Herbert Smith Freehills raids Ashurst’s Asia Pacific offices for two corporate partners

31-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two corporate partners from Ashurst’s Australia and Japanese offices.

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Norton Rose Fulbright elects CEO Martyr for fifth term as Scott takes up management role

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Norton Rose Fulbright has re-elected Peter Martyr as its global chief executive for his fifth three-year term, as of 1 January 2015.

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Sports Direct side-steps tribunal battle with legally binding zero-hours agreement

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Sports Direct has agreed to rewrite contracts relating to zero-hours staff as part of an out-of-court settlement in a dispute brought by Leigh Day on behalf of a former zero-hours employee.

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Freshfields' fresh leaders: "We've got a strong US platform but need to be stronger"

14-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new heads of corporate, litigation and employment are looking stateside in a bid to hang on to the lead created by former litigation head Christopher Pugh and corporate head Ed Braham.

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Linklaters and Milbank secure judgment for Visa in £1bn battle against retailers

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have secured judgment in favour of Visa in a dispute brought by retailers over fees charged for using Visa credit cards.

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Freshfields and A&O's client Deutsche Bank loses latest Unitech court outing

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Indian property company Unitech has triumphed again against Deutsche Bank in the latest stage of the long-running $177m (£110m) Libor battle over allegedly missold loans and swaps.

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George Clooney effect wreaks havoc on Doughty Street website

30-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street Chambers has been forced to upgrade its website hosting arrangements to cope with a surge in traffic following the nuptials of member Amal Alamuddin and Hollywood star George Clooney.

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Doughty Street restructures clerks' room to focus on business development

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street has restructured its clerking team to focus on practice areas and beefed up its criminal team, adding 2 Hare Court’s Maurice MacSweeney as a new business development director.

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Exclusive: Slater & Gordon set to acquire Cardiff-based Leo Abse & Cohen

25-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slater & Gordon is in the final stages of a deal to acquire Cardiff-based trade union firm Leo Abse & Cohen, The Lawyer can reveal.

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Taylor Wessing hires three partners in a week for London and Dubai offices

2-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has announced three lateral partner hires for its private client practice and construction teams in London and Dubai.

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Freshfields retains role as SFO opens investigation into profits

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been retained by Tesco in the wake of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) announcement that it had opened an investigation into accounting practices at the supermarket giant.

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SFO requests £26.5m emergency cash injection for Tchenguiz and fraud battles

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has requested an urgent cash injection of £26.5m – 75 per cent above its core budget – in order to pursue its high-profile fraud investigations and pay out compensation to the Tchenguiz brothers.

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New competition regulator CMA creates three new cartel roles

9-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The newly-formed Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is looking to hire a director of criminal enforcement as part of three new director roles aimed at beefing up its ability to crack down on cartels.

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Raft of UK firms jump aboard Monarch’s bumper restructuring deal

28-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes and Forsters are among the firms to advise on the rescue of the Monarch Group by investment firm Greybull Capital.

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Dentons picks up KWMSJB Paris restructuring team

24-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has hired a partner and four associates from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB)’s Paris office in an effort to strengthen its restructuring team, following the departure of two partners earlier this year.

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The LCIA: New rules and new frontiers

19-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The LCIA is changing, but is it moving quickly enough?

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Too much, too soon? Linder Myers' acquisitive path to administration

13-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester-based Linder Myers has spent the last few years acquiring distressed assets. Now the firm is on the hunt for a rescue-merger to pull it back from the brink.

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Jeremy Gauntlett: Meet Mandela's man

10-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Kate Beioley talks Mandela, democracy and the rule of law with Brick Court Chambers’ latest recruit, Jeremy Gauntlett.

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Diversity League Table reveals that just one in 200 partners is black

31-Oct-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

South East firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has topped an annual diversity league table, beating a host of City and international firms to the title of most diverse firm.

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Linklaters and Milbank secure judgment for Visa in £1bn battle against retailers

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have secured judgment in favour of Visa in a dispute brought by retailers over fees charged for using Visa credit cards.

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Brick Court and Monckton lead as court adjourns strike-out of £1bn cartel claim against BA

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A host of barristers from top sets and major international law firms are advising as British Airways (BA) and a number of other international airlines seek to defend a £1bn claim that they were part of a cartel raising the price of air cargo services.

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RPC acts as Pinsents sues RP Martin over unpaid fees for Libor advice

31-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons has filed a High Court claim for £700,000 plus interest against broker client RP Martin after the company failed to stump up fees for advice relating to its Libor investigation.

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Freshfields retains role as SFO opens investigation into profits

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been retained by Tesco in the wake of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) announcement that it had opened an investigation into accounting practices at the supermarket giant.

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Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5bn Omagine development in Muscat

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Stephenson Harwood has taken a lead role advising the developer of a long-awaited $2.5bn (£1.55bn) real estate and tourism development project in Oman.

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Land Securities general counsel Adrian de Souza resigns

21-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company.

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Edwards Wildman left rudderless in London as management switches stateside

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Edward Wildman Palmer’s London head Nick Bolter no longer has a formal stake in managing the firm’s City base.

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Specsavers triumphs in Asda trademark battle after switching from Eversheds to HGF Law

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Specsavers has triumphed in a five-year trademark battle which went all the way to the European Court of Justice, having switched from Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers’ silk Michael Bloch QC to HGF Law and 8 New Square’s James Mellor.

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Freshfields and Linklaters scoop lead roles on Saga’s bumper £3bn IPO

12-May-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are advising on Saga’s planned IPO, which is set to be the largest public offer of shares since the privatisation of Royal Mail.

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Debevoise and Linklaters help AIA forge Asia partnership with Citibank

19-Dec-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

Debevoise & Plimpton and Linklaters have played lead roles advising the $4bn (£2.4bn) landmark bancassurance partnership between AIA and Citibank in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

24-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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Facebook sues DLA for "fraudulent lawsuit"; DLA slams tech giant's 'intimidation' tactics

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against DLA Piper and a raft of US law firms alleging they represented a fraudulent claimant pursuing Facebook for 50 per cent ownership of the social network.

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Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

21-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

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KPMG awarded ABS licence

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

KPMG has become the latest ‘Big Four’ professional services firm to be granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

British Airways

Brick Court and Monckton lead as court adjourns strike-out of £1bn cartel claim against BA

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A host of barristers from top sets and major international law firms are advising as British Airways (BA) and a number of other international airlines seek to defend a £1bn claim that they were part of a cartel raising the price of air cargo services.

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Stephenson Harwood advises Govia on clearance for tripartite rail franchise

25-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Stephenson Harwood has advised transport company Govia on a phase one merger clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchise.

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Linklaters and Milbank secure judgment for Visa in £1bn battle against retailers

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have secured judgment in favour of Visa in a dispute brought by retailers over fees charged for using Visa credit cards.

British Airways

Brick Court and Monckton lead as court adjourns strike-out of £1bn cartel claim against BA

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A host of barristers from top sets and major international law firms are advising as British Airways (BA) and a number of other international airlines seek to defend a £1bn claim that they were part of a cartel raising the price of air cargo services.

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

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

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

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Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

28-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.