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Premier European and competition law set Monckton Chambers has poached Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, the former Attorney-General, from rival Brick Court Chambers. The bar has reacted with surprise at Lyell’s decision to leave the set which, with 56 tenants including 22 silks, is one of the top four commercial chambers in the country. Lyell says […]

Shearmans lures CC tax specialist

Clifford Chance Punders is losing its second tax partner to Shearman & Sterling. Wolfgang Tischbirek leaves the German arm of the newly-merged firm after 17 years at Punders to join Shearman’s Frankfurt office. Tischbirek follows Hanno Berger, previously a tax partner at Punders, who left the firm in February – with three associates and three […]

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