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Allen & Overy posts sixth year of growth with 4 per cent revenue increase to £1.28bn in 2014/15

2-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has achieved a sixth consecutive year of growth in 2014/15, increasing its global turnover by 4 per cent from £1.23bn to £1.28bn, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) grew by 8 per cent to £1.21m.

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Lloyds Bank hires Barclays corporate banking GC as part of Linklaters' Davies' new team

2-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lloyds Bank has hired ex-Barclays head of legal for corporate banking Joanna Carver as general counsel for commercial banking.

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Skadden reigns again in worldwide M&A deal rankings after losing out to Weil last year

2-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has topped worldwide deal rankings for the first half of 2015, while European and UK leader Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the only magic circle firm to feature in the table.


Gide loses finance partner Arsanios to Reed Smith in Paris

2-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to lose another lawyer in Paris as finance partner Fernand Arsanios departs to join Reed Smith’s financial industry group.

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Travers wins Icelandic challenge for client Kaupthing in £2.2bn Tchenguiz claim

2-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Defunct Icelandic bank Kaupthing has won its jurisdictional challenge to the High Court to have Vincent Tchenguiz’ £2.2bn claim against it heard in Iceland.

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KWM breaks even with PE partner loss to Goodwin Procter and partner hire from Fried Frank

1-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has lost London-based private equity partner Simon Fulbrook to Goodwin Procter, while simultaneously adding private equity partner Laura Brunnen to its London office from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

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Irwin Mitchell acquires commercial debt recovery specialist

1-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Irwin Mitchell has completed its seventh acquisition since gaining its ABS licence through after merging with P&A Receivables Services.

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Criminal Bar Association launches new ballot on strike action

1-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has launched a two-week ballot of its members on whether to launch direct action following news it would not strike alongside legal aid lawyers this week, despite widespread membership support.


Herbert Smith Freehills PEP passes £800k with turnover inching up 2 per cent to £815m

1-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills has turned over £815m in its second financial year since becoming a fully merged firm, a rise of just 2 per cent on the previous financial year.


Jones Day snaps up five-strong TMT team from Gide to bolster Paris office

1-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Jones Day has hired a five-strong team of lawyers from Gide Loyrette Nouel to join the Paris office’s TMT practice.


Kraft Heinz appoints new general counsel in merged leadership lineup

1-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Merged food giant Kraft Heinz has promoted deputy general counsel Jim Savina to general counsel following the union of the two companies earlier this year.

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Clifford Chance and Linklaters advise as General Electric continues $100bn asset sell-off

1-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clifford Chance and Linklaters are the latest firms to have won mandates as General Electric (GE) stays on track to sell $100bn (£63.6bn) worth of assets by the end of the year. 

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Linklaters reports 1 per cent turnover hike as Davies announces early departure

1-Jul-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters has reported a 1 per cent increase in turnover to £1.267bn in 2014/15, at the same time as managing partner Simon Davies confirmed he is stepping down early to join Lloyds Banking Group as chief people, legal and strategy officer.


HFW launches formal law alliance in Singapore

1-Jul-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has established a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singaporean firm AsiaLegal.

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Incoming Freshfields' management talk lockstep, innovation and collaboration

1-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new managing and senior partner have said the next five years will be “crucial” for the firm to capitalise on new opportunities and international clients and increase efficiency and innovation.


Exclusive: Latham PE partner Sloan to join MoFo as London corporate head

1-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Latham & Watkins M&A and private equity partner Graeme Sloan has joined Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) as the firm’s London corporate head and global M&A co-chair.


Olswang management exits mount as head of strategic development Rea exits firm for Lexis Nexis

1-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang head of strategic development Nigel Rea has left the firm, becoming the latest in a number of management exits at the firm.

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Strelia adds insolvency team with Taylor Wessing hire

1-Jul-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Belgian boutique Strelia has added an insolvency specialist to its ranks with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Bart de Moor and two senior associates.

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Spring Law merges with employment firm Ferguson Solicitors

1-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

West End firm Spring Law has acquired London employment boutique Ferguson Solicitors, giving it a combined turnover of £5m.

