Online October 2013
Being negligent does not mean being liable. Being negligent and causing an injury means a liability arises.
NCTM has acted as a legal adviser to GCI in the transfer of 15 real-estate assets, valued at €635m, to an investment fund managed by Morgan Stanley SGR.
Lorna Meyer QC from No5 Chambers has represented the appellant mother in Re W (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1227.
$100,000 payout for employee sacked for failing competency test while suffering from PTSD and depression download
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has awarded a train driver $100,000 after he was sacked while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after a crash.
‘The court is not a rubber stamp’: the message from the federal court in respect of second court hearings for schemes download
The Australian federal court has given us a salutary reminder that its role in approving schemes at the second court hearing is not perfunctory.
The information technology industry invests large sums each year in the innovation and development of new tools for mobile handsets and other computer systems.
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 October, 2013
The next quarterly issues/programs list must be placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 October, reflecting information for the months of July, August, and September 2013.
On 27 September, the PhRMA filed suit against the HHS challenging the 340B orphan drug final rule.
7KBW’s David Edwards QC has received the Insurance Silk of the Year award while the law firm won Insurance Set of the Year.
7KBW has announced the publication of the Principles of the Law of Agency by Prof Howard Bennett, published by Hart Publishing.
Hyundai filed a UK trademark application for the words Hyundai EON. E.ON claimed, among other grounds, there was a likelihood of confusion between the marks.
In its 2013 budget, the government announced various financial support plans intended to invigorate the residential property market.
Damage caused to property by tree roots is a problem often encountered by land owners, occupiers and developers.
Mills & Reeves has published a round-up of recent litigation cases, including W M Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Mastercard Inc and Newbury v Sun Microsystems.
A lack of testamentary capacity is arguably the most commonly pleaded claim by disgruntled family members that are not happy with the contents of a deceased’s will.
The abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board took effect on 25 June 2013, subject to transitional provisions running until 1 October 2013.
About association in agriculture download
It has become a truism that the agricultural area of Romania is highly fragmented and that modern and efficient agriculture requires the association of small farmers and consolidated surfaces.
The ACCC has decided not to grant authorisation to members of the ASO to reach agreements within shared practices as to the fees to be charged for ophthalmic services.
Addleshaw Goddard has increased its financial regulation capability in London with the appointment of consumer finance expert Nikki Worden as partner.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Andor Technology on its acquisition of Apogee and Spectral Applied Research.
The ECJ has ruled on the validity of age-related contributions in a money purchase pension scheme, confirming they are permissible provided they can be objectively justified.
The recent case of Torre Asset Funding v RBS reiterates that the contract is king, especially in the context of complex structured asset finance facilities.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has awarded Agnes Lee with the 2013 Conyers Dill & Pearman Prize in Commercial Law.
AgriThinking — Winter 2013 download
King & Wood Mallesons has released the winter edition of its AgriThinking publication, which includes articles on the rural sector in China and Australia.
AIFM toolbox — October 2013 download
The AlFM toolbox aims to provide reader-friendly access to the EU legislation relating to the AIFMD Level 1 measures as well as the AIFMR Level 2 measures.
Minter Ellison’s Ajay Khandhar has been awarded the 2013 Australian Young Lawyer Award for Organisation.
The claimant had been employed as a security guard by a security company for just more than two years. He was recruited, with another employee, to cover 102 hours at a Morrisons store.
Allen & Overy has advised Deutsche Annington Immobilien on the launch of its EMTN programme with a total volume of €4bn and the first successful €500m bond issue under this programme.
Allen & Overy has advised Hapag-Lloyd on the successful placement of a €250m (£210m) high-yield bond under New York law.
Allen & Overy has acted as joint legal advisers with Minter Ellisons to the Lloyds Banking Group in respect of the sale of select Australian businesses.
Allen & Overy has advised MAX Automation in Düsseldorf on the acquisition of the AIM Group from Günther Holding in Hamburg.
Allen & Overy has advised Neoswiat PPP Projects on the development of Jagiellonian University student dormitories in a PPP deal.
Allen & Overy has advised Saudi Arabian solar company Sun & Life on the acquisition of the insolvent solar division of the Flabeg Group.
Allen & Overy has seen a flurry of emerging market sovereign debt issues in recent weeks.
Allen & Overy has picked up eight accolades at the annual IFLR Middle East Awards ceremony in Dubai, including the International Firm of the Year award.
Allen & Overy has topped the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) M&A league tables for 2013 at Q3, by value, as reported by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.
Christian Bayart and Ilse Bosmans of Allen & Overy have written a chapter on employment issues in the compilation International Outsourcing Law and Practice.
Allen & Overy’s Luxembourg office is set to receive a new video art piece from Mark Lewis as part of its art sponsorship programme.
Allen & Overy’s M&A Index has revealed that the M&A market has given mixed signals in the third quarter of 2013.
All-in@EiG 2013: gaming update download
DLA Piper’s gaming team has launched All-In@EiG 2013, a resource containing updates and analysis of topical legal and regulatory issues across the globe.
Amendments to the BVI trust regime download
VISTA has achieved significant traction in succession planning for family businesses and individuals from a civil law background.
In a welcome judgment for employers, the Guernsey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal (the Tribunal) recently rejected an employee’s claim for constructive unfair dismissal.
The Honourable Mr Justice Baker gave judgment in the case An NHS Trust v Dr A following a long process.
Since the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Pilot Zone was approved by the State Council, investors have awaited detailed policies and regulations to be issued.
The European Commission (EC) has issued a proposal to amend and restate the existing Payment Services Directive and so create a new directive (PSD2)
Anthony Crean QC has been instructed by Jillings Hutton to represent Devonshire Homes.
Appleby has acted as Cayman counsel for China Ludao Technology Company in relation to its listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Appleby has acted as Cayman counsel for Ngai Shun Holdings in relation to its listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Jersey law firm Appleby has strengthened its property team with the appointment of David Le Brocq, who has joined the firm as conveyancing manager.
Appleby has had two lawyers listed as Most Highly Regarded Individuals in the Who’s Who of Private Client Lawyers 2013.
The major theme running through the articles in this edition is the progressive development of international arbitral law and practice.
Arendt & Medernach has announced the appointment of 11 new senior associates with effect from 1 July 2013.
Argentina has agreed a settlement relating to five investment treaty arbitration awards, made between 2005 and 2008, pursuant to which it was ordered to pay a total of over $450m.
The UKIPO has upheld an opposition by Georgio Armani against Jacob Armani’s application to register a figurative mark for baby equipment.
While much of the world is finally getting a handle on the .com, .net and .org domains, we are on the brink of an explosion of hundreds of new generic top-level domains.
Congressional sources indicate that a deal might not come together politically until very close to the 17–18 October deadline.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released class order relief for AQUA market exchange traded funds.
To continue to compete effectively and stand out in their product categories, food companies are under pressure to explore new options for growth.
Informal business often have agreements that are partly oral, partly written, and in various forms. This can lead to difficulties should the contractual relations break down and result in litigation.
The Competition Commission has been conducting a market investigation into statutory audit services and has been reviewing clauses in loan agreements relating to the appointment of auditors.
The decision demonstrates the role that determinations of compensation can play in native title settlement.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has issued for public consultation the second of the three tranches of Draft Guidelines for the new Australian Privacy Principles,
On 15 October 2013, the recently elected federal government released a consultation paper and exposure draft legislation to repeal the carbon pricing mechanism.
Authorised guarantee agreements have been the subject of much commentary in the last few years.
It has been a hectic few months for the larger players in the food industry as they face head on the challenges posed by auto-enrolment.
The results are in from Eversheds’ ‘Automatic Enrolment One Year On’ survey.
Automatic suspension not lifted ... sort of — Covanta Energy Ltd v Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority
It seems that there are still some procurement exercises under way that were begun before the implementation of the Remedies Directive in 2009.
Our seasoned team has been involved in a high number of complex transactions in this field, working for a wide variety of clients and in a wide variety of matters.
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has refused to issue an interlocutory injunction to prevent an employee’s dismissal for making comments and criticisms on Twitter.
Paul Fontes, partner at Eversheds, has commented on the news that the majority of UK bankers expect to receive a larger bonus in 2013.
DLA Piper has released the latest issue of its Banking & Finance Litigation Update.
The knowledge and expertise amassed by Jinga, Maravela & Asociatii lawyers in banking and finance is a direct response to client demands for delivering technical and commercial excellence.
Our banking and finance team provides a full range of banking and finance services, working with funders, borrowers, lenders, issuers, underwriters and other advisers.
DLA Piper has released Issue 68 of its Banking and Finance Litigation Update.
Our debt finance team offers proactive, practical and commercial advice to lenders and borrowers.
Be Global — 1 October 2013 download
Be Global is a publication by DLA Piper’s global employment group, designed to keep you informed on recent developments around the world.
The Town and Country Planning Act enables local planning authorities to take steps requiring land or buildings to be cleaned up if their condition is deemed to adversely affect the amenity of the area.
Audrey Williams has commented on the news that the Home Office will consider encouraging whistleblowing by financial incentives in cases involving fraud, bribery and corruption
In July the EAT came to the unexpected conclusion that an employee’s choice of companion for a disciplinary or grievance hearing does not need to be ‘reasonable’.
The major change in the SOPA Amendments is the insertion of time limits.
Big data in the energy sector download
Structuring, storing and processing massive volumes of data is problematic.
Bill for revision of Netherlands arbitration act tabled — what does it hold in store for international users? download
In April 2013, the Dutch government published a bill for the ‘modernisation of Netherlands arbitration law’.
This year’s reduction in legal aid and the removal of recoverability of success fees and premiums from the losing party will lead to a huge increase in the ranks of litigants in person.
The Court of Appeal decided that although solicitors had acted in breach of trust, losses were limited to the additional security that a first legal charge would have provided.
Where a property has been sublet, the parties to the headlease must be cautious about any determination of it.
The High Court has held that while a break notice did not comply with all the requirements set out in the lease, this did not invalidate the notice.
Brian Dean from No5 Chambers has defended in a prison murder trial.
Defence barrister Brian Dean of No5 Chambers has defended in a drugs case that saw more than £7m worth of high-purity narcotics being smuggled into the UK.
Andrew Legg has commented following news that a British printing company is facing charges of corruption related to contracts for the supply of ballot papers in African elections.
Business immigration changes download
Immigration into the UK continues to be a hot topic, with the government wanting to reduce net immigration.
Christopher Butcher QC and Benjamin Parker were counsel for Equitas in Equitas Ltd v Walsham Brothers & Co Ltd  EWHC 3264 (Comm).
Buying a hotel — our top six points download
Whether you are an experienced hotelier or just starting out in the hotel industry, the process of buying a hotel can be a daunting prospect.
Under this new policy, in force since April 2013 but amplified by a new iteration in July 2013, bidders for government contracts valued at more than £5m must self-certify their tax compliance.
The UK Court of Appeal reversed previous decisions and cancelled Cadbury’s UK registration for the colour purple and upheld the cancellation of Mattel’s UK registration for a Scrabble tile.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that extends the deadline to serve a prevailing wage penalty assessment on employers.
Section 409A applies to nonqualified deferred compensation that an employee or other service provider earns or has a legally binding right to receive in one tax year, but is not payable until a later tax year
The EAT has considered whether the tribunal at first instance should have taken into account a claimant’s post-termination conduct when determining his award of compensation.
Recent decisions of the US Supreme Court have confirmed that reverse payments in patent settlements are subject to competition law and are potentially anticompetitive.
Investors, banks and companies can rely on Jinga Maravela for tailored advice with regard to any transactions unfolding under the rules and regulations governing the capital markets.
In this alert we highlight some of the key messages for business arising from the government’s proposals.
Energy and resources industry group leader
Distress is being replaced by CRAR. This update looks at key features of the change and what this means for landlords and tenants.
The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX) is a leading offshore exchange for the listing of specialist debt securities, Eurobonds and insurance- and risk-related securities.
The DWP has updated its guidance on certifying money purchase and defined-benefit schemes for auto-enrolment.
Nabila Mallick has been nominated by chambers at the suggestion of the bar bono unit for bar pro bono lawyer of the year.
MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour has announced that Chan Park will join the law firm as a partner on 22 October 2013.
PSD2 introduces the concept of a ‘strong authentication’ procedure for validating payment instruments.
In April, Mills & Reeve blogged on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance on complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty from a procurement perspective.
This briefing provides a summary of the key requirements for the admission of equity securities of a trading company to a listing on the CISX.
The CISX commenced operations on 27 October 1998 with the intention of providing recognised facilities for the listing and trading of a broad range of debt securities.
The Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) has clarified how to approach dealings with the CISX in the period prior to its proposed restructure.
Thirty-seven per cent of employers in the voluntary sector make use of zero-hours contracts — a significantly higher proportion than either the public or private sector.
The Cup Trust raised £176m from donations during its first two years but distributed just £55,000 to charity and claimed approximately £46m in Gift Aid.
Head of real-estate division
On 2 July, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced an investigation into the prices charged by 60 foreign and domestic drug makers.
On 29 September 2013, China officially launched the pilot free trade zone in Shanghai.
There has been a review of the legislative protection of consumer rights to introduce additional consumer protection rules similar to those found in more developed markets.
Since Xi Jiping became China’s leader this year, the PRC has seen the launch of an unprecedented, sweeping government campaign to tackle corruption.
Chinese defamation law download
With the rapid growth in Chinese media services and increased awareness of legal rights among the Chinese, defamation litigation in China is on the rise.
The Energy Act 2011 could have far reaching implications for owners of commercial property.
Veronica Cocârlea has a general corporate and commercial practice as well as mergers and acquisitions expertise.
Colombia has issued its list of tax havens — an act that will negatively affect the tax effects of doing business in Colombia from or through any of these tax haven jurisdictions.
Eversheds is unique in having in its commercial contracting group a dedicated set of lawyers whose one function in life is to deliver effective contractual arrangements for their clients.
Our lawyers have highly specialised knowledge of commercial and contract law and the experience of dealing with a wide range of partners in commercial matters.
We are a specialist, dedicated team dealing with all manner of commercial contracts.
The Commercial Court has ruled that consequential losses arising from riots cannot be recovered from the public purse.
Our litigation and dispute management team in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia has the specialist expertise to manage disputes whenever and wherever it is needed.
Commercial negotiations for airport services in the UK spark reconsideration of airport market power: how does Australia compare? download
The outcome of the CAA’s consultation regarding Stansted airport may provide insight for the question of whether further regulation of Australian capital city airports is required.
The introduction of the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery system will abolish landlords’ ability to exercise distress.
TCEA will introduce a new statutory procedure that landlords must follow. The new procedure is called Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery and places additional burdens on landlords.
The Full Court of the Federal Court has allowed the commissioner of taxation’s appeal in FCT v Resource Capital Fund IV LP  FCAFC 118.
In a David (but not Beckham) and Goliath-style battle, a small UK shop has succeeded in retaining its trademark GOLDEN BALLS.
In order to help our clients tackle competition aspects swiftly and efficiently, our lawyers are prepared to assist with the whole range of competition matters.
Recognised as one of five ‘elite’ competition practices in Australia, Minter Ellison advises on a significant proportion of Australian and New Zealand merger clearances each year.
It is difficult to see this batch of proposals as anything other than an attempt by the EC to introduce competition and challenge to the status quo.
The CC has announced that it is prohibiting the merger between The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
New freedoms and flexibilities mean that further education providers could potentially do something that is anti-competitive and breaches UK and EU competition law.
Today’s update looks at the status of competition law in three countries: Brazil, Spain and Italy.
European and UK competition authorities have been busy in the food and beverage sector so far this year.
The Eversheds competition, EU and regulatory group is recognised as one of Europe’s leading competition/antitrust practices.
As of 1 October 2013, the index applicable to employees’ remuneration will increase from 756.27 to 775.17.
Taxes will be a major part of the budget discussions now under way in Washington. Is this an opening for comprehensive reform?
On 11 July 2013, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Senate Bill 911, which amends the state’s Money Transmission Act to remove the explicit exemption from licensure.
The Court of Appeal considered the way in which the matrimonial property regime in Russia would be recognised in respect of English property held in a Cayman law trust.
In the past five years, Minter Ellison has been the lead adviser on more than 150 nationally significant construction and infrastructure projects and disputes.
Our international team of around 100 specialists throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia provides a ‘whole lifecycle’ service.
Unfair consumer practices incur a cost to the economy of around £3.3 billion a year and 60 per cent of the population has fallen victim to unscrupulous traders.
The tenancy can be terminated by service of a notice to quit (NTQ), which expires at the end of a full period of the tenancy, if it is periodic.
