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Sovereign Housing Association adds four firms to 14-strong legal panel following review

27-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sovereign Housing Association, the largest social housing provider for the south and southwest of England, has grown its legal panel by 40 per cent, adding four firms to its roster of advisors.


Vedder Price wins key role on launch of the UK’s first regulated bitcoin trading platform

26-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

US firm Vedder Price’s London office has advised on the launch of Digital Securities Exchange (DSX) - the first company in the UK to bring bitcoin trading into a secure regulated environment.

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Wilson Sonsini loses Beijing head Li to Sidley

26-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of US technology firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Beijing office has quit the firm to join Sidley Austin.


Goodwin Procter and Mayer Brown pick up key roles on £327m sale of Tower Place 

26-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart, Natalie Stanton

Goodwin Procter and Mayer Brown have advised on the sale of the City’s Tower Place to Chinese insurance giant Ping An.

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DLA Piper bulks up in Singapore with hires from Gibson Dunn and Jones Day

26-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

DLA Piper has begun to rebuild its depleted Asia practice with the hire of two partners and an of counsel, reuniting a group of former Jones Day colleagues in the process.

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Clifford Chance moots superpoints for star partners as part of lockstep overhaul

26-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clifford Chance has kicked off a review of its lockstep, which could see changes made as early as the beginning of the next financial year. 


Hot 100 2015: record number of in-housers among this year's stand-out lawyers

26-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A record 45 in-house counsel and 50 women feature in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2015, which is unveiled today after months of research.

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Bird & Bird hit by €130m professional negligence claim in Hamburg

26-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Bird & Bird is facing a €130m (£97.7m) professional negligence claim brought by a group of around 30 German real estate funds, in the latest development in a corruption trial against a former client.


Midlands-based lawyers in line for 10 per cent pay rise as legal jobs increase

26-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lawyers in the Midlands will see a salary increase of around 10 per cent in 2015, thanks to a growing number of firms setting up offices in the region.


Scotland’s Burness Paull increases bank balance in year after merger

23-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm Burness Paull strengthened its cash position by over £2m in the first full year following the merger of Burness and Paull & Williamsons, with the figure rising from £3.6m to £5.8m.


Slater & Gordon in talks to acquire Quindell operating division

23-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Slater & Gordon is in negotiations to buy an operating division of Aim-listed legal services provider Quindell, understood to be its legal services arm.

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Linklaters loses Asia-based Carlyle relationship partner to White & Case

23-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The partner who manages Linklaters’ relationship with private equity house Carlyle Group in Asia has left the firm to take up partnership at White & Case.


Barclays' head of litigation and investigations Jonathan Peddie to leave bank

23-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Barclays’ managing director of litigation and investigations Jonathan Peddie is leaving his role at the end of February after nine years.

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France's Veil Jourde launches competition group with Winston & Strawn team

23-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Veil Jourde has capped off a strong 2014 with the hire of a competition team from Winston & Strawn led by partner Emmanuel Tricot.

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"Reputational kryptonite": Firms scramble to tighten disciplinary procedures in wake of CC trainee’s Islamist rant

22-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

City firms are rushing to put in place procedures to deal with incidents such as the YouTube video of a Clifford Chance trainee expressing Islamist views.

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Shakespeares’ new CEO sets out national ambitions as Wilson steps down

22-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Shakespeares chief executive Paul Wilson has stepped down from his role after nearly nine years at the helm of the acquisitive Midlands-based firm.


Bird & Bird consolidates loans in bid to reduce debt-servicing costs

22-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird consolidated its debt into one single unsecured facility in November 2014 just as the balance on two sizeable loans was due for repayment.


CoA sides with Reed Smith client Rihanna in Topshop image rights battle

22-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Reed Smith and barristers from 8 New Square and Hogarth Chambers have successfully defended the rights of international pop star Rihanna in a battle against a t-shirt bearing her image sold by high street retailer Topshop.


European moves: 22 January 2015

22-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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


China’s Dacheng merges with Dentons to create world's biggest firm

22-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

PRC firm Dacheng is to merge with global firm Dentons in only the second tie-up between a Chinese and Anglo-Saxon firm in history.


