Pinsent Masons has advised energy company Total, as it sold £585m worth of North Sea midstream assets to North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP), represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shepherd & Wedderburn.
Baker Botts, Cravath and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher have all advised on oilfield services company Schlumberger’s $14.8bn purchase of equipment provider Cameron.
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.
DLA Piper has appointed Sandra Wallace as its UK managing partner to take over from Mark O’Conor on 1 August.
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.
Lloyds Bank has hired ex-Barclays head of legal for corporate banking Joanna Carver as general counsel for commercial banking.
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.
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.
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.
A team of private client lawyers from Leeds based firm Gordons has split away from the firm to set up a private law boutique.
Fraud and Crime
The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) has replaced its former president Jeffrey Webb with an associate from Maples and Calder.
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.
Insolvency and Restructuring
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.
Stephenson Harwood has picked up over £6m in legal fees, after it was involved in the three-year long liquidation of Rangers Football Club.
Regulatory and Compliance
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.
Slater & Gordon has announced that group revenue has soared 27 per cent from A$411.1m to A$521.9m (£242.9m) for the 2014/15 financial year.
Former Ashurst head Charlie Geffen oozes confidence about the prospects for building his City corporate finance team.
Tesco has instructed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to defend it against a number of shareholder group claims set to hit the London courts next year, The Lawyer understands.
Environmental charity WWF and the Angling Trust have turned to Matrix Chambers to bring a judicial review against the Government over its failure to protect English waterways from agricultural pollution.
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.
Financial services giant Prudential is currently in the process of reviewing its legal panel with the line-up set to be announced imminently.
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is scaling back its UK presence by no longer conducting European patent prosecution from its London office.
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.
Media, Entertainment and Sport
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.
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.
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.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted 83 lawyers to partner across the firm, with female associates representing 40 per cent of this year’s round.
Shipping, Aviation and Logistics
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.
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.
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.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Deborah Wilkie to the newly created role of director of Civil Cartel Enforcement.
Mishcon de Reya co-head of funds and financial services group Eve Ellis is set to join O’Melveny & Myers in London.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired DLA Piper’s London head of investment funds Gawain Hughes, as the firm continues to grow in London.
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.
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.