Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have all taken lead roles in data centre operator Equinix’s £2.3bn offer for London-based rival TelecityGroup.
11KBW’s Tim Kerr QC has been elevated to the High Court bench to replace Mr Justice Eder, who took early retirement to return to private practice in April.
Gateley will be valued at £100m following its 8 June IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), according to regulatory filings, with its senior management team each holding shares worth at least £2.4m.
Blackstone Chambers’ silk Richard Keen QC has been appointed advocate general for Scotland by Prime Minister David Cameron in a continuation of his cabinet reshuffle.
Ashurst has appointed London corporate partner James Wood from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was the partner in charge of the firm’s Australian relationships and a key player in the firm’s energy and mining team.
US firm Arnold & Porter has come out best in the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s 2015 index of pro bono, with its lawyers averaging nearly 80 hours each per year.
At the beginning of this year, Osborne Clarke welcomed in a new UK managing partner after Simon Beswick stepped down after a 12-year run. Now entering his sixth month in the role, Ray Berg explains how he intends to continue Beswick’s legacy.
Olswang may have ended its search for a new CEO with the appointment of IP head Paul Stevens, but changes in senior management continue at the firm with the imminent departure of general counsel Simon Callander.
Accountancy firms have outstripped law firms in space management strategies, new research from real estate company CBRE shows.
WM Housing Group has appointed seven firms to its legal panel in an attempt to incorporate social values into its legal activities.
Arthur Cox and Kerman & Co are working with Dublin-based Applegreen, as the petrol forecourt retailer set out its intention to float on Aim and its Irish equivalent, the Enterprise Securities Market (ESM).
Gateley has announced the date of its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will be 8 June.
US firm Scott & Scott has officially partnered with McGuire Woods in the UK and instructed Serle Court’s Philip Marshall QC to take on Tesco in a group action on behalf of the supermarket giant’s shareholders.
Cartwright King has announced it has merged with Garstangs Burrows Bussin as the firm looks to gain a presence in the North West.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Paul Hastings has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) corporate partner Duncan Woollard to lead the firm’s private funds practice in London.
Tesco has appointed Diageo M&A general counsel and ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer David Berry as its first UK legal director.
Olswang general counsel Simon Callander is set to take on a partnership secretary and newly created general counsel role at Addleshaw Goddard, The Lawyer can reveal.
Dentons has hired Watson Farley & Williams finance partner Celia Gardiner to build its trade finance practice in London.
DLA Piper and Latham & Watkins are understood to be advising US company PureTech on its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange.
Ashurst has raised its junior workforce salaries at every level, concentrating its resources on its 3 PQE associates.
Kirkland & Ellis is understood to have lost three private funds partners to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, less than a year after the firm’s London head Graham White made the same move.
Shearman & Sterling has revealed its pay rises for 2015/16, giving its first-year trainees a 15.4 per cent pay rise.
US firm Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff has received approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to launch a London office operating under an ABS licence.
Winston & Strawn has confirmed it plans to launch an office in Dubai in the coming months with the hire of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman finance partners James Simpson and Stephen Jurgenson.
Olswang general counsel Simon Callandar is leaving the firm following a series of management changes, The Lawyer can reveal.
Barclays’ former general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment has joined alternative fund management company BlackRock.
Challenger bank Hampshire Trust Bank has hired Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) director of legal Ann Doan as its first director of legal and compliance.
A raft of US firms are representing Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC) as the pair merge in a $78.7bn deal.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is set to launch an office in Shanghai through the hire of Kirkland & Ellis’ Asia government enforcement and investigations head Samuel Williamson.
Linklaters is once again mulling a shake-up of its lockstep with plans to introduce gates to equity “discussed widely” at the firm’s partner conference in Edinburgh in April, according to insiders.
In-house roles will be the next target for low-cost alternative legal service providers, according to Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann.
Weightmans has announced a continued rise in turnover of 2.5 per cent, from £87m to £89.2m for the 2014/15 financial year.
Herbert Smith Freehills has applied for permission to seek judicial review against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for its client Bernie Ecclestone over his £1bn tax bill.
EY has announced the appointment of two partners from Addleshaw Goddard, including former managing partner Paul Devitt, in a bid to develop a Manchester legal services offering.
