EY plans Manchester growth around former Addleshaws managing partner

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

EY has announced the appointment of two partners from Addleshaw Goddard, including former managing partner Paul Devitt, in a bid to develop a Manchester legal services offering.


Shakespeares and SGH Martineau confirm June merger

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Midlands firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau have confirmed they will complete their merger on 15 June, less than three months after the two announced they were in talks.

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The Lawyer partners with Mind to launch employee wellness report

22-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Lawyer and Lawyer 2B have teamed up with sister publication Employee Benefits and mental health charity Mind to produce an in-depth report into how law firms incentivise and engage staff through their remuneration and benefits strategies.


Linklaters' NQ pay falls behind Slaughter and May's

22-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Linklaters has released its pay bands for junior lawyers during 2015/16, leaving newly-qualified (NQ) pay lagging slightly behind their peers at Hogan Lovells and Slaughter and May.

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Exclusive: Shell hires pricing analyst to manage fees ahead of panel review

22-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a global sourcing officer from Reed Smith to manage its pricing arrangements with external counsel in a bid to reign in costs and ensure greater value from panel firms.


Greenberg Traurig CEO: "Our days of London growth aren't over"

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Some six years after launching in London, Greenberg Traurig’s CEO Richard Rosenbaum is convinced that the City is the key to making the firm the world’s top legal real estate brand.

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First 'crowdfunded justice' project launches with BP torture allegation case

22-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

A website which crowdfunds social justice cases has launched its first case, which sees a prominent Colombian trade unionist allege that BP employed paramilitaries to kidnap and torture him.

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Pharmaceutical consolidation: trio of US firms win roles on CVS acquisition of Omnicare

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case have all taken roles in the $12.7bn pharmaceutical deal between US pharmacy chains CVS Health and Omnicare. 

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Reed Smith celebrates 10 years in Germany with Frankfurt launch

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Reed Smith has picked up a team of seven partners from rival international firms to launch in Frankfurt, its second office in Germany.


Freshfields drafts in Aviva MD to launch Manchester office alongside corporate partner Stephenson

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed corporate partner Gareth Stephenson as head of its Manchester legal services operation, due to launch this summer.


CC and SullCrom advise on Barclays record $2.3bn penalty fine over forex rigging

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken lead roles on advising Barclays in relation to its $2.3bn (£1.4bn) foreign exchange manipulation penalty fine – the largest fine of the six global banks to settle with global financial regulators on Wednesday (20 May).


Bird & Bird announces plans to open patent-focused Luxembourg office

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide.

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Walkers in strategic U-turn as it relaunches fiduciary business

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore firm Walkers has announced that it is re-launching a fiduciary business, three years after selling off Walkers Management Services (WMS) to trust company Intertrust.


Linklaters breaks Slaughters' stranglehold on Unilever relationship with principal adviser role

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters’ ambition to be part of the “global elite” has taken a significant step in the right direction as the firm succeeded in winning the role of principal adviser to Unilever from Slaughter and May.


Fieldfisher appoints first diversity manager with aim of increasing female leadership

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher has appointed its first diversity and inclusion manager, as the firm makes plans to increase the number of women in leadership positions.

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Covington, Latham, Mayer Brown lead on Altice’s acquisition of Suddenlink

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Covington & Burling, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown and French firm Franklin are among the firms advising in Altice’s acquisition of US rival Suddenlink, in a deal valued at $9.1bn (£5.86m)


Hill Dickinson marine quartet split off to launch boutique

21-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A team of Hill Dickinson lawyers, including two partners, have left to start their own firm under the name Waterside Solicitors.


Dentons posts UKMEA PEP rise of 23 per cent to £502,000

20-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons is reporting a rise in both revenue and profit for its UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) operations for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 23 per cent to £502,000.

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Hogan Lovells matches Slaughters with NQ salary hike to £70,000

20-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Hogan Lovells has increased its newly-qualified (NQ) salary to £70,000, sailing past the current pay packets of magic circle NQs.

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Dentons appoints former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Dentons has appointed former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser to the firm‘s public policy and regulation practice.


