Online September 2013
DLA Piper has won a protracted and complex dispute in two instances about the procurement of household waste collection.
Hogan Lovells has successfully closed two block trade transactions for a combined value of over HKD$2.4bn (£197.4m).
Pharmaceuticals company Lundbeck has been the subject of two important decisions in recent weeks.
The much-maligned Equality Act provision making employers potentially liable for harassment of employees by third parties will disappear on 1 October.
Two partners from Stephenson Harwood have been ranked in the Chambers 100 listing for 2013.
50:50 joint ventures — possibility of parental liability for EU antitrust infringements confirmed download
The CJEU has confirmed that a parent company can be held liable and fined by the European Commission for the antitrust infringements of its 50:50 joint venture in the EU.
The case of R (oao Cherkeley Campaign Limited) v Mole Valley DC and Anr is a very interesting read and provides a useful source of guidance on the meaning of ‘need’.
President Enrique Peña Nieto has submitted a sweeping Energy Reform Bill (ERB) to Mexico’s Congress.
Mills & Reeve looks at the issue of foreseeability and how case law suggests the concept is approached in relation to PUWER.
Acas has published new non-statutory guidance to accompany the introduction of its new statutory code of practice on settlement agreements, which came into force on 29 July 2013.
The parties’ relationship was one of principal and agent, and therefore the agent is required by law to produce documents relating to the affairs of the principal.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the 150th state to accede to the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, more commonly called the New York Convention.
Congress is working on new Iran sanctions legislation that would further target the activities of non-US companies with Iran, even when the activity has no US nexus.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Hikma Pharmaceuticals plc on a 50–50 joint venture with Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi’s MIDROC Group.
Addleshaw Goddard’s plan to increase its capability in Hong Kong has been approved by the country’s Law Society.
Our large public law team includes leading silks and juniors undertaking all aspects of judicial review and public law work for both claimants and defendants.
Administration order refused download
There was insufficient supporting evidence for the proposed administrator’s assertion that the administration of the Company would achieve one of the statutory purposes of administration.
No5 Chambers includes some of the leading practitioners in the country when it comes to bringing and defending challenges to the legality of the actions of public bodies.
Adrian Keeling has helped drop two charges of computer misuse against a detective sergeant after the Crown decided not to proceed with the charges.
Russell Holland looks at the recent concerns raised by the TUC in relation to the Agency Worker Regulations.
Kings Chambers has announced that Aidan Reay has accepted a full tenancy following the successful completion of his pupillage.
AIFMD: big bang or damp squib? download
After all the controversy, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive was implemented on 22 July 2013.
All change for TUPE? Not quite... download
The government has published its long-awaited response to its consultation on TUPE.
Allen & Overy has advised CPI International Minerals on the conclusion of the mining convention for its world-scale alumina project in the Republic of Guinea.
Allen & Overy has advised FMO on a $90m loan facility to China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings.
Allen & Overy has advised GlaxoSmithKline on the sale of drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage and Food Ltd for £1.35bn.
Allen & Overy advises IC Hotels UK Pension Trust Ltd on purchase of bulk annuity policy with Rothesay Life.
Allen & Overy has advised ING Group on the KRW1.84tn sale of ING Life Korea to private-equity firm MBK Partners.
Allen & Overy has advised JP Morgan Securities in connection with the capital increase of MorphoSys, raising gross proceeds of approximately €84m.
Allen & Overy has advised Hamburg-based Rickmers Group on setting up a joint venture with funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management LLC.
Allen & Overy has advised Schaeffler on the successful placement of around 3.9 per cent of the shares in Continental AG, raising funds of around €950m.
Allen & Overy’s antitrust team has played an active part in the 17th annual IBA competition conference held in Florence on 13–14 September.
At No5 Chambers we seek to work with the parties to provide appropriate and effective alternative dispute service resolution tailored to their needs
Amir Patel has been awarded the Sonia McMahon Memorial Award, which aims to help talented students who come from less privileged backgrounds pursue a legal career.
Your company is probably spending too much time and money on anti-money laundering (AML) compliance — and it could still get fined by the regulator.
Apple opposed three UK applications of Wapple.net Ltd, relying on various UK and CTM word marks for the ‘apple’ word mark.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive will have a major impact on the asset management sector.
Anna Macey has joined Kings Chambers’ employment and personal injury team.
Anthony Crean QC has secured permission for a development in Enslow.
The UK Supreme Court has confirmed the jurisdiction of the senior courts to grant anti-suit injunctions to restrain parties from commencing foreign court proceedings.
DLA Piper has appointed Antoine Mercier, former partner at Dentons, to head of the real estate group in Paris.
Appleby has advised Credit Suisse on its secured loan facility to Golden Chance (Saigo).
Appleby has acted as BVI, Isle of Man and Jersey counsel for the Nan Fung Group in relation to its investment in Chinese developer the Forterra Trust.
Appleby has advised Standard Chartered on the consolidation of its two banking entities in Jersey that created a single operating platform for its Jersey business.
Appleby has acted as Bermuda counsel to Tsit Wing International on a mandatory cash offer by Hero Valour Ltd worth an approximate total of S$65.48m.
In the latest results, the Legal 500 has moved Appleby Guernsey up its rankings of commercial and banking and trusts practice groups.
In its latest Offshore-I report, Appleby has revealed a positive offshore market outlook with business confidence stabilising after several volatile years.
Appleby staff have raised $23,000 in the last 12 months for Meals on Wheels and Cayman Hospicecare.
Appleby has been awarded Equity Market Deal of the Year and M&A Deal of the Year 2013 at Asian Legal Business’s Hong Kong Law Awards.
Appleby has announced that Eilis Kerford and Edward Perkins have received qualifications from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
The Equality Act 2010 contains comprehensive provisions in respect of long-service benefits.
Article 23 jurisdiction agreement upheld despite alleged invalidity of host contract under governing law download
The validity and effect of a jurisdiction clause covered by Article 23 is to be assessed solely by reference to the requirements of Article 23 of the Lugano, not any national law.
Asos has successfully defended a trademark infringement and passing-off action in the High Court.
The AIFMD is a framework to govern the alternative asset management industry in the European Economic Area.
DLA Piper has published its first Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy and Climate Change Group Legal Update.
ASIC has made important amendments to the Australian financial services licence passport exemption for UK regulated financial services providers.
If your school or college has sports facilities that could do with a revamp, have you thought of approaching your council about opening them up for community use?
There are currently two scams being conducted utilising the Allen & Overy name.
Cityrose Trading Pty Ltd v Booth highlights the need for suppliers to ensure that all of their transaction documents include adequately drafted pricing provisions and GST clauses.
Aviation safety download
There are now more detailed rules for certain aspects of commercial and non-commercial aviation operations.
The claimant in Rynda (UK) Ltd v Rhijnsburger had insufficient continuity of service to bring a claim for unfair dismissal based on her service with Rynda.
The Court of Justice of the European Unionhas given a ruling on the meaning of ‘bad faith’.
The Royal Court has considered whether the Banking Business (Jersey) Law 1991 extends to the transfer of regulated investment business.
The banking world has changed. On 1 April 2013 the UK’s Financial Services Authority was split into three separate entities.
Victoria Hutton and Hashi Mohamed from No5 have presented at the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers International Weekend.
Binder Grösswang has advised SIX, a Swiss financial service provider and a subsidiary of the Swiss stock exchange, on the acquisition of PayLife Bank GmbH.
The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has proposed significant revisions to the unverified list provisions in the Export Administration Regulations.
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Data published recently by the CMI has revealed that on average last year men in management positions received bonuses that were twice as high as those paid out to female managers.
The court holds that local use of the name Queensbury on a gym in Bedford did not excuse the launch of a clothing line in a major central London retailer.
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DLA Piper has been recognised by the BTI Consulting Group in its newly published 2014 Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms.
On 6 September 2013 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced a number of positive changes to the immigration rules which will help UK employers.
Despite opposition from the Chamber of Commerce, governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill raising California’s minimum wage for the first time since 2008.
Arbitration is being increasingly used by companies, particularly in the United States, to resolve disputes and avoid court litigation, including class actions.
A third party involved in a property development transaction can be held liable for damages due to a fall in market values that occurred during a period of delay.
Helen Barney looks at the recent case of Woodhouse v West North West Homes Ltd 2013 UKEAT 0007_12_0506.
Cybernaut confirms that, as a matter of public policy, the court, not arbitrators, will deal with any underlying dispute and its adequacy as a basis for winding up.
Appleby recently opened its doors to 13 Caymanian students, who had applied to spend time working alongside the law firm’s experts over the summer.
Caroline Jennings explores the use of CCTV as evidence in the employment tribunal.
The commercial and chancery team is dedicated to providing clients with clear, effective and practical advice in all types of commercial and chancery related disputes.
On 30 September, key changes to the Takeover Code come into effect.
HMRC has published its view of the Court of Appeal’s decision in the joint cases of The Pollen Estate Trustee Company Limited and Kings College London v HMRC.
With flourishing China-Africa relations, Chinese outbound foreign direct investment in Africa is expected to soar.
China’s new regulation on VAT, which went into effect on 1 August 2013, may increase charges on exports originating from China by up to six per cent.
Trademarks are valuable forms of legal protection. However it is important that businesses choose the right trade marks as the wrong trademark can give little if any protection.
The Royal Court of Jersey has its own procedural rules that are generally based on the former Rules of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Those who fail to comply with the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 7) Rules 2013 and court orders do so at their own peril.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission appears to be showing less interest in administrative settlements and seeking restitution for consumers impacted by breaches.
The clinical negligence group has an outstanding reputation and No5 Chambers is widely recognised as one of the leading centres of legal expertise in the area of clinical negligence.
The Kings clinical negligence and healthcare law group offers a specialist and accessible service.
Concerns about privacy and control over data are often cited as the major impediments to the growth of the Cloud and its wide adoption by both business and government in Australia.
The Coalition announced before the election that it will undertake a major reform of the not-for-profit sector.
Chambers has over 40 barristers able to provide specialist advice and expertise in all matters falling within the wide-ranging ambit of commercial and chancery issues. No5 is able to provide in-depth analysis and advice at all levels.
A recent judgment provides guidance on when a prior disclosure of a design, which is subsequently improved and only then registered as a Community-registered design, may invalidate the registration.
Comparison for outbound remittances of foreign exchange under some major service trade items download
This DLA Piper briefing looks at old and new regulations to provide a comparison for outbound remittances of foreign exchange under some major service trade items.
This update highlights key changes in the AER’s approach to determining the rate of return as proposed in the AER Draft Guideline
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has submitted to the Mexican Congress a proposed bill for the comprehensive overhaul of Mexico’s federal tax system.
The members of the Kings construction team are experienced in all types of disputes.
We are on the verge of the biggest change in the regulation of consumer credit since the passage of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
Continuance in Bermuda download
This memorandum outlines the steps necessary under the Companies Act 1981 of Bermuda for a company incorporated outside of Bermuda to continue into Bermuda as a Bermuda-exempted company.
In Derek Hodd Ltd v Climate Change Capital Ltd  EWHC 1665 (Ch) the defendant disputed the identity of both parties to a contract.
Conyers Dill & Pearman acted as BVI counsel to Fountain Vest Partners (Asia) Limited on the $64m (£40.5) acquisition of LJ International Inc by way of merger.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Bermuda legal advice to Binhai Investment Company in connection with the issuance by the company of HKD$310m (£25.5m) one per cent convertible bonds.
Conyers Dill & Pearman advised Freetech Road Recycling Technology (Holdings) Limited on its HKD$863,200,000 (£71m) listing.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Bermuda legal advice to Hankore Environment Tech Group Limited in connection with the establishment of its multicurrency term note programme.
Conyers Dill & Pearman have provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Himax Technologies, Inc in connection with the sale of 25,399,753 American depositary shares.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Langham Hospitality Investments on its $550m (£345m) IPO, providing Cayman, Bermuda and BVI legal advice.