A recent decision has sparked controversy within the real-estate industry, because it seems to fly in the face of established break notice principles and practice.
Conyers has provided British Virgin Islands legal advice in connection with the issue of $500m to AVIC International Finance & Investment Company.
Conyers has provided Bermuda legal advice to Bank of America in connection with a $3.1bn sale and repurchase agreement related to the acquisition by Amgen of Onyx Pharmaceuticals.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Dong Fang Container Finance (SPV) on its $200m Series 2013-1 asset-backed notes offering.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman Islands law advice to Kawa Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of certain units of Conergy.
Conyers has advised TEN on its public offering of up to $50m of 8–7/8 per cent Series C cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred shares.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Weatherford International, an oil and natural gas service company, on the sale of its 38.5 per cent equity interest in Borets International.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been recognised as a leading financial and corporate law firm in the most recent edition of IFLR1000
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda legal advice to Avila Capital Markets Group in its application on behalf of ACM Bermuda.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s London office has hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of gender diversity in the boardroom.
Underwriters and their associates should be extremely careful about making any acquisitions of target shares after having entered into an underwriting agreement.
Copyright litigation update: copyright register has ‘right to weigh in’ before registration is invalidated download
The 7th Circuit has held that a district court had committed legal error in invalidating a copyright registration without first consulting the Register of Copyrights.
We are recognised as a leading law firm for corporate work by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Our corporate team covers all aspects of equity capital markets advice, M&A and private equity for UK and international companies.
Whatever the matter requiring corporate assistance, you are in the right place.
Minter Ellison’s corporate team has extensive and market-leading experience in all aspects of corporate and securities laws.
The Eversheds international corporate law team advises a range of clients, from some of the world’s largest corporations to growing and start-up businesses.
Wide sentencing powers can have a significant impact on a defendant’s finances.
We have established a corporate secretarial team dedicated to assisting you with subsidiary entity management around the globe.
For unfair dismissal purposes, the question ‘is there a redundancy?’ has to be answered in two parts.
Court of Appeal remits the decision to impose a prohibition order on an individual to the Upper Tribunal download
In FCA v David Hobbs, the Court of Appeal decided to remit to the Upper Tribunal the question of whether a prohibition order should be imposed on a trader.
This is not the first time that England has faced social, economic and environmental challenges giving rise to housing need.
The Antitrust Division obtained more than $1.02bn (£630m) in criminal fines in fiscal year 2013, which officially closed yesterday.
Cyber-security energy infrastructure download
Cyber security is increasingly becoming a key issue for those who own, manage and operate any sort of infrastructure.
Dacheng has acted as the exclusive legal adviser on the launch of a CSRC hotline.
Dacheng senior partner Tu Chengzhou has been retained as an independent director of Rainbow Department Store Co in China.
On 5 August 2013, Dacheng officially launched its office in Moscow.
Dacheng Tax Newsletter: Issue No. 1 download
Dacheng has published the first issue of its Tax Newsletter, edited by David Yu, Lily Fan, Fidel Liu and Shen Liming.
The 1 October 2013 issue of Addleshaw Goddard’s Data and Information E-Alerts publication is available now.
David Casement QC has been appointed as a deputy High Court judge of the chancery division.
Debevoise has advised Freight One on the purchase of 100 per cent of the shares in ZAO StalTrans from Severstal.
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Wilsonart on its agreement to acquire Durcon, a manufacturer of laboratory-grade work surfaces.
The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton has been shortlisted in the British Legal Awards 2013 in the London Office of the Year category.
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Brandon C Gruner and Le V Lam have been named counsel to the firm effective 1 October 2013.
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised the executive management and certain other shareholders of Arrow Global Group on its successful IPO.
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its agreement to acquire John Deere Landscapes for $465m.
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised the Special Committee of the board of directors of Dell in its acquisition by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Norilsk Nickel on the successful closing of a $1bn seven-year eurobond offering, with an annual coupon rate of 5.55 per cent.
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Andy Y Soh is joining the firm as international counsel, effective 29 October 2013.
Debevoise & Plimpton has won a habeas case for Ibrahim Idris, a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton has been shortlisted in the Insurance Day London Market Awards in the Adviser of the Year category.
Debevoise partner Jonathan R Tuttle has been named in Securities Docket’s inaugural Enforcement 40 list.
Significant changes are imminent as the much anticipated DPA takes a step closer to implementation with the release of a draft code of practice.
Many developers frequently rely upon their right to terminate a contract if a project is severely delayed by the actions of another party.
The latest installment of the Deutsche Bank/Unitech LIBOR battle has recently played out in the High Court.
This is the first of a series of joint articles from DLA Piper with Cushman & Wakefield on the challenges of developing and investing in China’s hotel industry.
The terminal dilapidations claim of Twinmar Holdings Ltd v Klarius UK Ltd provides some useful guidance regarding rooflights and windows.
In a helpful judgment, the Jersey Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Royal Court in Pirrwitz v AI Airports International Ltd and PI Power International Ltd.
Directors' pay: full disclosure download
The final pieces of the government’s jigsaw of reforms on directors’ pay have been slotted into place.
The EAT has held that where an employer has found an employee to have committed gross misconduct, it is not automatically reasonable to dismiss that employee.
We are recognised as a leading firm for dispute resolution by Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Our team has a wealth of experience in handling complex High Court litigation.
England and Wales does not recognise a general implied duty of good faith and fair dealing in contract law. However, recent case law has raised the question as to whether it should.
DLA Piper has acted for Greenland Holdings of China in the purchase of a stake in the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project.
DLA Piper has successfully represented Jiangsu Eastern and Ningbo Ningshing in a litigation case in the English High Court.
DLA Piper has advised ECT on its acquisition of Matrix, which provides energy management and energy efficiency services for commercial buildings.
DLA Piper has advised mi-Technology Group on its acquisition by CSA Group, a provider of product certification and testing services.
DLA Piper has advised China Everbright and China Everbright Securities (HK) on the IPO of IGG on the GEM board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
DLA Piper has advised Austrian construction company Porr on competition law matters concerning the acquisition of two Alpine subsidiaries.
DLA Piper has advised the shareholders of R Griggs Group, the parent company and licensee of the Dr Martens brand, on its disposal of Griggs to an investment vehicle.
DLA Piper has advised SNF Floerger, a producer of flocculants for water treatment, oil and gas applications and mineral extraction, on the refinancing by its holding company SPCM SA.
DLA Piper has advised Vocalocity, a provider in the SMB-hosted VoIP market, on the sale of Vonage Holdings.
DLA Piper has advised WANdisco on a £19m placing, issuing two million shares to capitalise on growth opportunities, especially in ‘big data’.
DLA Piper has appointed former Italian country managing partner Federico Sutti as managing director for Europe and Africa.
DLA Piper has appointed Horace Lam as a partner in its intellectual property and technology group in Beijing.
DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hans as co-managing partner of its New York office.
DLA Piper has been named Most Innovative Law Firm in Client Service at the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers 2013 Awards for its WIN programme.
DLA Piper has been named Law Firm of the Year in Germany for Insurance Law in the JUVE manual Law Firms 2013/2014.
DLA Piper partner Victoria Lee has been named by The Recorder on its list of ‘Women Leaders in Tech Law’.
DLA Piper has been presented with the Thaddeus Stevens Partnership Award by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP).
DLA Piper has announced that the firm has been recognised by Corporate Counsel in the publication’s 2013 Annual Patent Litigation Survey.
DLA Piper has moved its New Jersey office from Florham Park to the Class A office building at 51 JFK Boulevard in Short Hills.
DLA Piper has represented Miller Energy Resources Inc in the dismissal of two consolidated shareholder derivative suits.
DLA Piper has successfully acted for ING on appeal of a claim instituted by Stichting Misrekening.
DLA Piper is named 2013 International Law Firm of the Americas and Los Angeles Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year.
Bryan Connolly of DLA Piper has been recognised as one of Real Estate Forum’s ‘40 Under 40’ in the October 2013 issue.
DLA Piper has advised the Turkey-based international Coca-Cola bottler in its inaugural offering of $500m 4.750 per cent investment-grade notes due in 2018.
DLA Piper’s managing partner of the Northern Virginia office has been named on the 2013 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly .
DLA Piper’s Wilmington office has received the Christopher J Battaglia Memorial Award, which was presented at the Delaware State Bar Association’s annual pro bono awards.
The claimant in Osei-Adjei v RM Education Ltd argued that he should be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings and vulnerability on the labour market.
The threat of forfeiture remains one of the most powerful weapons in a commercial landlord’s arsenal when dealing with a tenant that is in breach of its covenants.
The European Court of Justice has ruled on whether metatags and domain names can be considered ‘advertising’ under the Comparative Advertising Directive.
Hogan Lovells has hired partner Eduardo Ustaran to join its global privacy and information management practice.
DLA Piper has released the autumn issue of its Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News publication.
Since 1 September 2013, employers may offer employees a new form of employment relationship — that of ‘employee shareholder’.
The Federal Court of Australia has issued fines totalling $1m to 117 construction workers who went on strike against Australian Industrial Relations Commission orders.
Industry surveys describe our employment team as having ‘an impressive depth of talent’, providing ‘timely, practical, pragmatic and principled advice’.
Jinga, Maravela & Asociatii’s knowledge and experience has helped clients smooth their labour relationships.
Memery Crystal provides practical and commercial strategic advice to employers and employees on all aspects of employment law.
Eversheds has the widest range of experience in the world. This means we offer clients whatever they need in terms of human resources advice.
In this issue of Employment Post, Mills & Reeve looks at the evolution of TUPE, holiday pay, collective consultation and ACAS.
Lord Sugar’s recent win in an employment tribunal proved bittersweet when he was unable to recover any of his costs, but his experience is far from unusual.
The DoE has not issued a schedule indicating when funding will run out, but it seems clear that some programmes have far more limited ‘carryover’ funding than others.
Our attorneys have advised all types of players on virtually all aspects pertaining to energy and natural resources.
Patents for inventions may be obtainable, but the question arises whether they can be enforced when the user is in one place and the computing resources are elsewhere.
Enterprise agreement dispute resolution procedures must be carefully followed before going to the FWC with a complaint download
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has held that it did not have the jurisdiction to settle a dispute where the parties’ own dispute resolution procedures had not been followed.
Entry into law of bundle of amendments to Russian Civil Code — section on private international law download
This update examines the most important changes introduced by this law to Part Three of the Civil Code, Section VI — Private International Law.
Jinga Maravela delivers legal advice on the complexities of environmental regulations and liabilities, health and safety matters and compliance programmes.
We have in-depth experience of the full range of environmental matters and can provide you with specialist advice and representation wherever you do business.
Minter Ellison’s environment and planning team is renowned for its depth of expertise and comprehensive on-the-ground resources throughout Australia and in New Zealand.
Pillsbury today announced that Matthew Morrison has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a partner in the environment, land use and natural resources practice.
UK companies struggling with energy and emissions monitoring and reporting obligations should be aware that more obligations are coming.
The draft EU data protection regulation has caused much debate, but is it too early to prepare for implementation?
In the wake of reports that the US Government and NSA have used clandestine electronic surveillance, the European Commission has urged for the creation of an EU-based cloud system.
The CJEU has given judgment in case C-109/12, which concerns some practical effects of the borderline between medicinal products and medical devices.
Hogan Lovells has released its quarterly newsletter on European employment matters and trends for 2013. This section focuses on France.
Hogan Lovells has released its quarterly newsletter on European employment matters and trends for 2013. This section focuses on Germany.
Hogan Lovells has released its quarterly newsletter on European employment matters and trends for 2013. This section focuses on Italy.
Hogan Lovells has released its quarterly newsletter on European employment matters and trends for 2013. This section focuses on Spain.
Hogan Lovells has released its quarterly newsletter on European employment matters and trends for 2013. This section focuses on the Netherlands.
Hogan Lovells has released its quarterly newsletter on European employment matters and trends for 2013. This section focuses on the UK.
The recent case confirms that the holder of security by way of a bill of sale can enforce its security in respect of lending regulated by the CCA where the customer is declared bankrupt.
The next two days in Congress will be characterised by fast-moving developments on the government shutdown/debt ceiling issues.
Eversheds is advising the government of Uganda on the procurement of a lead investor and operator for the development and operation of the country’s first oil refinery.
Eversheds has advised Manchester Airports Group (MAG) on its joint venture in relation to the development of its £800m Airport City project.
Eversheds has advised the UK’s Highways Agency on the £367m contract for the implementation of a new free-flow charging system at the M25 Dartford-Thurrock river crossing.
Geoffrey Mead, partner at Eversheds, believes that a forthcoming tribunal fees challenge could be costly for the UK government.
Eversheds Bitans has been awarded the Latvian Corporate Law Firm of the Year award 2013 by Lawyer Monthly.
Eversheds has expanded its transport team by hiring international rail expert Andrew Herring, who has advised a multitude of public and private sector clients in the transport industries.
Eversheds has commented on a DWP paper that sets out proposals to cap the charges levied by default funds under qualifying DC schemes.
The Africa renewable power story is continuing to gather pace, according to Eversheds partner Howard Barrie.
A draft EU report due out imminently confirms a commitment to examine more closely the use by some member states of pay between assignment contracts.
Audrey Williams has commented on the European Parliament Committee vote to endorse a proposal aimed at introducing binding legislation to increase the share of women on company boards.
James Walsh, partner and telecoms expert at Eversheds, has responded to Ofcom’s announcement regarding increased annual licence fees.
Eversheds has commented on proposed new laws governing medical devices being debated in the EU parliament.
Eversheds’ Gary Delderfield has commented on the Fair Deal guidance issued by HM Treasury following a review of the existing Fair Deal guidance.
The healthcare team at Eversheds has been named Legal Adviser of the Year at the Laing and Buisson Independent Healthcare Awards 2013.
The Milan office of Eversheds has advised UniCredit and a syndicate of banks on the sale of the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel to Pacific Fifth Avenue Corporation.
Eversheds has announced a new pan-African strategy, which will focus on setting up the Eversheds African Law Institute and creating five key hub offices.
Eversheds lawyers attended the inaugural ICSC European Law Forum on 24 September 2013 in Brussels.
Michael Conroy Harris, construction expert at global law firm Eversheds, has commented on the latest UK construction output numbers.
Eversheds has announced an expansion of its Middle East operations with the opening of a second office in Iraq, located in Erbil, Kurdistan region.
Parmjit Singh, partner and head of the international food and drink sector at Eversheds, has responded to a new report from Tesco into food wastage.
Eversheds has commented on the vote of the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee to back a package of changes to EU data protection rules,
Eversheds Saladžius has sponsored the national legal conference ‘Constitutionalism and Supranationalism’.
Ben Jones, tax expert at Eversheds, commented after the EU launched a probe into Gibraltar’s corporate tax regime.
Stephen Rose, partner and expert in competition law at Eversheds has commented in response to a joint statement from the Office of Fair Trading, the Competition Commission and Monitor.
Philip Davies has said that the recent provisions requiring the annual directors’ remuneration report to include a future remuneration policy report will ease investor discomfort.
Eversheds has supported World Food Day by encouraging colleagues to bring in food items for their local food bank or relevant charity.
Eversheds has announced that colleagues from a number of its offices donated to World Food Day on 16 October.
Hogan Lovells has appointed Fabrizio Lolliri as European director of transfer pricing.
A High Court decision gives some useful guidance about the extent of a facility agent’s duties and a warning of the potential risks if a facility agent acts outside the scope of those duties.
The claimant in Somerset County Council v Chaloner had been the deputy director of an education centre run as a business by the council.
In the family team we are here to listen and then to advise you on how to achieve a realistic but financially viable solution to your problem.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has introduced a fast-track procedure for oppositions. This is in addition to the standard opposition procedure, which will continue in force.
FATCA update — October download
The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act on 18 March 2010.
Walker Morris’s sports group has been shortlisted for the Best Professional Service Business Serving Football award.
The FCC issued a forfeiture order to a television licensee for failing to keep its online public inspection file up to date and for not responding to its letters of inquiry.
The FCC issued a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture in the amount of $20,000 to an Alaskan telecommunications company for tower lighting violations.
The size of the Diebold financial resolution raises questions about future enforcement of the FCPA, as well as the incentives for companies to self-report.
On 23 September 2013, the FDA released the long-awaited mobile medical applications final guidance.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final unique device identifier (UDI) rule on 24 September 2013.
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Our finance specialists advise on a full range of corporate, real-estate, project and structured finance transactions.
Financial Conduct Authority consultation paper CP13/10: detailed proposals for FCA regime for consumer credit download
The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) Consumer Credit sourcebook (CONC) will contain the majority of the FCA’s rules and guidance for the new regime.