Female GCs "ahead of the game" in buying legal services

22-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Male and female general counsel have different priorities when buying legal services, according to new research by Acritas.

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Gunnercooke invites two-man boutique to share office in bid to bring in tech clients

22-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Manchester firm Gunnercooke has signed a deal to provide office space, regulatory, insurance and back office support services to two-man start-up firm Ignition Law.

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Heenan Paris launches Washington DC office to boost project work

22-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Heenan Paris, the boutique which spun out of collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie last year, has launched an outpost in Washington DC to focus on energy and projects work.


Greenberg Traurig snatches Sidley Austin partner for London corporate practice

21-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Greenberg Traurig Maher has hired Sidley Austin corporate partner Dorothee Fischer-Appelt to join its London office, following the growing trend of US to US partner laterals in the City.


Morgan Stanley legal costs drop 80 per cent in fourth quarter report

21-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Morgan Stanley has revealed an 80 per cent drop in legal costs in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $284m (£188m), down from $1.4bn in the same period last year.

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Kobre & Kim launches fourth US office in San Francisco with IP hire

21-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

International litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has launched its fourth office in the US in San Francisco, led by Kerr & Wagstaffe’s Michael Ng who joins the firm as a partner.


Fenwick & West adds Kaye Scholer partner to nascent Shanghai base

21-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has added a corporate partner to its Shanghai office, having opened in China’s largest city last year.


Irwin Mitchell appoints brokers ahead of possible 2015 IPO

21-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell may float as early as this year, according to documents revealing the firm had appointed brokers in relation to an initial public offering (IPO) by October last year.


Freshfields, HSF and Fieldfisher to battle for UK spots on Pearson's global legal panel

21-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Publishing giant Pearson is set to launch its first global legal panel by the end of the first quarter of 2015, with current advisers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Fieldfisher and Morgan Lewis among those contending for places.


Addleshaws' TLT hire leads to Barclays instruction on case against former Dewey partners

21-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Addleshaw Goddard has won an instruction from Barclays Bank on its attempts to recoup money loaned to partners of collapsed US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, following the hire of partner Richard Clayton from TLT.

Hong Kong

Why is Fried Frank calling time on its Asia strategy?

20-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

For years, Asia has been hailed as a land of golden opportunity for the legal profession. So, why has Fried Frank Harris & Shriver decided to close down its operations in the region? 

New York

Debevoise snaps up JPMorgan Chase Consumer Bank GC Matthew Biben

20-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired JPMorgan Chase consumer bank general counsel Matthew Biben to join its white collar and regulatory defence group and banking and consumer finance practices.


Irwin Mitchell's former London head of corporate leaves for Fox Williams

20-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell former London head of corporate Andrew Woolf has left the firm to join Fox Williams in London.

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Linklaters targets Mandarin speakers for China/London training contract

20-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Linklaters is targeting Mandarin-speaking native lawyers to train across its London and China offices, and work in China on qualification.

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CC appoints global innovation chief as Layton ushers in ‘a decade of massive change’

20-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clifford Chance has appointed its first global head of innovation and business change alongside a new chief operating officer (COO), both with specific remits to support an era of transformation under new managing partner Matthew Layton.


International networks: why branding matters

20-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

As global consolidation shows no sign of slowing down, the need for independent firms to find a way of effectively working across borders has only grown.


Clifford Chance and Freshfields advise as John Laing Group prepares for IPO

19-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have stepped up to advise as infrastructure investor John Laing Group announces plans to list on the London Stock Exchange.

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Fried Frank to shut Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in international downsize

19-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton, Natasha Bernal

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has called time on its beleaguered Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with plans to close its Asian operations after seven years in June 2015.


Osborne Clarke hires Taylor Wessing private client partner Goodman in practice re-launch

19-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke has hired two new private client partners in a bid to re-launch its private client offering, which it previously scrapped in late 2013.


Rolls Royce head of legal steps down after role split

19-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Rolls Royce company secretary and head of legal Nigel Goldsworthy has stepped down from his role at the company after his role was split in two last year.

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Norton Rose Fulbright continues to shuffle global energy team with Singapore relocation

19-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has sent the head of its Asia-Pacific energy team from Sydney to Singapore just as global practice head Simon Currie arrives in Sydney from London.


