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A recent memorandum provides a useful summary of how money judgments can be enforced between the DIFC Courts and the English Commercial Court.
A solicitor should not be subject to a non-party costs order for failing to obtain ATE insurance download
The court’s jurisdiction to make a NCPO against a solicitor who had acted under a CFA without the benefit of ATE insurance has been the subject of two recent Court of Appeal decisions.
ACH Shoosmiths has opened its new offices in the heart of Edinburgh’s business and financial district.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Omega Warrington Ltd on all recent occupancies at Omega North.
Addleshaw Goddard is increasing its capability across the Arabian Gulf and targeting further growth with the addition of a new office in Qatar.
Admiralty and maritime law is one of the most ancient of all bodies of law, with legal practice in this area deeply intertwined with marine transportation, international trade, international clearing, insurance and other related fields.
AIFM toolbox — May 2013 download
The AIFM toolbox aims to provide reader-friendly access to the EU legislation relating to AIFMD.
Nabarro has considered the practical implications of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) on businesses.
There was a sense of surprise when it was announced in April that the president of the UAE had passed a federal decree creating a financial free zone in Abu Dhabi.
Al Tamimi & Company has advised Al Noor Hospitals Group on a restructure to enable the group’s proposed listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Al Tamimi & Company has confirmed its participation at the third UAE-Korea Economic Partnership Forum.
Allen & Overy advises SINOPEC Engineering.
Allen & Overy’s antitrust partners will speak at Italy’s major annual conference on competition law and policy.
Allen & Overy’s Belgian tax practice has won the Belgium Tax Firm of the Year award at the International Tax Review European Awards.
Alternative investment funds: scope of implementation of the AIFM directive in national law download
The scope of the AIFM-D comprises the regulation of AIFM and the marketing of AIF within the EU to professional investors.
Andrew Carpenter has been appointed divisional managing partner for a newly created Addleshaw Goddard International Division.
We provide expert advice on the full range of international anti-corruption issues globally.
Anti-counterfeiting action in Kuwait download
Like many other jurisdictions in the Middle East, trade in counterfeit goods in Kuwait poses a significant challenge for brand owners.
Antitrust enforcement against abuse of IPRs and anti-competitive conduct in the high-technology sector — an update from China download
SAIC has held a meeting to obtain feedback on the latest draft of the IPR abuse regulation.
Our team advises asset managers, investment funds and institutional investors on all legal, regulatory and tax aspects of the asset management industry.
Having kept a watchful eye on mobile privacy trends in the US, it comes as no surprise that the OAIC has now focused on privacy compliance in respect of apps and the mobile environment.
Australian gaming machine reforms download
The Parliament of South Australia has introduced the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013, which sets out reforms to gaming machine laws under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (SA).
Interpretative decision will have implications for all entities that buy or sell tenanted commercial premises.
Recently, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in Resource Capital Fund III LP v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 363 (RCF).
Contracting authorities will need to carefully plan their strategies when considering if and when to make an application to lift an automatic suspension.
Awards of damages in three recent cases provide powerful ammunition for insurers when seeking to reduce their claims exposure.
With more than 1,000 lawyers worldwide, we have one of the largest and most international teams of banking and finance lawyers of any global law firm.
The May 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Banking Matters publication is available now.
The BDR Waste PFI — on which Walker Morris advised — has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project’ at the national Partnership Awards.
In this briefing, we look at the issues raised by Venulum Property Investments Ltd v Space Architecture Ltd.
A new package of measures (Twin Peaks II) is aimed at increasing consumer protection and strengthening the powers of the Belgian financial supervisor.
The Belgian government has decided to modernise its legislation on arbitration.
Addleshaw Goddard has expanded its London corporate team with the appointment of financial services transactions specialist Ben Koehne from Allen & Overy.
Henning Berg’s recent ‘win’ in claiming £2.25m compensation from Blackburn Rovers was a concerning insight into corporate governance within that club.
The draft law governs the organisation and functioning of the natural gas sector.
Brazil lowers requirements for 90-day visas for technology transfer and technical assistance download
Brazil has lowered the requirements to obtain a 90-day temporary visa for workers entering the country to provide technical assistance and to transfer technology.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on ‘bring your own device’.
The 2013–14 Budget contains significant changes to the Australian taxation system to address revenue shortfalls and to seek to fund spending promises.
The creation of applications offering intuitive user-driven data analysis focused on providing efficient and cost-effective client management are the primary goals for most law firms today.
On 30 April 2013, new regulations came into force, simplifying the process for private companies to buy back their own shares.
Taylor Wessing has released the May 2013 edition of its Cambridge Technology and Life Sciences Update.
With more than 450 lawyers worldwide, we have one of the largest and most international teams of capital markets lawyers of any global law firm.
Carbon Matters — spring 2013 download
DLA Piper has released the spring 2013 edition of Carbon Matters, the climate change supplement to SHE Matters.
Chadbourne & Parke has acted as counsel to lenders and Korean export credit agencies in the closing of project finance debt facilities for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.
Chadbourne & Parke has represented FOVISSSTE in the successful placing of its 15th mortgage loan portfolio securitisation.
Chadbourne & Parke has represented investors in Burger King’s expansion plans in Germany.
The expertise of Mourant Ozannes’ property teams in Guernsey and Jersey has been recognised with the highest rankings from industry directory Chambers Europe.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
The Code Committee of the Takeover Panel has published its response statement (RS 2012/3) to its consultation Companies subject to the Takeover Code (PCP 2012/3).
The April 2013 issue of King & Wood Mallesons’ China Bulletin is available now.
Many local authorities have come to appreciate the particular financial dynamics of large strategic sites.
On 6 May 2013, the ACCC released the updated draft authorisation guidelines.
Complying with the NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No 2) Regulations 2013 ('Commissioning Regulations')
Requirements for NHS commissioning and procurement strategy.
Consent payments: are they lawful? download
Are ‘payments’ offered to loan note holders to encourage their consent to documentation changes allowed?
Time is a fundamentally important consideration in every construction and engineering project. There is always a focus on ensuring that completion occurs on time.
Consultants could find themselves liable for a diminution of market value in a property when facing a breach of contract claim as a result of a recent decision.
The DFE has published updated Land Transfer Advice
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised AerCap Holdings NV in connection with an amendment and upsize of its revolving warehouse facility.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Alliance Oil Company Ltd on a $500m offering of Eurobonds (7.000 per cent guaranteed notes due 2020).
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Allstate on a $350m catastrophe bond deal.
Conyers establishes insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda law advice to AXIS Capital Holdings on its offering of $200m of its 5.5 per cent Series D preferred shares.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised ING Bank, and other banks and lenders, in relation to the establishment of a senior-secured $1.45bn credit facility.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Claire McConway has advised Sberbank of Russia on the Bermuda law aspects of a $3.2bn loan to Altimo Coöperatief.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided British Virgin Islands advice to State Grid Corporation of China.
Allen & Overy’s corporate and M&A practice has an exceptional track record in every sector and particular strengths in highly regulated industries.
Dacheng’s Corporate Finance and Capital Markets practice is one of its core practice areas.
We provide general company and compliance advice to our corporate clients on the legal issues that most regularly impact upon their businesses.
The TUC, Unison and UNITE have formed the Trade Union Share Owners group.
Walker Morris has advised Branded3’s co-founders on its acquisition by St Ives plc.
Walker Morris has released the May 2013 edition of Corporate Matters.
The Court of Appeal has allowed Novartis’s application for a preliminary injunction against Hospira.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the English court has cross-border non-infringement jurisdiction.
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal to strike out parts of a breach of confidence damages claim.
SFC test cases — such as SFC v Tiger Asia — have sought to use section 213 of the SFO as a third route of market misconduct enforcement.
The government has launched a consultation on how it can provide support to the visual effects industry.
Criminal defence has traditionally been an area of strength for Dacheng.
Addleshaw Goddard’s latest Data & Information E-Alert is available now. Topics include cyber security and freedom of information.
The 3 May 2013 edition of Addleshaw Goddard’s Data & Information E-Alerts publication is available now.
Addleshaw Goddard has released its Data and Information E-Alert dated 14 May 2013.
Addleshaw Goddard has released a Data and Information E-Alert dated 23 May 2013.
Addleshaw Goddard has released its Data and Information E-Alert dated 30 May 2013.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
Welcome to the May edition of Stephenson Harwood’s Data Protection Update, a monthly bulletin on key developments in data protection law.
It is anyone’s guess how many vexatious employment tribunal litigants there are. Their prevalence has been used to justify the planned introduction of tribunal fees.
The debt capital market continues to come to terms with the requirements of the new Prospectus Directive (PD) regime.
Murray & another v Neil Dowlman Architecture Limited provides some early guidance on the revision of costs budgets.
The Defamation Act 2013 was enacted on 25 April 2013. This note discusses the likely practical implications of the act.
In this article, Al Tamimi outlines Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 concerning the combating of information technology crimes.
During the past year, Shoosmiths has outlined some of the changes proposed by the government in relation to directors’ remuneration.
Hogan Lovells has released the 13 May edition of Employment News.
Employers need to consider whether they can offer a disabled employee reduced working hours as a reasonable adjustment before dismissing them.
The DBS will launch a live ‘update service’ on 17 June 2013. Once individuals are registered on the service, employers will be able to carry out a free, online check on the current and up-to-date status of an individual’s DBS certificate.