Following its May consultation on the AIFMD reporting guidelines on 1 October, ESMA published its final report on the same containing the procedure on reporting obligations.
Financial institutions e-briefing: professional negligence/title rectification/mortgage fraud download
This financial institutions e-briefing from Eversheds looks at the current overhaul going on in the professional indemnity insurance market.
This financial institutions e-briefing from Eversheds includes an update on the Green Deal, revisions to the Land Registry’s practice guidelines and case law updates.
In May 2013, the FCA consulted on guidance about dealing fairly with interest-only mortgage customers who risk being unable to repay their loan.
We have a substantial financial services practice with extensive experience of advising insurance companies, intermediaries, corporate finance firms, private banks and the Office of Fair Trading.
Mourant Ozannes focuses on the many legal and regulatory developments that lie ahead for financial institutions in Jersey, both during the coming quarter and beyond.
The FCA has proposed to extend eligibility to claim on the Financial Services Compensation Scheme to all unincorporated associations and certain large partnerships.
We have more than 200 lawyers worldwide who provide dispute management advice to domestic and international banks, fund managers, brokers and proprietary traders.
This briefing considers the potential for increased use of arbitration in cross-border financial services disputes and the implications for key stakeholders within the financial-services sector.
First new gTLDs delegated; non-Latin gTLDs; a new product to defend your marks; and changes to ICANN Registry Agreements download
Brand owners should prepare for the impending release of numerous new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — the first few of which will be open for registration soon.
Insurers have resisted funding the contingency for high-risk properties, which has resulted in governmental persuasion through a series of pooling agreements with the ABI.
Ogier has four people included in Citywealth’s Jersey Future Leaders list: three from Ogier Private Wealth and one from Ogier Legal.
On 25 September 2013, the French government released the key measures of the draft Finance Bill for 2014 that would notably affect French companies.
Hardly any FRAND defences have actually succeeded, due to the extraordinarily high practical requirements defined by the German Federal Court of Justice.
Our global fraud and international investigations group comprises specialists from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Robert Rhodes QC has been appointed by the FRC to chair a tribunal that will decide on a complaint against accountancy firm Mazars and one of its partners.
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The free-trade zone initiative is intended to be a pilot programme to provide a blueprint of how China will reform its economic structure.
FTC and DoJ release updated model confidentiality waiver for use in cross-border investigations download
The FTC and DoJ have issued an updated joint model waiver of confidentiality for use by parties in cross-border merger and civil non-merger investigations.
Ogier has released the latest version of its Funds Legal and Regulatory Update, which focuses on the AIFMD among other topics.
Minter Ellison’s funds management team is experienced in establishing and advising funds management clients across a range of asset and industry sectors.
The Central Bank of Russia has published amendments to Regulation 395-P regulating banks’ capital that revised certain of its current requirements for subordinated debt instruments.
This update is intended as a general overview, targeted specifically at claims officers and underwriters of insurers of professionals required to comply with the FOFA reforms.
This update sets out the Future of Financial Advice’s best interests duty.
Genesis Housing Association has appointed Winckworth Sherwood as its sole legal provider under a new partnership contact.
Proposal forms often contain basis of contract clauses and accuracy in completing the proposal is as important as it has ever been. This article explains why.
The 22 October 2013 issue of Hogan Lovells’ Global Payments Newsletter includes sections on regulatory developments, payment market developments and reports and surveys.
Goodman Derrick is set to exhibit at the Independent Hotel Show on 30–31 October 2013.
Governance news from Minter Ellison download
This briefing from Minter Ellison provides a synopsis of its weekly summary of corporate law and governance developments in Australia and overseas.
The government has published a consultation paper on permitted development rights that proposes new planning rules to allow greater flexibility.
Having taken account of the consultation responses, the TUPE reforms that the government is now proposing are considerably less radical than those it was originally considering.
In a 2013–14 Top Companies for Graduates to Work For list, compiled by TheJobCrowd.com, Shoosmiths scored 4.3 out of a maximum of 5.
Ince & Co recently represented Vitol Asia and Vitol SA before the Court of Appeal in the matter of the Crudesky.
The Court of Appeal judgment in the mis-selling interest swap case brought by Paul Rowley and John Green against RBS has just been released.
The registration of land as a town or village green remains a critical consideration for landowners and occupiers due to the restrictions upon the ability to develop and use the land.
The Court of Appeal has cast doubt on the standard protective language used in guarantees to preserve the guarantee where amendments are made to the underlying principal documents.
The discretionary power given to the Royal Court to discharge or vary a restraint order in support of ‘external proceedings’ did not permit it to consider allegations of undue delay in those proceedings.
Guidance (and a touch of solace) for compliance and legal personnel on potential supervisory liability download
Supervisory liability does not attach unless a compliance or legal employee truly functions in a supervisory capacity.
This guide addresses the issues that arise when an exempted company seeks to establish a physical office in Bermuda.
Guide to foundations in Guernsey download
The Foundations (Guernsey) Law 2012 came into force on 8 January 2013 and the Guernsey Registry has been accepting applications for registration since 9 January.
Guide to investment funds in Bermuda download
This guide is a summary of the law and procedures relating to the establishment and operation of investment funds in Bermuda.
The Bermuda Stock Exchange continues to attract international recognition. It is the world’s largest offshore fully electronic securities market.
Guernsey was the first jurisdiction to introduce a protected cell company (PCC) in 1997 and has been regularly using cell companies and refining the concept since then.
The GFSC expects new banks entering the Guernsey market to be reputable, of good standing and with an established track record in banking.
Guide to taking security in Guernsey download
This guide provides an overview of the process of taking security and enforcing security over Guernsey assets which will be subject to the laws of Guernsey.
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Safe Work Australia’s Bullying Code marks the first meaningful development in work health and safety law for employers in ‘safe’ industries and office workers for many years.
Health Alert — 14 October 2013 download
DLA Piper has released the 14 October 2013 issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — 28 October 2013 download
DLA Piper has released the 28 October 2013 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — 30 September 2013 download
DLA Piper has published the 30 September issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislations and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — 7 October 2013 download
DLA Piper has released the 7 October 2013 issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Our international team works closely with many of our largest clients, focusing on the strategic importance of good health and safety governance.
Health and safety in the workplace involves two different branches of the law, civil and criminal, as well as both corporate and personal responsibility.
Hedge fund definition download
The new ‘hedge fund’ definition as set out in ASIC’s Class Order 12/749 (as amended from 3 October 2013) is set out in this briefing.
Hedge fund managers making significant investments to comply with global regulatory changes: industry survey download
A global survey of hedge fund managers reveals that they are making significant investments in their firms’ infrastructure to comply with new regulatory requirements.
Goodman Derrick has announced the appointment of employment law partner Helen Brooks and solicitor Will Clift.
There is a fine line between the duty to do the best for your client and taking an unfair advantage of the claimant.
Here comes the shutdown: key points download
What impact will the shutdown have? Here are some of the highlights.
The new Fair Deal provides for staff who have their employments transferred from a public sector employer to a private contractor to continue to be members of the public service scheme that they were in before.
Hogan Lovells has advised CLSA and CITIC Securities as the joint placing agents in respect of a placement of 115 million existing shares in Trigiant Group for HKD362.3m.
Hogan Lovells has advised Japan’s largest stationery maker Kokuyo on its acquisition of Riddhi Enterprises, a Mumbai-based notebook manufacturer.
Hogan Lovells has advised the trustees of KPP on the implementation and completion of a settlement of its claims against EKC.
Hogan Lovells has advised Liberty Global on the disposal of its international content division Chellomedia to AMC Networks for $1bn.
Hogan Lovells has advised the general partner of Trophy Property Development on a restructuring of the fund’s underlying real-estate assets in China and its internal management.
Justin Savage is set to join Hogan Lovells’ Washington DC office as a partner.
Hogan Lovells has appointed London real-estate partner Jackie Newstead to serve as global head of real estate from 1 January 2014.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Michael Kasser has joined the firm as a regulatory specialist in its food, drug, medical device and agriculture group.
Corporate lawyers from Hogan Lovells’ Silicon Valley office have helped Five Prime Therapeutics to finance its operations and to enter the public market.
Hogan Lovells’ Baltimore office recently joined with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) to help plant trees on the streets of Baltimore City.
ServiceSource, a resource for people with disabilities, has selected Hogan Lovells as the recipient of its 2013 Community Partner of the Year award.
Hogan Lovells has recruited private equity partner Ed Harris into its London corporate practice. He joins the law firm from SJ Berwin.
Hogan Lovells has been nominated for 11 awards at the upcoming Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2013.
The guidelines companies develop can vary widely, to address the different industries, cultures and environments in which they operate.
Unfortunately an increasing number of owners of high-value properties are finding that they are victims of property fraud.
Before starting building, renovation or demolition works, it’s necessary to comply with Luxembourg’s building licence procedure.
The new test set out in MedImmune v Genentech continues to have a profound impact on trademark cases, explain Bobby Ghajar and Carolyn Toto.
Eversheds is a pioneer of HR consultancy services. Our team was set up in the 1990s to provide clients with practical HR support that makes a real difference to their organisations.
Bernard Thorogood has been instructed by the HSE to conduct the prosecution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust for health and safety offences.
From 1 October 2013, changes have been made to two pieces of health and safety legislation in an attempt to help businesses comply with the law.
ICAC recommends 11 strategies for preventing corruption in procurement and management of security services download
A report issued by ICAC is a timely reminder for government agencies to review their procurement and management processes, and establish adequate corruption prevention safeguards.
The DPA defines direct marketing as ‘the communication [by whatever means] of any advertising or marketing material that is directed to particular individuals’.
The International Financial Law Review 2014 edition has promoted Ogier to a top-tier firm for its investment fund and corporate and finance practices in Guernsey.
Independent legal directory IFLR1000 has moved Appleby Guernsey up its rankings for the finance and corporate and investment funds categories.
IFLR1000 has released its 2014 leading financial law firms ranking list, in which King & Wood Mallesons is listed as one of the ‘top-tier firms’ in China.
On 18 October 2013, the Hungarian government presented a bill introducing significant reform to the competition law regime in Hungary.
This Pillsbury client alert provides guidance on how a shutdown affects federal contractors and what they can do to prepare for and react to the shutdown.
A guarantor’s liability extends only to the extent that he has agreed to accept.
Kevin Cooper and Estelle Pattard have relocated to Ince & Co’s Monaco office to meet the demands of shipping, yacht, offshore energy and international trade clients.
Lloyd’s List has awarded Captain Faz Peermohamed, the head of Ince & Co’s admiralty team, the Global Maritime Lawyer of the Year 2013 prize.
Ince & Co partner Kevin Cooper is the contributing editor for the fully revised and updated sixth edition of Getting the Deal Through — Shipping.
Legal 500 UK 2013 has recommended Ince & Co as a top-tier law firm in shipping and corporate and commercial.
Increase in backlogs and margins underscore renewed optimism across global construction industry download
A majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sector have fresh confidence in the growth prospects for the industry, according to a KPMG survey.
Record levels of cash on balance sheets, and increasing boardroom confidence, will fuel M&A growth, according to a report from Hogan Lovells.
New York employers are not required to provide indefinite leave as an accommodation under the state disability discrimination law, but they may be required to do so under the broader New York City law.
India: more certainty for investors, or less? Actions to take regarding the latest on GAAR, TP safe harbours and subsidiary PE download
Recent legislative and case law developments have clarified India’s position on a number of tax and transfer pricing issues. While many of these developments are intended to increase certainty for foreign investors, a number of open questions remain.
The Eversheds infrastructure group comprises in excess of 150 lawyers across our international offices.
We understand that you have specific needs, work under unique pressures and look for external help that doesn’t simply involve a stream of unwanted marketing material.
The House of Lords has introduced legislation to remove the ‘strict liability’ provisions which mean that companies are automatically liable for certain injuries in the workplace.
The international inquiries and investigations team is made up of more than 200 lawyers worldwide and is able to quickly mobilise dedicated resources.
Minter Ellison’s insolvency and reconstruction team is consistently recognised by independent, international surveys as one of the leading practices in Australia and New Zealand.
Our insolvency team has worked on some of the most high-profile insolvencies of recent times.
Our lawyers’ insolvency practice is acknowledged for its quality and tailored solutions delivered to clients irrespective of their sector of activity.
Minter Ellison’s insurance practice is one of the largest in Australia and truly national.
Our international insurance and reinsurance team is recognised as a leader in the field, bringing a long track record of great results.
We work closely with many leading businesses to help them develop effective strategies for managing their intellectual property portfolios.
Minter Ellison’s intellectual property team is at the forefront of intellectual property development globally.
We stand today as one of the best-prepared and forward-looking firms in the field of intellectual property.
We are acknowledged experts in advising clients on the ownership, protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Karanovic and Nikolic has released an overview of intellectual property highlights in Serbia, Slovenia and Kosovo during September.
Our international arbitration group is ranked among the world’s top 30 international arbitration practices by the leading international arbitration journal Global Arbitration Review.
We have a team of more than 60 dedicated lawyers, giving us a global perspective when dealing with the contractual, regulatory and financial issues that affect this sector.
With the changing political, social and regulatory environment in Myanmar, Chinese investors must consider new strategies to ensure the long-term success of their investments.
We help you customise your fund structure to your investment goals.
We have one of the world’s leading investment treaty practices, advising both investors and host states.
London, some say, is a first-rate city trapped in a second-rate country, and its massive real-estate investment inflows are seen as the new (and long-term) ‘normal’.
Recent developments have further increased pressure in the EU for safe harbour reform.
One of the difficulties encountered when advising clients who claim that they have been mis-sold an interest rate hedging product is the paucity of decided case law concerning the sale of such products.
NCTM has signed a partnership agreement with ISFIN — a network of Islamic finance law specialists — that will see the firm become its exclusive representative.
Issues of contractual commitment and determining when the specification of goods is part of their description
The court’s latest decision follows the full trial of Proton Energy Group v Orlen Lietuva on the question of whether a binding contract had been concluded between the parties.
We are at the cutting edge in terms of our understanding of the shifting technology environment and can help you with the resulting legal issues.
Our IT and telecoms practice is handled by lawyers who have an intimate understanding of the technicalities involved and who are therefore best positioned to provide advice on related legal matters.
William Densham, partner and real-estate litigation expert at Eversheds, has commented on the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in the case of PGF II SA v OMFS
With decision no. 20228, the Italian Supreme Court stated that the diversion of employees, in order to constitute unfair competition, requires the intent to damage the competitor’s business.
The Italian Supreme Court asserted Italian jurisdiction over a request for a declaration of patent non-infringement of both an Italian and German portion of a European patent.
This case is only the last of a long dispute among Budejovjcky Budva and Anheuser Busch over the right to use the term Budweiser.
The Fair Work Commission has released a draft unfair dismissal practice note, which will be open for public consultation until 25 October 2013.
A recent case is of great interest to those that work within the UK construction industry.
Jinga Maravela has successfully represented a regional contracting authority in litigation against Romania’s Ministry of Environment.
Juridice.ro recently requested the opinion of Jinga, Maravela & Asociatii’s experts with respect to the new Romanian Insolvency Code.
Joinder of adult beneficiaries to matrimonial proceedings affecting trusts — Tchenguiz-Immerman v Immerman download
In this case, the English Family Division provided some helpful guidance on its approach to adult beneficiaries of offshore trusts being joined as parties to matrimonial proceedings.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed for the first time that a joint venture arrangement can give rise to an implied fiduciary duty owed by the director of one joint venture partner to another partner.
Jones Day operates a different training system to most City firms. Understanding how it works and why the firm doesn’t just follow the crowd is key to understanding whether it’s a system that’s for you.
Judicial Review: planning permission download
In September 2013, the Ministry of Justice issued its consultation paper ‘Judicial Review — Proposals for Further Reform’.
Karanovic & Nikolic has hosted a cocktail on the occasion of the Twin Conference in Belgrade.
Karanovic & Nikolic has hosted a cocktail for more than 100 clients, colleagues, diplomats and other notable members of the business community.
Karanovic & Nikolic managing partner Patricia Gannon attended the World Business Forum in New York this week.
Josip Marohnic, attorney at law in association with Karanovic & Nikolic, discussed several topics at the recent SEE Private Equity and Venture Capital Forum.
Karanovic & Nikolic has participated at the World Services Group 2013 Energy Group Seminar.
Karanovic & Nikolic partners Stevan Dimitrijevic, Miloš Vuckovic, Dejan Nikolic and Patricia Gannon have attended the IBA annual meeting in Boston.
