New York

Latham makes up one London partner amongst 19-strong global promos round

30-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins has made up just one partner in London, in addition to another 18 new partners worldwide.

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Freshfields retains role as SFO opens investigation into profits

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been retained by Tesco in the wake of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) announcement that it had opened an investigation into accounting practices at the supermarket giant.

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Linklaters and Milbank secure judgment for Visa in £1bn battle against retailers

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have secured judgment in favour of Visa in a dispute brought by retailers over fees charged for using Visa credit cards.

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Lloyds Banking Group appoints new retail GC

30-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Jennifer Neilsen as general counsel for retail following the departure of Stuart Morgan in May.

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Garrigues returns to growth with marginal revenue rise to €332.5m

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Europe’s largest firm, Iberian giant Garrigues, has announced a marginal rise of 0.2 per cent in its 2013/14 turnover along with the promotion of seven to its partnership.

Europe

European moves: 30 October 2014

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

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

British Airways

Brick Court and Monckton lead as court adjourns strike-out of £1bn cartel claim against BA

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A host of barristers from top sets and major international law firms are advising as British Airways (BA) and a number of other international airlines seek to defend a £1bn claim that they were part of a cartel raising the price of air cargo services.

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BLM and Keoghs and Simpson Marwick win spots on new Hastings Direct panel

30-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

BLM, Keoghs and Simpson Marwick have been appointed to insurance broker Hastings Direct’s new slimline claims defendant panel.

London

Paul Hastings picks up White & Case technology and IP head

30-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Paul Hastings’ London office has hired White & Case’s former IP and technology London head and global data privacy and cyber security chair Ashley Winton.

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Norton Rose Fulbright elects CEO Martyr for fifth term as Scott takes up management role

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Norton Rose Fulbright has re-elected Peter Martyr as its global chief executive for his fifth three-year term, as of 1 January 2015.

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High Court rules former Halliwells partners not liable for overpaid drawings

29-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The High Court has ruled that nine former Halliwells partners cannot be pursued by the firm’s liquidators for overpaid drawings and overpaid tax.

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Taylor Wessing re-elects senior partner Marks for second term

29-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Taylor Wessing has re-elected its senior partner Adam Marks for a second three-year term.

London

Edwards Wildman left rudderless in London as management switches stateside

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Edward Wildman Palmer’s London head Nick Bolter no longer has a formal stake in managing the firm’s City base.

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Allen & Overy and HSF set to pick up £9.8m in legal fees on Tui's £5.2bn merger

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Allen & Overy is set to take home the lion’s share of £9.8m in legal fees for its advice to Tui AG on its bumper merger with its FTSE 100 subsidiary Tui Travel.

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Top GCs and managing partners come together to judge The Lawyer European Awards

29-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A stellar line-up of judges for The Lawyer European Awards 2015, representing a wealth of experience within the Continental European legal market, is today revealed.

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DLA Piper adds seven partners through Mexico merger, as three exit for Bakers

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper is to merge with Mexico City-based firm Gallastegui y Lozano (GyL) as three existing partners and their team, including DLA’s Mexico City co-managing partner, leave for Baker & McKenzie.

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Olswang’s former CEO Stewart quits the firm

28-Oct-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Olswang’s former CEO David Stewart, who stepped down from his role at the start of October mid-way through his second three-year term, has left the firm.

Oman

Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5bn Omagine development in Muscat

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Stephenson Harwood has taken a lead role advising the developer of a long-awaited $2.5bn (£1.55bn) real estate and tourism development project in Oman.

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Sports Direct side-steps tribunal battle with legally binding zero-hours agreement

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Sports Direct has agreed to rewrite contracts relating to zero-hours staff as part of an out-of-court settlement in a dispute brought by Leigh Day on behalf of a former zero-hours employee.

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Clyde & Co opens in Brisbane with three partners from Sparke Helmore

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co has picked up three partners from Australian firm Sparke Helmore in Brisbane to open its fourth office in the country.

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Raft of UK firms jump aboard Monarch’s bumper restructuring deal

28-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes and Forsters are among the firms to advise on the rescue of the Monarch Group by investment firm Greybull Capital.