One of the most common queries from disappointed bidders is: ‘How can I get hold of the documents? I need to know whether it is worth bringing a claim.’
This report examines some of the factors contributing to discrimination at work.
This report examines some of the factors contributing to discrimination at work.
Dacheng is one of China’s premier law firms in the field of dispute resolution and compulsory enforcement.
Walker Morris has released the May 2013 edition of its Disputes Matter publication.
DLA Piper has represented Erickson Air-Crane in a stock purchase agreement for Evergreen Helicopters from Evergreen International Aviation.
DLA Piper has advised Healthcare Buying Group on its acquisition of DBG (UK) from Synova Capital.
DLA Piper has announced that 34 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership. The promotions are effective from 1 January 2013 in the US and 1 May 2013 for the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
DLA Piper has announced a strategic alliance with Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah law firm in Indonesia.
DLA Piper has announced that Rob Salter and Anu Balasubramanian will be joining as partners in the London corporate group.
DLA Piper has received 177 individual lawyer and 64 practice rankings in the latest annual Chambers USA.
DLA Piper has released issue 64 of its Banking and Finance Litigation Update.
DLA Piper has acted for the Los Angeles Lakers in a putative class action brought by a ticket holder accusing the basketball franchise of sending unsolicited text messages.
DLA Piper has been ranked first globally by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst.
Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell have joined DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice in Chicago.
The Dodd-Frank Act provides expansive authority for regulators to define the details critical to implementing sweeping financial regulatory reforms.
Draft MySuper regulations released download
The exposure draft Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Measures) Regulation 2013 sets out a number of proposed requirements.
The May 2013 issue of Winckworth Sherwood’s E-gen publication is available now.
Many procurement disputes centre on the procedure followed by those placing services out to tender.
E-disclosure: disclosure trends download
Law firms should select efficient, cost-effective and compatible disclosure technology to better address client needs.
The Saudi Arabian trademarks office has issued a circular stating that it will now only receive new applications electronically.
Across our global network, we have a number of fee-earners with a dedicated focus on emerging markets.
Shoosmiths’ Emma Gibson has defended her title of Lawyer of the Year at the Thames Valley Deals Awards 2013.
King & Wood Mallesons has released its Employee Relations & Safety Update for May 2013.
Recognised as one of the market’s top employment and benefits practices, we offer clients a truly integrated approach.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013
The Serbian parliament has adopted the Law on Amendments of the Labour Law.
The Spring 2013 issue of Mills & Reeve’s Employment Post is available now.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the May 2013 edition of its Employment Up to Date publication.
When a key employee leaves, employers can find themselves facing difficult practical and legal issues over who to replace them with.
Shoosmiths discusses the High Court’s decision in Kenya Aid Programme v Sheffield City Council.
A recent English Court of Appeal decision gives useful guidance on so-called ‘agreements to agree’.
The new PIB module of the Dubai Financial Services Authority has set the DIFC financial services world alight.
Allen & Overy’s global environmental law group includes more than 60 specialist, commercially focused environmental law experts across the world.
Two recent legal developments have provided some positive news for the US shale gas industry.
The revised Equator Principles (EP-III) will take effect from 4 June 2013.
The PDR aims to ease financial and administrative burdens while ensuring a harmonised approach to reduced disclosures.
Under the new PDR, certain information that would otherwise need to be included in a prospectus may be omitted by certain issuers or in relation to certain offers.
Hogan Lovells has released ‘Equity Capital Markets — Which Market?’
A total of 17 EU nations have announced their intention to engage in the development of a global standard for automatic exchange of information.
If the proposals for a financial transaction tax (FTT) are implemented as proposed by the European Commission, the FTT is likely to cause distortion in the financial sector.
The European Commission has conducted a consultation on proposed changes to the TTBE and accompanying guidelines.
The European Commission’s proposed anti-dumping tariffs could cause a fresh wave of uncertainty in the UK solar photonics industry.
Hogan Lovells has released its May 2013 European Employment Law Update.
The May 2013 edition of Addleshaw Goddard’s European Employment Law Update is available now.
On 2 April 2013, the European Union Article 29 Working Party issued an opinion that will have important ramifications for all those involved in processing personal data in the EU.
An exclusive remedies clause provides that a party’s remedy for breach of contract is restricted to the form of redress expressly prescribed in the contract to the exclusion of all other remedies that would otherwise be available at law.
From 30 May, owners of under-utilised properties will have more opportunity to secure tenants, while those looking to dispose of their interests may have access to a wider market of prospective purchasers.
The FCA has published its Policy Statement addressing payments from product providers to platform service providers and consumers.
Federal Court undermines Victorian government building industry intervention with decision likely to affect NSW and QLD download
Federal Court declares that Lend Lease and other contractors do not need to change enterprise agreements in order to win Victorian government projects.
Initial expectations that the Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty programme would have broad reach have been tempered by SEC rule making and recent court cases.
Financial services regulation — view from in-house legal in association with Grant Thornton
Our integrated, cross-disciplinary approach is ideally suited to advising our financial services clients to navigate through the regulatory maze
If it is implemented as proposed, the financial transaction tax is likely to cause distortion to the financial sector and will almost certainly change the way we do business.
Stannard v Gore makes it harder for a claimant to win when damage is caused by fire escaping from a neighbouring premises.
Several law firms have worked together to develop best practice approach to drafting General Security Agreements.
The European Commission has published the first revised draft GBER for consultation.
On 19 April 2013, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its judgment in Eopply New Energy Technology Co Ltd v EP Solar Pty Ltd  FCA 356.
MAS has invited comments on the proposed criteria for banks that wish to conduct forex conversion in China through a RMB clearing bank in Singapore
For many employers, the key to having a productive and high-performing workforce is recruiting the right people.
The Lawyer Roundtable ‘From Process to Profit’, in association with Thomson Reuters FloSuite Legal.
The latest development around the FoFA regime is the release of further draft regulations whereby the Treasury proposes to tighten the application of the conflicted remuneration grandfathering rules.
The Gasfields Commission Queensland has been formally established by the government.
The GMC (Fitness to Practise and Constitution of Panels and Investigation Committee) Amendment Rules 2013 are now in force, provoking a massive response from doctors and those working in the healthcare sector.
A recent decision might limit the options of a patentee to sue an infringer who has already filed a ‘torpedo’ action under the same patent.
It would be rare for BVI law to be the governing law of transaction documents, other than in respect of security over shares in a BVI company or other BVI assets, when BVI law security would usually be taken.
MOLITOR takes an in-depth look at the banking sector in Luxembourg.
Annual update on the latest tax developments related to inbound acquisitions.
Traditionally, English law does not recognise a general duty of good faith applicable to contracts (with certain limited exceptions, such as insurance contracts).
Employers need to take enhanced care when contemplating adverse action against an employee who may qualify for whistleblower status.
Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 download
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill finally received Royal Assent on 25 April. Amending existing legislation, it introduces reforms that will affect the planning application process.
The finalised text of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 as passed is now publicly available to view.
The parliamentary term ended on 25 April 2013 with a narrow win for the government in a stand-off over the ‘shares for rights’ scheme.
Guernsey gets ready for AIFMD download
This briefing describes how Guernsey has prepared itself to enable Guernsey AIFMs to continue to actively market to professional investors in the EEA beyond 22 July 2013.
Companies carrying out R&D-related activities and incurring general day-to-day running costs may be able to reduce their corporation tax liability by claiming relief under the R&D tax relief scheme.
In March 2011 our Jersey office reported on the death of ‘Hastings-Bass’ in the UK as a remedy for trustee ‘mistakes’.
The Summer Term edition of Winckworth Sherwood’s Heads Up! publication is available now.
Health Alert — 13 May 2013 download
The 13 May 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Health Alert publication is available now.
Health Alert — 27 May 2013 download
DLA Piper has released its Health Alert for 27 May 2013.
Health Alert — 6 May 2013 download
The 6 May 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Health Alert publication is available now.
Healthcare advertising in the UAE download
Many changes are afoot in respect of healthcare and pharmaceuticals in the UAE. There is a real push to improve standards relating to health and medicine across the board.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a grants programme designed to unlock the hidden commercial potential of unused historic buildings across the UK.
The High Court has adopted a broad interpretation of what constitutes a ‘contravention’ of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or a company constitution.
The High Court has decided that a tenant is entitled to rent repayment following the break date.
Later this year, the High Court will hear an appeal from the decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Re Willmott Forests Ltd (Receivers and Managers appointed) (in liquidation)  VSCA 202.
The HKMA and the SFC have announced their commitment to comply with the new international regulatory standards on financial market infrastructures.
On 20 May HMRC released a consultation regarding the taxation status of some LLP members and the manipulation of profits and losses by partnerships.
Hogan Lovells has advised Mashreqbank and a syndicate of Islamic and conventional banks on an AED2bn Islamic and conventional facility made available to GEMS Education.
Hogan Lovells has advised Constellation Hotels on the £301.5m acquisition of the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
Hogan Lovells has advised Kingdom Holding Company in the refinancing of the Savoy hotel in London.
Hogan Lovells has advised Top Spring International Holdings on its disposal of interests in Top Spring Taihu Bay to Jian Hong Holdings for $88.3m.
Hogan Lovells has advised YSL on the acquisition of a stake in its Gulf business through a joint venture with Al Tayer Group.
Hogan Lovells has announced that it has elected two new partners to its board.