Karanovic & Nikolic’s Dejan Nikolic and Patricia Gannon presented investment opportunities in Serbia at an in-house business breakfast yesterday.
Josip Marohnic, an attorney at law in co-operation with Karanovic & Nikolic, spoke at the sixth annual Balkan Energy Finance Forum in Zagreb on 16–17 October 2013.
David Young, partner and head of health and safety at Eversheds, has commented on the recent National Audit Office report into food fraud.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Quadrant Private Equity on its recent investment in Estia Health.
King & Wood Mallesons has assisted Wolong Electric Group Co in its major assets restructuring and thereby materialised the securitisation of overseas assets on the A-share market.
King & Wood Mallesons has announced the lateral partner appointment of Michael Perez to its tax team.
King & Wood Mallesons has performed well in the Mergermarket M&A league tables for the first three quarters of 2013.
In Matthews v Collins & ors  EWHC 2952 (QB), Jeremy Roussak resisted an attempt by the defendant to strike out as an abuse of process an asbestos-related claim.
Laura Daniels, barrister at Kings Chambers, has addressed permanent health insurance (PHI) payments and age discrimination.
Sarah Clover from Kings Chambers has successfully opposed a planning appeal for permission for a residential development in Worcestershire.
KPMG hosted its third annual GCC energy conference titled ‘Unconventional — Shaping the Future of GCC Energy?’ on 1 October in Abu Dhabi.
KWM has advised BNP Paribas Commodities (Shanghai) Co, on obtaining a licence issued by the China (Shanghai) pilot free-trade zone.
KWM has represented Qingdao Haier Co in signing a share subscription agreement and a strategic partnership agreement with KKR & Co.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Westpac New Zealand on a multi-currency syndicated facility for the New Zealand BJ Ball Group.
In a recent case, a heavy industrial plant that had been installed by a tenant pursuant to an obligation under the lease did not belong to the landlord and could be removed by the tenant.
Law à la Mode: Issue 11 — Fall 2013 download
The DLA Piper United States editorial team has published the Autumn 2013 edition of Law à la Mode, which brings together the latest industry news, comment and legal updates.
According to The Legal 500’s latest report on the UK legal industry, Walker Morris has achieved its best ever results, reinforcing its position in the top tier.
The Legal 500 has ranked No5 Chambers as the leading regional set. It has also awarded No5 the accolade of Regional Chambers of the Year 2013.
Legal advice privilege is one of the two forms of legal professional privilege that entitle clients to refuse to disclose certain confidential communication to other parties.
Legal advice privilege covers confidential communications between a lawyer and the lawyer’s client that come into existence for the purpose of giving or obtaining legal advice.
Nabarro’s annual legal seminar highlighted new legal topics affecting the funds and real-estate sectors. This is part one of a two-part series dealing with the topics covered in the seminar.
Hogan Lovells has been shortlisted in three categories for the Legal Week 2013 British Legal Awards.
The European Commission’s data protection reform proposals were backed today by an overwhelming majority.
Licensees of absent tenants download
The landlord cannot recover possession from a licensee of an absent tenant unless the tenancy has been brought to an end.
The FCC has rejected two former Virgin employees’ claims that they were selected for redundancy because they had exercised workplace rights under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
The question of who owns the contacts on LinkedIn — or on Twitter — is one that is that is increasingly troubling the courts.
The Hungarian Act on Bankruptcy and Liquidation Proceedings contains special rules on bankruptcy and insolvency procedures for major economic companies carrying out strategically important activities.
In July 2013, the first English swaps mis-selling case reached the Court of Appeal. The appellants had hoped to overturn an earlier High Court judgment.
Our litigation and dispute management team is one of the largest outside of the US. It comprises more than 650 litigation and dispute resolution experts worldwide.
Minter Ellison has an outstanding track record in the strategic resolution of disputes throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and is recognised as a leader in dispute resolution.
Jinga, Maravela & Asocia?ii provides a full range of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
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Much has been written in recent weeks about how the Lobbying Bill could restrict charities’ campaigning activities during the ‘regulated period’ prior to an election.
The Takeovers Panel has had to consider the appropriateness of ‘lock-up’ devices put forward by a lender in a recapitalisation proposal for a financially distressed company.
Two key features of the JOBS Act, when combined with certain advantages enjoyed by issuers in Rule 506 offerings, will open up a new category of ‘publicly offered private offerings’.
At a Westminster Social Policy Forum event on Charity Law and Regulation, Lord Hodgson commented on a number of key points to come out of his review.
Machine safety download
There are dozens of deaths and more than 40,000 injuries each year related to the use of machines.
Andy Moody of Eversheds has responded after the English Court threw out a libel suit brought against British investment fund manager Bill Browder by a Russian former police officer.
The Buckingham Gateway litigation is a rare, but valuable, example of a party getting away with what could otherwise have been a very costly mistake in reliance upon incorrect assumptions.
The OFT is set to investigate the ways in which online and app-based games encourage children to make purchases.
Shanghai’s new Free Trade Zone boasts a number of firsts, not least the speed of its creation.
Whether or not electronic signatures satisfy the statutory requirements for the valid execution of a property document is a widely debated topic that is examined in this article.
A KPMG survey of more than 440 chief financial officers has revealed that the majority are now poised to make the necessary investments and embrace intelligent finance models.
The ‘cut-off’ date for registering manorial rights has now passed.
Market entry — United States download
This market entry brief covers some essential issues companies should consider and be aware of as they prepare to enter the US market.
China is one of the world’s largest markets for internet use.
Four years ago, Mauritius brought about a new era in its employment laws by redefining the employer/employee relationship when it promulgated the Employment Rights Act.
The provisions proposed by the European Commission in its regulation target better supervision of the accreditation bodies.
Memery Crystal has improved on its rankings in the latest UK Legal 500, which was released on 26 September 2013.
In anticipation of the shutdown by the US federal government, the FTC and the DoJ released contingency plans that detail the impact on all aspects of the agencies’ operations.
We are proud that our team of international M&A lawyers is a number-one team for European midmarket corporate transactions.
We pay great attention to details of the actual state of affairs, the nature of the industry, the type of the investments sought and the particulars of the client’s expectations.
Mills & Reeve has extended its professional indemnity team with the addition of three solicitors and a paralegal.
Mills & Reeve has been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2013 report in the value resourcing category.
Mills & Reeve have taken on two new solicitors in the last month: Amy Starnes for the Cambridge office and newly qualified solicitor Jane Boothfor the firm’s Leeds office.
Solicitors from Mills & Reeve’s real estate team in Manchester have advised developer GB Group on building work on a new £6m hotel in Sunderland city centre.
Mills & Reeve publishes third edition of Farm Tenancies book.
There have been some interesting Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cases in the last few months.
It’s important to think about how your assets will be managed after death — and that’s where having an estate-planning strategy can prove beneficial.
This article summarises some of the key considerations for a Russian company in planning a eurobond issue.
The Ministry of Justice has been fined £140,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for a serious breach of the Seventh Data Protection Principle.
Lloyds Banking Group has agreed the sale of its Australian asset finance business and its corporate loan portfolio to Westpac Banking Corporation for AUD1.55bn.
This month, Minter Ellison will launch its national CPD intensive programme.
For the second year in a row, Minter Ellison was named Insurance Law Firm of the Year 2013 at the 11th annual AB F Insurance Awards in Sydney.
The Gloucester Coal merger with Yancoal Australia — on which Minter Ellison advised — has been recognised as a deal of the year by China Law & Practice.
Minter Ellison’s Vanessa Warburton has been awarded the Future Star accolade at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law awards.
A hearing officer’s decision has been upheld by an appointed person at the IPO, allowing Hasbro’s opposition to the registration of GALATOPOLY.
The US capital markets — the largest in the world — have been all but closed to Chinese companies for more than two years.
Mourant Ozannes has maintained its position with top-tier rankings in the latest IFLR1000 rankings.
Mourant Ozannes has acted as Guernsey legal adviser on the launch of Chenavari Capital Solutions.
Mourant Ozannes has been shortlisted for the inaugural African Legal Awards in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year category.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes was named Best Offshore Law Firm — Client Service at HFMWeek’s US Hedge Funds Services Awards in New York on 17 October.
Eversheds has produced a guide for businesses on the different ways of resolving tax disputes, wherever they may arise.
This guide explores the steps that need to be considered in relation to a claim for age discrimination and notes the legitimate aims that have been recognised.
The employment team at Nabarro has hosted two roundtable breakfast seminars providing a high-level update on key employment law reforms.
National Bank of Ukraine toughens requirements for mandatory sale of foreign currency proceeds download
Amendments to Ukrainian banking legislation stipulating additional requirements for the sale of proceeds by residents and non-residents in foreign currency have come into force.
The National Crime Agency has made a commitment to work closely with businesses in its fight against white-collar crime and cyber attacks.
It is not surprising that at this year’s party conference season, the focus has turned to the part government intervention can play to increase real wages.
Few areas of financial crime prevention in Bermuda are as complicated and misunderstood as ‘sanctions’, writes compliance manager Jarion Richardson.
Zara Banday, associate and real-estate specialist at Mills & Reeve, offers her top tips for buyers.
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has advised Pandora in a lease agreement with Hines Italy Sgr for the location of its new Italian headquarters.
NCTM has assisted Bucher Group in the acquisition by Giletta of the entire share capital of Gmeiner.
NCTM has advised Venice Holdings, a company controlled by the Rhone Capital fund and owned by the Silvestrini family, on an investment agreement with Dixons.
For the second consecutive year, NCTM has been included in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2013 ranking.
The National Development and Reform Commission issued a press release on 29 September 2013 reporting on its decision to impose sanctions on 39 companies in the tourism industry.
The necessary wayleave regime is a procedure allowing a statutory undertaker to apply for a wayleave where there is a proposed new power line, or a landowner has served notice to remove an existing power line.
Neighbourly matters for developers download
Developers should be fully aware of these neighbourly issues and risks, otherwise they could be faced with delays, increased costs and potentially an injunction.
Bermuda’s Investment Funds Act 2006 has been amended in a move to enhance Bermuda’s offering of investment fund products.
On 2 May 2013, the Brussels Capital Region Parliament adopted the Brussels Code on Air, Climate and Energy Management.
The new directive on concessions is intended to clarify and standardise requirements and produce a more level playing field.
The EU parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee has approved a compromise set of amendments to the EU Data Protection Regulation that moves the parliament’s position to the left.
Jason French-Williams, an expert in transport and employment at Eversheds, has reacted to the decision from the European Parliament regulating pilots’ working hours.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new ‘fast-track’ trademark opposition procedure. The new procedure came into effect on 1 October 2013.
New FCC regulations to take effect regarding telemarketing robocalls: all businesses marketing by telephone or text must prepare download
On 16 October 2013, revised rules adding further restrictions on telemarketing ‘robocalls’ (telemarketing calls or texts that are auto-dialled or pre-recorded) take effect.
One year into the auto-enrolment regime, some of the complexities encountered so far by employers in practice will shortly be ironed out.
Reform of protected trust deeds in Scotland has been widely discussed in the context of overall bankruptcy reform.
PI services occur where a provider that is present as a payment option on a merchant’s platform, provides a medium between a customer and their online payment account.
On 1 July 2013, the PRC Exit-Entry Administrative Law came into force. The law’s supporting regulation, the PRC Administrative Regulation of Entry and Exit of Aliens took effect on 1 September 2013.
The Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre circulated a draft version of its new arbitration rules in September 2013.
On 1 October 2013, radical changes to the way in which executive pay is disclosed and reported came into force.
The Department of Health has just published the new versions of the standard NHS terms and conditions for the supply of goods and for the provision of services.
Eversheds has commented on the launch of the UK National Crime Agency.
After nearly two years of waiting, the new utilities procurement directives are close to being adopted.
New York State now allows employers to make payroll deductions for inadvertent overpayment of wages download
Section 193 of the New York Labor Law proscribes an employer’s right to make deductions from its employees’ paychecks with very limited exceptions.
The director of the NIH will honour John Edward Porter at the dedication of a new neuroscience research centre bearing his name.
Paul Marshall from No5 Chambers has co-authored the Chancery Bar Association’s response to the BIS’s paper on companies legislation reform.
Kevin Leigh will be delivering a talk at the RTPI’s Planning and Delivery/Viability seminar, which is being held in association with Homes & Communities Atlas on 27 November.
No5 Chambers has sponsored the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Young Planners Conference, which took place on 11–12 October at the Leeds City Museum.
No5 Chambers was one of the sponsors of the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association’s 8th Annual Ball on 18 October 2013.
Jack Smyth of No5 Chambers has represented South Holland District in a recovered decision by the secretary of state.
No5’ barrister Daniel Oscroft has defended in the recent failed Gridlock Crew ASBO attempt in Coventry.
Adam Farrer from No5 has acted for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at the second inquest into the death of private Jason Smith.
Adrian Keeling QC and Brian Dean from No5 Chambers have defended PC Andrew Wagg and PC Louise Taylor respectively, who were acquitted of a false imprisonment charge.
No5’s Hashi Mohamed has defended South Kesteven District Council’s enforcement notice and planning decision.
Malcolm Duthie from No5 has represented the owners of the Cascade Leisure Centre in Gravesend in a recent inquest after a man died after passing out in a sauna.
Michael Duck QC from No5 Chambers has defended in a recent case involving the murder of two Big Issue vendors.
This article considers the legality of non-compete clauses (NCCs) under the AML and the basic principles for the negotiation of NCCs in JV transactions.
Note on the decision in Ben Nevis and Anor v Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs — Court of Appeal download
It is a well-established and almost universal principle that courts of one country will not enforce the revenue laws of another country.
The sequence of events for the claimant in Little v Richmond Pharmacology Ltd, a sales executive working full-time, was as follows.
These obligations cover several aspects, from isolated acts that come under the umbrella of general loyalty to acts to be accounted for with regard to non-competition requirements.
October employment law changes download
The last 12 months has proved an exceptionally busy period for employment law reform. This October brings fewer changes, but they are nonetheless noteworthy.
Offering healthcare solutions at consumers' fingertips? What you should know about FDA regulation of mobile medical apps download
More than two years after the FDA issued draft guidance on ‘mobile medical applications’, the agency recently issued its final guidance.
The Office of Fair Trading has released guidance on ongoing contracts with consumers.
The OFT is keen to understand how reform has affected the competitive landscape of the higher-education sector.
Ogier in Guernsey has advised on the launch of a new investment vehicle, DP Aircraft I, which has raised $113m through a placing.
Ogier has improved its Guernsey rankings and maintained top positions in Jersey in Legal 500 2013.
Ogier Fund Services has been highly commended in the 2013 Fund Services Awards for the category of Best Specialist Fund Service Solution.
Ogier has joined together with Brighter Futures and Jersey Women’s Refuge to help provide professional work wear and support for women who are returning to work.
The chancellor’s decision to cut beer tax in this year’s budget, while at the same time increasing duty on wine, has been met with strong complaints from the wine industry.
Outer Temple has been named Chambers of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2013.
Gerard McDermott QC and Harry Trusted from Outer Temple Chambers have acted in the case of Joseph Rea.
Outer Temple Chambers has hosted a reception to welcome the American Bar Association to London.
Outer Temple Chambers is supporting Headway East London by hosting an exhibition of artwork created by survivors of brain injury.
David Russell QC of Outer Temple Chambers is set to speak at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ special interest group annual half-day conferences on 5 December 2013.
Our international outsourcing team includes a team of employment lawyers across the globe who can advise on the vital legal but also employment-relations aspects of your strategies.
The mantra we continue repeating is to never draft an agreement without taking into account the sector regulations. Today’s outsourcing tip carries on this refrain.
Ownership and control of UK companies is under review following the government’s commitment to enhance transparency and increase trust in UK business.
Medicinal products may be protected by a paediatric extension, which extends the lifetime of a supplementary protection certificate by a further six months.
On 1 October 2013, general commercial and corporate law firm Pamboridis celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
The battle still rages about which dispute settlement mechanism (Part 36 or Calderbank) is more advantageous.
A recent decision by the Supreme Court of New South Wales has highlighted an important limitation to section 560 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
It has been announced that from April 2014 employment tribunals will have the power to order losing employers to pay a financial penalty on top of any financial award made to the claimant.
Wide-ranging pension reforms were introduced by the Pensions Act 2008 and came into force on 30 June 2012.
Providing sustainable and affordable retirement benefits is a global challenge. At Eversheds, we are always looking for innovative solutions to help our clients achieve this objective.
Pensions Update — October 2013 download
Nabarro has released the October 2013 issue of its Pensions Update, which discusses automatic enrolment among other topics.
