Rachel Moloney

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


Eversheds’ co-CEO Ranson extends leadership reign to 2025

Eversheds Sutherland’s Lee Ranson has been handed another four-year term, extending his leadership tenure through to 2025. Ranson will continue in his role as the chief executive of Eversheds Sutherland’s international business, which excludes operations in the US. Eversheds tends to announce successors, or reappointments early, with Ranson’s new term starting in May next year. […]

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Former government ministers take up new roles at Travers and Withers

Former culture secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are to take up new roles at Travers Smith and Withers respectively. Morgan will take up a consultant role in Travers’ technology group. The move marks a return for the former Travers corporate lawyer, who worked at the City firm between 2002 and 2010 before […]

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The speed read: Freshfields decides, as hires gather pace

Firms’ back to the office plans may have been dealt a blow this week, but City recruitment continued with aplomb for the likes of Goodwin, Skadden and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Back to the office? Think again. By now, you might be thoroughly happy with your home-working set-up and enjoying a life sans tube, train […]

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To thrive, firms must identify the winners of tomorrow

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a number of business trends that may have a range of implications for law firm practices. We consider five such trends. Peak Oil. It is quite possible that we have reached or are very close to peak oil production. The gyrations of the oil price in recent months (it even […]

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The Lawyer Awards shortlist: City Firm of the Year

The award for City firm of the year, sponsored by Travelers, pits innovation-hungry players against expansive challengers. In an ever-competitive world, London-based law firms are using technology, real estate investment and lateral hiring opportunities to stand out. One of the City’s largest law firm offerings – in terms of headcount and revenue – Reed Smith […]


Simpson Thacher hires regulatory partner from Clifford Chance

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has brought in another partner from the magic circle, this time Clifford Chance’s Owen Lysak. Lysak made partner at Clifford Chance in 2017 and joined the firm in 2004 as a trainee. He advises private funds, asset managers and financial institutions on regulatory issues and transactions, related to the likes of […]

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Shearman hires Freshfields veteran for strategic help

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ex-corporate chief Simon Marchant is joining Shearman & Sterling as a senior adviser on firm and client strategy. Marchant joins Shearman after two years away from the magic circle firm, which he retired from in 2018. This is his second strategic gig at a law firm, travelling out to Australia over 2018/19 […]


US corporate duo lead on Softbank’s $40bn ARM sale

Morrison & Foerster and Latham & Watkins have won the top advisory mandates as technology company ARM is sold for the second time in just over four years. ARM Holdings, a former FTSE 100 member, has been sold by Softbank to US company NVIDIA in a transaction valued at $40bn. It comes four years after […]

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Weightmans launches redundancy consultation in latest restructuring exercise

Weightmans is to carry out a redundancy consultation as part of a long-term strategy to restructure its business. The consultation will affect both a small number of fee-earners and support staff, with the hope that some individuals can be redeployed elsewhere, while others will take voluntary redundancy. The cuts are not related to the coronavirus […]