Midlands firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau have confirmed they will complete their merger on 15 June, less than three months after the two announced they were in talks.
The Lawyer and Lawyer 2B have teamed up with sister publication Employee Benefits and mental health charity Mind to produce an in-depth report into how law firms incentivise and engage staff through their remuneration and benefits strategies.
Linklaters has released its pay bands for junior lawyers during 2015/16, leaving newly-qualified (NQ) pay lagging slightly behind their peers at Hogan Lovells and Slaughter and May.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a global sourcing officer from Reed Smith to manage its pricing arrangements with external counsel in a bid to reign in costs and ensure greater value from panel firms.
Some six years after launching in London, Greenberg Traurig’s CEO Richard Rosenbaum is convinced that the City is the key to making the firm the world’s top legal real estate brand.
A website which crowdfunds social justice cases has launched its first case, which sees a prominent Colombian trade unionist allege that BP employed paramilitaries to kidnap and torture him.
Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case have all taken roles in the $12.7bn pharmaceutical deal between US pharmacy chains CVS Health and Omnicare.
Reed Smith has picked up a team of seven partners from rival international firms to launch in Frankfurt, its second office in Germany.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed corporate partner Gareth Stephenson as head of its Manchester legal services operation, due to launch this summer.
Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken lead roles on advising Barclays in relation to its $2.3bn (£1.4bn) foreign exchange manipulation penalty fine – the largest fine of the six global banks to settle with global financial regulators on Wednesday (20 May).
Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide.
Offshore firm Walkers has announced that it is re-launching a fiduciary business, three years after selling off Walkers Management Services (WMS) to trust company Intertrust.
Linklaters’ ambition to be part of the “global elite” has taken a significant step in the right direction as the firm succeeded in winning the role of principal adviser to Unilever from Slaughter and May.
Fieldfisher has appointed its first diversity and inclusion manager, as the firm makes plans to increase the number of women in leadership positions.
Covington & Burling, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown and French firm Franklin are among the firms advising in Altice’s acquisition of US rival Suddenlink, in a deal valued at $9.1bn (£5.86m)
A team of Hill Dickinson lawyers, including two partners, have left to start their own firm under the name Waterside Solicitors.
Dentons is reporting a rise in both revenue and profit for its UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) operations for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 23 per cent to £502,000.
Hogan Lovells has increased its newly-qualified (NQ) salary to £70,000, sailing past the current pay packets of magic circle NQs.
Dentons has appointed former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser to the firm‘s public policy and regulation practice.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised UBS on its $545m (£351m) settlement to US authorities to close investigations into the Swiss bank relating to the alleged rigging of foreign-exchange rates and Libor manipulation.
Network Rail has drafted in Eversheds on its battle with TSSA union over rail strike plans to take place on bank holiday Monday (25 May).
Eversheds is the most popular legal brand with general counsel in the UK, with Linklaters the best brand in London, according to new research.
Foot Anstey has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna to defend it against an age discrimination claim brought by an ex-partner.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) litigation partner David Bateson has joined 39 Essex Chambers as an arbitrator in its Singapore office after more than 20 years at the firm.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is advising new client Stride Gaming on its $103m (£66m) initial public offering on the Aim market.
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) turnover increased by 6 per cent to £259m for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rebounding to £659,000.
Scottish firm Harper Macleod posted a jump in turnover in 2014/15 to £22m, up 4.7 per cent on the previous year, revealing solid growth in what continues to be a tough local market.
Browne Jacobson has reported a 17 per cent increase in turnover, from £50.2m to £58.9m for the 2014/15 financial year.
Linklaters has supplanted magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) as the international firm seen to have the most robust India practice, with the firm coming highly-recommended by clients and Indian firms.
Kingsley Napley client JD Wetherspoon has been ordered to pay £24,000 to a number of Irish travellers represented by Howe & Co following a Central London County Court ruling of “direct racial discrimination” by the pub chain on Monday (18 May).
Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins & Norcous have both split up, with the two reforming to establish new alliances spanning the region.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Ropes & Gray have advised Endo International on its $8.05bn acquisition of rival Par Pharmaceutical Holdings.
Clarke Willmott has opened its first office in Cardiff, as the firm reports a 11 per cent growth in turnover from £36m to £40m.
Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has accused the firm of advising him not to seek independent counsel during an internal investigation following accusations he had deliberately misled the High Court.
Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s list of the Top 30 International Firms in London thanks to a 27 per cent revenue rise to $267m in 2014, while average turnover of listed firms grew by 13 per cent.
NG Bailey has announced that Eversheds, Pannone Corporate, Muckle and Taylor & Emmet will make up its new legal panel.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has persuaded banking and projects partner Bruno Soares to stay at the firm, two months after it was announced he was leaving for US outfit Paul Hastings.
Osborne Clarke has hired Taylor Wessing’s Brussels managing partner to join its real estate team in the Belgian capital.
Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper have won top roles on the sale of London craft brewer Meantime Brewing Company to SABMiller.
Fried Frank is hiring a banking partner from Hogan Lovells to become the firm’s first head of finance in London.
White & Case has entered into an association with Jakarta-based firm Witara Cakra Advocates (WCA) after ending its relationship with MD & Partners.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters have advised New Look on its £780m sale to South African private equity firm Brait.
Cooley has hired Olswang partner Natasha Kaye to join the firm’s London office as its first tax partner.
Travers Smith has announced its largest promotions round in three years with seven lawyers made up to partner.
Network Rail hit £13.3m in legal costs in 2013/14, with Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard emerging as top earners in the first financial year after a panel review reduced the roster to eight firms.
Schillings has announced it is hiring 10 new staff, including Hill Dickinson partner Magnus Boyd.
The Government’s ability to have the final say on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests has been “circumscribed, arguably almost to the point of annihilation” in the wake of the ‘black spider letters’ case.
Greenberg Traurig has added 12 new lawyers to its Warsaw office through hires from Allen & Overy (A&O) and Norton Rose Fulbright, as part of a strategy to expand its real estate presence in Central Europe.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling have picked up top roles in the IPO of healthcare business Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, with the company valued at $668m.
East Midlands firm Flint Bishop has announced plans to increase its headcount by 21 per cent with hires expected across all of its departments.
Berwin Leighton Paisner, Allen & Overy and Eversheds are among 15 firms that could be stripped from National Grid’s legal panel in its latest review.
Outgoing Nomura International CEO Jeremy Bennett said in-house lawyers should aim at taking on more influential roles in an interview kicking off The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit this morning (14 May).
Charles Russell Speechlys has hired a new head of construction for the Middle East from Trowers & Hamlins.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, CMS and Gide Loyrette Nouel have advised on a deal allowing SNCF Mobilités to gain sole control over Eurostar International.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield on its $2bn merger with rivals DTZ.
Olswang has elected Paul Stevens as its new CEO to succeed interim CEO Michael Burdon with immediate effect.
Stephenson Harwood has ended its representation of ex-Leeds United managing director David Haigh, after the Dubai courts refused to release the funds to pay the firm.
The African Development Bank (ABD) has facilitated the formation of a new association of independent African firms designed to inform regulators and promote the development of the profession across the continent.
A review of the legal sector in Wales is to begin next week to determine how the Welsh Government can improve investment and employment in the industry.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Publishing company Springer Nature has named Macmillan Science and Education GC Rachel Jacobs as its new general counsel following the merger of the two companies.
South coast firm Coffin Mew has opened an office in Brighton following a pledge to double its annual revenue from £10m to £20m by 2017.
Hill Dickinson has announced cuts will be made to its insurance teams across its London, Liverpool and Manchester offices.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and McDermott Will & Emery have advised AstraZeneca and Innate Pharma on their $1.275bn partnership agreement.
Manchester-based firm Pannone Corporate has been appointed to the legal panels of Iceland Foods and NG Bailey.
Cultural change in the legal market is often slow - but usually critical.
Everyone thought Irwin Mitchell would be doing it soon, but it looks as if Gateley will beat the national firm to the punch. Gateley is actively preparing an IPO. It’s notable not least because Gateley – unlike Irwin Mitchell and Slater & Gordon, the Aussie-listed company that took over RJW three years ago – is not a personal injury outfit. Will Gateley genuinely be the pathfinder for commercial law firms?
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At the beginning of this year, Osborne Clarke welcomed in a new UK managing partner after Simon Beswick stepped down after a 12-year run