High Court

Justice Eder's early retirement highlights a judiciary plagued by low morale

2-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Following the news that Mr Justice Eder is retiring early from the bench, The Lawyer asks whether low pay and low morale in the judiciary could result in others following suit.

Court

Gibson Dunn and Djibouti ordered to pay £880,000 over Peter Gray incident

2-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mr Justice Flaux has ruled Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and the Republic of Djibouti must jointly pay £880,000 to businessman Abdourahman Boreh for the unsafe freezing order it obtained on his assets in 2013.

Europe

European moves: 2 April 2015

2-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

Cambridge

Cambridgeshire and Northants councils launch LGSS Law through ABS licence

1-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire county councils have launched an ABS, known as LGSS Law, today (1 April 2015) after gaining a licence from the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA).

London

Slaughters and Paul Weiss advise challenger bank Shawbrook on £725m IPO

1-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised banking start-up Shawbrook Group on its initial public offering (IPO) on the London stock exchange, valued at £725m.

New York

Willis Group appoints Travelers legal head as GC ending four month vacancy

1-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Risk adviser Willis Group has appointed Travelers’ senior vice president and general counsel Matthew Furman as global general counsel in its New York office.

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US insurance giant Foran Glennon to launch in London through Locke Lord hires

1-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff is planning to launch a London office through the hire of two Locke Lord lawyers, partner Gavin Coull and consultant Damian Cleary.

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Shoosmiths partners move to all equity partnership in bid for inclusivity

1-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Shoosmiths has confirmed plans to convert to an all equity partnership structure from 1 May, with eight per cent of the firm’s partners opting out of the new one-tier partnership.

London

Simmons keeps 80 per cent in spring retention round

1-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Simmons & Simmons has revealed a retention rate of 80 per cent for its spring 2015 newly-qualified (NQ) cohort.

Dubai

Ex Leeds Utd chief launches proceedings against Gibson Dunn partner Gray for "exploitation and blackmail"

1-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh has instructed Stephenson Harwood to bring a case against his former employers and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray, alleging they engaged in human trafficking to lure him to Dubai, where he is now in prison.

London

Southbank and King's Cross firms to be hit hardest by 25% increase in bills by 2017

1-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Law firms that moved to King’s Cross and Southbank for cheaper rents and business rates could see their bills increase by up to 25 per cent following the Government rental valuation assessment, which starts in April.

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US firms' UK hourly rates outstrip the magic circle for the first time

1-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firms have matched and exceeded the rates charged by their magic circle counterparts for the first time in 2015, with work-hungry partners charging up to £900 per hour and newly qualified lawyers up to £400.

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Quinn Emanuel and Niederer Kraft & Frey seal first US settlement for Swiss bank BSI

31-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Swiss firm Niederer Kraft & Frey have advised BSI, the first Swiss bank to reach a deal with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over allegations of helping clients evade tax.

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Slaughters and Bonelli advise on Dufry’s €1.3bn World Duty Free acquisition

31-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Best friends Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Slaughter and May have advised on opposite sides of Dufry’s €1.3bn (£950m) acquisition of shares in rival World Duty Free from the Benetton family, in a deal that creates the world’s biggest travel retailer.

London

Former Olswang arbitration head joins JAMS in bid to avoid conflicts of interest

31-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Former Olswang arbitration head Andrew Aglionby has joined arbitration provider JAMS International as an arbitrator and mediator in London and New York, ditching plans to join the bar.

Hong Kong

Freshfields returns to Linklaters for another Hong Kong partner hire

31-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has continued to bolster its Asian practice by hiring from magic circle rival Linklaters, this time taking a Beijing banking and finance partner for its Hong Kong office.

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Hogan Lovells launches in Australia with Allens two-partner hire

31-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has launched an office in Australia with the hire of partners Nicky Lester and Tim Lester from Linklaters’ best friend firm Allens.

Manchester

Freshfields signs deal to take on short-term lease in Manchester's Arndale House

31-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has agreed terms to sign a three-year lease for office space in Manchester’s Arndale House, The Lawyer understands.

Money

Squire Patton Boggs reports 12 per cent hike in year-end financials

31-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs has posted a 12.3 per cent hike in revenue to $870.5m (£589m) in its first year-end results as a merged firm, with UK revenue growing by 1.8 per cent from $160m to $163m.

