Alex Taylor

Alex is senior reporter at The Lawyer, covering all aspects of dispute resolution and the Bar

barrister holds a wig, illustrates the successful QC appointments

4 Pump Court arbitration silk decamps for magic circle set

4 Pump Court silk Alexander Gunning QC has joined magic circle chambers One Essex Court in a key boost to the set’s arbitration group. Gunning was first called to the Bar in 1994, taking silk six years ago with a practice focused heavily on international arbitration, as well as commercial in the energy, insurance, construction […]


SFO criticised by ENRC over handling of privileged information

Mining group ENRC has raised further questions over the Serious Fraud Office’s long-running corruption investigation into the company, alleging that privileged information was used as part of the probe. Documents seen by The Lawyer allege that Dechert partner Neil Gerrard passed privileged documents onto the SFO in 2013, as part of its investigation into alleged bribery and corruption […]

Insurance sale prompts Hill Dickinson fightback in promising H1 results

Hill Dickinson has posted a solid return to form in its half year results for 2018/19, generating £43.6m in turnover which was roughly 5.3 per cent over its £41.4m budget. The firm’s sale of its non-marine insurance business cast a large shadow last year, causing whole year revenues to dip below the £100m mark, though […]

Ted Baker

Ted Baker calls in City firm for investigation into founder

Following allegations of inappropriate behaviour against its founder, fashion brand Ted Baker has brought in a City litigation heavyweight to lead an investigation into the matter. The retailer has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for advice during an independent external investigation into the behaviour of Ray Kelvin. The firm will report into a committee comprised […]


Deliveroo in the clear as High Court throws out employment claim

A High Court judicial review against food delivery company Deliveroo was dismissed today in a widely publicised battle over collective bargaining rights. The Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone sided with Deliveroo’s lawyers; Lewis Silkin partner Colin Leckey instructed 11KBW’s Chris Jeans QC and Tom Cross. Deliveroo is a regular client of Lewis Silkin’s, especially after the […]

London Underground

TfL kicks off first panel review in six years

Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off its first panel review since 2012, putting scrutiny on the eleven firms already on the roster. The panel is worth at least £86m to its chosen firms, with the eight-lot roster running for a minimum of four years. The firms will be given until 18 January to tender, […]


DAC Beachcroft includes #MeToo in list of business risks

DAC Beachcroft is understood to have positioned the #MeToo movement at the heart of potential risks to its business as a growing number of firms have their reputations damaged by partners’ inappropriate behaviour. The decision is understood to have come as part of the firm’s annual business review which aims to identify what could cause […]

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