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The Lawyer Awards 2015: the shortlist revealed


The judging for The Lawyer Awards 2015 is complete – here is the shortlist.


Senior management shakeup continues at Olswang as HR head Griffith quits firm

5-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang human resources director Ffion Griffith has become the latest high-profile exit from the firm amid allegations of friction between partners and former CEO David Stewart’s team.

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White & Case, CC and Akin Gump advise on long-awaited Afren 'life raft' restructuring

5-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

White & Case is advising troubled oil and gas company Afren on a $300m (£196m) recapitalisation plan that could prove a life raft to the business plagued by expenses scandal, falling share prices and its self-report to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in March.

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Pinsents, Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal continue to dominate Aim rankings

5-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its lead at the top of the Aim rankings, with Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal coming in joint second.

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Ropes & Gray boosts London office with Chadbourne structured finance partner Pal

5-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Ropes & Gray has hired a structured finance specialist from rival US firm Chadbourne & Parke.

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Editor's Picks

KWM’s property push


When SJ Berwin agreed to combine with - or be taken over by KWM, it became a target for headhunters. Many corporate departures later, the firm is hiring aggressively in real estate, taking a number of partners from Eversheds. Will there be more to come?

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Firms call competition into play

5-May-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Competition partner Paula Riedel’s departure from Linklaters to Kirkland & Ellis last week generated considerable reader interest.

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Lawyer News Daily

LND: Linklaters’ competition head Riedel joins Kirkland & Ellis


The trend for US firms to bring in some of UK firm’s top legal talent is continuing with the news that Kirkland & Ellis has hired the head of Linklaters’ competition practice Paula Riedel

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Moves: 4 May 2015




European moves: 30 April 2015

30-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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


Cleary and Slaughters advise as Santander Asset Management merges with Pioneer

29-Apr-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Slaughter and May have taken the lead roles on Santander Asset Management’s multi-billion euro merger with Pioneer Investments. 

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Central Bank of Ireland GC Gavin joins Byrne Wallace as head of financial services

21-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Irish firm Byrne Wallace has appointed Central Bank of Ireland general counsel Joseph Gavin as head of its financial services practice.


ECJ makes landmark ruling on redundancy law in Slater & Gordon Woolworths case

30-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has effectively overthrown a landmark win for Slater & Gordon over the compensation claims for staff of collapsed retail giants such as Woolworths and Ethel Austin.


DWF’s Norman quits to join Bevan Brittan employment litigation practice

20-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bevan Brittan has recruited DWF employment partner Ashley Norman to head its Birmingham employment team.

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Pinsents, Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal continue to dominate Aim rankings

5-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its lead at the top of the Aim rankings, with Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal coming in joint second.

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French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud makes first lateral from HSF

1-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud has made its first lateral hire since launching two years ago, picking up Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) corporate partner Frédéric Grillier.

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Former Lend Lease EMEA GC Gloyens re-emerges as a partner at Michelmores

29-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Former Lend Lease EMEA general counsel Patrick Gloyens has joined Michelmores as a real estate partner. 


Orrick shuts down Berlin and Frankfurt offices leaving future of five partners unclear

28-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is shutting down its Frankfurt and Berlin offices to concentrate its German presence on Düsseldorf and Munich.

High Court

"Ruthless and dishonest" Lutfur Rahman referred to SRA as High Court rules on election corruption

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Tower Hamlets mayor and lawyer Lutfur Rahman is to be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by the High Court on Thursday (23 April).

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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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K&L Gates adds German IP partner from Clifford Chance

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann.

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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.