Kate Beioley

Kate was a reporter at The Lawyer from September 2013 to December 2014. She covered litigation and the Bar.

Mishcon professional negligence case headed for High Court in November

The case brought by former Queens Park Rangers chairman Antonio Caliendo against Mishcon de Reya is finally heading for court this year following a three-year lead up and tussles over missed deadlines. The case is set down for 10 days in November and promises to be one of the year’s largest professional negligence cases against […]

Stories of the year: November has US flavour

The legal market was far from quiet in November with law firm leaders airing their grievances and banking panels launching and closing. There was also a strong American flavour to the month, with Eversheds seeking a US merger and DLA Piper losing partners to US firms. What managing partners really, really hate It’s not all […]


Fried Frank loses ‘Putin’s banker’ Pugachev claim to lift $2bn asset freeze

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has lost a first round for Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev in the High Court after the billionaire failed in his attempt to lift a $2bn freezing order imposed in July. In the today’s judgment Mr Justice Mann declined to discharge the injuction granted by Mr Justice Henderson and said […]


Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders.  Collins, employment head Lisa Mayhew and young gun construction partner Nazir Dewji have all been cited by sources as potential candidates with the potential to make the shortlist […]


Bucks ABS expected to generate £400,000 profit for local authority over five years

Buckinghamshire County Council has tasked its new alternative business structure (ABS) with generating profits of £400,000 over the next five years. The local authority became the first to form an ABS in August when the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) granted it a licence to operate as Buckinghamshire Law Plus, combining with the legal team of […]

Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale replaces UK GC as Darbyshire returns to Australia role

Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role.  Darbyshire took up the role as general counsel and company secretary for NAB’s UK operations two years ago after several years leading the bank’s Australian […]


The in-house interview: EDF Energy’s legal team

After a surge of activity including a restructure that scattered legal services across the business and deep cuts to the panel roster, the EDF Energy team say they are the stronger for it. Over the past year the legal team at EDF Energy has grappled with a company-wide restructure, intense scrutiny from the energy regulator […]


The in-house interview: Competition and Markets Authority GC Sarah Cardell

Taking on big banks and energy giants means the new competition watchdog needs a strong legal team, and GC Sarah Cardell is the one designing it. The newly formed Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) general counsel Sarah Cardell has had the privileged role of designing its legal structure from scratch. On taking up the role […]

Mark Amsden

The in-house interview: Morrisons GC Mark Amsden

From calls to the FBI over a cyber security issue to launching the retailer’s first loyalty card, former rugby reporter Mark Amsden has a lot on his plate as Morrisons’ general counsel. From rugby reporter to general counsel at one of Britain’s largest supermarkets, the career path of Morrisons’ general counsel Mark Amsden is a […]

Neville Eisenberg top story

BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg to stand down after five terms

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg is set to stand down at the end of his fifth term at the end of April 2015, 16 years after first stepping into the role. Eisenberg is understood to have told partners he would not be standing for re-election at the end of his term next […]


20 Essex Street takes Cavenagh Law practice manager for latest new BD role

20 Essex Street has added another new role to its business development roster, taking Cavenagh Law practice manager Rachel Foxton to be the newly-created head of practice support focusing on growing the set’s business in Asia. Foxton’s role is designed to support the chambers’ latest new business development role, former Holman Fenwick commercial director James […]