He has transformed his firm from a virtually unknown Sheffield player into a truly international heavyweight – and now DLA Piper joint CEO Nigel Knowles is officially a knight of the realm after being named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Just don’t call him Sir Nigel.
An IP crackdown is needed to safeguard and develop the £70bn contribution the creative industries make to the UK economy The UK boasts a proud history of artistic achievement, ranging from the output of great literary figures to the masterstrokes of painters and the ingenuity of generations of world-famous actors and directors. In recent decades […]
Prosperity is all around, but that will only lay bare fundamental problems in a sector accelerating towards its judgment day The wave of positive economic data that ushered in the new year has become positively tidal as momentum and growth, now driven by increased business investment levels as well as consumption, has buoyed markets and […]
Baker McKenzie chair Paul Rawlinson is to take a step back from day-to-day management of the firm “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. The firm announced today that executive member Jaime Trujillo will serve as the firm’s acting chair for the interim. Trujillo is Bakers’ current Latin American chair and is an M&A lawyer […]
Women will account for a third of Ashurst‘s global partnership by 2022 if the firm manages to achieve its new set of diversity goals. The target is one of three to be set by the firm in which the firm outlines that 33 per cent of its partnership will be female within the next three […]
As retailers continue to feel the pressure on the High Street, French Connection has brought in Clifford Chance to advise it on a potential sale after years of declining revenues in tough trading conditions. The fashion retailer announced at the beginning of the month that it was “reviewing all strategic options”, having been hit with a […]
The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) insurance arm has cut its panel firms from seven to four, with DWF among those winning a place. DWF has been added to the line-up for NFU Mutual, while DAC Beachcroft has retained its place. The two other firms on the roster are Scottish-based BTO Solicitors and Belfast-headquartered John McKee […]
As more and more firms look to capitalise on the latest developments in tech and innovation, Travers Smith is backing a new funding platform that will enable investors to get behind private growth companies. The firm has provided legal advice to the founders of the start-up called The Growth Stage, assisting in the operational structure of […]