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Brodies: achieving rapid consensus on wider UK constitutional reform is 'optimistic'


At 6.10am this morning, when the Kingdom of Fife declared its result in the Scottish independence referendum and made a Yes win mathematically impossible, the debate on British constitutional reform was silenced


DLA Piper loses India co-head to Squire Patton Boggs

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper’s co-head for its India group Biswajit Chatterjee is to join Squire Patton Boggs in a similar Singapore-based role alongside London partner Dharmendra Nair.

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Society of Conservative Lawyers publishes devolution plan for 'quasi-federal Kingdom'

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Society of Conservative Lawyers has published a paper setting out proposals for more devolution to Scotland, England and Wales to establish a “quasi-federal kingdom’ after yesterday’s Scottish ‘no’ vote. 

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Maclay Murray & Spens: Will London's economic and cultural power be rebalanced across the UK?


Scotland has decided. Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom and the strengthening of devolution for Scotland within the union is the way forward.


The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

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Tods Murray: The legacy of the referendum will cast a long shadow


Lawyers south of Hadrian’s Wall may well be forgiven for waking up this morning and wondering what all of the fuss was about as Scotland rejected Alex Salmond’s vision for independence, voting yesterday to stick with the union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Freshfields tops UK rankings as global M&A soars by 55 per cent in first nine months of 2014

19-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Global M&A has picked up over the first nine months of 2014, with deal value growing to $2,567bn from just $1,659bn at the same point last year - and elite firms have reaped the benefits.


Quinn Emanuel makes 'work on a beach' associate scheme permanent

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has permanently rolled out its scheme offering associates $2,000 to work anywhere in the world for a week.


Doughty Street public law exits mount post-Jackson as Paul Bowen QC moves to Brick Court

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street has lost another public law silk with the exit of Paul Bowen QC to Brick Court, just months after a five-barrister team left Doughty Street for Monckton Chambers.

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Ex-Times lawyer Brett cleared of knowingly misleading the court but found to have acted 'recklessly'

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The High Court has cleared Times lawyer Alastair Brett of “knowingly” misleading the court but found he had acted “recklessly” in revealing the identity of the ‘NightJack’ blogger when head of legal for the Times.

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Latham & Watkins loses six-lawyer finance team in Italy to Gattai Minoli

18-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian firm Gattai Minoli & Partners has hired a finance team of six from Latham & Watkins in one of the biggest team moves in Italy this year. 

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WFW launches in Dubai with three-lawyer team

18-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Watson Farley & Williams has today (18 September) launched its first office in the Middle East, based in Dubai.

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US IP giant Finnegan scores triple partner hire for London office

18-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Washington DC-based firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner has underlined its ambitions to grow its transatlantic intellectual property practice with the hire of three partners.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner names DLA's Bob Charlton as Asia head and Hong Kong MP

17-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired former DLA Piper Asia Pacific head Bob Charlton as its new head of Asia and Hong Kong managing partner.


Revealed: Pinsents faces three sets of unfair dismissal claims from former lawyers

17-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Pinsent Masons is fielding three employment tribunal claims from an employment partner, senior associate and associate stemming from its employment practice restructuring last year. 

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Wilson Sonsini says tech employee insider trading charges are ‘deeply disturbing’

17-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati employee Dmitri Braverman was arrested yesterday after allegedly stealing privileged information and selling it for an approximate total of $300,000 between 2010 and 2013.

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Baker & McKenzie and Yahoo!: corruption accusation filed by Mexico companies has 'no merit'

17-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The accusations of corruption launched at Baker & McKenzie and its client Yahoo! in Mexico this week are unfounded, according to a statement from the US firm which plans to challenge the filing.

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Morgan Lewis misses out as Akin Gump scores Bingham’s entire London office

17-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump is to merge with Bingham McCutchen’s $52.3m (£32.1m)-turnover London office in a deal that will add 22 partners in London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong.


Shearman bulks up private equity with hire of Addleshaws partner Rodham

17-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Addleshaw Goddard private equity partner Ben Rodham has quit the firm for Shearman & Sterling, less than two years after joining from Linklaters.

