London

Exclusive: Six partners to go following Ince & Co redundancy consultation

27-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Six partners and 10 legal secretaries are to leave Ince & Co following the firm’s second redundancy consultation in its London practice in a year.  

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Shell global legal director warns firms: work with us on pricing

27-Apr-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Royal Dutch Shell global legal director Donny Ching has put fee arrangements at the forefront of his next panel review, scheduled for April 2016.

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Ex-Clifford Chance lawyer and Tory MP candidate under fire over 'department head' CV claims

24-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Lawyer and Conservative MP candidate for Havant Alan Mak has come under fire after a statement in his leaked CV claimed that he was a department head at magic circle firm Clifford Chance.

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Weil Gotshal and McDermott advise on Barclay brothers' Claridges sale

24-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Weil Gotshal & Manges and McDermott Will & Emery have acted on the Barclay brothers’ sale of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught to Qatar-owned Constellation Hotels, ending years of litigation concerning the ownership of the hotels.

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Exclusive: Launch lawyers for Jenner's London office revealed as litigation trio from Dechert

24-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Chicago-headquartered Jenner & Block, which last month confirmed its plans to open in London, is hiring three lawyers from Dechert.

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Hogan Lovells executive manager May joins 42 Bedford Row chambers as CEO

24-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Hogan Lovells executive manager Neil May has been appointed chief executive of common law set 42 Bedford Row following a unanimous vote by the chambers’ executive board.

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Nabarro continues trend of reduced promotions with three new partners

23-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Nabarro has promoted three senior associates to its partnership, with the promotions taking effect from 1 May.

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HSF focuses on Asia-Pacific in 21-strong promotions round

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Just one lawyer is promoted in mainland Europe offices despite firm’s “clear blue sky strategy of growth” on the continent.

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The Lawyer Business Leadership awards judging panel unveiled

23-Apr-2015

The Lawyer’s first ever judging panel for the Business Leadership awards consisting exclusively of senior in-house lawyers has been unveiled today.

High Court

"Ruthless and dishonest" Lutfur Rahman referred to SRA as High Court rules on election corruption

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Tower Hamlets mayor and lawyer Lutfur Rahman is to be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by the High Court on Thursday (23 April).

London

DWF announces May takeover of £2.5m insurance practice Watmores

23-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

DWF is to merge with the niche insurance firm Watmores in May.

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Eversheds loses nine real estate and commerce partners and associates to KWM

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Eversheds has lost a team of nine lawyers, including four partners, who all depart for King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) on Thursday (23 April).

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KWM retained by Kyrgyz Republic to work on $1bn of arbitrations

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been retained by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to defend it against arbitration claims of up to $1bn (£660m).

London

Stephenson Harwood make up five partners in the City, including one woman

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Stephenson Harwood has made up five new partners in its latest promotions round, all of which are based in London.

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Linklaters' client Tate & Lyle breaks tradition and turns to Addleshaws on Slovakian sale

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Addleshaw Goddard has advised longstanding Linklaters’ client Tate & Lyle on a company-wide restructuring including the sale of three corn wet mills in Europe to its partner, US company Archer Daniels Midland.

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Pearson GC Tellmann: UK will be first in panel review

23-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann has confirmed that the publishing giant plans to launch a UK panel before one in the US this year, after extending the deadline for a final line-up to the summer.

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Stewarts Law extends deadline for claimants in Tesco shareholder battle

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Stewarts Law has extended its deadline for applications from shareholders to join its mammoth legal action against Tesco as the firm nears the end of the first step of the group claim likely to last several years.

High Court

Erskine's Snowden appointed High Court judge as COA reveals four judicial exits this autumn

23-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Erskine Chambers silk Richard Snowden QC has been appointed a High Court judge as the Court of Appeal (CoA) announces it will seek to fill vacancies left by four bench exits.

London

TPG Capital GC steps down following news of $5bn buyout fund

22-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

TPG Capital general counsel Ronald Cami has stepped down after five years amid news the private equity firm has raised an initial $5bn (£3.3bn) for its latest buyout fund.

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Paul Hastings takes two partners from Fried Frank’s closing HK base

22-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Two more Fried Frank Hong Kong partners have found a home, with corporate specialists Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen set to join Paul Hastings.

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Lloyds promotes deputy GC to top position as Whittaker leaves bank

22-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Kate Cheetham as its new general counsel.

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Olswang promotes five women to partner in firmwide promotions round

22-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang has promoted five female lawyers to partner in the UK and France as part of a firmwide promotions round.

Belfast

Axiom UK doubles number of legal professionals in Belfast with £9m expansion

22-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Axiom UK will double the number of people it employs in Belfast over the next five years following a £9m investment in the business.

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Clifford Chance, A&O and Slaughters set to plummet in Google search rankings

22-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Nearly half of the UK’s top 100 firms including three of the elite will take a significant hit in Google search traffic because they have failed to develop mobile-friendly websites.

London

RSA delays global panel review for second time after "busy spell"

22-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

UK insurance giant RSA has delayed its global legal panel review for a second time.

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CMS promotes 18 women in 39-strong promotions round

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

CMS has appointed 39 partners across Europe and the Middle East as part of its promotions round, 18 (49 per cent) of which are women.

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PayPal appoints Nokia GC Pentland in wake of split from eBay

21-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

PayPal has appointed Nokia chief legal officer Louise Pentland as its general counsel following the online payments company’s split from eBay this month.

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Paul Hastings and Norton Rose Fulbright among five firms to jump on Cirque Du Soleil acquisition

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings, Norton Rose Fulbright and Ropes & Gray are among five firms providing advice on the acquisition of entertainment production company Cirque Du Soleil by a conglomerate of investors.

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HSF hires K&L Gates' Müller, firm's first female partner in Germany

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired its first female partner in Germany, K&L Gates banking and finance partner Julia Müller.

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DLA Piper to launch second and third offices in Saudi Arabia in 2015

21-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

DLA Piper has confirmed its second office in Saudi Arabia will open in Jeddah this year, with plans to launch a third by the end of 2015.

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Norton Rose Fulbright picks up HK disputes team from departing Fried Frank

21-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has continued to bolster its Hong Kong operation with the addition of a disputes team from Fried Frank’s soon-to-close local office.

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Ropes & Gray launches City litigation practice with hire of K&L Gates' Ross

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Ropes & Gray has hired K&L Gates disputes partner Thomas Ross as its first commercial litigation hire since opening in London in 2010.

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New research: Companies with no reputation management policy risk devaluation

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Reputation management has a direct bearing on how City analysts determine the value of a company, new research shows.

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Central Bank of Ireland GC Gavin joins Byrne Wallace as head of financial services

21-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Irish firm Byrne Wallace has appointed Central Bank of Ireland general counsel Joseph Gavin as head of its financial services practice.

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BLP and Jones Day take key roles on £600m sale of Nido student accommodation

20-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised Round Hill Capital on the £600m sale of its Nido student accommodation real estate portfolio to Greystar Real Estate Partners, represented by Jones Day.

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Clydes promotes 13 to partner and 11 to senior equity partner in insurance-heavy promos round

20-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Clyde & Co has promoted 13 lawyers to partner and 11 from equity partner to senior equity partner in a firm-wide promotions round that has boosted its insurance platform figures by 11 partners.

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Clifford Chance advises as Permira sells Birds Eye owner Iglo for €2.6bn

20-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Permira has turned to longstanding adviser Clifford Chance and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom on the sale of Iglo, the frozen food maker behind Birds Eye, to Nomad Foods for €2.6bn (£1.87bn).

London

Two of five new partners are female in Taylor Wessing's UK promos round

20-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has promoted five lawyers to partner in London as part of a UK-based promotions round.

Singapore

Bird & Bird adds BLP partner to Singapore corporate team

20-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird has added a Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate partner to its Singapore team with the aim of upping its expertise across the Southeast Asian region.

Perth

Australia’s Minter Ellison boosts Perth disputes team with Lavan Legal hire

20-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Australian firm Minter Ellison has taken on a Lavan Legal partner to head its Perth-based disputes practice with the expectation of growing its focus on Asian arbitration work.

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BT’s Paterson to take general counsel role at Dixons Carphone

20-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dixons Carphone has hired BT Group’s Nigel Paterson as general counsel, less than a year after the companies merged.

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Lloyds head of disputes exits as bank shakes up litigation team

20-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lloyds Bank head of disputes Philippa Simmons has left the bank amid a shake-up of the in-house legal team that could see around 25 mid-level redundancies, The Lawyer can reveal.

