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Withers and Speechly Bircham will vote next week on whether the two firms should merge to create a £170m firm, The Lawyer has learned.
Withers and Speechly Bircham have called off merger talks following votes at both firms.
Australian litigation boutique Lipman Karas is set to launch an office in London after taking a team of lawyers from Withers.
Withers has announced a bumper round of partner promotions, with five added to its partnership.
Withers has been ordered to pay £100,000 to a former client after the High Court found it had been negligent in advice over a Chelsea property purchase.
The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by Langbar International against Withers in a battle over client money.
Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser.
Withers is to launch a consultancy group following client demand for a service that will help family-run businesses resolve arguments.
Withers has put Asian expansion at the centre of its strategy after announcing a tie-up with Chinese financial services advisory firm BeA-asia.
Speechly Bircham and Withers have confirmed that they are in the early stages of discussions over a merger that would create a new top-25 UK firm.
Speechly Bircham and Withers are in merger talks in a bid to create a £170m City firm of roughly 500 lawyers.
Withers has appointed Crowell & Moring partner Gerallt Owen to the newly created position of international regulatory and corporate crime head.
Withers has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court a dispute brought against it over client money.
Queens Park Rangers shareholder Bernie Ecclestone has turned to Withers for advice on the sale of his stake in the Premier League football club to Tony Fernandes.
Withers has hired a partner from Italian independent CBA Studio Legale as it bolsters its Milan office.
Withers’ UK LLP accounts have shown a rise in both profit and revenue for the 2011/12 financial year, as well as a £2.4m increase in bank loans.
Withers has hired partner Simon Michaels from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for its wealth planning practice in Singapore.
UK headhunter Wellesley Partners has launched a High Court negligence claim against Withers on the grounds of breach of contract.
Withers is investing in Singapore as the growth of wealthy individuals in the South East Asia region rockets.
Withers is set to appear in court next week (14 March) to defend claims of professional negligence from former client Alastair Harrison.