Conyers has provided Cayman Islands advice to Hony Capital Fund V LP and New Good Management Ltd on a $495m (£311m) privatisation.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Topaz Oil and Gas in connection with its sale by Renaissance Services to Interserve.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Bermuda law advice to Vitol Finance Ltd (Vitol) on the offering of its 3.23 per cent Series L senior unsecured notes due 27 June 2018 in the aggregate principal amount of $235m (£150m).
Conyers Dill & Pearman took home two honours at the recent Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards for its work on the Yahoo! Inc/Alibaba buyback.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named as a top-tier firm in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 United Kingdom directory.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has announced its 2013 legal scholarship and bursary recipients.
A little-known section of the Copyright Act allows designers and developers of video games to terminate copyright assignments granted after 1 January 1978.
As part of the government’s initiative to modernise the way we perceive and deal in copyright works in the UK, it recently released a beta version of the Copyright Hub.
Tax experts in Switzerland now predict that certain Swiss tax regimes will ultimately need to be repealed.
Judges’ attempts to interpret and implement the amended Civil Procedure Rules have varied, so as to achieve apparently fair results in the particular cases heard before them so far.
Members provide advice and representation in all aspects of costs and funding, whether in personal injury or non-personal injury areas. Individual members have special experience in CFAs and in group litigation.
The Court of Appeal has upheld the judgment in Antonio Gramsci Shipping Corp & Ors v Aivars Lembergs.
An employer’s failure to allow an employee to have his appeal against the rejection of a grievance dealt with by a different manager could amount to a breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence.
The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a case concerning the extent to which a guarantee still applies if the guaranteed contract has been varied.
At No5 Chambers, we are at the cutting edge of criminal law, including all serious and complicated cases such as serious fraud, money laundering, confiscation, asset recovery, homicide and sexual offences.
Amendments to the Croatian Act on Financial Operations and Pre-bankruptcy Settlement Proceedings became applicable on 7 September 2013.
The EU General Court has annulled a decision that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative CTM ‘Cultra’ and the earlier trademark ‘Sculptra’.
A respondent must be involved in the wrongdoing complained of by the applicant before the court will make an order requiring him to disclose information in his possession.
Darryl Steinhause, a San Diego-based partner in DLA Piper’s corporate and real-estate capital markets practices, has been named as one of the ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’ by the Daily Journal.
Proposed data protection reforms have been the subject of much discussion, debate and lobbying since the draft regulation was first issued in January 2012.
Data protection: time to take action download
On 25 January 2012, the European Commission decided that a substantial overhaul of data protection regulation is required and issued its proposals for change.
In Canberra Hire Pty Ltd v Koppers Wood Products, the ACT Supreme Court interpreted clauses of a contract for the sale of land that allocated liability for site contamination and remediation.
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires that organisations processing personal information relating to individuals must comply with eight data protection principles.
In January 2012, the European Commission unveiled its draft data protection Regulation (Regulation), intended to update and harmonise EU data protection law.
The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Cinram on its acquisition of Saffron Digital Media from HTC Corp.
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Forethought Financial Group on its sale to Global Atlantic Financial Group.
Debevoise & Plimpton is advising New York Life Investments in its definitive agreement to acquire full ownership of Dexia Asset Management for €380m (£23m).
Debevoise & Plimpton is advising Verizon Communications Inc in its agreement with Vodafone Group Plc to acquire Vodafone’s US group
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Verizon Communications in connection with its $49bn (£30bn) bond offering.
Mary Beth Hogan, partner and co-chair of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton, is featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s ‘Women Worth Watching’ issue.
David H Schnabel, a tax partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, is to assume the chairmanship of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA’s) Tax Section.
Debevoise advises Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in $2.5bn joint acquisition of Brand Energy and Harsco Infrastructure
Debevoise has advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the $2.5bn joint acquisition of Brand Energy and Harsco Infrastructure.
Debevoise advises HarbourVest Partners in Nova Capital’s acquisition of business from Newell Rubbermaid
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised HarbourVest Partners in Nova Capital’s acquisition of a portfolio of businesses within Newell Rubbermaid Hardware group in North America.
Debevoise & Plimpton is advising The Westfield Group in its agreements to divest seven non-core shopping centres for $1.64bn (£1.02bn).
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that the Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB) has elected Jean-Marie Burguburu, a Debevoise lawyer, as president.
DPAs are expected to be available for use by the Serious Fraud Office and the Crown Prosecution Service in February 2014.
The High Court ruled that the true construction of the standard definition of shares in a charge document did not extend to rights under a shareholder loan agreement.
While copyright and database rights are the IP rights most associated with the protection of software and digital content, design rights can offer real benefits to the digital sector.
This case concerns the way in which local development plan policies should be considered alongside other material considerations in determining a planning application.
This article examines the coalition government’s alternative carbon policy — Direct Action — and some of its likely impacts on Australian businesses.
Changes to the directors’ remuneration report requirements for quoted companies come into force this autumn and will apply to annual reports issued prior to the 2014 AGM season.
HR professionals often question whether to discount sickness absences for disabled employees in order to avoid falling foul of the duty under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments.
Two recent cases focus on the court’s discretion to disapply the Limitation Act 1980 and allow a claim to proceed that would otherwise be time barred.
As part of its Simplification Series to improve disclosures in IPO cases, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has issued a new guidance letter on improving application forms for IPOs.
This case is a useful refresher on the topic of provision of information by a trustee to a beneficiary.
Discontinuance in Bermuda download
This memorandum outlines the steps necessary under the Companies Act 1981 of Bermuda for a Bermuda-exempted company to discontinue from Bermuda to a foreign jurisdiction.
Disharmony over KitKat shape mark download
The UK decision over the registrability of Nestlé’s KitKat shape reads more like a patent judgment than a trademark one.
Litigation is the main form of dispute resolution used in Jersey to settle large commercial disputes. Arbitration is not yet used frequently despite the passing of theArbitration (Jersey) Law 1998.
A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has found that the dismissal of two employees for distributing pornography was unfair.
DLA Piper has advised Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of International Fiber Corporation (ICC).
DLA Piper advised a consortium of banks under the leadership of UniCredit Bank Austria on the funding of a hydroelectric power station in the Tyrolean valley Stanzertal.
DLA Piper and Nabarro have acted on a £150m senior debt portfolio financing by Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers with investor and developer UK & European Investments.
DLA Piper has advised Eastman Kodak on the worldwide implementation of a chapter 11 restructuring.
DLA Piper Paris has advised Michelin on the renegotiation of a major outsourcing contract with Xerox.
DLA Piper has advised David Lloyd Leisure Operations Holdings on the sale of the David Lloyd Leisure Group to TDR Capital for an undisclosed sum.
DLA Piper has advised PFW Aerospace GmbH, an Airbus subsidiary, on the sale of its French subsidiary Spécitubes to Leggett & Platt.
DLA Piper has advised a syndicate of banks consisting of ABN AMRO Bank NV, Natixis and Société Générale on a $195m prepayment facility for Xinjiang Zhaokun Trading Co Ltd.
Aravind Swaminathan has joined DLA Piper’s litigation practice as a partner in the Seattle office.
DLA Piper has appointed Jim Delkousis to the position of global head of infrastructure and construction disputes.
DLA Piper has announced the appointment of corporate partners Bryan Pointon and David Ryan to its Australian practice, based in the Sydney office.
DLA Piper has certified a damages class in Gulino v The Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York.
DLA Piper has developed model rules for green property management agreements in collaboration with a real-estate services company and the DIFNI.
DLA Piper has appointed David Chijner and Noam Ankri as partners in its restructuring team in Paris
DLA Piper has appointed James O’Donnell as a partner in the investment funds team in London.
Stephen Goff and Matthew Jacobs, litigation partners in DLA Piper’s Sacramento office, have been named in the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2013 Best of the Bar list.
DLA Piper has received the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s (SDVLP’s) 2013 Sustaining Justice Award, which recognises a local law firm that has provided extensive pro bono support to the organisation.
DLA Piper has represented Clearlake Capital Group LP in its purchase of the Futuris Automotive business from Elders Ltd.
DLA Piper has represented private equity firm Triton Pacific Capital Partners in its sale of Alegis Care to NewQuest.
DLA Piper has commented on the release by the Corporate Venture & Innovation Initiative (CVI2) of the CVI2-Thelander 2013 CVC Compensation Report.
DLA Piper has announced that the firm is relocating its Wilmington office to a 23-storey office building at 1201 North Market Street on 30 September.
DLA Piper has played host to some of the UK’s fashion elite, welcoming senior members of the British Fashion Council and the recipients of NEWGEN MEN SS14 to a private dinner.
DLA Piper has announced that Angela Crawford, partner in the firm’s Tampa office, has been named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2013 list of Women Worth Watching.
DLA Piper has advised luxury fashion brand Valentino SpA on negotiations with its landlord to take a new long-term lease of its London store and offices.
On one level, Standard Chartered Bank v Dorchester LNG(2) Limited concerns a technical issue in relation to the application of s.5(2)(b) of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992.
In July 2013, the Office of Fair Trading announced the launch of its new ‘Unfair Terms Hub’.
Digital brand engagement has become more and more important in the last years in the CEE: for example, in the realms of eBooks, training courses, software and domain names.
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Pillsbury has announced that Dr Qian Huang, an experienced intellectual property (IP) practitioner, has joined as a partner in the firm’s IP practice in Northern Virginia.
Dr Simon Fox, a member of No5 Chambers’ clinical negligence and personal injury groups, has been shortlisted for barrister of the year at the Bristol Law Society’s 2013 Awards.
Draft Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Payments) Regulations 2013 download
The Draft Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 cover on-premise, off-premise and distance trader to consumer contracts subject to certain exceptions.
Draft Consumer Rights Bill download
The Consumer Rights Bill (CRB) is in three parts. For the most part, this article looks at key issues in parts I and II.
Appleby has expanded its corporate finance practice in the Cayman Islands with the appointment of Dylan Wiltermuth.
The subscription finance market is thriving. This is not surprising as it has experienced few defaults historically, and is therefore attractive to lenders.
There’s good news and more clarity for pension funds reviewing their derivatives investment strategy in the light of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.
The government has published guidance on the new employee shareholder status contracts as well as separate guidance on the income tax and capital gains tax rules.
Employee shareholder status download
As from 1 September, companies are now able to enter into employee shareholder agreements with employees.
Employee shareholder status download
As from 1 September 2013, companies are now able to enter into employee shareholder agreements with employees.
From 1 September it will be possible for companies to engage staff as employee shareholders, a new type of employment status with tax benefits.
Processing personal data on the basis of an employee’s ‘consent’ may not be considered a valid legal basis due to the unequal relations between an employer and an employee.
The employment group offers a full range of advisory and advocacy services in all courts and tribunals in England and Wales, as well as representation in Jersey and other European jurisdictions.
The employment team at Kings Chambers is dedicated to finding effective employment solutions for all of its clients.
It is a common misconception that simply labelling a meeting or discussion ‘without prejudice’ protects that discussion from future admissibility in legal proceedings.
Louise Corfield looks at what happens when decisions to terminate an employee overlap with a mutual separation.
All claimants in employment tribunal claims brought on or after 29 July 2013 (and appeals to the EAT) must now pay a fee to issue a claim and to proceed to hearing.
The Commercial Court has given judgment in Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone & Ors, which concerns interests in four large oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Park Cakes Ltd v Shumba and others dealt with the question of whether an employer’s enhanced redundancy package had been implied into employees’ contracts by custom and practice.
Kings Chambers has become widely recognised as providing the highest quality of advice and advocacy in the field of environmental law.
Fatim Kurji considers the meaning of ‘same employment’ within the equal-pay legislation.
ESMA has published an opinion on the AIFMD rules covering late transposition.
It’s essential to plan for the future and Mills & Reeve will ensure you have made the best possible provisions for your family and loved ones.
New laws to be brought into force next year will curtail the ability of some IT suppliers to terminate their agreement with counterparty where the customer becomes insolvent.
New laws will curtail the ability of some IT suppliers to terminate their agreement with counterparty where the customer becomes insolvent.
This briefing from Mourant Ozannes about AIFMD contains case studies regarding the Channel Islands.
The European Commission has published a first draft of its controversial Connected Continent proposals intended to consolidate the European telecoms market.