Hogan Lovells is providing funding for a new lecture theatre at Durham University’s Law School.
Hogan Lovells has won the Investment in Women in the Law category at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013.
How can contracting authorities ensure their award criteria and evaluation methodologies are sufficiently transparent?
Judgment of the UK Court of Appeal in the patent case HTC v Apple (Case nos. A3/2012/2043 and 2044) has been delivered.
In the matter of the representation of A Limited and in the matter of the F Foundation  JRC 075 download
This is the first case in which the Royal Court has had to give full consideration to the Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009.
The Republic of Srpska National Assembly adopted the Law on Renewable Energy and Efficient Co-generation on 25 April 2013.
The government’s priorities for the coming year include infrastructure, energy and water.
On 18 February 2013, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal released its judgment in Re FIA Leveraged Fund. The judgment will be of interest to directors and managers of investment funds.
IP is one of Dacheng’s premier practice areas and the firm is qualified in the provision of patent and trademark agency services.
We have specialist intellectual property (IP) teams in all the important IP jurisdictions worldwide.
The latest edition of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology News (EMEA) is now available.
Intellectual property in the cloud download
Intellectual property issues in the cloud continue to be one of the ‘cloudiest’ legal areas for customers and suppliers alike.
The UK High Court has held that the purchase by Marks & Spencer (M&S) of Google AdWords, which includes the Interflora trademark, infringes that trademark.
Dacheng has amassed considerable experience in international trade matters, having established long-term co-operative relationships with specialist international trade firms in more than 10 jurisdictions.
English civil law essentially comprises legislation by Parliament and decisions by the courts. There is no civil code.
Chadbourne & Parke’s John Marciano looks at the high-level tax considerations surrounding investment in non-US projects.
In these challenging times, with change around every corner, invoice financing offers a way for businesses to manage cash flow and free up working capital.
IP Brief — 26 April 2013 download
Addleshaw Goddard has released its IP Brief dated 26 April 2013.
IRS speaks on start of construction download
The ABA Tax Section’s May meeting hosted a panel discussion concerning the IRS’s start of construction guidance (Notice 2013-29).
Jersey gets ready for AIFMD download
This briefing describes how Jersey has prepared itself to enable Jersey AIFMs to continue to actively market to professional investors in the EEA beyond 22 July 2013.
Joint Standing Committee on Treaties recommends ratification of Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol download
The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has recommended the ratification of the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol.
Jordan: employee share-option plans download
Jordan Securities Commission Instructions for Conferring Share Options on Public Shareholding Companies’ Employees stipulates the conditions for conferring share-option plans on employees.
On 9 May 2013, the Supreme Court gave judgment in the cases of Futter and another v HMRC and Pitt and another v HMRC.
In an appeal from a Court of Appeal judgment, the courts emphasised the principle regarding the res judicata effect of a criminal judgment on a civil case.
The MoJ has published its response to the government’s consultation on proposals to reform the judicial review process, setting out the reforms it intends to take forward.
Judicial review: it's about time download
The government is set to introduce changes to judicial review time periods in relation to planning and procurement decisions.
Karanovic & Nikolic’s Patricia Gannon speaks at USAID Regional Access to Finance event in Podgorica.
The Indonesian Investment Coordination Board has issued the new BKPM Regulation No. 5 of 2013 on the Guidelines and Procedures for Licences and Non-Licences for Capital Investment.
Justice Bannister has given a clear indication of the approach that the BVI Commercial Court will take to forum challenges in the context of claims for unfair prejudice under section 184I of the BCA 2004.
King & Wood Mallesons has acted on GPT’s Erina Fair interest divestment.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Bright Ruby Resources on its acquisition of 231 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, from Investa for approximately AUD201m.
King & Wood Mallesons advises GE Real Estate Investments Australia.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Coles on a strategic long-term alliance with ISPT.
King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Sue Kench as its first female managing partner.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised on the A$543m development and sale of 480 Queen Street in Brisbane.
King & Wood Mallesons on how the construction industry should prepare for Hong Kong’s new competition regime download
The construction industry is likely to be an early target for Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance, as bid rigging and other cartel-like practices have been in the regulatory limelight recently.
King & Wood Mallesons partner Larry Kwok has joined the Hong Kong Competition Commission.
KWM acts on launch of Virtus Health’s AU$339m raising.
The Kuwaiti law number 4 in respect of Patents and Industrial Drawing & Designs and Integrated Circuits issued on 15 April 1962 provided the procedures for the application for registration of patents and designs.
King & Wood Malleons (KWM) has advised Charter Hall on a strategic real-estate acquisition.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Morgan Stanley and Evans & Partners on Tox Free Solutions’ recently announced $43m capital raising.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised The Trust Company on a proposal announced by Perpetual to acquire all of the shares in The Trust Company via a scheme of arrangement.
In the opening session of the Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong in January 2013, the CSRC’s Guo Shuqing noted that China could increase the level of its QFII and RQFII investment quotas by 10 times.
King & Wood Mallesons lawyers have authored three chapters in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Securitisation 2013.
Dacheng has a profound appreciation of the importance of labour law issues to its clients and attaches high importance to the quality of its services in this area.
A landlord has been ordered to repay an apportioned amount of rent and other sums paid by a tenant in advance under a pre-condition to a break option.
Apps are not new, but the way businesses are monitising them is evolving rapidly, and developing models brings legal and brand challenges.
Remote-access computing services, whereby software applications and more are made available to clients as a service, are becoming increasingly popular.
Counterfeiting is not only a problem for traditional brands protected by trademarks.
Ince & Co has published the April 2013 edition of its International Trade and Commodities Legal Update.
In a recent case, the court in Northern Ireland heard a claim by Irish Waste Services Ltd, a company disappointed in its bid to be awarded a contract for sludge management services by Northern Ireland Water.
LIBOR reforms — an update download
Proposals in relation to the reform of the regulation and supervision of LIBOR have been finalised.
LIBOR scandal: one year on download
It is approaching one year since the publication of the first regulatory report and large fine against Barclays for alleged LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate) manipulation in June 2012.
When negotiating a contract for the provision of services, the legal implications of TUPE should inform the commercial position of the parties.
The Jackson reforms, as recently enacted by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, have fundamentally changed the litigation funding landscape.
For international companies with business in China, the legal dispute is one of their greatest fears. Even if you win an arbitration or court judgment, you may find you cannot enforce it.
Dispute resolution lawyers throughout our international network represent global businesses on litigation, arbitration, mediation and regulatory matters.
Financial institutions acting on the basis of the freedom to provide services may be obliged to co-operate with the financial intelligence unit of the host member state according to the CJEU.
Draft law from the Luxembourg government should make the country a venue of choice for data centres and e-archiving.
Reactions readers have voted Hogan Lovells as the top insurance and reinsurance law firm in the London market and in the EU.
New guidance has been published to help commissioners and procurers in considering how to ensure compliance with their PSED obligations.
The Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 has been tabled in the Federal parliament.
In February 2013, the BCBS and the IOSCO published a second consultative document on margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives.
Ince & Co has announced the appointment of energy finance and projects partner Martin David, who joins the firm’s Singapore office as Asia head of energy.
Dubai is the choice of investors seeking to do business in the African continent, with COMESA member Mauritius increasingly serving as the bridge.
Dacheng’s Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring practice is one of its key practice areas.
Mills & Reeve has advised Sphere Fluidics on its recent £1.65m series A funding from a syndicate of investors.
Mills & Reeve advises Virgin Care.
Mills & Reeve is to act for Blaby District Council in the planning work arising from its recent resolution to grant planning permission for a new community west of Leicester called New Lubbesthorpe.
Mills & Reeve and The Law Society are set to sponsor the third Cambridge Legal Walk, which is due to take place on 13 June 2013.
Mills & Reeve’s Cambridge office has been named best new-build office.
Mining, energy and resources is one of the key practice areas in which Dacheng occupies a market-leading position.
Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds MP is set to deliver the keynote address at a high-level business briefing being hosted by Addleshaw Goddard in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). The evening event will take place on 16 May 2013.
The Hong Kong court has handed down a landmark ruling on the mis-selling of financial products in Hong Kong, rejecting a customer’s allegations of breach of duty against the bank.
This briefing provides an update on the implementing regulations of the Law of Mongolia on the Regulation of Foreign Investment in Business Entities Operating in Sectors of Strategic Importance.
Mourant Ozannes has added to its Channel Island property team.
Placing will raise funds for the proposed acquisition of CPW Europe
Rights issue to raise approximately £615m.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Jersey incorporated gold producer Polyus Gold International on a $750m Eurobond issue.
This month, two lawyers from Mourant Ozannes will ‘pedal for pounds’ outside the Post Office to raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice in Guernsey.
Mourant Ozannes has sponsored the Jersey Heritage Annual and will help deliver it to older schoolchildren on the island.
Mourant Ozannes has been named Legal Team of the Year at the inaugural STEP Caribbean Awards.
Myanmar has formally acceded to the New York Convention — according to a depositary notification issued by the secretary-general of the UN on 24 April 2013.
Nabarro has acted for GPE on one of the developer and investor’s most significant pre-lets to date.
Nabarro has acted for developer and investor Great Portland Estates on one of its most significant ever pre-lets.
The London Stock Exchange has announced the creation of a fourth listing option on its London stock exchanges.
Nabarro has announced that eight associates have been promoted to the partnership.