Drilling company KCA Deutag appoints Burness Paull partner Tony Byrne as general counsel

17-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has sourced its latest general counsel from the ranks of Scotland’s Burness Paull, appointing Tony Byrne to the role this week.


Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and CMS get call on Phones 4U administration

16-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Allen & Overy has scooped a key role in the administration of Phones 4U, having been instructed by the company and its administrator PwC.

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Freshfields' latest US raid adds Shearman M&A veteran to bolster New York practice

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields has continued its dramatic US hiring spree, adding Shearman & Sterling M&A lawyer Peter Lyons as co-head of its public M&A group.

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Bird & Bird's David Kerr: Australian merger is a possibility

16-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.


Stephenson Harwood shuts down in Guangzhou

16-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Stephenson Harwood has closed its office in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, reducing its total number of offices worldwide to nine.


Cadwalader continues London capital markets spree with hire of Ashurst's Quirolo

16-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has continued its run of London lateral hires with the addition of Ashurst capital markets partner David Quirolo.

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Freshfields taps BT, Deutsche and Morgan Stanley for advice as it launches LGBT diversity scheme

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a new programme aimed at supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues after taking advice from senior legal figures from BT, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.


Newcastle firm Muckle wins sole adviser contract with England Athletics

16-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The firm has announced its appointment to England Athletics’ single adviser panel in a contract that will last for two years.


Clyde & Co drafted in by RBS shareholders for potential class action

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clyde & Co partner Julian Connerty is advising a group of shareholders planning to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for allegedly forcing small companies out of business through its global restructuring group (GRG). 

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Hogan Lovells advises M&G Real Estate on £140m acquisition of Wragges office

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has advised long-term client M&G Real Estate on the £140m acquisition of Two Snowhill, the Birmingham office of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.


Fidal formalises best friends alliance with Mills & Reeve

15-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

French giant Fidal has chosen to formalise its ‘best friends’ arrangement with Mills & Reeve through an exclusive affiliation just months after setting out its ambitions to build its cross-border profile.


Jones Day bulks up its banking practice with DLA Piper partner Conway

15-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Jones Day has hired DLA Piper banking partner Justin Conway as it continues to invest in its banking and finance practice in the City.


Hogan Lovells, Slaughters and Bakers line up on €12bn longevity swap deal

15-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A trio of firms including Hogan Lovells has advised on Reinsurance Group of America’s (RGA) €12bn longevity swap with Delta Lloyd Levensverzekering.

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Linklaters names Bennett as new litigation head amid group structure overhaul

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has named London litigation head Michael Bennett as its new global litigation head and put him in charge of a new standalone litigation team, condensing two executive committee roles into one.

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New GCs make their mark as international business firms dominate UK panel reviews in 2014

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Magic circle firms are still in demand, international firms stay stable and regional firms carve out a presence in 2014’s panel reviews, according to data compiled by The Lawyer.

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News UK general counsel Paul Chinnery dies aged 48

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Chinnery, general counsel for News UK and former director of legal and commercial affairs at Channel 5, died this weekend after a battle with cancer.


BLP mulls partner exit options after contested June vote scrapped

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is understood to be consulting on three methods of expediting the partner exit process after an internal protest forced the firm to scrap the results of a June vote.

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Boodle Hatfield appoints first female senior partner since 1722

15-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Boodle Hatfield has appointed its first female senior partner in its 300-year history, with head of private client Sara Maccallum set to take over the running of the firm on 1 May next year.


DLA Piper hires ex-Minter Ellison CEO as Australia chief

15-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Minter Ellison’s former chief executive John Weber will take over from Andrew Darwin as DLA Piper’s Australia managing partner in March 2015.

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Scottish firms’ destiny in the balance

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

One firm moves its money to England, fearing a run on banks if UK splits apart

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Linklaters names Bedford as London corporate head as management reshuffle ends

12-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has named Stuart Bedford as its new London corporate head, replacing former head Sarah Wiggins just four months after she was put in post.

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Hill Dickinson cuts 40 jobs in counter-fraud team

12-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hill Dickinson has cut 40 roles and made two redeployments to other parts of the firm following a 30-day consultation that kicked off on 21 July.


Essex Court brings in senior advocate Banerji as set targets India

12-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Essex Court Chambers is taking on Gourab Banerji as an overseas associate in a sign of the bar’s increasing focus on the Indian market.

