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McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood file £2.2bn Tchenguiz claim against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing

28-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood are advising businessman Vincent Tchenguiz and his family trusts in a £2.2bn lawsuit against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing Bank over their roles in a failed criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Mishcon and 1 Hare Court secure landmark £337m divorce settlement for hedge fund billionaire

28-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Mishcon de Reya and 1 Hare Court have secured a landmark settlement of £337m for the wife of hedge fund billionaire Sir Chris Hohn, in what is thought to be the largest figure ever awarded by an English court in divorce proceedings.

HSF and Macfarlanes advise Stagecoach and Virgin on East Coast mainline franchise

28-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Macfarlanes have taken the lead roles for Stagecoach and Virgin on their joint-venture company’s deal with the Department of Transport (DfT) to secure the franchise for the re-privatised East Coast mainline.

Linklaters’ Simon Davies on why the magic circle may have lost its power

28-Nov-2014

In this week’s leadership interview, Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies talks about a magic circle branding crisis, saying that the name no longer holds a spell over the US market - or in fact any market at all.

Australian government supports innovation in mining, energy, oil and gas download subscription

DLA Piper 28-Nov-2014

The Australian government has launched ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’, an initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of intellectual property relating to new products, processes and services.

Hong Kong Competition Commission publishes draft guidelines — a key step toward bringing the competition ordinance into full force download subscription

DLA Piper 28-Nov-2014

The Hong Kong Competition Commission has published a set of draft guidelines on 9 October 2014 for public consultation.

Construction and engineering briefing: obtaining bonds and collateral warranties download subscription

DLA Piper 28-Nov-2014

In a recent case that came before the High Court, the TCC has shown that it will go to great lengths to enforce obligations to deliver collateral warranties and performance bonds that are provided for in construction contracts.

Advanced technological service enterprises continue to enjoy preferential income tax treatment download subscription

DLA Piper 27-Nov-2014

The Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation jointly issued the Circular confirming continuance of the preferential income tax treatment for ATSE for 1 January 2014 to the end of 2018. 

High Court restricts common law duty of care where hospitals/ doctors have statutory obligation to discharge from involuntary detention download subscription

DLA Piper 27-Nov-2014

This case provides some clear guidance on how the statutory obligations on doctors and hospitals to care for mentally ill persons in the ‘least restrictive’ manner relate to, and can limit, a duty of care.

London

McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood file £2.2bn Tchenguiz claim against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing

28-Nov-2014 5:22 pm | By Natasha Bernal

McGuireWoods and Stephenson Harwood are advising businessman Vincent Tchenguiz and his family trusts in a £2.2bn lawsuit against Grant Thornton and Kaupthing Bank over their roles in a failed criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

28-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Kate Beioley

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?

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Mishcon and 1 Hare Court secure landmark £337m divorce settlement for hedge fund billionaire

28-Nov-2014 3:06 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Mishcon de Reya and 1 Hare Court have secured a landmark settlement of £337m for the wife of hedge fund billionaire Sir Chris Hohn, in what is thought to be the largest figure ever awarded by an English court in divorce proceedings.

HSF and Macfarlanes advise Stagecoach and Virgin on East Coast mainline franchise

28-Nov-2014 1:46 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Macfarlanes have taken the lead roles for Stagecoach and Virgin on their joint-venture company’s deal with the Department of Transport (DfT) to secure the franchise for the re-privatised East Coast mainline.

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China-based IP boutique Schmitt & Orlov expands ASEAN footprint

28-Nov-2014 10:14 am | By Margaret Taylor

Beijing-headquartered IP firm Schmitt & Orlov is extending its reach in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region with the launch of an office in Laotian capital Vientiane.

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RBS turns to Dentons for £30m Libor claim

28-Nov-2014 0:02 am | By Kate Beioley

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to Dentons to defend it against a £30m claim from Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) client property developer Property Alliance Group over Libor-related misselling allegations.

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Osborne Clarke posts 17 per cent increase in half-year turnover to £70.6m

27-Nov-2014 3:30 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m). 

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Stephenson Harwood taps Clyde & Co for China energy hire

27-Nov-2014 9:53 am | By Margaret Taylor

Clyde & Co has lost the chief representative of its fledgling Beijing office to Stephenson Harwood in a boost to the latter’s energy and resources group.

Royal Mail

Royal Mail seals first post-IPO panel review: Slaughters, DAC Beachcroft and CMS get the nod

27-Nov-2014 0:04 am | By Natasha Bernal

Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s £3.3bn IPO in 2013, retaining DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna but dropping Bond Dickinson on an expanded roster.

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Advising a client to mind his own business: to do or not to do? weblink subscription

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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Doing business in the Arab world

How do you best access the Arab market? It’s a lucrative world out there, but you’ll need to understand the cultural nuances. The Lawyer’s guide to doing business in the Arab world provides key insight on the region, and includes research on the leading independent firms in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The long, hard road to Morocco

10-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A diverse range of law firms are now battling for work in the former French bastion

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How to access the Arab market: advice from the lawyers who know

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Middle Eastern market is lucrative, but for international firms business nuances are tricky. To guide you through, The Lawyer has researched the region and the legal players to collaborate with. Here’s a taster of our findings

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Russia special report: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Guide to investing in India: happy days are here again

24-Nov-2014

Newly elected Narendra Modi’s commitment to domestic change, along with world economic trends, promise to make India attractive to investors again 

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I'm a managing partner… get me out of here

17-Nov-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Lonely, a career cul-de-sac, the figurative punch bag, master and yet servant – just some of the ways the managing partner role can be hell. Still interested in doing it? Read on

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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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In-house interview: Direct Line Group's Humphrey Tomlinson

17-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Direct Line Group’s Humphrey Tomlinson has steered the insurance giant down a successful road to an IPO, and an ABS win

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In-house interview: Nottinghamshire County Council legal head Jayne Francis-Ward

10-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nottinghamshire CC law boss Jayne Francis-Ward’s unusual approach to external advice has seen her set up an arrangement involving 78 councils and six law firms. That’s what you call relationship management 

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China-based IP boutique Schmitt & Orlov expands ASEAN footprint

Beijing-headquartered IP firm Schmitt & Orlov is extending its reach in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region with the launch of an office in Laotian capital Vientiane.

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Linklaters' Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity?

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Osborne Clarke posts 17 per cent increase in half-year turnover to £70.6m

Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m). 

Beijing dragon

Stephenson Harwood taps Clyde & Co for China energy hire

Clyde & Co has lost the chief representative of its fledgling Beijing office to Stephenson Harwood in a boost to the latter’s energy and resources group.