Lucy Harley-McKeown

Lucy worked at The Lawyer between August 2018 and May 2019. She covered US firms in London.

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

Pinterest IPO advisers to pick up $2m in legal fees

Three US firms are guiding social media scrapbook company Pinterest through its IPO listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton won the mandate for the company, working on a dual-class structure with partners Ethan Klingsberg, Jeffrey Karpf and Pamela Marcogliese in its corporate team. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is […]

Anya Hindmarch

DLA Piper guides LK Bennett to rescue deal

Fashion retailer LK Bennett has been sold to its Chinese franchise partner Byland, following a round of restructuring led by DLA Piper, administrators EY and Womble Bond Dickinson. In March, veteran DLA Piper partner Richard Obank was instructed by LK Bennett’s administrators on the restructuring process, leading a team that included Leeds partner Colin Ashford […]

Claire Canning

Sky appoints former Olswang partner as new UK GC

Sky has named a new general counsel for UK and Ireland, promoting its former director of legal in content and commercial Claire Canning to the role. Canning started her career at Clifford Chance as a trainee, moving to Olswang after a year in the media team. There, she worked her way up to partner in […]

Debenhams

New firms brought in on Debenhams administration

Linklaters and Baker McKenzie have been brought in for the latest episode of the Debenhams restructuring saga, alongside a raft of longstanding magic circle and US advisers. The afflicted department store has entered into a pre-pack administration, after rejecting a £200m offer from Mike Ashley-owned Sports Direct. This was a last-ditch attempt by Ashley, whose […]

Shard

Dechert tax partner leaves firm after just two years

Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie is switching over to another US firm in London, in a move that will reunite her with former colleagues from Kirkland & Ellis. Scobie, who left Kirkland for Dechert in 2017, is moving across to Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s London office, where she will work with Kirkland alumna Claire McDaid, […]

Six associates sue Jones Day over sex discrimination and ‘frat-boy culture’

Jones Day has come under fire this week, with six US-based female associates filing a detailed $200m class action against the firm. The six women have accused the US law firm of engaging in “systemic discrimination based on gender, pregnancy, and maternity” with a “fraternity culture“, which they say led female associates to receive lower […]

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