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Vardags signs agreement with Trench to break into Dubai HNW market

31-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

High net worth family firm Vardags has signed a joint venture collaboration with Dubai firm Trench & Associates in order to break into the valuable United Arab Emirates (UAE) market.

London

Mishcon announces women-only promotions to bring female partnership to 32 per cent

30-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Mishcon de Reya has made up three women to partner in its annual promotions round with another nine lawyers promoted to the role of legal director.

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Baker Botts scores Trowers big-hitters for Dubai office

30-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Baker Botts has announced the hire of Trowers & Hamlins’ United Arab Emirates (UAE) head Abdullah Mutawai and head of international disputes Lucas Pitts in a boost to its Dubai offering.

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Plexus loses 13 travel lawyers to Kennedys following group restructure

30-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Plexus Law has lost a team of 13 lawyers from its travel law practice to insurance firm Kennedys, including senior partner and head of the practice Claire Mulligan and partner Justin Collins.

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Scotland's Maclays adds Dana Petroleum GC to oil and gas team

30-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scotland-headquartered Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its Aberdeen oil and gas practice with the hire of Dana Petroleum general counsel Jill Reid.

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Slater & Gordon set to hand over £700m for Quindell professional services arm

30-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Slater & Gordon is poised to buy insurance outsourcer Quindell’s professional services arm for around £700m overnight on Monday (30 March) before the exclusivity period on its acquisition right expires.

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KWM replaces Clifford Chance as AA's principal legal adviser following panel review

30-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has replaced Clifford Chance as principal legal adviser to the AA following a corporate panel review that took effect on 1 January.

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RB rolls out in-house platform i-Legal to create "one-stop homepage for legal services"

30-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) is set to roll out its in-house compliance platform across the company in a bid to cut the time the in-house team spends on routine legal work.

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DWF reveals record levels of client tender wins as bid manager role grows

30-Mar-2015 | By Matt Byrne

DWF has reported that its success ratios on client tenders has dramatically improved over the past three years and are now at their highest point in the firm’s history.

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ACE group appoints Susan McDonald as Africa regional general counsel

30-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Insurance company ACE group has appointed Susan McDonald to the role of regional general counsel for Eurasia and Africa as it continues to build up its management team in the region.

Google

Olswang victorious over Google in CoA ruling on online privacy

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an attempt by Bristows’ client Google to block British users from pursuing it in the UK courts.

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University of Law granted ABS licence, beating Nottingham Trent to the punch

27-Mar-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has been granted an Altenative Business Structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Cuatrecasas appoints litigation head Jorge Badía as firmwide managing partner

27-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has appointed litigation and arbitration head Jorge Badía as its new managing partner, the firm announced today. 

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Ashurst and Slaughters on call for RBS Coutts sale to UBP

27-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Ashurst and Slaughter and May have advised on the $30bn (£20.8bn) sale of RBS’ private banking and wealth management business Coutts International to Union Bancaire Privée.

Construction

Costain drops Bevan Brittan and Addleshaws from panel after first review in seven years

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Construction and engineering company Costain has changed its legal panel of advisers for the first time in seven years, dropping Bevan Brittan and Addleshaw Goddard in favour of Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co and Pinsent Masons.

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Wragges wins first instruction from Ecotricity on power company's £68m Aviva financing

27-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Ecotricity has turned to Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co for its £68m strategic financing deal with Aviva.

London

Retention at CMS Cameron McKenna slumps to 62%

27-Mar-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Just 16 out of 26 will stay on.

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Webber Wentzel's Sally Hutton: We want to be the dominant South African law firm

27-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Lawyer’s Africa Elite report is published on Monday (30 March). Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future.

London

OneSavings Bank appoints new head of legal and unveils first formal panel

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

OneSavings Bank (OSB) has appointed a new head of legal as it names 12 firms to its first formal legal panel of external advisers.

London

Treasury Committee: FCA has not "fully grasped" failings revealed in Davis report

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Treasury Committee has criticised the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for not addressing the failings identified by Clifford Chance partner Simon Davis in his report into a market leak last year.

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BLP's outgoing managing partner Eisenberg wins senior partner role

26-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg has been appointed in an uncontested election to a four-year term as the firm’s senior partner, effective from 1 May.

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Mayer Brown scoops duo of corporate partners for Paris office

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Mayer Brown has hired two senior corporate partners for its Paris office, including Davis Polk & Wardwell’s first-ever non-US qualified hire Arnaud Pérès.