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BLP sets target of 30 per cent female partners by 2018

27-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has joined the growing number of firms setting a target for female partnership representation, aiming for 30 per cent of its partnership by the end of 2018.

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CVC turns to Freshfields for €700m Paroc acquisition

27-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

CVC has turned to long-standing adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has for its €700m (£551m) acquisition of Helsinki-based Paroc.

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Exclusive: US firms now dominate London mid-tier, UK200 shows

27-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

The largest US firms are now so entrenched in the UK legal market that they are collectively generating over £2bn annually and are major players in the 100 firms bringing in the most revenue from the UK.

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Pulling the plug: are failing deals set to impact long-term M&A?

27-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

M&A is a high-risk business where there are many motivations to drop a deal beyond crunching the figures. In this last week alone, three major international deals have pulled the plug – but how is this instability affecting the legal market? 

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General Motors GC to stand down

27-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

General Motors general counsel Michael Millikin is to retire next year after 37 years at the company and five years at the helm of the auto giant’s legal team.

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UK 200 International: Consolidation continues as growth accelerates

27-Oct-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The revenue produced in the UK by the top 30 international firms has grown by 35 per cent, from $2.6bn to $3.5bn, between 2009 and 2013.

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Latham and Bakers’ Saudi associates take key roles on $6bn National Commercial Bank IPO

27-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins and Baker & McKenzie’s association firms in Saudi Arabia have won key roles advising on the IPO of the country’s largest lender, the National Commercial Bank (NCB).

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ENRC private hearing sparks war of words between Dechert and former client

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The High Court has ruled that a dispute launched by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd’s (ENRC) over adviser Dechert’s £16m legal bill should be heard in private to prevent prejudice to an ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into the company.

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Kromann Reumert and Reed Smith advise on exclusive licence for Ebola vaccine

24-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Reed Smith and Danish firm Kromann Reumert advised Bavarian Nordic on a licence and supply agreement for approximately $187m to grant its Ebola vaccine exclusively to Johnson & Johnson company Crucell Holland.

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Olney retires after 31 years at Slaughters as Wittmann is elected practice partner

24-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May corporate partner David Wittmann is to become the firm’s practice partner on 1 January 2015.

Melbourne

Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

24-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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SFO requests £26.5m emergency cash injection for Tchenguiz and fraud battles

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has requested an urgent cash injection of £26.5m – 75 per cent above its core budget – in order to pursue its high-profile fraud investigations and pay out compensation to the Tchenguiz brothers.

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Clifford Chance re-elects senior partner Sweeting in uncontested vote

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance has re-elected senior partner Malcolm Sweeting for a second term following an uncontested election, handing him another four years in the top role.

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Pinsents set for managing partner election as Ryan steps down

24-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan has decided not to seek re-election at the end of his current term in April 2015.

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Orrick and Withers lose at High Court as Excalibur funders forced to pay £23m costs

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The explosive $1.6bn oil row between Excalibur Ventures and Texas and Gulf Keystone took a new turn yesterday (23 October) when the High Court ruled the third-party funders backing the case were liable for indemnity costs.

Hull

Neil Hudgell combines with Rapid to form £20m PI outfit

24-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Acquisitive Hull-headquartered personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors has today acquired Rapid Solicitors to form a £20m personal injury (PI) business.

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DWF named top management team at The Lawyer Management Awards

23-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

DWF’s rapid expansion and willingness to embrace the new opportunities in the UK legal market scooped it Management Team of the Year at The Lawyer Management Awards last night.

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Keystone Law sells £3.15m stake to private equity house

23-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Dispersed firm Keystone Law has received a £3.15m cash injection from private equity house Root Capital in return for a 35 per cent stake in the firm’s shares.

Court

Claimants in Mishcon court case granted sanction relief for missed deadline

22-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Former Queens Park Rangers chairman Antonio Caliendo has been allowed to keep his conditional fee arrangement (CFA) in a case launched against Mishcon de Reya despite missing a court-ordered deadline.

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Parabis cuts 24 claimant fee earner roles in Croydon

22-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Parabis has cut 24 fee earner roles from its Croydon-based claimant firm Cogent Law.