An Austrian court has ruled that illness during the consumption of compensational leave for overtime work does not change the quality of the compensational leave.
A Belgian court has held that the distinction between blue- and white-collar workers constituted a breach of the constitutional principle of equality and non-discrimination.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Denmark.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Finland.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for France.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Germany.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Ireland.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Italy.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for the Netherlands.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Spain.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Sweden.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for Switzerland.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2013 edition of its European Employment Law Update for the UK.
New legislation is intended to enable a single market for telecoms services in the EU in order to accelerate economic growth and restore Europe’s leading role in mobile technology.
Eversheds has advised polyester-fibre producer Advansa on the sale of assets used in its branded and speciality polyester products businesses to Invista.
Eversheds has advised Equistone Partners Europe on its investment in Whitworths, a UK supplier of dried fruit, nut and seed products.
Eversheds has successfully represented PTK Centertel in a case involving a fine imposed by the Polish telecoms regulator for the company’s Zetafon offer.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Cameron Cosby has joined the firm as a partner in its tax practice.
The sixth edition of Appleby’s Offshore-i provides insights into the mergers and acquisitions activity going on in the major offshore markets.
RBS was the facility agent for certain lenders in a complex real-estate financing involving multiple tiers of senior and junior debt.
Depending on the level of breach, a failure to adhere to a grievance procedure is capable of amounting to or being part of a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence.
Insurers may still insist that consumers provide a fair presentation of the risk, but what is fair will be circumscribed by the scope of the new duty under CIDRA.
Carmelli Bakeries v Benali shows that even where an employee admits gross misconduct, there is no guarantee that the resulting dismissal will be fair.
Our specialist members provide skilled advice and representation in all courts from family proceedings to the House of Lords.
The Financial Conduct Authority has recently sought to clarify the imminent changes to the regulatory regime governing consumer credit.
On 1 August 2013, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to an individual in New Jersey for repeated use of a GPS jamming device.
A working group tasked with making recommendations for optimal regulation of health information technology delivered its final report to the Food and Drug Administration.
A federal judge has largely denied a series of motions seeking dismissal of various ‘pay-for-delay’ claims brought by direct and indirect purchasers involving AstraZeneca’s Nexium drug.
Pension savers should ensure they have the correct protections in place in order to safeguard their savings.
Focus: 'home insurance' — new provisions concerning management of insurance relationships via the internet download
Life and non-life insurance companies must now arrange suitable areas in their websites reserved for each contracting party.
MAS has issued notices to banks on the requirements for conducting foreign exchange conversion in China via the Renminbi clearing bank in Singapore.
The High Court has ordered some Formula 1 group companies and CVC Capital to give disclosure of documents, notwithstanding that they are not parties to litigation in which the orders were made.
France’s draft budget law for 2014 was presented to parliament on 25 September 2013 and is now under discussion in the National Assembly and Senate.
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that ‘liking’ a Facebook page is ‘pure speech’ as well as symbolic expression.
The FSB has issued proposed guidance on the application of the key attributes of effective resolution regimes for financial institutions to non-bank financial institutions.
FTC formally proposes to launch Section 6(b) study on activities of patent assertion entities download
The Federal Trade Commission has taken the first step to launching a far-reaching study of the impact that patent assertion entities have on innovation and competition.
Australia’s Federal Court has handed down another decision with significant implications for the patentability of business method, software and computer-implemented inventions.
The Pollen Estate Case concerns the availability of relief from SDLT (stamp duty land tax) where the purchaser is a charity.
Ukraine’s major transfer pricing reforms took effect on 1 September 2013. Generally, the new rules are OECD based, although some exceptions exist.
The EU is closer towards finalising its new market abuse regime, with the European Parliament giving its backing to the political agreement reached on a new Market Abuse Regulation.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Gérard Neiens will join its new Luxembourg office as a tax partner.
Goodman Derrick hosted a successful panel discussion on 19 September that focused on music rights in film and television.
Goodman Derrick partner John Wright attended a conference run by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) on the subject of ‘Arbitration: Tapping Asia’s Growth’.
The UK government maintains its drive to promote industrial and provident societies and staff mutuals with the publication of a recent consultation on IPS reforms.
The government has decided not to repeal the TUPE rules on service provision change. Anthony Korn summarises its response to the consultation published earlier this year.
It would be an error of law to hold that summary dismissal is always a reasonable penalty for gross misconduct, as this fails to give due consideration to any mitigating factors.
The level of involvement required by businesses in GPPs is likely to increase in the future.
GSA’s reverse auction platform is changing the way federal agencies buy and contractors compete through FSS programme download
The General Services Administration has launched an online ‘eTool’ that enables federal agencies to use a reverse auction process to procure basic commodities and services.
There is no general requirement to report data breaches under German law. Whether a notification has to be made will depend on the type of personal data affected and the nature of the data controller.
The so-called ’rule in Hastings Bass’ has been considered in Jersey for the first time since the Supreme Court’s judgment in Pitt v Holt and Futter v Futter.
Health Alert — 2 September 2013 download
DLA Piper has published the 2 September issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislations and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — 16 September 2013 download
DLA Piper has published the 16 September issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislations and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — 23 September 2013 download
DLA Piper has published the 23 September issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislations and reports in the health sector.
This tool is designed to help covered entities and business associates determine what they need to address under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Mills & Reeve has released the September 2013 issue of its Health Legal Update.
On 12 September 2013, the government announced the latest consultation on the proposed compensation scheme for properties affected by the High Speed 2 rail network (HS2).
HMRC has published a consultation document that it claims marks a ‘significant new development’ in its approach to tax avoidance.
Hogan Lovells has acted for AEG in obtaining phase 2 merger control clearance from the Competition Commission for AEG Facilities’ acquisition of the contract to manage Wembley Arena.
Hogan Lovells has advised the senior management of AIM Aviation Ltd on its secondary buy-out by TowerBrook Capital Partners LP from existing investor LDC.
Hogan Lovells has advised Barwa Bank on a $125m Islamic facility made available to Topaz Energy and Marine.
Hogan Lovells has advised the lenders to the Blue Transmission consortium on the London Array project.
Hogan Lovells has advised the unitranche and super senior lenders on Exponent Private Equity’s £190m dividend recapitalisation of thetrainline.com.
Hogan Lovells has advised the trustees of KPP on the settlement of its claims against EKC and Kodak Ltd.
Compliance obligations and according internal investigations have become increasingly important for internationally acting companies around the world.
BTI report recognises Hogan Lovells’ global litigation practice as one of the world’s top litigation groups.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has presented Hogan Lovells with its 2013 Beacon of Justice Award.
Hogan Lovells has announced that it has launched the implementation of Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) for the worldwide protection by the firm of personal information.
Hogan Lovells was voted the best European law firm at the Reactions Global Awards, which was held in New York on 25 September 2013.
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today announced that international law firm Hogan Lovells will be their official legal services provider through to the end of 2016.
Hogan Lovells has achieved a major victory in a trademark and unfair competition dispute for the Hard Rock Cafe Group.
This 10-week consultation runs until 22 October 2013.
In this round-up of recent cases, Mills & Reeve looks at a solicitor’s duty at a mediation, drafting a will for an elderly client, and a limitation claim.
This alert examines whether (and when) the new government can repeal the Clean Energy Act.
Schools and colleges might choose to appoint an expert third-party contractor to provide a service for a fee, rather than it being provided in-house or by the council.
This briefing provides an overview of some insurance coverage-related issues facing commercial policyholders after a catastrophic storm.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has suggested a 10-step approach when considering how to respond to a subject access request.
Comprising of one of the largest immigration groups in the country, the barristers at No5 are at the cutting edge of the development of the law in the field. No5 Chambers has a truly national presence, with offices in London, Birmingham and Bristol.
Ince & Co has advised UASC on a 10-containership order with Hyundai Heavy Industries.
Ince & Co has announced that it has bolstered its Dubai office with the appointment of Rania Tadros as a partner.
Lawyers from Ince & Co’s offices in Monaco, Paris, Le Havre and London are attending the Monaco Yacht Show 2013.
Intelligent Insurer has named Ince & Co as an overall UK market leader in its annual legal elite survey 2013 for the insurance market.
Ince & Co is a gold sponsor of the inaugural London International Shipping Week (LISW), which is taking place between 9–13 of September.
Indemnities and contractual defences download
A contractual requirement for an indemnified party to notify its indemnifier of a relevant claim within 20 business days did not operate as condition precedent to compensation under the indemnity.
India's new company law regime download
On 30 August 2013, India enacted the Companies Act 2013, which has replaced the Companies Act 1956.
This supplement is a continuation of Thomson Reuter’s report Information Governance For Lawyers.
Big data is here to stay, and with it come huge challenges and opportunities. The amount of data coming into an organisation is daunting.
The Arbitration Act reforms the section of the Belgian Judicial Code that deals with arbitration proceedings, without making a distinction between domestic and international arbitration.
Instigating innovation: fund management entrepreneurs can take long-term opportunities from theory to reality download
The investment industry has proved adept at seizing opportunities and developing new products. In other ways, though, the industry has been overly conservative.
DLA Piper has released the Q3 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property and Technology News — EMEA.
DLA Piper has released the Q3 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property and Technology News — United States.
Pillsbury has announced that intellectual property lawyers James Tumbridge and Paul Harris, from Gowlings (UK) LLP, will be joining its London office as partners in the intellectual property practice.
Businessmen Rowley and Green sought to pursue RBS for compensation following an interest rate swap deal that left them significantly out of pocket.
The No5 Chambers international group advises and acts in a wide variety of international matters, including high-value and high-profile international litigation and arbitration disputes.
The No5 Chambers international human rights group is dedicated to advising and representing individuals who have legal problems that raise issues as to the implementation of human rights obligations in the domestic context as well as in the international setting.
The upcoming launch of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will mark one of the biggest shake-ups of the internet since its introduction.
The Internet of Things (‘IOT’), or the Internet of Everything, has become a popular buzzword in recent times. But what does it really mean?
Taylor Wessing private equity partner, Tom Cartwright, meets with Luke Jones, investment director at MML Capital, to discuss his take on the private equity landscape as he sees it.
It is key to review contracts you have with third parties that may give rights to those third parties in relation to data and information security.
The SEC has charged the owner of an investment advisory firm with defrauding investors while exaggerating the amount of assets under his management.
West Virginia is now among the majority of states that recognise defective construction causing bodily injury or property damage is an ‘occurrence’ under standard CGL policies.
On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings that significantly advanced same-sex marriage rights in America.
The 2013 ISDA Arbitration Guide was published last week following a two-year consultation with ISDA members.
For many public companies, significant efforts will be dedicated over the next few months to the company’s AGM.
Walker Morris has appointed residential development specialist James Lawson as a director in its real-estate group.
Jeremy Bouch, an experienced white-collar criminal litigation solicitor, has joined Shoosmiths as a senior associate.
Jersey boasts an ever-evolving trust law and remains at the forefront of the international trust and private client market.
In the matter of Aspis Jersey Ltd, Mourant Ozannes acted for the liquidator of T Bank SA, one of the first Greek banks to enter insolvency following the recent financial crisis.
The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 is set to see a phased implementation and promises to revolutionise the methods for taking and enforcing security in Jersey.
On 1 July 2013, followings its consultation ‘Judicial review: proposals for reform’, the government introduced significant changes to the judicial review process.
On 6 September 2013, the Ministry of Justice announced a new consultation on further proposed reforms to the judicial review process.
Karanovic & Nikolic hosted a working breakfast focused on PPA and energy finance at its offices on Resavska 23 for financiers, regulators and industry figures.
Important legislation introduced at the end of May 2013 saw the relaxation of rules relating to when planning permission is required for certain changes of use.
A recent German case concerning keyword advertising shows the significant margin of appreciation national courts have to apply to European Court of Justice case law.
In today’s digital age, the prevalence of targeted online advertising is easily felt. However, the mainstay continues, at least for now, to be keyword advertising.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Australian Agricultural Company Ltd (AACo) on its $299m capital raising.
Anthony Crean QC has secured permission for a residential development of 85 dwellings with access and associated infrastructure.
