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Dorsey & Whitney has appointed Nadeem Khan (right) to set up a property department in its London office. Khan joins from Bird & Bird, where he was involved in development, outsourcing, PFI and high-profile sale and purchase transactions. Dorsey & Whitney is one of the few US firms to have set up a property department […]

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This £1bn rolling stock contract is Siemens’ biggest ever for the UK. Timing on the deal was particularly tight due to the imminent withdrawal of slam-door carriages. Only three weeks passed between the Strategic Rail Authority’s (SRA) selection of incumbent Stagecoach Holdings as preferred bidder for the new South West trains franchise, and the announcement […]

The Sweetest Feeling

Global trade issues, particularly involving food, are never really straightforward. Kelly Harrison talks to someone who is- head of legal at Tate & Lyle Robert Gibber takes a direct approach to a complex remit Tate & Lyle refines sugar for retail and industrial use in five continents. Its largest operations are in the UK and […]

Addleshaws lures top-flight tax consultant from Pinsents

Addleshaw Booth & Co has appointed a high-profile tax consultant in its Leeds office as a precursor to setting up a private client practice in London. Caroline Hedges joins from Pinsent Curtis Biddle, where she was a tax partner advising trusts, wealthy families and lottery winners on capital and income tax issues. Addleshaws senior partner […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp launched its Munich office last Tuesday (1 May) and hired litigation partner Karl Wach from Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. Richard Engl will lead Munich’s tax practice and brings with him three assistants from his tax consultancy firm RLE GmbH, which is folding. The office will focus on corporate tax and complex litigation, […]

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