group litigation order (GLO) against HMRC.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has promoted eight associates to its partnership with half the total being made up in Manchester.
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The move by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to adopt a new regulatory framework will have a direct impact on every firm in the country, regardless of size.
Marine firm Ince & Co is to move into the domestic Singaporean market through an alliance with local firm Incisive Law.
WHSmith has agreed a deal to allow QualitySolicitors to place representatives in up to 500 of it branches.
Brick Court silk Jonathan Sumption QC is to act as lead counsel for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich in his legal showdown with rival Boris Berezovsky, delaying his expected appointment to the Supreme Court.
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The man who is suing Harry Potter author JK Rowling and publishers Bloomsbury has been ordered by the High Court to pay £1.6m as security for costs or the claim will be struck out.
The country’s leading defamation judge Mr Justice Tugendhat has upheld a defamation claim against the ‘Solicitors from Hell’ website and told its creator Rick Kordowski he abused court process.
Claimant firms have been left pondering how to make their models profitable after the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week pulled the plug on lucrative conditional fee arrangements (CFAs).
Clyde & Co has raided Lloyds of London broker Howden for its general counsel Simon Gildener.
Ex-39 Essex Street CEO joins Leeds' Park Court subscription
The former chief executive of 39 Essex Street has joined Northern set Park Court Chambers in the same role.
HFW makes up nine in global commerce push subscription
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has promoted nine associates to its international partnership, with six London lawyers getting the nod.
Howard Kennedy hire ups family focus subscription
West End firm Howard Kennedy is attempting to kick-start the growth of a family practice with the hire of partner Juliette Peters.
Lewis Silkin boosts partnership by four subscription
Lewis Silkin has promoted four to its partnership, with three joining the employment arm.
Top spy in as Beachcroft intelligence head subscription
Beachcroft has appointed army veteran Bryan Houston as head of intelligence.
Winckworth grabs Dawsons property expert subscription
Winckworth Sherwood has hired Dawsons property partner Simon Livesy. He joins Winckworth’s institutional property team alongside senior assistant Richard Wooton.
Dechert is set to boost its London litigation practice with the addition of DLA Piper’s joint global head of litigation Neil Gerrard and EMEA head of corporate crime and investigations Jonathan Pickworth.
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It is not in the public interest for expert witnesses who appear in court to be immune from law suits, the Supreme Court ruled today.
Hill Dickinson partner Paul Walton and Crown Office Row’s Roger ter Haar QC have been handed a major victory by the Supreme Court after it ruled that expert witnesses should not be immune from suit for breach of duty.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will radically depart from the current conditional fee agreement regime (CFA) by lifting the ban on contingency fees in a bid to tackle escalating legal fees.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will unveil plans to reform the conditional fee system later today.
Ex-Solicitor General joins No5 Chambers subscription
Former Labour government minister Mike O’Brien QC has joined Birmingham set No5 Chambers as a tenant.
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The draft Defamation Bill has been broadly welcomed by media reformers, but many believe the politicians have been perfunctory when they could have been revolutionary
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Over a year into his tenure as Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger is proving to be a popular choice.
An attempt by Clyde & Co to have Employment Tribunal proceedings against it stayed through the High Court has been rejected.
Diversity at the bar has increased only marginally over the past five years, the results of the Bar Standard Board’s first-ever census of the profession has revealed.
Linklaters has issued a High Court claim against Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners after the magic circle firm was hit with a €136m (£115m) professional negligence claim from Credit Suisse.
Six QCs selected to probe need for UK Bill of Rights subscription
The Government has selected six heavyweight silks to sit on an independent commission to examine whether there is a need for a UK Bill of Rights.
The Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) is lobbying the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to start regulating the work clerks do, as it strives to have the job recognised as a profession in its own right.
The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the OFT to reduce fines imposed against six construction companies found to have breached price-fixing rules.
Cardiff's M&A Solicitors refers two partners to SFO subscription
Cardiff-based M&A Solicitors has suspended two partners after they were arrested as part of a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation.
BSB puts aptitude test on ice for a year subscription
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed the introduction of its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) aptitude test by a year.
London insurer Jubilee Insurance has appointed Beachcroft to run off the claims for its motor insurance business.
The Chancellor of the High Court Sir Andrew Morritt has assigned Mr Justice Vos to case manage claims relating to phone-hacking enquiries against the Metropolitan Police.
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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) suffered a major setback last week when the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) reduced the fines it had imposed on six construction companies that had taken part in a price-fixing racket.
MoJ unveils its plans for overhauling libel laws subscription
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its draft Defamation Bill in an effort to bring Britain’s libel laws up to date.
Lincoln’s Inn firm Payne Hicks Beach has hit Dawsons for employment partner Sarah Rushton.
Dawsons and Penningtons set for imminent merger subscription
Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons after coming under pressure to recapitalise and keep a grip on its core partnership.
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This year’s group of newly created QCs may be the largest ever, but the honour is just one step towards building a reputation
Herbies arbitrator in 39 Essex Street switch subscription
Herbert Smith commercial arbitration partner David Brynmor Thomas is to join 39 Essex Street after 20 years with the firm.
Irwin Mitchell bags Withers risk expert subscription
Irwin Mitchell has hired Sue Weatherson as its risk and compliance director.
Slaughters loses competition partner to Ofgem subscription
Slaughter and May partner Sarah Cardell is to leave the firm after being appointed legal chief of energy watchdog Ofgem.
Former AG Baroness Scotland joins 4 Paper Buildings subscription
The shadow attorney general Baroness Scotland has joined family chambers 4 Paper Buildings as a member.
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When a corporate client calls in Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC to lead its legal team, it is calling in the big guns to fight off a case whatever the financial cost.
The Daily Telegraph is to issue a formal apology to Lord Justice Sedley over a series of “professionally damaging” allegations which appeared in the paper last year.
Irwin Mitchell has hired Pinsent Masons partner Tom Flannagan as its new employment chief.
Clydes takes plunge into merger hotspot Canada subscription
UK firm follows client RSA; DLA Piper to make second attempt
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled unanimously that claimants must disclose to defendants all court-approved medical reports relating to their claims.
West End firm Howard Kennedy’s projects team is set to split from the firm just two years after joining it.
Leigh Day & Co included charges for giving media briefings in the £105m bill it issued after suing oil company Trafigura on behalf of thousands of Ivory Coast residents.
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Withers is set to appear in court next week (14 March) to defend claims of professional negligence from former client Alastair Harrison.
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The senior costs judge, Chief Master Hurst, has ordered Leigh Day to cut the 100 per cent success fee it charged for bringing a group action against oil company Trafigura to 58 per cent.
Kennedys has merged with its Portugal-based associate office Almeida & Athayde to launch Kennedys Portugal.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has outlawed the practice of pricing insurance premiums based on gender.
Winckworth Sherwood partner Jim Rai has instructed Fountain Court silk Brian Doctor QC to represent a group of former Lloyds TSB shareholders in their legal battle against the bank.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to ask partners and employees to disclose details of their socio-economic backgrounds under plans to extend its national firm census.
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Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom name partner Joseph Flom passed away last week (23 February) at the age of 87.
Manches is setting up a network of firms that divorcing clients can turn to for mediation after the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week unveiled a directive aimed at keeping divorce cases out of court.
Employment claims hit all-time high during 2009-10 subscription
The number of claims lodged at the Employment Tribunal (ET) rocketed to 236,100 during 2009-10, representing an all-time high.
Divorcing couples will be forced to attend a compulsory mediation awareness session before they are allowed to use the courts, the Ministry of Justice has formally announced today.
The Court of Appeal has refused to strike out a multibillion pound claim brought by self-exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky against Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich.
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The Court of Appeal (CoA) has rejected an appeal by City broker BGC that it had not acted unlawfully when it conspired to poach senior staff from rival Tullett Prebon.
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Telecoms company UK Broadband has appointed its first general counsel to lead the development of its in-house legal department.
Gabriel Moss QC of Gray’s Inn set 3-4 South Square is representing the Tchenguiz Family Trust in its multibillion-pound fight against failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has successfully defended RBS in its latest legal spat with the former owners of Liverpool Football Club, Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Brick Court’s James Flynn QC has won a major case for the European Commission (EC) after the European General Court (EGC) ruled that it is legal for European countries to ban the exclusive airing of World Cup and European football championship games on pay-TV.
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Family lawyers often talk about London being the divorce capital of the world. On Monday the Court of Appeal (CoA) handed down a judgment in an international case that reaffirmed that position - for international divorces at least.
CEDR Solve installs first practice manager subscription
Dispute resolution body CEDR Solve has appointed John Munton as its first practice manager.
With Clarke Willmott’s LLP results revealing that it made a £1.89m cash call in 2009-10, the firm has vowed to put the past few years behind it and start again on a stronger footing.
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Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons is scouring the market for merger partners following the collapse of talks with Fladgate.
Doughty Street welcomes six new barristers subscription
Doughty Street Chambers has announced the arrival of six new barristers.
Fountain Court QC defects to rival One Essex Court subscription
Fountain Court silk Craig Orr QC has defected to rival magic circle set One Essex Court.
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A baptism of fire was the perfect way to kick off a new role for RSA in-house legal chief Derek Walsh.
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Mr Justice Holman has ordered the Government to review its plans to scrap the Building Schools for Future programme.
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The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Harrow London Borough Council (LBC) and ruled that it is entitled to run its own insurance mutual without first putting the contract out to tender.
Clarke Willmott partners injected £1.89m into the firm at the beginning of the 2009-10 financial year, during which time operating profit fell 78 per cent from £13.3m to £2.9m.
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Clerks across the bar are up in arms over the number of lifts in the new Rolls Building, citing severe delays to hearings.
Outer Temple brings in junior member trio subscription
Outer Temple Chambers has added three new junior members to its barrister roster.
RJW media boss walks as firm targets volume work subscription
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to pull back from top-end media libel and privacy work, prompting the departure of media chief Sarah Webb.
Long-standing chambers director Michael Meeson has resigned from 39 Essex Street after more than 10 years with the set.
The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger is to decide whether Glenn Mulcaire, the man at the heart of the New of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal, must disclose the names of journalists who instructed him to hack into voicemail messages.
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As head of the Queen’s Bench jury and non-jury lists, Mr Justice Tugendhat’s judgments are open to more scrutiny than most of his peers.
Brick Court takes lead roles on BP Rosneft battle subscription
Brick Court heavyweights Mark Howard QC and Mark Hapgood QC will go head to head in the High Court tomorrow (1 February) as Russian shareholders attempt to block BP’s planned alliance with Rosneft.
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Last September Barlow Robbins converted to an LDP, making chief executive Ray Black a full equity partner in the process. The move was intended to make the firm a slick operation commercially with a focus firmly on the profit margin.
Top Scottish QC joins Blackstone subscription
Scotland’s leading barrister Richard Keen QC is set to take up membership with Blackstone Chambers.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ordered an oil technology millionaire to raise his divorce settlement payout from £5.4m to £8m.
Government proposals to reform the employment tribunal system will have the greatest impact on the poor and will impede access to justice, employment lawyers have warned.
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This month’s decision to remove Mr Justice Peter Smith from the bench presiding over a professional negligence claim brought against Mills & Reeve is a considerable show of strength from the Court of Appeal (CoA).
North West firm Mace & Jones has been awarded £800,000 in indemnity costs after it was cleared of professional negligence claims levelled at it by construction company D Morgan.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has told Mr Justice Peter Smith to stand down from presiding over a professional negligence claim brought against Mills & Reeve after he expressed views unfavourable to the firm.
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Switching chambers was once frowned upon at the bar, but with sets evolving into commercial beasts, movement is reaching unprecedented levels.
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Withers is to launch in Zurich in the next phase of the firm’s major investment in its international office network.
Holman Fenwick Willan is mourning the death of aviation finance partner David Relf, who passed away at the beginning of the month.
Monckton Chambers barristers John Swift QC and Daniel Beard are set to go head to head in the Competition Appeal Tribunal as Ryanair challenges the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to investigate its aborted takeover of Aer Lingus.
Claimants must prove causation of loss if follow-on damages claims are to be successful, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled.
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Media lawyers have long been under attack for apparently building up massive legal bills. The high cost of litigation in defamation proceedings, campaigners says, is having a chilling effect on freedom of expression.
The conditional fee agreement (CFA) regime, in which the loser is liable for an uplift on their opponent’s legal fees, breaches European rules on human rights, the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) ruled today.