Effective from 1 July 2013, new rules governing personal data protection issues were adopted.
The number of candidates entering and progressing through the product pipelines of some leading originator pharmaceutical companies has diminished.
The ECJ held that the TRIPs (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) agreement falls within the field of the ‘common commercial policy of the union’.
Lawyers handling our pharmaceuticals and healthcare practice have acquired massive expertise in advising a large number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and medical devices manufacturers.
DLA Piper has appointed Pilar Menor as the firm’s managing partner in Spain. Pilar is head partner of the employment group at DLA Piper Madrid.
Pillsbury has been recognised for the second time as the Best Onshore Law Firm — Hedge Fund Start-Ups at the 2013 HFMWeek US Hedge Fund Service Awards.
Pillsbury has announced that Marcus Wu has joined the firm as a partner in the executive compensation and benefits practice in San Diego.
A long battle between airline pilots and British Airways may have paved the way for more generous holiday pay for ground-based UK workers.
The government has introduced a quiet but seemingly highly successful revolution in the preparation of development plans. The headline was the revocation of regional spatial strategies and the supposed devolving of power back to local planning authorities to shape their districts.
Planning: not in my backyard download
Housebuilders, large and small, are all too familiar with the well-established ‘weapons of choice’ aimed at delaying or thwarting development.
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Ports Botany and Kembla — a case study in optimising price and risk outcomes in a competitive sale process download
Much has been written about the NSW government’s stunning result from its 99-year lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla earlier this year.
The Jersey Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Royal Court in Pirrwitz v AI Airports International Ltd and PI Power International Ltd.
The eagerly anticipated amendment to the existing PRC Trademark Law will come into force on 1 May 2014.
The Preliminary Draft Law covers all commercial lease agreements other than those relating to galleries and shopping centers and lease agreements relating to office areas.
Selling a hotel company is no small project, whatever the size of the hotel.
Presidium of the Higher Arbitrazh Court summarises litigation practice involving foreign persons download
The digest covers a wide range of topics arising in court cases involving foreign parties.
Individuals who fund a connected company with debt will no longer be entitled to a reduction in their taxable earnings where the company suffers a transfer pricing charge relating to the interest on that debt.
Principles applicable to legal costs incurred in trust-related proceedings in Jersey by trustees, other fiduciaries and beneficiaries download
The Jersey Court of Appeal has provided a clear view of the principles that apply to costs awards in trust proceedings for parties acting in a fiduciary capacity.
Our substantial international team of more than 70 data privacy experts advises on global and national data issues for clients of all shapes and sizes.
We are unusual in that we handle both commercial and residential work.
'Proceed with due diligence': what does it mean in construction contracts and development agreements? download
The Technology and Construction Court examined this issue in a recent case and found that the contractor was in breach of the obligation.
Our international product liability and product recall team has extensive experience of handling product liability issues across Europe, the US and Asia.
Memery Crystal is a member of Oil & Gas UK, AMPLA and the AIPN.
ESMA guidelines introduce new standards for alternative investment managers, some of whom are not currently subject to any remuneration requirements.
Provision of accommodation is not 'payment' that may be withheld if protected industrial action is taken download
The High Court of Australia has held that the provision of accommodation to employees does not constitute a ‘payment’ to those employees.
We are regularly instructed by sovereign states, state entities, international bodies and multinational corporations on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
Jinga Maravela has formed a dedicated team of qualified lawyers with sound expertise in public procurement and PPP.
In July 2013, the government opened a consultation on the terms on which the public sector would invest public money into public-private partnership projects.
With environmental pollution front and centre in the Chinese press, the government in Beijing has moved to address at least one aspect of the problem — soil pollution.
The claimant, a government administrative officer, took voluntary redundancy at the age of 26.
The secretary of state has allowed two appeals against Cherwell District Council, handing victory to Jeremy Cahill QC and barrister Peter Goatley, both of No5 Chambers.
QuarterDay — Issue 95 download
Nabarro has released the September 2013 issue of QuarterDay, a publication focused on real-estate dispute resolution.
The Queensland Parliament passed the Directors’ Liability Reform Amendment Bill 2012 to reform Queensland’s laws imposing personal liability on directors for corporate fault.
The Queensland state government has given the green light for uranium mining tenure applications to be processed as early as July 2014.
Geoffrey Mead of Eversheds has commented on the revelation of a list of 30 EU regulations that a UK taskforce of business leaders believe should be scrapped.
A leading law firm for real estate recognised by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500.
Minter Ellison’s real-estate team is one of the largest in Australia with 36 partners and more than 140 lawyers nationally.
We are a top-tier real-estate practice whose remit encompasses premier institutional, inward and property company investment mandates and more.
Our attorneys have had a substantial contribution to the field, having been involved in all types of real estate and construction projects.
With the re-launch of the franchising system and a return to shorter franchises, the spotlight returns to how operators and investors can be incentivised to invest on a long- term basis
Mrs Whiteley (the claimant) commenced employment with HMRC on 23 October 1978 and was still employed when this case was heard.
Mills & Reeve reviews NHS England’s recently published guidance on consultations for the NHS: Transforming Participation in Health and Care.
We are able to carry out standard and complex recoveries involving international portfolios of assets in countries such as Spain, France, Romania and Ireland.
Age discrimination is in the news again as high-profile claimants bring cases in the employment tribunal.
In the latest round of the government’s Red Tape Challenge, company filing requirements have been put under the spotlight.
When trespassers occupy commercial property, landlords often face an uphill struggle to regain possession and can be faced with a host of associated costs.
Karanovic & Nikolic has released the September 2013 issue of its Regional Energy News publication.
Our firm has the ability to navigate you through the apparently cumbersome array of Romanian regulations and administrative practices.
From this date, anyone reaching age 65 will not be entitled to a state pension until they reach age 66.
Entries for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV) (also known as the ‘green card lottery’) must be submitted electronically by 2 November 2013.
Michelle Davies of Eversheds, has commented following reports from the Climate Policy Initiative think tank showing global investment in renewables fell by one per cent last year.
The Energy Bill will introduce contracts for different to replace renewable obligations certificates.
Infrastructure industry group leader
Following the publication of strong results from several leading UK retailers, James Batham, partner and head of retail at law firm at Eversheds, has commented.
The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has conducted a restricted procurement procedure for the operation of seven guidance centres.
A restrictive covenant is an agreement between two parties whereby one of the parties agrees to restrict the use of its land for the benefit of the other party.
Post-employment restrictive covenants in the context of employment relationships have long posed challenges for employers.
We pride ourselves on our ability to link in seamlessly with a wider offering in providing advice to all business stakeholders in a distressed context.
With the outstanding quality of its professional legal services, Dacheng has become the first-choice legal services provider for the great majority of state-owned enterprises in China.
Following a long consultation and implementation process, the RDR came into force on New Year’s Eve 2012. This article looks at the emerging supervisory themes 10 months on.
Retail e-briefing: how should pension schemes treat same-sex married couples and civil partners download
Employers and pension scheme trustees will need to consider how they will treat same-sex married couples in respect of survivors’ benefits under their scheme.
The Jackson reforms, which came into force in April, have brought with them a number of measures designed to control the costs of litigation.
Richard Humphreys QC, formerly of Francis Taylor Buildings, has accepted an invitation to join the planning and environment law group at No5 Chambers.
Companies operating internationally often engage numerous — sometimes even thousands — of third parties around the world to help facilitate their business.
Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of Rory Tait as a partner to head its energy group.
The court has considered the nature and scope of the duties of a facility agent in a syndicated, multi-tiered real-estate financing structure.
On 21 October, the Southern District of New York weighed in on the scope and applicability of the anti-retaliation provision of the whistleblower protections of the Dodd-Frank Act.
The SEC has announced that it will remain open and operational in the event of the federal government lapse in appropriations on 1 October.
The SEC proposed the adoption of a new Item to require public companies to disclose the ratio of their CEO’s total compensation to the median annual total compensation of all other employees.
SEC proposes pay ratio disclosures download
The pay ratio disclosure would be required in all filings that require disclosure of executive compensation matters under Item 402 of Regulation S-K.
The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in the US Senate and the House of Representatives continue their efforts to build a consensus among their members for tax reform.
Many new developments include communal boiler systems or energy centres, which are used to supply hot water and/or electricity to individual homes.
The long-running saga of Daejan Investments Ltd v Benson and Others reaches what should be its ultimate conclusion as far as the courts are concerned.
A legal mortgage of shares ‘debentures’ and ‘other securities’ does not attach a security interest to the benefit of any shareholder loans made by the security provider.
Our shipping team has served clients through every phase of the business cycle and can help you find a fresh perspective on every dispute, crisis, contract and negotiation.
NCTM has released the October-November issue of its Shipping and Transport Bulletin.
The autumn 2013 issue of Ince & Co’s Shipping E-Brief is available now.
A cross-practice team from Shoosmiths has helped Allied London acquire ITV Granada studios.
Shoosmiths has appointed Linda Williams, a former senior associate of Osborne Clarke’s banking and finance group, to its banking team.
Shoosmiths’ head of recoveries services compliance has warned businesses to be aware of the impact of new regulatory developments that have recently come into force.
Shoosmiths has appointed Stuart Malcolm, a specialist intellectual property lawyer, as a partner in its IP practice group.
At CONTEC, part of the Frankfurt Book Fair, publishing and digital media specialist Laurence Kaye from Shoosmiths highlighted problems concerning the resale of digital content.
Data protection specialists at Shoosmiths have launched a data protection e-learning tool to help businesses that process personal data to stay within the law.
Shoosmiths has been shortlisted in two categories for the Credit Today Debt Collection Awards 2013.
Laurence Kaye, publishing and digital media specialist at Shoosmiths, spoke at the EASDP Congress, which focused on the importance of data.
The federal government shutdown, now in its fourth day, appears likely to continue a while longer as the list of issues under discussion becomes longer and more complex.
On 15 October 2013, a bill to amend the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) was introduced into Parliament and is likely to be passed next week
A court has held that a landlord is not responsible for repairs to the retained parts of a property where the lease does not contain an express repairing covenant relating to those parts.
The Singapore Court of Appeal held that DB did not owe a duty of care to C.
Another step being taken to harmonise the pan-European euro payments market is commonly referred to as the ‘SEPA Migration End Date Regulation’ (the SEPA Regulation).
Three lawyers at law firm Sintons have been promoted to associate: Iona Sims, Anna Barton and Scott Cable.
Sintons has recruited lawyers Caroline Swift, Metab Hussain and Emma Pern to its corporate team.
Three new trainee solicitors have been taken on at law firm Sintons as part of its commitment to supporting aspiring legal talent in the region.
Changes have been brought in under the Finance Act 2013 to arm HMRC with a new set of powers to stamp out abuse of the SDLT system.
Solar photovoltaic projects in China download
Although China has been initially slow in developing its own solar market, the start of 2010 saw the solar energy market start to gather momentum.
A High Court decision has confirmed that relief is potentially available for professional mistakes that amount to a minor departure from the ordinary standards expected of the profession.
Spain’s modified ‘patent box’ regime is now in effect. The most important developments — which became effective on 29 September — are described here.
Spanish competition authorities impose fines of €43m for price fixing on Valencia Port Authority and others download
The Spanish Competition Commission has imposed fines of €43m on five business associations, three companies and the Valencia Port Authority for fixing prices.
The specialist pharmacy team at Sintons has overseen the £37m management buyout transaction of pharmaceutical wholesaler DE Group.
The new directive on public procurement is in the final stages of its journey into the statute book.
Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds has spoken at the Winckworth Sherwood private rented sector conference.
Financial services and insurance industry group leader
Stephenson Harwood has been appointed to two of the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF’s) new legal panels.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed a legal director and two consultants to its offices in China.
Head of corporate division
In the past decade, dramatic shifts have occurred in how labour unions engage the world’s multinational companies.
On 11 October 2013, the government confirmed plans to strengthen the Code of Practice on Taxation for Banks in the Finance Bill 2014.
Partner and head of Bra?ov office
James Batham, partner and head of retail at Eversheds, has commented on the news that UK retail sales increased in September 2013.
Further to the vote that was conducted concerning the revision of the data protection framework in Europe, DLA Piper provides some headline analysis of the vote and the next steps to be taken.
The Supreme Court has confirmed a more pragmatic and claimant-friendly approach to the circumstances in which the courts will grant an order for alternative service.
On 18 October, the Full Federal Court handed down the latest decision in the long-running GST saga associated with the South Steyne Development at Manly Beach.
There are no uniform rules on surrogacy across the EU, not least because it is prohibited in some member states.
Eversheds’ Ben Jones has commented on the announcement from Frey & Co that it will close due to costs arising from the country’s dispute with the US over alleged tax evasion.
For even the most conscientious of companies, real hurdles exist to conducting fulsome due diligence in a global setting.
Vicky Mann of Eversheds has commented on the news that hidden cameras may form part of a proposed new care home inspection regime in England.
DLA Piper looks at two recent Australian Takeovers Panel cases, namely Billabong International Ltd and Avalon Minerals Ltd.
Our practice covers the broad range of UK corporate and transactional taxes.
Jinga, Maravela & Asociatii’s tax practice has strengthened as our clients’ businesses have grown, expanded and diversified.
Minter Ellison’s national tax team provides clients with innovative tax structuring and advisory services that are independent and cost effective.
Eversheds’ international tax group is able to chart a way through the maze of differing tax legislation in different countries to provide integrated tax advice.
Aggressive tax management by multinationals, however legal, is in the public and political spotlight like never before, presenting clear reputational risks for M&A dealmakers.
Tax newsletter — 12 August 2013 download
The Government Ordinance no. 16/2013 on amendments and additions to the fiscal code and regulations of various fiscal-budgetary measures was published on 2 August.
The Full Federal Court recently handed down its decision in MBI Properties Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (MBI Case).
Taylor Wessing has announced the addition of a new office in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Taylor Wessing employees are raising money for Changing Faces, a charity for people who are living with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance.
Taylor Wessing has announced the hire of Matthew Jones to its construction and engineering group.
Taylor Wessing has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s British Legal Awards: Private Client Team of the Year and Commercial Team of the Year.
Minter Ellison’s technology team is consistently ranked as one of the best in the Asia-Pacific region.
Questions have arisen as to whether the landlord’s retention of a deposit received prior to 6 April 2007 is subject to section 213 of the Housing Act.
The application of the Hastings-Bass principle in Jersey following the decision in Pitt v Holt download
This judgment relates to an application to the Royal Court under the ‘so-called’ Hastings Bass principle brought by two beneficiaries of a sub-fund of the Onorati Settlement.
This year’s The Lawyer UK 200 results convey the clearest message yet that success lies in firms’ evolution to businesses that deliver services.
This case concerns an issue in relation to the application of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992.
The EU and the US — conflicting agendas on geographical indications: what is happening in Asia download
This paper presumes knowledge of general background to the differences between the EU and the US in relation to geographical indications (GIs).
In August 2012, the Financial Conduct Authority published the first of a series of thematic reviews on the mobile payment industry.
Mills & Reeves explores the law relating to this contentious subject and look at pitfalls and issues to be avoided and managed.
To avoid last-minute hurdles, there are a number of points to be aware of during the development and plot sales process.
DLA Piper has released the latest issue (Volume 2, No.18) of The Financial Report.
DLA Piper has released the latest version (Volume 2, No. 19) of The Financial Report.
On 1 August 2013, Shanghai Higher People’s Court made a final judgment on the Rainbow v Johnson & Johnson case.
Former minister for mines and petroleum, fisheries and electoral affairs The Hon Norman Moore has joined Minter Ellison as a consultant.
The house did not win: UK court rejects claim for passing-off and trademark infringement of Monte-Carlo marks download
A UK court has rejected a claim for passing-off and trademark infringement of the marks Monte-Carlo and Casino De Monte-Carlo brought against Anglofile International Ltd.
The code does not have the force of law and enforcement action will not be taken against organisations that do not apply the code.
Mills & Reeve has emphasised the need to read and understand insurance indemnity arrangements.
An IPO hearing officer had permitted one of the original members of the disbanded musical group The Animals to register the name of the group.
The first half of 2013 has seen many announcements in relation to changes expected in the employment law arena.
The law of confidential information download
The law of confidential information is a useful tool for protecting commercially sensitive material, such as trade secrets, which cannot be fully protected by intellectual property rights.
Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond tries out Picture on Great Portland Street.
HM Treasury has published new guidance on its Fair Deal policy. This follows a lengthy consultation process beginning in March 2011.
Allen & Overy looks at the new Fair Deal policy and its implications for employers tendering for contracts to provide public services.
