10 September 2012

Case of the week: Health

R (on the application of Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice. Interested Parties: Director Of Public Prosecutions; Jane Nicklinson. The Queen on the application of AM v (1) Director of Public Prosecutions; (2) the SRA; (3) the General Medical Council. Interested Party: an NHS Primary Care Trust. Interveners: The Attorney General; CNK Alliance Ltd (Care Not […]


Firms may see work from football clubs flowing back as strict FIFA rules kick in Arsenal FC may be used to signing players from overseas, but its lawyers come from much closer to home. The club is only four miles from the offices of Slaughter and May, its main adviser for matters such as player […]

Time to trim due diligence

Blame Kraft-Cadbury again. Since that politically controversial deal the Takeover Code has required that bids for UK-listed companies have to include estimates of legal fees on both the buy and sell sides. And so today in our lead feature we reveal the first full run-down of legal fees per deal since 19 September 2011, when […]

Mark Hastings

Loser’s winning strategy

Addleshaws to stick with CFAs despite Berezovsky questions It has been open season on Addleshaw Goddard in the wake of Mrs Justice Gloster’s ruling in Berezovsky v Abramovich, with many questioning the firm’s logic in granting Berezovsky a conditional fee agreement (CFA). Gloster J slammed the ousted Russian oligarch Berezovsky as a witness when she […]

David Greene2

The right wing stuff at the MoJ

Ministry rejig sees former Tory attack dog take the helm, while experienced lawyers also get chance to shine The cabinet reshuffle sees a change of guard at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In the short term the new team will be driven by programmes already in motion. At the top of the tree,Ken Clarke is […]

Daniel Winterfeldt

Top-job insecurity

Profession guarded in its welcome for new Lord Chancellor The nicest thing you could say about Tory MP Chris Grayling’s appointment as justice secretary is that it received a lukewarm welcome. The profession’s first reaction was incredulity that a non-lawyer had got the job. A bit of pop-psychology might lead one to draw all sorts […]

Take-home advantage

Chinese firms wanting to poach international talent can use tax as a lure International firms with bases in China had better watch out – their local rivals want to hire their partners. It is true that there are more Chinese firms in the market so more jobs available, but the Chinese firms have extra ammunition: […]

Andrew McDonald

Premier Foods GC: Brand aid

Andrew McDonald joined brands powerhouse Premier Foods as GC just as the downturn delivered it a massive blow. But he has enjoyed helping the company recover Andrew McDonald, Premier Foods Position: General counsel and company secretary Industry: Food Turnover: £2bn Staff: 12,000 Global legal capability: Five lawyers, one secondee, one paralegal Main external law firms: […]

Tamsin Allen

Cases in point

Russian oligarchs, price-fixing, TV trademarks and insider dealing are keeping the courts busy in a post-crunch litigation boom. Katy Dowell provides an update on 2012’s top disputes The start of the legal year will bring with it some of the most anticipated and fiercely fought cases of the year. Hot on the heels of one […]

Richard Gray

The Lawyer Management: Lester Aldridge

Richard Gray is director of finance and a senior member of the management team at Lester Aldridge. He has spent much of his career involved in professional partnerships including 10 years as head of finance at Bacon & Woodrow, now part of Hewitts. What are the key elements of your role? First and foremost is […]

James Harris

Indonesian PPPs in the fast lane

A new system of land acquisition for infrastructure could speed Indonesian PPP projects Public infrastructure projects in Indonesia have long been stymied by difficulties, uncertainties and delays related to land acquisition. These circumstances have primarily been the result of two characteristics of the Indonesian legal system. First, a large amount of land in the country […]

Andrew Wass

Policing in good times and bad

Regulatory spotlight on financial services may dim as the economic climate brightens The Libor scandal has inflamed the debate in financial services about the relationship between market practice, the law and the regulatory regime. ‘Market practice’ in this context is the manner in which a market and its participants operate. Its importance lies in ensuring […]

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