London set 39 Essex Street has revamped the way it collects fees from members so that all new additions pay a joining fee into its LLP.
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Birmingham set St Philips Chambers is broadening its reach with dual launches planned for London and Leeds.
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Convicted barrister Rohan Pershad QC could be struck off after the Bar Standards Board confirmed it is referring his case to a disciplinary tribunal.
Davis Polk, Kirkland and Wachtell were among the advisers on the $28bn (£18bn) takeover of food giant Heinz by an investment consortium.
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LG is reverting back to its original Lawrence Graham name in a rebranding move aimed at building on its growing international presence.
Trial of employee accused of making £33,000 of false overtime claims delayed because defendant is unwell.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Weil Gotshal & Manges took lead roles in the latest litigation involving the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
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11KBW silks Clive Lewis QC and Nigel Giffin QC defeat judicial review bid argued by set-mate Clive Sheldon QC.
Mishcon de Reya has hired an international arbitration partner from Tanzania in a bid to expand its African coverage.
Chambers head said a merger between his set and public law set Atlas Chambers is not a “rescue” deal.
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Former 39 Essex Street silk, Rohan Pershad QC, has been convicted of tax fraud.
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Irwin Mitchell has shelved plans for a stock market flotation despite previously indicating that an IPO could be a part of its future.
The sole in-house legal advisor at Islam Channel TV has left to join Japanese gaming company Konami.
Halebury seals the England football team as a client after Kingsley Napley corporate partner Michelle Harris joined the firm.
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A growing trend for insurers pulling fraud and regulatory cover for company directors is having a major effect on corporate defence practices
Irwin Mitchell boss targets growth in firm’s business legal services division to break £200m turnover target.
Hogan Lovells’ LLP accounts showed a fall in profits due to increased operating expenses in the last financial year.
Profits at Taylor Wessing’s UK LLP increased by almost 20 per cent in the 2011/12 financial year, according to the firm’s consolidated accounts.
The latest round of ABS approvals has seen a motor claims specialist with an in-house law firm, a £15m national firm and a costs specialist all gain licences.
Former Attorney General representing Patrick McKillen in appeal court.
Shakespeares has appointed a new managing director to help the firm achieve its ambition of breaking the £50m turnover barrier.
DAC Beachcroft senior partner Simon Hodson has hailed the firm’s “profitable year-on-year growth” despite the fact that the newly merged firm’s debt has tripled.
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Lawrence Graham’s (LG) annual property bill is costing the firm £5.1m a year, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts.
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The managing director of a Newcastle personal injury firm is expecting to generate a salary package of £10m by the end of the financial year, making him one of the most highly remunerated members of the profession.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) head of IP and IT Mark Abell has resigned to join Bird & Bird.
Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent have officially merged into a £39m firm.
Former 39 Essex Street silk Rohan Pershad QC, who is facing allegations of VAT fraud, thought his chambers paid his VAT bill for him, a jury has heard.
Forster Dean has confirmed that more than a dozen lawyers and staff have left the firm following a redundancy consultation.
A recorder and criminal silk has been removed from judicial office for practising without a certificate.
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Salans has advised restructuring specialist Hilco in its purchase of HMV’s £176m debt.
Littleton Chambers has lost the head of its commercial group to 11 Stone Buildings.
Pre-merger Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) posted a profit figure of £5.6m in 2011/12, according to its LLP accounts.
CMS Cameron McKenna partners put an extra £7.7m into the business in 2011/12, the firm’s LLP accounts have revealed.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.5bn sale of Stansted Airport.
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Osborne Clarke’s digital business sector head Mike Turner is joining rival Taylor Wessing as UK head of TMT.
The highest-earning partner at Wragge & Co took home £648,000 in 2011/12 – a 12 per cent drop from the year before.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised as the proposed €5.2bn (£4.2bn) takeover by UPS of Dutch delivery group TNT Express collapses after failing to get past the European Commission (EC).
Pre-merger Howard Kennedy has raided City firm Devonshires again to launch an affordable housing team.
Top human rights barristers are awaiting a significant judgment on four landmark religious liberty cases this week.
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Personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean has announced a redundancy consultation with up to 13 jobs under threat.
Royal Dutch Shell is reviewing its global legal panel for the first time in three years.
Competition law must “get real, get simple, get credible” according to one of the newly elected chairmen of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
A number of chambers have signed up to the new Barco initiative, which has now been approved by the FSA.
The managing partner of Follett Stock has been accused of bullying a female lawyer, an employment tribunal has heard.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) spent more than £1.3m in legal costs on its doomed investigation of the Tchenguiz brothers.
An employee of US firm Gibson Dunn and Crutcher will face trial charged with stealing more than £33,000 from the firm in alleged false overtime claims.
Leading silks at Matrix Chambers are set to go head-to-head as MP Chris Huhne’s partner Carina Trimingham takes on the Daily Mail.
The latest firm to be granted an ABS licence said it now plans to develop its clinical negligence and personal injury practice.
The Bar Council has called on the Indian Bar to end its refusal to represent a group of men accused of carrying out a gang rape in Delhi.
An in-house lawyer at mobile network operator Everything Everywhere has relaunched the Lawyers’ Secular Society (LSS).
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A single patent court system for Europe and the high-profile ‘phone wars’ are putting IP at the heart of clients’ business strategies
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has expanded its panel to include six law firms and three chambers.
Bindmans is taking the Tony Nicklinson ‘right to die’ case to the Court of Appeal (CoA) after his wife Jane was given permission to proceed with her late husband’s legal battle.
Hogan Lovells promotes 24 to its global partnership subscription
Hogan Lovells has promoted 24 new partners in offices across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.
Outgoing Bar Council chairman Michael Todd QC has returned to full-time practice as head of Erskine Chambers.
Former Minster CEO launches ABS Brilliant Law subscription
The former chief executive of volume firm Minster Law is behind the latest ABS start-up to gain SRA approval.
Henri Brandman is representing comedian Jim Davidson after the latter’s arrest on suspicion of sexual offences.
Sidley Austin has added two London lawyers to its partnership in the US firm’s 2013 round of promotions.
Allen & Overy partner David Wootton received a knighthood for services to legal business in the New Year’s honours list.
Matrix Chambers’ Tom Linden QC has helped strip-club owner Peter Stringfellow win his appeal over whether a £200,000-a-year stripper was an employee of his club.
Nabarro heads east with City HQ move confirmed subscription
Nabarro has confirmed its move into new offices at 125 London Wall for November 2014.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has secured a partial victory for grocery giant Tesco in a long-running OFT dairy price-fixing case.
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Withers has lost a High Court case over a woman’s right to get married in a Church of Scientology chapel.