The reformation of distress download
The abolition of the ancient common law right to ‘distress for rent’ has been on the cards since the enactment of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
On 16 September 2013, the Charity Commission published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities.
The right to pray and work download
A women made a Direct Discrimination claim that she was treated less favourably as a Muslim in not being provided with uninterrupted breaks.
When a tenant has fallen into arrears of monies due under a lease, its landlord needs to navigate through the complexities of the law to ascertain whether forfeiture is available as a remedy.
As the shipping industry is hit harder than ever, platform solutions and capital markets are becoming options.
In 2011, a pensioner complained to Trading Standards after seeing a punnet of strawberries on sale in Tesco for £1.99, marked down to half price from £3.99 per punnet.
Three partners at Debevoise & Plimpton have been named on Private Equity International’s first-ever Legal Power 30 — a list of the 30 most influential private-equity lawyers globally.
DLA Piper has announced that Ann Ford, Claudia Frost and Lisa Haile have been named on Managing Intellectual Property’s annual list of ‘Top 250 Women in IP’.
The Commercial Court dismissed an application by PhoenixTide to stay or dismiss proceedings brought by Tidewater in London and served on PhoenixTide in Nigeria
Imperva has published a report on what it believes to be a major security weakness in the coding make-up of PHP.
The European Commission is reviewing the export control regime in the EU with an intention to create a streamlined regime to harmonise discrepancies.
The government response to its consultation over TUPE reform reveals that changes to the 2006 TUPE Regulations will not be as significant as suggested previously.
The Communications Electronics Security Group has launched two schemes to help organisations rapidly obtain expert assistance should they fall victim to a cyber attack.
The Department for Education has published the national curriculum for computing that will come into force from September 2014.
The UK technology sector is defying the double-dip employment slump.
The consultation sets out Ofcom’s proposals for calculating TV white space availability in the UK in a way that will enable the devices to coexist with licensed spectrum users.
For many emerging companies, the road to a global workforce is paved with potholes.
In this business insight, Walker Morris examines the proposed changes to TUPE , their practical implications and what businesses should be aware of at this stage.
This update is intended to be an ‘at-a-glance’ summary of the key changes that will be made to TUPE following the government’s consultation response.
The government has announced a £6m grant funding programme to help local authorities to develop new heating and cooling networks and expand existing networks.
Recent legislative activity illustrates how governor Chris Christie is striking the balance between making New Jersey business-friendly and protecting the state’s employees.
Jason Lovell, partner and oil and gas expert at Eversheds, has responded to a report that the US shale gas revolution will see it become the world’s largest oil producer.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has opened a consultation on a new draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has opened a consultation on a new draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments.
The UK ICO has prosecuted a pay-day loans company and its director for failing to notify that its business was processing personal data in the UK.
As of today, trademark owners have the option to use a new ‘fast-track’ opposition procedure to challenge conflicting marks filed in the UK.
Stephen Kitts of Eversheds has commented on the UK’s preparations to cement stronger trade and investment relations with China.
The Fair Deal sets out the principles that will ensure that staff compulsorily transferred out of the public sector will continue to have access to their existing public service pension schemes.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) is one of the eight key renewable energy technologies put forward by the government as part of the solution to create a clean, balanced UK energy mix
The Consumer Rights Bill, when introduced, would consolidate a number of existing consumer rights laws into one single legal framework.
A UK appointed person has found that the trademark PORRIDGEBREAK was unregistrable in class 30 for ‘porridge oats, cereals’.
LegCo is proposing to introduce paternity leave provisions in the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) (EO).
Update on electricity market reform download
In the next decade, a fifth of existing UK generating capacity will come offline. DECC estimates electricity demand growth of 30–100 per cent by 2050.
In recent years, the US Department of Justice has been aggressively investigating the use of bank accounts outside the US to evade tax.
This alert provides guidance on what private contracting parties affected by the US shutdown should consider.
Foreign investment and business participation in Thailand is often heavily regulated.
Changes to the VAT treatment of self-storage facilities make it very important for landlords to know what use their tenants are actually putting their property.
The CJEU has ruled that an employer is entitled to recover VAT on services procured by the employer for the management and operation of its pension fund.
Veton Qoku spoke at the Energy Market South East Europe conference, which was organised by Evroenergie and took place in Prishtina, Kosovo, on 10–11 October 2013.
Victorian Supreme Court considers interaction of employment policies and procedures and the employment contract download
Non-compliance by the employer will not necessarily be found to constitute a breach of contract, even where an employment contract expressly incorporates policies and procedures.
Vincent Fraser QC has successfully represented Lancashire CC in resisting the High Court challenge to the development consent order granted for the Heysham to M6 Link Road.
The DMP has highlighted that it will focus on investigating serious incidents with a view to potential prosecutions and 10 key areas in the 2013–14 year.
Walker Morris has acted for Westhouse Securities in connection with the placing and open offer by @UK to raise approximately £5.3m.
Walker Morris and accountancy network BDO will be hosting free seminars on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and heat networks.
Walker Morris has been announced as the winner of The Legal 500’s dispute resolution firm of the year (regional) award in its 2013 awards.
Walker Morris has launched the latest edition of Foresight, a legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation up to 2015.
Lawyers from Walker Morris are advising Servelec Group on its proposed IPO on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
Lawyers at Walker Morris have achieved a successful outcome in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for Andy Powell from rock band Wishbone Ash.
David Kilduff of Walker Morris will be speaking at APSE’s lunchtime briefing session on the vision of municipalised energy.
Mills & Reeve has recently examined a couple of cases that illustrate two different approaches of the courts to the application of time limits for procurement challenges.
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Western Australian Court takes a new, more commercial, approach to consequential loss exclusions download
The law surrounding consequential loss remains complex and unclear following a recent decision in the Western Australian Supreme Court.
Earlier this year, the government announced that it would drastically reform care funding to remove the uncertainty and fear caused by unlimited care costs.
What is an indemnity anyway? download
There is a noticeable trend for the list of ‘indemnified’ losses in IT and outsourcing contracts to be getting longer and longer.
This briefing from Ince & Co focuses on three grounds of appeal in Genesis Housing Association Ltd v Liberty Syndicate Management Ltd.
The European Parliament and the European Council have adopted a new customs regulation, replacing Regulation 1383/2003/EC.
What's in an indemnity anyway? download
It’s important to assess what the more ‘traditional’ view may be as to the benefit that an indemnity clause may provide, as opposed to a pure damages claim.
In October 2007, Ampurius and Telford entered into a contract for the development of property on a site in south London.
Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal heard the case of Day & Another v Day, which involved an application seeking the rectification of a conveyance of property that took place in 1985.
The CJEU’s decision in Pinckney v Mediatech Case C-170/12 (3 October 2013).
Who is entitled to a patent? download
Members of Taylor Wessing’s European team explain the issues and describe the key rules applying to patent entitlement in Austria, Germany and the UK.
In this briefing we guide you through the rules on who is now responsible for commissioning mental health aftercare services for different groups of patients.
In The International Who’s Who of Private Client Lawyers, Conyers Dill & Pearman was named one of the world’s most highly regarded firms for private client work.
Minter Ellison has released the latest version of its WHS Update, which outlines the key work health and safety developments of the last quarter.
Lukasz Jankowski and Jakub Kasnowski joined Wierzbowski Eversheds in Poland in mid-October and are hoped to strengthen and develop the energy law practice.
Wildgen has signed the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg, confirming its commitment to fight all forms of discrimination.
The rise and rise of patent assertion entities (PAEs) in the US has become so serious that the problem is now being tackled at the highest political levels.
On 23 October 2013, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the long-running case of Woodland v Essex County Council and in the process rewrote the common law.
Working time cases round-up download
The vexed issues of holiday entitlement and holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations 1998 continue to keep tribunals busy.
The courts have recently considered both implied and express duties of good faith arising under English law. Is this likely to herald a sea change in parties’ contractual obligations?
Much has been made of the Jackson Reforms to the Civil Procedure Rules and the new approach to litigation to be expected from the courts.
This booklet addresses employees’ many commonly asked questions regarding international assignments.
The current controversy over the issue of zero-hours contracts is focused on the fact that they leave workers with little stability or security.
The dismissal of three employees for sending pornographic emails over a work email system was unfair, despite the employees having clearly breached the employer’s policy.
For many non-UK litigators the fact that two barristers from the same set can find themselves competing in court is quite simply odd.
Brick Court Chambers has elected Helen Davies QC as its new joint head of chambers for a five-year term.
This week The Lawyer focuses on the storm that’s brewing for firms that underestimate the risk posed to their businesses by cyber security breaches. As we report today, one City law firm has already had to learn the hard way ...
As a brace of global heavyweights in the shape of Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) launch some new US-based roles this week, US boutique rival Boies Schiller & Flexner has landed in London with the hire of star Bingham partner Natasha Harrison. Hers is the latest in a round of major City litigation hires by US firms, notably ...
Bank panel reviews are like buses – you wait for one, and there’s suddenly just no stopping those eager GCs. This week The Lawyer revealed that Citigroup is close to revealing its re-jigged and reduced Emea panel, while the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) is soon to announce its
Pitchforks may be raised at Pannone this week where some partners remain unconvinced by the firm’s proposed demerger to Slater & Gordon. Sources tell us some individuals are in a state of conflict and there are several bumps ...
Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad. At which point, it might be time to turn to Monty Python for advice. Lawyers have been chewing on life’s gristle this week after well-known litigator Tom O’Riordan turned out to have a bogus CV, news that’s been met with a whistle by ex-employer Quadrant Chambers
Another senior exit, another move in-house. Mere days after Freshfields’ boss Ted Burke quit for a GC job at Boston’s Arclight Capital Partners, we find out that Reed Smith’s global chief Greg Jordan is to become the legal boss of ...
Just three months after the tripartite combination between SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain to form Dentons, the firm has its eye on US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. It’s a bit like squaffling down two quarter pounders with cheese, five medium french fries and 20 chicken McNuggets before going back to look at the menu, if ...
It’s been the longest goodbye in the world. Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw, Linklaters’ star private equity partners, are off to White & Case
DWF has reduced its total lockup by 33 per cent since 2009, figures published in this year’s The Lawyer UK200 Annual Report have confirmed, with the expansionist firm posting a 51 per cent reduction in work in progress (WIP) over the same period.
Mishcon de Reya has announced the appointment of a former senior Government communications adviser to the newly created role of external affairs director.
11 KBW has secured an injunction for Covanta Energy preventing Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) from going ahead with a £1.2bn contract with rival waste management company SITA.
11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation.
London set 39 Essex Street is to set up a base in Kuala Lumpur, a move that will make it the first UK chambers to have a presence in Malaysia.
SproutIT, Legal IT Specialists, today announced it has won the contract to support 8 New Square in all aspects of IT support, consultancy and strategy. As well as a contract to provide unrivalled support services, including out of hours support as standard, SproutIT will deliver strategic solution designs to bring highly innovative and feature rich functionality to the LegalIT market.
Every week The Lawyer sends out a digest of all the latest in-house moves, jobs, panel reviews and profiles. Below is a selection of our most recent updates. For more in-house developments, bookmark the dedicated section for in-house lawyers on our website
The Lawyer UK200 is out today, bigger and and better than ever. Packed within it is every conceivable metric, from cost per lawyer to revenue per square foot of property. You can buy access to the full product – which also includes detailed commentaries on all 200 firms’ financial strategies - by emailing email@example.com. In the meantime, try a taste of the free-to-air version where you can benchmark your firm on PEP, revenue and total lawyers.
In case you haven’t noticed, this season’s must-have is a private equity partner. White & Case proved it was on trend last week with the hire of Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw, weeks after Jones Day got in on the action by hiring ...
Allen & Overy (A&O) is the first of the magic circle firms to release its limited-liability partnership (LLP) accounts, revealing that the firm’s highest-paid partner took home £1.57m at the 2012/13 year-end.
Clifford Chance has scooped a key advisory role for the Co-op Bank on its restructuring after Allen & Overy (A&O) found itself conflicted out due to a longstanding role as adviser to majority owner, the Co-operative Group.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two Addleshaw Goddard partners £5,000 each after they were investigated over discrepancies relating to disbursements.
A welter of legal action could tumble out of Adobe’s admission yesterday that it had suffered a far greater breach of data security in a cyber attack earlier this month, leading technology lawyers warn.
Middle East firm Al Tamimi & Company has launched its thirteenth office, opening in Oman with the hire of a Dentons lawyer.
Middle Eastern firm Al Tamimi & Company has opened an Erbil office, following its launch in Baghdad eight years ago.
Allen & Overy and Australian firm Minter Ellison have advised Lloyds Banking Group in selling its Australian operations to Australian bank Westpac for £900m (A$1.55bn).
Ashurst’s collective redundancy consultation has come to an end, with the firm due to cut just over 120 support staff jobs from its City base.
Ashurst real estate partner Matthew Hooton has quit the firm, making him the second partner to leave the practice in as many weeks.
It’s been a month of tough questions for Ashurst partners. First they had to vote on the firm’s full financial tie-up with Aussie mates Ashurst Australia, before deliberating over which of the three partners jostling for the firm’s ...
Law firm partnership elections are often docile affairs; just look at Mishcon, which recently re-elected Kevin Gold with no other candidates standing. The ousting of Charlie Geffen in the top slot at Ashurst will come as a shock to many: the new chairman is litigator Ben Tidswell.
Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have won advisory roles on an IPO by Merlin Entrainments, owner of attractions that include Legoland and Madame Tussauds.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
Local law firms in Asia, with the exception of those in Australia, demonstrate virtually no appetite for social media communication, research by benchmarking company Living Ratings has found.
olmakov was part of a team advising Coca-Cola Icecek, a soft drinks bottler, on its inaugural offering of five-year bonds worth $500m.
DWF has picked up an 11-partner team from Greenwoods following its decision to merge with defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in May 2013.
Baker & McKenzie has turned to Gleiss Lutz for the hire of employment partner Burkard Göpfert.
Japan’s largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), is in the closing stages of establishing its first ever UK legal panel.
Money is being knocked out of banks like a papier-mâché piñata. A piñata that’s been walloped by a proverbial bat labelled Legal Costs, over and over again.
Field Fisher Waterhouse of counsel Thierry van Innis has quit the firm to launch a IP boutique with a former colleague from Allen & Overy (A&O).
Wales’s largest social landlord RCT Homes has awarded 13 firms a place on its first-ever legal panel, with Trowers & Hamlins, Bevan Brittan and Burges Salmon among those to win spots.
Washington DC firm Steptoe & Johnson has drawn in BHP Billiton’s anti-corruption and trade compliance lawyer Jeffrey Cottle as a partner for its London office.
Jones Day has lost its London antitrust head to the City office of Bingham McCutchen.
Bond Dickinson and Blackstone Chambers kicked off the first stage of a judicial review process for supermarket giant Sainsbury’s, marking the latest stage in battle with rival Tesco.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) finance and restructuring partner Trevor Wood has become the latest partner to leave the firm after being hired by Mayer Brown.
Berwin Leighton Paisner head of banking and finance Matthew Kellett has resigned in the latest departure to hit the mid-market firm.
Is it the jellied eels? US litigators just love London, England. First Quinn Emanuel launched here, then Kobre & Kim, and now Boies Schiller & Flexner.
US litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller & Flexner is handing the reins to Bingham partner Natasha Harrison to head its newly-launched London base, its first non-US office.
Boodle Hatfield, which has the most expensive offices of this year’s UK200 firms, has confirmed that it is to move to new offices in London’s Bankside, with the firm’s flagship premises set to open in July 2014.
It’s a funny thing for a European visiting the US and recovering from jetlag, because I woke up again around 4.30 this morning.
South African firm Bowman Gilfillan has formed an association with Botswanan firm Bookbinder Business Law, as it seeks further growth opportunities for its Africa Group.
Scottish firm Brodies has expanded its competition and regualtory team with the appointment of Norton Rose Fulbright partner Rod Lambert.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has issued a statement about the costs of a judicial review into the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) following widespread outrage and confusion on Twitter.
Last month’s outstandingly successful Lawyer Management event showed just how many in the legal industry are looking at innovation and shaping their businesses for a changing market.
Budget airline Monarch has delayed publishing the results of its recent panel review following a revamp which kicked off in February.
In an effort to turn its fortunes around, structural steel firm Severfield-Rowen, the business that provided steel for London’s Shard building and the 2012 Olympic stadium, has added a lawyer to its revamped boardroom.
Can the in-house advocacy unit at Berwin Leighton Paisner really compete with the independent commercial bar?
