Rachel Moloney

Rachel is news editor of The Lawyer and primarily covers corporate and the City

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Simpson Thacher makes major infrastructure PE play with Clifford Chance hire

Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]

Lateral hires London

Simpson Thacher remains selective in London with one City promotion

US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has made up one lawyer to partner in London for the second year in a row. Real estate lawyer Samuel Charlton has made the cut, while another 9 lawyers have been promoted across the firm’s US offices in New York, Houston and Palo Alto. There is one promotion in […]

Kathleen Russ, Travers

Travers Smith elects Kathleen Russ as first-ever female senior partner

Travers Smith’s former tax chief is to replace Chris Hale as senior partner from next year, becoming the firm’s first-ever female head. Kathleen Russ will take up her position from July 2019, replacing Hale, who has held the post since 2013. She was in charge of the firm’s tax department for a decade until January […]


Macfarlanes introduces “radically different” work allocation system

Macfarlanes has overhauled its processes surrounding work allocation after lawyers informed management that the issue should be high up on the firm’s list of priorities. While firms such as Ashurst and CMS brought in external consultants to kickstart allocation pilot schemes, Macfarlanes is keeping it simple by appointing individual partners within individual practice areas to […]


Pinsents and HSF’s US links pay off in $7.5bn telecoms deal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Pinsent Masons have teamed up with firms in the US on a complex $7.5bn deal between telecoms companies CommScope and Arris. The transaction will see network equipment provider CommScope buy software maker Arris, a fellow US-headquartered that is listed on the NASDAQ. Pinsents London partners Rob Hutchings and Roberta Markovina advised […]

Robert Dedman

King & Spalding goes in-house for latest white collar hire

KIng & Spalding has hired a former lawyer from the Bank of England in a bid to grow its UK investigations practice, a year after bringing on board a partner from the Financial Reporting Council to kickstart operations. Robert Dedman is joining the US firm’s London office as a partner after over a year as a […]

US corporate powerhouse wins WHSmith mandate in expansion deal

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has bagged an advisory role for UK plc WHSmith on its acquisition of US airport travel store InMotion for just under $200m. The US deal shop led the deal for WHSmith, with a team consisting of corporate partners David Silk and Igor Kilman. InMotion’s owners Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co […]

Struggling Ropes pivots to litigation with hire from Akin Gump

While Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and White & Case have showed a consistent trajectory, many other firms have been more stop-start. Take Ropes & Gray, which launched in 2010 and whose star flared brightly for several years, attracting lawyers from firms ranging from Weil Gotshal & Manges, Travers Smith and Cadwalader.  The last […]


Macfarlanes follows in A&O’s wake by divulging partner pay gap data

Macfarlanes is the second law firm to release its most recent set of gender pay gap figures, producing a detailed list of data for business services teams, associates and partners. The firm did not reveal the gap among partners in its first set of results, filing them before momentum had grown in the industry for […]


Sainsbury’s Bank legal head takes on new role at Irwin Mitchell

Sainsbury’s Bank’s head of legal has moved back into private practice, joining Irwin Mitchell‘s London office as a commercial partner. Winston Green moved to the banking arm of the retailer in 2016 on an interim basis from the TMT group of Dentons, where he was a managing associate. Starting out in Sydney, Green began his […]

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