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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.  


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.

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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.


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.


The Lawyer Management conference puts legal market innovation centre stage

20-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

This Wednesday (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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Theatre promotion: Win two tickets to see the Scottsboro Boys this month


Following a sold out run at the Young Vic, the critically acclaimed The Scottsboro Boys has transferred to the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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20 Essex Street clerk Brian Lee exits for 7KBW marketing post

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Longstanding 20 Essex Street clerk Brian Lee has left the set after 26 years to join 7KBW as the chambers’ first marketing director.

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Allen & Overy opens in Jo'burg with seven-partner Bowman Gilfillan team

8-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to establish its own presence on the ground in South Africa, hiring a team from local heavyweight Bowman Gifillan led by partner Lionel Shawe.

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EDF Energy launches revamped panel review

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

EDF Energy has launched its latest panel review and will keep its new roster for three years, replacing its current two-year panel system. 

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Freshfields and A&O's client Deutsche Bank loses latest Unitech court outing

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Indian property company Unitech has triumphed again against Deutsche Bank in the latest stage of the long-running $177m (£110m) Libor battle over allegedly missold loans and swaps.

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Pillsbury bulks up in Abu Dhabi with Bird & Bird partner hire

7-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has strengthened its Middle Eastern presence with the hire of Bird & Bird partner Osama Abu-Dehays.

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Trial firm Kobre & Kim converts to local practice in Hong Kong

7-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

US litigation firm Kobre & Kim has launched a Hong Kong law practice with the hire of a partner from local firm Gall.


BLP unveils process-mapping scheme

7-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has launched a new branch of its efficiency programme launched in March specifically targeting project management and legal process improvement (LPI).


QASA judicial review appeal dismissed at Court of Appeal

7-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Court of Appeal has quashed a judicial review of the new rating system for criminal barristers introduced by the Legal Services Board (LSB), bringing an end to the contentious fight against the scheme.


KWMSJB picks Boss as new managing partner as Day steps down

7-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM SJB) has elected real estate partner William Boss as its new EMEA managing partner following the decision of legacy SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day to step down.


Bingham’s Baltay picks King & Spalding over Akin Gump

7-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Bingham McCutchen project finance and structured finance partner Elisabeth Baltay has joined US firm King & Spalding after weeks of indecision following the move of most of Bingham’s London office to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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Baker & McKenzie unveils new management but chair Leite stays to 2016

7-Oct-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Baker & McKenzie has confirmed that its current chairman Eduardo Leite is to have a two-year extension to his four-year term.


Mishcon employment head stands down, election to be held in October

7-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Mishcon de Reya will hold the first-ever management elections for its real estate and employment head roles next month with employment head Joanna Blackburn pledging to step down

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Lawyers hardest working and most loyal professionals says survey

7-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Lawyers are among the hardest-working professionals and are likely to stay with their employer for longer according to a career survey conducted by recruitment agency Robert Walters.


Edwards Wildman exodus continues as IP partner Goodger quits for Osborne Clarke

6-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke has hired IP partner Ben Goodger, who becomes the latest partner to exit Edwards Wildman Palmer’s London office.

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Baker & McKenzie opens in Jeddah as Middle East focus grows

6-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has boosted its presence in Saudi Arabia with a second office in the Kingdom, launching in Jeddah through affiliate Abdulaziz Al-Ajlan & Partners.

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Olswang senior partner on Stewart's resignation: 'There are always issues on how we execute strategy'

6-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Olswang’s senior partner Mark Devereux said outgoing CEO David Stewart is still deciding whether to stay with the firm after resigning mid-way through his second three-year term.

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Olswang chief Stewart resigns; firm to vote on replacement as IP litigator Burdon named as interim CEO

6-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Olswang’s chief executive David Stewart has stepped down to be replaced by European patent litigation head Michael Burdon with immediate effect.


Shepherd & Wedderburn buys Tods Murray in pre-pack deal

6-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Scotland’s fourteenth largest firm by turnover, Tods Murray, has been bought out of pre-packed administration by Shepherd & Wedderburn after calling in FRP Advisory partners Thomas MacLennan and Iain Fraser to handle its administration.


Edwards Wildman sees another partner quit as McAlister joins Olswang

6-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Edwards Wildman Palmer corporate partner Niall McAlister has joined Olswang as a partner in its life sciences practice.

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Eversheds appoints new London banking boss as Boyd moves to Agile

6-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds has appointed real estate finance head Simon Mead as London head of banking following David Boyd’s transfer to Eversheds Agile, the firm’s contract lawyer business.