NCTM has advised the management of DOC Generici on its acquisition by Charterhouse Capital Partners.
NCTM has assisted EEEF in the financial closing of a project with ISOM for a hospital energy-efficiency upgrade.
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has assisted Navigazione Montanari in a recent debt restructuring deal.
A new draft anti-commercial fraud law was endorsed in January 2013 by the cabinet in the UAE. The draft law is intended to replace Federal Law No 4 of 1979.
The government published legislation at the end of last week that will relax the rules on when planning permission is needed for change of use.
Although changes to the collective redundancy consultation regime introduced last month have been well publicised, some important things are not changing.
On 26 May 2013 the prime minister threatened to legislate to effect a complete ban on the airing of live betting odds during sporting events on television.
The government has made it possible to convert Class B1 office buildings to Class C3 residential dwellings without having to apply for planning permission.
Olswang has advised F&C REIT in a transaction to acquire the Dollar shopping centre portfolio in a club deal from the Grosvenor Estate for a total consideration of approximately £250m.
Olswang has announced the appointment of Dr Justin Hill to its intellectual property (IP) practice.
The recent experience of Paris Brown demonstrates exactly the type of police activity that the DPP was seeking to prevent when he issued prosecution guidelines in December last year.
Green’s minister Shane Rattenbury has introduced the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Amendment Bill 2013 into the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Sam Robinson, senior associate at Nabarro, considers the impact of EMIR on the OTC derivatives market.
Owing to a number of factors, Pamboridis has decided to suspend the operations of its Limassol office.
DLA Piper has announced that Mel Sims, a partner from the corporate practice group in London, is relocating to Doha, Qatar.
Patients First and Foremost, the government’s initial response to the Francis Report, was published just before Easter.
Hogan Lovells’ new regional managing partner for Asia and the Middle East, Patrick Sherrington, has relocated to Hong Kong.
The May 2013 issue of Pensions Priorities is available now. It provides a summary of some key developments in the pensions arena in recent months.
Pensions update — April 2013 download
Nabarro has launched the April 2013 edition of Pensions Update.
Pensions Update — May 2013 download
Nabarro has released its Pensions Update for May 2013.
Final-salary liabilities for past and future service can often be reduced — it is just a case of knowing how to go about it and understanding how to manage the trustees’ concerns.
Under the new Companies Law No 25 of 2012, there are several utilities available for stakeholders to hold certain individuals accountable for their actions.
On 5 March 2013, a political agreement was reached for EU-level regulation to cap bankers’ bonuses. Given longstanding demands from the European parliament to limit EU bankers’ pay and unhelpful survey data from the European Banking Authority showing that CRD3 had not done its job in tackling pay levels, the arrival of a cap in some shape or form was inevitable. British opposition to the proposals was unlikely ever to prompt a U-turn in negotiations.
Case considers whether planning application, which itself proposes a ‘below the EIA threshold’ development, must be treated as part of a wider project.
The European Commission has expressed doubts that the new video games tax relief is necessary to incentivise video game development in the UK.
The Polish implementation of the 2010 Amending Directive is expected shortly.
It is debatable how useful post-termination restrictions are and to what extent they can really provide any protection.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Fawaz Elmalki has been recognised in the 2013 MENA Fund Manager Service Provider Power 30 list.
Since before the operational commencement of the PPSA 2009 (Cth) in January 2012, and certainly since then, law firms have been settling their position on the many issues it raises.
The practical implications of EMIR in the OTC derivatives space will be considerable for banks and other, non-financial market participants.
Dacheng is at the cutting edge of two relatively new fields of law: private equity investment and investment funds.
The spring 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Procurement Update covers topics such as the EU procurement reforms, the Utilities Directive and NHS healthcare services.
Allen & Overy’s global projects group comprises more than 70 partners globally and includes some 250 lawyers.
Proposed changes to Register of Charities from 2014.
The new Hong Kong Companies Ordinance is planned to come into operation in the first quarter of 2014.
The ICO has recently published guidance on the relative scope of Regulation 43 of The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and sections 41, 43 and 44 of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Public international law is of increasing relevance to our clients, both in contentious and non-contentious matters.
Advising on both transactions and litigation, our public law team has proven its world-class expertise covering all aspects of public economic law.
In most facility agreements, lenders include a clause that the loan can only be used for a specific purpose, for example to assist with the costs of development of a property.
Al Tamimi has successfully represented a multi-national tobacco brand owner before the Dubai courts in one of the most controversial cases in recent years.
The government of Qatar recently issued the new Central Bank Law, Law No. 13 of 2012 (the QCB Law), which came into force in January 2013.
This year’s Queen’s Speech was as noteworthy for what it did not contain as its contents. The legislative themes are controlling immigration and promoting growth.
This month’s issue focuses on the new Defamation Act 2013 and the Supreme Court’s view on browsing the internet without permission from the relevant copyright holder.
Figures released by the Office of the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales reveal a 40 per cent increase in the number of international family disputes handled in the last year.
Do you ever wonder if, instead of focusing on running your business, you spend your life catching up with bureaucracy and endless new government and legislative initiatives?
We offer a global network of creative real-estate lawyers experienced in handling all types and stages of real-estate transactions.
Dacheng is a full-service, integrated firm with a team of outstanding experts in the field of real estate.
Real estate in the fashion industry download
The retail sector is sensitive to and responds quickly to consumer-driven economic conditions. Changing consumer trends, lack of prime retail space and often inflexible leases have all meant that times are challenging for retailers.
Real Estate newsletter — May 2013 download
Nabarro has released the May 2013 edition of its Real Estate newsletter.
Re-allocation of the C-band: satellite operators face uncertainty about the future of their spectrum download
Satellite service providers want the C-band maintained for their use and are reluctant to share the band.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has stepped up its merger control activities on many fronts in recent weeks.
The New York State Department of Labor recently published proposed regulations addressing employer deductions from employee wages.
Mills & Reeve has brought together a round-up of some recent litigation cases that may be of interest.
The Italian Revenue Agency has clarified that to be excluded from the scope of ‘abuse of rights’ are the agreements relating to mid- to long-term bank financing transactions entered into abroad and designed to have legal effect in Italy.
Drafting references can be a legal minefield for employers.
This briefing deals with the regulation of late payment of commercial debts.
The European Parliament has finally accepted the six draft EMIR regulatory technical standards and they entered into force on 15 March 2013.
This presentation by Chadbourne & Parke focuses on real-estate investment trusts (REITs) and renewable energy.
The DECC has launched a further £6m scheme for registered providers of social housing to install heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers under its Phase 2 extension.
The CSRC has revised its RQFII rules to expand the pilot scheme in response to the continued expansion of the offshore RMB markets and an increasing demand for repatriation of offshore RMB back to the onshore securities market.
The government has announced an annual tax on enveloped dwellings.
Our restructuring and insolvency team is made up of more than 130 lawyers specialising in restructuring across 42 offices globally.
The April 2013 issue of Taylor Wessing’s Restructuring & Corporate Recovery Update is available now.
Dacheng has become the first-choice legal services provider for the majority of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in China.
The Review of Financial Advice (RFA) is the Jersey Financial Services Commission’s response to the UK Financial Services Authority’s Retail Distribution Review (RDR).
Multiple market pressures are forcing law firms to act and operate more like corporate businesses.
The arbitral institution formerly known as CIETAC Shanghai has publicised its establishment as the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
In December 2012, the government issued an emergency ordinance for the creation, organisation and functioning of a financial supervisory authority (FSA).
A recent controversial decision by Qatar’s Court of Cassation has ruled on the necessity for arbitral awards to be rendered in the name of HH the Emir of Qatar.
Hogan Lovells has expanded its global environment practice with the hire of environmental law partner Santiago Garrido.
This month has seen the effective and powerful section 213 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance hard at work.
Senior associate at Karanovic & Nikolic moderates session at Foreign Investors Council Reality Check event
Milena Jaksic Papac, senior associate at Karanovic & Nikolic, has moderated a session at the Foreign Investors Council Reality Check conference.
On 23 March 2013 the European Commission closed the consultation on unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas) in Europe.
Shoosmiths has selected Barnado’s as its national charity for the period May 2013 to April 2014.
Shoosmiths has worked with DCLM Commercial Property to help clinch a £110m deal for Marston’s.
On 19 March 2013, the Office for National Statistics published two new price indices (RPIJ and CPIH) and de-designated RPI as a national statistic.
ACH Shoosmiths’ new Edinburgh home has hosted a meeting of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) advisory council.
Shoosmiths comments on access to TSB fund.
Hotel investors and operators can see massive growth potential in Qatar. But how does a hotel business become established given the particular laws of Qatar?
The May 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence briefing is available now.
This article offers some simple tools to help guide compliance officers, executives, new lawyers and others in evaluating whether Stark may prohibit a proposed or existing arrangement.
Turkey’s EMRA will grant the first ever solar energy licences after receiving applications between 10–14 June this year, for a maximum total capacity of 600MW in 27 regions.
Supreme Court denial of certiorari leaves exclusive dealing and loyalty discount jurisprudence in flux download
The treatment of exclusive dealing and loyalty discounts is in a state of flux.
Taylor Wessing has released the May 2013 edition of Synapse.
Taking your project to market download
In this article, Al Tamimi considers the legal requirements and documents required to take a project to market in Dubai and highlights some of the potential issues arising.