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Linklaters' disputes chief takes on global, ex comm and London roles

22-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters’ new global litigation Michael Bennett has decided not to appoint a new London disputes chief after opting for a more streamlined management group. 

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Drax to replace UK legal head after two-year gap

22-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure.

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Dentons biggest winner as Ofgem E-Serve panel extended for two years

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Ofgem has extended its panel for another two years, giving Burges Salmon, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro and Pinsent Masons along with nine other firms a further term as its advisers. 

London

Land Securities general counsel Adrian de Souza resigns

21-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company.

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Facebook sues DLA for "fraudulent lawsuit"; DLA slams tech giant's 'intimidation' tactics

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against DLA Piper and a raft of US law firms alleging they represented a fraudulent claimant pursuing Facebook for 50 per cent ownership of the social network.

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Burges Salmon and Morton Fraser team win NDA panel spots with Eversheds and Pinsents

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have won spots on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) reduced legal panel.

Kennedys

Kennedys overhauls career development strategy and introduces new senior associate role

21-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

When Kennedys’ human resources director Caroline Wilson joined the firm almost four years ago, its qualified lawyers were distinguishable only as solicitors or partners.

London

Akin negotiates more space at Bingham's 41 Lothbury office

21-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is understood to be negotiating to take the seventh floor at 41 Lothbury having taken over Bingham McCutchen’s lease on the fifth and sixth floors with immediate effect.

London

Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

21-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

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John Lewis hires BG Group deputy Keith Hubber as new general counsel

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The John Lewis Partnership has hired former BG deputy general counsel Keith Hubber to join the company as general counsel from February 2015.

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Orrick opens first affiliated office in Africa's Ivory Coast

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has opened its first affiliated office in Africa’s Ivory Coast, operating under the name Orrick RCI.

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Jones Day advises Steris in £1.2bn deal to buy up UK pharma company Synergy Health

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Jones Day has represented US medical tech company Steris Corporation in a deal to acquire Synergy Health in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately £1.2bn.  

Sydney

Bird & Bird to merge with Aussie ally Truman Hoyle

20-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird is to merge with its Australian alliance partner Truman Hoyle a year and a half after signing a co-operation agreement with the TMT firm.

National Grid

National Grid UK GC exits amid panel review

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

National Grid UK general counsel and company secretary Karen Clayton has left the network in the midst of a full-scale panel review due to be finalised in April 2015.

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Magic circle firms launch internal salary war as US firms steal top talent

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Magic circle firms have released their salary figures for trainees and associates in 2014/15, but the increases are not enough to match the power of US firms’ wallets.

London

The Lawyer Management conference puts legal market innovation centre stage

20-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Today (22 October) will see well over 100 of the UK legal market’s leaders converge on The Brewery in the City of London for the second annual The Lawyer Management conference.

High Court

Specsavers triumphs in Asda trademark battle after switching from Eversheds to HGF Law

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Specsavers has triumphed in a five-year trademark battle which went all the way to the European Court of Justice, having switched from Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers’ silk Michael Bloch QC to HGF Law and 8 New Square’s James Mellor.

London

Law firms race for City space as prime rents increase

20-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The number of law firms having to take office space at rates that exceed the top of the London market has risen 7 per cent, according to new research.

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Linklaters launches LGBT ally scheme

17-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has continued its push on diversity by launching a new ally programme aimed at support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues.

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A&O, Hogan Lovells and Freshfields lead on Heathrow Airport deal

17-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A raft of firms including Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons and Hogan Lovells has advised on the £1bn sale of three of Heathrow’s airports to a consortium formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie.

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Travers Smith and Clifford Chance drafted in on administration of London Mining

17-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Travers Smith and Clifford Chance have been called in to advise on the administration of Ebola-struck London Mining.

Technology

Covington and Slaughters advise on Qualcomm’s £1.6bn acquisition of CSR

17-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Covington & Burling advised US mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm and Slaughter and May advised tech firm CSR on the US company’s £1.6bn takeover of the British company, which will increase Qualcomm’s presence in the UK.

