Lucy Harley-McKeown

Lucy is a reporter at The Lawyer with a focus on US firms in London. She joined in August 2018.

Longer than Charles I: Kerr extends TwoBirds reign to 26 years

Bird & Bird has re-elected CEO David Kerr for another three-year stint in the position, meaning that by the end of this term he will have been in charge for 26 years. Kerr was elected unopposed, with the tech partner having held the position since 1996. The stint easily makes Kerr one of the longest-serving […]

Chris Field

Dechert’s City management gets a new look after partner exits

Dechert has appointed a new partner to its London management team, after the departure of Miriam Gonzalez and appointment of Camille Abousleiman to the Lebanese government. Corporate and private equity partner Chris Field is to join employment partner Jason Butwick and finance partner Gus Black on the committee, with Black taking up the helm as […]

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Three firms make the grade in Network Rail’s slimmed-down panel

Network Rail has more than halved its panel in the past six years, with the latest review seeing three firms wins spots until 2024.  The spots have been taken by Dentons, Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds Sutherland and will be in place until 2024. The contract is worth £70m. Stuart Kelly, group general counsel at Network […]

DLA Piper grabs mandate on LK Bennett administration

DLA Piper has earned a first time instruction from ailing upmarket clothing brand LK Bennett, which yesterday confirmed it had called in the administrators. The firm is understood to have pipped Taylor Wessing and Mishcon de Reya to the post, which have both previously represented the retailer and its founder Linda Bennett in the past. […]

Kirkland mulls office move after rapid City expansion

With Kirkland & Ellis showing no signs of scaling down its recruitment efforts in London, the firm is understood to be reassessing its real estate options that could include a move away from its iconic home in the Gherkin. Kirkland is thought to be considering a number of options, including the prospect of a move […]

Aldgate

Paul Hastings targets infrastructure with key Hogan Lovells hire

US firms are ramping up their efforts to secure infrastructure talent in the City, with Paul Hastings the latest outfit to recruit a corporate partner with a focus on the energy and natural resources sector. The Lawyer can reveal that Hogan Lovells partner Steven Bryan is leaving Hogan Lovells for Paul Hastings’ City office. It […]

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Kirkland wins lead mandate on Paperchase rescue plan

2019 looks set to be another challenging year for the retail industry, with Paperchase the latest store to enlist legal advisers on its company voluntary agreement. Kirkland & Ellis has secured the top role for Paperchase, with seasoned Kirkland restructuring duo Kon Asimacopoulos and Elaine Nolan advising the card store. The company was bought by […]

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Shearman delivers on Seoul promise with office launch

Shearman & Sterling is relocating three of its lawyers to South Korea as the firm opens an office in the country’s capital, Seoul. Partner Anna Chung will lead the team, having worked in Shearman’s project finance and development teams across London, Shanghai and Singapore for the past 13 years. She was made a partner in […]

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Beleaguered Squires set for further partner loss to Crowell

Squire Patton Boggs is to lose yet another lawyer to Crowell & Moring, making him the latest partner this year to join former London head Robert Weekes. Debt finance partner Andrew Knight is the latest defection from Squires’ London office. He has been at Squires for the past 11 years, having moved from legacy Speechly […]

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Freshfields teams up with Canadian firm on Dairy Crest offer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been called in by Canadian firm Stikemann Elliott to co-lead on Dairy Crest’s sale to a transatlantic buyer. The magic circle firm has been providing UK legal advice to Canadian company Saputo, which produces milk and dairy products. Freshfields corporate partners Stephen Hewes and Laurie McFadden has taken the lead alongside […]

Exit sign

Squires quartet part ways with firm

Four more partners have left Squire Patton Boggs’ London office, in the wake of former managing partner Robert Weekes’ move to Crowell & Moring earlier this month. UK litigation head Laurence Winston and restructuring partners Paul Muscutt and Cathryn Williams are to part ways with the firm, while Robin Baillie in the infrastructure practice is […]

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