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CBA to pull out of tomorrow's legal aid strike despite members' support

30-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) will not strike in protest at legal aid cuts on Wednesday (1 July), despite its members balloting 96 per cent in favour of direct action before the general election.

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Asia moves: 30 June 2015

30-Jun-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.


Sullivan & Cromwell to retain all of its first-ever trainee group this autumn

30-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Sullivan & Cromwell will retain 100 per cent of its autumn 2015 qualifying trainee cohort as newly qualified (NQ) lawyers.

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Gibson Dunn and Weil take the lead on Towers Watson and Willis $18bn merger

30-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Weil Gotshal & Manges have won top roles on the merger of advisory and broking companies Towers Watson and Willis Group for $18bn (£11.45bn).


Lancashire cricket club instructs RPC in interest rate swaps claim against RBS and NatWest

30-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lancashire Country Cricket Club (LCCC) has instructed RPC to bring a legal challenge against NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in relation to an interest rate hedging product sold to the club in 2009.


Blake Cassels, Cravath and Weil Gotshal advise as GE sells fleet business for $6.9bn

30-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Cravath Swaine & Moore and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all won top roles as General Electric (GE) sells its fleet businesses in the US, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to Element Financial Corporation for $6.9bn (£4.4bn). 

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Peerpoint eyes overseas sites, with further Europe and Asia expansion topping the agenda

30-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) contract lawyer service Peerpoint is continuing to focus on international expansion, with sites in Asia and Europe thought to be in the pipeline.

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Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers planning to reduce legal panel

30-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Chivas Brothers, a member of the Pernod Ricard group, is to carry out a panel review of its UK legal advisers with plans to cut the roster from 16 to around seven. 

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Pinsent Masons latest firm to boost project manager numbers

30-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Pinsent Masons is set to hire additional project managers across its business over the next 18 months and has designed a project manager toolkit to assist the firm’s lawyers.    

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Grandall becomes third Chinese firm to open in Silicon Valley

30-Jun-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Chinese firm Grandall has opened its first office in the US in Silicon Valley, aiming to capitalise on growing Chinese investment in the global technology innovation hub.


London, Leeds and Manchester lawyers vote unanimously to refuse legal aid work in face of cuts

29-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyers in London, Leeds and Manchester have voted to strike, refusing to take on legal aid work after 1 July, when new rates are set to come in.

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Slater & Gordon’s share price falls 38.3 per cent amid multiple investigations

29-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Slater & Gordon saw its share price fall 38.3 per cent following the news of investigations being carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).


Hogan Lovells energy team joins Orrick in London

29-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has picked up an energy and projects team from Hogan Lovells made up of three partners including two group heads.


White & Case re-elects chairman Verrier for a third consecutive term

29-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

White & Case has re-elected Hugh Verrier as chairman of the firm for a third consecutive four-year term until 2019.


Italian and French firms lead as Vivendi becomes Telecom Italia’s largest shareholder

29-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Cabinet Bompoint and Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners have taken lead roles as multinational media company Vivendi spends around €1bn to increase its stake in Telecom Italia to 14.9 per cent. 


DLA Piper takes corporate team from Perth boutique

29-Jun-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

DLA Piper has added a corporate team led by three partners from Australian boutique Hardy Bowen in Perth.


CMS re-elects chairman Brandi to four-year term following partner strategy meeting

29-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

CMS has re-elected chairman Cornelius Brandi for a second four-year to June 2019 after an annual partners meeting last week.

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Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia in partnership with local firm

29-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Shearman & Sterling has partnered with Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Alassaf & Partners, meaning the US-founded firm can now operate in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar.


Asia-Pacific 150: local firms' expansion accelerates as China dominates


International firms have generally positioned themselves well for Asia-Pacific’s rise – teething troubles aside. But it is the locals, particularly in China, who show the biggest appetite for its business, growing faster and wider than the globals.

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Freshfields extends UK lockstep ladder to match US offering

29-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is understood to have extended its lockstep ladder in the UK to lure top talent in London.


Pernod Ricard legal team to launch contracts compliance app for drinks sellers

29-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

French wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard is set to launch a contracts compliance app devised by its legal team to cut time spent managing commercial paperwork.


