1 July 2013

JK Rowling

Russells partner agrees to pay damages to JK Rowling over confidentiality breach

JK Rowling has accepted “substantial damages” from media firm Russells following her unmasking as the unknown author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, the High Court heard today. JK Rowling launched a case against Russells partner Christopher Gossage and Judith Callegari after it emerged that the lawyer had told Callegari, his wife’s best friend, that JK Rowling […]

Norton Rose

CMS private equity star quits for Norton Rose Fulbright

CMS Cameron McKenna private equity partner Richard Bull has quit for the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright. Norton Rose Fulbright today confirmed that Bull will join the corporate, M&A and securities practice, although his start date is not yet clear. Norton Rose Fulbright global head of financial institution James Bateson said:  “Despite the challenging financial […]

Ince & Co turnover inches up to £93.2m

Ince & Co has posted a 1.7 per cent increase in its 2012/13 turnover from £91.6m to £93.2m. The firm’s revenue growth has slowed compared to 2011/12, which saw its turnover increase by six per cent to £91.6m from £86.2m in 2010/11. Ince & Co saw minimal changes in its lawyer and partner head counts […]

Tim Eyles Awards 2013

The happy mediums

As Taylor Wessing takes top honours at The Lawyer Awards, we identify five mid-market firms making a top tier splash These are tough times for medium-sized firms. As the mid-market becomes increasingly squeezed, with firms facing new pressures from thrusting ABSs, punchy boutiques and the established global mega-firms, the imminent demise of certain mid-market players […]

Birmingham index

Awards: Ethics and thin

As two local law centres are lauded a third succumbs to funding cuts It was a sad day on 25 June for Birmingham Law Centre (BLC), which closed its doors after savage government funding cuts. In an ironic twist, the same evening saw Islington and Coventry law centres attend The Lawyer Awards, both shortlisted for Best […]


Salute the hard-working mid-tier

Oh, what a night. The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, took place last week, with 1,400 of the great, good and groovy members of the legal profession packed into the Great Room at the Grosvenor. The spread of winners was remarkable, particularly in the in-house categories. Check out page 10 for the full listing; […]


Job watch: Healthcare

The UK healthcare industry covers a wide range of legal disciplines and within it, several can usually be counted on to be busy in terms of recruitment. According to Jonathan Smyth, a consultant at DMJ Legal, there is at present the usual demand for defendant clinical negligence lawyers, particularly within the London market, mostly at the two-to-five […]

Jocelyn Cockburn

Opinion: Helping to protect our soldiers

As the Snatch Land Rover case ends, recognition of soldiers’ legal status abroad is welcome, if overdue The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence [2013], aka the Snatch Land Rover claims, defines the extent and nature of the Government’s obligations to protect armed service personnel on active service abroad. […]


Awards: All-round good guys

 Some firms performed exceptionally well in several categories – how clever are they Not everyone can be a winner, but some of the runners-up at this year’s The Lawyer Awards exhibited top expertise in multiple categories. Lawrence Graham (LG) came third in both Regulatory Team of the Year and M&A Team of the Year, mixing […]

Joe Bryant

Opinion: High price of cheap PI cover

SRA should soften consumer focus and clamp down on the unrated sector to secure PI future Anyone who remembers the closing of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) will recall that those hastening its demise felt aggrieved that they had to pay a disproportionate amount for their PI cover to offset against those who endured a […]

Davitt Jones Bould

Awards: Focused groups

 Small boutiques are acknowledged for their big achievements  This year’s nominees for National Boutique Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards show that boutiques are boxing above their weight in all legal disciplines. Winner Davitt Jones Bould, for example, played a key role in ensuring the success of the Olympics, advising the Royal […]


Awards: Tax credit

HMRC lawyers deserve their day in the sun too, you know If there’s one profession more hated than journalists or lawyers it’s surely tax collectors. So you can picture the reaction at The Lawyer Awards last week when, in a room full of lawyers at a ceremony hosted by journalists, HMRC Solicitor’s Office scooped In-House […]

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