Lawyers for the Hillsborough victims’ families will lobby for a top prosecutor to work on the new police inquiry into the 1989 disaster.
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Taylor Wessing has appointed Keith Barnett as its new business group director.
Lawrence Graham has hired a private client partner from Ogier in a bid to boost its Singapore office.
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Collyer Bristow is the latest firm to embrace fixed fees with the launch of a fixed-fee divorce package.
Diversity programmes should be changed for “talent strategies” to increase women partner numbers, according to a group of law firms.
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11KBW barristers are going head to head as a judicial review into the GCSE English controversy begins this morning.
DAC Beachcroft has joined forces with business process services provider Innovation Group in a bid to boost its motor claims practice.
Shakespeares is set to embark on a recruitment drive in 2013 following its October merger with Midlands neighbour Harvey Ingram, with the first recruit Reed Smith’s UK product liability head Paul Llewellyn.
Slaughter and May and Sullivan & Cromwell have assisted Standard Chartered Bank to come to a final settlement with US authorities over allegations that it had breached US sanctions policy.
Lawrence Graham has axed 16 jobs after a month-long redundancy consultation.
Insurance partner James Burns and disputes partner Simon Konsta are believed to be the frontrunners to lead Clyde & Co when senior partner Michael Payton steps aside next year.
A claim of negligence against celebrity divorce solicitor Fiona Shackleton’s firm Payne Hicks Beach has been dropped.
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Pinsent Masons has made a further 15 redundancies at the end of its second round of job cuts in under a year.
BCL Burton Copeland partner Ian Burton is representing Max Clifford over sexual offences claims after the firm’s senior partner came recommended by Mohammed Al Fayed.
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One of the UK’s biggest personal injury firms has become the latest to receive ABS approval.
Bird & Bird’s LLP accounts show that the firm is carrying a “very healthy” amount of debt, according to CEO David Kerr.
The SFO has instructed 5 Essex Court silk Jeremy Johnson QC to defend a £200m damages claim brought by businessman Vincent Tchenguiz.
Simmons & Simmons and Wragge & Co are set for a High Court trademark trial next year with a Birmingham comedy club trying to take Fox TV’s ‘Glee’ off the air.
Macfarlanes and 20 Essex Street have secured lead roles on a review of cycling’s governing body in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Reputation management practices will have to change focus if Leveson’s recommendations are imposed, according to a number of leading media lawyers.
Trinity Mirror has instructed RPC partner Keith Mathieson and 5RB media silk Desmond Browne QC to defend claims of phone hacking.
Bird & Bird has reported double-digit growth in its half-year revenue figure when reported in euros.
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CMS to renew hunt for US deal after flat first half subscription
CMS is on target for a marginal increase in turnover in 2012/13 despite what UK managing partner Duncan Weston termed a “flat first six months”.
Bird & Bird will cement its presence in Denmark in the new year by merging with its best friend in the country, Bender von Haller Dragsted (BvHD).
Mishcon de Reya has said that it is on track to smash its three-year revenue target of £80m after seeing positive growth in the first half of 2012/13.
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London mayor Boris Johnson has extended an invitation to oligarchs to litigate in London. Is that such a bad thing?
Pump Court Tax Chambers has secured a major victory for the former owners of Rangers Football Club in a legal battle with HMRC.
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Wragge & Co has announced a half-year revenue figure of £60.6m, representing a rise of 4.5 per cent on its first-half turnover last year.
DLA Piper and Kingsley Napley have been instructed again as Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face criminal conspiracy charges over illegal payments to officials.
Government plans to overhaul the judicial review process to boost growth and unburden clogged-up courts have “missed the point”, according to public law lawyers.
CMS has reacted to the departure of former private equity heads David Bresnick and Ted Cominos with a restructure of the group’s leadership.
The delayed merger between London firms Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) and Howard Kennedy will now go live on 1 February.
One Crown Office Row duo lands roles on BBC review subscription
One Crown Office Row silk Christina Lambert QC and Kate Beattie of the same set have won roles on the Dame Janet Smith-led review of the BBC.
Willans defeats Bristows in YouView trademark case subscription
Willans Solicitors has won a trademark case against Bristows that could force new television platform YouView to rebrand.
Lord McAlpine’s solicitor Andrew Reid has pledged to sue everyone who tweeted his client’s name in relation to mistaken sexual abuse allegations.
The legal profession is leading the way in paying the London Living Wage, with 11KBW, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills among almost 100 accredited companies.
Hogan Lovells Paris partner Jean-Georges Betto has quit the firm to launch his own litigation boutique, taking three other staff with him.
Lawyers’ salaries are rising at a slower rate than the national average, according to detailed analysis of Office of National Statistics (ONS) by recruiter Randstad Financial & Professional.
A British engineer who won a Star Wars copyright row is being pursued by his own lawyers for £3.5m owed in court costs.
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Eversheds under fire for taking a tough line with rate swap mis-selling claimants
A City personal injury firm is advising Lord McAlpine in relation to “wholly false and seriously defamatory” internet rumours linking him to a North Wales child sex abuse case.
Lawrence Graham makes 'prudent' move to cut 18 jobs subscription
Lawrence Graham has launched a redundancy consultation aimed at cutting 18 jobs across lawyer, central services and support staff ranks.
Landmark returns to 4-5 Gray's Inn for another silk subscription
Planning silk Tim Corner QC has become the latest barrister to quit London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square after securing membership at Landmark Chambers.
The liquidators of Rangers have pledged to proceed with conspiracy charges against the old club’s former law firm, Collyer Bristow.
The value of pro-bono work in the UK is almost half a billion pounds a year, with research from legal recruitment company Laurence Simons finding that the top 20 firms carried out £180m of free work – the equivalent of 1.85 per cent of their budgets – in 2011.
Parabis marches north with launch in Scotland subscription
Insurance firm Parabis has launched in Scotland with the hire of HBJ Claim Solutions litigation head Tony O’Malley.
Howard Kennedy chief: FSI deal is still on track subscription
Howard Kennedy chief executive Mark Dembovsky has dismissed claims that there is uneasiness within the firm regarding its upcoming merger with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI), insisting the deal is still on track despite delays.
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Lord Justice Richards has been appointed deputy head of civil justice, succeeding Lord Justice Moore-Bick, who has held the role for the past six years.
North West insurance firm Keoghs is on the cusp of receiving a cash injection from private equity house LDC after gaining approval for its ABS conversion.
Collyer Bristow has recorded another success in its Twitter libel case for cricketer Chris Cairns.
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Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office has appointed Stephenson Harwood partner Jason Toms to its global shipping group.
