Clifford Chance braces itself for professional negligence claim from Excalibur funders

4-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Third-party litigation funders who bankrolled the $1.6bn claim brought by Clifford Chance client Excalibur Ventures are gearing up to bring a professional negligence claim against the firm, following defeat in the High Court last year.

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Stephenson Harwood taps Clyde & Co for China energy hire

27-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Clyde & Co has lost the chief representative of its fledgling Beijing office to Stephenson Harwood in a boost to the latter’s energy and resources group.

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Baker Botts and Davis Polk among US giants to advise on Halliburton’s $34.6bn merger with Baker Hughes

18-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A raft of US firms has lined up to advise on Halliburton’s $34.6bn stock and cash takeover of key competitor Baker Hughes.

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EDF Energy overhauls in-house career progression to mirror private practice

18-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

EDF Energy has overhauled the career progression structure in its in-house team in order to mirror private practice, prompted by demand from its in-house lawyers.


Norton Rose Fulbright energy head homes in on APAC with Sydney move

10-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global energy practice is relocating from London to Sydney to focus on transactions in the Asia Pacific region.


Willkie picks Houston to set up first new US office in over 30 years

4-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has announced plans to open its first US office in over 30 years in Houston, Texas.


Orrick and Withers lose at High Court as Excalibur funders forced to pay £23m costs

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The explosive $1.6bn oil row between Excalibur Ventures and Texas and Gulf Keystone took a new turn yesterday (23 October) when the High Court ruled the third-party funders backing the case were liable for indemnity costs.


Drax to replace UK legal head after two-year gap

22-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure.


Dentons biggest winner as Ofgem E-Serve panel extended for two years

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Ofgem has extended its panel for another two years, giving Burges Salmon, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro and Pinsent Masons along with nine other firms a further term as its advisers. 

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Romania legal update: September-October 2014 download

Maravela & Asociatii 19-Dec-2014

Maravela’s newsletter sets out the main amendments and news pertaining to enactments and case law for Romania, September – October 2014. Contents: Agriculture Competition Energy and natural resources Regulatory and compliance Tax Click on the link below to read the rest of the Maravela briefing.

South Africa Energy Update: The Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill download subscription

Dentons 19-Dec-2014

The South African government has intends to move away from bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and to protect foreign investors by means of national legislation instead.

Do you have to be reasonable when exercising a contractual discretion? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 19-Dec-2014

This is a question that the courts have been asked to consider several times over the last few years and has been raised again in the case of Bluewater Energy Services BV v Mercon Steel Structures BV.

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Briefing live: Romania

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country


Special report: Norway - After the oil

29-Sep-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slow growth in the eurozone along with crises in the Middle East and Ukraine are beginning to be a drag on Norway’s richest sector – energy

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Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all


Special report: Canada – The long trail

4-Aug-2014 | By Lucy Burton

A&O is the first magic circle firm to tiptoe into Canada but despite the strong economy, there is good reason why local players are not expecting a stampede 


East Africa: Triumvirate of power

23-Jun-2014 | By Joanne Harris

East Africa is a buoyant and increasingly integrated region, with oil and gas driving its future. Meanwhile, a liberalised legal market is emerging

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Nigel Knowles

Resolving the fracking rift is within our reach


If shale gas can cut the UK’s energy dependence, we must jump hurdles to do it.

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