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is on the charm offensive. Since the firm was joined by former South Square barrister Stuart Isaacs QC it has been on a mission to build an in-house advocacy unit capable of competing with the bar
Some of China’s largest firms, including Dacheng, JunZeJun and Jingtian & Gongcheng, are among the first to feel the pinch as the country’s stock markets regulator gets tough on accounting fraud in the domestic market.
China may be an economic superpower, but for the vast majority of Western law firms it’s a headache. Few of them make much money in the PRC. Will we see global law firms downsizing their China operations? Click the links below for unrivalled analysis of the issue from The Lawyer’s Asia editor Yun Kriegler.
The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of China has launched its inaugural panel, with a total of 20 international firms and 18 Chinese firms winning spots.
Public sector procurement is a hugely important source of income for many businesses – particularly in China. In 2012, government procurement across China was worth RMB1.4trn (£142bn), accounting for 11 per cent of China’s fiscal expenditure. But until recently, law firms were not a major beneficiary of China’s public spending.
Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells won lead roles advising AMC Networks on its €750m (£467.4m) acquisition of the international content division of Liberty Global, known as Chellomedia.
Clifford Chance has come under fire in Singapore after the domestic government criticised the firm for misleading clients over its operations in the city-state.
Great firms have great stories to tell. But when the story told is less than entirely accurate, there will be consequences, particularly in Singapore where its law-abiding society is the backbone of its daily life.
Themis Solutions Inc. launches cloud-based practice management platform to support small to medium sized legal practices
Clyde & Co has launched in China’s third city, Chongqing. However, other firms have found it a harder task to bulk up as the Chinese market can be challenging. You can read about their testing times by clicking on the links below.
Clyde & Co has received regulatory approval to establish a joint venture in Chongqing with domestic firm West Link Partnership, making it the first international commercial firm to have a presence in south west China.
Rapid expansion continues at Clyde & Co. As revealed on The Lawyer today the firm has entered a joint venture with Chongqing firm West Link Partnership. Clydes will now be the first international commercial firm to have a presence in south west China
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has cut its legal panel from 27 to 23 firms, in its first major shake-up of legal advisers since it was set up under the Pensions Act 2004.
An attempt by the makers of Scrabble to protect its iconic letter tiles from imitations by claiming trademark rights has been thrown out by the Court of Appeal.
Barclays’ head of compliance and regulatory relations Hector Sants, who was brought in from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to help overhaul the bank’s ties with regulators, is taking a temporary leave of absence 10 months into the role.
This week’s big European news story is really one of two halves.
Three candidates have emerged in the race to succeed David Childs as Clifford Chance managing partner. Hustings are due to begin next month.
Television cameras have been granted access to the Court of Appeal after a near 90-year ban on filming was lifted.
Back in 2005, the partners of Salans elected Warsaw-based partner Darisuz Oleszczuk as their managing partner.
Dacheng has become the latest foreign firm to set up a base in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar.
David Aitman was once told he’d never make it big in the law. Almost half a century later, the new global managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, would – very politely – beg to differ.
Davis Polk & Wardwell, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) have won roles on Chinese supermarket Wumart Stores’s proposed acquisition of a minority stake in Thai retailer CP Lotus for HK$2.3bn (£185m).
West Midlands firm DBS Law is to cut staff hours after posting record growth over the last year.
Debevoise & Plimpton, Linklaters and Irish firm Arthur Cox have won roles in the placement of a $1bn (£621.6m) seven-year Eurobond with an annual coupon rate of 5.55 per cent by Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel.
Dentons has begun merger talks with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, just six months after the tripartite combination which formed the firm.
Dentons has elected another legacy Salans partner as its new European CEO after a partner vote, seven months after its tripartite merger went live.
Dentons partners have until 14 November to vote on whether to merge with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Occupancy costs, including rent and maintenance, are often the second highest cost on the P&L statement and are higher still when taking on a new lease or purchasing an office. For law firms, the working environment is critical not just for the client experience but also for staff attraction and retention.
Deutsche Bank has reported a significant drop in its third-quarter profits after setting aside €1.2bn (£1bn) to cover legal costs.
Devereux Chambers has elected Timothy Brennan QC as its new head of chambers to replace Ingrid Simler QC, who is joining the High Court bench.
Devereux Chambers is considering whether to implement an administrative overhaul after chief executive Beverly Landais tendered her resignation.
The head of Devereux Chambers Ingrid Simler QC has been appointed as a High Court judge.
DLA Piper has advised Coca-Cola Icecek, the Turkey-based international Coca-Cola bottler, in its inaugural offering of five-year bonds worth $500m.
DLA Piper has boosted its Austria office with the hire of Nabucco International Gas Pipeline’s chief legal counsel Andreas Gunst.
The press is not fit to regulate itself.
Over the past 20 years, UK and US firms have benefited greatly from the growth of Chinese companies and their need to raise capital from foreign stock exchanges. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s proposed multibillion-dollar listing abroad is a good case in point.
After Dublin, what city is more Irish? Boston of course.
A barrister from Enterprise Chambers is leaving the set to establish his own chambers, focusing exclusively on e-disclosure.
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 unveiled a new pan-African strategy which will see the firm move back into South Africa and launch offices in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia.
Eversheds has opened a base in Erbil in an expansion of the firm’s Iraq presence following its merger with Middle East law consortium KSLG in 2011.
Liverpool-headquartered Exchange Chambers has moved to slash costs in the wake of legal aid spending cuts, moving offices and implementing a room sharing option to reduce chambers contributions.
Mayer Brown has ramped up its London partnership in the last two weeks with the hire of four lateral partners…
London TMT boutique Kemp Little is reinforcing its technology expertise by launching a niche consultancy arm from its London office.
DLA Piper partner Hilary Stewart-Jones is stepping down from the firm’s partnership in order to chair Playtech’s risk and compliance and remuneration committee.
WSP Group, the structural engineers behind central London’s Shard tower, has hired the legal director of Derby-based train-maker Bombardier.
Michael Lewin Solicitors announces 700% growth since implementing Proclaim
Virtual Data Room, Drooms will be presenting its virtual platform namesake at this year’s Expo Real (booth C1.230). The Drooms platform assists real estate investment fund managers in meeting the reporting requirements set down in the EU’s “Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive“ (AIFMD).
The company will outline how they can help real estate investment fund managers meet the requirements set down in the EU’s “Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive” (AIFMD)
Former Paul Hastings partner and barrister Thomas O’Riordan has been suspended from practice after he was found to have falsified his CV. Could these claims not have been caught earlier by better due diligence? And is the disciplinary process fit for purpose?
Hogan Lovells has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) privacy and information group head Eduardo Ustaran, who is expected to serve an 18-month notice period which keeps him at FFW until May 2015.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has won one of its biggest roles yet for Nintendo, landing a lead role advising on the launch of its UK online retail store.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has taken a lead role for the Metropolitan Police in settling former police commander Ali Dizaei’s five employment tribunal claims against his former employer.
Fiji Airways has hired a local senior associate as its new general counsel, replacing the airline's first-ever in-house lawyer Jay Shree following an "exhaustive search process".
Finland’s Butzow and Juridia have merged to create a €28m (£23.5m) firm employing over 100 lawyers.
After a very busy week in Boston, both learning and networking, I’m still left with the confounding question – is it all worth it?
West Country firm Follett Stock has closed its Bristol office, as its winding-up case moves through the High Court.
West country firm Follett Stock has closed its Exeter office two weeks before it faces a wind-up petition issued by HM Revenue and Customs in the High Court.
A winding-up petition hearing involving Truro firm Follett Stock has been adjourned for three weeks following an initial hearing last week.
Today The Lawyer reveals that two top Chinese firms, Jingtian & Gongcheng and Commerce & Finance, are facing claims by 11 international underwriters worth hundreds of millions of pounds
Today we reveal that two top Chinese firms, Jingtian & Gongcheng and Commerce & Finance, are being sued by international underwriters for their opinions on the controversial capital raising transactions of Sino-Forest in Canada. What are the professional indemnity and reputational implications of this lawsuit, and are Chinese firms geared up for them?
Baker & McKenzie’s former City managing partner Gary Senior has been elected to succeed corporate partner Beatriz Araujo on the firm’s executive committee.
Ashurst partners have voted legacy Blake Dawson chairman Mary Padbury into its vice chair position, just days after litigator Ben Tidswell emerged as the firm’s new chairman (16 October 2013).
DLA Piper’s former Australia chairman and country managing partner Tony Holland is leaving the firm to join Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) as a partner.
The Hong Kong High Court has refused to throw out insider trading claims against a former Slaughter and May lawyer and her boyfriend, an ex-Linklaters lawyer.
Inner Temple set Fountain Court is weighing up whether to open an outpost in Singapore, in a move that further underlines the growing popularity of the Asian arbitration hub.
Freshfields CEO Ted Burke is stepping down from the firm in order to join a client. During his eight-year tenure the firm went through a bruising partnership restructure to emerge one of the fittest of the magic circle. For more on Burke’s career, read the links below.
If Alibaba is indeed turning away from Hong Kong to New York for its highly anticipated, multibillion-dollar listing, will Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer become the biggest loser among all the legal advisers to the Chinese e-commerce giant?
London 2012 was the first of a trio of events that were aimed at putting Britain on the international sporting map. Next on the agenda is Glasgow 2014 and then, in 2015, the Rugby World Cup arrives on home turf.
Gourmet burger chain Byron Hamburgers, advised by Freshfields and Travers Smith, was sold last week to private equity group Hutton Collins, advised by Dickson Minto. It’s all go in the restaurant world: to find out which lawyers have been gobbling up the deals, see our stories below.
As the US government shutdown grinds on, the impacts are being felt around the world.
The world’s leaders and global CEOs are gathering in Bali for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this week, where strong economic growth across South East Asia will give delegates plenty to talk about.
Funds placement and secondaries advisory business Campbell Lutyens has appointed Clifford Chance associate Michael Lampshire to its in-house team as regulation hits the industry.
Iberian giant Garrigues is bolting on Colombian firm Zarama y Asociados to launch its own office in the South American country.
Turnover at Europe’s largest independent firm, Garrigues, has fallen by 1.7 per cent between 2011/12 and 2012/13, with revenues for the financial year ending on 31 August slipping to €331.9m (£284.5m).
Gide’s shock raid on Morgan Lewis Paris has certainly caught the headlines. Gide has so often been the target for headhunters that the firm’s fightback took many by surprise. Certainly, the haul of nine partners and a total of 19 lawyers has allowed it to bulk up on corporate in ...
Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is in the process of launching a Hong Kong office, with the aim of building closer links with the Chinese market.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has been left with just three partners in Paris after a raid by Gide Loyrette Nouel, which has taken a team of 19 lawyers, including nine partners.
Scottish firm Gillespie Macandrew has announced a 5 per cent like-for-like increase in turnover and stable profits for the 2012/13 financial year.
No doubt the bubbly is flowing at Herbert Smith Freehills and Slaughter and May today, as it was revealed that the firms have taken lead roles in the establishment of the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation.
Landmark Chambers’ Nathalie Lieven QC has defeated Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC in the Supreme Court in a battle over the legality of the Government’s ‘back to work’ scheme.
The owner of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant Ineos has instructed Slaughter and May in a libel case against Unite the union at London’s High Court.
This week Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond sampled some fine French dining in London’s West End.
An unspecified number of jobs have been put at risk in Harper Macleod due to restructuring of its insurance department.
The Legal Service Board (LSB) has dropped Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) from representing it in its defence of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) after the firm proposed a £400,000 cost estimate for a three-day hearing, The Lawyer can reveal.
The High Court has thrown out a libel case by a retired Moscow policeman against a UK fund manager in a case that has been labelled a blow to libel tourism.
The High Court has refused an injunction application from the Press Standards Board of Finance (Pressbof) aimed at preventing the Government going to the Privy Council with a Royal Charter on press regulation.
An attempt by MasterCard to avoid a multi-billion damages claim from a dozen retailers because the monthly due diligence costs charged by its lawyers at Jones Day could be as much as £700,000 has been rejected by the High Court.
A judge has come down on the side of the Legal Services Board (LSB) and thrown out an application to reduce the £150,000 cost cap set on the ongoing battle over the new Quality Assurance for Advocates (QASA) scheme.
Hill Dickinson has expanded its London reinsurance practice through the hire of a two partners from US-firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.
Hill Dickinson has appointed London partner Mike Mallin to be the resident partner for its newly open Hong Kong office and has entered into an association with local firm Laracy & Co.
Hiscox has become the latest financial institution to cut its panel, with the insurer slashing its claims roster from 45 to 13.
Hogan Lovells has hired a senior transfer pricing specialist from turnaround business Alvarez & Marsal in its London corporate tax team.
Hogan Lovells has named Jackie Newstead as its global head of real estate
King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong partner Ronald Arculli has been appointed as the first chairman of the FWD Group, the insurance unit of Pacific Century Group owned by Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li.
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the legal profession, and information security should be at the top of any lawyer’s agenda. This week The Lawyer publishes an edition dedicated to the issue of cyber security. Read what the security experts have to say about the vulnerability of law firms - and then do something about it.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two partners in Australia, with Sydney corporate partner David Ryan joining from Baker & McKenzie and Brisbane financial partner David Lyons joining from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired Cooley’s financial litigation head Scott Balber to lead its New York dispute resolution practice and establish a US corporate crime and investigation practice.
Ashurst’s newly-elected chairman Ben Tidswell plans to consolidate the firm’s current international footprint and push for profit growth as he prepares to take the helm from the firm’s current senior partner Charlie Geffen.
Shoosmiths has advised client Allied London on a joint venture with Manchester City Council to purchase the former Manchester television studios where Coronation Street was filmed.
Irwin Mitchell has appointed Pinsent Masons’ former dispute resolution and litigation head Nigel Kissack as its head of commercial litigation after a two-year recruitment drive to find the right candidate.
Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo has emerged as the Spanish firm taking on Irwin Mitchell’s offices in Madrid and Marbella, with the two firms also signing an alliance to work together in the future.
Charles Russell’s client Cadbury has lost a court battle against Swiss rival Nestlé after it attempted to trademark the iconic purple colour of its Dairy Milk bars.
Jones Day and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have taken lead roles on the first major Asian investment in Italy’s Serie-A football clubs.
Jones Day has objected to the “excessive” fees submitted by Proskauer Rose and legacy Dewey & LeBoeuf during the administration of collapsed brokerage MF Global.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate finance partner Michael Weir is to join the firm’s former global private equity head Raymond McKeeve at Jones Day.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is eyeing Riyadh. But Saudi has traditionally been a very difficult place for Western law firms to operate. Can they learn from others’ experiences in the kingdom?
K&L Gates has hired five partners across Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from international and Australian rivals.
Kennedys’ merger with Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick has been delayed because “aspects of the merger could not be finalised within the ambitious timetable”, according to a statement today.
Mishcon de Reya has held its first-ever management elections for both the managing partner and heads of department positions.
King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin will combine to a $1bn global law firm headquartered in Asia tomorrow (1 November).
Gloria di Piero, the new shadow minister for women and equality, was involved in an attempted cover up last week. But with not a moat or a duck house in sight - this involved an exposé of another sort altogether.
In-flight entertainment provider Global Eagle has named the former London-based News International lawyer, Jay Itzkowitz, as its general counsel.
Clifford Chance private equity partner Tom Evans is leaving the firm to join Latham & Watkins’ corporate practice.
Law firms are more like to insure easily replaceable assets such as printers and mobile phones than they are their people, according to new research
Cyber is now a top risk to national security in several countries
The Law Society has defended its position over legal aid cuts as the wrangling over Government reductions to legal aid funding continues.
Allen & Overy (A&O) global capital markets partner Stephen Denyer, who has been instrumental in building up the firm’s global network, is leaving to become The Law Society’s City and international chief.
US banking giant JP Morgan has reported a $400m quarterly loss after taking a $9.2bn (£5.8bn) hit in legal fees to cover a series of regulatory problems.
There was a time, not too long ago, that London’s litigators were proud to be working in a city widely regarded as the libel capital of the world.
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Hill Dickinson is to launch a reputation management team in London after taking a two-partner team from media boutique PSB Law, which has shut up shop following the exits.
Linklaters has expanded its Paris arbitration group with the hire of a three-partner team from Paris-based Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Linklaters has moved quickly to replace private equity partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw by relocating Stockholm-based corporate partner Roger Johnson to London and appointing corporate partner Nick Rees as head of the group.
Linklaters private equity partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw have resigned from Linklaters to join the London office of White & Case.
London might be calling to the faraway town of Chicago, but don’t forget Brits can be a sceptical lot.
Pinsent Masons has been appointed joint administrator for collapsed litigation and corporate law firm Harris Cartier, which has been sold to two buyers, Gordon Dadds and Mayfair firm Neil Hudgell.