Test cases for the FSA redress scheme in the interest rate product mis-selling scandal are being finalised.
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A Supreme Court ruling on equal pay has generated huge debate among employment lawyers.
The Supreme Court has stopped short of implementing a universal approach to insolvency matters in its ruling in Rubin v Eurofinance.
Leigh Day & Co has secured a landmark ruling on equal pay claims after the Supreme Court threw out an appeal by Birmingham City Council.
The BBC has brought in Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC to advise it over the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
A lawyer specialising in actions against the police has been instructed for a blind stroke victim who was tasered by mistake.
Osborne Clarke has taken a further step towards expanding its European network with an opening in Hamburg.
One Brick Court’s Manuel Barca QC has successfully defended the publisher of The Times against a libel claim brought by Elton John.
The lead counsel in the Charles Taylor war crimes trial has moved sets ifrom Garden Court Chambers to 25 Bedford Row.
Brick Court Chambers silk George Leggatt QC has been appointed to the bench as a High Court judge.
Canadian firm Fasken Martineau is merging with South African law firm Bell Dewar.
News International is considering going after scandal-hit cyclist Lance Armstrong for the costs of a libel case dating back to 2006.
Mills & Reeve sets up northern real estate practice subscription
Mills & Reeve is to launch a Leeds real estate practice with the hire of partner Simon Sherwood from DAC Beachcroft.
The Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) merger has been delayed as the two firms continue to align their back office functions.
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Tax lawyers have a lot to thank comedian Jimmy Carr for. After all, he suddenly made their presence at dinner parties worthwhile.
A company that specialises in tax relief scheme litigation for investors has hired its first general counsel to head up legal action.
The Clifford Chance partnership as re-elected Matthew Layton as global head of corporate.
Simon Cowell hires new legal chief from All3Media subscription
Simon Cowell’s X Factor production company has hired a new legal chief from TV production and distribution company All3Media.
Competition lawyers have given a cautious welcome to new OFT decision-making procedures.
The UK Supreme Court is on the hunt for three new justices with Lord Dyson becoming Master of the Rolls (MR) earlier this year and Lords Walker and Hope preparing to retire in 2013.
RJW issues call to arms for bank-fighting firms subscription
Interest rate swap mis-selling lawyers are being urged to join together to fight the banks.
Former Collyer Bristow partner and ex-Rangers Football Club company secretary Gary Withey has dropped plans to join the £25m trial over the football club’s finances as a defendant.
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RJW on standby for claims against BBC and Stoke Mandeville hospital over Jimmy Savile allegations subscription
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is preparing to launch a case against the BBC and Stoke Mandeville hospital on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile.
The families of Hillsborough victims are lobbying for a lawyer to oversee newly announced reviews into the way the police handled the 1989 tragedy.
Irwin Mitchell’s top dogs are super busy with acquisitions and ABS applications as they concoct plans to take over the world - or at least move up The Lawyer’s UK200.
Fountain Court and 7KBW are gearing up for one of the biggest trials of the year, with the Excalibur oil case due to start on Monday.
Irwin Mitchell is bidding for its sixth alternative business structure licence after announcing plans to buy a field agency and arrears management company.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Travers Smith have been instructed to advise on Rangers FC’s £20m flotation on AIM.
Linklaters has helped secure a crucial agreement in the Lehman Brothers administration that looks set to pave the way for its assets to be liquidated.
Dickinson Dees has hired two partners from DLA Piper, with John Connor joining the firm’s banking team and Andy Stirk boosting the corporate recovery group. Both are set to be based in the firm’s Leeds office.
Last week Mr Justice Vos gave his latest directions in the second tranche of News of the World phone-hacking cases.
Taylor Hampton consultant Patrick Daulby has secured a £42,500 damages payout from the The Times newspaper for NightJack blogger Richard Horton.
Employment lawyers have reacted with some scepticism about Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘rights for shares’ scheme proposals at the Conservative party conference.
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Bird & Bird has taken on IP partner Allan Poulter from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW). He brings experience in trademarks, brand clearance, protection, exploitation and enforcement. Poulter spent some time heading FFW’s India desk and says that Bird & Bird’s global reach was a big factor in the move.
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John Allison, former head of Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate practice in London, has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner with experience in the financial services sector.
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The SRA has launched an investigation into the conduct of solicitors involved in the aftermath of Hillsborough.
US litigation funder Burford Capital has continued its march into the UK market with three senior hires.
Halebury to double in size as it chases ABS subscription
TMT and sports firm Halebury has made a series of major hires in an ongoing recruitment drive ahead of a planned conversion to an ABS model.
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has launched its family law operation offering fixed fees for services such as divorce, child protection, mediation and financial issues.
RJW takes on 100 mis-selling cases against banks subscription
Russell Jones Walker (RJW) has waded in to the interest rate swap mis-selling litigation after agreeing a deal with campaign group Bully Banks.
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Cobbetts has agreed a link-up with a Saudi Arabian lawyer in a bid to capture work coming out of the region.
Lawyers question the point of HMRC crackdown subscription
Opinion has been split on the merits of a HMRC crackdown on tax-dodging lawyers.
Could it be the proverbial ‘boy who cried wolf’ with the HMRC launching a task force to crackdown on tax-dodging London lawyers?
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Olympics lawyers are in hot demand for in-house roles due to the success of the London 2012 Games, says the legal head of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a task force to crack down on tax dodgers in the legal profession as another barrister faces VAT fraud charges.
French lawyer Aurélien Hamelle has been instructed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in ongoing proceedings in Paris over the publication of topless pictures of Kate Middleton in Closer magazine.
Keoghs plans ABS launch with private equity backing subscription
North West firm Keoghs looks set to launch as an alternative business structure (ABS) in 2013 with external investment from a private equity house.
Peter Metcalf, the former Hammond Suddards partner implicated in last week’s Hillsborough report, could face a Solicitors Regulation Authority investigation for his conduct following the 1989 tragedy.
A number of firms instructed for various defendants in the failed claim brought by Irish property developer Patrick McKillen could be in line for a bumper pay day with total costs estimated at £20m.
Field Fisher Waterhouse is in early stage merger talks with three top 40 firms, including Osborne Clarke.
CMS launches in Dubai for energy focus subscription
CMS has opened its new office in Dubai to take advantage of the growing energy market in the region.
Adversity challenger: Jocelyn Cockburn subscription
Nobody fights harder in tough civil action cases than Jocelyn Cockburn, a trait that saw her crowned The Lawyer’s Partner of the Year 2012
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Alexia Willetts, West Brom fan and IP counsel at FIFA, has gone from Birmingham trademark trainee attorney to key player for the world’s biggest sporting events
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Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) have confirmed their post-merger management lineup.
