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Quinn Emanuel's East and Prevezer on being "bigger, better, faster, harder"

27-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Quinn Emanuel now ranks as the third largest litigation practice in the world in terms of revenue, according to The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50, with disputes bringing in $1.088bn in 2014 – 98 per cent of its total turnover.

Capita completes panel review with Addleshaws, DWF and Pinsents winning spots

27-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month. 


ICBC Standard Bank instructs HSF on UK's first ever DPA with SFO

26-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

ICBC Standard Bank has instructed Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) on plans to enter into the first-ever UK deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Slater & Gordon’s shares plummet 52 per cent following Autumn Statement

26-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Personal injury heavyweight Slater & Gordon saw its share price drop 52 per cent overnight after the UK Government announced a shake-up in the way road accidents claims are handled.

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A&O revenues grow nearly 4 per cent in half-year results

26-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Allen & Overy (A&O) has reported a 3.6 per cent rise in revenue in the first half of 2015/16, with the firm’s turnover growing from £619.7m to £642m.


RBS £4bn shareholder battle adjourned to 2017 amid criticism of disclosure process

26-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have been criticised in the High Court for their “unfocused”, “unsettling” and “less than compelling” approach to disclosure in the bank’s £4bn battle with shareholders.

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Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar confirm £250m merger

26-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Irwin Mitchell has announced it will merge with Thomas Eggar in a move which will create a £250m firm with more than 270 partners.


ENSafrica merges with Ghana firm Oxford & Beaumont

26-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

South African firm ENSafrica has merged with Ghana’s Oxford & Beaumont to form ENSafrica Ghana, its seventh African jurisdiction.

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Freshfields and Sullivan take the lead on £1.2bn Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold tie-up

26-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cross-border teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the €1.7bn (£1.2bn) tie-up between banking technology companies Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold in Germany and the US. 


European moves: 25 November 2015

25-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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


Dentons expansion continues with Luxembourg tie-up

25-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has announced its fifth merger of 2015, confirming a tie-up with Luxembourg firm OPF Partners.

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Inaugural Middle East Law Rocks pushes funds raised towards $1.5m


The legal market battle of the bands Law Rocks broke new ground last week, as the London-based event landed in Dubai, a move that has helped the charity event close in on a record total fundraising of $1.5m.


Gleiss Lutz replaces Loges with duo of managing partners

25-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Gleiss Lutz has elected Alexander Schwarz and Michael Arnold as co-managing partners to replace outgoing chief Rainer Loges, who is stepping down after eight years in the role.

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Bircham Dyson Bell defeats negligence claim despite court's criticism of "sloppy" work

25-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Bircham Dyson Bell has successfully defended a professional negligence claim brought against it by a property developer client despite the firm admitting breach of duty in the High Court.


Weil Gotshal appoints three new City partners in 2015 promotions round

25-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Weil Gotshal & Manges has promoted eight partners in the UK and US, with three being made up in the City.


Exclusive: Addleshaws set to merge with Scottish heavyweight Maclays

25-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Addleshaw Goddard has negotiated a merger deal with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, dependent on a partnership vote, The Lawyer understands.

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Why LivaNova's merger was 2015's most complex life sciences deal

25-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.


Dechert boosts M&A practice as former Weil partner Faugérolas returns to practice

25-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dechert has announced the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate finance heavyweight Laurent Faugérolas as a partner, almost three years after he quit law to set up a corporate advisory boutique.


Horwich Farrelly picks up 43-strong Greenwoods team following Parabis administration

24-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Insurance firm Horwich Farrelly has announced the hire of seven partners and another 36 lawyers and staff from Greenwoods, the defendant insurance arm of Plexus Law.

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In-house counsel as business partner: How to be the perfect GC

24-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

On the first day of The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner conference, speakers focused on the qualities that CEOs look for in their general counsel and why in-house counsel need to be more commercial. 

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HSF allies with Nasser Al-Hamdan to reopen in Riyadh two years after regional exit

24-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills will reopen in Riyadh in 2016 through an exclusive association with local firm Nasser Al-Hamdan and the hire of two partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.

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Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

24-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.


