Corporate

Hong Kong

Norton Rose Fulbright adds K&L Gates partner to Hong Kong base

2-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has added K&L Gates partner David Johnson to its Hong Kong office, two years after he joined the US firm from Allen & Overy.

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Clifford Chance sees another German partner departure as Stengel quits for Milbank

2-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance has lost its third corporate partner from Germany in a month with the news that former German corporate head Arndt Stengel is leaving for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Frankfurt office.

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Employment

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Looking to Europe: A closer look at Fieldfisher's flurry of lateral hires

4-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has cast a wide net to snare lateral hires in Europe, but what is its strategy on the continent?

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BLP elects employment head Lisa Mayhew as managing partner

3-Feb-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners have elected head of employment Lisa Mayhew as managing partner effective 1 May. 

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Financial Services

London

Arle Carpital general counsel Price exits to join Tullett Prebon

24-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Tullett Prebon has hired Arle Capital general counsel Philip Price as its new group general counsel and global compliance head.

London

Dentons, HSF, KWM and Slaughters among eight firms to win FSCS panel spots

6-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has revealed its new legal panel, worth £12m over the next three years.

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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

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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Withers enters formal alliance with Singapore firm KhattarWong in bid to grow Asia revenue

4-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Withers has agreed a formal alliance with Singapore-based firm Khattar Wong as part of its strategy to expand in Asia.

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Fraud and Crime

Law Society

Law Society wins right to appeal against criminal legal aid ruling

27-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has granted permission for the Law Society to challenge a recent High Court decision over Government reforms to the criminal legal aid regime.

Law Society

Law Society and LCCSA lose judicial review into criminal legal aid reforms

18-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Law Society is taking its fight over Government cuts to criminal legal aid to the Court of Appeal after the High Court threw out a judicial review into criminal legal aid contracts.

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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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Regulatory and Compliance

Battle

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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London

Olswang CEO elections still months away as firm searches for candidates

19-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

It has emerged that Olswang is unlikely to hold elections to replace its former chief executive David Stewart until the second half of this year.

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Herbies trainee network good, but not enough

16-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Herbies’ well-meaning attempt to retain female high-flyers is unlikely to work.

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Litigation

Law Society

Law Society wins right to appeal against criminal legal aid ruling

27-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has granted permission for the Law Society to challenge a recent High Court decision over Government reforms to the criminal legal aid regime.

Court

Hogan Lovells secures Court of Appeal victory in 'Putin's banker' case

27-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Hogan Lovells and Erskine Chambers have secured a Court of Appeal (CoA) judgment requiring Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev to disclose information about discretionary trusts established in New Zealand, setting a precedent in cases involving freezing orders.

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Real Estate

London

BLP, Nabarro and Herbies among key advisers on £770m deal to kick-start stalled Pinnacle development

23-Feb-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DAC Beachcroft (DACB), Nabarro, Macfarlanes, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Linklaters have played key roles in the £770m sovereign wealth deal expected to resurrect the Pinnacle at 22-24 Bishopsgate.

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MacRoberts builds up construction and real estate team with four DWF partners

18-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Scottish firm Macroberts has hired a four-strong team of partners from DWF to expand its construction and real estate practice.

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Intellectual Property

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Olswang hires four-strong Winston & Strawn IP team and promotes corporate head

24-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang has hired a four-strong IP team from US firm Winston & Strawn to join its London office and has promoted senior corporate TMT partner Mark Bertram to head of corporate.

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Brown Rudnick on point as World Health Organisation mandates use of non-reusable syringes

24-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Brown Rudnick European IP head Alexander Carter-Silk has been advising the inventor of non-reusable syringes as the life-saving invention receives World Health Organisation (WHO) backing.

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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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Sidley Austin partner brings StreetMap antitrust case against Google to Preiskel & Co

26-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sidley Austin partner Tim Cowen has joined technology, media and telecoms (TMT) boutique Preiskel & Co as an equity partner.

Court

Blackstone links up with Ofcom for Big Fat Gypsy Wedding success in High Court

20-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Blackstone Chambers has successfully defended Ofcom against a claim brought by Travellers Movement alleging that Channel 4 programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding portrayed travellers in an “unfair and racially stereotypical way”.

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Tax

HMRC

Pinsent Masons granted permission to battle HMRC's tax powers in judicial review

10-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Pinsent Masons has won permission to bring a judicial review of HMRC’s use of accelerated payment notices (APNs) against its group action client, members of Ingenious Media’s film partnerships scheme.

Melbourne

Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

22-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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Merchant Navy Pension Fund funding regime approved in landmark judgment

25-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The High Court has approved a funding regime proposed by Mayer Brown client, the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund (MNRPF), in a landmark judgment which ends a case spanning more than a decade.

Hungary

Shoosmiths back in the driving seat for Mercedes-Benz after five-year hiatus

24-Feb-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Shoosmiths has been appointed to a new Mercedes-Benz UK panel alongside Nabarro after dropping off the roster in 2009.

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Competition

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Sidley Austin partner brings StreetMap antitrust case against Google to Preiskel & Co

26-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sidley Austin partner Tim Cowen has joined technology, media and telecoms (TMT) boutique Preiskel & Co as an equity partner.

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BLP lawyer joins competition boutique Hausfeld in mass litigation hiring spree

18-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate Ed Coulson has joined claimant litigation firm Hausfeld as a partner in its London office bringing its European partner head count to six.

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Funds

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.

London

Ireland's Arthur Cox hires Source general counsel for London office

4-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Irish firm Arthur Cox has appointed the general counsel of exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Source, Adrian Mulryan, as a partner in its London funds team.

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Information Technology

San Francisco

Cooley’s revenue rocketed by 19 per cent to $802m in 2014 prior to City launch

11-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Cooley has announced a 19 per cent increase in revenue for the 2014 financial year, with turnover growing from $674m to $802m (£524.5m).

Berlin

MoFo boosts Berlin with data protection hires from De Brauw

2-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has turned to De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for the hire of two data protection lawyers, including the Dutch firm’s global data privacy chair Lokke Moerel.

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