A legal battle over who has the rights to use the Lotus brand in Formula 1 racing will hit the High Court next week.
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“Being director of legal affairs at Government Communications Headquarters [GCHQ] was the best job in the country - every day I leapt out of bed wanting to go to work.”
It is a depressing statistical fact that 43 per cent of first marriages now end in divorce, the highest level it has ever been. Yet divorce law has largely been developed through the courts, with successive governments having resisted meddling in this controversial area.
Litigation boutique Hausfeld and Spanish firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira have been jointly instructed by Europe’s largest rail operators to bring a multimillion-pound damages claim against companies involved in a carbon and graphite cartel.
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Devereux Chambers has expanded its tax practice with the arrival of Jonathan Fisher QC from 23 Essex Street.
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The SRA is to pick a select group of firms to take part in a test run of the alternative business structure (ABS) application process to iron out any issues ahead of the October implementation of the Legal Services Act.
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Should an expert witness be immune from professional negligence suits? This is the matter that seven Supreme Court Justices will hear debated this week.
Manchester set St Johns Buildings (SJB) is set to merge with Sheffield’s Paradise Chambers and Liverpool-based India Buildings Chambers.
City firm Devonshires has been handed a professional negligence writ by former client, hedge fund manager Celia Farnon.
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The Co-operative Bank has unveiled plans to launch funding deals for individual firms to provide clients with loans to fund divorce cases.
Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC has been called upon to represent Lucasfilm in its Supreme Court battle over the alleged copyright infringement of the Star Wars stormtrooper helmet.
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A legal battle of galactic proportions will be heard by the Supreme Court in March, when litigation boutique SC Andrew takes on the might of movie mogul George Lucas in a copyright fight over stormtroopers.
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Beachcroft is set to launch in Singapore to build its international insurance risk practice.
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Mace & Jones cleared of professional negligence subscription
The High Court has thrown out a £60m professional negligence claim brought against North West firm Mace & Jones this morning.
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The High Court has handed down a 421-page ruling in the Fiona Trust fraud trial, leaving the claimants to decide whether to appeal the tranches that went against them.
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One of the most controversial cases of the last decade is being heard by the senior costs judge Master Hirst and Mr Justice MacDuff in the Senior Courts Costs office this week as Leigh Day & Co tries to justify its £105m legal bill for its part in the Trafigura case.
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With responsibility for advising the Government on its legal issues, the attorney-general can be called on to advise on some of the most contentious issues before Parliament.
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Beachcroft is to phase out its ringfenced ’B2 from Beachcroft’ brand and roll out the volume business across its real estate and employment practices.
Leading family silk Robin Tolson QC is to switch chambers, moving from London set Outer Temple to Bristol-based St John’s Chambers.
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Employment specialist Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has appointed Julian Roskill as an adviser as the firm looks to broaden the profile of its senior executive unit.
The High Court has thrown out an attempt by former Labour MP Phil Woolas to overturn an election court’s decision that stripped him of his seat in the House of Commons.
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The country’s most senior judiciary today took a step towards modernising media law for the internet age with the Supreme Court redefining ’fair comment’ as ’honest comment’.
The fair comment defence has been widened by the country’s most senior judges in the first defamation case to be heard by the Supreme Court.
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North West set Kings Chambers has added David Casement QC to its membership.
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Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has signed a formal alliance with newly established Chilean firm Seguros Lex in a move that is expected to lead to a merger between the two.
Direct contact between GC and chambers skyrockets subscription
Direct access to the bar has soared since the recession began, as chambers build stronger relationships with in-house counsel.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has instructed Allen & Overy (A&O) to intervene in a bid to overturn a Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling that found the selection process for appointing arbitrators in commercial disputes breached UK equality laws.
Total drops Grabiner for Milligan on Buncefield subscription
French oil giant Total has swapped One Essex Court’s Lord Grabiner QC for 20 Essex Street’s Iain Milligan QC to lead its Supreme Court case over liabilities spinning out of the Buncefield oil explosion.
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An attempt to have fixed share partners legally defined as employees has failed at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
The squeeze on public spending has hit profits at Beachcroft, which reported a 3 per cent drop in fee income year to £60m at the half compared with the same period last year.
Herbert Smith is to open a Belfast office to service its dispute resolution practice.
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Linklaters has won the latest legal battle over Lehman Brothers’ main European operations.
Fountain Court Chambers has bolstered its international reach, adding three door tenants.
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Environmental boutique Harrison Grant Solicitors has been instructed by Greenpeace to bring judicial review proceedings against the Government over its decision to grant a licence to Chevron that allows it to start drilling in the North Sea.
Howard Kennedy head of family Ursula Danagher has quit the firm, with the move sparking a row over what she sees as the firm’s lack of transparency.
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The battle for the ownership of Liverpool FC was one of the most watched cases of 2010, thrusting Peters & Peters into the limelight once again.
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Heard the one about the barrister who quit his job to become a stand-up comedian? According to his mother it was no joke, but more than two decades on Felix Dexter has no regrets about swapping the courtroom for the comedy club.
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Payne Hicks Beach partner Fiona Shackleton and Herbert Smith’s former senior partner David Gold are to join the House of Lords as Conservative peers.
An attempt to bring a US-style class action through the Court of Appeal has been thrown out after Lord Justice Mummery said the case was “fatally flawed”.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner duo Mike Munro and James Parker have become the latest to quit the firm amid a string of partner exits.
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has backed the sweeping reforms of the civil litigation system that were put forward by Lord Justice Jackson.
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Addleshaw Goddard’s decision to bankroll the multi-billion dollar cases being pursued through the High Court by client Boris Berezovsky demonstrates the firm’s confidence in its litigation practice, despite the exit of practice chief Simon Twigden.
Mr Justice Sales has ruled that moves to scrap housing targets in England are unlawful, handing a High Court defeat to Treasury Devil James Eadie QC.
The Supreme Court has ruled that three former Labour MPs must face a criminal trial over their expenses claims.
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Firm commits to multimillion-pound ’no win, no fee’ arrangement for billionaire Berezovsky
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Howard Kennedy has advised brewer Adnams and sister company Adnams Bio Energy (ABE) on their partnership with British Gas to supply renewable energy to the National Grid.
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Matrix Chambers’ Helen Mountfield QC has successfully challenged the outcome of the May general election for Liberal Democrat candidate Elwyn Watkins in a ruling that will force Labour MP Phil Woolas from his seat.
White & Case has moved to rebuild its Middle East practice by agreeing an alliance with Saudi Arabian lawyer Dr Waleed Al-Nuwaiser.
Devereux Chambers’ Bruce Carr QC has won a victory for British Airways in the Court of Appeal after it upheld the airline’s right to determine staff levels on its flights.
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The decision handed down by the Court of Appeal in the long-running Springwell dispute reaffirms London as an unattractive forum for claimants bringing mis- selling disputes.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is preparing itself for another spate of partner exits as the firm restructures in a bid to kick-start a fresh phase of growth.
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MOST lawyerswill travel the globe as they move through their career, but few will go to the exotic and remote locations frequented by New Square Chambers barrister Gordon Bennett.
The single renewal date for solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) should be binned to help drive down rates, a report commissioned the Solicitors Regulation Authority has concluded.
Court of Appeal rules in York care home case subscription
Middlesbrough diocese must be held solely liable for the running of a York children’s home where 150 former residents are suing for sexual and physical abuse, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
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The Government has given its strongest indication yet that it will endorse a US-style contingency fee system as the alternative to conditional fee agreements.
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Payne Hicks Beach divorce partner Fiona Shackleton has lost her position as the UK’s highest-profile solicitor, eclipsed by road traffic lawyer Nick Freeman.
BLG disputes head defects to Taylor Wessing subscription
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert commercial disputes head Julian Randall has quit the firm to join Taylor Wessing along with litigation partner Andrew Howell.
Irwin Mitchell has expanded its Bristol office with the launch of a family practice headed by Alison Hawes, who joins the firm from TLT Solicitors.
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Manches is set to enter a fresh era of growth under the leadership of newly appointed chief executive Judit Petho.
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Thompsons Solicitors has escaped referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) despite chief executive Stephen Cavalier being ’severely reprimanded’ by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over the firm’s part in the cash for miners’ claims scandal.
Mr Justice Kitchin has ruled that Harry Potter author JK Rowling and her publishing house Bloomsbury should face claims for copyright infringement in the High Court.
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Were gender politics at play in the decision handed down by the Supreme Court in the Radmacher divorce case?
The Supreme Court has ruled that “decisive weight” should be given to pre-nuptial agreements signed by spouses before getting married.
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For most lawyers starting out in the profession, partnership is the target to aim at.
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AGHA & Shamsi, the Abu Dhabi firm established by DLA Piper’s former head of Islamic finance Oliver Agha, is poised to expand into Dubai.
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The Lawyer asks four leading practitioners how they envisage the global litigation market shaping up over the next five years.
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Most managing partners miss everyday practice when they take up a position in management. But George Davies managing partner Mark Hovell has found a way to keep up his legal work while indulging his love of sport and continuing to run the Manchester-based firm.
Allen & Overy is to relocate London infrastructure partner Andrew Fraiser to its New York practice.
Liverpool FC board granted injunction against owners subscription
The High Court has granted the board of Liverpool Football Club an anti-suit injunction against the club’s owners.
The battle for Liverpool Football Club will hit the High Court again this morning with the club’s board calling on Mr Justice Floyd to grant an anti-suit injunction.
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The press pack at the Royal Courts of Justice was salivating at the court doors yesterday morning with not one but two high-profile showdowns on the lists.
Brick Court Chambers’ Jonathan Sumption QC has won a major Court of Appeal (CoA) victory for the Competition Commission in a ruling that will force BAA to sell off two of its UK airports.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that legal professional privilege cannot be extended to accountants offering tax advice.
Mr Justice Floyd has granted the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) mandatory injunctive relief against Liverpool Football Club, paving the way for the sale of the club.
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The High Court battle between Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Liverpool Football Club’s US owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett got underway this morning with the aim of resolving a power struggle on the club’s board.
Liverpool Football Club has instructed One Essex Court silk Lord Grabiner QC in its High Court showdown with US owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Addleshaws team exit fails to deter Berezovsky subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has retained Boris Berezovsky as a client despite the exit of litigation head Simon Twigden, who led the team acting for the Russian oligarch.
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Clyde & Co has appointed partner Robert Ansehl to build a corporate insurance practice in its New York office.
Equality Act will spark a ‘wave’ of work claims subscription
Lawyers predict that he implementation of the Equality Act will lead to a rise in employment disputes as they take to the courts to test the boundaries of the legislation.
Exchange Chambers adds to Leeds office subscription
North West set Exchange Chambers has added three members and a senior clerk to its nascent Leeds office.
M Law sues client over unpaid Jacko case fees subscription
Media boutique M Law has launched a claim against former client Matthew Fiddes over unpaid fees worth £1.3m.
Addleshaw Goddard’s former litigation chief Simon Twigden is set to leave the firm at the end of the month, taking partners Pietro Marino and Michael Green with him.
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Beachcroft has promoted seven associates to its partnership, with all based around the firm’s regional network.
Lincoln’s Inn firm BCL Burton Copeland has hired GCHQ’s director of legal affairs Michael Drury.
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Migrationwatch has dropped its libel complaint against political commentator Sally Bercow less than a week after she instructed lawyers to defend the threatened action.
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Brick Court Chambers silk Conor Quigley QC has left the set to join Lincoln’s Inn chambers Serle Court.
Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser.
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The legal battle between Tullett Prebon and arch rival BGC brokers captivated the City with its hostility and shone a spotlight on the highly competitive labour market that exists for financial institutions.
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The attorney general’s office has dropped demands on bar members of the Treasury Solicitor Panel of Counsel to disclose equality and diversity credentials.
Hammonds advises on Christchurch purchase subscription
Hammonds has advised private equity buy-and-build specialist Sovereign Capital on its acquisition of brain injury care specialist Christchurch Court.
Government statistics that show that the number of partnership disputes reaching the High Court almost doubled in 2009 could reveal just a small proportion of the true figure.
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West Country firm Porter Dodson has merged with Yeovil-based Batt Sanders & Bennett.
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Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has raided City firm Sprecher Grier Halberstam for its former head of litigation Jonathan Sachs.
City firm Preiskel & Co has been retained by Sally Bercow, political commentator and wife of Commons speaker John Bercow MP, to respond to threats of a libel suit against her.
New practice directions (PD) on electronic disclosure aimed at speeding up the litigation process and reduce legal costs come into force today.