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Noerr continues run of growth with 7 per cent turnover rise in 2014 to €197.2m

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Noerr has announced another strong year with turnover rising by 7 per cent to €197.2m (£145.2m) for 2014, up from €184.5m the previous year.

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Taylor Wessing opts for all-equity partnership in the UK following restructuring review

26-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has opted for an all-equity partnership in the UK following a review of its merit-based equity structure, while maintaining a two-tier system outside of the country.

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Blackstone's Dinah Rose QC secures Supreme Court victory in Prince Charles letters case

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC and the Guardian have successfully defended a Government appeal to the Supreme Court over the disclosure of secret letters written by Prince Charles to ministers.

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Cooley wins Amazon UK from Edwards Wildman following London launch

26-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Cooley has replaced Edwards Wildman as Amazon’s primary trademark and competition panel firm in Europe following the latter’s merger with Locke Lord.

Court

Eder J resigns from bench after just four years to return to private practice

26-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mr Justice Eder is stepping down from the bench after just four years to return to arbitration practice at Essex Court Chambers, The Lawyer understands.

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39 Essex drops 'street' from brand ahead of office move and appoints first female head of chambers

26-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

39 Essex Street Chambers has dropped the ‘street’ from its name ahead of its move to 81 Chancery Lane in September.

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Bird & Bird Asia departures mount as Beijing employment partner defects to Covington

26-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Covington & Burling has hired Bird & Bird partner Grace Chen to join its international employment practice based in Beijing.

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Slaughters makes up two women in four-strong promotions round

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May has promoted four lawyers to its partnership in London, boosting its overall female partnership to 22 per cent.

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Cravath, Kirkland and Sullivan on call for Heinz and Kraft merger

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cravath Swaine & Moore, Kirkland & Ellis and Sullivan & Cromwell have won the lead roles on the multi-billion dollar merger of food giants Kraft and Heinz.

BBC

Slater & Gordon on Top Gear client: “This last month has been a nightmare”

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slater & Gordon’s Paul Daniels has described the month following the ‘fracas’ between Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon and presenter Jeremy Clarkson as a “nightmare” for Tymon.

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Stephenson Harwood partner drafted to act as HS2 general counsel as Morgan retires

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Stephenson Harwood partner Suzanne Tarplee has been seconded to High Speed Two (HS2) to act as interim general counsel and company as general counsel Betty Morgan has retired.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Clarkson lines up Quinn Emanuel to take on BBC

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has instructed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to represent him in any potential commercial dispute against the BBC for breach of contract.

Law Society

A “devastating blow” for access to justice: Court of Appeal rejects Law Society challenge over legal aid contracts

25-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge by the Law Society to Government plans that will cut criminal legal aid contracts for duty solicitors.

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons reveals spring retention

25-Mar-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Pinsent Masons has revealed that it will retain 79 per cent of its spring 2015 qualifying cohort.

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The Lawyer launches the Business Leadership Awards and Summit

25-Mar-2015 | By Matt Byrne

The Lawyer will put the seismic changes currently ongoing in the legal market firmly in the spotlight later this year with the launch of a two-day summit and associated awards.

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Harrow legal head adds Bucks job to remit as public sector consolidation continues

25-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

HB Public Law founder and head of legal for Harrow, Hugh Peart, has taken on an additional role as head of legal for Buckinghamshire County Council, effective from 1 April.

City Gherkin

Mega-deals boost first quarter M&A activity as Freshfields tops Europe and UK rankings

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has regained top spot in worldwide deal rankings, advising on the greatest volume and value of M&A transactions for the first quarter of 2014, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer maintaining its place at the top of the European and UK table.

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HSF moves Asia energy head to Singapore as partner departs for King & Spalding

24-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has relocated Asia energy head David Clinch to Singapore as energy partner Richard Nelson departs for US firm King & Spalding.

Addleshaws

Addleshaws promotions soar to 18 in record year

24-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted 18 lawyers to partner in its annual firm-wide promotions round, the largest for some years.

London

Jenner & Block chief pledges "steady" growth for new London office

24-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Jenner & Block managing partner Terrence Truax has revealed that the firm is in discussions with lateral hire candidates in the UK ahead of its launch in the City this spring.

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Chicago's Jenner & Block becomes latest US firm to announce London launch

24-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Chicago-headquartered Jenner & Block has announced it is to launch a London office later this year, becoming the latest in a growing number of US firms to establish a City base.