Chambers has announced that Paul Chaisty QC, Lesley Anderson QC and David Casement QC have been shortlisted in the Queen’s Counsel rankings.
Kuwait recently ratified an agreement with the Gulf Co-operation Council Commercial Arbitration Centre to establish a representative office in Kuwait.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Gresham Private Equity on the sale of the Tasmanian Walking Company — a hospitality business offering walking experiences in Tasmania.
KWM recognised by Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey 2013
King & Wood Mallesons has been named Firm of the Year 2013 in China across six practice areas.
King & Wood Mallesons has represented China Development Bank on closing a €400m term loan facility.
King & Wood Mallesons has represented China Development Bank on its financing of a more than $100m term loan facility for a wind farm project in Pakistan.
King & Wood Mallesons has worked with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to clear Australia’s first interest-rate swap.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that an employer’s failure to provide an impartial grievance appeal could amount to a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence.
Karanovic & Nikolic presents a brief overview of some of the burning topics from this exciting and innovative field of intellectual property for the region of South East Europe.
Lawyers’ fees and funding premiums under the spotlight — GPT, Storm and Vioxx settlement decisions discussed download
This article discusses the increased scrutiny to which class action settlements have been exposed.
Sintons has been recognised by The Legal 500 for its excellence and in-depth expertise across a range of legal disciplines.
This article considers the key developments in the sphere of collective actions and briefly touches on other proposed developments for competition damages actions.
From 1 October 2013, the directors’ remuneration report in quoted companies needs to contain information about the company’s directors’ remuneration policy.
Documents presented under a letter of credit must strictly comply with the requirements of the letter of credit in order for the issuing bank to make payment.
Alison McCormick of Outer Temple Chambers was a guest speaker on a Lexis Nexis webinar about asbestos.
Licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota download
TV stations licensed to communities in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 October 2013.
Life after Lehman: five years on download
Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we take a step back to review how financial markets are performing today.
DLA Piper has published the second issue of its Life Sciences Spotlight publication for 2013.
The Hungarian Liquidation Act contains special rules on bankruptcy and insolvency procedures for major economic companies carrying out strategically important activities.
The Kings Chambers costs team is made up of genuine specialists, many of whom practise exclusively in the area of costs.
Lobbying in Poland download
Words such as lobbying and lobbyist are still very often associated with the black economy for many civil servants and business people in Poland.
Kings Chambers is ideally placed to provide expert advice and representation in regard to all issues in relation to the many public services and functions delivered by local government.
Logos can be registered as trademarks, an example being the Innocent logo, which was registered as a Community Trade Mark by Fresh Trading Ltd.
Uncertainty has long surrounded the obligations of an LPA receiver when dealing with a borrower’s VAT position.
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has appointed Luigi Merola as of-counsel in its Milan office.
The DFSA and the ESCA have each entered into 26 supervisory co-operation agreements with EU and European Economic Area securities regulators.
Cookies are small text files placed by a website server on the user’s terminal device when visiting a website. They can be used for several purposes.
Chevalier & Sciales has created this treaty table to provide an accurate and updated view of Luxembourg double tax treaties in force or currently pending.
Due to the recodification of private law in the Czech Republic, changes regarding the treatment of possession, easements and the transfer of real estate will come into effect.
Maria Papaconstantinou completed her legal training and was first in her class of trainees at the Cyprus Bar Association examinations.
The Maritime Labour Convention came into force internationally on 20 August 2013 and within two weeks of port state control having commenced, the first vessel was detained for non-compliance.
Mark Anderson QC has been authorised to sit as a deputy High Court judge, chancery division.
Employers are seeing new challenges and opportunities in the provision of health coverage and other benefits to their employees.
At No5 Chambers, we seek to work with the parties to provide appropriate and effective alternative dispute service resolution tailored to their needs.
The Kings mediation groupcomprises members of chambers who have undertaken their mediation training with either CEDR or ADR Group.
Medical devices and 3D printing download
The introduction of 3D printing as a new form of cheap and accessible manufacturing throws up two key threats for rightsholders.
ENVI has voted to approve a suite of amendments to the draft European legislation governing medical devices.
This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of those who are considering the merger or amalgamation of a foreign corporation with a Bermuda exempted company.
Following the judgment in Re A v SLAM, readers should consider the process they follow for deciding whether to admit or discharge patients who lack capacity.
Mills & Reeve has advised Cambridge University Hospitals on its Forum joint venture with John Laing to deliver the Forum project on the CBC.
Mills & Reeve has announced the appointment of Christopher Newell as a non-executive director to the firm.
The latest edition of The Legal 500 has ranked Mills & Reeve as the fourth best law firm in the UK in terms of the number of top-tier recommendations received.
Mills & Reeve has been appointed as the main external legal adviser to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Mills & Reeve has partnered with the Department of Health to develop new terms and conditions for the supply of goods and services to the NHS.
Mills & Reeve’s Manchester office has been shortlisted in the 2013 Northwest Football Awards for its outstanding provision of professional services to football.
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Min Lee has rejoined the firm as counsel in its New York office and will closely with the firm’s privacy and data security practice as well as the firm’s intellectual property litigation group.
Plans have been released for new coal and metalliferous mine safety laws focusing on harmonising Queensland laws with those in other states and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
The Royal Court of Jersey has delivered a very significant judgment concerning certain of the provisions in the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998.
Different jurisdictions are striving for the right balance in the regulatory frameworks governing equity-based compensation arrangements.
Mourant Ozannes has maintained its leading position in the offshore market, according to the latest rankings published by Legal 500.
Mourant Ozannes advises significantly more FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies than any other offshore law firm, according to ARL.
Mourant Ozannes has been named International Legal Team of the Year at the STEP Private Client Awards 2013–14.
Some losses, notably pollution, landslides, asbestos exposure, and other similar losses often arise from progressive injury occurring over a period of years.
A majority of the Full Federal Court of Australia has held that there is a term of mutual trust and confidence implied into all Australian employment contracts.
Nabarro has advised John Laing Infrastructure Fund (JLIF) on a share issue and prospectus that is expected to raise up to £240m.
The EC has found that EU regulators are interpreting the commercial agent exemption differently and that some firms are pushing the boundaries further than originally contemplated.
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has assisted the Cremascoli family in the sale of a 30 per cent stake of NGC Medical to Medtronic.
NCTM has assisted Swiss electronics company Radiomarelli in the acquisition of 14.3 million ordinary shares of common stock from Prime Acquisition Corp.
The vitality of an economic system is also measured by its dynamism in M&A, which means by the number and value of transactions involving transfers of shareholdings and businesses.
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has launched its new trade and customs practice: the firm’s 19th practice area.
NCTM will assist Nomisma and Yard Srl, a service provider in real estate, in the management of 10 properties in Turin.
The importance of creating clarity of intentions during the negotiation process of any contract has been reiterated in a recent decision by the High Court.
The new Employee Shareholder status comes into force on 1 September 2013.
New EU Cosmetics Regulation already in effect — nine things for manufacturers and importers to know download
A new European Union cosmetics regulation, already in effect, more broadly defines what a cosmetic is and changes the EU’s approach to cosmetics safety.
The Better Buildings Partnership has issued a new version of its Green Lease Toolkit.
The Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently adopted the Law on Property Rights.
The State Councel issued regulation on the administration of foreigners’ exit and entry to clarify the rules relating to exit and entry, stay and residence, and employment of foreigners.
New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China download
The new regulation seeks to facilitate the importation of foreign talents and further regulate foreigners’ exit and entry administration.
There are many facets surrounding foreign exchange, but Hogan Lovells has looked specifically into these new rules to see how they will affect cross-border IP transactions.
New SDLT sub-sale sale relief download
The new sub-sale relief rules have now been enacted in the Finance Act 2013.
New Third Circuit decision toughens standard for class certification when information about individual consumers is lacking download
A recent decision has toughened the standard for class certification when information about individual consumers is lacking.
New York has recently enacted and promulgated amendments to its insurance holding company laws and regulations and related laws.
No duty to avoid tax. No kidding download
The Tax Justice Network has received a legal opinion from Farrer & Co. It basically concludes that there is no positive duty on directors to avoid tax.
Shareholders do not have private rights of action to enforce the statutory obligation to make a mandatory tender offer.
No turnover of foreign branch in local VAT pro rata deduction: outcome of Crédit Lyonnais case download
The Court of Justice of the European Union released its judgment today in the Crédit Lyonnais case.
The Anthony Barker QC Memorial Shield, a six-a-side floodlit cricket tournament organised by No5 Chambers, has raised £3,253.67 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Nine members of the No5 team have completed an abseil down the Wesleyan Building in Birmingham for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
A team from No5 Chambers has completed the Bristol Legal Walk — a 10km walk around Bristol that started at the Civil Law Courts and ended at Silver Street.
No5 Chambers has announced that Mark Anderson QC and Nageena Khalique have been shortlisted for The Chambers 100 UK Bar.
The ‘regulatory review’ defence, better known as the ‘Bolar exemption’ after a similar provision in US law, first came into force in October 2005.
The issue was whether certain commercial-mortgage-backed notes were disenfranchised from voting, pursuant to the interpretation of two trust deeds.
A surprising judgment in The Owners — Strata Plan No. 61288 v. Brookfield Australia Investments Ltd will rightly concern the construction industry in Australia.
Sean Hecker, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, has been named chairman of the board of the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York.
Despite the legislative free-for-all of the past few months, there are still some key employment law changes that will be coming into force on 1 October.
Ofcom has published a consultation on its proposals for authorising land-based, aircraft-mounted and ship-mounted Earth stations on mobile platforms.
Permitted development rights introduced in May 2013 allow the change of use of buildings from to offices to dwelling houses, subject to a prior approval process.
The OFT has carried out a study into the quick house sales sector and the alleged unfair practices of some of the businesses involved.
Robert Dobbyn, an associate at Ogier, has been listed in Private Client Practitioner’s Top 35 Under 35.
Ogier Fund Services has been shortlisted for the Unquote British Private Equity Fund Advisory Administration award.
Ogier Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited has been named as the leading fiduciary firm in Guernsey at the ACQ Global Awards 2013.
Ogier has been named Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Guernsey 2013 by Corporate International.
Oliver Assersohn from Outer Temple has given talks about current issues in financial services disputes at seminars in Shanghai and Beijing.
Seda Akipek and Müjdem Aksoy of Cerrahoglu examine the implications of changes to Turkey’s commercial code that allow for electronic company meetings.O
Daniel Brown is awarded the first OTC/FRU pupillage.
Outer Temple Chambers barrister James Counsell will be a guest speaker at the CLT conference on the regulation of healthcare professionals later this month.
Outer Temple Chambers barristers Gerard McDermott QC and Richard Lissack QC have been shortlisted for The Chambers 100 — the Bar.
Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Hill successfully defended an international property management company against a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Havering.
Outer Temple’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams and David Westcott QC have been shortlisted in the newly launched Legal 500 UK Awards.
Kiran Unni joined Outer Temple Chambers as a third-six pupil in September 2013.
Benjimin Burgher is to present a CLT webinar entitled ‘Constructive dismissal — process, principles and pitfalls’ on 7 October 2013.
Outer Temple Chambers’ David Russell QC will deliver a presentation on the impact of GAARs in Asia.
Outer Temple's Michael Bowes QC set to chair Butterworths' Financial Services Investigations and Enforcement conference
Michael Bowes QC from Outer Temple Chambers is set to chair a Butterworths conference focusing on financial services investigations and enforcement.
Stevan Dimitrijevic and Petar Mitrovic from Karanovic & Nikolic presented on energy financing at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Pensions News — August 2013 download
DLA Piper has released its latest Pensions News publication, in which it reports on recent developments in pensions legislation, guidance and case law.
Pensions Update — September 2013 download
Nabarro has released its Pensions Update for September 2013.
The personal injury practice group stands out for the growth in its numbers of members, amount of work done and its overall profile.
The No5 Chambers personal injury group has over 60 members, includes four silks and works with its own team of highly experienced clerks.
Peter Morgan, who has experience with structured finance and private equity transactions, has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the structured products team.
For the eighth year in a row, Pillsbury has been named to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list.