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White & Case mulls NQ salary hike to £90k

20-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

White & Case is reviewing its newly-qualified (NQ) salaries with a view to raising them to the same level as those paid by rival US firms in London.

London

DWF’s Norman quits to join Bevan Brittan employment litigation practice

20-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bevan Brittan has recruited DWF employment partner Ashley Norman to head its Birmingham employment team.

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Holes, headaches and unease: What a Brexit would really mean

20-Apr-2015 | By Ian Cox

With the general election just 17 days away and the prospect of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU if the Conservatives win, firms have to consider the consequences for their clients in the event of a ‘Brexit’.

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DAC Beachcroft makes up 15 partners in Bristol-heavy promotions round

17-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

DAC Beachcroft has appointed 15 lawyers to its partnership, including seven in Bristol where the firm has almost doubled its intake of partners.

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A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years

17-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years.

Moscow

Egorov Puginsky's Dimitry Afanasiev: making our countries better and stronger video

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This year’s European Managing Partner of the Year, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, opens up about the challenges affecting Russia and Ukraine.

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Ashurst set to receive £2.4m grant for Glasgow as development agency targets law firms

17-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Ashurst will receive a grant of £2.4m from Scottish Development International (SDI) for its low cost base in Glasgow, as the development agency steps up its efforts to attract law firms to the city to compete with Belfast’s offering.

Paris

Fieldfisher faces €120,000 unfair dismissal claim from Paris secretary

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher is facing a €120,000 (£86,000) unfair dismissal claim brought by a former secretary in its Paris office, who claims that she was assaulted by the firm’s office managing partner on the day of her dismissal.

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Mishcon appoints first non-lawyer to partnership in wake of ABS licence

16-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya has promoted the first non-lawyer to its partnership, chief operating officer (COO) Bambos Georgiou, two months after its ABS licence was approved by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA).

London

KWM corporate co-head Lever quits to launch Goodwin Procter PE practice

16-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) co-head of corporate Richard Lever is joining Goodwin Procter’s London office following the firm’s decision to launch a private equity practice.

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Bar Council backs Lib Dem manifesto

16-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Bar Council has responded with guarded enthusiasm to the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto pledges on access to justice.

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A&O, Linklaters and Slaughters win roles on sale of Virgin Active

16-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May have picked up the leading roles in Virgin Group and CVC Capital Partners’ sale of 80 per cent of its stake in Virgin Active to South Africa’s Brait for £682m. 

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Pinsents' outgoing managing partner Ryan to take up London office reins

16-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Pinsent Masons has announced that its outgoing managing partner David Ryan will become London office head when he steps down from the firmwide role at the end of this month.

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Freshfields Manchester: consultation closes and relocations imminent

16-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s internal consultation into opening a low cost legal services hub in Manchester has ended, with relocations and a local recruitment drive set to begin by summer.

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A&O advises BNY Mellon on FCA custody breach investigation

16-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon on a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation that yesterday (15 April) saw the bank slapped with a £126m fine for breaching custody rules.

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Mishcon hires Proskauer Rose London lynchpin for corporate practice

16-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya has hired Proskauer Rose London heavyweight Michael Nouril as a corporate partner in a reverse of the current trend for US firms to hire private equity partners. 

London

PLMJ opens representative office in London to boost inbound instructions

16-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Portuguese firm PLMJ is set to open its doors in London this year with a representative office led by Hugo Rosa Ferreira to capture a greater volume of work from the London legal market.

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Gibson Dunn's Gray takes fight to clear his name to Court of Appeal

15-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray will take his fight against the ruling that he deliberately misled the High Court to the Court of Appeal (CoA).

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K&L Gates adds German IP partner from Clifford Chance

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann.

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Weightmans makes up four in women-only promotions round

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans has promoted four women to its partnership in a reduced promotions round, with the new partners including HR director Sam Airey.

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Skadden and SullCrom brought in as Nokia agrees €15.6bn Alcatel-Lucent takeover

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken the lead roles on Nokia’s €15.6bn (£11.2bn) acquisition of French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent, announced this morning.

Manchester

Manchester City Council joins raft of firms on City West Housing Trust panel

15-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

City West Housing has appointed 14 firms and the in-house team at Manchester City Council to its panel in a framework agreement worth £1.4m over four years.