Clifford Chance has taken over the lead role for Barclays in the high-profile Guardian Care Homes Libor and misselling case.
Harbottle & Lewis has picked up its second Royal Family privacy instruction in a matter of weeks amidst a storm over topless pictures of Kate Middleton.
The hunt for Hillsborough truth subscription
The Hillsborough Files are recommended reading for anyone with an interest in justice.
Squire Sanders’ UK legacy firm Hammond Suddards was involved in the process of “review and alteration” of police officers’ recollections about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, a report into the tragedy has found.
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Have you suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault? Well, tough, because the case is too risky to take on.
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Margaret Heathcote has been appointed by RJW Slater & Gordon to lead its family practice’s London department.
Irwin Mitchell bubble punctured by MMR jab claim subscription
The sigh of relief was audible from Sheffield to London as the ambitious firm finally got its ABS approval at the end of August.
Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen have been hit with a professional negligence claim over how they case managed a group action relating to the measle, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
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Boutique IP firm Powell Gilbert has secured patent validation for its client Human Genome Science (HGS) after six years of litigation.
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Claims for competition cases are expected to rocket next year with litigators reporting an renewed interest in follow-on damages claims from corporate clients.
Shakespeares to cut 54 jobs post-merger subscription
Shakespeares looks set to axe 54 jobs following its merger with Harvey Ingram. The firm has announced proposals to make 41 back office redundancies, with a further 13 lawyers shown the door.
Eversheds has raided SJ Berwin for competition partner Lesley Farrell in a boost for the firm’s EU, competition and regulatory group.
Doughty Street Chambers has made a double raid on Tooks Chambers for star silk Tim Moloney QC and junior Tatyana Eatwell.
An international IP lawyer has been put on the sex offenders’ register for groping a woman on a bus.
Defamation cases fell by 15 per cent in the past year due to the scrutiny of the media and an increasing use of privacy law, research suggests.
Twenty-two down, 167 to go - the ABS revolution is coming, but with more of a rumble than a big bang
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Russell Holden, has joined Taylor Wessing’s capital markets team as a partner from Nabarro, where he was a partner in the corporate group.
Call for wider efficiency drive as Olympics-related cases speed to resolution
Barclays is understood to be seeking further advice from Clifford Chance after the SFO launched an investigation into Qatar payments.
BSB criticised as barrister cleared of misconduct subscription
A tribunal verdict that a legal disciplinary practice (LDP) barrister conducted litigation in breach of the bar’s codes has been overturned.
Mayer Brown’s former chief information officer (CIO) has been charged with defrauding the firm out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a fake invoices scam.
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If adversity precedes growth, as the saying goes, then the bar has embraced the challenges of the recession as well as any in the legal sector.
Addleshaw Goddard has axed 24 fee-earner positions following its second round of redundancies in just over a year.
Five firms have won panel places to handle insurance litigation claims on behalf of a group of London boroughs.
HMRC goes after the bar as Pershad denies VAT fraud subscription
HMRC is gearing up for a crackdown on the bar as former 39 Essex Street silk Rohan Pershad QC appeared at crown court on VAT fraud charges.
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Harbottle & Lewis partner Gerrard Tyrrell has found himself at the centre of the first big post-Leveson test of the freedom of the British press.
Harbottle & Lewis has been acting on behalf of the Royal Family over the publication of naked pictures of Prince Harry.
Parabis-Duke Street on the ABS express subscription
Like London buses, you wait ages for one major ABS approval and then two come along at once.
Lawrence Graham (LG) and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.22bn takeover of Cove Energy by PTTEP Africa Investment after Clifford Chance client Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of the bidding.
Browne Jacobson has cemented a record year of growth by launching in the South West with a 25-strong team hired from local firm Veitch Penny.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising Ryanair on talks with Virgin Atlantic about the sale of sought-after Heathrow slots.
Simons Muirhead & Burton has scored a victory for press freedom in a rematch with Schillings over The Sun on Sunday’s front page about former England manager Steve McClaren’s alleged affair.
Irwin Mitchell finally gets keys to ABS warchest subscription
Irwin Mitchell has been given ABS approval and become the first business to be granted multiple licences for the range of businesses within its structure
Bindmans and Leigh Day & Co have today lost joined up cases on the ‘right to die’ and assisted suicide after a judge ruled that it was the role of parliament to consider changes to the law.
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“Meet the Superhumans” is the Channel 4 strapline for the Paralympic Games. Just getting some of the competitors to London 2012 has been a heroic task for lawyers at Hogan Lovells.
The Paralympics will be screened in Haiti for the first time this year due to the work of Hogan Lovells lawyer Colin Graham.
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Herbert Smith has come in for some sharp criticism this week in the fall-out from the high-profile Barclay brothers versus Paddy McKillen case.
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There has been no love lost in the bitter battle between Paddy McKillen and the Barclay brothers over the ownership of the prestigious Maybourne Hotel Group.
Slaughter and May partners Nigel Boardman and Richard Swallow have advised Standard Chartered in its $340m settlement over allegations of hidden Iranian transactions.
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The Olympics may be over but fear not sports fans, the football season starts this week. How did that come around so soon?
Daily Mail publisher appoints first-ever global GC subscription
The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) has appointed its first-ever global general counsel and company secretary as part of a legal restructure.
Lawyers for Barclays have filed the first defence against claims of mis-selling complex derivatives.
A case being brought by the administrators of Rangers Football Club against Collyer Bristow has been delayed after former partner and ex-club company secretary Gary Withey applied to join proceedings as a defendant.
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Howard Kennedy boss ticks modernising boxes – as recommended by The Lawyer
Weil Gotshal & Manges and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan have successfully seen off allegations of dishonesty against their clients in a case related to the Barclay brothers’ acquisition of the Maybourne Hotel Group.
Howard Kennedy FSI: A match made in the West End subscription
The way lawyers talk about mergers is a lot like the language of love.
West End firms Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) are set to merge in a £45m tie-up.
Second city is first for banking litigation subscription
Birmingham has been a great place to be this week.
Gateley has sealed a deal with global insurer ACE Group to create a legal advice service for businesses and senior directors and officers (D&O).
Cooke Young & Keidan took a lead role as Barclays yesterday faced court action relating to the alleged mis-selling of complex derivatives.
Bird & Bird posts profit rise for 2011-12 year subscription
Bird & Bird has posted a rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) of 10 per cent for the 2011-12 financial year on the back of a net profit rise of 8 per cent.
Winckworth Sherwood converts to ABS subscription
City firm Winckworth Sherwood has said it has no immediate plans to seek external investment despite being officially granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence.