The top 20 cases of 2015: global disputes in the English courts

19-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This year’s case line-up has an international theme running through it, underlining the English High Court’s reputation as a global litigation centre.


Pannone Corporate to take up residence in iconic local chapel

19-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pannone Corporate is preparing to move to dedicated premises on 2 February, one year after the firm’s demerger from legacy Pannone.


De Brauw notary team splits away as Dutch boutique trend gains momentum

19-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A team of corporate law notaries from Benelux firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek have used the growth of the boutique market in the Netherlands as the catalyst to establish their own spin-off practice.


Freshfields in the frame as court dismisses Caravaggio claim against Sotheby's

16-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has successfully defended a negligence claim brought against Sotheby’s in which the auction house was accused of failing to notice that a work of art could have been painted by the Italian artist Caravaggio.


CMA launches legal recruitment campaign to boost cartels and criminal team

16-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Cartels and Criminal Group has launched a recruitment campaign to hire in-house lawyers.

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DAC Beachcroft insurance head Pollitt on the firm's push into Latin America

16-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Earlier this week DAC Beachcroft (DACB) announced it had signed an exclusive alliance with Madrid-based Muñoz Arribas Abogados in a further bid to boost its insurance and health practices in Spain and Latin America. 

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Bates Wells Braithwaite goes open-plan and paper-light in KWM office space takeover

16-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has moved into the first floor of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) office space, shrinking its square footage as a result of going open plan.

New York

Citigroup legal costs shoot up by 258 per cent to $2.9bn in Q4 2014

15-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Citigroup has reported $2.9bn (£1.9bn) in legal expenses during the fourth quarter of 2014 - an increase of 258 per cent from $809m for the same period of 2013.

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Akin Gump establishes vac scheme and expands training options in wake of Bingham takeover

15-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Akin Gump has increased opportunities for junior lawyers at the firm, establishing vacation schemes and bolstering its trainee options.


QC launches legal social network with 500-word ‘tweets’

15-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

An Exchange Chambers QC has launched a social networking site for the legal world named Mootis.


Travelport bets on William Hill’s GC Murphy for head of legal role

15-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Travel commerce platform Travelport has snapped up William Hill general counsel and company secretary Thomas Murphy to head its legal department.

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Bindmans and Kingsley Napley lead as Law Soc challenges government over legal aid

15-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bindmans and Kingsley Napley are advising the Law Society and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) on their application for judicial review of the new tender process for criminal legal aid contracts, which is in court today (15 January).

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Iceland adds Gordons to roster in wake of new GC hire

15-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Iceland Foods has added Yorkshire firm Gordons to its list of advisers, just weeks after the appointment of DWF director Duncan Vaughan as head of legal.

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Burness Paull, Eversheds and Osborne Clarke among firms on local government pensions panel

15-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Burness Paull, Eversheds and Osborne Clarke are among 11 firms that have been appointed to the new national legal services procurement framework for Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Funds launched earlier this week (12 January).


JP Morgan legal costs soar on back of regulators' fines

14-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

JPMorgan has revealed that it ran up $1.1bn (£723m) of legal expenses during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 30 per cent from $847m the year before.

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Royal Mail relaunches training contract and offers posties’ families junior legal roles

14-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Royal Mail is launching a number of opportunities for junior lawyers, putting access to the profession and diversity at the heart of its plans.


Penningtons’ debt rocketed by 129 per cent in year of Manches takeover

14-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Penningtons more than doubled its debt in the year it took over cash-strapped Manches, with a number of its partners giving personal guarantees that the loans would be repaid.


Silk appointment numbers drop but female applicants at all-time high

14-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The QC Appointments Secretariat has unveiled the list of newly-appointed silks, with 93 making the cut out of 223 applicants - including 25 women.


Ten firms take pride in this year's Stonewall LGB top 100

14-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

A total of 10 law firms, including new entrant Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, have made the cut in this year’s list of the top 100 gay-friendly employers by LGB charity Stonewall.