London increasingly attracts the US litigation outfits that are spotting strong opportunities in the capital. Quinn Emanuel has been the most visible so far, but plenty of others are scouting. The latest to land is Boies Schiller, which has just hired Natasha Harrison from Bingham McCutchen.
Public interest litigation costs and funding have attracted considerable attention recently and now a fight between elements within the legal profession has shone a rather bright light on the issue.
Some good tidings: M&A lawyers are reporting a distinct uptick in the volume of deals. Click on the links below for the last few months’ round-up of corporate transactions, including deal of the month, partner of the month and associate of the month. To let us know your latest deals, email firstname.lastname@example.org
It was expected to be one of the biggest cases of the year. The hunt for Bernie Madoff’s missing millions traveled from New York to London where the directors of Madoff Securities International (MSI) were subjected to breach of directors’ duties claims in the High Court.
Mr Justice Popplewell last week threw out a series of claims against five former Madoff Securities International (MSI) directors, slamming the claimant Grant Thornton for bringing a “unfounded claim” that verged on public humiliation.
Swedish firm Magnusson has launched its third office in a year, opening in Ukraine with the hire of a partner from Cypriot firm Andreas Neocleous & Co.
Mayer Brown JSM has hired Hong Kong-based partner Gabriela Kennedy from Hogan Lovells to lead its intellectual property and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group in Asia.
Mayer Brown has had its fair share of departures in the last few years. However, the management insists that the London office is bouncing back, with laterals in the pipeline and mandates piling up. Read our interview with chairman Paul Theiss for his views.
There are over 70 CVs piled up in Mayer Brown’s London office. Chairman Paul Theiss explains why the City is en vogue.
This week Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond finds taste is a little lacklustre at the Berners Tavern but the Merchants Tavern is full of flavour.
US firms are shacking up like there’s no tomorrow. Should the UK legal market be bothered?
Wilberforce Chambers’ Michael Bloch QC has resigned from the set to join Blackstone Chambers just weeks after senior clerk Declan Redmond announced his exit for Keating Chambers.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired US capital markets lawyer James Grandolfo as a partner from Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office.
Philadelphia’s Morgan Lewis & Bockius will be run by a woman for the first time next year, with litigation chief Jami McKeon elected to replace longstanding chief Francis Milone.
Morrisons has completed its first panel review as it prepares to double its in-house legal team by the end of the year.
Nationwide Building Society general counsel Liz Kelly is leaving the building society to spend more time with her family just weeks after Nationwide launched its delayed general panel review.
Nationwide has launched its delayed general panel review, which was originally expected to take place in early 2013.
When The Lawyer met Nationwide’s general counsel Liz Kelly for a coffee last summer, she stressed the importance of helping high-performing staff become future leaders. It might sound like a cliché, but Kelly meant business. She set up an in-house legal academy at Nationwide with the aim of helping experienced lawyers decide if being general ...
ABS NewLaw Solicitors is expanding its Cardiff office with 86 jobs ranging from new law graduates to experienced litigators, supported by a Welsh Government subsidy.
Parting can be bittersweet. Sometimes it can just be bitter. FFW insists that its bid to hold Eduardo Ustaran to an 18-month notice period is an entirely amicable move, but we doubt they’re feeling the same way at Hogan Lovells, his eventual destination.
Template-driven web application scales from small cases to big data, empowering eDiscovery analysts and technicians to deliver consistent, defensible and error-free results
Osborne Clarke has opened an office in Manhattan in a bid to enhance its relationships with tech companies and intermediaries in the US.
The long-standing general counsel of French oil giant Total SA, Peter Herbel, is to retire in December with oilfield services heavyweight Maarten Scholten stepping into the role.
The ongoing Libor misselling feud between Guardian Care Homes (GCH) and Barclays is going to the Court of Appeal next week in a crucial simultaneous hearing with a case involving Deutsche Bank.
San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has begun merger talks with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the latest move by the US firm under new boss Mitch Zuklie.
Pyke advised long-standing client French energy company EDF on its £16bn deal to build a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, assisted by associates Matthew Warren and Shekhar Sumit.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH), the owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels has promoted senior legal counsel Nadine Maurellet to be the group general counsel.
Merger talks are rumbling on between Manches and Penningtons as the private client firm confirms it is “optimistic” that a deal will be done to create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
Penningtons has acquired Manches in a move that will see 265 Manches employees and 46 partners move to Penningtons and operate under the name Penningtons Manches.
Penningtons completed the takeover of Manches yesterday, a move facilitated by a pre-pack administration deal.
As students rock out their pulling outfits and funniest gags for the binge-fest that is Freshers Week, law firms have been trying to make their own first impressions. Instead of hankering for fun at the nearest foam party, they’re trying to sell themselves to some of Europe’s biggest businesses. How’s that for a laugh.
Pinsent Masons has scooped the mandate to be the sole legal provider for Eon over 40 other firms, taking on responsibility for the energy company’s day-to-day work on a fixed-fee basis.
Pinsent Masons’ freshly-installed projects team are taking forward the Transport for London (TfL) tube mandate they won while at Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) after their move last month.
Pinsent Masons is aiming at boosting the commercial focus of its Birmingham real estate team with the hire of Shoosmiths partner Joel Kordan.
Stories about pensions don’t make for light weekend reading, but it’s one of those things we all need to understand. A bit like timetables, or how to make a boiled egg. For the firms who have been pitching for a place on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) panel, this surely sounds familiar. (We’re talking about the pensions ...
PA Group, the parent company of the UK Press Association, has named The Economist’s senior legal counsel Stephen Godsell as group general counsel.
What do Byron, Cote, Hawksmoor, Giraffe and Coq d’Argent have in common? They’re among the latest eateries to jump on the restaurant buyout gravy train.
A US court has ruled in favour of Proskauer Rose and Dewey & LeBoeuf after counsel for collapsed brokerage MF Global objected to the “excessive” fees submitted by the firms.
Quadrant Chambers is moving further into the energy sector and the Far Eastern market on the back of the appointment of its first joint senior clerk last month.
Quadrant Chambers’ chief executive has defended the bar’s recruitment processes following revelations that former chambers member Tom O’Riordan had lied about his qualifications.
The founding partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Australia office, Michael Mills, is aiming to more than double the size of the base from two partners to up to 12 partners.
Brown Rudnick, Latham & Watkins and Cooley have advised billionaire Mark Cuban regarding an insider trading complaint brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which the basketball team owner has now won.
2 Hare Court’s Jonathan Laidlaw QC replaces John Kelsey-Fry QC as Brooks’ defence counsel
The postal service may have have grabbed its fair share of headlines last week, as Royal Mail’s stock market debut became engulfed in a right royal pickle over pricing. However, it’s not the only great British institution that has been busy shape-shifting over the past couple of months.
Reed Smith’s global managing partner Greg Jordan is leaving the firm for PNC Financial Services Group, leaving global litigation chief Alexander Thomas to fill his shoes.
Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Olswang are among the firms to have missed out on Legal & General (L&G) panel places after the insurer cut its advisor roster from 19 to five, it has emerged.
Citigroup will announce details of its eagerly-awaited revamped panel early next month, with the banking giant preparing to unveil a new structure to the roster and show some existing advisers the door.
After confirming the exit of Hogan Lovells partner Christoph Wagner last week The Lawyer can reveal that he was asked to resign for criticising a major IP client.
RPC has raided Ince & Co for its Asia insurance and reinsurance group head Iain Anderson.
Former Freshfields London head Tim Jones has just landed his dream job as general counsel at England Rugby 2015. He joins a number of other legal luminaries in the sport, the most prominent of whom is Karena Vleck, GC at the RFU. Vleck was in our Hot 100 earlier this year; check our our video interview with her below.
Living and working in Saudi is a challenge if you’re a woman. The Saudi authorities have just awarded a female lawyer the first ever licence to operate in the country, but as our series of investigations have shown, women still face enormous hurdles in the kingdom - and that’s the understatement of the year.
Clifford Chance partners have re-elected Jeremy Sandelson for his second term as global head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice.
The first Saudi Arabian woman lawyer to be allowed to appear in the country’s courts and open her own law firm was awarded a licence by the authorities last weekend.
It was just five years ago that Prince Sultan University in Riyadh introduced Saudi Arabia’s first law degree for women, but since then progress has been minimal. Women who wanted to practise law in Saudi Arabia faced numerous hurdles, not least that they were not permitted to argue a case in court.
A growing divide is emerging in the Scottish legal market as more firms opt for consolidation as a means to expansion, with Pinsent Masons’ Scottish chair Kirk Murdoch advocating that internationalisation is the only route forward.
Structural steel firm Severfield-Rowen, which provided steel for London’s Shard building and the 2012 Olympic stadium, has appointed its first in-house lawyer in the shape of former Pinsent Masons partner Mark Sanderson.
Former Norton Rose Fulbright lawyer Ben Morgan talks exclusively to The Lawyer about his new role at the SFO.
Leeds firm Shulmans has reported a 25 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the current financial year, breaking through the £4m barrier.
Sometimes something that seemed like such a good idea at the time just doesn’t work out that way. If you don’t believe us, ask Clifford Chance
SJ Berwin will open a second Middle East base in Riyadh following its merger with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), which will go live on Friday (1 November).
SJ Berwin private equity partner Ed Harris has quit for Hogan Lovells, a year after the two firms advised Duke Street on a cash injection into the Parabis Group.
SJ Berwin has broadened the managerial lineup for its real estate group, as part of the firm’s efforts to line up its practice management structure with KWM
Slater & Gordon is to take over niche industrial disease firm John Pickering and Partners, the Australian firm’s fourth acquisition since August.
Not since the depths of the recession in 2009 has a trade union row made such prominent headlines. Unite the union today reached a deal Grangemouth site owners Ineos to ensure that it remained open, but a libel case between the parties rumbles under the surface
The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP), which opened earlier this week following the merger of London’s Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond legal teams, is to launch its own trainee scheme.
Spanish firm Broseta Abogados has named tax head Luis Trigo as its first managing partner, in an ‘institutionalisation’ bid designed to set the firm up for future expansion.
Squire Sanders has confirmed the re-appointment of its UK and US businesses, with Peter Crossley and Stephen Mahon set to serve another three-year term each.
Squire Sanders has signed an association agreement with eight-partner Ukrainian firm Salkom, boosting its presence in the country.
More than 150 firms could face closure after being unable to get professional indemnity insurance (PII) on the open market.
More than 150 firms are still trying to get professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover a month after the 1 October renewal deadline. Those firms will be prevented from taking on new business and could eventually be closed down if they fail to get cover.
Stephenson Harwood, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DLA Piper have won roles to advise on the sale of GE Capital’s TIP Trailer Services to China’s HNA Group for an undisclosed fee.
Trainee quadriplegic lawyer Matt King, who was awarded an OBE for services to disability and charity in 2012, is challenging London Marathon organisers over their refusal to allow him entry to the 2013 event because he needs to use a motorised vehicle.
Year by year the London Marathon demonstrates triumph over adversity. And it doesn’t come much more adverse than this.
It’s no secret that Barclays has tried to overhaul its reputation in the wake of the Libor-rigging scandal, but the high-pressure to turn things around is taking its toll on those responsible. After just 10 months in the newly-created role of compliance chief, former FSA-chief
Sysmex expands business and product portfolio: Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises the listed corporation on two transactions
A team headed by Dr. Lothar Ende, partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Hamburg office, advised publicly listed Japanese Sysmex Corp. on the acquisition of all shares of cancer diagnostics service company Inostics GmbH and on the acquisition of Partec GmbH, a solution provider in cell analysis and flow cytometry.
Now the dust has settled on last month’s The Lawyer Management conference and awards, it’s time to take stock of some of the key themes that were raised during the day and evening.
Nabarro’s head of infrastructure Matthew Jones is leaving the firm for Taylor Wessing’s construction and engineering group.
Taylor Wessing is planning further expansion across Asia after entering into a formal association with 10-partner Indonesian firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP).
Epiq Systems’ Saida Joseph, international director of document review services and Celeste Kemper, director of document review services Asia, reveal how the latest technology assisted review (or predictive coding) is providing a critical advantage in the search and analysis of vast data volumes.
So Dorothy had it right all along - there really is no place like home. Global managing partner Ted Burke, the guardian of Freshfields’ Emerald City gates, is returning to his homeland and a new role in the US.
South West firm Temple Bright has secured an inaugural instruction for its London office, advising on the acquisition of web developer Red C by brand agency FM Group.
The acquisition frenzy continues for Slater & Gordon. The expansionist Aussie firm is chomping its way across the UK’s personal injury legal landscape like a koala in a vegemite-slathered eucalyptus tree.
Today sees the publication of The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2013, the culmination of some six months’ data collection, interviews and research into the financial health of the UK’s largest law firms.
This week saw the publication of The Lawyer UK200 Annual Report 2013, the culmination of months of research, data gathering and interviews. It’s likely that senior support teams, notably but by no means exclusively finance, will have been poring over the metrics with a tooth comb as fine as those wielded by partners across the UK’s top 200 firms. Notably this year we’ve ramped up the level of detail included on firms’ total lockup, including a focus on work in progress and debtor days ...
It’s always tough when the kids pack up their suitcases and fly the nest. But for Clifford Chance, this week, it’s been harder than most.
Pinsent Masons has just scooped the sole provider role for Eon just a couple of months after its success winning all of Balfour Beatty’s work. Eversheds has also had long experience of sole provider work, building on its experience with Du Pont and Tyco. But will this approach really take off with in-house lawyers?
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool.
Ashurst partners have elected litigator Ben Tidswell into its newly-formed chairman role, a move that has cost current senior partner, Charlie Geffen, the leadership post he has held since 2008.
Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester commercial litigation chief John Lord is to join TLT following the firm’s Manchester launch in July.
Scottish firm Tods Murray has set out an ambition to grow through joining forces with other firms in Scotland.
A pair of elite Chinese capital markets firms, Commerce & Finance and Jingtian & Gongcheng, are facing negligence and breach of duty claims filed by 11 international financial institutions, including Credit Suisse Securities and Banc of America Securities.
A leading City law firm has fought off sophisticated cyber attacks within the last fortnight, specialists revealed – ramping up fears that hackers view legal practices as a soft underbelly route to stealing sensitive client information.
A well-liked Paul Hastings partner has been forced to leave the firm after it was revealed by an unnamed chambers that he had lied about his education and bar qualifications.
Travers Smith, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dickson Minto have taken lead roles on the £100m sale of Byron Hamburgers to private equity group Hutton Collins Partners.
Turkey had plenty of attention over the summer, and sadly not just for its sun, sea and suspiciously strong raki. Protests that initially kicked off to demonstrate against development plans in Istanbul quickly blossomed into fully-fledged pro-democracy rallies.
The SRA has referred two Addleshaw Goddard partners to the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) following investigations into discrepancies relating to expenses and disbursements.
There’s only one trend in the US right now – getting hitched. Weeks after Cooley announced a combination with the Washington DC office of Dow Lohnes, Washington lobbying giant Patton Boggs has started flirting with Dallas-based Locke Lord and San Francisco’s
Solihull-based UK Power Reserve (UKPR) has hired Bevan Brittan’s former corporate head and the legal manager for Bicester Village, Sarah Ward, as general counsel.
Ukrainian firm Sayenko Kharenko is launching a representative office in London at the same time as developing a standalone government relations practice.
A total of 185 firms have applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the extended indemnity period (EIP) of insurance having failed to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover by the regulator’s 1 October deadline.
New York-based Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose (HRMR) has become the latest US firm to establish a presence in Myanmar.
Litigation funder Vannin Capital has stepped up to fund a High Court battle between the owner of the largest oil and gas project in Azerbaijan and Credit Suisse International (CSI).
Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) has swallowed up niche London property firm George Carter in a boost for its City base.
Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Justine Campbell is leaving the company to take up the re-created GC role at British Gas.
Washington DC firm Patton Boggs is understood to be in merger talks with US firm Locke Lord.
White & Case has opened an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, marking its second base in Kazakhstan.
One of the world’s worst-kept secrets (ok, some slight over-egging there) was let out of the bag last week when Linklaters private equity partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw resigned for White & Case
Keating Chambers has hired longstanding Wilberforce Chambers senior clerk and chief executive Declan Redmond to lead its clerking team.
SQS Partners with Thomson Reuters Elite to Provide Quality Assurance and Testing Services to 3E, Enterprise and Envision Clients
Wragge & Co’s projects head David Fennell as been elected as the firm’s new global managing partner, after the current chief Ian Metcalfe steps down next year.
Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy.