Corporate

Dubai

White & Case turns to Clifford Chance for Dubai capital markets hire

5-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

White & Case has appointed Clifford Chance’s Middle East capital markets head, Debashis Dey, as a partner in Dubai.

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Pinsents, Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal continue to dominate Aim rankings

5-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its lead at the top of the Aim rankings, with Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal coming in joint second.

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Employment

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ECJ makes landmark ruling on redundancy law in Slater & Gordon Woolworths case

30-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has effectively overthrown a landmark win for Slater & Gordon over the compensation claims for staff of collapsed retail giants such as Woolworths and Ethel Austin.

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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Financial Services

London

London & Capital turns to Towry for new general counsel

28-Apr-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Wealth management company London & Capital has appointed Thomas Donlon as general counsel.

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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Human Rights

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Government admits procedures for handling legally-privileged information are unlawful

19-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Government has admitted that the security services’ procedures for handling legally-privileged communications do not meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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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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Private Client

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Vardags signs agreement with Trench to break into Dubai HNW market

31-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

Singapore

Withers looks to strike it rich with $748.8bn Singapore's new elite

10-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

It’s early days, but one clear trend to emerge so far in 2015 is that Singapore is the place to be.

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Fraud and Crime

Barristers

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.

Law Society

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

25-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

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

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Insolvency and Restructuring

Scotland

Burness Paull and Levy & McRae face legal action over collapse of $400m hedge fund

20-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Scottish firms Burness Paull and Levy & McRae are facing legal action from the liquidators of Heather Capital over their involvement in the collapse of the $400m hedge fund.

Dublin

William Fry wins Irish government tender for restructuring of AIB

13-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

William Fry has emerged as the winner of the Irish Department of Finance’s tender to appoint a legal adviser to work on the potential capital restructuring of Ireland’s investments in Allied Irish Banks (AIB).

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Pinsents, Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal continue to dominate Aim rankings

5-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its lead at the top of the Aim rankings, with Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal coming in joint second.

manchester

Freshfields kicks off Manchester launch with external legal services recruitment drive

30-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a recruitment drive for legal services staff and paralegals for its new Manchester office, due to open this summer.

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Litigation

Barclays

Barclays tops forex spend among UK banks with £2.5bn legal costs in Q1

1-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Barclays set aside an additional £800m in the first quarter of 2015 to cover investigations and litigation related to foreign exchange rigging, its Q1 results reveal.

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Exclusive: Gibson Dunn Dubai partner Peter Gray exits firm

1-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Suspended Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has officially left the firm, The Lawyer understands.

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Real Estate

City Gherkin

Former Lend Lease EMEA GC Gloyens re-emerges as a partner at Michelmores

29-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Former Lend Lease EMEA general counsel Patrick Gloyens has joined Michelmores as a real estate partner. 

Berlin

Orrick shuts down Berlin and Frankfurt offices leaving future of five partners unclear

28-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is shutting down its Frankfurt and Berlin offices to concentrate its German presence on Düsseldorf and Munich.

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Intellectual Property

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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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Cooley London hiring spree continues with Reed Smith life sciences rainmakers

17-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

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

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Insurance

Saga

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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Media, Entertainment and Sport

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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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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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Tax

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

19-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

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

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

18-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

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

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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

25-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

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

Train

Clifford Chance, CMS and Freshfields take key roles as Government sells Eurostar stake

5-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Firms including Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have stepped up to advise on the sale of the Government’s stake in Eurostar.

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Competition

London

Linklaters’ UK competition head Riedel joins Kirkland & Ellis

1-May-2015 | By Matt Byrne

The trend for US firms to bring in some of UK firm’s top legal talent is continuing with the news that Kirkland & Ellis has hired the head of Linklaters’ UK competition practice Paula Riedel.

London

CMA picks up Freshfields antitrust partner as senior legal director

30-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer antitrust partner Andrea Gomes da Silva as senior legal director of its markets, mergers and sector regulation group.

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Funds

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Travers Thorp Alberga bulks up with former Herbies partner

29-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Travers Thorp Alberga (TTA) has strengthened its corporate and funds team with the hire of former Herbert Smith partner and FourWinds Capital Management general counsel Louise Freestone.

Scotland

Burness Paull and Levy & McRae face legal action over collapse of $400m hedge fund

20-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Scottish firms Burness Paull and Levy & McRae are facing legal action from the liquidators of Heather Capital over their involvement in the collapse of the $400m hedge fund.

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Information Technology

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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.

Google

Olswang victorious over Google in CoA ruling on online privacy

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

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

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