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


DWF’s advocacy group hit with two senior exits

Two senior lawyers have resigned from DWF’s advocacy division, The Lawyer can reveal; a group set up in 2017 to provide clients with an alternative to the external Bar. Jonathan Robinshaw and Sahar Farooqi are both set to leave the firm, having held the titles of head of advocacy and director of advocacy respectively. Robinshaw has […]

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Russell-Cooke reimburses staff for Covid-19 salary reductions

After announcing growth in both turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2019/20, Russell-Cooke has confirmed it is repaying staff who took pay cuts over lockdown. Reduced salaries in line with fewer working hours was just one of the Covid-19-related measures introduced by Russell-Cooke in spring, as the firm also deferred partner profit […]

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Restructuring veteran joins Brown Rudnick’s City outfit

Brown Rudnick has hired yet another partner to its global restructuring team, with Tony Horspool set to join the US firm’s London ranks. Horspool will join up with Brown Rudnick’s corporate restructuring and special situations team in the capital, following the hire of Richard Obank and Colin Ashford who defected from DLA Piper at the […]

Covid-19 procurement battle pits Dentons up against two firms

Dentons is taking on Eversheds Sutherland and Hill Dickinson in a Covid-19-related procurement spat that is being rushed through the High Court after proceedings kicked off in May. The dispute is pitting UK-based testing company, represented by Dentons, up against UK Biocentre Limited, Medicines Catapult Discovery Limited (MDC) and the Secretary of State for […]

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Ex-DLA trio strike £50m Therium deal for new disputes boutique

Liverpool-based boutique Provenio, formed by a group of former DLA Piper lawyers, has entered into a £50m funding partnership with Therium Capital Management. Provenio, which is led by managing partner Mark Goodwin alongside two former colleagues from DLA, is looking to use the fund for high-value business litigation and arbitration claims. Goodwin told The Lawyer […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright calls time on four-day week scheme

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is suspending its use of the temporary Flex scheme just five months after asking employees to work a four-day week to protect jobs. The Lawyer can reveal that the suspension will come into force at the end of this week and will apply to all members of staff in the firm’s […]

Attorney General accused of “cronyism” over off-panel Brexit advice

The Prime Minister’s Attorney General is facing criticism over her decision to seek advice on planned changes to the Withdrawal Agreement from individuals not on the UK Government’s panels, including a “baby barrister” from Brick Court. The debate concerns advice given to Suella Braverman and solicitor general Michael Ellis, who provided legal opinion on government legislation […]

HSF reacts to lockdown living with new agile working rules

Becoming the latest City firm to take additional steps to embrace remote working, Herbert Smith Freehills is to bring in a new agile working policy that will see employees spend an average of 60 per cent of their time in the office. This new policy will allow staff to work from home for just under […]