With more than 100 tax specialists across our international network, we are able to offer both domestic and cross-border advice wherever our clients need it.
Australia’s federal government has released for consultation exposure draft legislation that proposes to introduce tax loss incentives for designated infrastructure projects.
Taxation is one of Dacheng’s traditional fields of expertise and one that the law firm is particularly adept at handling in today’s ever-changing and complex commercial environment.
Taylor Wessing has advised on a deal that will secure the long-term future of the former Olympic press and broadcast centre.
Taylor Wessing has announced the addition of a lateral hire to its private client practice. Sanjvee Shah is set to join the firm on 7 May 2013.
This guide shares the key trends that Taylor Wessing is seeing in the UK consumer products sector.
Taylor Wessing has launched the GIPI4 survey, which covers topics including patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and data protection/privacy.
The April 2013 edition of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News (UK) briefing is available now.
A High Court decision has opened the door for tenants that have operated break clauses to claim back rent paid for a period post the break date.
The BVI get ready for AIFMD download
This briefing describes how the BVI has prepared in order to enable BVI AIFMs and AIFs to continue to market actively to professional investors in the EEA from 22 July 2013.
The Coalition has released its workplace relations policy with a statement that the policy ‘will not re-introduce Australian workplace agreements, nor will it weaken safety nets or cause any Australian worker to go backwards’.
Could Cayman’s firewall legislation stand up to challenges similar to those seen, for example, in Jersey. Are its provisions fit to face up to the current realities of the offshore trusts industry?
This briefing describes how the Cayman Islands have prepared in order to enable Cayman AIFMs and AIFs to continue to market actively to professional investors in the EEA from 22 July 2013.
There is increasing interest by local authorities in joining with housing associations and developers in joint ventures.
Confusion often surrounds the difference between obtaining a divorce and a settlement resolving the family finances following the breakdown of a marriage.
The first industrial revolution lasted for 80–100 years. The pace of change today encourages us to believe that the second industrial revolution will be completed at much greater speed.
MOLITOR takes an in-depth look at dispute resolution in Luxembourg.
Jurisdiction is an extremely important issue.
The Court of Cassation has clarified certain legal problems underlying the relation existing between the preliminary contract and the final contract.
Law No 27 of 2007, concerning ownership of jointly owned property in Dubai (the Strata Law), introduced the concept of ‘strata’ ownership to Dubai.
Patents in Jordan are managed by the Patents Registrar in the Ministry of Industry and Trade and are governed by the Jordanian Patents Law No. 32 of 1999, as amended.
The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2013 — Luxembourg download
MOLITOR takes an in-depth look into litigation and alternative dispute resolution in Luxembourg.
The Jackson reforms should make unless orders a thing of the past.
Chadbourne has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Lawyer’s Corporate Finance Team of the Year award.
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) will enter into force internationally on 20 August 2013.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development has recently launched its Abu Dhabi Business Centre.
The French government has proposed to ring-fence certain speculative banking activities and to introduce measures for the prevention and resolution of banking crises under French law.
The Hong Kong banking regulator has imposed new rules that govern how banks submit rates for HIBOR and other benchmark fixings.
Major reforms, which could significantly impact all franchisors, are currently under review by the Australian government.
The Department for Education aims to contribute £392m for the current financial year to the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund.
Limited liability partnerships in Jersey are a statutory form of vehicle, established under the Limited Liability Partnerships (Jersey) Law 1997, that have a number of special characteristics.
Taylor Wessing’s review of the technology market.
What can we predict about future claims trends as a result of the Jackson changes?
British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands companies have long been a valuable feature of commercial life in Hong Kong and China.
The workplace in 2013 and beyond download
Two new acts were passed by Parliament in April 2013 that, when brought into force, will largely complete the Coalition’s programme of employment law reform.
On 1 January 2013, the inducement rules for non-MiFID products were amended in the Netherlands by the introduction of a complete ban on third-party inducements.
On 30 April, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, led by Chief Justice Ma, ruled in favour of the SFC in the long-running Tiger Asia Management matter.
Timely forwarding of the notice of convocation of the shareholders’ meeting of a limited liability company: presumption of receipt download
NCTM focuses on the forwarding of the notice of convocation of the shareholders’ meeting of a limited liability company and the presumption of receipt.
Tony Payne has joined DLA Piper’s London office as a legal director in the firm’s aviation practice.
A recent initiative aims to transform Dubai into a global centre for Islamic bonds.
Transparency of clinical trials data download
This document contains an overview of current rules on access to clinical trials data, an overview of the anticipated legislative changes and a summary of the issues that the new regulation may bring.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down a helpful decision on identifying the affected employees with whom information and consultation must take place on a TUPE transfer.
Two substantial developments in the Australian anti-dumping framework have been announced.
UAE: liability of banks and financial institutions for fund transfers when financial sanctions are involved download
International political and economic factors may result in sanctions against certain countries or entities that affect the transfer of funds across borders.
Al Tamimi was instructed by a client to initiate legal proceedings to ratify and enforce an arbitral award issued in the client’s favour ordering the other party to pay the amount of AED52m.
UAE: the standard of care for special care objects and equipment and the extent of liability of its custodian download
The responsibility for objects that need special care or sophisticated mechanical equipment lies with the person who is in control of said objects.
Consultation begins on biomass cap.
The Department for Education has published a Governors’ Handbook.
The Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has published its report on the draft Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.
From 30 September 2013, the takeover code will apply to more companies than it does at present.
The UK Takeover Panel has decided to bring all offers for UK-registered AIM companies within the jurisdiction of the code.
The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that uncollected dividend tax liability is part of taxable profits.
Mills & Reeve has been reappointed as sole adviser to the University of Bedfordshire.
Addleshaw Goddard’s Up to Date publication (April 2013) is available to download.
There is continuing concern about the introduction of FATCA.
The US DoD has begun the process of implementing procurement regulations to combat counterfeit parts in the department’s supply chain.
The US EPA has unveiled a new approach to evaluating climate change impacts under NEPA — monetising social costs of CO2.
US Senate Finance Committee white paper — signal of international corporate tax reforms to come? download
The US Senate Finance Committee has released its white paper on international competitiveness.
How businesses can cope with disasters.
Powered by The University of Law, these recorded highlights from our live webcast will help those students who are preparing to make training contract applications. The content will cover preparation, research, completing the applications forms and finally a few crucial tips on how to prepare for interview.
Walker Morris has advised Peel Environmental on its planning application to build a £23.5m anaerobic digestion facility at a site in North Selby, York.
Walker Morris announces two partner promotions as well as eight director promotions.
Andrew Rayment from Walker Morris speaks at Yorkshire event.
Walker Morris has advised Symington’s on an agreement with Unilever whereby it will license Unilever’s wet sauces portfolio in Australia and New Zealand.
The Walker Morris Renewables, Energy & Resources Group will be exhibiting at All-Energy 2013.
Walker Morris has been appointed to advise the administrator of Farnborough Football & Social Club following the announcement of its administration on 26 April.
Bring Your Own Device Guidance issued by ICO. Walker Morris continues to invest in specialist expertise with partner and director promotions
Walker Morris has successfully acted for FCC in the defence against two challenges to the planning permission for its Greatmoor energy-from-waste facility.
Warranties: how far do they extend? download
In the recent case of Belfairs Management Ltd v Sutherland, the Court of Appeal examined how far the scope of a warranty may extend.
The Commercial Court has confirmed that there is no principle of EU law that requires an arbitral tribunal to decline to hear a claim for damages for breach of an arbitration agreement.
This is a time of significant change for the profession’s regulatory framework, with economic pressures affecting large and small law firms.
Evidence of the cost and acrimony caused by divorce can be found on an almost daily basis in the UK media, laying bare the separation details of ‘celebrities’.
The SEC has at last proposed new trading rules for foreign banks that do business with US entities in the over-the-counter derivatives market.
A recent judgment highlights the importance of obtaining any indemnities/guarantees on a back-to-back basis throughout the charterparty chain.
Everyone likes to reinvent themselves once in a while. Even the UK has turned to double-act Wallace and Gromit, famed for their great British adventures, to advertise Britain as a top tourist spot. Jolly good.
Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC has defeated a judicial review bid by lobbying group UK Uncut over HM Revenue & Customs’ multi-million pound “sweetheart” deal with Goldman Sachs.
Now that’s what you call a proper market shake-up. We’re going to resist the overwhelming urge to use the word “simples” and, er, simply unpick what BGL’s acquisition of Minster actually means.
This week’s main feature in The Lawyer on the shortlist for our glittering awards in June is a reminder that the deadline has now also passed for entries to the inaugural - and no less starry - The Lawyer Management (TLM) awards.
Hundreds of lawyers gathered outside the Houses of Parliament on 22 May to protest against the government’s legal aid cuts.
Manchester United’s biggest legal fan, Mark Rawlinson, pays tribute to his footballing hero
French employment law is set to change, but the proposals have caused dissent and strikes.
Allen & Overy has held associate pay levels at 2012/13 rates after unveiling its first increase in trainee salaries for the first time since 2010.
Addleshaw Goddard is to enter into an exclusive strategic alliance with Japanese firm Hashidate Law Office after a 15-year best friend relationship with the firm.
Addleshaw Goddard has hired partners Hussein Damirji and Martin Brown from Patton Boggs and Dentons respectively to launch an office in Qatar.
