Gabriella Kane

Gabriella is a reporter at The Lawyer. She covers corporate and real estate.

Habito GC moves to Aristocrat Leisure’s gaming business

Habito’s general counsel has moved to Aristocrat Leisure’s free-to-play mobile gaming arm. Rohan Paramesh will be the first lawyer heading the newly-named Pixel United, the mobile-first video games business of Australian company Aristocrat Leisure. Formerly called Aristocrat Digital, Pixel United covers three businesses, all of which were acquired by Aristocrat Leisure between 2013 and 2017. […]

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Roundtable: How to build trust in a hybrid working environment

At this year’s The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner conference, general counsel at TotalEnergies Marketing Services Patrice Yermia and Dentons’ Europe director of talent Patryk Zamorski gathered 12 in-house lawyers to discuss building relationships and trust in a hybrid working environment. The pair brought together two different perspectives – Yermia from in-house at a […]

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Kirkland lays out finer details for London office move

Kirkland & Ellis will be able to occupy up to 480,000 sq ft when it moves its headquarters to 40 Leadenhall Street, The Lawyer has learned. The firm is understood to be under offer for between 200,000 sq ft to 480,000 sq ft at the new development. Kirkland confirmed its plans to relocate from The […]

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Deutsche Bank appoints new UK GC

Deutsche Bank has appointed a new general counsel for its UK arm. Former deputy GC for UK & Ireland Simon Man takes on the top legal role at the bank having worked there for 20 years. He joined as managing director and senior legal counsel for Asia in 1999. He held a number of other […]

A&O launches second legal services hub in Australia

Allen & Overy is set to open its second advanced delivery centre in Australia, months after it scrapped the idea of opening a similar hub in South Africa. The new centre, located in Perth, will comprise legal support professionals and associates as well as dedicated project management and e-discovery specialists. The launch comes as the […]

The Free Representation Unit powers on

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) was formed nearly 50 years ago by a group of law students that wanted to deliver a frontline service to people that otherwise wouldn’t be able to access legal support. Feeling that their legal education didn’t sufficiently prepare them for real world situations such as Tribunal work or aspects of […]

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Forsters eyes new West End office

Forsters is set to swap Mayfair for Marylebone as it prepares to move office, The Lawyer understands. The 181-lawyer firm is believed to have sourced around 50,000 sq ft at 72 Wellbeck Street in the West End. Wellbeck Street is situated midway between Portman Square and Cavendish Square, immediately to the north of Oxford Street and […]


Quintet spearhead $7.3bn Inmarsat sale

Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and two magic circle firms are among those acting on Inmarsat’s £5.4bn ($7.3bn) acquisition by California-based communications business ViaSat. The deal comes just two years after Inmarsat was snapped up by a private equity consortium in a controversial £2.6bn ($3.4bn) deal, and is valued at more than twice as much. […]


G4S appoints new GC after Allied takeover

G4S has appointed a new general counsel for the first time in nearly two decades. Celine Barroche has taken the top legal role at the security outsourcing business, succeeding Søren Lundsberg-Nielsen. Lundsberg-Nielsen served as G4S’s GC for 17 years, overseeing its £3.8bn takeover by Allied Universal Security Services earlier this year. He is now executive […]

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RICS kicks off search for new GC

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is seeking a new general counsel after its former GC left the organisation. Alix Rejman has exited RICS after two years, having joined from Fieldfisher, where she was a director. Rejman had qualified and practised at Fieldfisher for 16 years before joining RICS in 2018. In September, a […]

Antonia Pegden, Herbert Smith Freehills

It was the moment that the insurance industry and consumers throughout the UK had been waiting for since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic: the final ruling on the appeal of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s business interruption case. The judgment in January 2021 brought guidance for businesses and the watchdog as to whether […]

Eid-Daniel Jadon, Freshfields

A dispute between financial technology provider Wex Inc, and Optal and eNett became the first major case to be hosted in the Commercial Court which was triggered by an abandoned deal during the Covid-19 crisis. For Freshfields dispute resolution associate Eid-Daniel Jadon, who joined the firm as a trainee in 2015, the landmark WEX case […]