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Jeremy Michael Ranson v Customer Systems plc (2012) EWCA Civ 841. Pill LJ; Lloyd LJ; Lewison LJ. 27 June 2012
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Government announces measures to tackle UK lobbyists’ lack of transparency
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Norton Rose has recruited London criminal law specialist Neil O’May. He is a longstanding Bindmans partner and head of the crime group.
Silk in court to face £600,000 VAT fraud charge subscription
Former 39 Essex Street silk Rohan Pershad QC has appeared in court charged with a £600,000 VAT fraud.
Mills & Reeve has set up a Norwich-based paralegal support unit in a bid to boost its bottom line.
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The late drama, climactic finales and last minute appeals – this is the Olympics, litigation style
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been hit with further criticism from the High Court in a judgment handed down today in relation to an investigation into businessmen brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz.
Google is being advised by Bristows over its admission that it did not delete users’ personal data that was gathered during its Street View research.
Moves: 30 July 2012 subscription
?Employment silk Suzanne McKie QC has left Devereux Chambers to move to Littleton Chambers.
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Check out the riggers and riders as firms line up for work on the fallout from recent banking scandals. By Sam Chadderton
Lawrence Graham has scooped the magic circle to lead an independent investigation into Libor for the British Banking Association (BBA).
Preiskel & Co wins Twitter joke trial subscription
Preiskel & Co’s David Allen Green, 25 Bedford Row’s John Cooper QC and 2 Hare Court’s Sarah Przybylska have overturned a conviction in the high-profile Twitter ‘menacing tweet’ case.
Turnover rises 9 per cent for Anthony Collins subscription
Birmingham-based firm Anthony Collins Solicitors has posted a nine per cent increase in turnover for 2011-12.
North West personal injury firm Edwards Hoyle has revealed its most bizarre personal injury claims from the last year.
39 Essex Street silk charged with VAT fraud subscription
39 Essex Street silk Rohan Pershad QC has been charged with a £600,000 VAT fraud.
Charles Russell has secured a popular victory for Irish bookmakers Paddy Power after Olympics organisers LOCOG backed down over an advert campaign.
Lawrence Graham (LG) has posted its financial results for the 2010-11 financial year, revealing that turnover at the firm has fallen by 5 per cent and profit per equity partner (PEP) has plummeted by 26 per cent.
Summer slog for sports and IP lawyers subscription
Sports lawyers are in demand this summer with London hosting the Olympic Games. Yesterday’s High Court ruling in Leeds United FC v West Yorkshire Police over who should pick up the tab for policing matches is expected to keep the footballing lawyers busy this summer.
Charles Russell partners Mary Bagnall and Ian Lynam have been instructed for bookmaker Paddy Power to take action action against London 2012 Olympics organisers LOCOG.
Shoosmiths has announced that 86 jobs will go following a redundancy consultation.
Kingsley Napley, DLA Piper and Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) have been instructed to represent eight senior journalists and executives charged over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Treasury Committee instructs Devereux Chambers' Jonathan Fisher QC on Libor investigation subscription
The Treasury Committee has turned to Devereux Chambers corporate and financial crime silk Jonathan Fisher QC to advise it on an investigation into the ongoing fallout from the Libor scandal.
Number crunching: Bird & Bird subscription
Bird & Bird’s continued international expansion has laid the foundations for another year of increased global turnover.
Shakespeares' merger play, Part V subscription
Shakespeares continues on its path to Midlands domination with its fifth merger in two years, but can it give Wragge & Co a run for its money?
Irwin Mitchell has boosted its national business legal services team as it edges closer to converting to ABS status.
Lewis Silkin, Malik Law and Landmark act as Supreme Court crushes UK immigration policy subscription
The Supreme Court has told the Government that its current immigration practices are unlawful.
There are likely to be redundancies at Midlands firm Shakespeares as a result of its £50m merger with Harvey Ingram, the firm’s management has confirmed.
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London Mayor Boris ‘BoJo’ Johnson is as much of a gift to lawyers as he is to the media. Indeed he has a love-hate relationship with both.
Collyer Bristow partner Rhory Robertson and One Brick Court’s David Glen have successfully defended London mayor Boris Johnson against a libel claim brought by union chief Bob Crow.
The merger of Midlands firm Shakespeares with regional neighbours Harvey Ingram is official, but will go live a month later than planned.
In this age of increased cross-border litigation the landscape of data protection is changing, and new legislation is on the EU launch pad
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Banks are "hungry monsters" subscription
New figures released by the Ministry of Justice show recession-related litigation in the High Court has rocketed in the last 12 months.
French firm Fischer Tandeau de Marsac Sur & Partners has been instructed to act on behalf of the widow of Yasser Arafat as investigations begin into whether the former Palestinian leader was poisoned.
National Grid general counsel and company secretary Helen Mahy has decided to call time on her 11-year career with the energy company.
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The Government’s crowd-pleasing legal stance on immigration is creating fresh challenges for law firms
Diversity still a distant dream subscription
The legal profession remains unrepresentative of wider society despite there being a business case for change, reveals an InterLaw survey.
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Off-the-record war of words breaks out over failed LG-FFW merger talks
Firms have well-publicised diversity programmes – but they're not working, InterLaw finds subscription
The vast majority of legal professionals feel their firms have well-publicised and effective equality and diversity strategies.
Competition lawyers from Addleshaw Goddard and Burges Salmon have fought out a score draw in the ‘Cardiff bus wars’ case.
Veale Wasbrough in merger talks with Hewitsons subscription
Merger talks are under way between Veale Wasbrough Vizards and Hewitsons to create a £34m turnover “national powerhouse” in education, charities and private client.
Cobbetts has streamlined its management structure to create three new business practice groups and an executive team.
The return of big bank litigation? subscription
No sooner do we glimpse the light at the end of the Leveson tunnel than another express train of public opinion comes rushing up on the rails to blot it out. Lord Justin Leveson and 39 Essex Street’s Robert Jay QC are due to wrap up the phone-hacking hearing later this month.
A joint UK and US Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer team carried out the internal investigation into Oxford University Press (OUP) which has led to £1.9m in fines against subsidiaries for making improper payments to win government contracts.
Trademark lawyers at Marks & Clerk have succeeded in the latest round of the so-called Bud Wars litigation by fending off attempts by a US brewery to ban Czech rival Budejovický Budvar from using the Budweiser name.
The chief executive of Birmingham set St Philips Chambers, Chris Owen, has resigned as the set launches a review of its management and administration.