Allen & Overy has extended its litigation practice to Perth with the hire of partner Mark van Brakel from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
After a competitive tender process, Anderson Strathern has once again been retained to advise the Crown Estate in Scotland.
Earlier this year, some Freshfields partners left the magic circle firm to set up arbitration boutique Three Crowns. It was the most dramatic manifestation of a trend that has seen leading litigators and arbitrators quit global firms. Is a big-name law firm brand no longer necessary for this area of law?
Ashurst has appointed external members to its UK and Australian management boards for the first time, in a move that demonstrates the slow but increasing trend for City law firms to bring in non-executive directors to provide outside experience.
Ashurst and Slaughter and May have advised on online retail group Ocado’s delivery deal with supermarket chain Wm Morrison Supermarkets.
Ashurst has moved six partners down from its so-called super-plateau, marking the first time that the firm has removed members from the 65-point level since it was introduced in 2007.
Ashurst German corporate head Lutz Englisch is set to join US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Munich.
A Baker & McKenzie lawyer has been expelled from Russia amid claims that he turned down attempts by the country’s intelligence service to recruit him as a spy.
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among the firms that have signed up to support a new scheme to train law centre volunteers.
Barclays deputy general counsel Michael Shaw is understood to be leading the race to replace Mark Harding as the bank’s legal chief.
Bell Capital general counsel Tom Bartos has left the role for an M&A position at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the state-owned investment arm of the Gulf state.
Bevan Brittan has launched a redundancy consultation process with three lawyers and six support staff, the firm announced yesterday.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) funds partner Thiha Tun is to join the London office of US firm Bingham McCutchen, The Lawyer can reveal.
Bingham has expanded in Japan by snatching a seven-lawyer investment funds team from White & Case’s Tokyo office.
Bird & Bird this week confirmed that it had signed up to one of the largest pre-lets ever handled by Great Portland Estates (GPE), a 12 storey, 142,500 sq ft new office space at 12/14 New Fetter Lane.
Bird & Bird has hired two franchising partners from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) following the recruitment of high-profile IP and IT head Mark Abell.
Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond indulges in a thoroughly crackling dinner at Bird of Smithfield.
Stephenson Harwood acts for buyer on UK debut after referral from Hong Kong base
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (14 May) announced plans to make a raft of redundancies affecting nearly 100 lawyers and staff at the firm.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has successfully fought off a attempt by a Russian businessman and former politician to use English law in a dispute over the ownership of a London property with his ex-wife.
Hygiene giant Colgate Palmolive added Bond Dickinson to its panel just weeks before the merger between Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees, The Lawyer has learned.
Bond Dickinson has unveiled its first round of promotions since the merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce, which went live last week (1 May).
Didn’t get a job? Don’t worry, BPP is here to help.
Burges Salmon and Veale Wasbrough Vizards advise as Business Growth Fund puts cash in
Scottish firm Brodies has elected litigator Christine O’Neill as its new chairman following the decision of incumbent Joyce Cullen to stand down after nine years in the role.
Northern Irish firm Carson McDowell has hired a duo of partners from Pinsent Masons’ Belfast office in a bid to strengthen its position in the local market.
Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Proskauer Rose are advising on the IPO of New York’s Empire State Building, which now looks set to go ahead after more than a year of wranglings with investors.
It’s been more than a year since Israel changed its regulations to allow foreign firms to practise the law of their home jurisdiction there. The move immediately opened up the potential for foreign firms to merge with local outfits.
Environmental lawyers’ organisation Client Earth has won its appeal to the Supreme Court over air pollution, with a five-strong panel referring questions over EU air quality regulation to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).
Travers Smith and Ogier take further roles on planned £1.4bn float
Freshfields leads for South Staffordshire seller Alinda Capital Partners after taking 2012 merger role
Clyde & Co has become the lastest firm to have gained regulatory approval for a Beijing opening from China’s Ministry of Justice.
Clyde & Co has made eight support staff redundant following a consultation in the wake of 2011 merger with legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
CMS has posted revenues of £679.3m for the 12 months to 31 December, representing a 5.1 per cent rise on 2010/11 when the firm reported turnover of £646.5m.
Brick Court Chambers’ Mark Howard QC has been successful in knocking out an attempt to force the Northern Rock to pay compensation to shareholders who lost out when the bank was nationalised in 2008.
The personal injury (PI) legal market is consolidating rapidly with three new mergers being announced yesterday.
If the courts were privatised, as some suggested they could be, the taxpayer would save £1bn a year in staff and running costs.
DAC Beachcroft has bolstered its Madrid partnership with the hire of Ruth Duque, who formerly oversaw legislation policy at the Spanish regulator, the Directorate General of Insurance and Pension Funds.
French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has picked up a three-strong tax team from Jones Day in Paris, including the US firm’s European tax head Vincent Agulhon.
Dechert has pounced on Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels managing partner Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann in a boost for its EU competition practice in both Belgium and Germany.
Dentons has announced its first lateral hires since the tripartite merger which formed the firm a month ago, picking up a duo of partners in Germany.
3 Hare Court silk James Dingemans QC, who played a leading role in the launch of the Inner Temple’s diversity outreach scheme, is one of the three latest appointments to the High Court.
Hey you, stop gazing out the window and listen in.
DLA Piper is understood to have paid $3.1m (£2m) to hire a cruise liner to play host to its partner meeting in May, with partners set to bond over a four-night Mediterranean cruise due to set sail from Barcelona.
DLA Piper has announced its global promotions round, appointing 34 new partners - a drop of 41 per cent compared to 2012, when it made up 58 partners around the world.
Dundas & Wilson has promoted 10 senior associates to its partnership across its offices, including seven women.
Payne Hicks Beach (PHB) has hired Dundas & Wilson partner Carl Asser as part of the Lincoln’s Inn firm’s construction push follow its practice launch earlier this year.
DWF has appointed the former chairman of Eversheds International David Gray as a non-executive board director.
DWF has recruited 13 lawyers, including five partners, from Eversheds’ Manchester and Newcastle offices in a boost to its property department.
London, UK – 9 April 2013, – QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announces that business law firm DWF has chosen the QlikView Business Discovery platform to share client management information.
Lawyers and support staff in DWF’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices have been put on redundancy notice as part of the firm’s wider restructuring programme.
US-firm Edwards Wildman is to open an office in Istanbul through an association with Turkish M&A firm Ismen, months after the two firms worked together on a £36m deal.
UK and US law firms have a habit of grabbing all the headlines, and all the talk recently has been about looking East with merger after merger in Australia and Asia.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Eversheds has cut 116 roles at the end of its latest redundancy consultation, which saw 166 lawyers and non-lawyers put on notice in January.
Eversheds is set to open its Beijing office with two new hires.
Eversheds has elected Irish managing partner Alan Murphy as the chair of its network of associated international firms, Eversheds International, following the retirement of the previous chair David Gray.
Birmingham-headquartered Shakespeares has added a six-lawyer team from Eversheds, led by real estate partner Brendan Walsh.
Eversheds has secured a three-year fixed fee contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Africa and the Middle East.
Eversheds has added four new sector groups and overhauled a number of key leadership positions in a wide-ranging management shake-up.
Yingke, one of China’s largest law firms, is getting closer to launch a new division branded as Yingke Cloud, aimed at revolutionising the provision of volume legal services in China.
Dundas & Wilson is pushing to secure a London merger following a string of exits in the City and failed talks with Bircham Dyson Bell in 2011.
Henderson Global Investors’ UK in-house legal team has shrunk by nearly 30 per cent in the past year following a shift to farming out more of its lower-level work to law firms.
Legacy Herbert Smith has issued a cash call of up to £20m to all equity partners in an effort to boost its capital structure as part of the firm’s planned financial integration with Australia’s Freehills.
Riverview Law has signed its first formal strategic alliance with DMH Stallard in a move that will see Riverview refer work to the south-east firm.
Cobbetts’ former debt recovery business Incasso, which was acquired by HL Legal Solicitors, has made 44 staff redundant following a consultation with 52 staff at the company.
Linklaters Washington DC tax partner Joseph Pari has left for KPMG, roughly a year after moving to the magic circle firm ahead of the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Farrer & Co and Olswang have both confirmed the results of redundancy consultations begun earlier this year, laying off fewer people than originally feared.
The chief executive of Liverpool-based personal injury specialists Forster Dean, Greg Shields, has left the firm.
Single-office London firm Forsters has made up two partners in its latest round, half the number of last year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has frozen its associate pay rates following the introduction of a merit-based system, with trainee salaries kept static for the fifth year running.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Donald Guiney is to join Baker & McKenzie after 16 years at the magic circle firm.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London chief and high-profile Red Knight Mark Rawlinson has praised outgoing Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as a “spiritual heir to Matt Busby” who “hates losing but uses adversity as a fuel”.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Kirkland & Ellis and Kaye Scholer are advising on the multi-billion debt restructuring of German real estate group IVG Immobilien, expected to be the largest such case in the country this year.
A group of Fulbright & Jaworski partners in London have negotiated a reverse lock-in that ringfences them against Norton Rose’s UK business for two years from the firms’ merger next month, The Lawyer has learnt.
London set Furnival Chambers has dismissed two clerks after £20,000 disappeared from chambers.
Europe’s largest law firm, Garrigues, is quitting the Latin American alliance it founded in 2004 in order to launch its own offices on the continent.
