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

New York City

Mishcon exits New York after team departure

After an ongoing struggle to assert itself in New York, Mishcon de Reya has finally shut down its US office 10 years after its launch – with its remaining staff joining King & Wood Mallesons. The closure now leaves Mishcon with no international outpost and its sole base of operations in London, with the firm’s […]

QC appointments on the rise as 114 take silk

The number of new QCs has increased by five per cent this year, with Fountain Court and Blackstone adding to their roster of silks, as well as two magic circle firms. A total of 114 new QCs were announced today, from 258 applicants, with the percentage of women falling by two following last year’s 28 […]

Essex Court reveals new joint heads of chambers

Following David Foxton QC’s elevation to the High Court, Essex Court has now confirmed its new joint heads of chambers, with Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC set to take over the reins. The pair’s appointment at the magic circle set will come into full effect as of 10 January, as they prepare to […]

ocado

Jones Day partner leaves firm amid Ocado controversy

The Jones Day partner accused of ordering the destruction of documents in a high-profile case related to Ocado, has now left the US firm. It was reported by The Lawyer In November that Ocado was pursuing a committal application against Raymond McKeeve, alleging he “interfered with the due administration of justice” by intentionally destroying “confidential […]

Baker McKenzie

Bakers hearing, day 10: Former partner questioned over decision to keep GC in the dark

Baker McKenzie partners, tasked with leading the investigation into misconduct allegations against former City boss Gary Senior, did not report the incident to the firm’s general counsel, it emerged in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today. On Day 10 of proceedings looking into the alleged harassment carried out by Senior, it was Peter Strivens’ turn to […]

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