Bryan Cave to focus on three key areas after firmwide strategic review

24-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Bryan Cave has completed a long-term strategic review, with the US firm placing emphasis on three main areas such as thought leadership, sector focus and diversity. 

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The real estate blog: UK tops infrastructure development table

24-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The UK has been revealed as the world’s most attractive country for infrastructure development, according to research carried out by Nabarro.


Fieldfisher's Chissick re-elected as managing partner

23-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher has re-elected Michael Chissick as its managing partner for a second term after he stood unopposed.

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Full details of Parabis administration emerge as Plexus sale completes

23-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Full details of the pre-packed administration of Parabis Group have been revealed with the business parcelled out to firms including Carpenters Law and Lyons Davidson.

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US and Irish firms line up on Pfizer and Allergan's $160bn merger

23-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A host of US and Irish firms are taking the lead on Pfizer’s $160bn merger with pharmaceutical rival Allergan.

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Parabis Group enters £50m pre-pack administration

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Parabis Group has entered into pre-pack administration, which will see the firm broken up and sold in a deal valued at £50m.

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Blake Lapthorn partner ceases practice after misusing £220k of client funds

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A former partner at legacy firm Blake Lapthorn has agreed to remove his name from the roll of practising solicitors after misusing £222,000 of client funds.

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RPC records charity Christmas single video

23-Nov-2015 | By Richard Simmons

RPC has released a Christmas charity single to raise money for homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway.

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20 Essex Street hires energy silk Nardell QC from 39 Essex

23-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

20 Essex Street has hired energy and European disputes silk and former Eversheds lawyer Gordon Nardell QC from 39 Essex.


Ashurst rakes in £12m on Crossrail development work

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Ashurst has continued to rake in the lion’s share of legal fees on the development of the Crossrail network, with earnings of £2.4m during the last financial year.


Knights buys Darbys to create £40m top 100 firm

23-Nov-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Private equity-backed Knights is acquiring Darbys Solicitors in a deal that will create a top 100 firm with more than 300 professionals across seven offices and a total turnover of around £40m.


North West local authorities search for £10m legal panel

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The North West Legal Consortium (NWLC) has begun a review of its legal panel, which is valued at £10m and will run for four years.


Ashurst HBOS clients "disagree" with PRA and FCA report into bank's collapse

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Former HBOS executives represented by Ashurst have defended their actions after the conclusion of a report into the failure of the bank by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 


DWF promotes five to partnership in 44-strong round

20-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DWF has announced it has added five lawyers to its partnership during its autumn round, amid 44 promotions in total.


Mayer Brown makes up 27 to partner in US-dominated worldwide promo round

20-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Mayer Brown has made up 27 partners in its latest worldwide promotions round, two of which are based in the firm’s London office. 

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Osborne Clarke sees half-year revenues jump by 25 per cent

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has seen its global revenues jump by 25 per cent in the first half of the 2015/16 financial year, up from €89.1m (£62.3m) to €111m (£77.6m).


Rolls-Royce promotes Gregory to GC as Webb returns to Brick Court

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Rolls-Royce has promoted its head of legal Mark Gregory to the role of general counsel, with former legal chief Robert Webb QC set to rejoin Brick Court Chambers as an arbitrator.

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Cologne faces the axe as Freshfields merges Rhineland offices

19-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced it is planning to merge its offices in Cologne and Düsseldorf in the medium term in order to bolster its presence in Germany’s industrial heart of the Rhineland.

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DLA Piper launches low-cost centre in Warsaw

19-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has opened a back office centre in Poland as part of a wider plan to enable 24/7 worldwide support across its business.

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Memery Crystal cracks China market with Yingke deal

19-Nov-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

London-based Memery Crystal has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Beijing-headquartered Yingke.


Firms struggling with disability diversity as disclosure remains an issue

19-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Disability remains the most under-represented diversity strand in the legal profession, with fewer than 1 per cent of lawyers at the largest firms reporting having a disability of any kind.

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Teva Europe’s Gonen: How to be a business partner without losing your in-house identity

19-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

In-house counsel can go too far in their search to becoming the perfect business partner, according to Teva Europe general counsel Galit Gonen.


