Christian Metcalfe

Christian was editor of Lawyer 2B between January 2012 and March 2013.


Judgment Call: 10 June

Tax Bristol & West plc v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2013] UKFTT 216 (TC). Judge Howard M Nowlan; Susan Lousada. 8 April 2013 For corporation tax purposes the effective rollover rule of the Finance Act 2002 Sch.26 pt.6 para.28 did not apply to a company’s novation of an interest rate swap to another company in […]


Pressure group: analysis on retention rates

The trainee intake model has reached critical point with shrinking business opportunities compounded by high training costs The course charted from trainee to partner has never been more fraught with obstacles. The ladder that once took an army of fresh-faced gung-ho graduates to the heights of mega-billing City partnership been blown apart in this stormy […]


Linklaters launches leadership scheme to target female recruitment and retention

Linklaters has launched a Women’s Leadership Programme aimed at attracting and retaining female talent at the firm. It comes just months after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer revealed it was considering whether to introduce targets for the number of female candidates put forward for partnership promotion each year (25 May 2012). Linklaters said the programme is aimed […]

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Road to conflict

As the property market has crashed so real estate litigation cases have ramped up, with landlords looking for any avenue to bump up their earnings With UK commercial property suffering its deepest downturn since the 1970s, the call on real estate litigators has been typically countercyclical. The time for filing claims is beginning to run […]


Unsettled weather ahead for graduates

There’s a mixed outlook for career prospects in law as firms report retention rates up, but graduate vacancies down Those hoping to become solicitors received a mixed forecast this summer as law firms posted improvements in their retention rates, while reporting that graduate vacancies are set to drop. So, while the outlook for newly qualified […]

Blowing the whistle on caps

It has been widely reported that Michael Woodford, UK Chief Executive of Olympus, sacked after less than two weeks employment, has settled an unfair dismissal claim said to have been worth millions. How can that be?  This graphically illustrates how employers are exposed to potential claims from day one in employment – or possibly even […]

Pinsents FOI request reveals dramatic drop in SFO raids

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has not raided a single property in the past financial year, according to statistics obtained by Pinsent Masons. In the 2011-12 financial year the SFO, which investigates and prosecutes fraud and corruption, failed to raid a single property – a conclusion reached by looking at the number of applications it […]


Morgan Lewis confirms Dewey trainee intake

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has confirmed that it has hired seven former Dewey & LeBouef trainees. The trainees will join former Dewey London office head Peter Sharp and institutional finance group chair Bruce Johnston at the firm. In a statement, a spokesperson for Morgan Lewis said “We are pleased to have received authorisation from the […]


Ashurst picks up Herbert Smith partners to bolster financial services

Herbert Smith corporate insurance duo Adam Levitt and Hammad Akhtar have quit the firm to join Ashurst. Levitt, who focuses on insurance and banks, and Akhtar, an insurance, reinsurance and retail banking specialist, both join Ashurst in a relatively rare move by the City firm to hire a rival firm’s partner in London. Last week […]

News International names WorldPay lawyer as new GC

Media giant News International has appointed Paul Chinnery as its new general counsel. Chinnery joins the company from WorldPay, where he was senior legal counsel. He replaces Simon Toms, who was interim general counsel following the departure of Jonathan Chapman in August 2011. Chinnery will lead on all legal matters relating to News International with […]