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A&O partner backtracks on Essex Court move after sanctions

Just a week before his scheduled move to Essex Court Chambers, Allen & Overy arbitration partner Matthew Gearing QC has opted to join another magic circle set. Gearing QC is to join Fountain Court from next month. This turnaround is a consequence of the sanctions imposed on Essex Court by China, which prevents any of […]

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Bar Council issues rallying cry over Essex Court China sanctions

The four professional bodies that represent barristers in the UK and Ireland have condemned China’s decision to impose sanctions on Essex Court Chambers. Coming one month after sanctions were first announced in March, a statement of support has now been published by the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Bar of Ireland, the Bar […]

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US Top 50: Three firms still have no female partners in London

Gender diversity at US firms in the UK has improved significantly over the past five years despite several still having no female partners in their London offices, The Lawyer can reveal. The promotion and recruitment of senior female lawyers has led to a more balanced ratio of male and female partners at many of the […]

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