Stone Chambers downsizes Singapore office

19-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Stone Chambers is seeing the departure of Singapore-based barrister Steven Walker as silk Andrew Moran moves to associate tenancy.


Linklaters finance veteran Ereira defects to Paul Hastings in City finance drive

18-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings has hired Linklaters finance veteran David Ereira as part of plans to boost its London finance practice.


Winston & Strawn boosts corporate practice with Gide and Pinsents partner hires

18-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Winston & Strawn has hired Pinsent Masons partner Paul Amiss and Gide Loyrette Nouel finance partner Rebecca Finn to join its London team in a bid to boost its corporate and finance practice.


Simpson Thacher promotes City trio in 2015 promotions round

18-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has promoted nine partners across London and New York, with a third being made up in the City. 


BT plans chambers roster as it hunts for regional firms to join supplier network

18-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Telecoms giant BT plans to extend its network of preferred suppliers to include a roster of regional firms as well as launching a framework of preferred barristers’ chambers for the first time next year.


Mishcon picks up Investec claimants from Signature on £4bn RBS shareholder battle

18-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya has taken a further claimant from Signature Litigation in the mammoth £4bn shareholder battle against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), The Lawyer can reveal.

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Forbes Anderson Free and Lee & Thompson tie up to create £13.5m media "powerhouse"

18-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Media and entertainment firms Forbes Anderson Free and Lee & Thompson have announced they are merging, creating a £13.5m firm with over 60 fee-earners.


Shearman and Slaughters win roles on £3.5bn Liberty Global and Cable & Wireless deal

17-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Shearman & Sterling and Slaughter and May have bagged the top M&A roles on the £3.5bn acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) by cable company Liberty Global. 

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Nabarro senior partner Stedman announces retirement

17-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Nabarro senior partner Graham Stedman has announced he will retire from the firm on 30 April 2016, with elections for his replacement due to take place in March.

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22 per cent ceiling: could quotas boost female partner numbers?

17-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Research for The Lawyer’s first-ever Diversity Audit has revealed that the proportion of partners at the UK’s top 100 firms who are women has stayed static at 22 per cent in the last five years, despite the introduction of aspirational targets by many firms.

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White & Case targets trio of back office centres worldwide as it mulls European launch

17-Nov-2015 | By Matt Byrne

White & Case is considering opening a shared services centre to serve its European offices in what would be the firm’s third worldwide.

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Lloyds drops plans to appeal ruling over Linklaters' HBoS advice

17-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lloyds Bank has abandoned plans to appeal a decision handed down in July that said advice given to it by Linklaters on its acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBoS) is not subject to privilege, The Lawyer can reveal.


The real estate blog: Howes Percival grows in Cambridge

17-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

At the start of the month Howes Percival boosted its Cambridge office through the hire of a four strong team of real estate partners from Taylor Vinters.


Paul Hastings recruits BLP structured debt and capital markets head Severs

16-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) head of structured debt and capital markets Paul Severs is leaving the firm for Paul Hastings’ London office. 


Chadbourne and Pillsbury merger talks collapse

16-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Chadbourne & Parke and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman have called off merger talks following months of speculation, The Lawyer understands.


Clydes' Indonesia head leaves for DLA Piper Singapore

16-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has appointed Clyde & Co’s Indonesia practice head Michael Horn as a partner in its Singapore office.


White & Case to close its Munich office

16-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

White & Case is set to close its Munich office, with its 11-lawyer team being given the option to relocate to Frankfurt. 


Hogan Lovells pays tribute to Paris associate Valentin Ribet


Hogan Lovells has paid tribute to Valentin Ribet, a litigation associate in its Paris office who was killed at the Bataclan concert hall in the terrorist attacks on Friday night.


The Lawyer names legal diversity champions as part of first Diversity Audit

16-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

CMS, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Pinsent Masons have been named as Diversity Champions in The Lawyer’s first-ever Diversity Audit, which is published today as the latest in the UK200 series of reports.

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ASB links bonus to sales in overhaul of firm's service delivery model

16-Nov-2015 | By Matt Byrne

ASB Law has overhauled its remuneration policies, with bonuses aligned to client-centric metrics, as the firm introduces a sales-oriented culture.

