Hannah Gannage-Stewart

Hannah was a reporter on The Lawyer between April 2013 and March 2015. She covered the real estate and insurance beat.

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DAC Beachcroft Claims Solutions chief Bill Paton exits for RSA

DAC Beachcroft (DACB) Claims Limited chief executive Bill Paton is set to exit the firm at the end of March to join insurer RSA as UK and Western Europe claims director on 1 May. Paton joined DACB in 2012 from one of the firm’s biggest clients Zurich Financial Services, where he was European claims director […]

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Rental arithmetic: how the UK’s top firms are managing their property

Despite a growing momentum in favour of alternative and ‘agile’ working models, many firms are still struggling to find a way to fit their working practices around reducing their property costs. It is three years since The Lawyer started collecting real estate data from law firms as part of the research for the annual UK […]


UK firms stand out in global legal services industry

Collective turnover at UK firms increased by 8.4 per cent to a record £30.6bn last year – accounting for 7 per cent of the $650bn (£419.6bn) global legal services fee revenue in 2013/14. A new report by TheCityUK, released at the Global Law Summit in London this morning (25 February) found that UK firms experienced […]


Shoosmiths back in the driving seat for Mercedes-Benz after five-year hiatus

Shoosmiths has been appointed to a new Mercedes-Benz UK panel alongside Nabarro after dropping off the roster in 2009. Nabarro has been on the German automotive brand’s panel since 2009, when it picked up a spot alongside legacy Wragge & Co following a beauty parade of 11 firms that saw Pinsent Masons and Shoosmiths ousted […]


Quindell extends exclusivity period for Slater & Gordon takeover bid

Aim-listed ABS Quindell has extended the exclusivity period relating to Slater & Gordon’s potential acquisition of its professional services division to 31 March 2015. The latest statement comes amid speculation that following a due diligence process Slater & Gordon offered just £700m for the company’s legal services division, despite a top-end price tag of £1bn. […]


BLP, Nabarro and Herbies among key advisers on £770m deal to kick-start stalled Pinnacle development

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DAC Beachcroft (DACB), Nabarro, Macfarlanes, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Linklaters have played key roles in the £770m sovereign wealth deal expected to resurrect the Pinnacle at 22-24 Bishopsgate. Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Tamasek Holdings is understood to be the principle member of the buying consortium of four investors, lead by […]

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Shearman, Slaughters and SullCrom advise on Fairfax takeover of Brit

Shearman & Sterling, Slaughter and May and Sullivan & Cromwell (S&C) have played key advisory roles on today’s (17 February) £1.22bn takeover bid by Fairfax Financial Holdings for insurance company Brit. Fairfax is a Toronto-headquartered financial services holding company, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Slaughters acted for Brit on the recommended takeover. […]

Eversheds recruits six consultants to launch regulatory compliance offering

Eversheds has hired six regulatory compliance consultants in a bid to expand the remit of its financial services team under the leadership of partner David Saunders. Simon Chapman, Noreen Husain and Clive Summers have joined the firm from the specialist regulatory and compliance practice of Resources Global Professionals (RGP) in January. Jean-Paul Simoes and Jonathan […]


Irwin Mitchell cuts net debt by 95 per cent in first full year as ABS

Irwin Mitchell saw net debt fall 94.7 per cent from £13.5m to £713,000 at the end of the latest financial year, according to the firm’s 2013/14 Companies House accounts filing. According to the accounts, the firm had bank loans and overdrafts of £19.8m at the start of the financial year. Over the course of the […]