The 2013 edition of the Legal 500 Latin America directory has recommended Pillsbury’s corporate and M&A practice.
Helen G Cook, special legal consultant at Pillsbury, has written The Law of Nuclear Energy (First Edition).
Kings Chambers has been providing excellence in planning for more than 50 years.
No5 Chambers has long been recognised as setting the standards in planning and environment law.
This article discusses the forthcoming changes to the planning appeals system in Jersey.
This recent High Court case concerned an appeal against a planning enforcement notice.
Plant breeders' rights download
Plant breeders’ rights protect new varieties of plants. In Europe, there are two systems of plant variety rights protection.
The Jackson reforms have been with us for nearly six months now. The procedural changes and the approach of the courts to enforcing the new rules have been met with some trepidation.
Predictive coding explained download
Today’s knowledge-driven business world demands unprecedented access to information and myriad methods of near-real-time communication.
Big data has become big business. The rising volumes of digital data in the corporate world create opportunities for companies to leverage information in ways never before possible.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for radio stations in New England download
Full-power commercial and non-commercial radio stations and LPFM stations licensed to communities in New England must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 October 2013.
The NPPF is clear that while decision takers may give weight to emerging planning policies, the amount of such weight will depend upon the stage of preparation of the emerging plan.
Charles Crow considers how claimants can move their cases between the tribunal and the court without getting caught by the doctrine of estoppel.
A press release from Karen Cooksley, a partner and planning law expert at Winckworth Sherwood, was quoted in Inside Housing following Ed Miliband’s land grab proposal.
The impact of the introduction of pre-termination negotiations and settlement agreements in practice.
Kirstie McGuigan, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s private client team, has been named one of Private Client Practitioner’s Top 35 Under 35 2013.
This article looks at the dynamics within the private equity industry that are encouraging minority investments and some of the pitfalls and advantages they involve.
Private equity: food for thought download
Private equity houses, it seems, are hungry for deals in the food and drink sector. And their appetite is growing.
On 6 September 2013, the minister for women and equalities published a statement on the outcome of the review.
It is important for Chinese investors to understand and comply with German laws and regulations, including those related to product safety.
When placing consumer products on the German market, various product safety standards have to be met.
Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz’s victory highlights the key requirements for any business wishing to collect evidence confidentially and keep it behind the veil of ‘litigation privilege’.
Appropriate protection for the branding of digital goods and services is often a cross-border issue, as businesses naturally take advantage of the global network.
Public procurement law is a highly regulated and complicated sector, so you need a firm that has the knowledge and experience to help you avoid often-expensive mistakes.
Railcare has been saved after a deal was struck with a German company that was previously on the verge of buying the business in July.
In the first of a series of articles, Nabarro looks at current market trends and legal developments in a number of the alliance jurisdictions.
E-discovery products supplied by Recommind have helped a Fortune 150 financial services firm become litigation ready.
The law requires commissioners to involve the public when making changes to the provision of NHS healthcare. This is an area fraught with difficulty.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former investor relations officer at First Solar, Inc with violating Regulation Fair Disclosure (Regulation FD).
The regulatory and disciplinary group has significant experience of the vast majority of disciplinary areas.
No5 Chambers’ regulatory and licensing teams provide advocacy and advice at each level in this rapidly growing area of law.
Repeal of third-party harassment provisions is not the end of the story for employers, says Hogan Lovells
From 1 October 2013, provisions in the Equality Act that make employers liable for harassment of employees by third parties will be repealed.
Data security breaches almost always give rise to a risk of reputational damage to the company responsible for controlling and processing the data.
This document describes Allen & Overy’s response, dated 21 August 2013, to an HM Treasury and Infrastructure UK open consultation.
Retired NFL players settle concussion litigation, but potential insurance implications to be determined download
The NFL and helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc faced lawsuits from thousands of former NFL players alleging that injuries sustained during their NFL careers resulted in neurological damage.
Rich Davis has joined DLA Piper’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in the Washington DC office.
Richard Clayton QC from Kings Chambers has been instructed to intervene in Kennedy v Charity Commission.
The High Court has held that sales of T-shirts bearing a photograph of the popstar Rihanna without her approval constituted passing off.
Royal Court of Jersey reconfirms flexible use of just and equitable winding-up jurisdiction download
The Royal Court of Jersey has again shown its readiness to utilise the just and equitable winding-up jurisdiction.
Ryanair has been told to reduce its 29.8 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to just five per cent.
The year of 2013 can be seen as a remarkable year for the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) as it takes steady steps to consolidate its rules.
SafeWork Australia releases draft amendment to the Model Code of Practice on Managing Risks in Construction download
SafeWork Australia has released draft amendments to the Model Code of Practice on Managing Risks in Construction Work.
The SEC has approved a proposed rule requiring companies to disclose the median of the annual total compensation of all employees and the ratio of that median to the annual total compensation of their CEOs.
Second Circuit affirms bankruptcy court ruling authorising American Airlines to repay $1.3bn debt without make-whole download
On 12 September 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that American Airlines had the right to repay $1.3bn (£808m) in debt without payment of a make-whole amount.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that Section 10(b) does not apply to extraterritorial conduct, ‘regardless of whether liability is sought criminally or civilly.’
Second medical use patents download
Patent cliffs remain one of the biggest issues facing the pharmaceutical industry.
A threat to fire an employee for seeking legal advice can amount to adverse action under the Fair Work Act.
This case is a reminder of the importance of ensuring that all settlement negotiations are marked ‘subject to contract’ until the point where the formal written agreement is executed.
Eight members of private-equity-backed Whitworths’ management team being offered ‘shares for rights’ by their private equity owner may be an indication of things to come.
Shoosmiths has been selected by Centro to advise on the development of the company’s Midland Metro Future Routes scheme.
Corporate specialists at Shoosmiths have advised Provexis, the sports nutrition and life science group, on the demerger of its Science in Sport division.
Shoosmiths’ new Spotlight service provides a fast, reliable, systemised review of business contracts.
Shoosmiths has made 18 associate promotions for 2013.
Shoosmiths has advised Octopus Investments on its further funding of Calastone, the independent cross-border transaction network for the global funds industry.
Sintons has advised on a £62.5m deal that saw a north-east-based healthcare property developer and investor acquired by a rival.
Sintons has overseen a group restructure for the Malhotra Group, which involved all of its holdings being consolidated into one formal group that will obtain PLC status.
With the social elections to be held on 13 November 2013, Allen & Overy takes the opportunity to examine the special protection against dismissal for certain categories of employees.
The emergence of social-media websites as indispensable communication tools has raised the question of what happens to our electronic information when we die.
It is becoming more and more common to see solar panels on the roofs of houses and other buildings.
This year, solicitors’ insurance rarely seems to have been out of the legal news. This has largely been down to the changes to the market that will come into effect from 1 October 2013.
Vince Cable has announced that there is to be a government consultation on zero-hours contracts.
After a detailed review of the Riot (Damages) Act 1886, the Commercial Court has arrived at an unsurprising conclusion.
After being given an A$200,000 criminal fine for safety breaches that led to the death of an employee, a company director avoided personally paying because he was indemnified under an insurance policy.
No5 Chambers’ sports law group offers clients comprehensive in-depth advice and specialist representation in all areas of law related to sport.
Kings Sport is the dedicated sports law team of barristers based in Manchester and Leeds and practising throughout the UK.
DLA Piper has released the September 2013 issue of its Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence publication.
Stamp Duty Land Tax and group relief download
HMRC recently clarified how it applies the anti-avoidance rule in the context of intra-group asset transfers following corporate acquisitions.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Baker Tilly on the acquisition of RSM Tenon Group by way of a pre-pack administration.
Stephenson Harwood has advised the management team at SVG Investment Managers regarding its acquisition by Hansa Aktiengesellschaft.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed a new partner — Barthélemy Cousin — to develop the Paris office’s litigation practice.
Stephenson Harwood’s real-estate finance team has advised on the financing aspects of three key developments in the UK, including acting for HSBC Bank.
This note gives a very broad overview of some of the matters that Asian-based managers should be aware of when structuring the boards of their offshore fund entities.
The application was made by Southern Pacific Personal Loans Ltd (SPPLL), a member of the Lehman Brothers group of companies that had gone into voluntary liquidation.
While an employer might feel compelled to immediately dismiss an employee in situations of perceived gross misconduct, they should exercise caution.
Superstorm Sandy: bad-faith claims download
A tool at the insured’s disposal in pursuing insurance claims in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
The court’s decision focused on how a GST clause can be void for uncertainty.
It is a common feature with new developments that combined heat and power systems may be included.
Supreme Court confirms power to grant declaratory and anti-suit injunctive relief even where no arbitration is commenced or proposed download
The Supreme Court has confirmed the jurisdiction of the English courts to declare that a claim can only properly be brought in arbitration.
Supreme Court corner — Q3 2013 download
In a split decision, the court found the proper judicial review of reverse settlement payments is a ‘rule of reason’ in light of the pro-competition nature of the Hatch-Waxman Act.
More AIM companies are set to become subject to the provisions of the UK Takeover Code at the end of September 2013 as a result of changes published earlier this year.
Many countries hold emergency supplies of petroleum products that can be released onto the market in the event of supply disruptions.
King & Wood Mallesons has provided a snapshot of the key tax measures that have been announced by the coalition.
Andrew Goodman, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s Private Client team, has been confirmed as part of the line-up for WealthBriefing’s upcoming Breakfast Briefing.
Four photographers have been shortlisted for the 2013 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
Taylor Wessing has been shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year — Deal Structuring at the upcoming Unquote British Private Equity Awards 2013.
Taylor Wessing has been crowned Best Marketing and Communications Team 2013 at The Lawyer Management Awards.
Andrew Hine, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s private client practice, has been listed in Spear’s magazine’s ‘Top Ten Tax and Trust Lawyers’.
The August 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News e-newsletter is available now.
Deputy head of No5 Chambers
The crosstalk on civil and commercial mediation, and in particular on the compulsory mediation attempt, deserves the interest of legal professionals and of anyone interested in justice.
Australia has now enacted the implementing legislation to give effect to the Cape Town Convention in Australia.
Under English law, all individuals have what is called a ‘domicile’, and not more than one domicile, at any one time.
The cybersecurity framework: Administration and Congress move to incentivise private sector co-operation download
The White House has announced its eight preliminary incentives to encourage private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure to adopt the final cybersecurity framework.
Investigations have recently been reported into allegations that millions of pounds worth of bribes have been paid to boost drug sales in China.
From 1 October 2013, the Equality Act 2010’s ‘three-strikes’ rule will disappear.
DLA Piper has published the 12 September 2013 issue of The Financial Report, which includes news from Asia and the Pacific and US judicial developments.
DLA Piper has released the latest issue (Volume 2, No. 17) of The Financial Report.
The future of DNA patents download
The US Supreme Court has ruled that certain patent claims owned by Myriad Genetics are invalid as products of nature.
The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO: the inter partes review or IPR.
The Insurance Services Office’s 2013 additional insured endorsement revisions place heightened emphasis on contractual risk transfer language.
Walker Morris’ legislation tracker sets out the changes in employment law in chronological order and highlights the headline points together with the implementation dates.
Andreea Hulub, Alexandra Malea and Vlad Ambrozie of Popovici have contributed a chapter focused on Romania in the seventh edition of The Mergers and Acquisitions Review.
In April 2013 the Dutch government published a bill for the ‘modernisation of Netherlands arbitration law’. Some of the changes that are proposed in the bill are discussed in this briefing.
It is important for foreign investors to consider the impact of the new Coalition government’s Foreign Investment Policy on their business.
The recent patent infringement case of Scopema SARL v Scot Seat Direct Ltd has demonstrated just how ruthless the costs-capping regime can be in the Patents County Court.
The sports-media industry has recently experienced a proliferation of litigation involving right-of-publicity claims asserted by student athletes.
A company’s trading names, brand names and logos (and in some cases, the shape of the product itself) can all be protected as registered trade marks.
The benefits of being the first to register came to the aid of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc in a recent OHIM Board of Appeal decision.
Tax reform, at least in concept, has entered the larger fiscal debate.