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It’s showdown time at Devereux Chambers, with two of the set’s leading silks about to find out which of them has been successful in the employers liability (EL) trigger litigation.
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London-based firm ACS:Law is to be scrutinised by the Information Commissioner’s Office over allegations it breached the Data Protection Act.
SJ Berwin head of real estate Jon Vivian has quit the firm to join Irwin Mitchell, taking a team of three partners with him.
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Beachcroft managing partner Paul Murray has been elected to his post for a second five-year term following an uncontested election earlier this month.
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Kirsty Cooper, group general counsel at Aviva, is on a mission to build closer ties between the insurer’s disparate legal advisers.
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Clyde & Co’s India-based alliance firm ALMT Legal is to open an office in Delhi in a effort to expand its international practice.
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Pro bono charity LawWorks has appointed four trustees to its board.
Upcoming cuts in public spending have led to Bevan Brittan announcing a third round of redundancy talks, the firm has confirmed.
Irwin Mitchell is stepping up its international expansion programme after acquiring Madrid firm L&E Solución Legal and Empresarial.
The number of partnership disputes reaching the High Court Chancery division rocketed by 96 per cent in 2009, statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have revealed.
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Weightmans has turned to Hill Dickinson to hire its lead marine and transit team partner Phil James.
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Kennedys has opened an office in Miami to target insurance work emerging from the Latin American markets.
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Anger has swept across the bar after it emerged that Halliwells went into administration owing barristers a total of £1.28m.
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Brick Court Chambers has added barrister Nicholas Saunders to its ranks.
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Withers has expanded its Russian practice with the hire of Hogan Lovells counsel Olga Boltenko, who joins the firm as a partner.
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Leading sets have been busy gearing up for a whole new series of challenges, varying from law firms seducing the best talent to making the most of the opportunities presented by the Legal Services Act.
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Mr Justice Eady, the country’s most senior libel judge, has been replaced as the head of the Queen’s Bench jury and non-jury lists by Mr Justice Tugendhat.
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The European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) decision to refuse in house counsel legal privilege in cartel cases has been met with disapproval by the British legal community.
In-house counsel have no right to professional legal privilege in cartel investigations carried out by the European Commission, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held today.
Bindmans scoops NoW phone hacking mandate subscription
Bindmans has launched judicial review proceedings against the Metropolitan Police over claims it failed to adequately investigate allegations of phone hacking at Sunday tabloid News of the World (NoW).
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The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge has led tributes to Tom Bingham who died on Saturday, aged 76.
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39 Essex Street is to boost its regulatory practice with the addition of Ofgem legal director, markets Duncan Sinclair as a member.
Pressure on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to overhaul the way the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance market is governed has been immense in the build-up to the 1 October renewal date.
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Channel 5’s legal chief Paul Chinnery has been made redundant and is set to leave the broadcaster at the end of October.
The Royal Opera House (ROH) has threatened legal action against a blogsite after it posted pictures of the ROH building on its website.
Burness partner Philip Rodney has successfully defended the former snooker world champion John Higgins of allegations of match fixing, originally made by the News of the World (NoW).
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A handful of lawyers is working its way through the tangled web that is the alleged phone hacking scandal to have engulfed the News of the World (NoW).
Fountain Court deputy senior clerk Vince Plant is to join rival set Devereux Chambers as head of clerking services.
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Howard Kennedy partner Dov Katz has a passion outside the law that has helped his firm make some powerful connections within the Jewish community. And the passion? Table tennis.
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Slaughter and May dispute resolution head Richard Clark strongly refutes any suggestion that his group is the poorer relation of the firm’s stellar corporate practice.
The creation of Optima Legal Services (OLS) in May 2006 marked the entry of the first non-legal services provider into the legal profession.
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The judge in charge of the Commercial Court, Mrs Justice Gloster, has set a new precedent in the High Court by sitting alongside Mr Justice Mann of the Chancery Court and jointly giving directions in the £2bn legal battle between Russian oligarchs Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich.
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SRA comes down on Optima-Capita deal despite leading counsel giving green light to investment strategy
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Southwark Council is to radically overhaul how it uses the bar by teaming up with Lambeth Council to create a chambers panel.
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Construction and professional negligence silk David Sears QC is to take up tenancy at 4 New Square from next week.
The Legal Services Board has approved the SRA’ decision to set the annual practising certificate fee at the reduced cost of £428.
Matrix Chambers’ Ken Macdonald QC will advise supermodel Naomi Campbell when she appears at The Hague to give evidence at the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
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It was always going to take years for lawyers to unravel the financial maze behind the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that hedge funds whose money was not properly ringfenced when Lehman Brothers went into administration will have access to client money deposited with the UK division of the bank, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE).
Hausfeld has launched a High Court claim against Pilkington Group on behalf of motoring giant Volvo, almost three years after the car glass manufacturer was fined for price fixing.
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Addleshaw Goddard, Pinsent Masons and TLT have all secured places on the Co-operative Group’s slimmed-down commercial legal panel.
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US firm Brown Rudnick has launched a High Court claim against Russian oil and gas business Baltic Oil Terminals.
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Charles Russell has pulled out of clinical negligence work after a series of raids left it bereft of any partners in the practice.
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Leading human rights silk Tim Otty QC is set to join Blackstone Chambers just six months after he quit 20 Essex Street to join civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers.
Marine firm Ince & Co’s global head of energy and offshore has resigned after being suspended over “irregular financial behaviour”.
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Firms can legitimately retire partners at 65 as long as the action is justified, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
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Personal injury (PI) lawyers were left reeling at the beginning of the year when Lord Justice Jackson published his proposals on how the litigation model should be reformed to help stem costs (see story).
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After more than 30 years as a lawyer for The Times, Alastair Brett left this month. Katy Dowell looks back at a glittering career and conjectures on why it all ended so abruptly
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Insurance giant RSA has appointed Derek Walsh as group general counsel to succeed Mark Chambers.
North West set Exchange Chambers is to open an office in Leeds in a bid to build a chambers powerhouse in the North.
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The joint venture set up by Geldards and the legal department of Kent County Council (KCC) to provide public sector legal services has signed up its first client.
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Morgan Cole has signed a delegated authority deal to enable it to broker after-the-event (ATE) insurance to clients.
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Revenues across Bristol-headquartered firms flatlined during the 2009-10 financial year as firms looked to rebuild their core practices in the wake of the recession.
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North West set St Johns Buildings has joined the Manchester Law Society in an effort to make better connections with solicitors.
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Wilberforce Chambers has promoted John Martin QC to head of chambers following the retirement of Jules Sher QC.
Charles Russell personal injury and clinical negligence head Amanda Stevens has defected to Irwin Mitchell just months after Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) raided the firm for its London-based medical negligence team.
Blackstone Chambers silk Ian Mill QC has lost a high profile case in the Manchester Mercantile Court after Mr Justice Hegarty QC ruled that his client, sport management firm Proactive, was not owed commission by footballer Wayne Rooney.
Withers has reported a 64 per cent rise in profitability for the 2009-10 financial year while turnover slid slightly to £92.7m.
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Leading barrister Ralph Lewis QC passed away on Sunday after recently being diagnosed with cancer.
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Blackstone Chambers has bolstered its junior ranks with the addition of commercial practitioners Andreas Gledhill and Leona Powell.
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Dawsons has “amicably settled” a High Court claim for unpaid fees.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), HBJ Gateley Wareing and Hill Dickinson have agreed the basis of a deal that would see the three firms take over the majority of troubled firm Halliwells.
It has been a year of growth at the bar, with sets ramping up inward investment during the pick-up in litigation.
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Eversheds is facing a High Court professional negligence claim from property development company JMH Acquisitions.
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Norton Rose has made a double partner hire for its litigation practice after a year in which dispute resolution turnover grew by 23.6 per cent.
Halliwells has filed a notice of its intention to appoint an administrator, with Hill Dickinson and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) understood to be circling to take the firm’s assets.
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Taylor Wessing has seen its global turnover fall by 5.3 per cent at the 2009-10 year-end, from £188m a year ago to £178m.
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What constitutes mental health discrimination? How can clinical depression be defined from everyday anxiety? These are just some of the issues that have been troubling the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in recent weeks.
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The barrister who brought and lost a race discrimination claim against 4 New Square has had her appeal bid thrown out by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
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CLYDE & Co has reported a four per cent rise in turnover for the 2009-10 financial year, up from £185m to £192m.
Bernard Livesey QC has quit 4 New Square to join Hailsham Chambers, claiming that a difference of opinion with the former prompted his departure.
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The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision that said the libel case Fiddes v Channel Four and ors should be heard without a jury.
Herbert Smith has secured a £318m payout for client British Sky Broadcasting, which was in dispute with Electronic Data Systems (EDS).
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After months of speculation about the possibility of shareholder action against a high street bank, Lloyds TSB is now facing two test cases relating to the bank’s ill-fated takeover of HBOS.
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Lady Justice Hallett has been appointed as chair of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) for a three-year term.
The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger will examine Mr Justice Tugendhat’s decision to disallow a jury in a major libel trial against Channel Four.
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Beachcroft has revealed an 8 per cent rise in turnover at the 2009-10 year end to £131m from £121m a year earlier.
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Construction giant Bovis Lend Lease is facing an age discrimination and unfair dismissal claim from a former in-house lawyer.
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Celebrity lawyer Simon Smith is to launch his own practice in London six months after quitting Schillings.
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Holman Fenwick & Willan (HFW) has reported a marginal rise in turnover at the 2009-10 year-end following a year of investment at the firm.
Speechly Bircham is the latest firm to launch a High Court claim against a client for unpaid fees.
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The Telegraph Media Group has hired Associated Newspaper’s group litigation adviser to work alongside its most senior lawyer Arthur Wynn-Davies as he prepares for retirement.
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Once considered to be a bastion of British justice, it appears that trial by jury in libel cases has fallen out of vogue and could soon be stopped altogether.
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Fladgate has settled a fraud claim brought against it by collapsed dot com Izodia, agreeing to pay it £7.8m.
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Fox Williams has launched a £194,000 claim against dialysis product manufacturers Renal Services Holdings for unpaid fees.
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Insurance and litigation firm Kennedys has reported a 31 per cent rise in turnover to £88.25m at the 2009-10 year-end.
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Gray’s Inn set Matrix has reported its most successful year-end ever, with turnover increasing 26.5 per cent to £17.2m from £13.6m at the end of 2008-09.
Criminal set QEB Hollis Whiteman is to swap the Inns of Court for the City in an effort to expand its regulatory and white-collar crime practices. The set is departing from bar tradition by opening an office on London’s Cannon Street.
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Withers is to expand its offering in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) a year after it made its first foray into the offshore jurisdiction.
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A lawyer who instructed Carter Ruck to launch a libel claim against a website that claimed to ’name and shame’ underperforming lawyers has settled his dispute.
Specialist family set QEB has been instructed to act on both sides of the celbrity divorce of pop star Cheryl Cole and her footballer husband Ashley.
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Lord Justice Jacob has spoken out against the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling in high-profile ’smell-alike’ case, L’Oréal v Bellure.
Commercial insurer QBE has promoted Esther Felton to head of legal replacing Adrian Williams, who is set to join Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice.
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CLYDE & Co has made a trio of partner hires across its transatlantic practices, with Peter Whalen and Edward Kirk joining the firm in the US, while Addleshaw Goddard corporate insurance partner Ivor Edwards has joined in London.
SLAUGHTER and May has secured a High Court freezing order against the assets of Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, the former executive chairman of retail investor Baugur, on behalf of Icelandic bank Glitnir.
Old Square defeats Littleton in BA strike appeal subscription
British Airways (BA) has suffered a major blow in the Court of Appeal after it ruled that planned strikes by cabin staff who are members of the Unite union are legal.
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If the brave new world of British politics is anything to go by traditionalists and modernists can coexist in harmony.
Kennedys reverses decision on banning bonuses subscription
Kennedys is to pay bonuses at the financial year-end after telling lawyers last year that they would no longer receive the package.
David Wyld chases ex-client for £314K subscription
David Wyld & Co has launched a claim against former clients Jack and Helga Dadourian over unpaid fees.
For the past three years Leigh Day & Co senior partner Martyn Day has been fighting oil company Trafigura on behalf of 30,000 claimants based in the Ivory Coast.
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Trafigura will vigorously contend the £105m legal fee put forward by Leigh Day & Co, claiming the amount is “wholly unjustified”.