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Shepherd & Wedderburn, TLT lead on Heineken race as Eversheds, Pinsents out

12-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Shepherd & Wedderburn and TLT are understood to have replaced Eversheds and Pinsent Masons as the two firms in the running to become Heineken’s first sole adviser.

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Ashurst’s US banking chief Ridealgh quits for Weil in New York

12-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst finance partner Damian Ridealgh, who led the firm’s banking practice in the US, has joined Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York.

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Duane Morris launches in Sri Lanka through Gowers tie-up

11-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

US firm Duane Morris has become the first US law firm to enter Sri Lanka by forming an alliance with Sri Lanka-based Gowers International Legal Consultants.


White & Case loses again to Enyo in second Ukrainian oligarch fight of 2014

11-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Enyo Law has triumphed over White & Case in the High Court after the judge ruled that a Russian senator could continue his $2bn US lawsuit against his former associates for the proceeds of BP-Rosneft oil deal.

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Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman confirm merger in $675m deal

11-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Locke Lord Edwards to be formed as US firms pair push forward with a letter of intent to merge in 2015.

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OC, BLP and Shoosmiths advise on Siemens’ new £210m Stagecoach deal

11-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A raft of firms including Osborne Clarke, Shoosmiths and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have played a role in Stagecoach South West Trains’ new contract to buy 30 new trains from manufacturer Siemens.


Top Scottish firm shifts cash to English banks ahead of referendum

11-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

A leading Scottish firm with offices north and south of the border has shifted its cash out of Scottish banks for fear that a vote in favour of independence could lead to a run on them.

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Hogan Lovells, Kirkland & Ellis and the Hong Kong partner swap

11-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Kirkland & Ellis and Hogan Lovells have announced a swap of two partners in their respective Hong Kong offices this week, with Hogan Lovells’ Neil McDonald hired by Kirkland and the latter’s Steven Tran headed in the opposite direction.

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Slaughters best friend Uría takes stake in Latin America's merging Prietocarrizosa and Phillipi

11-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Chilean firm Philippi and Colombian firm Prietocarrizosa are set to merge, with Spanish firm Uría Menéndez stepping up for a 30 per cent involvement in the newly created firm, Philippi Prietocarrizosa & Uría.


HSF names Henderson new SE Asia chief as Walter prepares for retirement

10-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has named litigation partner Alastair Henderson as its new South East Asia head, with incumbent Michael Walter due to retire from the firm next year.


Hogan Lovells advises London Metal Exchange on creation of new clearing house

10-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has advised London Metal Exchange (LME) on the establishment of LME Clear, which will launch this week after getting the green light from the Bank of England last Wednesday.


Bingham lawyers nervy as London partners mull exit

10-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart, Natalie Stanton

With his firm understood to be talking merger with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Bingham McCutchen’s London managing partner James Roome could be set to quit, an exit that could have a major impact on Bingham’s future in the City.

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Serjeants Inn turns to rivals for management and clerking overhaul

10-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has overhauled its management team and added two clerks from Outer Temple Chambers and 1 Garden Court 

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Save the Children International GC Stephen stands down

10-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Save the Children International (SCI) general counsel Elizabeth Stephen has left the charity on sabbatical, prompting a hunt for her replacement. 


Gateley keeps just 47 per cent of autumn-qualifying trainees

9-Sep-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Gateley has revealed that it will keep on just 47 per cent of its autumn-qualifying newly-qualified (NQ) cohort, in contrast with Clyde & Co’s retention of all but one of its trainees.


Jones Day continues hiring spree with Paul Hastings securitisation partner Hamilton

9-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Jones Day has raided Paul Hastings for capital markets partner Neil Hamilton, who has left the firm after just two years at the practice.


Fieldfisher senior partner becomes sole lawyer appointed to new press watchdog

9-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher senior partner Matthew Lohn has been appointed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s (IPSO) new 12-person complaints committee.

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US litigation boutique BuckleySandler launches in London

9-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Washington DC-headquartered BuckleySandler has opened in London, the firm’s first international office.