Under the ‘sunset clause’, any marketing authorisation for a medicinal product that has not been marketed for three years will cease to be valid.
The crosstalk on civil and commercial mediation deserves the interest of legal professionals and of anyone interested in justice.
Outer Temple Chambers has received three nominations in the 2013 UK Bar Awards.
No5 Chambers barrister Tim Sheppard has been interviewed by Mark Cummings on his BBC Radio Gloucestershire Breakfast Show.
Tobacco advertising Q&A download
While it has been decades since Congress banned cigarette adverts from the airwaves, broadcasters continue to ask for advice on whether they may air certain types of tobacco-related advertisements.
This Olympics Update provides a snapshot of the infrastructure opportunities in relation to the Games and outlines how your business can prepare itself for involvement.
Tougher competition law enforcement regime in Belgium — new Belgian competition law enters into force download
On 1 September 2013, a new Belgian Competition Act entered into force. The new rules introduce significant procedural changes.
While in the past the primary value of trade dress litigation rested in the ability of the plaintiff to enjoin competition, recent cases suggest otherwise.
BSkyB, the well-known UK broadcaster and provider of communication products, has won its claim against Microsoft for trademark infringement
A decision of the General Court has confirmed the significant protection that will be afforded to national and international emblems.
Coroin Ltd (sub nom Patrick Gerard Mckillen) v Misland (Cyprus) Investments Ltd & 7 ors highlights the subtlety in the operation of pre-emption provisions.
Treasury and IRS adopt ‘state of celebration’ rule for same-sex marriages — implications for employee benefit plans download
Guidance has been issued to treat a same-sex couple as ‘married’ for all federal tax purposes as long as the couple was legally married in a state or country that recognises same-sex marriage.
The regime for the buyback of own shares changed on 30 April 2013, which could provide a warehousing opportunity for private equity-backed companies.
The regime for the buyback of own shares changed on 30 April 2013 with the coming into force of the Companies Act 2006.
A claim in relation to a ‘section 75 debt’ was not to be reduced by a subsequent payment of £2m to the scheme despite the calculation being made prior to that payment.
The once-threatened ‘service provision change’ rule has been given a reprieve and will not be abolished.
The government has confirmed that amendments will be made to the TUPE Regulations, but service change provisions will not be repealed as had previously been expected.
UK government publishes action plan implementing UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights download
On 4 September, the UK government released its Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, becoming one of the first countries to produce such a plan.
The UK Privy Council, the highest court for the BVI, has agreed to hear a further appeal that will provide final determination concerning the validity of the Sentry redemptions.
In United States v Vilar, the Second Circuit has offered another data point in the federal courts’ efforts to define the extraterritorial reach of the federal securities laws.
The Royal Court set aside an instrument of appointment excluding beneficiaries from a trust as being a decision which no reasonable trustee could have taken.
This briefing from Mourant Ozannes about AIFMD contains case studies regarding the Cayman Islands and New York.
US Department of State issues significant changes to ITAR brokering, registration and other related provisions download
On 26 August 2013, the US Department of State issued its long-awaited brokering regulations as an interim final rule.
The court’s conclusion in favour of upholding the agreement can be seen as a further re-affirmation of the principles of freedom of contract.
The University of Cambridge has won its appeal in the First-tier Tribunal to recover a proportion of the VAT costs it incurred on the management of its endowment fund.
Volunteers from Sintons have undertaken a number of tasks over the past few months to help support good causes in the north east and to benefit local communities.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised leading home shopping brand Damartex on its acquisition of Coopers of Stortford for a headline enterprise value of £25m.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Xercise4Less on a £5m investment from BGF.
Walker Morris director Ray Watson will be joining the Debt Managers Standards Association (DEMSA) as non-executive chairman.
Corporate and finance lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Finance Yorkshire on a loan with profit participation investment in Chameleon Technology.
With offerings provided ‘as a service’ becoming increasingly prevalent, more lawyers in both private practice and in-house will be seeing cloud-related contract terms.
The Western Australian Government is expected to announce that it will not nationalise its laws in line with the occupational health and safety nationalisation process adopted by most other Australian states.
It is hoped that the implementation of a clear system of funding will allow individuals to seek local authority services earlier.
What does the new wave of municipal securities enforcement cases mean for municipal underwriters? download
The last several months have seen a notable uptick in municipal securities actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division.
A recent case gives some helpful pointers on when emails and actions of a supervisor towards a research student might constitute harassment.
The Court of Justice was asked whether the registration or use in a domain name and/or the use in a metatag fell within the definition of ’advertising’.
No-one expects to be handed a search warrant by a federal agent at the office, yet it is happening more frequently than ever before.
Wildgen newsletter — September 2013 download
Luxembourg law firm Wildgen, Partners in Law, has released the September 2013 issue of its newsletter.
There has been a lot of speculation recently in the Russian airline industry about the future prospects for budget carriers.
Winckworth Sherwood has been appointed by Triathlon Homes as its lead law firm to manage the sale of new homes at East Village, the site of the former athletes’ village.
Winckworth Sherwood has sponsored the pre-lunch drinks at the National Housing Awards 2013 at the Lancaster Hotel in central London.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed new partner Xuan Pollard to its corporate and commercial team.
Women who have children by surrogate mothers may be entitled to maternity leave under European law download
The European Court has given its preliminary view that a woman who has a child by a surrogate mother is entitled to the benefit of EU pregnancy and maternity rights.
This briefing describes a landmark decision on collective redundancy law holding that the words ‘at one establishment’ should be totally excised from the TULCRA.
Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws.
In the UK, around one million workers are employed on such contracts under which they remain ‘on-call’ but with no guaranteed work.
Legal aid cuts are hitting the bar hard as borne out by the revelation that Tooks Chambers, headed by Michael Mansfield QC, is to wind down operations next month. The reason? The “devastating” impact of legal aid funding cuts.
If children’s television series Postman Pat remained on our screens, the adventures of Pat Clifton would be rather different today. Instead of rescuing runaway cows and delivering giant ice cubes, today’s series would see Pat and his side-cat Jess protest against plans to privatise his postal service.
The libel battle between the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP and The Sun is creating new costs law that all litigators should be aware of.
Lovelorn, look away. Candlelit dinners and trips to the Côte d’Azur have been replaced with sexy briefcases and good note-taking skills. According to dating website eHarmony, these are the so-called benefits of dating a lawyer.
Baker & McKenzie has hired the head of McDermott Will & Emery’s European M&A practice Mats Sacklén in an effort to bridge the corporate divide between London and Stockholm.
Boodle Hatfield has posted a 2 per cent rise in turnover to £20.7m for the 2012/13 financial year, marking the first time that the until now publicity shy firm has reported its year-end results.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has ramped up its London asset-backed securitisation team with the hire of two partners from Mayer Brown into its global capital markets practice.
A worldwide freezing order application worth $500m, arbitration proceedings in New York at the same time as filing a claim at the Commercial Court, £18m by way of security for costs and a £50m funding package for the claimants - it was all in the 57-day court battle of Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone and Gulf Keystone.
McDermott Will & Emery’s loss would appear to be Bakers’ gain, as one of the world’s biggest law firms makes its move to infill one of the few more obvious gaps in its international platform.
Allen & Overy and Brick Court Chambers have secured victory for the London Legacy Development Corporation in its defence of a judicial review application over the future of the Olympic Stadium.
Chester-headquartered Aaron & Partners has added its tenth equity partner through the appointment of family lawyer Richard Barge.
Aviva’s long-awaited panel review had half the City on tenterhooks. We reveal the story behind the process and how GC Monica Risam got what she wanted. Also adding value to their business was Standard Life GC Malcolm Wood, who not only emerged victorious from hard-fought litigation but managed to get a good deal on a CFA into the bargain. Canny stuff.
Advantage Property Lawyers (APL) is announcing continued strong growth, against a backdrop of challenging economic conditions.
A scheme designed to support the work of young African lawyers in their own communities has gained the backing of lawyers from top firms and barristers’ chambers, as the City’s focus on the continent increases.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have taken the lead roles on GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) £1.35bn sale of drinks brands Ribena and Lucozade to Japanese consumer goods company Suntory Beverage and Food Ltd (SBF).
Anderson Strathern has launched a strategic review after revenues dropped by 4 per cent at the latest year end, following three consecutive years of growth.
Could Slater & Gordon achieve its stated aim of becoming a top consumer brand by acquiring Pannone?
South West firm Ashfords is set to launch a range of professional, non-legal services to complement its practice areas, as part of its five-year strategic vision.
Ashurst and Ashurst Australia partners this morning (26 September) voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the firm’s full financial tie-up. It is a monumental move that has been two years in the making. Here’s how they did it.
Ashurst partners have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of full financial integration with legacy Blake Dawson, now known as Ashurst Australia.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
September has come and while everyone wonders where the summer went, some firms have been busy looking for new additions to their European rosters.
The gap between the commercial bar and the publicly-funded side of the profession has never been so wide. Several heads of chambers are warning of the increasingly unhealthy situation of the haves and the have-nots. Many chambers will need to respond robustly to ensure survival in an increasingly difficult environment.
A Manchester based law firm, and software development company, have joined forces to help educational institutions tackle the technical and legal implications of implementing new technology.
Bevan Brittan has cut seven positions, including two lawyer roles, as a result of a redundancy consultation, the firm said today.
Bird & Bird has launched an iPad app covering commonly asked legal questions relating to cloud computing services across 11 jurisdictions
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Graham Shear and a team of Fladgate partners have advised footballer Gareth Bale on his record breaking transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, finalised last night.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has unveiled its 2012/13 profit figures, revealing a 39 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 38 per cent drop in net profit.
Real estate investment fund Ashby Capital has recruited a former Berwin Leighton Paisner corporate associate Tom Hill as in-house legal counsel.
The longstanding head of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s information law unit, Adam Rose, has left the firm for Mishcon de Reya.
North West firm Brabners has hired two partners from rival regional firms to take its total partner tally to 79.
The joint head of Brick Court Chambers Nicholas Green QC has been appointed to the High Court bench.
ABS Brilliant Law has completed a private fundraising as part of growth plan to extend its services.
Independent brokerage and software group AKJ has hired its first in-house lawyer with the appointment of Tom Mackay, a former legal chief for the London Stock Exchange.
Brown Rudnick has expanded in London with partner hires into the corporate and white collar crime groups.
Irwin Mitchell has boosted its intellectual property practice with the appointment of Brown Rudnick’s IP head Georgie Collins.
Telecoms giant BT has launched a review of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) provision, The Lawyer can reveal.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has named former Burges Salmon transport head Nick Olley as general counsel.
You know what they say - you wait all summer for a hefty telecoms M&A deal and then two come along at once. Last week saw Microsoft buy up Nokia’s mobile phone unit for £4.6bn and Vodafone rake in £84bn by selling off Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications.
Capita is to enter into the legal market through the acquisition of volume outfit Optima Legal Services, three years after the SRA ordered the firm to sever its relationship with the outsourcing giant.
Ashurst’s London litigation partner Ben Tidswell will run for the newly created chairman position, alongside current senior partner Charlie Geffen, as the firm readies for the Australian merger vote.
Clifford Chance is boosting its Munich office with the relocation of a two-partner team to expand its advisory capabilities.
The High Court has dismissed a $1.6bn claim from Clifford Chance client Excalibur Ventures, bringing to an end one of the longest running trials of 2012/13.
Clifford Chance has beaten stiff competition to be named Management Team of the Year at the inaugural The Lawyer Management Awards with the magic circle firm recognised for improved client experience.
Clifford Chance has been appointed as legal advisor to Rugby World Cup (RWCL) ahead of the 2015 competition, which is to be held in England.
The first 10 days of September have seen Clyde & Co pushing ahead with its further expansion in Asia Pacific
It’s that time of year again – when we analyse which 15 law firms bring in more corporate revenue than the rest of the bunch. And it seems that one year can change a lot.
Clyde & Co has added three new partners and a number of lawyers to its Australian offices, a year after the firm opened there.
CMS has trumped BT’s real estate panel firms to take on its first real estate deal for BT, advising the telecoms giant on its plans for the UK’s tallest brick clad building in London’s Nine Elms.