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Bakers granted first China joint operation licence with Asia firm FenXun

15-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has been granted the first Chinese joint operation licence with local firm FenXun Partners, opening the doors for its international clients to access PRC law through the firm.

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Dentons takes on White & Case's Budapest office in major CEE boost

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

White & Case’s Budapest office is joining Dentons next month in a major boost for the expanding firm’s Central & Eastern European (CEE) operations.

Malaysia

Trowers gains licence to become first qualified foreign firm in Malaysia

15-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Trowers & Hamlins has become the first firm to be granted a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) licence in Malaysia after changes to the way foreign firms can practise in the country last June.

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Gibson Dunn's Gray denied permission to appeal ruling he deliberately misled High Court

15-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has been denied permission to appeal the ruling that he deliberately misled the High Court.

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Labour: We’ll defend judicial review and abolish tribunal fee system

15-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Labour Party has promised to address the Coalition Government’s changes to judicial review in its election manifesto, but stopped short of promising to reverse cuts to legal aid funding.

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Serjeants' Inn announces bumper 28 per cent income growth for 2014/15

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Public, police and medical negligence set Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has reported growth in fee income of 27.5 per cent for the 2014/15 financial year ending 31 March on the back of a management overhaul.

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eBay turns to Agilent for general counsel hire ahead of PayPal split

14-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

eBay has hired Agilent Technologies’ top lawyer Marie Oh Huber as its new general counsel as the company prepares for the split of eBay and PayPal into two separate companies later this year.

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Freshfields senior partner race: Braham, Fabritius, Stroud emerge as frontrunners

14-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Nominations for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s next senior partner are expected to close this month with sources close to the firm already touting three clear frontrunners to take over from incumbent Will Lawes when he steps down in October.

London

Grimaldi hires former Clifford Chance CEO Bray in London push

14-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Grimaldi Studio Legale has announced the hire of two prominent banking partners for its London office, former Clifford Chance CEO Michael Bray and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo’s Riccardo Sallustio.

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Publicis appoints Sapient’s LaSala to general counsel role following £2.3bn merger

14-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Publicis Groupe has appointed Joe LaSala, general counsel of recent takeover target Sapient, as its new general counsel to replace Eric Antoine Fredette. 

Court

Suspended Gibson Dunn partner Gray to appeal Flaux J's ruling he 'deliberately misled' court

14-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray will appear before Mr Justice Flaux today (14 April) to argue that the ruling he deliberately misled the High Court relied on “implausible” assumptions and was “clearly flawed”.

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BLM instructed by London university in row over student occupation

14-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

University of the Arts London (UAL) has instructed BLM to take legal action against 15 of its students who continue to occupy a building in Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross.

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Dechert, Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher advise on $26.5bn sale of GE Real Estate Capital

13-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

General Electric (GE) has called on Hogan Lovells to advise on the $26.5bn (£18.07bn) sale of its real estate business GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone Group, advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Wells Fargo, advised by Dechert.

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Have your say in The Lawyer's market-wide salary survey

13-Apr-2015

The Lawyer has launched a salary survey to chart the state of lawyers’ pay across the profession.

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Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow lend voices to awareness cartoon where legal aid superheroes fight villainous Grayling

13-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow have lent their voices to an animation highlighting the effects of austerity cuts on access to justice.

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Exclusive: Gateley hit by multi-million pound professional negligence suit from property development client

13-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Property developer Empirical Property Group (EPG) has filed a claim to sue Gateley for breach of contract and professional negligence.

London

Exclusive: Goodwin Procter to launch City private equity practice amidst growth plans

13-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Goodwin Procter has unveiled plans to launch a private equity practice in its London office as part of its expansion strategy in the City.

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Milbank takes top spot from A&O in Q1 project finance global rankings

13-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has risen by six spots to the top of this year’s global project finance rankings for the first quarter of 2015, while Allen & Overy (A&O) has toppled from first to eight place.

London

Ashurst partner McDougall quits for Paul Hastings’ London corporate practice

13-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings has hired Ashurst leveraged finance partner Luke McDougall to join the London office as a partner in its corporate practice.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires first UK-qualified partner and gains ABS licence

10-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cahill Gordon & Reindel has hired Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly to build its London litigation practice, as the firm becomes the first US outfit to be licensed by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) as an ABS.