Stephenson Harwood paid £6m in legal fees for Rangers FC liquidation

29-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Stephenson Harwood has picked up over £6m in legal fees, after it was involved in the three-year long liquidation of Rangers Football Club. 

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Thomson Snell & Passmore sees double-digit growth as revenue hits £16.8m

29-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Thomson Snell & Passmore has seen turnover increase by 11 per cent, from £15.25m to £16.8m in the 2014/15 financial year.

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Bird & Bird loses £1.8m professional negligence claim over Elisabeth Murdoch's home

26-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Wedlake Bell has won a £1.8m professional negligence claim against Bird & Bird in a High Court case brought by former client and British Virgin Islands (BVI) company Orientfield Holdings.


Aaron & Partners grows revenue by 9.1 per cent in 2014/15 thanks to renewable energy push

26-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Aaron & Partners has posted a 9.1 per cent increase in revenue from £7.26m to £7.92m in 2014/15, following increased work in the renewable energy market.

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Howes Percival appoints ex-Eversheds partner as head of planning

26-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Howes Percival has appointed former Eversheds partner Paul Wootton as head of its planning division.

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Dechert re-elects chair Levander for four-year term as change in CEO role is signalled

26-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dechert partners have re-elected chairman Andrew Levander for a further four-year term, while CEO Daniel O’Donnell has had a one-year extension as partners voted for Henry Nassau to take on his role in July 2016.

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Cravath, Linklaters, Simpson and Sullivan scoop top roles on Ahold Delhaize merger

26-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cravath Swaine & Moore, Linklaters, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sullivan & Cromwell have advised retailers Ahold and Delhaize, as they merge to create a business with net sales of €54.1bn (£38.5bn).


Former Akin Gump Geneva head confirmed as US Ambassador to Finland

26-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Geneva office, Charles Adams, has been confirmed as the next US Ambassador to Finland.


Serle Court QC instructed to bring group claim for Quindell shareholders

26-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Litigation firm Your Legal Friend (YLF) has instructed Serle Court’s Philip Marshall QC on its potential group action against Quindell on behalf of shareholders.

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Baker Botts' new man in London talks expansion

26-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker Botts announced its highest global revenue ever – $653m – in 2014. Here’s how new London head Mark Rowley plans to ensure the office contributes to another record year in 2015.

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50 key cases revealed in defence of Human Rights Act

26-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

One Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner has launched a comprehensive study of human rights law in the UK to demonstrate the impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) on the justice system.


Global construction disputes rise to £32m average value while UK costs fall

26-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The average value of construction disputes in the UK has fallen by £600,000 but the average global figure has risen to £32m, latest research shows.

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Harneys picks up funds team from Appleby Cayman

26-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore firm Harneys has hired a three-strong funds team from rival Appleby in the Cayman Islands, including former funds head Ian Gobin.


CC and Linklaters advise on BOC’s $3.55bn Silk Road bond issuance

25-Jun-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have acted as lead international counsel on the issuance of Bank of China’s $3.55bn multi-currency bond, which is set to facilitate China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.


Knights to open office in Derby after doubling turnover to £20m in 2014/15

25-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Private-equity backed firm Knights is set to open a Derby office in August following the doubling of its turnover to a projected £20m in 2014/15.


Banking partner Crump set to leave Kirkland for Gibson Dunn

25-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Kirkland & Ellis’ London office is losing banking partner Philip Crump to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, just a day after announcing the hire of Weil’s tax head Jonathan Kandel.


Bakers boosts corporate tax practice with EY tax head of markets hire

25-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has boosted its corporate tax practice with the hire of Ernst and Young (EY) tax head of market Kate Alexander to join the London office as a principal tax advisor in the corporate practice.


Mishcon revenue grows 12.5 per cent to £110m with PEP above £950k

25-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya has confirmed that its revenue surpassed the £100m revenue mark in the last financial year, with turnover rising 12.5 per cent to £110m.


European moves: 25 June 2015

25-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

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Bakers makes up 83 to partner worldwide with over 40 per cent female promotions

25-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has promoted 83 lawyers to partner across the firm, with female associates representing 40 per cent of this year’s round.


