Luke Barr

Luke Vance Barr is a reporter working on Litigation Tracker news and analyses. He joined The Lawyer in August 2019. He tweets @TheLawyerLVB

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Mishcon strikes merger deal with UK200 firm

Mishcon de Reya has struck a deal to create a newly-merged entity with Taylor Vinters, just over a week after the firm’s partnership voted through its IPO proposals. This new business will offer legal and consultancy services, with MDR Taylor Vinters set to be led by the Taylor Vinters management team. Following the deal, Mishcon’s […]

Keystone directors to reap rewards of £6.9m share sale

Several members of Keystone Law’s leadership team have cashed out on millions of pounds worth of shares after the firm’s value recently hit its highest-ever peak. Those selling shares included chief executive officer James Knight, compliance and operations chief William Robins and finance director Ashley Miller. Robins gained the most from his recent sale by […]

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Pandemic bounce-back fuels Keystone’s half-year growth

Keystone Law’s revenue climbed to £33.7m for the six months ending 31 July, representing a 10.8 per cent increase on its last set of half-year results. This was alongside a significant hike in profit before tax, which in comparison to the first half of the last financial year, leapt by 109 per cent to reach […]

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Hogan Lovells associates to cash in on firm’s new client scheme

Hogan Lovells is introducing an incentive scheme to encourage entrepreneurialism among its fee-earners, who will be able to gain commission from client work introduced to the firm. The initiative will mean any permanent member of staff across legal and business services will be able to benefit. The Lawyer understands that employees will receive up to […]


Tribunal sides with Coca-Cola in dismissing “unintelligible” claim

Coca-Cola has succeeded in striking out a £11.6m competition claim from one of the UK’s largest independent wholesalers. The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) sided entirely with Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain Limited (CCEP) in a recent judgment, during which it highlighted “serious deficiencies” in the claimant’s case. Forest Fresh Foods Limited (FFF), which reported revenues […]

SRA takes aim at ex-Mishcon partner in latest tribunal bout

The Solicitors Regulation Authority shifted its attention towards Liz Ellen on the second day of tribunal proceedings, with the regulator criticising the former Mishcon de Reya partner for a “deeply unattractive” change in position. Opening submissions from the SRA’s counsel, James Ramsden QC of 39 Essex Chambers, heaped pressure on Ellen when referring to allegations […]

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Tribunal rejects Mishcon’s “unfair” SRA admission

Mishcon de Reya’s attempt to stave off involvement in a four-day hearing failed this afternoon, despite belatedly accepting that it did operate a banking facility through its client account. The firm’s concession came in the form of a proposed statement of facts and admissions to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) at around 5pm on Monday […]


Mishcon arbitration partner exits for Taylor Wessing

Less than a week after partners voted in favour of an IPO, Mishcon de Reya is set to lose its head of international arbitration to a City rival. Karel Daele is making the move to Taylor Wessing, The Lawyer can reveal. He had joined Mishcon in 2013 from Tanzanian firm Mkono & Co Advocates, as the […]

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XXIV Old Buildings loses silk to 3VB

3VB has bolstered its senior ranks by hiring a QC from XXIV Old Buildings. Tom Montagu-Smith QC‘s move was confirmed to The Lawyer on Friday, with the offshore specialist making the second switch of his career. With a commercial-based practice built around international litigation and arbitration, Montagu-Smith’s career at the Bar started with 2 Temple […]