Baker & McKenzie – UK 100

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By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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Monckton Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £8.7m Heads of chambers: Kenneth Parker QC and Paul Lasok QC. Total tenants (silks): 32 (11) Door tenants: None Chambers contributions: 16.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £273,000 Top cases last year: GE-Honeywell; Replica Football Kit; calls to mobile phones judicial review; MCI Worldcom; IBA Healthcare. No of appearances in House of Lords: Nine […]

Morgan Lewis deals blow to Shaw Pittman NY ambitions

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has plucked two outsourcing partners from the New York office of Washington DC’s Shaw Pittman, just as the latter enters due diligence on its merger with Pillsbury Winthrop. Shaw Pittman has made growth in New York its priority but the departures of the firm’s most senior New York attorneys leaves the […]

Separated at birth

Charles Martin, head of Macfarlanes’ international practice group, is of course a transactional lawyer extraordinaire. In his exalted position he takes responsibility for coordinating the firm’s relationships with foreign law firms and many of its major private equity and corporate clients. So his uncanny resemblance to Dr Strangelove’s General Buck Turgidson – the warmongering soldier […]

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £17.3m/£352m UK/global PEP: £863,000/£1.2m UK/global revenue per lawyer: £494,000/£553,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £2.2m/£2.2m Global revenue per equity partner: £2.4m UK/global number of partners: 8/145 UK/global number of lawyers: 35/637 UK number of staff: 34 UK/global leverage ratio: 1:3.4/1:3.4 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1:4.25 Equity structure: Modified lockstep that runs […]

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