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Synergies of scale: the numbers behind the Irwin Mitchell-Thomas Eggar talks

13-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

It is understood that Irwin Mitchell is set to merge with Thomas Eggar in a move that could create a £252m firm with 273 partners - but while both firms share a personal injury (PI) heritage, the synergies are not immediately obvious.


Hogan Lovells joins magic circle trio in £13bn Northern Rock asset sale

13-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Allen & Overy (A&O), Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Slaughter and May have won top roles on the record-breaking £13bn asset portfolio sale by the UK Government to Cerberus Capital Management.  

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Bank of America names Ford GC as global legal boss

13-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Bank of America has appointed Ford general counsel David Leitch as its legal boss, one month after he left the motor company, where he worked for a decade.

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BLP launches in Myanmar with Bakers hire

13-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has opened its first office in Myanmar and appointed Baker & McKenzie’s former Yangon managing partner Chris Hughes to head up the expansion.

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Frontrunners emerge in A&O leadership race with nominations one month away

13-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

With a month to go before nominations open, several names are already emerging in the Allen & Overy (A&O) leadership race to replace senior partner David Morley and managing partner Wim Dejonghe next year. 


Freshfields instructs Kingsley Napley for criminal advice in Tesco SFO probe

13-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has instructed a team from Kingsley Napley to advise it on the criminal law aspects of Tesco’s investigation by the SFO.


Browne Jacobson's Iain Blatherwick: Our lawyers are part of something exciting

13-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The management team at Browne Jacobson has overseen a period of strong growth over the last few years, which culminated in the firm making it into the top 50 firms in The Lawyer UK 200 2015.


Hogan Lovells recruits Latham trio in Dubai

12-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Hogan Lovells has hired three Latham & Watkins partners in Dubai, taking its total partner headcount in the city into double figures.


European moves: 12 November 2015

12-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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


Withers must pay £1.6m to ex-client in professional negligence claim, CoA rules

12-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has denied an appeal by Withers over a ruling that it must pay its former client Wellesley Partners £1.6m in damages.

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Telenor suspends GC as corruption probe into VimpelCom deepens

12-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Norwegian telecoms operator Telenor has suspended its general counsel and chief financial officer amidst a corruption investigation into VimpelCom, in which it owns a large stake.


Witts re-elected as Wragges chairman ahead of Gowlings merger

12-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co partners have re-elected Andrew Witts as chairman two months before it is set to merge with Canadian firm Gowlings.


Bakers launches South Africa employment practice with Cliffe Dekker hire

12-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Baker & McKenzie has launched a South African employment practice with the hire of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s director of employment, Johan Botes.


UBS granted permission to appeal "entirety" of KWL derivatives judgment

12-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Banking giant UBS has been granted permission to appeal the High Court ruling that dismissed its lawsuit against German water company Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL) over payments linked to derivatives deals.


Government tax clampdown threatens contract lawyer market

12-Nov-2015 | By Matt Byrne

The Government is considering closing a tax loophole aimed at reducing tax avoidance by consultants, a move that could have a significant impact on the growing contract lawyer market.

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Role models matter as profession struggles to embrace diversity

12-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

It’s now almost a decade since the legal profession started banging the diversity drum and – guess what? – very little has changed.


Plexus saved by management buyout

11-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Parabis has announced that its legal services arm will be sold to its founding members following the news that acquisition talks with Keoghs have ended.

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US firms win top roles on SABMiller divestment as AB InBev's £71bn deal moves forward

11-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Kirkland & Ellis are the latest firms to have won top roles on brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) £71bn purchase of SABMiller, advising on the latter’s $12bn (£7bn) divestment in the MillerCoors joint venture. 

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Keoghs pulls out of Plexus buyout at eleventh hour

11-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Defendant personal injury firm Keoghs has pulled out of a deal that would have seen the firm acquire the legal service arm of Parabis, Plexus Law, days before the deal was expected to go live.

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"Brave" DLA Piper teams up with LOD for flexible resourcing venture

11-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper has announced it will offer its clients a flexible resourcing capability through a bespoke agreement with agile working provider LOD, with the majority of the resource drawn from DLA Piper alumni.

