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Matt Byrne

How to survive the “demanding” role of managing partner

20-Nov-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The lot of the law firm leader is not always a happy one. This week’s cover feature unpicks that statement a little. We quizzed dozens of past and present managing and senior partners on what it is that makes the role so tough. Who would have thought that one of the recurring themes would be that it can be “lonely”?

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Abelman becomes British American Tobacco’s new legal chief as part of management re-jig

20-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group legal director and general counsel Neil Withington has quit the group, as it announces a wider leadership reshuffle.

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​Adidas IP GC Behean kicks off new role at IP boutique Sipara

20-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Adidas group IP general counsel Tim Behean has moved to a new role in private practice as a director for IP boutique Sipara.

Eversheds confirms US merger ambitions

20-Nov-2014

It’s been a long time on the back burner but finally Eversheds has given the green light to its potentially transformative plans to seek a US merger partner.

Government turns up the heat with the False Claims Act — five action steps for healthcare providers download subscription

DLA Piper 20-Nov-2014

Forbes has dubbed 2014 ‘The Year of the Whistleblower’. For healthcare providers, this designation has translated into millions of dollars in fines.

Good faith: a new era for English law? download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Nov-2014

One current hot topic ‘good faith’. Can it be implied into contracts? If so, what would that mean in practice?

Health Alert — CMA adopts new policy on referrals; Queensland medical breakthrough; Mental Health Amendment Bill; and more download subscription

DLA Piper 18-Nov-2014

DLA Piper has released the 17 November 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.

What the US mid-terms mean for the insurance sector download subscription

DLA Piper 17-Nov-2014

Every two years there is a shake-up of the state insurance commissioners. This year will be no different. 

Queensland government calls for input into Climate Adaptation Strategy download subscription

DLA Piper 17-Nov-2014

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is in the process of developing a whole-of-government Climate Adaptation Strategy.

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Abelman becomes British American Tobacco’s new legal chief as part of management re-jig

20-Nov-2014 2:38 pm | By Natalie Stanton

British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group legal director and general counsel Neil Withington has quit the group, as it announces a wider leadership reshuffle.

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Eversheds partners vote to pursue US merger

20-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds partners have voted overwhelmingly in favour of pursuing a US merger, with 90 per cent getting behind the plan.

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Olswang reports 11 per cent increase in revenue to £63.9m at half-year

20-Nov-2014 10:40 am | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang has announced its un-audited half-year results today (20 November), posting an increase of 11 per cent in revenue to £63.9m from £57.6m at the same point last year.

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Marrache liquidators sue Baker Tilly for £28m in bid to recoup lost client funds

20-Nov-2014 0:02 am | By Joanne Harris

The liquidators of Gibraltar firm Marrache & Co are suing the local branch of accountancy firm Baker Tilly for negligence, breach of duty, conspiracy and dishonest assistance for audit advice given prior to Marrache’s collapse in 2010.

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Addleshaw Goddard revenue up 11 per cent at half year

19-Nov-2014 1:05 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard’s turnover for the first half of 2014/15 was up 11 per cent on the same period the previous year, rising from £82.5m to £91.8m.

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ClientEarth wins EU court ruling on UK air quality case

19-Nov-2014 12:46 pm | By Kate Beioley

Not-for-profit legal group ClientEarth has won a ruling at Europe’s highest court, enabling it to pursue the UK Government for breaches of EU air quality standards in the Supreme Court.

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Nabarro and Goodwin Procter advises on acquisition of Telegraph Media HQ

19-Nov-2014 12:24 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Nabarro and Goodwin Procter were key advisers on the £204.3m purchase of assets including Telegraph Media Group’s London headquarters by Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate from Kish Holdings. 

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JP Morgan asking for reduced rates in panel review

19-Nov-2014 0:04 am | By Kate Beioley

JP Morgan Chase has launched its latest panel review, having warned firms they will have to cut rates by at least 2 per cent to qualify. 

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Addleshaws advising Morgan Lewis as raided Bingham set to fold

19-Nov-2014 0:03 am | By Natasha Bernal

Addleshaw Goddard is understood to be advising Morgan Lewis & Bockius on its hire of 227 Bingham McCutchen partners, with the latter opting to dissolve rather than seek another buyer.

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Big data, big problems

The rise of big data has created some logistical headaches for lawyers, who are often unversed in the intricacies of computer forensics. A recent survey by The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton underlined this knowledge gap. Get up to speed on the issue by clicking on the links below.

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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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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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Offshore special: Singapore focus

17-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore players have high hopes of Singapore but for now the work is limited, so increased competition could stymie firms’ growth 

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Offshore: deals and cases Q3 2014

17-Nov-2014

Several billion-dollar deals and a number of landmark cases characterised workflows for offshore firms in the third quarter of 2014

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

11-Nov-2014

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics.

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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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In-house interview: Cambridge University Press GC William Bowes

3-Nov-2014

Few publishing houses can compete with Cambridge University Press on history or prestige but, as general counsel William Bowes knows well, that comes with a back catalogue of challenges 

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Abelman becomes British American Tobacco’s new legal chief as part of management re-jig

British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group legal director and general counsel Neil Withington has quit the group, as it announces a wider leadership reshuffle.

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ClientEarth wins EU court ruling on UK air quality case

Not-for-profit legal group ClientEarth has won a ruling at Europe’s highest court, enabling it to pursue the UK Government for breaches of EU air quality standards in the Supreme Court.

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Addleshaws advising Morgan Lewis as raided Bingham set to fold

Addleshaw Goddard is understood to be advising Morgan Lewis & Bockius on its hire of 227 Bingham McCutchen partners, with the latter opting to dissolve rather than seek another buyer.

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Baker Botts and Davis Polk among US giants to advise on Halliburton’s $34.6bn merger with Baker Hughes

A raft of US firms has lined up to advise on Halliburton’s $34.6bn stock and cash takeover of key competitor Baker Hughes.