Gibson Dunn advises on UBS forex payout as banks and lawyers gear up for wave of settlements

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised UBS on its $545m (£351m) settlement to US authorities to close investigations into the Swiss bank relating to the alleged rigging of foreign-exchange rates and Libor manipulation.


Network Rail instructs Eversheds on legal threat over bank holiday strike action

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Network Rail has drafted in Eversheds on its battle with TSSA union over rail strike plans to take place on bank holiday Monday (25 May).


Eversheds and Pinsent Masons prove most popular brands with GCs

20-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Eversheds is the most popular legal brand with general counsel in the UK, with Linklaters the best brand in London, according to new research.

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Exclusive: Foot Anstey instructs CMS to defend age discrimination claim by ex-partner

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Foot Anstey has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna to defend it against an age discrimination claim brought by an ex-partner.

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KWM litigation veteran departs for 39 Essex in Singapore

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) litigation partner David Bateson has joined 39 Essex Chambers as an arbitrator in its Singapore office after more than 20 years at the firm.


BLP gains new AIM client as it advises on Stride Gaming's $103m IPO

20-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is advising new client Stride Gaming on its $103m (£66m) initial public offering on the Aim market. 


BLP reports 22 per cent PEP rise with turnover up 6 per cent to £259m

19-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) turnover increased by 6 per cent to £259m for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rebounding to £659,000.


Harper Macleod posts 5 per cent turnover rise to £22m after merger and Commonwealth Games

19-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Scottish firm Harper Macleod posted a jump in turnover in 2014/15 to £22m, up 4.7 per cent on the previous year, revealing solid growth in what continues to be a tough local market.


Browne Jacobson’s turnover soars 17 per cent to £58.9m

19-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Browne Jacobson has reported a 17 per cent increase in turnover, from £50.2m to £58.9m for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Linklaters ousts Allen & Overy to top list of foreign India practices

19-May-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Linklaters has supplanted magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) as the international firm seen to have the most robust India practice, with the firm coming highly-recommended by clients and Indian firms.

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Howe & Co wins against Kingsley Napley on Wetherspoon Traveller racism row

19-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Kingsley Napley client JD Wetherspoon has been ordered to pay £24,000 to a number of Irish travellers represented by Howe & Co following a Central London County Court ruling of “direct racial discrimination” by the pub chain on Monday (18 May).


Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins split to form new alliances

19-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins & Norcous have both split up, with the two reforming to establish new alliances spanning the region.

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Skadden and Ropes pick up lead roles on Endo's $8bn acquisition of rival Par

19-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Ropes & Gray have advised Endo International on its $8.05bn acquisition of rival Par Pharmaceutical Holdings. 


Clarke Willmott launches Cardiff office as turnover rises 11 per cent to £40m

19-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clarke Willmott has opened its first office in Cardiff, as the firm reports a 11 per cent growth in turnover from £36m to £40m.


Peter Gray: Gibson Dunn "chucked me under the bus"

18-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has accused the firm of advising him not to seek independent counsel during an internal investigation following accusations he had deliberately misled the High Court.

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Latham secures top spot on The Lawyer's International Firms in London list

18-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s list of the Top 30 International Firms in London thanks to a 27 per cent revenue rise to $267m in 2014, while average turnover of listed firms grew by 13 per cent.

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NG Bailey unveils four-strong legal panel

18-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

NG Bailey has announced that Eversheds, Pannone Corporate, Muckle and Taylor & Emmet will make up its new legal panel.


A&O claws back Latin America launch partner from Paul Hastings

18-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Allen & Overy (A&O) has persuaded banking and projects partner Bruno Soares to stay at the firm, two months after it was announced he was leaving for US outfit Paul Hastings.

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Osborne Clarke's real estate team recruits Taylor Wessing's Brussels managing partner

18-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has hired Taylor Wessing’s Brussels managing partner to join its real estate team in the Belgian capital. 

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Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper scoop top roles on Meantime sale to SABMiller

18-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper have won top roles on the sale of London craft brewer Meantime Brewing Company to SABMiller.