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Clifford Chance and Herbies advise on EDF EU subsidy approval

17-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

EDF has turned to Clifford Chance antitrust partner Jenine Hulsmann to win approval for a nuclear reactor subsidy scheme from the European Commission (EC), enabling the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for 20 years. 

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Linklaters' South African ally creates managing partner role in rejig

16-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters’ South African ally Webber Wentzel has split its senior partner role into two as incumbent David Lancaster steps down after nine years in the position.

Manchester

Addleshaws installs regional office heads as former Manchester chief quits for PwC

16-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Tim Wheldon and Malcolm Pike as office heads in Leeds and Manchester respectively in the firm’s latest management change.

Perth

Clifford Chance loses top Aussie partner to investment house Gresham

16-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Clifford Chance’s Perth office is set to leave the firm for investment house Gresham Partners three and a half years after the firm that bore his name joined the magic circle giant.

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Eon legal head Line takes on CMA probe role alongside Pinsents

16-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Eon head of legal Graham Line has stepped down from his role to lead the company’s response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) probe into the energy market.

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Circle Housing Group confirms nine-firm panel after 12-month review

16-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Circle Housing Group, the social housing provider for London and the South East, has appointed nine firms including Shoosmiths, Trowers & Hamlins and Weightmans to its new-look panel after a year-long review.

Europe

European moves: 16 October 2014

16-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

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

Supreme Court

Lord Neuberger picks five top cases ahead of Supreme Court anniversary

15-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A raft of chambers and firms, including the likes of Blackstone and Matrix Chambers and Farrer & Co and Nabarro, have emerged as advisers on Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger’s picks of the most significant cases to have been heard in the court.

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Hogan Lovells taps Allen & Overy for first Vietnam partner

15-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Hogan Lovells has added the first partner to its Vietnam practice with the addition of an Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer in Ho Chi Minh City.

Milan

Freshfields Italian arbitrator leaves for boutique

15-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Italian arbitration boutique Arblit has hired its third partner, bringing on board Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Massimo Benedettelli.

London

Pérez-Llorca to open London office to tap into European finance work

15-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Spanish firm Pérez- Llorca has announced the opening of a new office in London, led by corporate and finance partner Fernando Quicios.

London

Mid Europa Partners turns to White & Case for first legal hire

15-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Private equity house Mid Europa Partners has appointed its first legal counsel, hiring White & Case senior associate Jana Philip.

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DAC Beachcroft swaps ULaw for BPP

14-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

DAC Beachcroft will send its future trainees to BPP Law School, switching its allegiance from the University of Law.

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King & Wood Mallesons to ditch SJ Berwin name to mark first anniversary of merger

14-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is set to scrap ‘SJ Berwin’ from its name on 1 November, as the firm celebrates the first anniversary of its record-breaking merger.

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McDermott’s Brochet to join Greenberg Traurig Maher’s London office

14-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

McDermott Will & Emery finance partner Pierre Brochet has left to join Greenberg Traurig Maher’s (GTM) London office as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities practice.

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Slaughters and Linklaters partners lead the pack on LGBT support

14-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May and Linklaters partners have been listed as prominent LGBT allies by diversity networking organisation OUTstanding.

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Nabarro signs up Lefèvre Pelletier as new French ally

13-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nabarro has formed a new French alliance with Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés seven months after breaking up with former alliance partner August & Debouzy.

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White & Case makes up five new partners in London as part of 37-strong global promos round

13-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

White & Case has added five new members to its partnership in London - more than any of the firm’s other offices globally.

Hong Kong

Baker & McKenzie names new head of Asian offices

13-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie has named Hong Kong-based Milton Cheng as managing partner of its Hong Kong, China, Korea and Vietnam offices.

London

Kirkland’s London chief White quits to head up Fried Frank’s City base

13-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White has quit the firm to become Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson’s first-ever London managing partner.

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Kent Legal Services tenders for ABS partner

13-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Kent County Council’s legal division Kent Legal Services (KLS) has today launched a search for a private sector alternative business structure (ABS) partner.

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KWM SJB adds nine to Milan office and creates employment team

13-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM SJB) has hired finance and employment teams in Milan led by partners from two local firms in a significant boost for its Italian practice.