The total cost of the Cobbetts administration stands at £1.7m, a report by administrators KPMG reveals, with Pinsent Masons taking the bulk of a £352,289 legal bill.
A former Slaughter and May partner has been named general counsel for the newly-established Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), while the former executive director of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), Sonya Branch, will become director of enforcement.
There can only be one topic in today’s The Lawyer Management email - Tuesday’s glittering, stellar night of awards which capped the inaugural The Lawyer Management conference. I think it’s fair to say that both the conference and the awards were widely considered as major successes, with one attendee describing the day as ...
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has shut its São Paulo office, although the firm is maintaining an on-the-ground presence in Brazil through a representative lawyer.
If you have a big-money case that is expected to run for more than 30 days you could be waiting nine months (see blog) to get your dispute before a Commercial Court judge, the latest report by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge states.
Commercial court waiting times are rising to new levels says the Lord Chief Justice
Covington & Burling has hired Stephenson Harwood financial and regulatory partner Charlotte Hill into the London office.
Property-focused Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has raided regional rival Brachers for its former managing partner.
Baker & McKenzie corporate partner James Reed has joined DAC Beachcroft’s company and commercial team in Bristol.
Online dating website eHarmony has published a list of reasons why wannabe lovers should target lawyers as potential dates, with so-called bonuses including free legal notepads and interesting law-school stories.
Davenport Lyons has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status, with the firm likely to move towards a more commission-based remuneration system once the change takes place.
We’re starting to wonder if in-house lawyers have their own summer transfer window. As the last minute race for football squads to splurge on new players came to an end on Monday, big-name in-house moves have been all the rage in the legal market (although a £100m lawyer is still some way off).
Dentons has launched its 79th office worldwide, relocating a team of lawyers from Dallas and Washington DC to open in Houston.
Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has resigned from the firm after two years as global integration partner.
Dentons has opened a new satellite office in Astana, its second office in Kazakhstan.
Devereux Chamber has expanded the tax practice through the addition of Jolyon Maugham who joins the set from 11 New Square.
DLA Piper has hired a partner each from Gilbert + Tobin and Ashurst to strengthen its corporate offerings in Sydney.
DLA Piper has seen three more partners leaving its Asia Pacific offices, one each in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.
Eversheds has secured two lateral hires from DLA Piper in Birmingham, including corporate and office managing partner Mark Beardmore.
DLA Piper has hired IP partner Horace Lam from Jones Day’s Beijing office along with a team of four lawyers.
DLA Piper has continued the growth of its Paris office with the hire of partners from Dentons and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.
Keir Starmer QC is to return to Doughty Street chambers in London after he stands down as Director of Public Prosecutions next month.
Dundas & Wilson is to refocus on growth of its Scottish base, turning away from the firm’s previous strategy of building itself out as a major UK firm.
The Edinburgh festival may be over, but it looks like that won’t stop Dundas & Wilson getting the bagpipes out for its own reasons. It only seems five minutes ago that the firm was trumpeting a major push at growing in London, but it has now decided to return to its Scottish roots.
Ashurst partners are set to vote on the full financial integration between Ashurst and Ashurst Australia but it is the battle for the top managerial job that is really getting partners talking.
Ashurst partners will go back to the polling booths this week, asked to decide whether there should be a full financial integration with its Australian offices. Insiders suggest that the vote is just a matter of formality, with candidates for the top managerial role already being circulated amongst partners.
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.
The longest running case of 2012 came to an end yesterday, but there are still plenty of questions to be asked of the claimant Excalibur and its lawyers
Another former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) big-hitter has arrived at a rival firm, with the former Managed Legal Services head Patrick Somers joining DLA Piper today.
Shell UK, the British arm of Royal Dutch Shell Group, has completed a top-level reshuffle of its global legal team, naming Michael Coates as its new head of legal in the UK.
Hogan Lovells has become the official legal services provider to the British Paralympic Association (BPA), consolidating its relationship with the organisation.
Speechly Bircham is staking its future on international expansion across Europe kickstarting today with the launch of a second office in Switzerland.
Manchester firm Express Solicitors has increased its turnover from £5.3m in 2011/12 to £7.2m in 2012/13.
Social networking giant Facebook has named Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s co-head of IT and data privacy, Ashlie Beringer, as its deputy general counsel.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has strengthened its Paris IP team with the hire of Winston & Strawn partner Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier.
It’s back to work with a bang this week for litigators, with some eye-catching disputes making the headlines. Below is just a small sample of this week’s stories: for more, sign up to our regular litigation email at http://www.thelawyer.com/sign-in/
FirstAssist Legal Protection and COBRA Special Risks enhances Intellectual Property Protection product range
FirstAssist Legal Protection has announced the further development of its Intellectual Property Protection product range via a new partnership with COBRA Special Risks Ltd.
There was almost something poetic about last week’s corporate headlines, as news of the IPOs of snail mail provider Royal Mail and hit social media site Twitter synced in timing.
Graham White, former executive partner at Slaughter and May, has been appointed to the board of diversity recruitment agency Rare as a non-executive director.
French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés is expanding its German presence through the launch of a Munich office and the hire of a sixth partner in Frankfurt.
Clifford Chance, Sullivan & Cromwell and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken lead roles on Barclays’ bumper £5.8bn rights issue – the world’s largest rights issue by a bank since 2009.
It was due to be one of those High Court showdowns that caught the attention of the entire profession - a £140m professional negligence claim from London Underground against two City heavyweights, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and legacy Herbert Smith.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer global managing partner Ted Burke is leaving the firm to become general counsel and COO of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May will continue to advise on the IPO of state-owned Royal Mail as the UK government agrees to privatise Britain’s postal service “within weeks.”
CMS insurance head Stephen Netherway says litigation funders can lawfully withdraw funding from cases thanks to a recent ruling
In the past five years the legal profession has changed dramatically: the recession put clients firmly in the driving seat and the Legal Services Act has created even more opportunities for private practice to reinvent legal services. What will happen in the next five years?
German firm Luther has seen firmwide revenues break through the €100m barrier for the first time, with a 7.9 per cent increase in turnover to €101.4m (£85.4m).
Over the past few years Asia companies have stepped up when it comes to their in-house legal function. One of those companies is Chinese internet giant Tencent, which in 2009 recruited US lawyer Brett Irvin as its general counsel
The former attorney general, Peter Goldsmith QC, will not be allowed to challenge anti-gay legislation in Singapore after the Singaporean High Court refused to allow the couple to instruct foreign counsel.
Manchester firm Gunnercooke has expanded its London base with the addition of four partners hires following a recruitment drive in the City.
In-house lawyers at global food conglomerate Heinz are facing redundancy in the UK and Ireland after the ketchup-maker cut 600 office positions across the US.
Elections are underway at Herbert Smith Freehills as the firm looks for successors to joint CEOs David Willis and Gavin Bell, who are retiring from the firm.
We’re all used to a bit of healthy whinging over the cost of rail fares. However, the weighty legal cost of the government’s HS2 scheme including Landmark Chambers, Eversheds and 39 Essex Street might not feel quite so negative - the external legal costs of getting the controversial rail project over the Royal Assent hurdle are set to reach £5m, with £400,000 ...
Hill Dickinson has appointed Alastair Reid as head of its Sheffield office following the death of the firm’s former Sheffield office managing partner Neil Thompson in June.
HowardKennedyFsi has launched a redundancy consultation round, with seven fee earner roles across its real estate, corporate and employment departments at risk.
Truro-headquartered Follett Stock has been served with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after failing to pay an outstanding tax bill, The Lawyer has learned.
Hogan Lovells has pledged to examine its policies and procedures around workplace stress and mental health in the wake of the death of IP partner David Latham earlier this year.
Business gurus might wag their fingers and tell firms to do X and Y, but everyone knows that nothing beats the inside scoop. So, at your service, we got the real story on the insurance giant’s much-awaited panel review
Total legal costs for the first phase of HS2, the planned high-speed railway, are expected to hit £5m with £400,000 already spent on battles in the High Court and Court of Appeal (CoA).
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) corporate and M&A partner Betty Tam has quit the firm to join Mayer Brown JSM as a partner in Shanghai.
Watch out, watch out, there’s a cyber criminal about. But what’s this? Privacy lawyer extraordinaire Keith Schilling has decided to do a Lone Ranger and is riding to the rescue.
Complacency and laziness are two of the most damning charges levelled at private practice lawyers by corporate clients conducting panel reviews, leading in-house counsel have told The Lawyer.
England’s leading group of in-house lawyers is facing a commercial battle with its own professional body for the training market following a recent split over independence.
DLA Piper, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among the firms to have been appointed to AIG’s new-look EMEA legal panel following a review.
Irwin Mitchell is closing in on a deal with an unnamed Spanish firm which will determine the future of its Spanish subsidiary, Irwin Mitchell Abogados.
Italian firm Labruna Mazziotti Segni has been hit by the news that three partners, including two founders, are quitting the firm with a team of lawyers in the New Year.
Manchester-based firm JMW Solicitors has secured £2.5m to invest in future growth by moving its banking facility from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to Barclays.
Jones Day and Sullivan & Cromwell have joined the Paris recruitment bandwagon by picking up partners from Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer respectively.
Kennedys has entered into an association with Bogota-based insurance litigation and arbitration boutique Botero Salazar Tobo´n & Abogados (BST).
North West firm Keoghs has confirmed the appointment of three partners in Greater Manchester.
Keystone Law has closed its 14-month recruitment drive with the addition of a final eight lawyers into its property, employment and insurance teams, bringing the total number to 132.
US firm King & Spalding has established a financial services regulatory practice in London with the addition of Mayer Brown partner Angela Hayes.
King & Spalding has made its sixth partner hire in Paris with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Mehdi Haroun, formerly head of the firm’s North Africa practice.
Central and Eastern European (CEE) firm Kinstellar has launched its seventh office, taking a team from Dentons to open in Kazakhstan.
Kirkland & Ellis has formally launched its Beijing office, just under six months after first seeking a licence to launch in the Chinese capital.
International legal recruitment specialist Laurence Simons has appointed Chris Cayley as Managing Director for their EMEA region, working from their London HQ.
It’s Friday the 13th, punk. Fancy something spooky? For those suffering friggatriskaidekaphobia – that’s a fear of Friday 13 – we’ll keep it light. This tale doesn’t involve mythological black cats, umbrella moments or rickety ladders.
Slaughter and May and Linklaters have extended their lead at the top of the FTSE 100 client rankings for the second quarter of 2013, despite little movement in the market.
Portuguese firm Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) has appointed Linklaters’ former local managing partner Jorge Bleck as a partner and head of M&A and corporate finance.
Linklaters has appointed former Allen & Overy (A&O) Hong Kong partner David Kidd as its first head of Asia restructuring and insolvency practice.
Linklaters is understood to have taken over Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s role as the regulatory adviser to Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) concerning payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling, one of the biggest scandals to ever hit retail financial services.
If your legal budget is starting to resemble a grape in the sun, what you need is a go-getting GC to teach you how to make wine out of raisins.
The disputes chief of UBS Wealth, Philippa Simmons, has been named as Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) new head of legal disputes and contentious regulation.
Kids, forget the X Factor – the real talent contest has been at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG). In this showdown, the judges have been LBG’s retail and wealth litigation team, with the prize of a legal disputes chief job replacing Aamir Khan who quit in July to join global LPO Clutch Group
It’s all been Lloyds-this, Lloyds-that in recent weeks. With more changes than a Premiership football club on transfer deadline day, we suggest you pour yourself a steaming brew and sit tight - this might take a while.
Lord Justice Leveson, the judge who became a household name last year after being put in charge of an inquiry into media practices, has been named president of the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD).
Macfarlanes, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Slaughter and May and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz are all taking lead roles in the much-anticipated deal between Vodafone and Verizon Communications.
Here’s some advice for the day: goof around a bit more.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has confirmed the loss of 28 jobs following a redundancy consultation that began in June.
Want to know how to do a good merger? Of course you do. There has never been as much change in the UK legal market and much of it revolves around the high levels of consolidation currently coursing through the market, generating headlines in The Lawyer and creating additional work for firms’ business support professionals.