Fried Frank builds London finance team with Hogan Lovells hire

18-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fried Frank is hiring a banking partner from Hogan Lovells to become the firm’s first head of finance in London. 


White & Case ends Indonesian association with MD & Partners

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

White & Case has entered into an association with Jakarta-based firm Witara Cakra Advocates (WCA) after ending its relationship with MD & Partners.

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Clifford Chance and Linklaters advise on £780m New Look sale to Brait

15-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have advised New Look on its £780m sale to South African private equity firm Brait. 


Cooley taps Olswang for first tax partner in London

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has hired Olswang partner Natasha Kaye to join the firm’s London office as its first tax partner.


Travers Smith promotes seven lawyers to partnership

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Travers Smith has announced its largest promotions round in three years with seven lawyers made up to partner.

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Exclusive: Network Rail legal spend hits £13.3m in first financial year following panel review

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Network Rail hit £13.3m in legal costs in 2013/14, with Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard emerging as top earners in the first financial year after a panel review reduced the roster to eight firms. 

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Schillings announces first hires since conversion to LLP

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Schillings has announced it is hiring 10 new staff, including Hill Dickinson partner Magnus Boyd.

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​Black spider letters: Government’s last word ‘annihilated’

15-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Government’s ability to have the final say on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests has been “circumscribed, arguably almost to the point of annihilation” in the wake of the ‘black spider letters’ case.

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Greenberg Traurig expands Europe real estate with A&O and Norton Rose hires

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Greenberg Traurig has added 12 new lawyers to its Warsaw office through hires from Allen & Overy (A&O) and Norton Rose Fulbright, as part of a strategy to expand its real estate presence in Central Europe.


Freshfields and Shearman lead Integrated Diagnostics Holdings' IPO

15-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling have picked up top roles in the IPO of healthcare business Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, with the company valued at $668m.


Flint Bishop plans to increase staff by 21 per cent

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

East Midlands firm Flint Bishop has announced plans to increase its headcount by 21 per cent with hires expected across all of its departments.

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National Grid set to cut its legal panel

14-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Allen & Overy and Eversheds are among 15 firms that could be stripped from National Grid’s legal panel in its latest review.


Nomura CEO to lawyers: get out of your comfort zone

14-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Outgoing Nomura International CEO Jeremy Bennett said in-house lawyers should aim at taking on more influential roles in an interview kicking off The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit this morning (14 May).


Charles Russell Speechlys expands Middle East construction practice with Trowers hire

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Charles Russell Speechlys has hired a new head of construction for the Middle East from Trowers & Hamlins.

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Freshfields, CMS and Gide advise on SNCF acquisition of Eurostar

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, CMS and Gide Loyrette Nouel have advised on a deal allowing SNCF Mobilités to gain sole control over Eurostar International.

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Cleary, Milbank and Paul Weiss win roles on $2bn Cushman & Wakefield merger with DTZ

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield on its $2bn merger with rivals DTZ.

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Olswang elects IP head Stevens as new CEO

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Olswang has elected Paul Stevens as its new CEO to succeed interim CEO Michael Burdon with immediate effect.

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Stephenson Harwood walks away from ex-Leeds Utd chief case as court declines to release funds

14-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Stephenson Harwood has ended its representation of ex-Leeds United managing director David Haigh, after the Dubai courts refused to release the funds to pay the firm.

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African Development Bank backs new pan-continent business lawyers association

14-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The African Development Bank (ABD) has facilitated the formation of a new association of independent African firms designed to inform regulators and promote the development of the profession across the continent.

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Review into Welsh legal sector to begin next week

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A review of the legal sector in Wales is to begin next week to determine how the Welsh Government can improve investment and employment in the industry. 


European moves: 14 May 2015

14-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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


Publisher Springer Nature appoints new GC following Macmillan Science merger

14-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Publishing company Springer Nature has named Macmillan Science and Education GC Rachel Jacobs as its new general counsel following the merger of the two companies.