LLP accounts reveal cost of controlling debt and staff for law firms

14-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Servicing debt and dealing with staff costs including historical pension liabilities continued to preoccupy firms in the 2013/14 financial year, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed.


DWF bulks up City corporate and banking teams with DLA, Ince hires

14-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DWF has appointed Ince & Co head of corporate insurance Richard Britain and DLA Piper banking partner Christian Francis in London.


DLA Middle East head quits to launch boutique with Carlyle MENA GC

13-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

DLA Piper’s Middle East and Kuwait managing partner Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout has resigned to launch his own boutique firm in Kuwait.


Lewis Silkin client Enterprise Holdings wins IP fight against Europcar

13-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Lewis Silkin client, rental services provider Enterprise Holdings, has won a trademark logo battle against rival company Europcar at the High Court.


Shepherd & Wedderburn makes double arbitration hire from Crowell & Moring

13-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its commercial litigation practice with the addition of two Crowell & Moring lawyers to its London office.


Exclusive: Reed Smith launches four-year degree with Queen Mary

13-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Reed Smith and Queen Mary, University of London (QMU), have launched a four-year degree, in which law undergraduates will work for one year at the American firm’s London office.

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Simmons partners told to get involved as Hoyland kicks off business plan review

13-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Simmons & Simmons partners will be approached to contribute ideas on the strategic direction of the firm this week, as a new three-year business plan hits the drawing board. 


RBS deputy GC Collins promoted to top job as Campbell steps down

13-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has promoted its deputy general counsel, John Collins, to the role of chief legal officer following the retirement of Chris Campbell.


Nabarro ups the ante on European alliance with joint branding

13-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Nabarro and its European allies have established a single umbrella brand, Broadlaw, in an effort to unify their offering to clients.


Cooley CEO Joe Conroy on London: "We put our money where our mouth is"

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley CEO Joe Conroy talks to The Lawyer about the firm’s raid on Edwards Wildman and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and the plans for its London office.

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Reed Smith launches Singapore corporate practice with Stephenson Harwood hire

12-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Reed Smith has hired a Stephenson Harwood partner to launch a Singapore corporate practice two years after opening a base in the city-state.

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Kennedys follows through on promise of Scottish insurance launch

12-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Kennedys has taken over a litigation boutique and hired a partner from McClure Naismith as part of a plan to rapidly grow a presence north of the border.


Revealed: the full list of partners joining tech giant Cooley in London

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has confirmed its London opening with the hire of 19 partners from Edwards Wildman Palmer and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), bringing headcount up 55 fee-earners.

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BBC reveals details of new training contract to launch in September

12-Jan-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The BBC has announced its plans for its new training contract, which will begin in 2015.


Allen & Overy, Bakers and Clifford Chance best placed for “fantastic opportunity” in ASEAN

12-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have the most developed networks across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and as such are best placed to take advantage of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which launches later this year.


The Lawyer European Awards shortlist is revealed as entries reach record level

12-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

After a record number of entries, the shortlist for The Lawyer European Awards 2015 is finally revealed today (12 January).


Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman complete $675m merger

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The merger between US firms Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman Palmer went live this weekend (10 January 2015), with the majority of partners from Edwards Wildman making the jump over to Locke Lord Edwards.


Facebook calls on Vodafone's privacy chief Deadman for new role

12-Jan-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Vodafone’s privacy head Stephen Deadman has joined Facebook to take up a new role as the social media giant’s deputy chief privacy officer.

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Bircham Dyson Bell keeps emphasis on private wealth with Pinsents hire

12-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) has announced the hire of Pinsent Masons’ former head of private wealth Karl Woolley as a partner.


White & Case picks up DX mandate on acquisition of City Link assets

9-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

White & Case has advised logistics and parcel distribution company DX Group on its acquisition of assets from its collapsed competitor City Link.


Greenberg Traurig picks up trio of hires from DLA and White & Case for Tokyo launch

9-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has launched a new office in Tokyo with three hires from DLA Piper and White & Case.


Exclusive: Cooley set to launch 50-lawyer London office with raid on Edwards Wildman and MoFo

9-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has raided Morrison & Foerster (MoFo)’s London-based corporate and technology practices and Edwards Wildman’s London office ahead of its imminent City launch, The Lawyer has learned.

