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Deals summary

Debevoise & Plimpton (James Kiernan) advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice on its £434m recommended cash offer for UK food services distributor Brake Bros. Macfarlanes gave Clayton Dubilier additional advice on UK aspects of the transaction. Brake Bros was represented by Simmons & Simmons. Lenders advised by Clifford Chance and Cravath Swaine & Moore. Travers Smith […]

Howard Kennedy to fight negligence suit

Howard Kennedy and Kenwright and Cox, which ceased trading in 1999, are being sued for negligence by a client who alleges that they failed to get British Gas to compensate him when he was injured in a gas pipe explosion Five other victims of the same accident received £3.25m between them two years ago, but […]

Storming the Pennines

Leeds firms have revolutionised the legal market in the North of England, both at home and more recently in extending their influence across the Pennines into Manchester Almost all the major national firms, several with origins in Leeds, now have a presence in both cities, leading to speculation on the convergence of the two markets, […]

Grobbelaar v The Sun: round three

North West firm Cuff Roberts and Andrew Hartley QC last week led former Liverpool FC goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar into his latest round of litigation against The Sun newspaper Grobbelaar is fighting last year’s historic Court of Appeal decision to overturn an £85,000 libel award he received from The Sun in the late 1990s in the […]

Shearmans and Stamford joint venture under review

Shearman & Sterling and Singapore firm Stamford are reviewing their joint venture after discontent on both sides has led to mounting tension in the office As yet there has been no formal decision to terminate the year-old venture, but several options are being considered for its future.A source within the joint venture cited an inequality […]

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