ITV

Freshfields and HSF advise on Liberty Global’s £481m stake in ITV

21-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills have advised on the sale of British Sky Broadcasting’s (BSkyB) minority stake in ITV to Liberty Global.

Co-op

Hogan Lovells and Addleshaws advise on £620m sale of Co-op Pharmacy

21-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Hogan Lovells and Addleshaw Goddard are among the firms to win key roles on Bestway’s acquisition of The Co-operative Group’s 774-branch pharmacy chain.

British Library

British Library turns to Mills & Reeve and Veale Wasbrough for employment advice

7-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Mills & Reeve and Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) are to give employment advice to the British Library after winning a mini-tender run by the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC).

London

Trio of City boutiques team up with Buzzacott to launch professional advisory service

3-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Boutique firms CM Murray, Hierons and Maurice Turnor Gardner have joined forces with chartered accountants Buzzacott to go to market as a one-stop-shop for professional practices.

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Ashurst to rejig Glasgow support offering with introduction of qualified lawyers

16-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Ashurst’s low-cost support base in Scotland is to rejig its business model by adding at least two qualified lawyers to the office by the end of the year. 

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Watson Farley & Williams' turnover rises by 14.6 per cent to £117m

2-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) increased its revenue in 2013/14 by 14.6 per cent last year, resulting in a jump in revenue from £102.1m to £117m.

women

Gender targets are trendy, but they are also essential

9-Jun-2014 | By Katy Dowell

More power to gender diversity initiatives, as Linklaters gets on board

Speechly Bircham

Charles Russell and Speechly partners vote today on £126m merger

16-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell partners are going to the polls today (16 July), to cast their votes on their potential £126m merger between the firms.

Kevin Gold

Mishcon prepares to move London HQ to Aldwych as firm launches Mayfair Private

11-Jun-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Mishcon de Reya is gearing up for a move out of its Red Lion Square headquarters and up the road to the Grade II listed Africa House on London’s Kingsway.

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Coulson's lawyer Rickards exits DLA Piper for Kingsley Napley

15-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DLA Piper white-collar corporate crime partner Jo Rickards, who represented former News of the World (NotW) editor Andy Coulson in the recent phone-hacking trial, is leaving the firm to join Kingsley Napley.

Gibralter

Gibraltar lawyers jailed over £40m client money scam

9-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Three brothers who ran one of Gibraltar’s largest law firms were jailed last week for fraud, four years after their firm, Marrache & Co, was put into liquidation.

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DLA Piper Italy partner caught up in corruption probe

25-Jun-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A partner in DLA Piper’s Milan office is facing trial on corruption charges related to Milan’s hosting of next year’s ‘Expo 2015’ world fair.

Gibralter

Gibraltar lawyers jailed over £40m client money scam

9-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Three brothers who ran one of Gibraltar’s largest law firms were jailed last week for fraud, four years after their firm, Marrache & Co, was put into liquidation.

Speechly

Speechly loses IP and corporate recovery heads as merger vote nears

22-May-2014 | By Joanne Harris, Lucy Burton

Speechly Bircham’s head of intellectual property (IP) Alexander Carter-Silk has quit for Brown Rudnick, while its corporate recovery chief Christopher Harlowe has resigned for offshore firm Mourant Ozannes. 

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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Money

Landmark Chambers' revenue rises 21 per cent to £32.5m

15-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Landmark Chambers’ barristers boosted their combined fee income by 21 per cent over the 2013/14 financial year, from £26.3m at the end of 2012/13 to £32.5m.

Linklaters

Linklaters' turnover hits £1.255bn, PEP up 5.9% to £1.39m

8-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has returned to its strongest revenue position in five years after boosting turnover to £1.255bn for the 2013/14 financial year, up 5 per cent from £1.195bn.

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Temple Bright takes Nabarro group to launch energy team

1-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

South West firm Temple Bright has scooped a three-lawyer team from Nabarro to launch an energy and climate change practice. 

court

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers suffers fifth exit in three months after Devereux raid

22-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers (GITC) has seen three silks walk out in the last three months, with Devereux becoming the latest to add a member from the set.

High Court

Billionaire oligarch switches from Sidley to HSF for mammoth hotel battle

21-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Naomi Campbell’s oligarch ex Vladislav Doronin has dropped Sidley Austin for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for the latest round of his High Court battle with his business partners.

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DLA Piper hires four construction lawyers from RPC

17-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper has added two partners and two associates from RPC to its real estate practice, including head of non-contentious construction and projects Stephen Malley.

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Dentons tempts Zizzi back from Clifford Chance for Bucharest boost

17-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance Bucharest partner Perry Zizzi has rejoined Dentons, almost seven years after quitting legacy Salans for the magic circle firm.

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NautaDutilh mourns loss of partner killed in Malaysia Airlines crash

21-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Benelux firm NautaDutilh has paid tribute to IP partner John Allen, who was killed with his family in the flight MH17 plane crash last week.

Indonesia

Bird & Bird joins Indonesia race with double allies

25-Jun-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Bird & Bird has expanded its Pan-Asian alliance network by adding two Indonesian firms.

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.

Linked In

LinkedIn hires former Yahoo legal chief as its new general counsel

22-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

LinkedIn has hired former Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan to head the global professional networking site’s legal function.

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Former Times legal chief Brett to appeal SDT suspension

16-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of legal at The Times, Alastair Brett, is to appear before the High Court next week in an appeal against his suspension from practice and costs of £30,000 imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last year.

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Paris

Fieldfisher hires three to grow its Paris partner tally to 16

11-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has added a trio of partners to its Parisian office, bulking up its competition, corporate and tax practices.

johannesburg south africa

Hogan Lovells snares ENS tax and China specialist

4-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Hogan Lovells has made its second South African lateral hire since its launch in the jurisdiction, picking up ENSafrica China group head Ernie Lai King.

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Bowman Gilfillan launches in Durban with maritime bolt-on

16-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

South African firm Bowman Gilfillan is strengthening its maritime expertise by merging with Durban shipping boutique Velden Pike Nichols.

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TfL in-house lawyers launch High Court case in Uber taxi row

13-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Transport for London’s (TfL) in-house lawyers have launched a court action in the row between black cab and Uber taxi drivers.

Paris

Fieldfisher hires three to grow its Paris partner tally to 16

11-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has added a trio of partners to its Parisian office, bulking up its competition, corporate and tax practices.

UK Supreme Court

BT in-house team beats KWM and Herbies in Supreme Court battle

9-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

British Telecommuncations’ (BT) in-house team has triumphed against King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in a Supreme Court battle over BT’s call charges to mobile operators.

London

Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith advise on P2PGI IPO

9-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith took key roles on the launch and flotation of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans business P2P Global Investments (P2PGI) on the London Stock Exchange’s main market.

London

US firm Katten Muchin creates London asset management group with double hire

19-May-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has created a dedicated City-based asset management group with the hire of two new partners.