Court of Appeal comes under fire for year-long delays on hearings

25-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Leading commercial silks have accused the Court of Appeal (CoA) of deliberately “over-listing” hearings to ensure appellate judges have enough work, resulting in lengthy delays for hearings and greater costs for clients.


Towry completes Ashcourt Rowan acquisition by hiring its GC

25-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Wealth manager Towry has appointed Ashcourt Rowan’s Rehana Hasan to the role of general counsel, after the company acquired rival Ashcourt last month.


Weil Gotshal loses head of tax Kandel to Kirkland

24-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London tax head Jonathan Kandel is leaving the firm for Kirkland & Ellis, following in the wake of Weil’s former finance head Stephen Lucas.  


Qatar Petroleum to launch first legal panel

24-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

State-owned Qatar Petroleum will launch its first formal legal panel, with Simmons & Simmons and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) understood to have already submitted tender proposals.


Latham project finance partner Collins departs for Jones Day

24-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Latham & Watkins Abu Dhabi project finance partner Nick Collins has joined Jones Day’s projects and infrastructure practice in London.


Proskauer continues recruitment drive with DLA London partner Griffith

24-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Proskauer Rose has continued its London hiring spree by picking up finance partner Alexander Griffith from DLA Piper.


Ashurst and Slaughters lead on proposed Ladbrokes and Gala Coral merger

24-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Slaughter and May and Ashurst have won top roles on the proposed merger of betting companies Ladbrokes and Gala Coral Group.

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Freeths turnover grows 12 per cent to break through £50m threshold

24-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Freeths has announced its turnover has increased by 12 per cent, from £49.9m to £55.8m for the 2014/15 financial year, prompting a 5 per cent bonus to all staff.


Supreme Court throws out QASA appeal

24-Jun-2015 | By Katy Dowell

The Supreme Court has rejected a bid to quash the introduction of a new competency assessment for criminal barristers, known as the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

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Law firm of the year: Osborne Clarke takes top accolade at The Lawyer Awards

24-Jun-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Osborne Clarke scooped the top prize at The Lawyer Awards last night after it secured the Law Firm of the Year award.

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Bird & Bird to grant non-lawyers more power through European management shakeup

24-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

European management changes at Bird & Bird have opened the door to put non-lawyers in management, Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has revealed.


Modern Times Group general counsel to depart following Sweden relocation

24-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Modern Times Group (MTG) general counsel Jonny Searle is leaving the company following a relocation of the legal function to Sweden.

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Magnusson Berlin office spins off into boutique

24-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Berlin office of Swedish firm Magnusson has split off into an independent boutique, just two years after forming.

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Eversheds to launch Asian contract lawyer practice

23-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Eversheds has announced it is launching Agile, its contract lawyer service, in Hong Kong and Singapore.


South-west firm Thrings announces 10 per cent turnover increase to £27.5m

23-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Commercial firm Thrings has announced a 10 per cent increase in turnover for 2014/15, from £25m to £27.5m. 

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Weil joins fellow US firms with 100 per cent retention

23-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Weil Gotshal & Manges has revealed that it will keep 100 per cent of its 2015 qualifying trainees in newly-qualified (NQ) positions.

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EnergySolutions GC joins DWF as energy partner

23-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

EnergySolutions general counsel Simon Stuttaford has joined DWF’s corporate team as energy partner after four years at the global nuclear waste disposal business.


Source UK Services taps Citco for general counsel

23-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Europe exchange-traded products provider Source UK Services has appointed Citco Financial Products’ Katy Walton Jones as its general counsel and a member of the management committee.


Clydes PEP hits £660,000 while revenue closes in on £400m

23-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Clyde & Co is the latest firm to announce positive results with its turnover increasing by 8.5 per cent, from £365.1m to £395m, for the 2014/15 financial year.

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I'll fix “creaking and dysfunctional” court system, says Gove

23-Jun-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Michael Gove will say that the justice system is failing society’s poorest people in his first speech as Lord Chancellor today.

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The Lawyer Awards judges: here's how to win

23-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Creativity, novelty and - crucially - hard evidence, were just a few of the ways candidates caught the eye of this year’s The Lawyer Awards’ judges, as revealed at last Tuesday’s inaugural Best in Class event. 


