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HSF elects former corporate head Palmer as senior partner

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has elected former Herbert Smith corporate head James Palmer as its new senior partner to succeed Jonathan Scott. Palmer was elected in a global partner vote on Friday (7 November 2014). He will take up the role on 1 February 2015 for three years.  Although the senior partner role also encompasses […]

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Morgan Lewis in talks with key Bingham partners ahead of merger deadline

Morgan Lewis is understood to have negotiated agreements with a number of key Bingham McCutchen partners to ensure they are part of the mooted merger between the two US firms, which is set to conclude today (7 November). The negotiations are understood to have been key to the success of the possible tie-up. Sources close […]

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Malcolm Simpson, head of the international group at Walker Morris, is set to join the 25-strong line-up of judges for The Lawyer European Awards 2015. The judging panel includes a number of partners from UK top 50 firms and US powerhouses responsible for managing their firm’s relationships with independent European outfits, as well as European-focused general counsel from […]

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It’s getting tougher for legal departments to keep on top of risks such as data protection, technology and the ever-rising tide of regulation Q: What are the biggest issues facing in-house legal departments when it comes to risk management? Michael Ellis, group general counsel, Abercrombie & Kent: Volume and size. The length and breadth of the […]

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