Alex Taylor

Alex is The Lawyer’s litigation reporter, covering all aspects of dispute resolution and the Bar. He also focuses on regional law firms.

Richard East Quinn Emanuel

Exclusive: Quinn hikes London associate salaries in response to US payouts

A week after Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced a bumper pay increase for US associates, the firm has decided to reward its City lawyers with a salary rise of up to 19 per cent. The new payscale will see first year post-qualification (PQE) lawyers paid £125,000 per year, increasing to a maximum of £245,000 […]

Brexit

Landmark and Essex Court’s Brexit challenge quashed in High Court

One of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases for 2018  has ended before going to trial as Geldards, Landmark Chambers and Essex Court failed to secure permission for a judicial review into the Brexit referendum. The claimants had hoped to bring a firm challenge but Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Green threw out the claim describing it […]

Alison Yapp AMEC

Amec Foster Wheeler GC resurfaces after company’s £2bn takeover

Former FTSE250 listed Amec Foster Wheeler general counsel Alison Yapp will join catering business Compass Group as group general counsel and company secretary. Her move comes as current GC Mark White announced his plans to retire on 30 September following an 11-year stint in the business’s top legal role. Yapp left Amec Foster Wheeler following […]

financial

Quinn matches Cravath with $340,000 salary for top-end associates

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will pay top-end associates $340,000 a year as the battle between US firms for the best talent rages on, it has emerged. The pay scale announced by Quinn matches Cravath Swaine & Moore’s figures released earlier this week, as US firms continue to up the stakes in associate remuneration. Milbank Tweed […]

ENRC

SFO blasted for “unhealthy relationship” with Dechert after ENRC “leak”

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been targeted with new legal action from the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) in a dramatic development to the most important legal privilege case of the decade. The ENRC has decided to extend its claim against former adviser Dechert to include the Government body, demanding the SFO explain its conduct after […]

Supreme Court

Mishcon felled by four-lawyer firm in landmark Pimlico Plumbers case

In a David and Goliath battle, Mishcon de Reya client Pimlico Plumbers has lost its final appeal against a former employee in a long-running feud over workers’ rights. The five judges unanimously agreed that claimant Gary Smith was a Pimlico Plumbers employee during his time working for the company and not, as Pimlico Plumbers was […]

HSBC

A&O advises as HSBC prepares for ring-fencing reform

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised HSBC in its application to become the third major financial institution to join the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) ring-fencing scheme. The bank – which is thought to list all of the magic circle firms on its panel – had its approval granted on 21 […]

barrister bar bptc

Crisis averted as criminal barristers accept £15m legal aid offer

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA)’s feud with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has ended with 51.55 per cent of members voting to accept the £15m offer that was put to them two weeks ago. The offer was accepted through a slim majority voting in favour of the reforms with an 85 per cent turnout from […]

moves, lateral hires and exits
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Paul Hastings ramps up City recruitment with Bakers hire

Building on its sustained London hiring spree in recent weeks, Paul Hastings has brought in Baker McKenzie head of financial services Arun Srivastava to lead the firm’s regulatory, fintech and payments practice in the City. Srivastava began his career as a trainee at Herbert Smith Freehills in 1990 before moving to Bakers in December 1995. […]

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