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moves, lateral hires and exits

Orrick raids WFW for four-strong energy team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired a four-partner team from Watson Farley & Williams, as it continues apace with a spate of lateral hires. The partners at the centre of the hire are Evan Stergoulis, Simon Alsey, Ravinder Sandhu and Simon Folley. They will join in early April, with Stergoulis becoming co-head of the US […]

Baker McKenzie on call for climate campaigners in fresh government legal row

Boosted by the UK Government’s recent third runway defeat in the Court of Appeal, climate campaigners are looking to force ministers to review its national energy strategy, calling on Baker McKenzie for this latest course of climate litigation. A judicial review was filed by Bakers on March 2, with Jolyon Maugham QC’s Good Law Project, founder of […]

SSE

Three firms dropped from SSE panel following review

Osborne Clarke has lost its place on Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) renewed panel, as five new firms have been added to the provider’s roster of legal advisers. Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gillespie Macandrew are the firms that have kept their place on the panel, while the new firms that have […]

Severn Trent reveals new-look panel of five firms

Five firms have won places on Severn Trent’s new panel, with the appointments reflecting a change in tack from the FTSE 100 water company which has run a sole provider model since 2007. DWF, Eversheds Sutherland and Burges Salmon form the new panel to provide legal services to the FTSE 100 water company and its […]

Shell energy

Shell presses firms on green credentials as part of panel process

Shell has set out a series of sustainability requirements that law firms need to fulfill if they want to be part of its next roster of legal advisers. The energy giant has included the criteria in the request for proposal (RFP) for its panel review, in addition to more traditional requirements around efficiency and value. […]

Analysis

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For some firms WFH policies were a tick-box thing. Not any more.

Within the space of five days from Monday 16 March, working from home (WFH) became the new normal for the vast majority of the population. Lives and habits changed instantly. You’ve probably already enjoyed at least one Zoom cocktail party, reacquainted yourself with your children and perhaps joined an online choir? From a legal market […]

Turning corporate lawyers into restructuring specialists won’t be easy

As companies continue to look to the government for survival in the coming weeks, restructuring practices across the City, which had been kept arguably lean until now, are sure to need extra hands in the coming months. Across law firms, corporate associates are poised to be drafted onto restructurings and workouts. The mass redeployment of […]

Smiling frogs: the mid-tier firms bouncing back

Last summer, one of The Lawyer’s cover stories focused on the UK mid-tier. It put forward the proposition that many of the firms outside the UK top 50 were ‘boiling frogs’ – surfing comfortably on the surprisingly small amount of growth needed to maintain market position without necessarily adapting to the slowly changing conditions that […]

podcast

The ups and downs of US firms in London

In this episode The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths and deputy editor Matt Byrne discuss the impact of coronavirus, the latest US financials season, and whether law firms are actually listening to their clients on one of the biggest issues in the world today.

New QCs at a time of change: the silks of 2020

As 114 new silks celebrated their success in the 2020 Queen’s Counsel appointments, they were also marking the end of an arduous selection procedure – all for the honour, pride and privilege of securing those two prestigious letters that can reshape a legal career.  Finally gaining the QC kitemark gives some barristers a sense of […]

Revealed: The top appeals of 2020

It isn’t just the High Courts that are set for a busy year, with both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court set to hear a range of cases, involving the likes of the Iranian Ministry of Defence, Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sports Direct and Mastercard. There’s plenty of work to go […]

Featured Briefings

The Environment Bill 2019 – water, water, everywhere

By Lee Perry Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the […]

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