Stewarts adds five instructions as Kennedys client Alton Towers pays out to crash victims

23-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Alton Towers owner Merlin Entertainments has begun making interim compensation payments to victims injured in the rollercoaster crash on 2 June under the advice of Kennedys.

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OC client Tesla settles with Ecotricity out of court in electric charger row

23-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Osborne Clarke client electric car manufacturer Tesla has settled out of court with renewables giant Ecotricity, a year after its competition law battle began.

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Freshfields names former corporate head Braham as new senior partner

22-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer former corporate head Edward Braham has been elected as the next senior partner of the firm.

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Ashurst, BLP and Shoosmiths act as Ferrero snaps up Thorntons for £112m

22-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Shoosmiths have won top roles on the £112m sale of confectioner Thorntons to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ferrero International. 


Eversheds to launch Belfast office and consultancy service

22-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Eversheds has announced it is to open an office in Belfast at the same time as adding a managed consultancy service for its clients.


Stewarts Law returns to form as top of equity hits £1.5m

22-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Stewarts Law has posted total revenue of £52.8m, signalling growth of almost 14 per cent on the previous year’s lower than expected results, with the top of equity rising to £1.53m.

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Sullivan & Cromwell replaces Kirkland as Teva's adviser for proposed $43bn acquisition of Mylan

22-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Sullivan & Cromwell, along with a host of US, Dutch and Israeli firms, is representing Teva Pharmaceuticals as it seeks to acquire rival Mylan for $43bn, having replaced Kirkland & Ellis as the company’s adviser. 


Watson Farley & Williams' revenue increases by 7 per cent to £125m

22-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Watson Farley & Williams’ (WFW) has announced that its revenue climbed 7 per cent in 2014/15 from £117m to £125m. 


Slaughter and May senior partner Saul to retire next year

22-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Slaughter and May’s Chris Saul is to retire from the firm when his term as senior partner comes to an end on 30 April 2016. 

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Associate pay inches up at Nabarro

22-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Nabarro has awarded pay increases to its associates and newly qualified (NQ) lawyers, handing all PQE stages incremental pay rises.

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Business Leadership report: in-house lawyers failing to capitalise on New Law

22-Jun-2015 | By Matt Byrne

A growing number of in-house lawyers are preparing to make significant changes to their teams this year based on the availability of alternative legal services suppliers, today’s Business Leadership report has found.


Hewitsons to merge with City firm Moorhead James in £16m tie-up

22-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Cambridge firm Hewitsons will merge with City firm Moorhead James after both partnerships voted in favour of the tie-up earlier in June.

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Linklaters senior and managing partner elections: potential frontrunners unveiled

22-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

With more than a year to go until Linklaters’ managing partner and senior partner positions potentially change hands, the names of likely frontrunners for the top jobs are already beginning to surface.

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Pinsent Masons’ turnover boosted by 12 per cent as PEP soars to £538,000

22-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Pinsent Masons’ revenue has grown by 12 per cent, from £323m to £362.2m in the 2014/15 financial year.

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Olswang wins judicial review for music industry clients over copyright row

19-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Olswang clients the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the Musicians’ Union (MU) and UK Music have succeeded in their substantive judicial review against the Government over its recent changes to copyright laws.

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BLP, Pinsent Masons and Stephenson Harwood advise as Hornby moves to Aim

19-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Stephenson Harwood and Pinsent Masons have all won top roles on railway model maker Hornby’s delisting from the main market and admission to the alternative investment market (Aim).

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German firms Arnecke Siebold and Sibeth set for September merger

19-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

German-based firms Arnecke Siebold and Sibeth have announced they are to merge and form Arnecke Sibeth on 1 September.

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Baker & McKenzie’s EMEA private equity co-head departs to join Proskauer

19-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie EMEA private equity co-head Bruno Bertrand-Delfau is leaving the firm to join Proskauer Rose in London.

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DWF revamps business model with integrated consultancy and flexible lawyer service

19-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DWF has refocused its business model by launching an integrated service, which combines its consultancy, support centre and contract lawyer service.

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