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Speed is of the essence at Travers Smith

Will you make partner quicker at the firm at which you trained? If you’re at Travers Smith at least, the answer is yes. Data collected by The Lawyer on the firm’s last 10 promotions rounds shows that Travers-trained lawyers made partner over a year earlier on average than those who moved from other firms. Of the […]

election vote

Spotlight: Bates Wells gears up for the 2024 general election

As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, this week on Spotlight we check out the politics, elections and campaigning practice at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The market: In 2015, amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 caused a chill across the non-party campaigning sector. The new rules, which especially applied to third-party […]

Phone vs Whatsapp: UK200 firm assesses lawyer-client communication

Junior lawyers at regional outfit Howes Percival are being encouraged to adopt a greater range of communication methods with clients, as firms seek to address generational differences between associates and partners. The firm, with locations across Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich and Oxford, said it is responding to changing behaviours in both clients and associates. It is encouraging its […]

technology and computers

Simmons boosts tech team with Big Four group hire

Four lawyers, who shifted from tech-focused Kemp Little to Deloitte Legal following the acquisition four years ago, have now reunited at Simmons & Simmons. Andrew Joint joined Simmons yesterday from Deloitte Legal, having previously been Kemp Little’s managing partner from 2017 until its acquisition. He joins fellow partner Calum Murray, who made the same move […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Ex-Freshfields partner referred to SDT over “inappropriate” conduct

An ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) regarding allegations of “inappropriate and unwanted” conduct. Nick Williams is the ex-partner in question. He was made up as a partner as part of the disputes and investigations team in March 2017, but left Freshfields two years later following the outcome […]

Candey, British Virgin Islands office

Candey jets to Caribbean with BVI office launch

Litigation boutique Candey has opened an office in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), marking the firm’s crossover into the offshore legal market. The firm is among a handful of firms that practise both BVI law and English law, with several of its lawyers already able to practise there, including partner Lisa Walmisley and BVI legal […]

Central Park, New York

Uría Menéndez to close New York office in strategic shift

Iberian firm Uría Menéndez will close in New York when its Park Avenue lease expires, after more than three decades in the US. The firm runs with a small staff in New York of just three lawyers, led by office managing partner and corporate lawyer José Félix Zaldivar. Uría Menéndez felt its US strategy would […]

Fieldfisher promos 2024

London eclipses Europe in latest Fieldfisher promos

Fieldfisher has promoted 10 lawyers to partner in its 2024 promotions round, eight of whom have been made up in London.  The London promotions, effective from 1 April, comprise four women. This includes private client lawyer Alice Vink, banking and finance director Anna Crosby, clinical negligence director Helen Thompson and Shaheen Mosquera, who specialises in […]

Football

FIFA seeks new recruits ahead of Miami office move

Four senior in-housers have quit football organisation FIFA over the last couple of months for new general counsel positions. The governance body is now recruiting for the four in-house legal positions, including a new head of commercial partnerships, a head of digital and technology, a senior counsel for esports and digital, and a senior counsel […]

Stockholm

Linklaters team defects in Stockholm

A seven-lawyer real estate team led by one of Linklaters’ longest-serving partners in Stockholm has left the firm to join a local player. Longstanding real estate partner Magnus Lidman retired from the Linklaters partnership earlier this year, but has re-emerged as the star name among this group leaving to join Sweden’s Gernandt & Danielsson (G&D). […]

TV show triggers partner dismissal and internal review at Euro 100 firm

Danish firm Horten is undertaking a thorough internal review following the release of a TV documentary series that engulfed the firm in scandal and resulted in the dismissal of a key partner. The firm published a statement last week saying that insolvency partner Nicolai Dyhr had left the firm with immediate effect and that it […]

Stranded planes

$300m Ukrainian aircraft claim thrown out by Commercial Court

As the mammoth Russian aircraft claim make its way to trial in October, a similar case involving jets stranded in Ukraine has been struck out. The smaller Ukrainian aircraft claim has been stayed by the Commercial Court in a judgment handed down today. Aircraft lessor claimants represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, Hausfeld and McGuireWoods have […]

trains

The Passport: Latham’s City office is steaming ahead of Germany

Welcome to The Passport, your regular round-up of the most important stories to come from the European legal market. In this edition we compare and contrast Latham’s City performance and how it’s faring in Germany; and why A&O Shearman associates in Central and Eastern Europe might be better off looking for partnership elsewhere. Latham’s German […]

tokyo

Bird & Bird hires from Ashurst for Japan launch

Bird & Bird has announced it will be opening a new office in Tokyo with the hire of Ashurst partner Hiro Iwamura. The primary purpose of the office will be to support the firm’s Japanese clients in the renewable energy, life sciences and technology space with outbound work across Europe, the Middle East and Asia […]

