People

Ashurst makes up 15 partners in first post merger round

24-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013.

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Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

24-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.

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Irwin Mitchell London employment head quits for Wragges

4-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Irwin Mitchell London employment head John Hayes has quit to join Wragge & Co, just days chief executive John Pickering announced his retirement from the firm.

Supreme Court

Clydes whistleblowing battle attracts interventions as Supreme Court case looms

21-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work has intervened in the Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof appeal, which kicks off in the Supreme Court on Monday.

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Macfarlanes makes up nine in record promos round

7-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Macfarlanes has made up nine lawyers to partner in its largest-ever round of promotions, across a range of practice areas including corporate, funds and financial services.

London

Baker & McKenzie hires former RPC regulatory head

19-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Baker & McKenzie is to be joined in its London financial services group by RPC’s former head of financial services and regulatory Steven Francis. 

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Religion vs sex: sex wins again

15-Jul-2013

The perceived clash of rights does not really stand up, as the law cannot protect subjective content

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Troops protected by Human Rights Act wherever they are, rules Supreme Court

19-Jun-2013 | By Katy Dowell

Soldiers serving in the British armed forces will be protected by the Human Rights Act (HRA) wherever they are based, the Supreme Court ruled this morning.

London

Charles Russell and Speechly extend merger talks as brand unveiled

11-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell will be known as Charles Russell Speechlys LLP should the merger be successful later this year.

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Weil Gotshal hires restructuring guru Andrew Wilkinson from Goldman

7-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Weil Gotshal & Manges has lured Goldman Sachs star Andrew Wilkinson back into legal practice to boost its pan-European restructuring business.  

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Tchenguiz ordered to pay £2.5m security for costs in SFO battle

23-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The High Court has ordered the investment vehicle R20 owned by Robert Tchenguiz to surrender £2.5m by way of security for costs after the company’s sudden decision to chop its claim against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) by £1.2m.

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Bonelli partners agree three-year 'loyalty' lock-in

8-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The partners of Italian firm Slaughter and May best friend Bonelli Erede Pappalardo have agreed to a three-year lock-in, as the firm continues its partnership restructuring.

Barristers

Row between barristers and solicitors erupts over legal aid cuts deal

31-Mar-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Barristers on the Northern Circuit are leading opposition to a controversial deal between criminal bar leaders and the government cut last week in a bid to settle a dispute over ministers’ plans to slash legal aid rates.

Paris

Nabarro's French best friend August & Debouzy quits alliance

6-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nabarro’s French best friend August & Debouzy has abandoned its European alliance, leaving the firm on the hunt for a new Paris partner.

Barclays

High Court to decide if Barclays colluded with Dewey over capital loans

4-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The High Court will examine whether banking giant Barclays colluded with the now defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf to induce partners to take out individual loans to keep the firm afloat.

Battle

The LCIA: New rules and new frontiers

19-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

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

Manchester

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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Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

24-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.

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Clifford Chance prioritises finance and Asia in 21-strong promo round

23-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance has made up 21 partners, one more than the year before, with one third of its promotions based in Asia.

Royal Courts of Justice

Tchenguiz ordered to pay £2.5m security for costs in SFO battle

23-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The High Court has ordered the investment vehicle R20 owned by Robert Tchenguiz to surrender £2.5m by way of security for costs after the company’s sudden decision to chop its claim against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) by £1.2m.

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Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

24-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.

Battle

Eight firms line up against Osborne Clarke over £3.3m Savile compensation scheme

23-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Eight firms including Slater & Gordon, Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen are gearing up to battle Osborne Clarke over claims for compensation from the £3.3m estate of former TV presenter Jimmy Savile. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

24-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.

SuperGroup

KWMSJB wins spot on SuperGroup panel as part of ongoing review

15-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has been appointed by SuperGroup, the corporate group behind the Superdry brand, to handle its continental European real estate matters, as part of a wider review of the fashion group’s external advisers.

New York

Brown Rudnick pulls half of first-year associate offers as London set to expand

22-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Brown Rudnick has pulled offers from half of the associates set to join the firm in the autumn, a move that comes weeks after it announced plans to bolster its London IP team.

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FFW announces reduced promo round as two partners exit

11-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Field Fisher Waterhouse has witnessed the departure of two further partners from its IP practice.

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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.

London

Hundreds of firms face closure after failing to secure insurance

13-Dec-2013 | By Jonathan Ames

More than 5 per cent of firms are facing forced closure by the SRA after failing to find insurance cover, risk experts claim, amid fears that practising certificate fees could jump to deal with rising intervention costs.

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Film and TV US firm SmithDehn opens up in Northern Ireland after HBO media course launch

23-Apr-2014 | By Lucy Burton

US entertainment firm SmithDehn has opened in Northern Ireland, months after it kicked off a media law course in the region with client HBO. 

Paris

Olswang picks up former Linklaters TMT head in Paris

19-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Olswang has bolstered its Brussels and Paris offices with the hire of former Linklaters TMT head Sylvie Rousseau. 

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CoA dismisses silk VAT appeal but criticises judge's handling of the case

10-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A senior criminal judge has been criticised over his handling of a trial last year, which led to the conviction of former 39 Essex Street barrister Rohan Pershad QC.

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Eversheds joins cash-call rush following HMRC crackdown

9-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Eversheds has become the latest to issue a cash call to its 164 fixed-share partners following HMRC’s crackdown on partnership tax.

Singapore

Wikborg Rein and Pan Asia Law end Singapore alliance

22-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein’s five-year formal law alliance with Singaporean firm Pan Asia Law has come to an end.

Singapore

HFW becomes first UK firm to relocate leader to Asia as senior partner moves to Singapore

10-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) senior partner Richard Crump has relocated permanently to Singapore in a move that underlines the firm’s ambitious plans to grow its Asia practice.

London

Bumper promotion round for Slaughters with seven made up in London

19-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May has made up seven associates to partner in this year’s promotions round – the highest number of promotions in more than six years.

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Bourtzalas becomes second partner to quit Ashurst’s Brussels office in a month

6-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Competition and EU partner Efthymios Bourtzalas has quit Ashurst’s Brussels outpost, just weeks after the exit of renowned partner Julian Ellison from the same group.

Supreme court

Liquidators of Madoff fund receive Privy Council blow in key ruling

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The liquidators of Bernard L. Madoff feeder fund Fairfield Sentry, represented by British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare and Macfarlanes, have lost two key points before the Privy Council in an important judgment.

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FFW hires finance partner Abbott from Simmons & Simmons

12-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Field Fisher Waterhouse has further bulked up its finance group with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Philip Abbott.