Gabriella Kane

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

Baker McKenzie

Bakers sets target for senior-level BAME representation

In its latest gender pay gap report, Baker McKenzie has posted a target to achieve 14 per cent BAME representation across its London partnership and within senior levels. This is the first time that the firm has published ethnicity pay gap figures, with a 17 per cent hourly pay gap for black, Asian and minority […]


Shoosmiths on call as former Staples chain plunges into administration

Shoosmiths has been drafted in on the administration of stationery chain Office Outlet, just six months after it underwent a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). The firm, led by Birmingham-based restructuring partners James Keates, Aaron Harlow and senior associate Charles Williams, is advising Deloitte in the administration process as a new buyer is sought. Richard Hawes and […]


Clifford Chance and Kirkland lead in fresh bid for Inmarsat

Clifford Chance and Kirkland & Ellis are acting in a fresh takeover approach of British satellite company Inmarsat by a private equity-led consortium, in a deal that would value it at about $3.3bn (£2.5bn) and take it private. The magic circle firm has rallied a team in London and Washington, led by corporate partners Lee […]

Slaughters’ shrinking partnership: Firm makes up fewest lawyers since 2013

Slaughter and May has announced its smallest promotions round since 2013, with just two lawyers promoted to partner in London and Hong Kong. Corporate finance and M&A lawyer Harry Bacon in London and M&A and capital markets lawyer Jing Chen in Hong Kong will join Slaughter’s partnership in May 2019. Bacon joined Slaughters as a […]

St Pauls Hotel

City firms called in on £1bn hotel deal

A quartet of firms have won top roles on the £1bn sale of four of the Grange Hotel’s London leases, while Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance took the lead on financing matters. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), Hogan Lovells, Brown Rudnick and Gowling WLG all advised on the sale of the buildings to Queensgate […]

Lady justice

Real estate litigators gear up as downturn looms

Much of the focus of the work handled by the firms in The Lawyer’s upcoming Global Real Estate 50 report is transactional, in particular high-end corporate and finance. But with a major downturn looming, many firms’ litigators are also gearing up for a busy period. But in March, in the UK, there is only one topic […]

Bakers accelerates efficiency plans with fourth back office launch

Baker McKenzie has chosen Argentina for its next business services centre as part of its three-year assessment of its global capabilities, The Lawyer can reveal.  The decision to open a Buenos Aires hub comes six months after the firm announced plans to open a global support facility in Tampa, Florida, with both expected to be […]


BCLP loses its second real estate partner to Dentons

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has lost its second real estate partner in six months, with the departure of Bonnie Calnan to Dentons. Calnan was at legacy BLP for 13 years before its merger with Bryan Cave in 2018. She follows in the footsteps of real estate partner Deepa Deb, also a BCLP-lifer, who left […]

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells’ City office nudges past £300m revenue barrier

Hogan Lovells has made small gains in its London operations, alongside growth globally of 4 per cent, as its long-serving CEO Steve Immelt prepares to hand over the reins of the firm next year. In London the firm’s turnover increased by 2 per cent, in a move that saw the firm break the £300m barrier […]

Addleshaws’ senior partner faces fresh challenge in firm elections

Addleshaw Goddard’s senior partner Charles Penney faces a challenge to his bid for another term, with another contender stepping forward to take on the role. Penney, who is seeking a second term in the top job, will run against contender Michael Leftley, who heads the employment, incentives & immigration group in London. Leftley has been […]

NHS drops 11 firms from streamlined commercial panel

NHS Commercial Solutions has rolled out a new legal panel, with firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Clyde & Co and DAC Beachcroft winning places. The three firms have been reappointed to the procurement organisation’s framework, as well as Mills & Reeve and Trowers & Hamlins. A total of 19 firms have made it on to the new roster; new additions are Browne Jacobson, Sintons, […]

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