Corporate

Stock exchange

BLP, DLA and Linklaters advise on Prairie Mining’s triple listing

4-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DLA Piper and Linklaters have all advised Prairie Mining Limited on its listings to the main market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE).

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Olswang’s Carpanini to join Dorsey & Whitney for PE practice push

2-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne, Natasha Bernal

Olswang partner Fabrizio Carpanini is set to join US outfit Dorsey & Whitney to launch the firm’s private equity practice in London.

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Employment

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Bird & Bird adds Asia employment partner in London

1-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Bird & Bird has appointed former DLA Piper Asia Pacific and London head of employment Pattie Walsh as a partner in London.

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GMB hires Leigh Day for employment action against Uber

29-Jul-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Transport workers’ union the GMB has instructed Leigh Day to bring an employment claim against taxi-booking service Uber, arguing that it is in breach of a duty to provide drivers with basic employment rights.

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Financial Services

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Co-operative Bank launches 11-firm inaugural panel

2-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Co-operative Bank has launched its first legal panel since its split from parent company the Co-Op Group in 2013, appointing 11 firms to the roster.

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Standard Chartered hands GC extra power in management shake-up

21-Jul-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Standard Chartered’s new chief executive Bill Winters has announced a “realignment” of the bank’s compliance and legal capabilities, handing group general counsel David Fein responsibility for corporate secretariat issues.

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Human Rights

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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.

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Ex-Leeds Utd director Haigh's human trafficking claims dismissed

15-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

A magistrate has dismissed ex-Leeds United Football Club managing director David Haigh’s claims of human trafficking against his former employers and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray.

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Private Client

London

Farrers launches firmwide three-year strategy for growth

3-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Farrer & Co has unveiled its three-year strategy, as the independent firm plans to expand its offering with the introduction of a child protection unit and provisions to help new foreign clients.

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Gordons quartet leave to start private client boutique

31-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A team of private client lawyers from Leeds based firm Gordons has split away from the firm to set up a private law boutique.

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Fraud and Crime

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FIFA probe: Maples & Calder associate takes over as Cayman FA head from Jeffrey Webb

5-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) has replaced its former president Jeffrey Webb with an associate from Maples and Calder.

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.

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Insolvency and Restructuring

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TWM picks up McClures partner for new London base

3-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

South-East firm TWM Solicitors has become the latest to hire a partner from collapsed Scottish outfit McClure Naismith, hiring Mark Parkhouse as head of insolvency.

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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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Regulatory and Compliance

Money

Which US firm is for you? This year's International Top 30 offers some clues

28-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

With moves between US firms rocketing in the first half of 2015, The Lawyer’s Top 30 International Firms in London report reveals the most coveted firms to join and those losing out in the war for talent in London.

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Lawyers' billable hours donations for refugees reach £50k - and climbing

4-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

11KBW silk Sean Jones has launched an appeal asking lawyers to donate a billable hour to support Save the Children’s work for refugees.

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Blake Morgan’s Cha: We’re sharpening our offering

4-Sep-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Ten months in, and while the financials may be unimpressive, Blake Morgan’s Mr Merger is staying upbeat.

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Litigation

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Jenner & Block picks up White & Case partner as first lateral in the UK

2-Sep-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Jenner & Block has hired White & Case partner Charlie Lightfoot as its first lateral hire in London after launching an office earlier this year.

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Ex-GFH Capital general counsel Haigh sentenced to two years in jail in Dubai

2-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Ex-Leeds United and GFH Capital general counsel David Haigh has been found guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust in Dubai and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

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Real Estate

London Southbank

BLP, Clifford Chance and Taylor Wessing among firms acting on £550m Shell Centre redevelopment

18-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance and Taylor Wessing were among a lineup of five firms that advised on the largest property deal ever completed on London’s South Bank, the £550m Shell Centre redevelopment by Centrepoint owner Almacantar.

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Prudential set to announce new legal panel

14-Aug-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Financial services giant Prudential is currently in the process of reviewing its legal panel with the line-up set to be announced imminently.

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Intellectual Property

London

Mintz Levin cuts back on European patent prosecution after string of departures

10-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is scaling back its UK presence by no longer conducting European patent prosecution from its London office. 

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Fish & Richardson hooks Olswang Munich IP team

6-Aug-2015 | By Joanne Harris

US IP and litigation specialist Fish & Richardson has hired a team of five from Olswang’s Munich office including Herbert Kunz, head of the UK firm’s IP patent prosecution team.

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Media, Entertainment and Sport

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Freshfields, Macfarlanes and Pedersoli lead on Pearson's £469m sale of The Economist

12-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Macfarlanes and Italian firm Pedersoli have scooped top roles on Pearson’s £469m sale of a stake in the Economist Group, less than a month after the publisher sold the Financial Times. 

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Google turns to Cleary as it creates new Alphabet company

11-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has won the top role advising on Google’s corporate reorganisation and the creation of a new parent company called Alphabet. 

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Tax

London

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.

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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.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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Highways England to expand in-house team after DfT separation

24-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Highways England is looking to grow its in-house legal team over 2015, after the government agency was separated from its parent department the Department for Transport (DfT) in April. 

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Hitachi Rail Europe to boost in-house capability with first GC

20-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Hitachi Rail Europe is to hire its first ever general counsel, less than a year after the company revealed which firms had won places on its inaugural legal panel.

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Competition

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Clifford Chance instructed by Pfizer on CMA competition law row

7-Aug-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clifford Chance is advising pharmaceutical company Pfizer on allegations made by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that it charged “excessive” prices for an anti-epilepsy drug.

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CMA promotes Wilkie to director of Cartel and Criminal Group

6-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Deborah Wilkie to the newly created role of director of Civil Cartel Enforcement.

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Funds

London

Mishcon loses co-head of funds and financial services to O’Melveny

28-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Mishcon de Reya co-head of funds and financial services group Eve Ellis is set to join O’Melveny & Myers in London.

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Morgan Lewis takes DLA Piper funds head in London

16-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired DLA Piper’s London head of investment funds Gawain Hughes, as the firm continues to grow in London.

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Information Technology

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Intertek appoints interim legal head to replace Williams

18-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Listed testing equipment group Intertek has appointed Joel Hanson as interim head of legal, as the company looks to announce a permanent replacement for outgoing chief Dan Williams.

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A&O, Covington and Latham advise Carlyle Group in $8bn purchase of Veritas

12-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A host of US and UK firms have scooped top roles on one of this year’s largest private equity takeovers of a technology company, as co-investors Carlyle Group and GIC agreed to acquire Veritas from Symantec for $8bn. 

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