City firms Bracewell Law and Lexlaw are representing dozens of businesses that claim to have been mis-sold products in the latest British banking scandal.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has secured a partial victory in the battle between the Barclay brothers and Irish property tycoon Paddy McKillen over the Maybourne Hotel Group.
Merger talks between Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Lawrence Graham (LG) have been called off.
Nabarro advises Mercedes-Benz on OFT probe subscription
Nabarro EU competition head Cyrus Mehta is advising Mercedes-Benz in relation to an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into whether the car maker and five commercial vehicle dealers infringed competition law.
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Boss O’Leary hopes rare sighting of his wallet will help Ryanair takeover bid fly
LSB chairman: it's not all about ABS subscription
The chairman of the Legal Services Board said he is “satisfied” at the speed with which it has implemented alternative business structures (ABS) in its first three years.
Blackstone Chambers has a scrum of barristers involved in a crucial sporting appeal to the Rugby Football Union.
“Kafkaesque” Government proposals to extend ‘secret courts’ have been debated in the House of Lords during a second reading.
SFO drops Tchenguiz case subscription
The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that its investigation into property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz has been dropped.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred Ryanair’s stake in rival Aer Lingus to the Competition Commission for further investigation because of market concerns.
Corporate collapse specialist Brett Israel has been brought in to lead Lawrence Graham’s international restructuring and insolvency team as the firm flexes its financial muscles ahead of a potential merger.
The re-opening of the Information Commissioner Office’s (ICO) investigation into Google Street View’s data collection practices will mean further instruction for Bristows.
The scramble for new domain names is likely to bring a rash of work for specialist IP, media and technology lawyers.
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Are law firms missing a trick by sitting back on gTLDs?
Phone-hacking lawyer Mark Lewis has secured a £200,000 libel settlement from the Metropolitan Police after the force effectively accused him of exaggerating the scale of the News of theWorld (NoW) scandal.
Government plans for secret courts have been criticised again - this time by House of Lords Constitution Committee.
LG secures non-exclusive association in Brazil subscription
Merger-ready Lawrence Graham has struck up a non-exclusive association with a Brazilian firm to boost its global presence.
The UK Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC to re-open the extradition hearing of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Women are being selected for some key judicial roles in greater proportions than men. Figures published by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today show that at least half of candidates chosen for recent positions, up to the level of High Court, were female.
An employment judge has become the first to be publicly censured under new rules that will see all judges and magistrates who are disciplined for misconduct have their cases publicised by the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC).
A new tribunal service for UK doctors has been set up to improve public confidence in disciplinary actions against medical professionals.
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Libel star Benaim quits Schillings subscription
Schillings sports and media litigation partner Gideon Benaim, who has acted for a host of celebrity clients including footballer Ryan Giggs, has quit the firm.
Hogan Lovells real estate partner Dion Panambalana has advised News International on the £150m sale of its iconic Wapping site.
CMS Cameron McKenna has revealed a 1 per cent revenue increase for the 2011-12 financial year, posting an increase from last year’s figure of £225m to £227.6m.
The Office of Fair Trading has been given the green light to investigate Ryanair’s minority stake in Aer Lingus after being refused a Supreme Court hearing.
A team from Olswang lead by M&A partner Mark Bertram has acted on the £87m buyout of personal finance journalist Martin Lewis’s MoneySavingExpert.com.
The Twitter bomb hoax case is to be heard by the most senior judge in the land after two High Court judges failed to reach agreement on the matter.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been called on to reopen a criminal investigation into the collapse of Weavering Capital, the UK’s largest hedge-fund fraud.
2Birds posts 10 per cent revenue rise for 2011-12 subscription
Bird & Bird has revealed its total international turnover for 2011-12 as £235m, marking a rise of 10 per cent from last year’s figure of £214.6m.
Taylor Wessing posts global turnover rise to £206m subscription
Taylor Wessing has broken through the £200m barrier for international turnover, according to its latest financial figures.
High Court in stalemate over Twitter bomb hoax case subscription
High Court judges are split over whether a man who tweeted a threat to blow up an airport was joking or was a menace to society.
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Private eyes should be regulated, partners tell Commons committee
ITV has revamped its legal panel, with six firms winning places but Addleshaw Goddard and Goodman Derrick losing their spots as advisors to the broadcaster.
Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC has questioned whether the Serious Fraud Office is fit for purpose after it admitted mistakes in its dawn raids on the Tchenguiz brothers.
Woolf calls for restrictions on inquiries subscription
Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf has called for the length and cost of public inquiries to be limited.
Facebook sued over alleged IPO losses subscription
A US litigation firm has been instructed to sue Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg over the social network site’s public flotation.
Speechly Bircham has moved to clarify its relationship with a private investigation agency after the law firm was mentioned in connection with an investigation about payments to police officers.
OFT triumphs against Ryanair in Aer Lingus case subscription
Ryanair could be forced to sell its stake in a rival airline after Monckton Chambers silk Daniel Beard won a long-running case for the OFT.
Farrer & Co partner Julian Pike, who suggested that client News Group put two phone-hacking lawyers under surveillance, has told a Home Affairs Committee that he would make the same recommendation again in similar circumstances.
Taylor Wessing UK managing partner Tim Eyles has been re-elected for a second term as the firm revealed a double-digit revenue increase for 2011-2012.
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As football clubs become more businesslike, in-house lawyers have become more important. Man City’s legal head reveals how his turbulent year has culminated in victory
Irwin Mitchell has named Alison Eddy as London managing partner, the first time a woman has held a top regional position at the firm.
Turnover nudges up at Newcastle's Dickinson Dees subscription
Dickinson Dees has announced turnover of £46.1m and total remuneration of £12.1m for the 2011-12 financial year.
Nabarro represents newsagents in OFT inquiry bid subscription
Nabarro competition lawyers are bidding to force the OFT to launch an inquiry into whether cover price rises are putting people off buying newspapers and magazines.
Kingsley Napley partner Stephen Parkinson is acting for former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie after they were this morning charged with perverting the course of justice.
A British barrister is being held in a Manhattan jail accused of aiding a $10m tax fraud.
City lateral hiring rate returns to pre-crash levels subscription
The number of lateral partner hires in the City is back up to pre-recession levels, according to new research from Motive Legal.
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London courts are trying to avoid a pre-Olympics hearings squeeze
Collyer Bristow defends Boris against Bob Crow claim subscription
Newly re-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson has instructed Collyer Bristow to defend a libel claim relating to his election campaign.
Scottish-headquartered Shepherd and Wedderburn has bolstered its corporate practice with the hire of McClure Naismith practice head George Frier.
Competition reform, secret courts and changes to defamation pricked the ears of lawyers during the Queen’s Speech yesterday.