Hogan Lovells litigation partner Graham Huntley has been left with a huge legal bill after he and his mother lost a two-and-a-half-year dispute with his mother’s neighbour.
Harbour raises £60m to fund 25 litigation cases subscription
Third party funder Harbour Litigation Funding has raised £60m to invest in commercial litigation cases valued above £3m.
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The collapse of the criminal prosecution against four British Airways executives by the OFT reveals an inherent weakness in the department’s ability to pursue criminal charges.
Leigh Day & Co has claimed £105m in costs against Trafigura, the company that, it is alleged, was responsible for the dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast.
Linklaters loses £37m Levicom negligence claim subscription
Litigation boutique Stewarts Law has won a major victory against Linklaters in the Court of Appeal in a ruling that could see the magic circle firm liable for a $55m (£37m) negligence claim.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has withdrawn criminal proceedings against four British Airways (BA) executives who were alleged to have been involved in a multinational price-fixing scam.
Beachcroft reshuffles regional management subscription
Beachcroft has revamped its regional management line-up and expanded its management board.
BLG makes £20m saving with 10-year lease on HQ subscription
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has secured a 10-year lease on its London headquarters, making a saving of more than £20m over the next decade.
Ex-Landmark senior clerk joins Outer Temple subscription
The Former senior clerk at Landmark Chambers Stephen Graham has come out of retirement to join Outer Temple Chambers as its business development director.
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With its very existence hanging in the balance, the SFO is demanding the powers necessary for it to do its job so that it can then be taken seriously
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Hammonds international head of construction and engineering David Moss has quit the firm and is taking two partners to McGrigors’ Manchester office.
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Lawyers could become an uninsurable risk if the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) fails to reform the professional indemnity (PI) insurance regulations.
Relations between the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and solicitors’ professional indemnity insurers have soured in recent weeks, resulting in underwriters calling for a radical overhaul of the sector.
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The bitterly fought dispute between Digicel and Cable & Wireless (C&W) was finally laid to rest at the end of last month (23 April) with the High Court ordering claimants Digicel to pay the defendant’s multi-million pound legal fees.
Manchester set Exchange Chambers has reported a 15.4 per cent rise in turnover for the 2009-10 financial year, with the figure rising to £21.7m from £18.8m last year.
Lewis Silkin loses partner to Stewarts Law subscription
Lewis Silkin partner Gareth Brahams has quit the firm to launch an employment practice with litigation boutique Stewarts Law.
Media law has become an intensely controversial area and the demand for reform is growing, with editors and politicians attempting to influence the debate.
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There was much trumpeting outside the Royal Courts of Justice last week after Mr Justice MacDuff approved plans for a compensation fund for victims of the toxic sofas scandal.
The High Court has thrown out a defamation claim brought against the Daily Telegraph by tennis player Robert Dee, who claimed the paper had defamed him by dubbing him the “world’s worst tennis pro”.
7 Bedford Row to go down LDP route subscription
Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row (7BR) is mooting plans to employ lawyers and paralegals as part of a legal disciplinary partnership (LDP) following the implementation of the Legal Services Act (LSA).
High flying Wilberforce Chambers barrister Anna Carboni is to leave the set to join IP boutique Powell Gilbert.
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Lawyers acting for 18 claimants who won a landmark negligence claim against Corby Borough Council have slammed Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals to move away from the conditional fee agreement (CFA) regime.
Mace & Jones hit by £60m client action subscription
North West firm Mace & Jones has been named as a defendant in a £60m professional negligence claim alongside Kings Chambers’ John Hoggett QC.
Mishcon de Reya partner Danny Davis is a self-confessed attention seeker who spends his evenings performing stand-up comedy across the pubs and clubs of the south.
Penningtons barrister joins partnership subscription
Private client firm Penningtons has become one of the first firms to promote a barrister to its partnership.
Ireland’s High Court will today (12 April) decide the fate of insurer Quinn Group and whether to confirm its administration formally.
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Bath-headquartered Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons has expanded its London base with the acquisition of private client boutique Leach & Co.
Members of the Jackson pop dynasty will be called to take the witness stand when television broadcaster Channel 4 defends a libel action in the High Court in June.
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When Bryan Cave associate Robert Dougans was first introduced to Simon Singh by an in-house lawyer in May 2008, he never thought that together they would become the poster boys for a campaign against British libel laws.
7 Bedford Row head quits post to join bench subscription
Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row has elected a new head of chambers after incumbent Kate Thirlwall QC left to join the bench.
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Common law set 9 Gough Square has appointed Ron Smith to succeed John Kerr as chief executive of chambers.
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The collapse of Irish insurer Quinn could bring about the end of the professional indemnity assigned risk pool (ARP), a leading insurance broker has warned.
Beachcroft is to acquire specialist London insurance boutique Williams Holden Cooklin Gibbons (WHCG).
Libelled lawyer sics Carter-Ruck on site subscription
A consumer website that claims to “name and shame” underperforming lawyers is being sued for libel by a personal injury lawyer who was criticised on the site.
Court of Appeal overturns Eady J libel decision subscription
The Court of Appeal has ruled that science writer Simon Singh can rely on the fair comment defence in a libel action being brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).
The decision to put Irish insurer Quinn Insurance into administration has sent shockwaves through the market and prompted warnings of dramatic rate hikes across the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) market.
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Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich is to be called as a witness in one of the biggest trials of 2011 after Mr Justice Colman today ruled that he must answer allegations that he used coercive tactics against former business partner Boris Berezovsky.
Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich must answer allegations that he used coercive tactics to force former business partner Boris Berezovsky to sell his assets at an undervalued market price, the High Court ruled today.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has hired two partners from Bristol firm John A Neil Solicitors to launch its office in the city.
Barrister Paul Dockery of Manchester set 18 St John Street Chambers has an unusual claim to fame: in his spare time he advises Coronation Street’s script writers on the legal aspects of the show.
Cleary partner jumps ship to tax chambers subscription
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton tax partner Nikhil Mehta has quit the firm to join Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers.
Cubism bags chief for employment launch subscription
London litigation boutique Cubism Law has hired David Buckle from Thames Valley firm BP Collins to launch its employment practice.
Radcliffe snaps up SJ Berwin associate subscription
SJ Berwin associate Harris Bor has left the firm to join Radcliffe Chambers in a move that is designed to boost the set’s commercial expertise.
Walkers follows Maples to Ireland subscription
Offshore firm Walkers has unveiled plans to open a base in Dublin.
Zenith installs litigator as chief exec subscription
Leeds-based Zenith Chambers has hired former litigator Andrew Argyle to take on the newly created role of chief executive.
Lord Justice Carnwath has ordered the Government to re-examine its decision to open a third runway at Heathrow.
Mr Justice Collins has rejected a High Court bid to bring a judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) decision to agree a plea bargain settlement with BAE Systems.
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A personnel-poaching case that has rocked the City has cleared its first hurdle, with Mr Justice Jack ruling that broker Tullett Prebon was the victim of a conspiracy when arch rival BGC Brokers poached 10 of its brokers.
BLG loses regulatory partner to Bakers subscription
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) regulatory partner Ian Mason has quit the firm for Baker & McKenzie in a move that will strike a blow to BLG’s new management line-up.
Irwin Mitchell in Telegraph link-up subscription
Irwin Mitchell has signed a deal with Telegraph Media Group (TMG) that will see the paper offering legal services to readers.
Manchester barrister stars in Coronation Street subscription
Barrister Paul Dockery of Manchester set 18 St John Street Chambers made a return appearance on Coronation Street last night, playing a court usher as Gail McIntyre was put on remand for murder.
Judges claimed £48k of expenses during Michaelmas subscription
The country’s most senior judiciary claimed a total of £47,745.23 in expenses during the Michaelmas term.
The High Court today ruled that broker BGC Partners acted unlawfully when it conspired to poach senior staff from rival Tullett Prebon.
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For big name defendants employment discrimination can be a PR catastrophe. Look at 4 New Square.
?Blackstone Chambers is looking for junior barristers to balance the shape of its commercial practice.
CC advises on electoral commission inquiry subscription
The Conservative Party instructed Clifford Chance to advise it on the Electoral Commission’s investigation into party donations made by a company owned by Lord Ashcroft, deputy chairman of the party.
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Despite 4 New Square defeating accusations of racist behaviour in the Employment Tribunal, the case has not done the image of the set - or indeed the bar as a whole - any favours
No more 'One' at One Temple Gardens subscription
London set One Temple Gardens has rebranded as Temple Gardens Chambers after expanding into new offices.
Manchester-based firm Consumer Credit Litigation Solicitors (CCLS) has been shut down by the SRA because of “suspected dishonesty”.
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Over the last year London has become notorious as the destination of choice for libel tourists, almost eclipsing its reputation as the divorce capital of the world. After all, aside from Katie and Peter, celebrity divorce court battles have been thin on the ground in the past 12 months.
Addleshaws raids DLA for planning dept chief subscription
Addleshaw Goddard has turned to DLA Piper for the hire of a partner to head its 10-strong planning and environment team.
Appeal court takes heat off National Grid Ofgem fine subscription
The court of Appeal (CoA) has halved the fine imposed on National Grid by Ofgem, the gas and electricity authority.
Ashfords' growth prompts Bristol relocation subscription
Ashfords will move to new offices in Bristol to accommodate the future growth of the firm.
Civil unrest as criminal QC appointments escalate subscription
The QC appointments panel reduced dramatically the number of civil barristers who made silk in the 2010 competition, raising concerns about whether the appointments process is fundamentally flawed.
Halliwells to tough it out in Sheffield after exits subscription
Halliwells’ Sheffield office has been left with just four partners after being raided by Beachcroft and Kennedys.
HFW targets Oz as start of launch trail subscription
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is examining the possibility of opening a third office in Australia, with a Perth launch expected in the next 12 months.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is putting its newly acquired family and private client team at the heart of its growth strategy two years after outsourcing the practice.
Simmons seals CoA victory in ongoing Buncefield saga subscription
Simmons & Simmons has been handed a major victory by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that oil company Shell could pursue a claim against French oil group Total for loss of profits spiralling out of the Buncefield disaster.
4 New Square defeats race discrimination case subscription
The London barrister who sued three members of 4 New Square and the set’s senior clerk on grounds of racial and disability discrimination has lost her case.
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The last time campaign groups Corner House Research and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) clashed with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), then Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that the Government pushed the SFO into dropping an investigation into BAE Systems.
SRA hands litigation panel places to five firms subscription
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has appointed five firms to a newly created litigation panel.
Beachcroft hikes health with Eversheds lateral subscription
Beachcroft has raided Eversheds for public sector real estate partner Eve Gregory in a move designed to bolster the firm’s health practice further.
Eversheds solicitor advocate takes silk subscription
Four women across the top 10 commercial and chancery sets were awarded silk on Friday (26 February), with Eversheds partner Marcus Trinick the only solicitor-advocate to be made up.
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Crisis talks over unpaid fees rescue litigation titans’ relationship
With the bar in a state of rapid change, clerks last week (23 February) welcomed the opportunity to escape for a few hours to chew the fat with their contemporaries at an event hosted by The Lawyer.
Legal Complaints Services (LSC) staff are at risk of redundancy following a High Court ruling that said a new service for handling legal complaints is not legally required to employ them.
The Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge has rejected claims that Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC had attempted to interfere with a draft judgment by requesting that a paragraph of the Binyam Mohamed torture ruling be redacted.
Eversheds partner awarded silk in 129-strong round subscription
The Queen’s Counsel selection panel has handed silk to 129 of the 275 barristers who applied for the coveted title, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today.
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The Supreme Court ruling that the extradition of Ian Norris, a man wanted in the US on charges relating to price-fixing, can go ahead (see story) will come as a blow to the legal team behind Gary McKinnon’s case.
White & Case has lost its long running battle with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over the extradition of businessman Ian Norris.
Law Soc and Eversheds named top legal Superbrands subscription
The Law Society has the strongest brand in the legal market while Eversheds has the strongest law firm brand, according to research published by branding organisation Superbrands.
The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger has called for the regulatory “maze” introduced by the Legal Services Act (LSA) to be simplified by the Legal Services Board (LSB).
London set 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square is to open an office in Cardiff to capture work emerging from the regionalised Administrative Court.
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Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy has survived tougher things than the recession during its 275-year history.
Devereux barrister wins crucifix ruling for BA subscription
Devereux Chambers’ Ingrid Simler successfully acted for British Airways (BA) in defence of an indirect discrimination claim brought by an employee who was refused permission to wear a cross visibly at work.