Another financial year, another attempt to reboot financial growth at Manches. This time around the firm wants to expand its London base through a merger with South East firm Penningtons.
Will the merger talks between Manches and Penningtons come to anything? Manches has had a turbulent couple of years, both culturally and financially. Penningtons, meanwhile, knows a thing or two about merger execution; it swallowed up Wedlake Saint and the rump of Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons in the same time period.
Mayer Brown Paris litigation partners Renaud Semerdjian and Christophe Ayela are leaving the firm to launch a new litigation boutique with white collar and crime specialists Francis Szpiner and Caroline Toby.
McCann FitzGerald has picked up a corporate partner from rival Arthur Cox in a rare lateral hire between two of Ireland’s biggest firms.
US firm McGuireWoods has bulked up its London regulatory and criminal investigation team with the hire of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief criminal counsel David Kirk.
Ashurst and Ashurst Australia have been given the green light on the full financial integration, which will see the Australian partners migrating to Ashurst UK’s managed lockstep.
China may be an economic superpower, and any firm will tell you how important the country is to its global strategy. But the painful truth is that few of them make much money in the PRC, and some has already started mulling over potential exits or downsizing exercises.
Music streaming service Spotify has brought in Taylor Wessing to help defend a database copyright claim levelled at it by dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS).
Asset management boutique MJ Hudson and Jersey firm VerrasLaw have agreed to merge, in a bid to become a global alternative asset law firm.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has successfully defended a professional negligence claim in the High Court brought against it by energy investment company Petrocapital Resources over a share transaction.
Germany has been a key European target for many firms over the years. Since Freshfields moved in via its groundbreaking merger in 2000 with Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber, the vast majority of UK and US firms have followed.
Hogan Lovells is understood to be losing its entire Berlin office to Morrison Foerster (MoFo), marking the most recent raid on its technology and media team.
London litigation boutique Hage Aaronson has expanded its international reach by setting up a referral relationship with New York disputes firm Gregory Joseph.
The associate general counsel of Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch, Richard Atkinson, has taken up a general counsel role at New York independent advisory firm StormHarbour.
Norton Rose Fulbright has strengthened its Brussels presence with the hire of longstanding Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate and competition partner James Modrall.
Osborne Clarke has continued its European expansion with two partner hires in its newly formed Paris and Brussels offices.
Are private practice lawyers complacent and lazy? Some of their clients think so. Our report this week on panel reviews includes what general counsel think of private practice lawyers when they pitch for work. For balance, we’ve also included what private practice lawyers think of clients. Six of one, half a dozen of the other?
The division of Pannone moved a step closer today after partners showed support for plans to merge the consumer practice with Slater & Gordon. Yes, you read that right, as The Lawyer revealed last week the Manchester firm is about to do the deed with the Aussie giant.
Pannone partners have voted in favour of the proposed sell-off of the firm’s consumer business to Slater & Gordon.
Slater & Gordon’s planned takeover of Pannone has hit delays with the firm forced to allay individual concerns before any acquisition can go ahead.
It’s becoming a trend. Every September, when things start to return to normal after the summer, the Paris recruitment market explodes.
Tennesee Valley Authority has wrestled $42m settlement from its insurer, Arch Insurance Bermuda, in the first of three arbitration cases following a 2008 accident at the corporation’s power plant.
Phoenix Business Solutions announces the appointment of Ben Weinberger as Chief Strategy Officer. Ben will help guide the Board and Management team to further develop the product offerings of Phoenix, as well as consolidating their message to the legal and professional services markets.
Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance rates are set to rocket following the withdrawal of underwriter Berliner from the market, leading insurance brokers have warned.
Pinsent Masons is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Paris by launching a tax practice with the hire of partner Eugénie Berthet from Marccus Partners.
Pinsent Masons has hired Clyde & Co partner Manoj Vaghela along with legal director Chamika Hand in its insurance group.
Firms with fewer than 10 partners are being forced into the unrated insurance market when it comes to renewing professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover, leading insurance brokers have warned.
PRIME, an initiative which aims to guarantee good quality work experience to state school students who fulfil certain social criteria, will focus on recruiting regional firms and in-house legal departments as it nears its second anniversary.
Outer Temple Chambers selects SproutIT to migrate to all services to a high availability Private Cloud, as well as provide on-going support, consultancy and strategic advice.
PushON has won the organic search brief for Peninsula Business Services, the leading provider of employment law and health and safety services in the UK.
London’s historic Inns of Court run the risk of pricing themselves out of the barrister market unless they slash their rents and improve services, a silk at a leading criminal set has warned as his set shifts to City offices.
Americans are known for being go-getters. So when insurance giant Aviva kicked off its panel review earlier this year, you can bet it was a US firm taking a different approach. The London office of Los Angeles-based litigation specialists Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan effectively cold-called Aviva in a bid to get in front of the legal team.
A round of expensive litigation looms for state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which told the High Court that it is going to have to dig deep to defend a potential £4bn group action from former shareholders.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to run up a legal bill of £42m defending shareholder action over its £12bn rights issue, with Quinn Emanuel expected to join the action for Prudential, Standard Life and Legal & General.
Reed Smith, DLA Piper and Olswang have won lead advisory roles on the sale of French bistro chain Côte to private equity firm CBPE Capital.
Clyde & Co is planning further expansion across Asia after entering into a formal association with seven-partner Indonesian firm Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have avoided a £140m court showdown with London Underground (LUL) after settling a professional negligence case just weeks before it was due to be heard.
Manches is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons in a move that would create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
Manchester firm Pannone has reported a rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) to £239,000, but a slight drop in turnover to £45.6m for the 2012/13 financial year.
Schillings is relaunching itself as an integrated legal, risk management and IT security and investigation business targeting the growing market in reputation management for corporates and high net worth individuals.
Shakespeares has expanded again through two bolt-on acquisitions as it continues in its bid to be a £50m mid-tier heavyweight by 2014.
Shakespeares has launched a fresh redundancy round with 19 secretarial roles put at risk of being cut across its seven offices at the end of the month.
Shearman & Sterling has formed a cooperation agreement with Italian tax boutique Tremonti Vitali Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati in a bid to offer clients a more integrated service on tax advice.
Simmons & Simmons has added Peter Meyer and Alex Brown to its board in its latest round of periodic elections.
Singapore firm Selvam & Partners has launched an office in Yangon, Myanmar, making it the latest firm to scramble for a spot in the fast-emerging market.
SJ Berwin has picked up the former head of Denton’s international arbitration unit in the Middle East, Paul Stothard, for its London office.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s only Vienna partner Rainer Wachter is set to leave the firm after a strategic review concluded the office was no longer viable.
Slater & Gordon is circling Manchester-based Pannone with the intention of making the firm’s consumer business its next strategic acquisition.
Slater & Gordon has spent £1m with M&C Saatchi on an TV advertising campaign that comprises of three advertisements to be aired at both peak and off-peak slots.
Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken the lead roles in advising the Government and Lloyds Bank on the sale of a 6 per cent stake in the banking group.
How much difference can a deal make? Just ask Slaughter and May or Macfarlanes.
Slaughter and May and Macfarlanes have pinched the top spots for UK M&A for the year to date, thanks to their work on Verizon Communications’ acquisition of Vodafone’s 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130.1bn (£84bn).
It’s that time of the year again – no, not the close of the Premiership transfer window, or even Vietnamese independence day. It’s the moment that corporate statistics supremo Adviser Rankings has released its rankings of the top 10 firms by number of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Aim clients for the last quarter, from 10 May to 7 August.
Lazy, complacent, boring and inconsistent. Who am I? If you’re a private practice lawyer, you might want to look away now – according to various in-house counsel, these words describe a private practice partner during a pitch. Meow.
Mergers can boost profitability, but only if the negotiating teams stay calm and stick to the plan
Stone Chambers has become the latest British set to open an office in Singapore, with Andrew Moran QC spearheading the new base.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner Ted Burke is planning to stand down in the first quarter of 2014 to take up a general counsel position of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners. Here we look back at his time at the top.
“A British bank is run with precision,” said Mr Banks, but Mary Poppins might need more than a spoonful of sugar to help this latest raft of banking news go down.
Five years ago Lehman Brothers collapsed, causing a spiral of panic that created a worldwide slump. For the financial and legal world it’s been a long climb back - but have any lessons been learnt?
Seven more transatlantic mergers, the end of the magic circle and the disappearance of 25 of the current top 100 by 2018 are just some of the wide-ranging predictions made in today’s crystal ball-gazing issue of The Lawyer.
There were dire warnings from the insurance market this morning after Berliner, the German professional indemnity insurance (PII) underwriter, signalled its exit from the sector
After a brilliant spell of sunshine it looks like winter is well on its way. Things are getting decidedly frosty in the panel review process. Lawyers and clients have lined up to sling mud at each other this week over the increasingly tense negotiation that is the panel review.
Tony Angel on the future of legal services: more investment, better technology, bigger footprint video
The global co-chairman of the world’s largest law firm, DLA Piper’s Tony Angel, is targeting significant growth in China and Asia along with potential expansion to other emerging economies such as Africa and South America over the next decade.
Michael Mansfield QC’s set Tooks Chambers has announced that it will begin winding up operations from October, with the set saying its dissolution is the “direct result” of legal aid cuts.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) contentious tax head Liesl Fichardt has become the latest partner exit the firm after being hired by Clifford Chance.
Twitter general counsel Alexander Macgillivray has surprised the social media sphere by stepping down from his role, passing the torch to legal director Vijaya Gadde.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the former firm of Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde and former legal chief Alexander Macgillivray, has been pegged as Twitter’s main legal adviser after the site yesterday tweeted its intent to submit for an IPO.
A two-tier bar will emerge as a result of public sector sector spending cuts, with top level commercial sets breaking away from the mid-tier in the civil sector, leading barristers warn today.
Herbert Smith Freehills saw real estate revenues jump by a third at the 2012/13 year-end, making it the biggest grower in the UK200 top 15 real estate table.
The news that Freshfields and Herbert Smith have settled a £140m professional negligence dispute with London Underground Limited has deprived the world of seeing Justin Fenwick QC, Tony Grabiner QC and Tim Dutton QC in action on the biggest claim ever filed against a major law firm. Fight fans will be disappointed.
Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney is to close its Sydney office before the end of the year, following the relocation of sole Sydney partner John Chrisman to Hong Kong.
As photogenic pin-ups swagger through London for its bi-annual fashion week, US firms have been putting on their own quintessentially English show. Like pastel palettes, crepe dresses and embroidered motifs, London is in season, and not just on the catwalk.
ZyLAB, leading provider of eDiscovery and information risk management solutions, today announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the company a patent for its exact and near de-duplication technology…
Vinson & Elkins is relocating Beijing-based energy partners Paul Deemer and Rob Patterson to London and Moscow respectively in a further reduction of its Chinese capabilities.
Earlier this week, Tony Angel shared his vision for DLA Piper and the global legal markets in The Lawyer’s crystal ball-gazing feature.
As you’re sipping your double espresso this afternoon, spare a thought for Charlie Geffen. The Ashurst senior partner must have been on tenterhooks all night, waiting to receive the good news that partners voted overwhelmingly in favour of the full financial marriage of Ashurst with its Aussie mate, Ashurst Australia (née Blake Dawson).
US firms Weil Gotshal & Manges and Jones Day have picked up key roles on the merger between US semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials and Japanese rival Tokyo Electron.
Saudi tycoon Mohamed bin Issa al Jaber has filed a petition in a New York court, requesting that White & Case hand over documents relating to a 10-year-old confidential settlement it had reached for client Barclays.
Personal injury (PI) firm Winn has attracted investment from two high-profile investment companies, with JZ International (JZI) and Souter Investments taking a 60 per cent stake in the outfit.
You read it here first. Back in January we broke news of a personal injury firm based in the North East with a partner trousering around £10m that frankly hardly anyone had ever heard of.
British technology company Dyson has instructed Wragge & Co to issue a High Court claim against rival Samsung over alleged patent infringements.
San Diego firm the McMillan Group is being sued by online directory company Yelp.com for allegedly fabricating positive reviews to boost its reputation.