Taylor Wessing has revamped its management team in a bid to see younger partners take on more responsibility at the firm.
Lord Phillips to head east after Supreme Court subscription
Retiring Supreme Court president Lord Phillips will take on two senior international judicial roles, it has been announced.
North-West lawyers top in-house salary rankings subscription
Young in-house lawyers based in the North West are earning thousands of pounds more than their peers in other regions.
Herbert Smith has advised on the establishment of a joint venture between the Government and private sector to administer civil service pensions.
Half a dozen UK firms have won places on the legal panel of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) following a review.
Russell Jones & Walker sprang into action on Sunday when the Football Association finally decided to act on appointing the new England manager.
Harbottle & Lewis, which was accused by Rupert Murdoch of making “a major mistake” in underestimating the scope of the phone-hacking scandal, has been cleared by a report from the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
Finers promotes three to partnership subscription
West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) has promoted three associates to its partnership.
A Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) hearing is underway to decide whether Tesco must pay a £10m OFT fine for fixing the price of cheese.
Watson Farley promotes nine to partnership subscription
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has promoted nine lawyers to its partnership, its highest number of partnership promotions in four years.
Collyer Bristow speaks out about the Rangers FC case. By Sam Chadderton
The OFT has given its backing to an NHS dental merger that gifted roles to a raft of UK firms.
Barristers at Brick Court Chambers were pitted against each other as Transport for London (TfL) secured an injunction against taxi firm Addison Lee to stop its drivers using bus lanes.
Greater Manchester insurance specialists Keoghs has opened a third office in Bolton s it seeks to expand its casualty claims team.
The full allegations against Collyer Bristow and former partner Gary Withey relating to the firm’s advice on the takeover of Rangers FC were revealed at the High Court today (24 April).
Ofcom general counsel Polly Weitzman and her in-house legal team will advise the watchdog on its investigation into Sky News email hacking.
Mishcon and RPC advise on Daily Mail harassment case subscription
Phone-hacking victims’ lawyer Charlotte Harris is taking on another newspaper group in a case of alleged harassment by the press.
Linklaters seals Allens Arthur Robinson alliance subscription
Linklaters has announced that it has signed an exclusive alliance with Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) in a tie-up which will see the firms combine in an Asian joint venture.
Mr Justice Vos has described the number of firms clambering on board the phone-hacking juggernaut as “unbelievable”, as 11 firms have filed further claims on behalf of celebrities allegedly targeted by the News of the World.
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If the Supreme Court upholds Rubin, it will turn London into ’disputes central’, but UK businesses risk being exposed to fresh uncertainties.
Hogan Lovells’ pro-bono work with a not-for-profit campaign group has led to the release of a Belarusian diplomat after more than a year in jail.
Transport for London launches review of legal panel subscription
A raft of firms are vying for places on Transport for London’s (TfL) legal panel, as the local government body carries out its first review in five years.
A law firm is suing one of its former employees for allegedly siphoning off almost £140,000 from its client account.
Slaughter and May helps BA secure OFT fine reduction subscription
A team of lawyers from Slaughter and May has successfully convinced the OFT to halve a price-fixing fine imposed on British Airways (BA).
Collyer Bristow is facing damages claims of at least £25m over the firm’s role in the Rangers FC administration, The Lawyer can reveal.
Three Verulam Buildings (3VB) will today ’vigorously contest’ claims of professional negligence on behalf of Collyer Bristow’s role in the Rangers FC administration.
Lawyers acting for celebrity divorce solicitor Fiona Shackleton’s firm have served a defence to a claim of negligence brought by a former client.
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Gareth Pierce denounces ECHR decision to let US justice system try terror suspects
Taylor Hampton partner Mark Lewis and consultant Patrick Daulby are representing hacked NightJack blogger Detective Constable Richard Horton in legal action against The Times.
Phone-hacking lawyer prepares to launch claims in US subscription
Taylor Hampton partner Mark Lewis is set to bring a number of phone-hacking claims against News Corporation in the US courts.
Shoosmiths has made up seven lawyers to partner, an increase of one on last year.
A group of around 40 businesses has turned to Bindmans in a bid to tackle the organisers of the London Olympics over compensation.
2Birds announces 12 partner promotions globally subscription
Bird & Bird has made up a dozen new partners in a return to 2009 promotion levels.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s legal advisers have secured a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that will see the extradition of five alleged terrorists, prompting the lawyer representing three of them to slam the judgment.
A juror has been jailed for 56 days for going on holiday during a trial.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Hogan Lovells, Ropes & Gray and SJ Berwin have advised on a £37.5m acquisition by private equity house Duke Street.
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LSB interim report inconclusive on impact of LSA
A North West lawyer has made an official complaint after a judge fell asleep during her mitigation at Macclesfield Magistrates Court.
The cold war between Dechert and Chadbourne & Parke has broken out again with almost an entire office switching sides.
Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced Johannes Conradi as its new global practice group leader for real estate.
Nationwide Building Society plans to slash by 200 the number of solicitors on its Scottish conveyancing panel have been slammed by the Law Society of Scotland.
CMS Cameron McKenna has announced its partner promotions with eight UK lawyers being made up in global round of 34 appointments across the CMS network.
Situation vacant subscription
As job applications go, this one seems almost mundanely standard. A CV, succinct covering letter and two examples of how you’ve worked well either on your own or as part of a team to reach a relevant goal.
JCHR slams Ken Clarke's 'secret justice' proposals subscription
A report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has condemned the Government’s ‘secret justice’ proposals, claiming they are a “radical departure” from British legal principles.
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has admitted that the 2007 Legal Services Act (LSA) has not resulted in sweeping changes to the profession, stating in a five-year progress report that it is “early days” to judge its impact.
Ten law firms have been picked for the inaugural legal panel serving 300 national governing bodies of sport.
Almost 30 jobs are being cut at Scotland-headquartered firm Dundas & Wilson following a consultation process.
Supreme Court on hunt for 'exceptional' candidates to succeed Phillips SCJ as president subscription
The Supreme Court has began the hunt for a new president, with incumbent Lord Phillips set to retire on 30 September.
DWF has announced a tie-up with Midlands insurance firm Buller Jeffries two months after its talks with Cobbetts broke down.
Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) partner Ian Ryan has quit his role on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) panel in protest at new rules that he claims restrict his practice.
DAC Beachcroft ramps up volume arm with Zurich hire subscription
DAC Beachcroft is to boost its claims solutions group with the hire of Zurich Financial Services’ European claims director Bill Paton.
Dickinson Dees has boosted its nascent Leeds office with the hire of Pinsent Masons’ local office head.