Ho Chi Minh City

Kinstellar breaks into Asia with 21-lawyer tie-up

European giant Kinstellar has gained a foothold in the Southeast Asian legal after securing a joint-venture deal with Vietnamese firm Asia Counsel. Asia Counsel boasts a headcount of just 21 lawyers, including four partners. Its focus has been on assisting foreign multinationals and Vietnamese corporations with expansion, M&A and financial matters. Acting independently for the […]

Sydney Australia

Pogust Goodhead launches Aussie office in mining giant’s “backyard”

Pogust Goodhead has launched an office in Sydney with a warning to Australian corporations that the firm is “ready to hold them to account”. The claimant law firm, which specialises in social and environmental mass claims, has hired Sydney litigation boutique Crichton & Co’s two partners, Amie Crichton and Joshua Carton. It is also looking […]

ASOS GC joins Asia-Pacific travel platform

Online reservation provider Agoda has hired Asos’s former legal chief Anna Suchopar as its general counsel. Suchopar has made the move from ASOS, where she held the role of general counsel and company secretary from 2019. She will take over from Tom Thomas and the new role is based in Bangkok. She will report into […]

Singapore is essential to any India strategy

There was some significant Indian market news this week from Linklaters. It named Singapore-based capital markets partner Amit Singh as its new India chief, replacing London-based Narayan Iyer. Singh, who arrived as a lateral from magic circle rival Allen & Overy in 2018, is already the head of the capital markets practice in South and […]

Hong Kong

Winston & Strawn to close Hong Kong office

Winston & Strawn is the latest firm preparing to close its office in Hong Kong, though its joint venture in the region will continue. The Lawyer understands the office will close after Chinese New Year. The firm has nine lawyers in Hong Kong, with four of them being partners. The firm will continue to operate […]

Environment, climate change

Linklaters reveals cyclone shutdown in debut climate risk report

Linklaters has opened up about a cyclone that forced its Hong Kong office to shut down for a day, as it becomes the first magic circle firm to publish its climate-related financial disclosure report. As of 6 April 2022, limited liability partnerships must now provide a climate-related financial disclosures report within their annual report on […]

Perth Australia

A&O swipes two more cyber partners from Norton Rose

Expansion of Allen & Overy’s cybersecurity team continues beyond London with the hire of two Norton Rose Fulbright partners in Australia. Anna Gamvros and Ross Phillipson are moving to A&O, which currently has offices in Perth and Sydney. Gamvros leaves Norton Rose having headed the firm’s information governance, privacy and cybersecurity practice for the Asia […]

Linklaters

Linklaters cuts 30 roles due to “prolonged downturn”

Linklaters has kicked off a redundancy round due to the economic slowdown in China, axing 30 roles across its three offices in the region. The Lawyer understands that the affected lawyers sit within the equity and debt capital markets, corporate and banking teams across the firm’s Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. A spokesperson for […]

DACB swoops for Ince’s Singapore alliance firm

DAC Beachcroft has formed an association with an independent Singapore firm that had previously worked in tandem with Ince’s international network. DACB has teamed up with Incisive Law, a local firm that was known up until earlier this year as Ince Singapore. Incisive Law had been allied with Ince since 2011, but it cut ties […]

Hong Kong

Dentons Dacheng was always doomed

Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’, is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep. Kenny Rogers’ appreciation of the subtleties of risk works as a helpful way into this Horizon. Dentons’ very public divorce from its Chinese arm Dacheng was conveyed to clients this week following long internal deliberations and some […]

The latest Europe briefings

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

Incentivising staff in a green economy: green benefits

Environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) alongside sustainability are hot topics in business right now. Employees are increasingly scrutinising what employers are doing to promote sustainability, not least in the benefits they offer.