Energy and environment


Norton Rose Fulbright office 2022

NRF energy duo to exit firm

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has been hit for two energy partners in the City. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired energy duo Daniel Giemajner and Matt Hardwick to its City office. Giemajner, who was promoted to partner in 2020, has a particular specialism in advising on the development and acquisition of mining assets, […]

Austin Texas

Ashurst unveils third US office in Texas

Ashurst has expanded further in the United States, announcing the launch of an office in Texas. The base in Austin will be its third office in the US, after New York and Los Angeles. It is expected to focus predominantly on infrastructure investment, development and finance matters in transport, social infrastructure and water. The new […]

Tullow Oil

Corporate trio win roles on £1.4bn Tullow-Capricorn merger

Herbert Smith Freehills, Slaughter and May and Shepherd & Wedderburn are the law firms that have won roles on the merger of London-listed Tullow Oil and Edinburgh-based Capricorn Energy to create a new Africa-focused oil and gas company. The newly-minted company is expected to be valued at £1.4bn. Shareholders in Capricorn will own 47 per […]

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Freshfields partner exits for Eversheds

Eversheds Sutherland is to boost its infrastructure practice with the addition of a longstanding Freshfields partner. Alex Carver is set to leave the magic circle firm after 25 years, where he had been a partner since 2003. During this time he built expertise across major projects, financing and capital markets. He joins Eversheds later this […]


Orrick energy trio exits for Osborne Clarke

Orrick is to lose three partners to Osborne Clarke, as the UK firm bolsters its energy practice. The three partners are John Deacon, Hannah Roscoe and Dominic O’Brien. Deacon will move across next week, while Roscoe and O’Brien will join Osborne Clarke before the end of the financial year. Other Orrick losses recently include M&A […]


Warsaw Poland

A postcard from Warsaw: Big-ticket deals, but worries for the future

On a June day in 2022, The Lawyer visited several of Warsaw’s top international firms to see how this apparently thriving market is holding up four months after the launch of a war on its neighbour, Ukraine. What impact has the dramatic events of the past few months had on the city, its legal services […]

High Court

Chambers face comms shake-up to avoid contempt of court

Chambers across the Inns are considering how to publicise judgments after the Master of the Rolls, Mr Justice Vos, warned embargo-breaks could see sets being held in contempt of court. The Lawyer understands that many are actively tightening up their internal and external communication policies following a stern warning from Mr Justice Vos back in […]

‘Even pariahs have rights’

When the Conservative MP Bob Seely told the House of Commons that the legal system had become “corrupted” by “amoral” lawyers acting for Russian oligarch clients, it was not surprising that the President of the Law Society launched a robust defence of the profession: “It’s the job of solicitors to represent their clients, whoever they […]

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How law firms react to death

Earlier this year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office faced an unexpected and upsetting tragedy: the sudden death of one of its junior lawyers. In reaction to the associate’s passing, whom The Lawyer has chosen not to name, the US firm quickly introduced in-person counselling plus further remote follow-up sessions with an external chartered […]

trading money

Fresh capital: there’s a lot riding on the new listings regime

Many in the City feared that IPO activity would stall after Brexit. For high growth technology companies seeking investment, a listing in Germany or Amsterdam seemed more appealing. However, not to be outdone, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last year revealed a series of rule changes for the listing regime, in what was welcome news […]

Revealed: The Top 10 Appeals of 2022

Earlier this month The Lawyer revealed its Top 20 Cases of 2022, featuring a whole host of cases set for trial. However, there’s also plenty of action to be had in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, involving the likes of New Look, SKAT and Picturehouse Cinemas. Here are The Lawyer’s top 10 appeals of […]

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 […]