Collyer Bristow is understood to be facing claims of alleged professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty in the fallout over the administration of Rangers FC.
Holman Fenwick makes up trio to partnership subscription
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has made three partnership promotions as it continues to invest in international commerce.
The OFT has announced a string of proposals that it hopes will make its decision-making more robust.
A One Crown Office Row barrister has been cleared of professional misconduct after he was accused of making an insensitive joke at an inquest.
Commercial television network ITV is being sued by Atkins Thomson Solicitors on behalf of a reality TV star who claims he came up with the concept for reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex (Towie).
The internal legal team at Associated Newspapers have been split into two groups, focusing on commercial and editorial respectively.
Doughty Street Chambers silk Gavin Millar QC is to defend Labour MP Peter Hain against contempt of court claims after the former Cabinet minister criticised a judge in his memoirs.
Mobile phone giant Nokia has been given permission to take a damages claim to trial, with a team from Monckton Chambers preparing to argue that its client has been the victim of an alleged price-fixing cartel.
Fake barrister receives 18-month jail term subscription
A convicted criminal who pretended to be a qualified barrister to represent a friend he met in prison has been jailed for 18 months.
A cricketer has won the first-ever Twitter libel payout in a case brought on his behalf by Collyer Bristow.
Shackleton faces negligence claim from former client subscription
Payne Hicks Beach is being sued by a client who claims a mistake by Britain’s highest-profile divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton cost him £250,000.
A dispute over a Formula 1 racing team’s intellectual property has been settled in the High Court.
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Stamp duty hike has private client lawyers in a wine-bar whirl
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has helped Tesco rebut an OFT request for cheese-pricing information in the build up to a major appeal.
A barrister from DWF is defending a Coventry-based firm in a caste discrimination claim being heard at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.
Employment lawyers have given a mixed response to an eagerly anticipated Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling on whether discrimination can be justified by saving costs.
Associated Newspapers’ former legal head Harvey Kass has taken on a consultancy role with Finers Stephens Innocent.
Baker & McKenzie pulls plug on San Diego base subscription
Baker & McKenzie is to close its San Diego office at the end of the month with all fee-earners and staff losing their jobs.
DAC Beachcroft is to take over Scottish firm Andersons Solicitors in a deal it believes will give a “more comprehensive” service to both firms’ insurer clients.
CMS Cameron McKenna’s international head of private equity Ted Cominos is to leave the firm to become a partner in the Chicago office of newly merged Edwards Wildman.
Basildon Borough Council’s in-house lawyers have successfully defended the latest Dale Farm legal action in the Court of Appeal.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius is leading Deutsche Boerse’s appeal into the European Commission’s (EC) decision to block its proposed merger with NYSE Euronext.
Barristers from 5 Essex Court and 11KBW have defeated opponents from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in the latest round of a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) row relating to former MP George Galloway’s Mariam Appeal.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards associate Michael Hasley has unsuccessfully defended the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) against a claim of sexual harassment and discrimination from a former employee.
Hogan Lovells investment bank dispute resolution chief Graham Huntley is leaving the firm to launch a boutique litigation firm.
Scottish firm Burness has forced retail giant Zara to apologise for misusing the Harris Tweed trademark.
City firm Fisher Meredith has hired BCL Burton Copeland solicitor Diane Calnan to head its criminal law and regulatory team.
Hogan Lovells has scooped half a million euros in costs from a successful intellectual property litigation in the French courts.
Mayer Brown has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna for a real estate partner.
Linklaters is the most recognisable law firm in the UK according to research published today looking at the profile of business brands.
Regional property lawyer Chris Platt of Manchester-based Latimer Lee is leading a land dispute between Manchester City Football Club and a fan of rival side Manchester United.
Brodies has bulked up its IP practice with the hire of two partners from Maclay Murray & Spens.
36 Bedford Row barrister David Ball advised the OFT on its investigation into discount voucher company Groupon.
The European Court of Human Rights has found that the police’s use of the controversial kettling tactic at a 2001 demonstration was lawful.
Antitrust lawyers have given a cautious welcome to the creation of a single super-regulatory competition body that will crack down on cartels.
Baker & McKenzie and Blackstone Chambers are leading National Lottery Operator Camelot’s judicial review application against the Gambling Commission.
An in-house local authority legal team has won a breakthrough case against unlawful council tenant subletting.
Silks from Henderson Chambers and 4 New Square have helped the Government win a limitation judgment against a group of ex-servicemen in the ‘Atomic Veterans’ case.
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The case for secret hearings was chewed up and spat out by a panel of ravenous open justice campaigners this week.
The fees for the counsel advising the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics have topped £600,000, a quarterly expenditure report has revealed.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is set to defend the Baptist Church against a £10m claim launched by a retired footballer who claims his faith stopped him playing for Manchester United.
A former Middle Temple barrister has been struck off by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for concocting a web of “tortuous deceit” over a “phantom” £1m payout to his client.
Eversheds has raided merger-ready McGrigors for its contentious construction law team two months before the Scotland-headquartered firm finalises its tie-up with Pinsent Masons.
A former Fulbright & Jaworski partner and his office manager wife have been handed 16 month jail terms after pleading guilty to false accounting and fraud.
A shareholder group hope to appoint McGuireWoods dispute resolution partner Hardeep Nahal in their multibillion-pound lawsuit against a group of banking directors.
Stephenson Harwood is set for a vote on its conversion to a limited liability partnership (LLP) on 28 March, with a result expected to be announced the following day.
Clyde & Co and 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) have won a role on the ongoing battle between Liverpool FC’s former owners and RBS.
An initial post-mortem examination has found no suspicious circumstances in the death of high-profile Scottish QC Paul McBride.
Outer Temple silk leads on £1m insider trading case subscription
Outer Temple Chambers silk Michael Bowes QC has taken a leading role on a high-profile insider trading case that has pitted him against QCs from Doughty Street, Three Raymond Buildings, 2 Bedford Row and 2 Hare Court.
The Scottish legal community has paid tribute to MacKinnon Advocates silk Paul McBride QC, who died suddenly on a business trip to Pakistan.
Silks from One Brick Court and Ely Place Chambers are going head-to-head in a libel claim that has been launched in response to a Twitter posting.
Engineering and technology services company Siemens has hired a Vodafone lawyer as its next legal chief.
The publishers of The People are looking to appeal a substantial libel payout after the High Court today ruled that the paper mistakenly labelled Baby P’s father a convicted rapist.
Record fines for Barclays over the rigging of interest rates could pave the way for a wave of commercial litigation in the UK and the US.
The legal issue over whether strippers have an employment contract with lap dancing clubs could go all the way to the UK Supreme Court.