An apology from a leading barrister to the country’s most senior judiciary in the Court of Appeal is not an everyday occurrence, but that is exactly what happened earlier this month (The Lawyer.com, 11 February).
Morgan Lewis arbitrator joins Eversheds subscription
Morgan Lewis arbitration partner Neville Byford is to join Eversheds after the US firm announced it would be scaling back its UK litigation exposure.
Outer Temple goes global with post-LSA strategy subscription
Outer Temple International set to revolutionise barrister model
Walkers sets up Cayman employment practice subscription
Offshore giant Walkers has launched a dedicated employment practice in its Cayman Islands base.
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The rise in the number of media interventions in cases appears to be the result of an orchestrated attack by defendant media lawyers on their claimant counterparts.
Irwin Mitchell launches PI base in Bristol subscription
Irwin Mitchell is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to break into the South West legal market.
Appeal decision erodes banks’ anti-crime tactics subscription
The Court of Appeal has ruled that bank customers whose transactions are delayed because of money laundering suspicions will have the right to challenge banks’ decisions.
DLA Piper strengthens corporate crime team subscription
DLA Piper has beefed up its corporate crime team with the appointment of Peters & Peters partner Jo Rickards.
Stewarts Law swoops for PwC Legal litigator subscription
Litigation firm Stewarts Law has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Legal commercial litigation head Paul Brehony as a partner.
Schillings withdraws Nicola Horlick injunction subscription
Schillings has withdrawn an injunction filed against former City journalist turned PR Damien McCrystal on behalf of fund manager Nicola Horlick.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC was forced to apologise to the country’s most senior judiciary after it emerged that she passed a vital letter relating to the Binyam Mohamed torture case to the press.
Beachcroft is hiring a 10-strong team of lawyers from Halliwells’ healthcare practice, leaving the latter with just one partner in that group.
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The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) decision to settle its investigation into arms maker BAE Systems highlights significant disparities between how corporate fraud is dealt with in the UK and US.
Simmons & Simmons finance litigation head Jonathan Kelly is to the leave the firm to take up partnership at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Unilever has reshuffled its legal management team with UK and Ireland general counsel Tonia Lovell stepping into the chief legal officer and company secretary position.
Garden Court North duo defect to Doughty Street subscription
Manchester set Garden Court North has lost a further two barristers to civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers.
Shoosmiths is the latest firm to launch a consumer brand in a bid to shore up its competitiveness ahead of the implementation of the Legal Services Act.
Farrers hire boosts commercial property subscription
Farrer & Co has beefed up its commercial property arm with the appointment of Richard Peskin as a consultant.
20 Essex St QC joins human rights set Doughty St subscription
Human rights barrister Tim Otty QC has left 20 Essex Street to join civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers.
Claimant media lawyers are threatening to bring judicial review proceedings against the Government after it unveiled proposals to introduce a 10 per cent cap on conditional fee arrangements in defamation cases.
Nicola Davies QC becomes High Court judge subscription
Nicola Davies QC has been appointed a High Court judge to sit in the Queen’s Bench Division.
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Concerns about the future stability of the bar are having a knock-on effect on the number of barristers applying to become QCs, leading barristers have warned.
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British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) has been battling with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for the last seven years after the latter agreed to install a customer relationship management (CRM) system in 2000.
The senior practice director at 3-4 South Square is to leave the set to join Keating Chambers’ as director of clerking.
Herbert Smith and Brick Court’s Mark Howard QC have won a major victory in the Technology and Construction Court for British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
RJW raids Gorvins for temporary Milton Keynes launch subscription
Gorvins senior partner George Marriott is set to join Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) in a move that will give the latter firm a base in Milton Keynes for the first time.
Serle Court barrister Philip Marshall QC has been instructed by Olswang partner Steven Baker to act for a group of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) shareholders in a legal action against the bank.
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Supreme Court Justice Lord Saville sat on just one case in the Michaelmas term, making him the least active of the 11 Supreme Court Justices.
Clydes cherrypicks Shadbolt practices subscription
Shadbolt is to disband next month, with the bulk of its partnership set to join Clyde & Co.
Juridica invests £50m into UK-based litigation subscription
Litigation funder Juridica Capital Management is to plough up to £50m into UK-based litigation.
Norwich firm Leathes Prior Solicitors has been landed with a £1.5m professional negligence claim from a company that takes new inventions to market.
Optima promotes five group heads subscription
Volume firm Optima Legal has unveiled a series of promotions, installing various practice group heads as a means of creating accountability.
The personal injury (PI) claimant market has launched an all-out assault on Lord Justice Jackson’s report into civil legal costs, arguing that his proposals would actually impede access to justice.
The Court of Appeal has handed Monckton Chambers a major victory after ruling that broadcaster BSkyB should reduce its stake in ITV.
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Last week we had Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil just costs.
Addleshaws to adapt contingency fees post-Jackson subscription
Addleshaw Goddard is ready to embrace a contingency fee regime if it comes into force in England and Wales, as recommended by Lord Justice Jackson last week (14 January).
Farrers raids City to build corporate service subscription
Farrer & Co has made a rare foray into the lateral hiring market, taking on three partners and a consultant in a bid to beef up its corporate-related practices.
Jackson costs review divides market subscription
Jackson LJ attacks Access to Justice Act with proposals to reverse ATE provisions and cap success fees.
Matthew Arnold boosts litigation team subscription
?Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has hired BP Collins’ former head of litigation Tim Constable.
TLT makes space for more London lawyers subscription
?Bristol firm TLT has announced a move to a new City office, doubling its London capability.
Significant reforms should be introduced to prevent litigation costs from spiralling, Lord Justice Jackson announced today as he unveiled his long-awaited review into the cost of civil litigation.
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When is a litigation not a litigation? When the opposing sides agree to work together to find a resolution to the matter in hand.
Tiger Woods' UK lawyer quits Schillings subscription
Schillings partner Simon Smith has left the media boutique weeks after winning a controversial injunction on behalf of golfer Tiger Woods.
Hempsons furthers association with NHS subscription
Healthcare boutique Hempsons has won a place on two major NHS buying consortiums alongside Beachcroft and Ward Hadaway.
Kings’ new chambers head vows to grow Leeds base subscription
Manchester-based Kings Chambers has appointed Nicholas Braslavsky QC as head of the set.
As profession awaits Jackson LJ’s civil justice costs review, the cases set to shape this year’s litigation get underway
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Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has appointed Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) partner Rosemary Rollason to head its new regulation and professional discipline team.
Speechly brings in Farrers partner subscription
Speechly Bircham has hired Farrer & Co’s financial services senior partner Jonathan Bayliss.
Top 10 cases of 2010: The battles commence subscription
The next 12 months promise to be a barnstormer for litigation. These are the cases to watch
Withers to create global network subscription
Withers is looking to formalise its international contacts in an effort to win more multijurisdictional work.
The bar mourns Sir Ian Brownlie QC subscription
The sudden death of Sir Ian Brownlie QC has left the world of international law mourning the loss of one of its most prominent figures.
Lovells and 39 Essex St scoop LSB panel places subscription
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has appointed Lovells and 39 Essex Street as legal advisors following a tender that attracted responses from 16 applicants.
Human rights and civil liberties silk Sir Ian Brownlie QC has died in a car accident in Egypt.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert chief executive Clint Evans is set to leave the firm with chief operating officer (COO) David Jabbari stepping into the role.
Kings head becomes law commissioner subscription
The Law Commission has appointed Kings Chambers chief Frances Patterson QC as a law commissioner.
Ward Hadaway wins major NHS panel spots subscription
Ward Hadaway has won places on the panels of two major NHS buying consortiums.
Withy King signs deal with insurer FirstAssist subscription
South West firm Withy King is the latest to sign a delegated authority deal with an after-the-event insurer.
Insurance firm Kennedys is set to launch a Sheffield office after raiding Halliwells for eight partners and a total of 70 staff.
The High Court has ruled that strikes planned by British Airways cabin crew over the Christmas period are illegal.
Carter-Ruck wins £25k libel settlement for Trafigura subscription
Trafigura, advised by Carter-Ruck, has won a £25,000 compensation payout and an apology from the BBC over its reporting of the oil company’s legal battle with claimants based in the Ivory Coast.
The Supreme Court has upheld a Court of Appeal ruling that it was illegal for a Jewish school to refuse entry to a boy because his mother was not recognised as Jewish by the Office of the Chief Rabbi.
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The fact that the heavyweights of the judiciary are lining up to hear academic Simon Singh appeal a ruling handed down by Mr Justice Eady demonstrates just how seriously the country’s leading judges are taking the debate around libel laws (see story ).
A clear trend is emerging in litigation markets: the global recession has spawned a wave of high-value multijurisdictional disputes. It took months for the upswing to take hold, but in August - typically a quiet month for litigators - the instructions started to roll in.
Lloyd LJ emerges as favourite for Supreme Court post subscription
Lord Justice Lloyd is tipped as the favourite to become the final judge appointed to the Supreme Court after Jonathan Sumption QC revealed last week that he had pulled out of the race.
MoJ rebuffs plan to replace cab rank rule subscription
Proposals to scrap the bar’s longstanding cab rank rule have been rejected by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Plexus acquisition reinforces QBE ties subscription
Plexus Law has strengthened its links with insurance giant QBE by acquiring the insurance practice of Whitfield Hallam Goodall.
Speechly boosts IP team with Nabarro hire subscription
Speechly Bircham has turned to Nabarro for the hire of competition partner Robert Bell.
Lord Judge to chair landmark libel appeal hearing subscription
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, the country’s most senior judge, will chair a panel of three to preside over a landmark libel trial set to be heard by the Court of Appeal in February.
Sumption quits race for seat in Supreme Court subscription
Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC has withdrawn his application to join the Supreme Court.
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The much anticipated litigation explosion barely mustered a whimper in 2009, but 2010 is shaping up to be a vintage year for litigators.
Mr Justice Eady put his head above the parapet last week to take a swipe at Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre, who created a media storm when he accused the judge of introducing privacy laws via the back door.
Keoghs appoints pre-litigation chief subscription
Insurance firm Keoghs has hired Steve Thomas, formerly technical claims director for general insurance giant Zurich.
Extradition centre stage at Supreme Court subscription
The High Court has rejected attempts to overturn a strike-out ruling slapped on two lawyers by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
Beachcroft ups support nous with Capita hire subscription
Beachcroft has hired former Capita relationship director Janet Scott for its new chief operating officer position.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has agreed a best-friends arrangement with Cyprus firm Antis Triantafyllides & Sons (ATS).
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Mention collective redress to an insurer and they will instinctively mutter about the dangers of a US class action system being introduced in the UK. Claimant lawyers, by contrast, will dismiss those fears and talk about the lack of access to justice in the English and Welsh courts.
Former Bevan Brittan chief exec calls time subscription
Bevan Brittan’s former chief executive Stuart Whitfield has parted company with the firm less than a year after the partnership voted him out of the position.
Nine Supreme Court Justices to hear Norris case on Monday
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Serious questions must be asked of the Office of Fair Trading after it suffered a major defeat in the Supreme Court this morning.
The Office of Fair Trading loses two-year fight to investigate overdraft charges by high street banks
7 Bedford Row makes annual chief exec switch subscription
Common law set Seven Bedford Row has appointed its third chief executive in three years.
Clydes and Shadbolt lay foundations for merger subscription
Construction boutique Shadbolt Law has completed a strategic review that has ended with the firm looking to tie up with EC3 giant Clyde & Co.
Injunction against Channel 4 thrown out subscription
An injunction application that found its way to the High Court without proceedings being issued has been thrown out.
McClures goes after concert promoter for fees subscription
Scottish firm McClure Naismith has launched a High Court claim against concert promoter Mark Lundquist in a row over unpaid fees.
Herbert Smith partner Alan Watts has instructed One Essex Court barrister Emma Himsworth to represent STV in its £12m dispute with ITV over new media rights.
Clydes in merger talks with Shadbolt subscription
Clyde & Co is in preliminary talks to tie up with construction firm Shadbolt, The Lawyer can reveal.
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Complaints against the judiciary are extremely rare, so when four Gibraltar firms came together in 2007 to make an official complaint against the colony’s Chief Justice it created mayhem.
The behaviour of Gibraltar’s top legal chief has brought his office into disrepute and he should be removed from the post, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has ruled.
Beachcroft posts 14 per cent hike in fee income subscription
Beachcroft has seen fee income rise to £62m at the half-year point - a 14 per cent rise compared with the same period last year.