Glencore Xstrata has appointed Glencore general counsel Richard Marshall as its overall legal chief following the $64bn merger that created the mining giant.
Mayer Brown wins pitch to guide courier group’s management as UK and US firms clinch advisory roles
Hage Aaronson has secured a Supreme Court win for Marks & Spencer (M&S) after the court today ruled against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in a tax battle with the retailer.
Lincoln’s Inn set Hardwicke has been targeted by burglars with chambers calling police last week after a robbery
Harneys has hired a pair of senior lawyers from Ogier to continue its expansion in the Cayman Islands.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has taken the lead role for longstanding client Severn Trent on a potential bid from a Canadian, Kuwaiti and UK consortium reportedly valuing the target at £5bn.
Herbert Smith Freehills dominates this week’s headlines. First, the merged firm sent Sydney-based global corporate head Mike Ferraro to London on a mission to revamp legacy Herbies’ corporate department.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global corporate head Mike Ferraro has been brought in to the firm’s London office to revamp its corporate department, The Lawyer can reveal.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global arbitration co-head Charles Kaplan has resigned from the firm to join US outfit Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has appointed Norton Rose’s Frankfurt corporate team leader Nico Abel as its second partner for its new German offices.
The High Court has ruled that Sally Bercow, the wife of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP, libelled former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine on social media network Twitter.
Widespread redundancies of both lawyers and support staff reared their particularly ugly head again over the past week or two. This week Bevan Brittan and Trowers and Hamlins followed Berwin Leighton Paisner Osborne ...
Cardiff-headquartered Hugh James has added three lawyers to the partnership in its latest round of promotions.
Iglo Group general counsel Anthony Barratt is set to leave the Birds Eye owner later this year as the private equity-owned business kicks off a search for a replacement.
Ince & Co has hired former DLA Piper managing partner and Asia projects head Martin David to lead its Asia energy practice.
US-based insurance giant Lockton has announced the hire of Towergate legal chief Sam Clark as its new general counsel.
Defendant insurance firm Plexus Law, a subsidiary of Parabis, is to merge with Greenwoods to create a £90m firm.
The number of international litigants turning to the Commercial Court to resolve disputes has increased by 30 per cent since March 2009, new research reveals, while the number of domestic litigants is on on the wane.
Irwin Mitchell’s legal practice is closing in on the £200m revenue mark, with the firm’s commercial business generating revenues of £40m over the last financial year.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out an appeal by two Saudi princes who wanted a case against them be heard behind closed doors.
The Lawyer today unveils the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2013, with firms and teams of lawyers jostling for recognition for their contribution to the profession.
The named partner of Italian firm Giambrone Law, Gabriele Giambrone, is fighting the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) over the decision to remove him from the SRA’s register of European lawyers.
After the appointment of Jackson LJ to hear appeals spinning out of his reforms litigators warn that bigger battles are on the horizon
Manchester-firm JMW has acquired local specialist property and litigation firm Goodman Harvey, set up in 2004 by an ex-Halliwells partner and an imaginary rabbit.
Jones Day’s Beijing office could be halved in size in the coming months, as the firm mulls over the relocation of several partners and associates to other China offices.
Keating Chambers senior clerk Nick Child is leaving the set to join Navigant Consulting as managing director and head of global market development for the company’s global construction practice.
Kennedys has signed a three-year outsourcing deal with Integreon that will see five library and information services staff transfer to the back office services provider.
Kennedys will formally merge with aviation practice Gates & Partners this weekend (1 June).
It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200. But the news today that the talks are off means that Withers and Speechly Bircham join the roll call of Field Fisher Waterhouse and Lawrence Graham, Addleshaws and Nabarro, Fi
King.com general counsel Marcus Whalen is to leave the online gaming company to take up a consultancy position.
Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Malllesons (KMW) has named partner Sue Kench as successor to managing partner Tony O’Malley in Australia.
Latham & Watkins has secured the hire of three Shearman & Sterling partners to launch a Düsseldorf office, hot on the heels of Shearman’s decision to centralise its German presence in Frankfurt.
Lawyers are the most loyal and hardworking professionals in the UK, new research by legal recruiter Robert Walters claims today.
The legal community has warned against the dangers of privatising the court system as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) denied it was planning to sell off courts to the private sector.
Lawyers are among the nation’s biggest daydreamers with eight in 10 claiming that regular daydreams help improve their performance at work, a survey conducted by hotel chain Travelodge claims.
French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has hired a team of lawyers from Winston & Strawn’s Paris office to kickstart a dedicated environment and sustainable development team.
The senior legal counsel of construction giant Lend Lease, Alistair Cutts, is understood to have left the role as the business scales back its European arm.
39 Essex Street’s Robert Jay QC, the counsel to the Leveson Inquiry, has been appointed to the High Court in the latest round of judicial appointments.
Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters have obtained regulatory approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Law to launch into Seoul.
Linklaters has added two partners to its nascent Washington DC office with the hire of Bingham McCutchen tax duo David Brockway and Jasper Howard.
Linklaters’ policy of handing out branded umbrellas to students on campus to spread the firm’s name appears to have paid off after Coleen Rooney was pictured on the pitch after a Manchester United home match carrying a giant brolly with the magic circle outfit’s logo on it.
Linklaters has taken the lead role for Glencore Xstrata on its first post-merger bond issue, confirming the magic circle firm as the combined group’s primary adviser following the $64bn (£42bn) mining tie-up.
Linklaters has implemented an across the board pay hike for all junior lawyers, with newly qualified (NQs) lawyers receiving their first salary boost since 2011.
Linkaters has reshuffled its international board, with four partners voted onto the senior governance body including City capital markets specialist Paul Lewis.
Linklaters has confirmed the make-up of its Seoul office following its regulatory go-ahead earlier this month, with the firm transferring four Hong Kong lawyers to staff the newly-launched base.
Magic circle firms Linklaters and Clifford Chance have been instructed by two of the oil majors that faced dawn raids by the European Commission this week.
In a world where domestic markets are struggling, looking elsewhere for opportunity makes sense. Iberian firms have long been building relationships with their counterparts in Latin America, which has significant cultural and linguistic similarities. In 2004 Garrigues began a network with firms across the continent, and called it Affinitas
The Legal Services Act (LSA) is making traditional firms more innovative with 25 per cent planning on changing their strategy as a direct result of the legislation, a survery by advisory firm Baker Tilly has claimed.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) has expanded its partnership with two promotions.
LOS ANGELES — May 15, 2013 — Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, today announced the creation of Manatt Digital Media to offer innovative, one-stop, full-service legal and business consulting services for clients in the digital media, entertainment and advertising industries.
JMW has parted company with eight of its 12 secretaries in its personal injury (PI) department, citing challenges caused by the Jackson reforms as a reason for the cuts.
Isle of Man firm Dougherty Quinn has announced it is merging with local private client and corporate boutique Kerruish Law & Trust.
What a week it’s been for Marks & Spencer. The retailer posted a drop in profits on Tuesday despite a rise in sales over the last twelve months prompting chief executive Marc Bolland to declare that the future lies in cyberspace and not on the high street.
Media set 5RB picked up roles on both sides of a Court of Appeal (CoA) battle over whether it was a matter if public interest that Boris Johnson MP, Mayor of London, had a daughter with a former mistress.
In London moaning about the tube is a daily past time for most commuters, despite the 150 years of loyal service that the system has given the city. But have those commuters ever untangled their head from the nearest armpit and asked fellow commuters: what of its legal team?
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has requested that Westminster School change the name of its mini-pupillage auction to work experience amid controversy over the sale of a work placement.
Insurance business BGL Group, the owners of insurance website comparethemarket.com, has acquired volume personal injury firm Minster Law.
Mishcon de Reya has broken through its £80m turnover target for 2012/13 with a 14 per cent rise, bringing revenues to £83.4m for the last financial year.
Almost 40 per cent of UK associates currently at a US firm said money was their key motivator for joining - twice as many as last year, a survey by The Lawyer reveals today.
DWF is entering another redundancy consultation which will put jobs at risk in its London, Coventry, Teesside and Manchester offices.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Beijing co-head Ingrid Zhu-Clark is to leave the firm, becoming the first ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf partner to exit the US outfit since a team of nearly 20 partners joined from the bankrupt firm last year.
Berryman Lace Mawer (BLM) has secured new mandates for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which today named a new lineup for its £400m clinical negligence and non-clinical negligence legal panels as well as its new regulatory, health and disciplinary panel.
German firm Noerr has announced plans to launch in Brussels within the next year on the back of a growing volume of regulatory work.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has appointed Tetra Pak general counsel Maria Varsellona as its new legal chief following the exit of Joyce Norcini from the Finnish telecoms group.
Norton Rose has unveiled the leaders of its three main global practice groups ahead of its merger with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski next month, with corporate and disputes both receiving new bosses.
Norton Rose Fulbright has granted just over 25 per cent of positions on its two key governance bodies to US partners, meaning legacy Fulbright & Jaworski is almost as well represented on the management groups as the UK.
Sir Alex Ferguson has clearly timed his Manchester United exit to enable him to stand for global managing partner of Clifford Chance (all he needs now is a practising certificate) when nominations open later this year.
LONDON, UK - May 15th, 2013 — Nuix, a worldwide provider of information management technologies, and EDRM, the leading standards organisation for the eDiscovery and information governance market, have today republished the EDRM Enron PST Data Set after cleansing it of private, health and personal financial information. Nuix and EDRM have also published the methodology Nuix’sstaff used to identify and remove more than 10,000 high-risk items at nuix.com/enron.
