Rachel Moloney

Rachel is deputy editor (City) of The Lawyer and primarily covers corporate and the City


HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]


Speed is of the essence at Travers Smith

Will you make partner quicker at the firm at which you trained? If you’re at Travers Smith at least, the answer is yes. Data collected by The Lawyer on the firm’s last 10 promotions rounds shows that Travers-trained lawyers made partner over a year earlier on average than those who moved from other firms. Of the […]

Travers replenishes funds team with Blackstone hire

Travers Smith, which last year lost a number of members in its funds group, has hired a new partner from Blackstone’s in-house legal team. Joel Grossmark joins Travers’ funds practice to add to its retailisation expertise. Grossmark previously worked at Blackstone Credit and Insurance, where he led its legal function for over five years. He […]


Linklaters partners to ditch cessation payments

After lengthy proposals set out by Linklaters’ management team, partners have voted to end the firm’s longstanding system of cessation payments. The Lawyer revealed at the start of the year that Linklaters had been taking soundings on several proposals that aimed to trim payouts to departing members and reduce the overall cost to the firm. The […]


The other Paul firm has taken a breather

There are two very large US firms out there with the name Paul in their title – and both have their own London expansion story to tell. While Paul Weiss has really revved up its efforts over the past year, Paul Hastings has taken a moment to reflect on what it has achieved. Over 2023, […]

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Simmons boosts tech team with Big Four group hire

Four lawyers, who shifted from tech-focused Kemp Little to Deloitte Legal following the acquisition four years ago, have now reunited at Simmons & Simmons. Andrew Joint joined Simmons yesterday from Deloitte Legal, having previously been Kemp Little’s managing partner from 2017 until its acquisition. He joins fellow partner Calum Murray, who made the same move […]

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Taylor Wessing’s UK boss wins third term in charge

Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn has been re-elected for a third term, meaning he will remain at the helm of the firm until 2027. Gleghorn is understood to have run unopposed in the election process, with his third term starting in October. He first took up the post of UK managing partner in […]


Some partners like to move more than others

Having lost the money race to their US counterparts, traditional UK firms are clinging on to the fact that they can offer something else: longevity. More specifically, that’s lawyer longevity and the ability for people to spend a large proportion of their career at the firm at which they trained. There are countless partners at […]

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Latham set for double blow as German teams exit for US rivals

Latham & Watkins is set to lose two teams in Germany, hitting the firm’s restructuring and equity capital markets capabilities in Hamburg and Frankfurt. The Lawyer understands that a two-partner restructuring team will leave to join Willkie, while a separate two-partner team is joining White & Case strengthening the latter’s equity capital markets practice. White & […]

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Travers spins out AI group to cash in on tech

Travers Smith is spinning out its artificial intelligence (AI) division into a separate entity, enabling products to be sold to external companies. Known as Jylo, it will operate independently from the firm, led by Travers’ director of legal technology Shawn Curran as its CEO. Curran is moving his team into new digs in Shoreditch. At […]