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Slaughters advises Wonga on FCA-prompted £220m debt write-off deal

3-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May has advised Wonga on the agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that wrote off £220m of debt from approximately 330,000 customers this week.


Terra Firma's £2.3bn battle with Citi over EMI sale set for 2016 trial

3-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

A trial date of June 2016 has been set for the £2.3bn battle between Guy Hands’ Terra Firma Capital Partners and Citigroup, with Clifford Chance and Mishcon de Reya taking lead roles on the six-week hearing.


Milbank finance heavyweight Peter Schwartz quits for Paul Hastings

3-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings has hired Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s key Goldman Sachs and Bank of America relationship partner Peter Schwartz for its corporate practice in London.

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Dentons adds former Brodies competition head to Brussels team

3-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has hired the former head of EU competition law at Scottish firm Brodies, Mark Clough QC, to its Brussels office as senior counsel.


Moore Blatch teams up with charity for first social enterprise ABS

3-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Southampton-headquartered Moore Blatch has joined forces with spinal injury charity Aspire to create Aspire Law, an ABS specialising in spinal cord injuries, which will launch on 3 November.

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“Work three-day weeks and take unlimited holidays”: Kevin Gold's revolution at Mishcon de Reya

3-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold is facing the firm’s biggest shake-up in a decade. 

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Virgin Money promotes new GC on verge of float as Pearson steps down

3-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Virgin Money’s first general counsel Stephen Pearson has stepped down from his role as the company prepares for an IPO on the London Stock Exchange later this month.

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Addleshaw Goddard reveals 82% retention

2-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Addleshaw Goddard has announced that it has retained 82 per cent, or 23 of its 28, of its autumn 2014 qualifying trainees as newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers.


Malaysia’s Zicolaw eyes Asean dominance with Hanoi launch

2-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Malaysia’s Zicolaw has continued its march across the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with the launch of a second office in Vietnam.


Tesco boss tells GC and legal team to work on the shop floor

2-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Tesco general counsel Adrian Morris and 25 other lawyers based at the supermarket’s headquarters will be sent onto the shop floor over the next three months in a campaign launched by chief executive Dave Lewis.


DLA Piper triumphs for Natwest and RBS in mis-selling case

2-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

DLA Piper has fought off a derivatives mis-selling case for Natwest and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) which were found to have given “negligent but not actionable” advice to family property company Crestsign.


Shoosmiths elects employment partner Duff as new chair

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Shoosmiths has elected employment partner Peter Duff as the firm’s new chairman for a three-year tenure with effect from 1 May 2015.

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Former Ashurst boss Geffen quits for Gibson Dunn

1-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen has resigned from the firm to join Los Angeles-headquartered Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

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Competition boutique Hausfeld launches in Brussels with hire of Michelin GC Geelhand

1-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Claimant litigation firm Hausfeld has hired Michelin Group Europe general counsel Laurent Geelhand to launch a Brussels office.

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Parabis closes Bristol and Colchester offices

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Parabis has decided to close its offices in Bristol and Colchester following a 40-day consultation, with 41 staff affected.

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Antonio Garrigues retires from firm after sixty years

1-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Antonio Garrigues has stepped down from the firm his father founded after sixty years, including over fifty in management roles at Europe’s largest independent practice.


KPMG awarded ABS licence

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

KPMG has become the latest ‘Big Four’ professional services firm to be granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).


Former Pannone partner brings discrimination claim against firm

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Several Slater & Gordon partners, including legacy Pannone managing partner Emma Holt, have been named as respondents in a two-week unfair dismissal hearing that is due to begin on 20 October at Manchester Employment Tribunal.

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Nuclear De- commissioning Authority legal head promoted to executive ahead of panel review

1-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins has taken up one of the organisation’s three new executive positions following the exit of commercial director Sean Balmer this year. 


Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group builds in Kenya and Tanzania with lateral hires

30-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group members Coulson Harney and East African Law Chambers (EALC) have expanded their teams with a total of five lateral partner hires.

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Women, do it for yourselves

20-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Edwards Wildman associate Sascha Grimm and Shearman & Sterling associate Suzanne Szczetnikowicz like to recount a story about female behaviour in the workplace.

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Gender dilemmas


Women make up over half the entrants into the legal profession, but nowhere near that proportion make it to partner. Do they need help from above, or should they look to themselves to build their own networks?

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Facebook sues DLA Piper for ‘fraudulent lawsuit’


Forget Hurricane Gonzalo. A bigger storm is brewing in the States between two giants. One side is tech titan Facebook; on the other, legal behemoth DLA Piper.

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