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Irwin Mitchell and HowardKennedyFsi replaced on Saudi Prince Supreme Court fight

9-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Both Irwin Mitchell and HowardKennedyFsi have been replaced on a Saudi Prince’s battle with a former shareholder which is headed for the Supeme Court next month.


Northrop Grumman appoints BAE's Wiltshire as new European legal chief

9-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

American aerospace and defence technology company Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed a new European head of legal effective as from 1 September.

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Cripps appoints Christina Blacklaws as client services director

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Kent-based Cripps has appointed former Co-op Legal Services (CLS) policy director Christina Blacklaws as director of client services with a remit to lead the firm’s growth strategy.


European IP group Murgitroyd's profit drops by 11 per cent as US client base grows

8-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Aim-listed European IP group Murgitroyd saw its pre-tax profits drop by 10.9 per cent during the course of the 2013/14 financial year.


Slater & Gordon acquires Flint Bishop PI team in East Midlands push

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slater & Gordon has acquired East Midland firm Flint Bishop’s Injured Patient Claims arm, a claimant personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence team.


Minster’s legal director Underwood joins Capita-owned rival Optima Legal

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Minster Law’s director of legal services Craig Underwood has joined Capita-owned volume legal business Optima Legal as head of legal services today.

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Linklaters first UK organisation to win EY diversity award

8-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has been named the first organisation in the UK to achieve a new equality standard launched by EY and a group of UK businesses including Nestle, Vodafone, RBS and Microsoft UK.

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Top Scottish firms boom with £438.2m combined turnover

8-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Scotland’s top independent firms have pulled out of the recession in earnest in 2013/14, with the top 20 turning over a combined revenue of £438.2m, a rise of 8 per cent on £406.9m the previous year.


DWF to sell portable office space for £6,500 to remote workers

8-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DWF is ramping up its agile working capabilities with a raft of initiatives kick-started by its move last Monday into London’s Walkie Talkie building (19 May 2014).

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Pinsents appoints McMillan as construction group head as MP elections loom

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons has appointed its former Scotland head Fraser McMillan to lead its construction, advisory and disputes (CAD) practice with immediate effect.


Garrigues turns to Peruvian firm Rubio Leguía Normand for Lima office

8-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Rubio Leguía Normand partners Óscar Arrús, Sergio Amiel, Thomas Thorndike and José Francisco Meier have joined Garrigues’ office in Lima.

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White & Case adds former A&O US group head to Frankfurt office

5-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

White & Case has added Allen & Overy (A&O) capital markets partner Gernot Wagner to its Frankfurt office in a continued push to bulk up its European finance practice. 

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Bristows boosts tech and life sciences focus with partner hires from Osborne Clarke, Bird & Bird

5-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Bristows has hired Osborne Clarke partner Theo Savvides as head of its copyright and digital media litigation group.


Allen & Overy hires Deloitte's Richard Punt as new CEO of contract lawyer business Peerpoint

5-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy has appointed Richard Punt, formerly managing partner of growths and markets for Deloitte, to lead its contract lawyer business.  

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Görg and Noerr advise on Germany's largest shopping centre development

5-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

German firms Görg and Noerr have taken the lead roles on the financing and development of Europe’s largest shopping centre in the heart of Berlin.

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Hogan Lovells adds global project managers and launches management pilot

5-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Hogan Lovells has created two global project management roles and hired two senior managers from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Accenture as part of a firm-wide pilot set to conclude at the end of the year.


Birmingham Council CEO joins Bevan Brittan as consultant

5-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Bevan Brittan has hired the former chief executive of Birmingham Council as a consultant to advise public sector clients on non-legal issues surrounding new service delivery models and legislative change. 


DAC Beachcroft cuts 62 fee-earner and support roles

5-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DAC Beachcroft cut a total of 62 jobs across the business last month following a redundancy consultation that kicked off in May.

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Osborne Clarke's former ally De Wolf sets out independence stall

5-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Osborne Clarke’s former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners has set out a new growth strategy, with plans to expand its work in Africa as well as Europe.


Nabarro adds three lawyers to Dubai office

4-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nabarro has doubled its Dubai office, adding a Dentons associate, local barrister and counsel in a bid to beef up its constructions disputes practice overseas.