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Law Society sets recommended minimum trainee wage a year after SRA scrapped it

11-Nov-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Law Society has set a recommended minimum wage for trainee solicitors, just over a year after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) abolished its minimum salary requirement.


CMS picks up BP’s London M&A head in continued hiring spree

11-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

CMS Cameron McKenna has boosted its corporate team with the hiring of BP M&A managing counsel Jonathan Woolf as a partner.


Rolls-Royce turns to Slaughter and May in late instruction on SFO criminal probe

11-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Rolls-Royce has instructed Slaughter and May as principal adviser on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) probe into allegations of bribery and corruption at the company, it has emerged.

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Ashurst to double Glasgow risk and compliance team as part of office expansion

11-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Ashurst’s low cost support centre in Glasgow looks set to exceed its target of housing 300 staff by 2018, with plans to double its risk and compliance assessment team.

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Simmons launches online compliance tool for investment companies

11-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Simmons & Simmons has launched a new online tool to help financial institutions remain compliant when doing business across the EU, in another sign of firms’ efforts to address client needs with new technologies.


Fieldfisher reveals 8 per cent half-year revenue rise to £58.4m

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher’s half-year global revenue has beat the firm’s target, with an 8 per cent increase from £54.3m to £58.4m for the first six months of the 2015/16 financial year.


Dutch firms join A&O, Davis Polk and Shearman on ABN AMRO listing

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A quintet of US and Dutch firms are acting on the initial public offering (IPO) of Dutch bank ABN AMRO, which is set to be Europe’s largest bank listing since the 2008 financial crisis. 

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A&O advises new client Gym Group on IPO alongside Clifford Chance

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have won top roles on the initial public offering of the Gym Group, as it becomes the only listed gym company on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. 


Slaughters secures success for Olympus as SFO drops prosecution

10-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Slaughter and May has successfully defended Olympus and its subsidiary Gyrus Group (GGL) against a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) which was dropped this morning (10 November).


KWM and Ashurst advise as GE Capital offloads Australian assets

10-Nov-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Ashurst have secured lead roles in GE Capital’s sale of its Australian commercial assets to Sankaty Advisors for A$1.9bn (£888m).


Pearson kicks off additional panel search for UK employment work

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pearson is gearing up to appoint up to five firms to its new labour and employment panel, as it looks to finalise its first UK legal roster by the end of the year. 

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The real estate blog: A busy week for Oxford Properties

10-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Canadian real estate investor Oxford Properties has had an interesting couple of weeks with the company successfully pulling off two high profile deals as well as making changes to its UK management team.


Aviva and Linde GCs join stellar European Awards judging panel

10-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The general counsel of Aviva UK Life and DAX30 company Linde are among the newcomers to the judging panel for The Lawyer European Awards 2016, joining an experienced line-up of private practice and in-house lawyers.


HFW set to open three offices in the Middle East

9-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has confirmed plans to open three offices in the Middle East adding to its existing base in Dubai.


Australian independent Minter Ellison returns to growth with 2 per cent turnover rise

9-Nov-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Australia’s largest firm Minter Ellison has announced a rise of 2.3 per cent in its 2014/15 turnover.

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Gowlings CEO Joliffe steps down ahead of Wragges merger

9-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Gowlings Scott Joliffe is stepping down from his role as chair and CEO and will be replaced by the firm’s external managing partner Peter Lukasiewicz in the New Year.

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Osborne deals a boost and a blow


It is the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday which makes this a big week for big numbers.

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German lessons

23-Nov-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

International firms have been reviewing their operations in Germany, with mixed results.  Sidley Austin, Orrick and Shearman & Sterling have all downsized, while others, such as Pinsent Masons, Fieldfisher, Reed Smith and Greenberg Traurig, have leapt upon hiring opportunities. Frankfurt no longer exerts the biggest pull; place your bets on Munich instead.

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LND: Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar confirm £250m merger


Irwin Mitchell has announced it is set to merge with Thomas Eggar in a move which will create a £250m firm with over 270 partners.

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