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Allen & Overy‘s Italian arm appears to have resorted to subliminal (or should that be barefaced and blatant) messaging in order to attract much-needed lateral hires. Either that, or the firm is angling to become a key competitor to Tesco Law. On a recent trip to the home of pizza, pasta and vino, Tulkinghorn was […]

Troutman strengthens energy team with double London hire

Atlanta-based firm Troutman Sanders is the latest US firm to beef up its energy team by recruiting two energy specialists from European firm Castaldi Mourre Sprague. The two recruits, partner Steven Sprague and of counsel Sally Barrett-Williams, a barrister, doubles the size of Troutman’s London presence to four. Sprague is Troutman’s second London partner and the first UK-qualified partner […]

Irwin Mitchell expands through PI merger

Irwin Mitchell is merging with niche firm Alexander Harris in a move creating a 94 partner personal injury powerhouse. The merger will take effect from 1 May and creates a 94-partner firm with offices spread across the UK. It will operate under the Irwin Mitchell name. Alexander Harris brings 12 partners from its current locations […]

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