Co-op Legal Services makes £5m loss at half-year

4-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The Co-operative Group’s half-year results, released today (4 September), show a £5.1m loss in the 26 weeks up to 5 July for the legal services arm.

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Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters advise Balfour Beatty on $1.24bn buyout of its US division

4-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters have advised on the sale of Balfour Beatty’s US professional services division Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global for $1.24bn.


Boies Schiller hires WilmerHale’s Miles as new London-based arbitration group head


US litigation boutique Boies Schiller & Flexner, which launched a London office earlier this year, has hired international arbitration lawyer Wendy Miles from WilmerHale.

Herbert Smith Freehills COO defects to Minter Ellison

4-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) COO Janet Young has left for Australian firm Minter Ellison, two years after being appointed to the newly merged firm’s global executive team. 


Fladgate boosts tax and disputes with partner hires as part of new three-year strategic plan


Fladgate has strengthened its growing tax and dispute resolution practices with a pair of partner hires from Rosenblatt and US firm Crowell & Moring.

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Eversheds and Veale Wasbrough Vizards among firms on new LUPC framework

4-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has appointed seven firms to its legal services framework following the closure of a competitive tender process.


Jones Day snaps up GE and Shearman & Sterling trio for cross-Atlantic M&A practice

4-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Jones Day has announced that three partners, two from General Electric (GE) and one from Shearman & Sterling, are set to join the firm’s M&A practice in its London and New York offices. 

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Former Friends of the Earth legal head Phil Michaels loses cancer battle

3-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of legal at Friends of the Earth, Phil Michaels, has died after a battle with cancer.


Clifford Chance scoops corporate team from Willkie Farr in Paris

3-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance has hired a team of three lawyers, including partner Fabrice Cohen, from Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Paris office.

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Skanska general counsel joins Orrick in US

3-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Skanska’s general counsel for infrastructure development, Kenneth Schuhmacher, has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s energy and infrastructure group in New York


Shepherd & Wedderburn snatches Webb Henderson team, including partner Gordon Moir

3-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Shepherd & Wedderburn today announced the hire of partner Gordon Moir and a team of four from Australian firm Webb Henderson to its litigation, regulation and markets team based in London and Edinburgh.

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Freshfields bolsters US M&A and finance practices with new group heads from Wachtell and Skadden

3-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has added two partners, fomerly of elite US firms, to the newly created roles of M&A and leveraged finance heads in the US.

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HSF considers Asian support hubs as part of Belfast consultation

3-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) could open support centres in countries such as China, India, Malaysia or Thailand depending on the result of an ongoing consultation into its Belfast office. 


Knights’ David Beech says firm will exceed £15m in 2014/15

3-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Private equity-backed Knights is expected to turnover in excess of £15m during 2014/15 having hit £7.5m at the half-year.


Texas firm Andrews Kurth hires Norton Rose Fulbright partner in London

3-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Texas firm Andrews Kurth has brought its London partner complement up to five with the hire of Norton Rose Fulbright oil and gas partner John Conlin.

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Intelligent Office UK opens second onshore shared services centre in Glasgow

3-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Outsourced services provider Intelligent Office (IO) is opening its second onshore shared services centre in Glasgow.


Freshfields arbitration associate joins Doughty Street

3-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate with strong links to the Three Crowns arbitration boutique founded by a team of ex-partners has joined Doughty Street.


South Square's Knowles and No 5's Dove join High Court Bench

2-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Robin Knowles QC of South Square Chambers and No5 Chambers’ deputy head Ian Dove QC have become the latest additions to the High Court bench.


Allen & Overy takes back oil partner Kim from Ashurst to boost Dubai

2-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has re-hired oil and gas specialist Judith Kim from Ashurst to become the fifteenth partner in its Dubai office. 


DAC Beachcroft profits slump by 10 per cent

2-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DAC Beachcroft has announced a 9.7 per cent drop in net profit from £31.7m to £28.6m for the 2013/14 financial year.

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Scotland has decided to stay in the United Kingdom, but the Downing Street declaration, in which David Cameron has pledged more devolution across the UK. The questions raised by the independence debate will keep constitutional lawyers busy for years.

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It’s been an agonising wait to hear whether they were in or out, coming along or going it alone – but even now some Bingham partners are yet to make their move.

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