Corporate

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Simmons' turnover up 8 per cent to £140m at half year

25-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Simmons & Simmons has boosted revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year compared to the same period in 2013/14, bringing in revenues of over £140m. 

Linklaters

Linklaters warms up to lockstep flexing as part of US plan

25-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A high-level source at Linklaters has said the firm could flex lockstep in the future as a way of building up its US practice, marking a key attitude shift within the firm.

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Employment

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Minster Law and Thompsons secure holiday payout for workers in EAT case

5-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Employees represented by lawyers from Minster Law and Thompsons have secured a groundbreaking Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision over whether pay for overtime should be including in holiday pay.

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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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Financial Services

London

Travers Smith appoints Kirkland partner Biggs in first lateral hire since 2011

17-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Travers Smith has hired Kirkland & Ellis financial services partner Stephanie Biggs - the firm’s first lateral partner hire in nearly four years.

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Bird & Bird replaced by Fladgate on £4bn RBS shareholder case after fees row

17-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Bird & Bird has been replaced by Fladgate on the £4bn battle between the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and shareholders over a 2008 £12bn rights issue amid disagreements over fees.

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Human Rights

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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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Private Client

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Irwin Mitchell acquires Mayfair-based Berkeley Law

6-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell has acquired Mayfair based private wealth specialists Berkeley Law in a bid to gain ground in London.

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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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Fraud and Crime

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Gibraltar court throws out Marrache appeals, reveals jury 'tampering' details

18-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Gibraltar Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed down a judgment throwing out the Marrache’s brothers’ appeals against conviction and sentencing for fraud, ruling that judge Mr Justice Grigson acted correctly throughout the lengthy and “unique” case.

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HMRC cranks up the heat on law firms with increase in disclosure notices

17-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

HMRC has doubled down on accountancy and law firms, issuing 1,502 disclosure notices in the last year for information on clients that are subject to criminal tax investigations.

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Insolvency and Restructuring

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Collyer Bristow settles Rangers fight for £24m

21-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Collyer Bristow has settled its dispute with Scottish football club Rangers for £24m, bringing an end to the long-running litigation over fees the firm was paid following a controversial 2011 takeover. 

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Marrache liquidators sue Baker Tilly for £28m in bid to recoup lost client funds

20-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The liquidators of Gibraltar firm Marrache & Co are suing the local branch of accountancy firm Baker Tilly for negligence, breach of duty, conspiracy and dishonest assistance for audit advice given prior to Marrache’s collapse in 2010.

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Regulatory and Compliance

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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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Linklaters to vote on streamlining board in governance review

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters is to vote tomorrow (25 November) on sweeping changes to its international board (IB) which could result in a reduction of seats or change in function, but has ruled out a merger of the two senior boards.

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Eversheds partners vote to pursue US merger

20-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds partners have voted overwhelmingly in favour of pursuing a US merger, with 90 per cent getting behind the plan.

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Litigation

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Bird & Bird and Dechert saddle up for Assos v ASOS trademark battle

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Bird & Bird is representing Assos, the Swiss company responsible for the first ever lycra cycling shorts, in a Court of Appeal (CoA) case against online retailer ASOS.

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Stewarts Law lines up against Freshfields for Tesco shareholder fight

25-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Stewarts Law are gearing up for a shareholder battle brought against Tesco following its first-half £250m profit overstatement in September this year. 

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Real Estate

London

Nabarro and Goodwin Procter advises on acquisition of Telegraph Media HQ

19-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Nabarro and Goodwin Procter were key advisers on the £204.3m purchase of assets including Telegraph Media Group’s London headquarters by Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate from Kish Holdings. 

London

King & Wood Mallesons picks up Eversheds trio to build structured real estate team

14-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has hired former Eversheds London managing partner Cornelius Medvei, along with two of the firm’s structured real estate partners.

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Intellectual Property

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Bird & Bird and Dechert saddle up for Assos v ASOS trademark battle

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Bird & Bird is representing Assos, the Swiss company responsible for the first ever lycra cycling shorts, in a Court of Appeal (CoA) case against online retailer ASOS.

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​Adidas IP GC Behean kicks off new role at IP boutique Sipara

20-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Adidas group IP general counsel Tim Behean has moved to a new role in private practice as a director for IP boutique Sipara.

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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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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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Media, Entertainment and Sport

RSC

Taming of the panel: RSC names Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve on first roster

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has named Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve as its inaugural panel firms, beating shortlisted Freeths and Wright Hassall to the roster.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher reports 9 per cent revenue rise at half year as it eyes Dutch launch

21-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has recorded a revenue of £54.3m for the first six months of the 2014/15 financial year.

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Tax

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HMRC cranks up the heat on law firms with increase in disclosure notices

17-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

HMRC has doubled down on accountancy and law firms, issuing 1,502 disclosure notices in the last year for information on clients that are subject to criminal tax investigations.

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Eversheds appoints new London tax head

7-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds has appointed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate tax partner Cathryn Vanderspar as its new London tax head following the departure of Clive Jones.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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Pérez-Llorca wins Spanish airport IPO deal with €1 fee

21-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Spanish firm Pérez-Llorca has secured the instruction to advise the Spanish airport operator Aena (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) on its upcoming flotation for a fee of just €1.

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Ince & Co picks new management team as senior partner Wilson steps down

11-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Ince & Co’s international senior partner James Wilson is to step down in January 2015 after two terms in office in favour of Hamburg managing partner Jan Heuvels.

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Competition

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Seyfarth takes four litigation partners on board as Bingham exodus begins

24-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Seyfarth Shaw has scored four litigation partners from Bingham McCutchen, in the first known group lateral move from the 80 partners left by Morgan Lewis & Bockius at the ailing firm.

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Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Linklaters all on CMA bank probe

11-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Ashurst have all won roles for the UK’s big four retail banks currently at the centre of a major Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) probe launched last week.

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Funds

Luxembourg

Simmons expands into Luxembourg with five-partner office

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry.

London

CVC swaps Perris to Credit Partners, promotes legal director

13-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

CVC Capital Partners general counsel Richard Perris is swapping roles to head the legal department at sister company CVC Credit Partners.

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Information Technology

RBS

Clifford Chance advises as RBS waits for latest FCA fine

19-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as it prepares for another round of fines from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), this time in relation to a 2012 IT meltdown.

India

Osborne Clarke's latest frontier: can it make India work?

3-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke has signed a relationship deal with new Indian firm BTG Legal, led by its former India group head Prashant Mara.

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