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Money talks: the top hires by US firms in 2014

23-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

This year has seen an unprecedented number of major partner hires by US firms looking to beef up their capacity in London.

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Reckitt Benckiser launches legal team for spinoff Indivior ahead of IPO

23-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Pharma company Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has named a new general counsel for spinoff business Indivior ahead of its listing today (23 December) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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Irwin Mitchell most successful firm online, but Taylor Wessing is top Tweeter

23-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Irwin Mitchell is the best top 50 firm in the UK at marketing itself online, particularly through social media - although firms’ online presence remains minimal.

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Stories of the year: big moves keep coming into December

23-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The action continued into December, which has so far seen Kirkland & Ellis’ banking partner Stephen Gillespie quit for Gibson Dunn, and BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg step down after five terms on the firm’s top rung.

  • High Court dismisses second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees regime

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:50 GMT

    The High Court has dismissed UNISON’s second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees system.

  • ECJ confirms that obesity may be a disability

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:46 GMT

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that obesity may be a disability where it: ‘entails a limitation resulting in particular from long-term physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers’ (Fag og Arbejde (FOA), acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the ...

  • The new statutory test for mistake under the microscope

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:36 GMT

    These two cases are helpful in terms of how the court sees the inter-relationship between the new article 47 test for mistake and the pre-existing provision of the TJL at article 11.

Health Alert — Julia Clare v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority; Dr Reid v Medical Council of NSW; and more download subscription

DLA Piper 23-Dec-2014

DLA Piper has released the 22 December 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.

European Court of Justice: landmark decision on patentability of stem cells download

DLA Piper 22-Dec-2014

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has handed down a landmark judgment concerning the patentability of stem cells in Europe.

UK: freedom of speech — unnamed artist to appeal publishing injunction in the Supreme Court download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

 A well-known British performing artist was granted permission to take his case to the Supreme Court, where he will appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in OPO v MLA & STL.

Global: 24 privacy authorities worldwide call for more mobile app privacy download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

The increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities.

Global Insight — Spanish insolvency laws; retention of title in the UK; portfolio transactions; and more download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

Global Insight is a digital publication bringing you news, views and analysis from DLA Piper’s global restructuring group.

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Money talks: the top hires by US firms in 2014

23-Dec-2014 0:03 am | By Natasha Bernal

This year has seen an unprecedented number of major partner hires by US firms looking to beef up their capacity in London.

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Reckitt Benckiser launches legal team for spinoff Indivior ahead of IPO

23-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Natasha Bernal

Pharma company Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has named a new general counsel for spinoff business Indivior ahead of its listing today (23 December) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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Irwin Mitchell most successful firm online, but Taylor Wessing is top Tweeter

23-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Joanne Harris

Irwin Mitchell is the best top 50 firm in the UK at marketing itself online, particularly through social media - although firms’ online presence remains minimal.

Neville Eisenberg top story

Stories of the year: big moves keep coming into December

23-Dec-2014 0:01 am | By Natalie Stanton

The action continued into December, which has so far seen Kirkland & Ellis’ banking partner Stephen Gillespie quit for Gibson Dunn, and BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg step down after five terms on the firm’s top rung.

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Freshfields reappointed as MoD unveils delayed projects panel

22-Dec-2014 2:18 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been reappointed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as one of 10 firms on its new-look projects panel, but Pinsent Masons has lost its spot.

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Nabarro, Weil professional negligence claims among raft of top 20 cases to settle

22-Dec-2014 0:04 am | By Joanne Harris

Professional negligence claims brought against Nabarro and Weil Gotshal & Manges and due to be heard this year have both settled, it has emerged.

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R&R Ice Cream GC Francesca Yardley returns to private equity roots

22-Dec-2014 0:03 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

R&R Ice Cream general counsel Francesca Yardley has left Europe’s largest private-label ice cream maker to pursue two new roles in private equity-related start-up companies.

Melbourne

Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

22-Dec-2014 0:02 am | By Margaret Taylor

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

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Stories of the year: November has US flavour

22-Dec-2014 0:01 am | By Kate Beioley

The legal market was far from quiet in November with law firm leaders airing their grievances and banking panels launching and closing. There was also a strong American flavour to the month, with Eversheds seeking a US merger and DLA Piper losing partners to US firms.

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Ince & Co 28-Nov-2014

In Wellesley Partners LLP v Withers the defendant solicitors were found to be liable for damages in excess of £1.6m arising out of the unauthorised amendment of one very brief clause in an LLP agreement.

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Firms on course for a strong 2014/15

8-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

With six months of the present financial year down, the signs are that the legal sector is in line for a solid 2014/15.

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The Lawyer Briefing Live: North Africa – Through Africa’s northern gateway

8-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

North Africa is swiftly becoming a hub for investment into the rest of the continent. 

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Special report: Cyprus – Bounceback island

8-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cyprus is still in recession, but it looks as though Russia’s favourite island will revive more quickly than was thought likely.

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Special report: Southern Africa – Rainbow bridge

8-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Internationalisation of South Africa’s legal market is continuing apace as firms seek to exploit opportunities throughout the region

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In-house Interview: Green Investment Bank’s Euan McVicar

8-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Green Investment Bank GC Euan McVicar has to sort the windmills from the waste-to-energy initiatives while staying within European state aid rules 

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The in-house interview: Hyperion GC Will Bloomer on panels and acquisitions

1-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hyperion general counsel Will Bloomer provides a whistle-stop tour of the consolidating insurance market and explains why he doesn’t believe in panels.

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She used to sue the Government. Now she leads the legal team at HMRC. Gill Aitken on adding value in-house

24-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

HMRC’s Gill Aitken spent her early career suing the Government but, envious of its cases, she switched sides and now brandishes an 80 per cent success rate

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Melbourne

Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

Sydney

Withers takes on Aussie private client market with local alliance

Withers has entered the Australian private client market with the launch of a strategic alliance in Melbourne and Sydney, just months after it opened in San Francisco.

Tokyo

HSF’s Asia losses continue as Tokyo M&A chief joins MoFo

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).

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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

A Hamburg-based Bird & Bird lawyer, and a former partner from the same office, have been drawn into a corruption trial involving one of their clients.

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