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China’s Dacheng raids Haworth & Lexon for six-partner team

30-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

PRC firm Dacheng has made its first significant hire since its tie-up with Dentons became public knowledge, taking on a team of six equity partners from fellow Chinese firm Haworth & Lexon.


Simmons' managing partner Jeremy Hoyland on Bristol, Luxembourg and defying gravity

30-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

With a new three-year strategy in the offing and several recently launched projects still bedding in, 2015 has the potential to set a new benchmark at Simmons & Simmons.

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BBVA UK legal head takes up new role at derivatives platform NetOTC

30-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

BBVA’s former UK head of legal Joanne Theodoulou has taken up the role of general counsel at NetOTC, an independent platform that deals with over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.


Squire Patton Boggs advises on Sheffield Wednesday sale to Thai seafood businessman

29-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs has advised on the deal to sell Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri, representing owner Milan Mandaric.

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Chadbourne becomes latest entrant into Jo'burg with Bowman Gilfillan hire

29-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

US firm Chadbourne & Parke has become the latest international player to launch in South Africa, opening a Johannesburg office with the hire of Bowman Gilfillan partner Lido Fontana.


Freshfields first of magic circle to report to report spring trainee retention, keeping 85%

29-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has released its retention rate for its spring 2015 qualifiers, keeping 85 per cent of trainees on in newly-qualified (NQ) positions.

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Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger

29-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Deutsche Bank’s litigation costs fell by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, from €1.1bn to €207m (£155m), helping the bank to a surprise pretax profit.

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And then there were two: Collins and Mayhew to contest BLP managing partner election

29-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of corporate David Collins and head of employment Lisa Mayhew will go head-to-head on Tuesday (3 February), when partners vote in the firm’s first contested managing partner election for 16 years.


Browne Jacobson managing partner pledges further growth for third term

29-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Browne Jacobson’s managing partner Iain Blatherwick has been unanimously re-appointed to the role in a vote by the firm’s 96 partners.

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Al Tamimi forges Egyptian association to access investment opportunities

29-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Middle East firm Al Tamimi & Company has agreed an association with an Egyptian firm in a bid to take advantage of the country’s improving outlook despite continuing political unrest.


Freshfields to pay £1bn to retired partners over next 50 years

28-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The amount that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer expects to pay to fund current partners’ pensions fell in the 2013/14 financial year, despite the firm’s total future commitment to retired partners continuing to hover around the £1bn mark.


Clyde & Co and 7KBW succeed in £8.8m typo claim against Companies House

28-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The High Court has found in favour of a Clyde & Co client who claimed that a typo in a Companies House document forced his business into administration.

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Herbert Smith Freehills on board for HS2 rail project

28-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been appointed as the main adviser for High Speed Two (HS2), the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed train line.

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Virgin Media bats off ninth patent infringement claim from tech company Rovi

28-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Virgin Media’s in-house team has successfully fought off the latest in a string of nine patent infringement claims brought by US technology company Rovi, with the claim withdrawn before hitting the courts.

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KPMG general counsel Sharp stands down after 18 years

28-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

KPMG’s general counsel Vanessa Sharp is set to quit her role in May to seek new opportunities.


Freshfields and HSF among raft of firms advising on Hutchison Whampoa’s £10.25bn O2 buy

28-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters are among the firms to win roles on Hong Kong giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed acquisition of O2.


A&O and Ashurst win key roles on £680m Jurys Inn hotel chain sale

28-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Dillon Eustace and William Fry have won key mandates advising on the £680m acquisition of the Jurys Inn hotel chain by US private equity group Lone Star.


Eaglewood Europe hires former Sidley Austin associate as its first GC

28-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Eaglewood Europe has hired former Sidley Austin associate Dipali Sahni as its first general counsel.

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Finland's Roschier tempts Latham capital markets partner home from London

28-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Finnish firm Roschier has announced the hire of Latham & Watkins capital markets partner Antti Ihamuotila, bringing him back home to Helsinki after 15 years in London.

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India's largest firm Amarchand splits as brothers battle over equity stake

27-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

When Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co splits in two on 1 April this year it will bring an end to the history of one of India’s oldest and best-known law firms.


Almost half of all non-merged UK firms would consider a tie-up over the next two years

27-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

As many as 95 per cent of managing partners expect their firms to merge within the next decade, and 45 per cent of firms that have not secured a merger in the past five years would consider a tie-up before 2017, new research has revealed.

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White & Case and Osborne Clarke reveal spring retention

27-Jan-2015 | By Richard Simmons

US firm White & Case is to keep all 13 of its trainees due to qualify in March this year.

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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.

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Grimaldi makes trio of lateral hires from local rivals

27-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale has added three partners to its roster, including former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Davide D’Angelo.


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.

Hong Kong

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.

Law Society

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.

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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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BLP set for managing partner vote next week: Collins and Mayhew in the running


Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners are on the last leg of the firm’s managing partner election this week, with a vote scheduled for Tuesday

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