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BLP and Landmark pick up instructions on runway battle between Gatwick and Heathrow

24-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Landmark Chambers have won roles on the ongoing battle between Gatwick and Heathrow Airports over additional runway capacity for the south-east of England.

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Dechert Paris partner Mayer quits firm citing conflicts

24-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dechert arbitration partner Pierre Mayer is quitting the firm’s Paris office to set up his own practice, citing his reasons for leaving as increasing conflicts of interest and a wish to focus on working as an arbitrator.

Paris

Wragge Lawrence Graham expands Paris team with WFW infrastructure hires

24-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has added an infrastructure and projects team from Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) to its Paris office, giving it the ability to compete for francophone African deals.

Malaysia

Cleary and Milbank advise on $5bn bond offering by Malaysian oil company Petronas

24-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on Asia’s largest bond offering so far this year, the $5bn (£3.3bn) bond offering by state-owned Malaysian company Petronas.

Hong Kong

Weil scoops up Latham private equity partner Gardner in Hong Kong

23-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Latham & Watkins private equity partner Tim Gardner to join its Hong Kong practice as a partner.

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White & Case and Willkie Farr brought in as oil company Afren reports itself to SFO

23-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Oil and gas company Afren has drafted in both White & Case and Willkie Farr & Gallagher on a review of its expenses practices, which has led the company to report itself to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over fraudulent expenses payments.

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Djibouti: judge rules Gibson Dunn partner Gray 'deliberately misled court' with falsified evidence

23-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has been found to have deliberately misled the High Court by submitting incorrectly dated evidence in a 2013 case between the Republic of Djibouti and one of its wealthiest citizens, Abdourahman Boreh.

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HSF and Slaughters expand flexible working schemes for London-based fee-earners

23-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have both expanded and re-launched their flexible working schemes targeting fee-earners in their London offices.

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Asda drafts in HSF and Falconer alongside Pinsents to defend mammoth equal pay claim

23-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Lord Falconer are the latest names to be added to the roster of lawyers defending Asda against an equal pay claim brought by thousands of female employees.

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Lord Pannick backs Labour Party judicial review reforms repeal pledge

23-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Crossbench peer and Blackstone Chambers’ silk Lord Pannick has welcomed the Labour Party’s pledge to undo the Coalition’s changes to judicial review, which he said would “weaken” an essential means of holding government and public bodies to account.

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Olswang seeks non-lawyer CEO as hunt continues for Stewart replacement

23-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang has widened its search for a permanent CEO to include non-lawyers, with the firm engaging a consultancy to look at candidates from the business world.

London

MoFo London revenue drops by 22 per cent as firm revises 2013 figures

23-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Morrison & Foerster has posted a 22 per cent fall in London revenue in 2014, dropping from $33.4m to $26m (£17.6m) in 2014.

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Barclays shake-up: Asia Pac GC Croxford to replace Handling

20-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Barclays’ general counsel for Asia Pacific Simon Croxford is replacing Erica Handling as general counsel for Europe and Middle East (EME) investment.

Hong Kong

BLP launches Hong Kong arbitration practice with bolt-on of local firm Haley & Co

20-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has created its first arbitration practice in Hong Kong by hiring a team of nine lawyers from boutique construction and arbitration firm Haley & Co in Hong Kong, including three of the firm’s four partners.

TSB

A&O, HSF and Linklaters advise on TSB £1.7bn takeover by Spain’s Banco Sabadell

20-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) were drafted in to advise on the £1.7bn sale of TSB, Britain’s seventh-biggest bank, to Spanish bank Banco Sabadell, which was accepted this morning (20 March 2015).

Scales of Justice

Exclusive: Labour admits plans for "in-depth reform" of judicial review ahead of election manifesto

20-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Labour shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter MP has pledged the party will immediately repeal Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling’s reforms to judicial review if elected in May, but will impose a programme of “more in-depth reform” of its own on the judicial process.

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A&O US corporate finance head Wickenden quits firm after three years

19-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) US corporate finance head Jim Wickenden has quit the firm, to be replaced by London-based partner Kevin Muzilla.

Bank of England

Bank of England appoints CMA director of enforcement Sonya Branch as general counsel

19-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Bank of England (BoE) has hired Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) director of enforcement Sonya Branch to replace Graham Nicholson, who will retire at the end of April.