Eversheds wins VW Financial Services role subscription
Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) has appointed Eversheds as its sole adviser on employment issues.
Schillings has lost a High Court bid to bring libel proceedings against The Daily Telegraph on behalf of Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone.
The Hendy-man can subscription
When he stood down as head of Old Square chambers in April John Hendy QC was hoping his workload would lighten slightly.
Archon Solicitors subscription
Employment boutique Archon Solicitors has made a space for itself in the employment market.
Fountain Ct faces One Essex Ct in Russian showdown subscription
Fountain Court Chambers’ Michael Brindle QC went to the High Court last week (2 November) in a bid to strike out a $5bn (£3.05bn) claim against his client, Russian billionaire and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.
Outer Temple Middle East success prompts NY launch subscription
London’s Outer Temple Chambers is opening an annexe in New York’s financial district. The move comes as part of a wider expansion strategy that began when the set launched in Abu Dhabi in 2007.
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Perhaps it is because the set sits outside the Inns of Court or maybe because of the non-commercial nature of the work its members are involved in, but Doughty Street Chambers has an atmosphere that is decidedly more relaxed than many of its commercial peers.
A silk from London set Old Square Chambers is about to step back into the limelight after being instructed in injunctive actions against both British Airways and Royal Mail.
The chief executive of London set 9 Gough Square has resigned from the post and will launch a property investment company when he steps down next March.
Total costs estimated at more than £500,000 look set to be racked up in a libel case brought by tennis player Robert Dee, dubbed the “world’s worst” by the Daily Telegraph.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has made a trio of partner hires in an effort to beef up its contentious capabilities.
Halliwells-Manches romance hits impasse subscription
Manches has abandoned its bid to buy the most profitable parts of Halliwells after both sides decided the deal would be unfeasible.
JV sees emergence of new litigation funder subscription
A new player is seeking to enter the buoyant litigation funding market and is looking to raise £50m to invest in cases.
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Hiscox to underwrite compliance push for post-LSA era. Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has moved a step closer to realising its post-Legal Services Act (LSA) ambitions by signing a deal with insurer Hiscox that will see it offer a Claims Direct-style service to a more specialised market.
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The Supreme Court yesterday (27 October) assembled the country’s leading judges to decide whether to uphold a Court of Appeal decision that found that a Jewish school contravenes UK race discrimination laws and should therefore revise its admissions policy.
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Withers is to face a renewed court claim from celebrity chef Marco Pierre White after the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the firm must answer the case.
Steeles Law practice heads Dominic Crossley and Rhory Robertson have defected to rival Collyer Bristow.
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Hardwicke Building is to launch an insurance practice after appointing Vivien Frew as senior practice manager.
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Barristers acting on BSkyB’s £700m claim against IT supplier EDS have criticised presiding judge Mr Justice Ramsey for not yet handing down his judgment despite the case ending more than a year ago.
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Freedom of speech is the pride of the UK, but with it comes a duty of responsibility. So when newspaper editors start complaining that their freedoms have been curtailed, it becomes a concern for the nation.
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Linklaters has launched a £3.5m claim against construction and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine in a row relating to the refurbishment of the firm’s London headquarters.
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Since the Woolf reforms were introduced in April 1999 the litigation system in England and Wales has been transformed, not least because of the wider use of conditional fee arrangements (CFAs).
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London set 20 Essex Street will break with tradition by expanding its international practice via an office opening in Singapore.
Insurance heavyweight Kennedys has hired three lateral partners.
Mishcon de Reya acted on a no-win no-fee arrangement for Christine Gill, the university lecturer who won the legal battle against the RSPCA over her mother’s will.
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Appetite for commercial conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) is on the rise with a number of northern firms moving into the commercial litigation funding market.
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Litigation boutique Stewarts Law is to launch an antitrust litigation practice after poaching Eversheds litigator Jonathan Sinclair.
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Barristers are expecting a rise in cases against solicitors who have not paid fees to counsel after Lincoln’s Inn set Enterprise Chambers successfully sued West End firm Sibley & Co for fees owed.
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Leeds set Zenith Chambers is the latest set to embrace the role of chief executive, with the retirement of practice director Rob Butchard prompting the move.
Latham & Watkins partner Nigel Campion-Smith has advised commercial litigation investor Burford Capital on its listing on the Aim.
The Government must reassess how it compensated former Equitable Life pension policyholders after the High Court rejected attempts to quash a parliamentary ombudsman report into the near collapse of the insurer.
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While many chambers are on the hunt for new chief executives, one set is refusing to change it strategic direction, preferring instead to build on the successes of the past.
Attempts made by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to cut the amount of compensation awarded to two wounded soldiers have been thwarted in the Court of Appeal.
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Offshore lawyers are used to their business focus being the butt of criticism and boldly dismiss this as political rhetoric.
2 Hare Court appoints new head of chambers subscription
Inner Temple set 2 Hare Court has named Orlando Pownall QC as its new head of chambers.
Clarke Willmott is to pilot an outsourcing programme in its Birmingham office with the aim of rolling it out across its UK network.
South East firm RWP Solicitors has secured a group litigation order (GLO) for 126 claimants in High Court proceedings against Bank of Scotland (BOS) and Barclays over allegedly unfair mortgages.
Doughty Street Chambers’ Ed Fitzgerald QC has not been given permission to appeal a High Court decision to extradite computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
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Clifford Chance has elected London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson as its new global head of litigation.
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The global downturn will sort the men from the boys when it comes to litigation. Domestic litigation has failed to reach epidemic proportions, but firms with strong international practices are picking up a plethora of instructions that will keep them in good health for several years to come.
Withers has appointed Joe Field to the newly created role of Asia senior partner and has sent two associates from London to be based in Hong Kong.
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Clarke Willmott is to pilot an outsourcing programme in its Birmingham office with the aim of rolling it out across all its UK offices.
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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has joined up with a raft of City firms to pilot a new approach to City law firm regulation.
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Barrister Colleen Hanley has returned to London set 20 Essex Street after only a year at energy watchdog Ofgem.
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Blackstone Chambers barristers will decide on Friday (9 October) whether Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have the support to stand for another term as joint heads of chambers.
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Mayfair firm Forsters has bolstered its tax team with the hire of Halliwells partner Elizabeth Small.
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Regulation of City law firms should be reformed, a report commissioned by the Law Society will conclude today (5 October).
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Lovells is piloting a female mentoring scheme that is aimed at bolstering partner and employee engagement at the firm.
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Exeter-headquartered Ashfords has appointed Andrew Betteridge as managing partner of its Bristol office.
Russian oligarch Yvegeny Chichvarkin has instructed Peters & Peters head of fraud Michael O’Kane and partner Anand Doobay to fight an extradition order issued by the Russian government.
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Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters are advising BAE Systems on its response to a Serious Fraud Office investigation into allegations of bribery.
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partners Jon Lawrence and Jenny Connolly are advising recruitment agency Hays on a possible appeal of a £30m fine imposed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
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Mr Justice Blake fired a warning shot when handing down his judgment in the Heyday case last week. Legislation governing the default retirement age must be reformed, his judgment said.
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Mishcon de Reya is moving into the litigation funding market in a bid to cut costs for clients and ultimately boost its client list.
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Edinburgh-headquartered Morton Fraser has managed to continue growing in spite of the recession. Last September the firm acquired Scottish firm Skene Edwards, which swelled its headcount by 24.
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Quadrant Chambers is to raise its pupillage award by more than a third in a move that will intensify the war for talent at the bar.
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RadcliffesLeBrasseur has made its fourth bolt-on acquisition in two years, adding a team of four to the firm.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has won a major victory for the Government that will make it legal for employers to retire employees at the age of 65.
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Wirral-based firm Lees Lloyd Whitley (LLW) has gone into administration after it ceased trading at the end of last week.
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Oil company Trafigura’s media lawyers at Carter Ruck have been busy issuing libel writs defending the company against allegations relating to a major litigation that it settled last week.
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Insurance giant Zurich has revamped its UK legal panel, with Bevan Brittan losing out while Beachcroft and Pinsent Masons have held on to their spots.
Guernsey-headquartered Collas Day has set out ambitious expansion plans that could involve a move into Jersey next year.
Legislation governing family life should be overhauled to better reflect 21st century living, leading family lawyers have said.
Manches lusts after Halliwells’ best bits subscription
Manches is hoping to acquire the most profitable parts of Halliwells’ business despite abandoning merger talks with the firm.
Leading sports barristers are warming up to take their places in the latest scandal to rock Formula 1 (F1).
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Professional indemnity firm Plexus Law has acquired insurance boutique Squire & Co.
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Hardwicke Building has parted company with its two senior clerks after the set radically overhauled its structure into client divisions.
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Manches has pulled out of merger talks with Halliwells after the two firms seriously considered a tie-up, TheLawyer.com can reveal.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has hired Alex Baykitch from Australian firm Blake Dawson to launch its Sydney office.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired the head of US firm Fredrikson & Byron’s China practice.
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For the last two years Bermuda-based Conyers has been in spectacular growth mode. Can it maintain its momentum?
Offshore services firm Maitland Group has abandoned plans to become a player in the offshore legal world, closing its Cayman Islands office a year after launching in the jurisdiction.
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Mishcon de Reya has overhauled its business development strategy to emulate that of an advertising agency.
Lord Justice David Neuberger’s appointment as Master of the Rolls (MR), a position he will take up next month, is being hailed by many as signalling a thawing of relations between the judiciary and the political world.
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Pinsent Masons has signed a deal with legal expenses provider FirstAssist Legal Protection that will give the firm delegated authority to broker after-the-event (ATE) insurance.
Lawyers on all levels are suffering the worst economic downturn in more than a decade.
Sumption coy over Supreme Court role subscription
Brick Court Chambers has batted off speculation that Jonathan Sumption QC is reducing his workload, insisting that he is taking time out to concentrate on the next volume of his book.
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Bevan Brittan has launched a second redundancy consultation in a bid to stave off wider cuts at a later date.
Stewarts Law has instructed 4 Pump Court’s Nigel Tozzi QC to represent 72 bankers who have brought a multi-million pound claim for unpaid bonuses against Dresdner Kleinwort, which was taken over by Commerzbank last year.
When Eversheds named Ian Gray as its next London litigation chief, many assumed the post was only left vacant because the outgoing boss, John Heaps, wanted to move up the ladder. Almost two years later and Gray has reshaped the practice, brought in some new blood and read the riot act to the bar.
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Richard Clayton QC has left 39 Essex Street to join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square.
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Libya may not be the most popular country in the West right now, but for Clyde & Co, which acts for Colonel Gaddafi, it offers lucrative business opportunities.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has made a series of hires as it attempts to move up the offshore rankings.
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Libya, Iraq, St Petersburg… Why Clyde & Co is not afraid of risk. For a firm with such a staid reputation, it is remarkable how much Clyde & Co has embraced risk.
Online legal alliance QualitySolicitors.com is launching a TV marketing campaign with the eyecatching gimmick of a loyalty card for clients.
Olswang media partner Dan Tench has been instructed by US shock jock Michael Savage to launch libel proceedings against the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
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As the likes of Allen & Overy and Norton Rose set out ambitious litigation growth plans, Herbert Smith is busy consolidating.
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Civil liberties set Doughty Street Chambers will open in Bristol after Old Square Chambers’ barrister Daniel Bennett defected to the set.
Bahrain teams with AAA to launch arbitration centre subscription
?Bahrain is to open an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre in a move aimed at bolstering legal capabilities across the Middle East.
Private client and property boutique Forsters has hired former RadcliffesLeBrasseur private client chief Kelly Noel-Smith.
Mishcon brings home bank bonuses victory subscription
Mishcon de Reya has won compensation for a quartet of bankers who had their bonuses withheld after their employer was bought by Commerzbank.
YouGov survey finds greater proportion of junior lawyers coveting partnership in year that promotions nosedive
The incoming chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board Charles Plant has vowed to heal rifts between the regulator and the City by opening a London office.
?The newly appointed board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is littered with City stars, highlighting a change in direction for the SRA, which has come under fire for failing to address the concerns of major commercial firms.
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?South West firm TLT Solicitors is consulting with partners about overhauling the firm’s lockstep to adopt a more merit-based system.
London set Henderson Chambers has won a High Court battle for a law student who refused to accept the low marks Cardiff University gave her for the Bar Vocational Course (BVC).
Doughty Street launches in Manchester subscription
Doughty Street Chambers is to set up shop in Manchester after four barristers defected from Garden Court North Chambers to join the civil liberties set.
