Sam Chadderton

Sam was a reporter on The Lawyer between March 2012 and February 2013. He had a focus on litigation, IP, competition and white collar crime.


39 Essex St revamps fees as another 4-5 Gray’s Inn silk joins

London set 39 Essex Street has revamped the way it collects fees from members so that all new additions pay a joining fee into its LLP. The news comes as the set announces its latest high-profile recruit from 4-5 Gray’s Inn: former head of chambers Richard Spearman QC. The Lawyer understands that in the set’s […]


St Philips Chambers to launch in London and Leeds

Birmingham set St Philips Chambers is broadening its reach with dual launches planned for London and Leeds. The 159-barrister chambers will cement its alliance with Leeds-based Chancery House Chambers to become St Philips Leeds later this year. It is expecting to recruit further to add to its team of around a dozen barristers in the […]


Moves: 18 February 2013

Move of the week Clifford Chance banking and finance group head Evan Cohen has been appointed as the firm’s Americas regional managing partner. Cohen has led Clifford Chance’s Americas banking practice since 2005 and specialises in acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, syndicated lending and restructurings. Current Americas head Craig Medwick will return to the […]

Rohan Pershad QC

BSB probe could see VAT fraud barrister struck off

Convicted barrister Rohan Pershad QC could be struck off after the Bar Standards Board confirmed it is referring his case to a disciplinary tribunal. The former 39 Essex Street and Crown Office Row silk is facing prison after being found guilty of a £600,000 VAT fraud while practising as a barrister over 12 years. He […]

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US firms Davis Polk and Kirkland feed on Heinz takeover

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were among the advisers on the $28bn (£18bn) takeover of food giant Heinz by an investment consortium. The deal – said to be the largest ever transaction in the food industry – saw Kirkland & Ellis and Californian firm Munger Tolles & […]


Freeth Cartwright is third firm to be sued over MMR advice

Freeth Cartwright is the third law firm facing professional negligence claims over how it handled a group action over the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Luke Patel, commercial dispute resolution head at Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors, has filed a claim of professional negligence against the firm on behalf of his client Kellie Brabham and her […]


LG returns to Lawrence Graham in branding revamp

LG is reverting back to its original Lawrence Graham name in a rebranding move aimed at building on its growing international presence. The firm switched to the abbreviated LG logo in May 2007 to coincide with its move from the Strand to new offices in More London Riverside. That launch was led by former managing […]

Old Bailey

Gibson Dunn ‘fake overtime’ trial delayed as defendant is sick

The trial of a Gibson Dunn & Crutcher employee accused of making £33,000 worth of false overtime claims has been delayed because the defendant is unwell. Marion Carrington is facing four charges of dishonestly obtaining thousands of pounds from the US firm’s London office through alleged bogus overtime and fraudulent petty cash claims (9 January […]


Icelandic bank Kaupthing turns to Weil for latest settlement

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Weil Gotshal & Manges took lead roles in the latest litigation involving the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing. A confidential settlement between Kaupthing’s winding-up board and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar has been agreed with the deal stipulating that the bank’s board drops its claims against […]

Judicial process

Decision in GSCE-marking judicial review puts the process, and its implications, under the spotlight There may be flowers on the desks of a few 11KBW silks tomorrow morning. But they won’t be sent by a secret valentine to Clive Lewis QC or Nigel Giffin QC. It is more likely they will be signed by ‘an […]


11KBW silks go head-to-head as GCSE judicial review is thrown out

11KBW silks Clive Lewis QC and Nigel Giffin QC have seen off a judicial review application argued by set-mate Clive Sheldon QC over the GCSE English grades controversy. Lord Justice Elias handed down his judgment this morning rejecting a bid from school leaders, teachers’ unions and councils to change grade boundaries in GCSE English exams. […]


Mishcon de Reya adds Tanzania to international dispute reach

Mishcon de Reya has hired an international arbitration partner from Tanzania in a bid to expand its African coverage. The firm has taken Karel Daele from Mkono & Co Advocates in Tanzania as it expands its East African presence. Daele will be based in London, but adds his practice to the firm’s existing international arbitration […]