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Linklaters advises Barclays as it sells entire Pakistan arm to Habib Bank

19-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters has advised Barclays on the sale of its entire Pakistan business to Habib Bank Limited (HBL) as the bank seeks to dispose of its non-core assets.

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Amazon appoints ex-CMS lawyer as head of employment to legal team amid staff disputes

19-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Amazon has appointed a new head of employment to its in-house legal team in the UK, just weeks after the distribution giant was accused of “bypassing the law” by offering set lump sums in exchange for staff redundancies.

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Selborne's Romie Tager QC turns to Withers to challenge £1.25m tax penalty ruling

19-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Former Selborne Chambers head Romie Tager QC has instructed Withers partner Amber Melville-Brown to challenge a tribunal ruling ordering him to pay £1.25m in tax bills to HMRC.

Europe

European moves: 19 March 2015

19-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

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Latham's Voge admits launch "market intelligence" was wrong as firm closes Doha, Abu Dhabi

18-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Latham & Watkins is set to close its Doha office and consolidate its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices seven years after launching in the region. 

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Brabners overturns FA decision for client Hull City FC over 'Hull Tigers' name change row

18-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Brabners has successfully overturned a Football Association (FA) decision to block an application by its client Hull City Football Club to change its name to Hull Tigers.

London

Revenue at litigation funder Burford Capital booms by 35 per cent to $82m

18-Mar-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Litigation finance company Burford Capital has reported a 35 per cent increase in income for 2014, to $82m up from $60.7m.

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CMS becomes latest firm to hire from Clifford Chance in Germany

18-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

CMS Hasche Sigle has become the fourth firm to hire a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, picking up capital markets partner Wolfgang Richter.

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Linklaters and Milbank advise on €6.6bn acquisition of Swedish power company Fortum

18-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on the bumper €6.6bn (£4.8bn) sale of Swedish electricity company Fortum Distribution to a consortium of investors.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court finds in favour of Government in dispute over housing benefits

18-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Supreme Court has ruled in a narrow majority verdict that the Government’s policy limiting the amount people can claim in housing benefit is legal.

Washington DC

NSA general counsel steps down to rejoin Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office

18-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Mayer Brown has hired US National Security Agency (NSA) general counsel Rajesh De to lead its privacy and security practice from Washington DC.

New York

Barclays appoints new US GC following raft of senior lawyer exits

18-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Barclays has appointed a new general counsel in the US after the departure of Carlos Pelayo from the bank.

London

KWM and Pinsent Masons win spots on UK Payments' first panel

18-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Pinsent Masons have been appointed to UK Payments Administration’s first formal panel.

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Selborne's Romie Tager QC faces £1.25m tax bill after "reckless failure" to respond to HMRC notices

18-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The former head of Selborne Chambers, Romie Tager QC, is facing a tax bill of £1.25m after a tribunal ruled the silk breached inheritance tax rules following the death of his father.

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Freshfields promotes 17 to global partnership as three make the cut in London

17-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted 17 lawyers to partner, as part of a firm-wide promotions round, three of whom are UK based.

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Judges removed from office for watching porn

17-Mar-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Four judges have left office after an investigation into allegations that they watched pornographic material on judicial IT equipment in their offices.

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Co-op bank hires Nationwide deputy GC Claire Morris as head of legal

17-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Co-operative Bank has hired Nationwide Building Society deputy GC Claire Morris as its new head of legal, replacing James Southworth who has returned to Eversheds.

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Cooley London hiring spree continues with Reed Smith life sciences rainmakers

17-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has hired Reed Smith life sciences partners John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire to join its London office as partners.

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Blackstone hunts for juniors to plug gaps as elite bar talent war rages

17-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Blackstone Chambers is looking to recruit junior tenants this year after losing a number of its mid-level commercial barristers.

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The Lawyer Top 20 cases 2015: Clyde & Co client Glencore to pay $40m to Petrom over crude oil "deceit"

17-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clyde & Co client Glencore International has been ordered to pay $40m (£27m) to Romanian oil companies Petrom and Petrolexportimport for fraudulently shipping low-quality crude oil to Romania in the 1990s.

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LND: Ex Leeds Utd chief launches proceedings against Gibson Dunn partner Gray for "exploitation and blackmail"

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Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh has instructed Stephenson Harwood to bring a case against his former employers and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray

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