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Olswang victorious over Google in CoA ruling on online privacy

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an attempt by Bristows’ client Google to block British users from pursuing it in the UK courts.

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University of Law granted ABS licence, beating Nottingham Trent to the punch

27-Mar-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has been granted an Altenative Business Structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Cuatrecasas appoints litigation head Jorge Badía as firmwide managing partner

27-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has appointed litigation and arbitration head Jorge Badía as its new managing partner, the firm announced today. 

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Ashurst and Slaughters on call for RBS Coutts sale to UBP

27-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Ashurst and Slaughter and May have advised on the $30bn (£20.8bn) sale of RBS’ private banking and wealth management business Coutts International to Union Bancaire Privée.

Construction

Costain drops Bevan Brittan and Addleshaws from panel after first review in seven years

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Construction and engineering company Costain has changed its legal panel of advisers for the first time in seven years, dropping Bevan Brittan and Addleshaw Goddard in favour of Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co and Pinsent Masons.

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Editor's Picks

The legal reaction to the Budget

27-Mar-2015

The Lawyer’s Briefings section hosts thousands of papers from law firms on the latest legal developments, all free to download. Last week many of them responded to the Budget. Here’s a selection, ranging from digital currencies to oil and gas. For more, sign up to our weekly Briefings email

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Cat Griffiths index

Invest in operations professionals

23-Mar-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Prophets of change in the legal industry seem doomed to disappointment. Over the past two decades law firms have not torn up their structures; rather, change has been cultural

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LND: Webber Wentzel's Sally Hutton: We want to be the dominant South African law firm

27-Mar-2015

Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future. Africa is the target for many firms’ and clients’ investment and South Africa’s biggest firms are gearing up to meet the need

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Moves: 23 March 2015

23-Mar-2015

Cooleyhas hired life sciences partner John Wilkinson to join its London office. Former Reed Smithpartner Wilkinson was in this year’s The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list for his work advising Bavarian Nordic on its licence to supply an Ebola vaccine in Africa. 

Europe

European moves: 19 March 2015

19-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

New York

Barclays appoints new US GC following raft of senior lawyer exits

18-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Barclays has appointed a new general counsel in the US after the departure of Carlos Pelayo from the bank.

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Co-op bank hires Nationwide deputy GC Claire Morris as head of legal

17-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Co-operative Bank has hired Nationwide Building Society deputy GC Claire Morris as its new head of legal, replacing James Southworth who has returned to Eversheds.

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Bird & Bird Asia departures mount as Beijing employment partner defects to Covington

26-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Covington & Burling has hired Bird & Bird partner Grace Chen to join its international employment practice based in Beijing.

BBC

Slater & Gordon on Top Gear client: “This last month has been a nightmare”

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slater & Gordon’s Paul Daniels has described the month following the ‘fracas’ between Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon and presenter Jeremy Clarkson as a “nightmare” for Tymon.

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Mayer Brown scoops duo of corporate partners for Paris office

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Mayer Brown has hired two senior corporate partners for its Paris office, including Davis Polk & Wardwell’s first-ever non-US qualified hire Arnaud Pérès.

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Mega-deals boost first quarter M&A activity as Freshfields tops Europe and UK rankings

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has regained top spot in worldwide deal rankings, advising on the greatest volume and value of M&A transactions for the first quarter of 2014, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer maintaining its place at the top of the European and UK table.

Nicky Richmond

Day 3 at MIPIM

12-Mar-2015

Forced to wake up at the ungodly hour of 8am to attend a breakfast I wonder what sort of sadist thinks that 9am on the Thursday of MIPIM is an acceptable start time. I tweet this.

London

Wanted: 25,000 sq ft for Greenberg Traurig's London lawyers

11-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Greenberg Traurig Maher is set to expand its London space by almost 50 per cent in a bid to work more efficiently, after hiring consultants to seek a new office of up to 25,000 sq ft.

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Blackstone's Dinah Rose QC secures Supreme Court victory in Prince Charles letters case

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC and the Guardian have successfully defended a Government appeal to the Supreme Court over the disclosure of secret letters written by Prince Charles to ministers.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Clarkson lines up Quinn Emanuel to take on BBC

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has instructed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to represent him in any potential commercial dispute against the BBC for breach of contract.

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Cooley London hiring spree continues with Reed Smith life sciences rainmakers

17-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has hired Reed Smith life sciences partners John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire to join its London office as partners.

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Malaysia’s Zicolaw adds IP weight across Southeast Asia network

16-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Malaysian firm Zicolaw has expanded its IP capabilities across the Southeast Asian region with the addition of a team in Thailand and additional personnel in Indonesia and Malaysia.