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Debevoise, Skadden and Slaughters take key roles on XL Group’s $4.2bn acquisition of Catlin

9-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Debevoise & Plimpton, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Slaughter and May have played key advisory roles on the $4.2bn sale of insurance giant Catlin Group to XL Group.


Barclays Capital general counsel Judith Shepherd to step down

9-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Barclays Capital general counsel Judith Shepherd has resigned from her role today (9 January) and is set to leave the company in the first half of 2015.


DLA Piper wins Heineken principal adviser mandate

9-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

After months of speculation, brewing giant Heineken UK has confirmed DLA Piper as its principal external adviser for a three-year term.

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Radcliffes LeBrasseur relocates to the City after almost 100 years in Westminster

9-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

RadcliffesLeBrasseur has signed a nine-year lease on 28,000 sq ft of office space in the old Reuters building at 85 Fleet Street.


Latham jumps on northshoring bandwagon with Manchester business services office

8-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Latham & Watkins has become the latest in a string of firms to launch a business services office, announcing plans to open in Manchester later this year.


London scores seven out of 24 new partners in Reed Smith's 2015 promotions round

8-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Reed Smith has made up 24 partners across the firm in this year’s promotions round, with the largest number appointed to its London office.

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US online provider LegalZoom set to storm the UK with ABS licence

8-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

US online legal provider LegalZoom has gained UK regulatory approval having been licensed as an alternative business structure (ABS) by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA).

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Travers Smith advises as thetrainline.com books IPO ticket

8-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Travers Smith is advising the UK’s largest online rail bookings company thetrainline.com as it prepares to go public later this year.


European moves: 8 January 2015

8-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

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Weil tops rankings as worldwide M&A activity reaches pre-crisis levels in 2014

8-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firms dominated M&A league tables last year as worldwide M&A rose 47 per cent in the strongest year for deal making since 2007.

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Client views taken into account as CMS completes fit out of new Cannon Place HQ

8-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

CMS Cameron McKenna is close to completing a modern studio style fit-out of Cannon Place ahead of its move to the new premises early in the new financial year. 


HealthTrust Europe launches procurement for three year legal panel

8-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

HealthTrust Europe, a central purchasing body for the health sector, has launched a procurement exercise for its legal services panel review in 2015.


Shakespeares hires former Wragge & Co real estate chief

8-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Midlands-based Shakespeares has hired former Wragge & Co real estate boss Adrian Bland as head of commercial real estate in Birmingham. 

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Belfast support centre helps Allen & Overy cut staff costs by £15m

7-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Allen & Overy (A&O) saw its total staff costs reduce by £15m in 2013/14 largely thanks to shifting a swathe of its support function from London to Belfast over the past few years.


Squire Patton Boggs scoops up Simmons’s John Hayward for financial services practice

7-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs has hired Simmons & Simmons’ John Hayward as a partner in its financial services practice group.

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Hogan Lovells and Leigh Day negotiate £55m Shell settlement over Nigerian oil spill

7-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Leigh Day and Hogan Lovells have taken the lead on the £55m settlement of a dispute between Shell and a Nigerian community affected by two successive oil spills in 2008 and 2009.


Fried Frank bulks up private equity practice with O'Melveny hire

7-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has hired O’Melveny & Myers partner Daniel Oates to join its London M&A and private equity practice. 

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Darrois Villey selects new co-head after Diaz's Skadden exit

7-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has elected Cyril Bonan as co-managing partner, following the departure of Olivier Diaz to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in December.

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In-housers to the fore in our Hot 100

26-Jan-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Welcome to one of our most-awaited issues of the year, in which we unveil our Hot 100 lawyers for 2015.

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East meeting West, again


The combination of US-European Dentons with China’s Dacheng will create the world’s biggest law firm. On paper, that’s a lot of global reach – as long as integration issues are tackled. For more on Dacheng and a close analysis of Chinese firms, check out our China Elite.

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Clifford Chance considers super-points plateau in lockstep review


Clifford Chance’s new managing partner Matthew Layton is wasting no time in stamping his mark on the firm. Just a week after his appointment of the firm’s first global innovation head and a new chief operating officer, we ...

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