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The 2008-09 year-end figures for Lovells’ litigation practice show that the group is beginning to benefit from the disputes arising from the economic downturn. The litigation practice has increased fee income by 27.3 per cent from £95.8m a year earlier to £122m.
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Litigators have been waiting in the wings for a while for their boom time. The former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer appeared to have fired the starting gun for the upswing when he announced last September that the collapse of Lehman Brothers would trigger an explosion of mega-litigation. In hindsight Falconer’s crystal ball gazing now looks a little off the mark.
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Beachcroft has bolstered its fledgling Dublin office with the hire of a four-strong team from local Irish firms.
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Beachcroft is to install a healthcare consultancy unit after appointing the former chair of the Healthcare Commission Sir Ian Kennedy as a consultant.
Barristers’ chambers hike pupil pay by a third, but newly qualified solicitor salary cuts spread across the UK
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One Essex Court’s 2010 intake of pupils are to be the highest earning trainees at the bar, with the set revealing it has set its pupillage salary at £60,000.
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Beachcroft has appointed the former chair of the Healthcare Commission to spearhead a new health advisory unit at the firm.
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When Stone & Rolls secured independent litigation funding for its £90m claim against auditors Moore Stephens in January 2007 it did so in a flurry of publicity (The Lawyer, 5 January 2007).
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?London set 39 Essex Street is to open in Dubai later this year, The Lawyercan reveal.
The House of Lords marked its last day of existence yesterday by handing Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) a victory when it struck out a multi-million pound claim against its client Moore Stephens.
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Norton Rose’s global litigation chief Antony Dutton has some big ambitions. He is on a mission to fill gaps in the firm’s litigation practices.
The bar appears to be on the brink of a boom period, despite leading litigators warning that the anticipated litigation tsunami has failed to materialise.
Outer Temple gears up for Saudi launch subscription
Outer Temple Chambers is looking to expand its presence in the Middle East by opening in Saudi Arabia.
St John’s picks Outer Temple man as chief exec subscription
Bristol-based St John’s Chambers has appointed Outer Temple’s business development director Derek Jenkins as chief executive.
Litigation leads as BLG posts turnover rise subscription
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has posted a 6.4 per cent rise in turnover from £81.7m to £86.9m at the 2008-09 year-end.
Former Burges Salmon chief takes top job at Kennedys subscription
Burges Salmon’s former managing partner Guy Stobart is leaving the firm to take up the chief executive role at insurance firm Kennedys.
Bristol-headquartered firm Bevan Brittan has broken through its profitability target, reporting profits at the 2008-09 year end of £8.6m.
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In 1876 the Appellate Jurisdiction Act created the judicial function of the House of Lords, the highest court in England and Wales. At the end of the month the Law Lords will pack up their judicial robes and wigs for the summer break, but they will have heard their last case in the House of Lords.
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As an offshore jurisdiction the Isle of Man was lacking the presence of an offshore giant.
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The Lawyer Awards’ Barrister of the Year recalls the cases that shaped her career and reveals how she made it to the top
Irwin Mitchell hikes trainee places by 20 per cent subscription
Irwin Mitchell has bucked the market trend by unveiling plans to ramp up its September 2009 trainee intake while its peers look to slim down retention rates.
Law Soc dismisses SRA meddling claim subscription
Incoming Law Society president Bob Heslett has hit back at claims that the body is interfering with the regulatory remit of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Lord Neuberger tipped as next Master of Rolls subscription
Speculation is mounting at the bar that Lord David Neuberger will become the 95th Master of the Rolls (MR) when the incumbent MR Anthony Clarke joins the Supreme Court in October.
Stewarts Law enjoys bumper year with £769K PEP subscription
Partners at niche litigation firm Stewarts Law have had a record year.
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At what age can a firm justify retiring a partner? Age discrimination legislation is an area woefully short of legal clarification. The snowballing case that is Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (CWJ) started off with a partner suing his firm on grounds of age discrimination. It has escalated into a battle between government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Appleby abandons Dubai for Bahrain subscription
Expansionist offshore firm Appleby has dropped plans to open in Dubai in favour of a Bahrain office.
Bindmans chief executive takes a break subscription
Bindmans is on the lookout for a chief executive after incumbent Nick Martin left the firm at the end of June. The firm said Martin was taking a career break.
The Judiciary last week handed the Law Commission the task of developing laws that could make prenuptial agreements lawfully binding documents in the English and Welsh courts.
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Mishcon de Reya has seen net profit slide by 17.9 per cent at the 2008-09 financial year-end, with the firm’s property practice hit the hardest.
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Kennedys, Foot Anstey and Hill Dickinson are among 24 firms to win spots on the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) panel of intervention.
Guildhall Chambers silk tackles Lions legal role subscription
The lawyer for the British & Irish Lions rugby team is looking forward to Saturday’s final test with cautious optimism, pointing out that the fact the team has been hampered by injuries makes the result difficult to call.
The UK courts could be forced to recognise the binding powers of pre-nuptial agreements following a judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal today.
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Today will go down as being one of the most memorable of Lord Hoffmann’s career.
Appleby eyes new markets from outpost in Seychelles subscription
Offshore giant Appleby is to target work coming out of the African, Asian and Indian markets with a new office in the Seychelles.
Beachcroft is considering expanding its volume business, called ‘B2 from Beachcroft’, into property and employment work.
Buss Murton emerges from CVA with high hopes subscription
After nine months of trading under a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), Buss Murton has completed a pre-packed administration.
EC3 firms outpace City rivals with record results subscription
… and more to come as London’s leading insurance firms predict ‘tidal wave’ of litigation
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A Jewish school that refused entry to a boy on the grounds that his mother was not recognised as Jewish by the Office of the Chief Rabbi has been told to reverse its stance by the Court of Appeal.
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Many litigators argue that access to justice is hampered in London’s courts because litigation in London is just too expensive. Lord Justice Jackson will publish a report later this year outlining exactly how he feels this situation can be improved.
Beachcroft turnover rises 6 per cent subscription
Beachcroft has announced a rise in turnover of 6 per cent to £121m, but a dip in profits of 2.9 per cent.
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The London litigation market is often lamented as being the most expensive in the world. Yet with innovative solutions being offered by the alternative funding market, is it really a difficult place to get access to justice?
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Tunbridge Wells firm Buss Murton, which has been trading under a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) since November, has completed a pre-packed administration.
Mishcon shifts family into private client subscription
Mishcon de Reya is to revamp its private client practice to bring its flagship family practice into the fold.
Monckton hikes turnover by a third subscription
Monckton Chambers has set the bar for other sets to beat after unveiling a 30 per cent jump in turnover to £17.2m at the 2008-09 year-end.
Top London sets circle Singapore subscription
London set 20 Essex Street and members of Essex Court Chambers are in advanced talks to take space in Singapore’s flagship arbitration centre Maxwell Chambers, The Lawyer can reveal.
Hextalls has failed in its bid to reduce a landmark compensation order made against its client Middlesbrough Football Club by a former Manchester United hopeful.
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Tensions have been simmering between Gibraltar’s suspended Chief Justice Derek Schofield and its Governor Sir Robert Fulton for almost a decade.
Coffin Mew names non-lawyer as first chief exec subscription
Fareham-headquartered firm Coffin Mew has scrapped the managing partner position in favour of a chief executive role.
Consecutive years of major investment has paid off for commercial litigation firm Kennedys, which has reported a 30.7 per cent jump in turnover at the 2008-09 year end.
St Philips Chambers latest to create chief exec role subscription
Birmingham-based St Philips Chambers is the latest set to create a chief executive position after appointing bar consultant Chris Owen to the role.
Blackstone silk knighted in birthday honours list subscription
Blackstone Chambers’ Ian Brownlie QC and Clifford Chance partner Michael Smyth are the only lawyers to have been honoured by the Queen in her annual Birthday Honours List.
Appleby closes in on Dickinson Cruickshank merger subscription
Offshore giant Appleby is to merge with Isle of Man firm Dickinson Cruickshank to create the world’s largest offshore firm in terms of partner numbers.
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Property and private client firm Forsters has been appointed by London’s National Theatre (NT) to advise it on the development of its South Bank site over the next four years.
West End firm Mishcon de Reya is ploughing investment into its IP business in a bid to expand the practice into trademark filing work.
A group of bar heavyweights have won a major victory in the House of Lords, which today unanimously ruled that the use of control orders breaches the fundamental right to a fair hearing.
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City-based Rosenblatt Solicitors last week won a victory in the High Court on behalf of 1,000 servicemen who had argued that they suffered ill health as a result of nuclear testing carried out by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the Pacific Ocean in the 1950s.
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While many onshore firms are still waiting for a litigation boom to kick off, the offshore world is a step ahead and vying for position as the leading offshore litigation centres.
The Law Society has been slammed for its handling of an investigation into a conflict of interest complaint against its former president and Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier.
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Trethowans has unveiled a new management line-up following the appointment of Simon Rhodes as managing partner.
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Over the last few weeks the Government has found itself out of favour with the public, thanks in part to MPs making some interesting expense claims.
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A group of former shareholders in Lloyds TSB has turned to Winckworth Sherwood as it prepares to launch legal proceedings against the bank.
Clyde & Co has broken into the Indian legal market after forming an alliance with Indian firm ALMT Legal.
British Airways (BA) former general counsel Robert Webb QC has joined Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant two months after standing down from his in-house role.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has launched a redundancy consultation with 49 staff and an undisclosed number of fee earners.
DAVENPORT Lyons has won a Court of Appeal victory for satirical magazine Private Eye against Irwin Mitchell that could result in complaints made against law firms being made available to the public.
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Linklaters disputes partner Mark Humphries is to leave the firm to launch his own litigation boutique in Bristol. The niche firm, which will be known as Mark Humphries, will also offer advocacy services. Humphries, who is acting for energy giant Centrica on its £182m claim against consultancy group Accenture, resigned from Linklaters in 2008 but has remained at the firm to complete ongoing work. The ...
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?Libel and privacy lawyer Mark Thomson is to join West End boutique Atkins Solicitors from media firm Carter Ruck. Thomson will join the firm as a named partner and Atkins will rebrand as Atkins Thomson. The media partner has been instructed in several high-profile cases and has acted for celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley and Hugh Laurie. He specialises in media law with a particular emphasis on privacy issues. Atkins was established in 2006 by Graham Atkins.
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Quadrant Chambers has appointed its first chief executive to drive through the expansion of the set.
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THE HONG Kong arm of Reed Smith has advised on one of the largest Asian IPOs this year, winning an instruction from China Zhongwang Holdings on its $1.3bn (£800m) listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Times turns to Finers for litigation head subscription
TIMES Newspapers has hired Finers Stephens Innocent senior associate Pia Sarma as its head of litigation to replace Gillian Phillips, who left for The Guardian earlier this year.
Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier has resigned from the Legal Services Board (LSB) after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) re-opened an investigation into him and the firm.
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In the offshore world a small litigation can have far reaching implications, as a decision made in the Jersey Court of Appeal last week shows.
Herbies finds 84 volunteers to take redundancy subscription
Herbert Smith has concluded its redundancy consultation with all those due to leave the firm opting for voluntary redundancy.
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LONDON set 4 King’s Bench Walk (4KBW) has boosted its ranks with the addition of 15 barristers from collapsed set 2 Gray’s Inn Square
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The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has launched a Commercial Court, with 3 Stone Buildings counsel Edward Bannister QC appointed as its first presiding judge.
WHILE many firms have spent the last 12 months trying to insulate themselves against the recession, the Chancery Bar has been evolving into a new beast.
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South-EAST firm Cripps Harries Hall is awarding bonuses after the firm beat its targeted profit margin by 2.5 percent to hit £5.2m.
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West End firm Mishcon de Reya has hired Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) partner Simon Hunter to head its construction team.
Regional courts help shift London admin onus subscription
High Court judges are to sit in Administrative Court centres in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester to encourage more lawyers to make use of their local legal facilities.
Thompsons snaps up rival to create union giant subscription
Thompsons has merged with rival Rowley Ashworth, making the largest trade union firm in the UK.
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If counterfeit goods have been sold via an online auction house who should take responsibility for cracking down on the couterfeiters - the manufacturer whose goods have been cloned or the online auction house which provides the sales outlet?
Darwin Gray bags Hugh James insolvency head subscription
Cardiff firm Hugh James has lost commercial litigation and insolvency head Ian Herbert to local rival Darwin Gray.