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Coffin Mew opens Brighton office and pledges to double revenue by 2017

14-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

South coast firm Coffin Mew has opened an office in Brighton following a pledge to double its annual revenue from £10m to £20m by 2017.


Hill Dickinson continues cuts with 30 redundancies announced

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Hill Dickinson has announced cuts will be made to its insurance teams across its London, Liverpool and Manchester offices.

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Wragges and McDermott win roles on $1.27bn AstraZeneca and Innate Pharma agreement

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and McDermott Will & Emery have advised AstraZeneca and Innate Pharma on their $1.275bn partnership agreement.


Pannone Corporate picks up Iceland and NG Bailey panel wins

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Manchester-based firm Pannone Corporate has been appointed to the legal panels of Iceland Foods and NG Bailey.


Foot Anstey revenues increase by 16 per cent to £32m

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Foot Anstey’s annual revenue has grown by 16 per cent to £32m, with the firm hitting the £30m turnover barrier sooner than expected. 


Kingsley Napley reports profits of £9.5m for 2014/15 financial year

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Kingsley Napley has announced an increase in unaudited profit of 7.9 per cent, rising from £8.8m to £9.5m in 2014/15.

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Gibson Dunn client Djibouti fails in new attempt to seek freezing order against Boreh in Singapore

13-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher client the Republic of Djibouti has lost an application to the High Court for permission to seek a new freezing injunction against its citizen Abdourahman Boreh in Singapore.


EY Law hires Baker & McKenzie and Weil team for financial regulatory practice

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

EY Law is to launch a London financial regulatory practice after recruiting a team from Baker & McKenzie and Weil Gotshal & Manges.

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Osborne Clarke reports 15 per cent turnover hike to £140m

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has reported a 15 per cent per cent increase in global revenues for 2014/15, with the firm just shy of breaking the €200m mark.

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Gateley seeks to entice investors and growth capital with first UK legal IPO

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Some three years after the implementation of the Legal Services Act, Gateley has announced its intention to be the first UK law firm to launch an initial public offering (IPO).


Fieldfisher picks up sole instruction from GCA over Tesco investigation

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher is the sole law firm to have been instructed by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) on its investigation into Tesco’s profit over-statement.

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Weil, Wachtell and Covington advise on Verizon's $4.4bn acquisition of AOL

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Covington & Burling have advised Verizon Communications in its $4.4bn acquisition of AOL, with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz advising the target. 

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Fox Williams recruits GFI Group legal head Brahams

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Fox Williams has appointed interdealer broker GFI Group’s head of legal EMEA, Nigel Brahams, to its financial services team.


Fieldfisher makes up four in London and Brussels

12-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher has promoted four lawyers to partnership in its 2015 round marking the lowest number of promotions at the firm in recent years. 


Trainee recruitment rules to be upheld by recruiters in wake of SRA's withdrawal

12-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The code governing how junior lawyers are recruited will be upheld after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) abruptly withdrew from it earlier this year, it has been revealed. 


Barclays shake-up: three more senior exits from in-house legal team

12-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Barclays has lost another three senior lawyers following a tumultuous first quarter that has already seen a raft of top level exits from the bank’s legal team.


Clydes seeks to enter Scottish market through Simpson & Marwick tie-up

12-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Clyde & Co has announced it is in advanced merger talks with Simpson & Marwick, in a move which would give the firm its first base in Scotland.


Nomura and Ipsos MORI CEOs top the speaker bill at The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit

12-May-2015 | By Matt Byrne

The chief executives of investment bank Nomura International and polling company Ipsos MORI are among the star speakers at The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit (GCSS) in Lisbon later this week.

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Dentons hit with €60,000 damages in French employment case

12-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A Paris employment tribunal has landed Dentons with a €60,000 damages bill after finding that the firm unlawfully made a secretary redundant immediately prior to the 2013 merger between legacy Salans and SNR Denton.


Libyan Investment Authority turns to Keystone Law for $3.3bn Goldman case

11-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has turned to Keystone Law to replace Enyo Law on its $3.3bn (£1.9bn) battle against Goldman Sachs and French bank Société Générale (SocGen).