Saturday night was a bad one for Spain. The country’s Eurovision entry plummeted almost to the bottom of the results table at the annual musical cheese-fest.
Olswang has strengthened its pensions team with the hire of Lawrence Graham partner Ron Burgess.
Osborne Clarke (OC) has confirmed one redundancy following its major move away from outsourcer Integreon, which has resulted in 80 staff members returning to the firm.
Osborne Clarke today (15 May) entered into a two week consultation programme with a view to cutting 13 senior associates.
Osborne Clarke (OC) has completed the launch of its Brussels office, hiring a two-partner team from former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners.
Osborne Clarke (OC) has made up three lawyers to partner from yesterday (2 May) including two in Bristol and one in London in its first UK partner promotions round for two years.
The Barreau de Paris (Paris Bar Association) has split from France’s national bar association in a public row over the future direction of the organisation.
Property management company, Peverel Group, has appointed Nigel Hirst as head of legal and company secretary.
Mark & Spencer (M&S) has lost a long-running trademark battle with Interflora after the High Court ruled that the retailer had infringed Interflora’s trademark.
Poundworld is to review its legal department following the exit of legal chief David Dresser, who quit the company following a row over which firms the company should instruct.
In-house public sector lawyers are a pretty innovative bunch. No, it’s true.
Law firms which have converted to LLP status could find themselves saddled with a much larger national insurance bill under measures announced in today’s Queen’s Speech.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired two Herbert Smith Freehills partners to launch its first move into the Australian market.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is to launch in Hong Kong after hiring arbitration lawyer John Rhie from Kim & Chang.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is carrying out a review of its Emea legal panel that will see it unveil a new roster for the region from 1 July.
You can usually rely on a pithy comment or two from our increasingly vocal readers on The Lawyer.com.
King & Wood Mallesons’ year-long merger negotiations with Singaporean firm WongPartnership failed just days before a tie-up was to be announced to the market, The Lawyer can reveal.
Fee income at Addleshaw Goddard has remained static over 2012/13 with the firm posting a revenue drop of two per cent from £170m to £167m.
Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna and Debevoise & Plimpton are amongst the new firms appointed to Royal Dutch Shell’s revamped legal panel, which consists of more than 150 firms.
Sausage-skin maker Devro has hired Dairy Crest’s former deputy company secretary Andrew Money as its first London-based in-house lawyer.
A group of lawyers from the Swedish offices of Ashurst and White & Case have joined forces with the former managing partner of Hannes Snellman’s Stockholm office to form a corporate boutique.
With Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters becoming the latest international firms to arrive in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea now plays host to over 20 foreign firms.
Trowers & Hamlins has announced that it has made seven redundancies since March.
Shakespeares is planning its sixth acquisition since 2010 through a tie-up with Leicester firm Marrons.
Shearman & Sterling has hired a three-strong private equity team in London from Weil Gotshal & Manges including high-profile partner Mark Soundy.
Simmons & Simmons has been granted a licence to operate in Singapore by the state’s Attorney General’s Chambers.
Simmons & Simmons has unveiled a reduced partnership round for 2013, taking seven partners into the fold compared with ten last year.
Simmons & Simmons is set to add a fourth partner to its low-cost Bristol base with the hire of Burges Salmon funds specialist Mahrie Webb.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has taken a lead advisory role alongside Silicon Valley firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian on Yahoo!’s acquisition of blogging site Tumblr for $1.1bn in cash.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has snared a key Clifford Chance funds senior associate with close ties to private equity houses Apax Partners and BC Partners.
Mike Giles, who has been finance director at SJ Berwin since 1999, is leaving the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
SJ Berwin is gearing up for a vote on a global merger with Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) that would see the UK outfit’s name disappear.
Tanned young men and women sitting by the pool in Marbella, the sun blazing down on the water, cocktails spilling over as pockets get lighter and lighter
The shock news that the name SJ Berwin might be about to disappear from the world is today’s number one legal market water-cooler topic.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon is to bulk up its UK presence with the acquisition of Simpson Millar, Goodmans Law and the personal injury practice of Taylor Vinters.
Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Slaughter and May’s Italian best friend, has overhauled its governance and structure and elected two new managing partners in a bid to ensure its future.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that Westminster City Council charged excessive licensing fees to Soho sex shop owners.
Withers and Speechly Bircham will vote next week on whether the two firms should merge to create a £170m firm, The Lawyer has learned.
Speechly Bircham has set out plans for “significant team hire” following the end of its merger talks with Withers.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) chief executive Antony Townsend has announced today that he will?be stepping down later in the year.
Stephenson Harwood has become the first UK law firm to enter the Myanmar market after striking an association deal with local firm U Tin Yu & Associates.
Linklaters banking and restructuring partner Chris Howard is leaving the magic circle firm to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office.
US litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller & Flexner is to launch its first non-US office in London this summer, joining Mississippi-based Butler Snow as the firm sets its City launch for June.
There was vindication this morning for environmental lobbying group Client Earth, which after being knocked back in the High Court and Court of Appeal achieved victory in the Supreme Court in its battle against the Government’s stance on air quality.
Manchester firm JMW has posted its year-end results for 2012/13, revealing a 13 per cent increase in revenue thanks to a significant boost in online instructions.
Swiss firm Niederer Kraft & Frey (NKF) has lost two partners after the duo were caught up in allegations of tax evasion between the US and Switzerland.
Taylor Wessing has reported a 7 per cent increase in global revenue for the 2012/13 financial year, with fee income rising from £212m to £228m.
Telefonica UK’s general counsel Edward Smith has shaken up the company’s in-house legal team, taking advantage of two departures to promote internally and change the structure of the group.
Texas firm Andrews Kurth is set to become the latest US oil and gas player to target the UK market with a London launch.
What is it with Texas firms and the City? One word: energy.
If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May’s flowers bring? Plenty of new partners to receive those petals, that’s what.
Beijing continues to attract international talent with firms flocking to the city with ambitions of getting a slice of the pie.
Al Giles managing director of Axiom for EMEA and Asia.
Iberian firm Garrigues has retained the top spot in The Lawyer’s European 100 2013, but firms from Germany and Norway have produced the strongest financial results in an increasingly divided European market.
When Parabis entered The Lawyer UK200 in 2011 it boasted turnover of £100m - not bad for a firm that had only launched eleven years earlier.
Three employment law crackers to kick off May: mass allegations of supermarket pay inequality; yet more on Moyes v Manchester United; and does a ‘kick in the butt’ excuse a punch in the mouth?
Bath-headquartered Thrings has named company commercial head Simon Holdsworth as its new managing partner succeeding Thomas Sheppard.
Bristol firm TLT has posted a 10 per cent increase in revenue for the 2012/13 financial year to nearly £50m, with the news coming alongside the firm’s planned office opening in Manchester this summer.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has approached the head of Westminster School after it auctioned off a mini-pupillage in a bid to raise money for a new building.
Groucho Marx famously snubbed any club that would have him, but what about a club that simply won’t squeeze in any more members?
Travers Smith has made up three associates to partner, in a promotions round less than half the size of last year’s.
Travers Smith will review its training contract programme and invite all partners and staff to take part in its first Diversity Week in the autumn in the wake of an Employment Tribunal ruling against the firm.
Travers Smith has lost a discrimination case brought against it by a former trainee who claimed she was not given a permanent job because of her pregnancy.
The Employment Tribunal has rejected an age discrimination claim by lawyer Leslie Seldon against his former firm Clarkson Wright & Jakes (CWJ), bringing to an end five-year legal battle that reached the Supreme Court.
It’s a year later this month since Dewey & LeBoeuf went bust, and much has been resolved.
RadcliffesLeBrasseur tax and private client chief Simon Goldring is to join Trowers & Hamlins as head of private wealth.
It’s been largely good news out of Germany recently. As the European 100 will show when it is published in a couple of weeks, the independent German firms all had a storming year with turnover up - mostly by a considerable margin - across the board.
Leeds firm Walker Morris has promoted two lawyers to its partnership, along with eight new directors.
Weightmans has become the latest firm to announce its partner promotions, adding four partners - one more than in 2012.
Weightmans has announced record revenue figures for the 2012/13 financial year, with turnover hitting £82m - up from £77.1m in 2011/12.
Auctioning work experience places to the highest bidder is an inherently unfair system
It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200.
Withers and Speechly Bircham have called off merger talks following votes at both firms.
Withers chairman Anthony Indaimo is to stand down in July with the firm naming New York-based Ivan Sacks as his successor.
Nicky Richmond says more needs to be done to keep women in the law, following the prospect of Government targets in the FTSE100.
Less than two months after the no-win no-fee era was forcibly shut down (1 April) and the repercussions are being borne out by what appears to be a fresh merger frenzy in the personal injury world.
Wragge & Co has put up to 30 full-time equivalent support staff at risk of being made redundant in London and Birmingham.
Amsterdam - 21 May 2013 - ZyLAB, the provider of e-Discovery and Information Management solutions, today published a white paper written by Prof. Johannes Scholtes, Chief Strategy Officer and founder of the organization. The paper warns IT decision makers and legal professionals about the dark side of Big Data, advising on the adoption of a program for archiving and retention to protect their organisation and increase operational efficiency.