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BLP, Clifford Chance, OC and Stephenson Harwood miss out on Lloyds panel spots

13-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood are understood to have missed out on Lloyds’ core panel spots in its latest review, which reduced the roster from 12 to 10.

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Freshfields makes "radical" global corporate and litigation head appointments

13-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has chosen German partner Rick van Aerssen as the firm’s new corporate head to replace Edward Braham and litigation partner David Scott to succeed Christopher Pugh in a “radical” reshuffle. 

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Not good friends: Fieldfisher and former privacy chief Ustaran settle dispute over 18-month notice period

13-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

It has emerged that Fieldfisher and its former data privacy head Eduardo Ustaran turned to arbitration to settle a dispute over his exit for Hogan Lovells, after the partner was accused of breaching the firm’s partnership agreement.

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Pinsents names new Glasgow boss ahead of managing partner contest

13-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Pinsent Masons has named corporate partner Barry McCaig as head of its Glasgow office following a management reshuffle that was prompted by the election of Richard Foley to senior partner.

London

Freshfields and Linklaters dominate the 2014 IPO market

13-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters advised on more main market IPOs in London than any other firms between 1 January and 30 August 2014.

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DLA Piper swoops on A&O Spain senior partner after local management rejig

10-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

DLA Piper has hired Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Spanish senior partner Iñigo Gómez-Jordana in Madrid, just months after he handed over the local managing partner role at the magic circle firm.

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Appeal over appointment of Marrache judge set to go to Privy Council

10-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

An appeal against the appointment of the judge who heard the trial of the three founders of collapsed law firm Marrache & Co is to be taken to the Privy Council after being thrown out by the Gibraltar Court of Appeal this week.

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YouView legal boss Vitale moves to comparethemarket.com owner BGL Group

10-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

YouView’s general counsel Tony Vitale has joined insurance company BGL Group in a new role as head of legal.

Belfast

Allen & Overy targets Belfast expansion with 100 new roles over five years

9-Oct-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled plans to recruit up to 100 new roles for its Belfast office over the next five years, a projection that underlines the role the office is likely to play in facilitating the firm’s future growth and which should see it become its second-largest office worldwide.

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Top 100 LGBT business leaders features 15 lawyers

9-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyers make up 15 per cent of the top 100 LGBT business leaders, according to LGBT professional network OUTstanding.

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New competition regulator CMA creates three new cartel roles

9-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The newly-formed Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is looking to hire a director of criminal enforcement as part of three new director roles aimed at beefing up its ability to crack down on cartels.

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Mishcon de Reya to recruit trainees through vac scheme only

9-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Mishcon de Reya is to recruit its future trainees purely from its vacation scheme, in an effort to ensure that it succeeds in capturing the best candidates possible.

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SFO in court for Alstom bribery case

9-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has enlisted Three Raymond Buildings’ Simon Farrell QC and Rachel Scott for its court case against French train giant Alstom, which it accused of paying around $8m (£5m) in bribes to officials over a six-year period.

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Orrick focuses on Africa with Heenan Paris hire

9-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Orrick Rambaud Martel has strengthened its Paris banking group and Africa expertise with the hire of a partner from Heenan Paris, the French successor firm to collapsed Canadian outfit Heenan Blaikie.

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Latham triumphs in London Metal Exchange Court of Appeal hearing

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Latham & Watkins has won a Court of Appeal hearing for the London Metal Exchange (LME) against Marcfarlanes client Rusal, finding that the exchange had acted fairly and lawfully in imposing new requirements for warehouses.

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Leader: UK 200 redraws the legal map

27-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

It’s here: The Lawyer’s UK 200 is the biggest financial data exercise in the legal profession

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In and around the house

28-Oct-2014

What should aspiring general counsel know about getting the top job? A recent roundtable brought a number of in-house heads and deputy heads together to discuss preconceptions of the GC role. And as our other stories indicate, the GC jobs market is a very fluid one at the moment.

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Norton Rose Fulbright backs Martyr for another three years

30-Oct-2014

Let’s rewind 12 years. Back in 2002, Girls Aloud and Ali G were just making it big, and the bunting was out to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

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