Ruth Green

Ruth was a reporter on The Lawyer between November 2011 and February 2013, with a strong focus on legal developments in Spain, Russia and Latin America.


Job Watch: FMCG and retail

As the latest flurry of high street outfits plunging into administration shows, the consumer goods sector has been rocked by the financial crisis. How has this affected demand for legal expertise in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail sectors? “It’s no secret that 2012 was a difficult year for the high street and FMCG […]


Portugal: Rebuilding society

As Portuguese firms face liberalisation in a post-bailout world and the home market remains tough, many are setting their sights overseas As Portugal welcomed in 2013 the country’s lawyers were no doubt wondering whether the new year would bring a change in fortune for a country that has been hard hit by the eurozone crisis. […]

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Lawyers pressed to work on posthumous Magnitsky trial

Little suspense about verdict in posthumous trial of lawyer Magnitsky The history of posthumous trials, including the likes of Pope Fomosus, Joan of Arc and Nazi official Martin Borman, got even more bizarre last week when the preliminary hearing for a trial involving deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky got underway. The hearing had been postponed […]

Job Watch: Banking and finance

The banking and finance sector has played witness to the highs and the lows of the UK economy in recent years, but what is the market like for lawyers working in this sector in 2013? “We’ve seen a significant upturn in the banking and finance legal market recently,” comments James Franklin, a manager at Robert […]

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Work Life Quiz: Edward O’Rourke, Ashton KCJ

What was your first-ever job?   Butcher’s assistant. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Leaving a file on the roof of a car as I drove off. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? It used to be the staff kitchen […]


Russia appoints lawyer to represent Magnitsky ahead of posthumous trial

The Russian government has appointed a lawyer to represent Sergei Magnitsky in a trial now set to take place on 4 March. The court date was announced during a preliminary hearing earlier today at Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court. The hearing date was originally scheduled for 28 January but was postponed after Magnitsky’s family and their […]


Job Watch: Overseas-qualified lawyers, part 2

The demand for overseas-qualified lawyers in London has waned in recent years, but what are things like elsewhere in the UK and in the in-house market? “We have seen a select number of roles arising recently in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester,” comments Guy Adams, a director at Laurence Simons. “Larger law […]


Work Life Quiz: Arun Birla, Paul Hastings

What was your first ever job? Working in a fire station shadowing the firemen and doing odd jobs. I am not so sure how the practical experience has ended with me pursuing a career as a tax lawyer. What was your worst experience as a trainee? I had to argue a case before a Lord […]


Anthony Collins continues recruitment drive with managerial hires

Birmingham-based Anthony Collins has continued its recruitment investment plan with the hire of Rob Adams as its first head of risk and compliance. Adams’ appointment marks the firm’s 17th hire over the past nine months. His appointment follows the hire of IT head Paul Harker in July 2012. Harker has been tasked with developing a […]

Akin Gump and Skadden advise as Vimpelcom issues $2bn eurobond

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have scooped lead advisory roles as a eurobond issued by mobile phone operator Vimpelcom raises $2bn (£1.29bn) to refinance the company’s debt. The transaction is structured in three tranches. As part of the deal Vimpelcom will issue RUB12bn (£260m) in five-year paper, […]


White & Case and Speechly advise on Handelsbanken-Heartwood deal

White & Case and Speechly Bircham have landed roles as Swedish bank Handelsbanken acquires wealth and investment manager Heartwood Wealth Group, marking the bank’s first acquisition in the UK market. White & Case is acting for Handelsbanken. London M&A partner Gavin Weir led the corporate side of the team and was supported by associates Kim Alcantara […]

Job Watch: Overseas-qualified lawyers, part 1

Overseas expertise is always a valuable asset in the UK marketplace, but how in demand are overseas-qualified lawyers right now? “With the corporate market and the capital markets in particular still spluttering, the demand for overseas lawyers is low,” says Freddie Lawson of Glass Consultancy. “This coupled with the tight immigration laws and strong Asia […]