JMW reports 13 per cent revenue increase to £19.4m

11-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Manchester firm JMW Solicitors has announced its profits have increased from £17.2m to £19.4m for the 2014/15 financial year.


Amarchand brothers launch separate firms after acrimonious split of family firm

11-May-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The brothers behind dissolved Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co have launched two separate firms less than a week after confirming the dissolution of the family business.

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Five reasons why the relationship between Gove and lawyers is going to be messy

11-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Michael Gove is the new Secretary of State for Justice. Early indications suggest his relationship with the legal profession will be a fractious one. Here are five reasons why…


Kennedys promotes three women to partnership in 2015 round

11-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Kennedys has promoted four solicitors to its partnership, three of whom are women.


ZICOlaw’s Jakarta member joins forces with Japanese firm to tap inbound FDI

11-May-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The Indonesian member of the ZICOlaw network has teamed up with Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) to offer advice to Japanese clients making inbound Indonesian investments.

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Grayling out as Michael Gove takes over at Ministry of Justice

11-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Michael Gove has been appointed the new Minister for Justice following the Conservative Party’s surprise election win last week.

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Gateley plans first UK law firm IPO

11-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Birmingham law firm Gateley is set to become the first firm in the UK to float on the London stock exchange.


Exclusive: Asda launches 'Project Spark' to revaluate panel firm relationships

11-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Asda has launched a review of its relationship with its roster of external legal advisers in a project internally known as ‘Project Spark’. 


Shakespeares and SGH Martineau merger set for June completion

11-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Merger talks between Midlands firms Shakespeare and SGH Martineau are ongoing with discussions now expected to be completed by the end of next month.


Forsters powers through £40m with fifth year of double-digit growth

11-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Forsters has reported double-digit growth for the fifth consecutive year in its 2014/15 financial results.

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King & Spalding & Paul Weiss lead Delivery Hero's acquisition of Turkish rival

11-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

King & Spalding and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison are advising two online food delivery companies in one of the largest acquisitions ever made in the sector. 

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DLA Piper launches new TMT consultancy arm

8-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has launched a new corporate finance arm operating under the name Noble Street.

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Clifford Chance and KWM take lead roles on Clydesdale demerger from NAB

8-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) have picked up top roles advising National Australia Bank (NAB) on its $5.5bn capital raising for a possible demerger from Clydesdale Bank. 


Blake Morgan continues expansion with Piper Smith Watton merger

8-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Blake Morgan is merging with London-based firm Piper Smith Watton, nearly a year after the merger of Blake Lapthorn with Morgan Cole. 

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Human Rights Act to be scrapped under Conservative Government

8-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Conservative manifesto promise to immediately scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA) on winning the 2015 general election is nearing reality as David Cameron’s party wins an overall majority.

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Over a dozen lawyers enter Parliament for first time as justice minister Simon Hughes loses seat

8-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The legal profession’s MP hopefuls enjoyed a mixed night as the Conservative Party crept towards an overall majority in the General Election.


Osborne Clarke re-elects international CEO and chairman

8-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has reappointed its international CEO Simon Beswick for a second term and its international chairman for a further two years. 


Travers Smith and Clifford Chance to go head to head on HP Autonomy High Court fraud battle

8-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Travers Smith client Hewlett Packard (HP) has accused Autonomy executives including former CEO Mike Lynch, represented by Clifford Chance, of fraud in court filings issued to the High Court in May.

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Floating your boat

21-May-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Everyone thought Irwin Mitchell would be doing it soon, but it looks as if Gateley will beat the national firm to the punch. Gateley is actively preparing an IPO. It’s notable not least because Gateley – unlike Irwin Mitchell and Slater & Gordon, the Aussie-listed company that took over RJW three years ago – is not a personal injury outfit. Will Gateley genuinely be the pathfinder for commercial law firms?

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Shell hires pricing analyst to manage fees ahead of panel review


Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a global sourcing officer from Reed Smith to manage its pricing arrangements with external counsel in a bid to reign in costs and ensure greater value from panel firms

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