Retrieving cash from the fraudster’s companies is proving challenging.
Walkers drops Cayman teams in global revamp subscription
Offshore giant Walkers has overhauled its management structure in a radical move that will see the firm adopt a global practice hierarchy.
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Lord Justice Jackson gave us all some weekend reading last Friday with a 1,000-page preliminary report on his review of civil litigation costs. And what a document it is.
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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has offered half of its September trainee intake £2,500 to defer for six months.
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Are there early signs that some offshore firms are starting to adjust to the new economic climate?
Beachcroft moves for Kingslegal’s PI capability subscription
Beachcroft has acquired the insurance business of Kingslegal, taking it into the Welsh legal market for the first time.
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Fladgate Fielder is expanding its employment practice after hiring Charles Russell partner Brian Palmer as its employment chief.
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Failed insurance firm Hextalls has unveiled its new management lineup as a limited company, with partner Alex Padfield appointed as managing director.
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Hardwicke Building is completely overhauling its structure and organising into four key client divisions as it aims to break into The Lawyer top 20 sets by revenue within five years.
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Beachcroft has acquired the insurance business of Kingslegal, taking it into the Welsh legal market for the first time.
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Clyde & Co has swooped on Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to hire insurance partners Roger Doulton, Neil Beresford and Toby Rogers.
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THE BUNCEFIELD litigation acted as a useful acid test for the recommendations of the commercial court working party on long trials (The Lawyer, 15 September 2008)
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In a highly unusual move, Mishcon de Reya has hired an adman as head of business development.
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Fraud and regulatory boutique Peters & Peters has promoted Michael O’Kane to lead its fraud practice.
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Osborne Clarke has advised Babcock Marine on two major defence contracts, including a £150m deal to provide maintenance to the Royal Navy submarine fleet.
RJW move sees London offices come together subscription
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is set to bring its two London offices under one roof after completing a deal to move into refurbished premises in Chancery Lane.
Vox Pop: On course for offshore subscription
Do offshore lawyers require different skills than their onshore counterparts? What effect has the economic downturn had on offshore firms’ recruitment? Katy Dowell finds the answers to these questions and more from those in the know
Miners compensation scandal: Nulty struck off subscription
Andrew Nulty, the lawyer who boasted of his £13m fortune, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for his part in the miners’ compensation scandal.
Buncefield proves trial fees can be cut subscription
Davies Arnold Cooper’s client, Total, actually got off lightly when costs were awarded in the Buncefield litigation. A series of claimants applied for indemnity costs on grounds that Total failed to cooperate and misrepresented its case. In the end Mr Justice David Steel ordered the oil company to pay out £16m indemnity to claimants on just a single issue- that of negligence. It could well have been four times that.
Beachcroft targets litigation in promotions round subscription
Beachcroft has promoted nine to the partnership, with the focus heavily on dispute resolution for the second consecutive year.
London set 39 Essex Street is poised to launch a Manchester branch in June.
BlackBerry injunction forces Chinese wall on DLA subscription
DLA Piper has installed Chinese walls in its litigation group after BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (Rim) instructed Allen & Overy (A&O) to seek an injunction against the firm.
Budget spurs on Wilsons’ London plans subscription
The introduction of a 50 per cent tax rate in last week’s Budget is accelerating the expansion plans of Salisbury firm Wilsons.
Cains wins prestigious Queen’s Award subscription
Offshore firm Cains has been presented with a Queen’s Award
Claimant lawyers speak out over NHSLA criticism subscription
Lawyers have rounded on NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) allegations that the claimant profession is bleeding the NHS dry by racking up massive legal bills.
ISLE OF MAN firm Dickinson Cruickshank has lost two partners who have defected to launch their own boutique on the offshore jurisdiction.
Irwin Mitchell robs ten from BPE Birmingham subscription
Irwin Mitchell has raided BPE Solicitors’ Birmingham office for a team of 10 that includes three partners.
Matrix loses silk to Doughty Street subscription
Matrix Chambers silk Heather Rogers QC is leaving the set to join Doughty Street Chambers.
Avanti Communications Group has appointed Patrick Willcocks to the newly-created role of general counsel.
In good defence subscription
Linklaters is quids in. At the end of a case that could have seen the firm paying $55m (£37m) damages to Baltic telecoms company Levicom the firm has been ordered to pay just £5 in nominal damages (see blog).
Herbert Smith is to cut up to 84 members of staff from its London office and is also reversing all associate pay bands.
Brick Court lures Lord Hoffmann as door tenant subscription
Retiring Law Lord, Lord Hoffmann, is joining Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant.
Charles Russell picks BLG for negligence defence subscription
Charles Russell has instructed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to defend a £4m claim brought against it by a former client.
City Lawyers Soc slams LSB for shunning review subscription
The City of London Law Society (CLLS) has urged the Legal Services Board (LSB) to acknowledge corporate clients in its regulatory agenda.
Hausfeld settles with trio in airline action subscription
Hausfeld has reached a settlement with three individuals who sought to strike out the UK portion of a settlement reached in the US courts.
Hextalls back on firm footing subscription
The speed at which insurance firm Hextalls went into a prepacked administration last week (15 April) left the resultant firm having to make some quick decisions about its future.
Mills & Reeve faces action over MBO advice subscription
Mills & Reeve is facing a professional negligence claim after the advice it gave to a company chief executive allegedly resulted in the businessman’s daughters paying a £1.3m inheritance tax bill.
Mishcon adds two rungs to career ladder subscription
West End firm Mishcon de Reya has created two new positions in the pathway to partnership following an 18-month review of its career structure.
Clydes welcomes record 10 to partnership subscription
Clyde & Co has promoted a record number of associates to its partnership with ten making the grade this year.
Howard Kennedy in talks to cut 40 jobs subscription
West End firm Howard Kennedy has launched a second round of redundancy talks, with 40 jobs potentially at risk.
Brick Court scoops Lord Hoffmann as door tenant subscription
Retiring law lord Lord Hoffmann is to join Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant.
Legal Services Board strives for excellence subscription
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has promised to develop “excellence” in legal services regulation in its first business plan.
Hextalls has been bought out of pre-packed administration with LG partner Steve Cottee acting for Begbies Traynor administrator David Hudson and London firm Judge Sykes Frixou acting for the firm.
Hausfeld to appeal class action decision subscription
Hausfeld is to appeal a High Court decision that effectively spelt the end for US-style class actions in English and Welsh courts (see blog ).
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC is looking to launch a High Court action in a bid to force the Treasury to pay compensation to Equitable Life policyholders.
Mighty United subscription
Last November the European Commission issued a green paper on Consumer Collective Redress which highlighted the need for a more comprehensive and united approach to group actions across Europe.
If your name's not down... subscription
The decision to publish a list of offshore jurisdictions that fail to comply with international financial regulations will spur a flight to quality according to a number of lawyers operating in the Channel Islands.
In December last year Lord Chancellor Jack Straw QC declared that the Government would propose to change the law to allow access to the Family Court so that justice could be seen to be done.
Farrers leads regional firms on Age UK creation subscription
Farrer & Co has advised on the creation of the largest UK charity for older people through the merger of Help the Aged and the UK-based affiliations of Age Concern.
Hextalls strives to fight back from the brink subscription
Firm identifies insurance and litigation as post-administration saviours
Manches regroups after litigation hit subscription
Manches is to create a dedicated litigation practice following the exit of litigation stars Clive Zietman and Andrew Shaw to Stewarts Law, The Lawyer can reveal.
Nabarro seeks unpaid fees from Uno Group subscription
Nabarro has issued a High Court claim against shopfitters Uno Group in a bid to recover more than £50,000 in fees.
Osborne Clarke has advised Babcock Marine on the extension of its contract to manage Devonport Royal Dockyard with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a deal worth £560m.
Able & Wired subscription
One of the most popular litigation double acts act will be back in court at the end of the month. Slaughter & May has instructed One Essex Court’s Lord Grabiner QC to defend a $100m claim against its client Cable & Wireless (C&W).
Clydes opens in Riyadh with ally Al Bosaily subscription
Clyde & Co is to launch in Riyadh after forming an alliance with Islamic finance specialist Abdulaziz Al Bosaily.
Forsters four defy Withers legal action subscription
Two out of four exiting partners have departed Withers for Forsters despite the former threatening legal action.
Kennedys takes eight from Hextalls subscription
Insurance boutique Hextalls has lost a team of eight, including two partners, to Kennedys.
Ozannes looks east as new chief spreads his wings subscription
Offshore firm Ozannes is to break with tradition by looking to expand into new jurisdictions following the appointment of Peter Ferbrache to senior partner.
Hand it over subscription
Star family barrister Nicholas Mostyn QC was at the Court of Appeal this morning trying to prevent a precedent setting case, which would give hard-done-by spouses the opportunity to renegotiate divorce settlements.
Eversheds tells staff to stay at home subscription
Eversheds has asked lawyers to work from home today as anti-capitalist protesters threaten to overthrow the City of London.
Farrers brings in film financing expert subscription
Farrer & Co has recruited partner Nigel Palmer to its media group and banking team.
Fladgate triumphs in £17m planning row subscription
The High Court has thrown out a £17m claim brought against Fladgate Fielder by Land Securities.
Kennedys scraps bonus in favour of payrise for all subscription
Insurance firm Kennedys is to abandon its bonus scheme in favour of frmwide salary rises.
RJW rewrites rulebook with direct equity hire subscription
Russell Jones & Walker (RHW) is breaking with tradition and looking to hire directly into its equity after making its first-ever lateral equity partner hire.
SRA critics call for corporate specialism subscription
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) must fundamentally reform how it regulates corporate firms to restore the profession’s confidence in the watchdog, a report by former Ministry of Justice (MoJ) civil servant Nick Smedley has found.
Stewarts in family way with two hires subscription
Litigation boutique Stewarts Law has hired a partner apiece from Manches and Withers as it bids to compete with them in the family sphere.
Withers dips its toe in Virgin territory subscription
Withers is set to make its first foray into the offshore legal sphere with the launch of a British Virgin Islands (BVI) office, The Lawyer can reveal.
Week one: The Apprentice analysed... subscription
He’s back. Sir Alan and his wannabe apprentices returned to our screens last night for some back-to-basics style business. And who was first to get the chop? Law graduate Anita Shah.
Smedley finds legal regulation "unfit for purpose" subscription
The regulation of the legal profession is in need of urgent modernisation, a Law Society report has found.
High Court loss subscription
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) partner Nick Young will be licking his wounds this week after a being on the receiving end of a major High Court loss that could cost his client more than £1bn.
Kennedys bucks industry trend by raising salaries subscription
Insurance firm Kennedys is to abandon its bonus scheme in favour of salary rises for all, The Lawyer has learned.
UK boutique merges with America's McGuireWoods subscription
London-based boutique Grundberg Mocatta Rakison (GMR) has merged with US firm McGuireWoods with the UK arm set to trade under the name McGuireWoods London.
Watson Burton in redundancy talks with 75 subscription
Newcastle-headquartered Watson Burton has commenced a second round of redundancy talks that could see up to 75 people leave the firm.
SJ Berwin changes focus with Hong Kong launch subscription
SJ Berwin has hired Dewey & LeBoeuf’s joint Hong Kong chief to spearhead the launch of its first Asian office.
At last, City firms could get their own regulator subscription
Corporate firms should be governed separately to the rest of the profession, a Law Society report into the regulation of the legal profession is expected to recommend this week.
Eversheds reduces sets from 90 to 15 subscription
Eversheds is to radically overhaul its use of the external bar in a drive to increase competition for its work.
Insurers threaten hikes as negligence claims rise subscription
Professional negligence claims against solicitors have rocketed, prompting underwriters to warn of a 10 per cent hike in solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance rates.
Thirteen Old Sq benefits from QC’s Erskine exit subscription
Erskine Chambers has lost litigation stalwart David Oliver QC to Thirteen Old Square Chambers.
Co-op ABS plans to create thousands of legal jobs subscription
The Co-operative Group has unveiled plans to create 3,000 jobs in the legal sector as it aims to revolutionise how legal services are delivered on the high street.
Catherine Newman QC of Maitland Chambers has won a High Court victory on behalf of JD Wetherspoon (JDW).
Eversheds, Walkers launch in Singapore subscription
Singapore’s legal market is set to welcome two new law firms, with Eversheds and offshore firm Walkers both launching new offices in the country.
Top of the offs subscription
As the top offshore firms seek to maintain dominance, the expansionism of the past two years looks set to turn into a period of consolidation.