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City solicitors, a 22-year old UKIP law grad and a barrister standing for the Whigs: the legal profession’s MP hopefuls

10-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

At every general election, a new crop of lawyers stand for Parliament. Here are some of this year’s hopefuls…

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TLT to defend 26 ex-Halliwells partners against million-pound claim by firm's liquidators

9-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

A group of 26 ex-Halliwells partners have instructed TLT to defend them in their battle with the defunct firm’s liquidators, which is seeking millions of pounds from them.

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SAPA group GC to take top role at BG Group as Vinter retires

9-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

BG Group general counsel Graham Vinter is stepping down after seven years in the role following his company’s announced merger with energy company Shell, and will be replaced by Sapa group general counsel Tom Melbye.

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Co-op Legal Services revenue drops by a third to £23m in 2014 following regulatory changes

9-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Co-operative Group Legal Services (CLS) revenue has dropped by a third from £32m to £23m due to “regulatory changes”, according to the group’s annual results released today (9 April).

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Dentons continues expansion with McKenna Long merger

9-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dentons and US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge have confirmed plans to merge this year, 18 months after previous negotiations between the firms fell through.

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Eversheds advises Anglian Water on £5bn investment programme following reappointment as sole legal adviser

9-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Eversheds has been reappointed as principal adviser to Anglian Water for a second three-year term, effective from 1 April, following a panel review.

London

Milbank's sole London female partner Costa leaves three months after promotion

9-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s only London-based female partner Laetitia Costa has left the firm, The Lawyer understands.

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ATP Media appoints first head of legal from Onside Law

9-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

ATP Media has appointed Onside Law lead commercial associate Tom Bullock as its first head of legal.

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Cherie Blair QC steps down from the bench to focus on arbitration

8-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Cherie Blair QC has resigned from the judiciary to focus on arbitration work at her law firm, Omnia Strategy.

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Scotland’s Gillespie Macandrew targets growth as it installs first non-lawyer CEO

8-Apr-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Scottish firm Gillespie Macandrew has revamped its management team to create the role of chief executive, with non-lawyer chief operating officer Chris West being first to fill the position.

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Ashurst boosts female partner numbers with nine out of 20 in promotions round

8-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Ashurst has promoted nine women to partner in its 20-strong promotions round following its pledge last year to improve its gender diversity representation.

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Freshfields and Slaughters tapped for Shell’s £47bn takeover of BG Group

8-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May is advising Royal Dutch Shell on its recommended cash and share valued at £47bn to take over natural gas company BG Group, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Macfarlanes appoints five partners in reduced promotions round

8-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Macfarlanes has appointed five lawyers to its partnership, including two women, with another five lawyers promoted to senior counsel.

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Libor mis-selling: Hausfeld to face Hogan Lovells as Guardian Care Homes sues Lloyds

8-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Guardian Care Homes has instructed Hausfeld & Co to launch court proceedings against Lloyds over interest rate derivatives mis-selling, despite reaching a settlement with the bank in 2011 over Libor-rate manipulation claims.

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Severn Trent US slashes external legal spend by 84% following panel review

8-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Severn Trent’s US arm, Severn Trent Services (STS), has made savings of 75 per cent and 35 per cent over two years by resculpting its external legal panel in favour of bringing work back in-house.

Amsterdam

Linklaters' former Dutch employment head quits to launch boutique

8-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of Linklaters’ Amsterdam employment and pensions team, Martijn van Broeckhuijsen, has launched his own firm in a continuation of the trend for boutiques in the Netherlands.

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KWM’s resurgence will be built on real estate

27-Apr-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Eye-catching defections tend to be from corporate or finance departments, so it was a nice change for us to report last week a notable news story in real estate, a practice area that – outside magic circle firms’ covert downsizing – rarely sees dramatic team moves.

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Russian rule

27-Apr-2015

Russia is becoming increasingly problematic for Western firms. Despite the fact that English law is popular, the imposition of sanctions on the country is having a clear effect on business activity. UK and US practices are quietly downsizing, while local firms are consolidating – and beginning to hire English-qualified lawyers.

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LND: Latham's Sadanandan: London is a bright spot for us

24-Apr-2015

Latham & Watkins has a new London managing partner in Jay Sadanandan, but like the song, the strategic direction remains the same

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