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Podcast: Lisa Nandy on the US elections and beyond

Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity […]

Pensions regulator code of practice on scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published its interim response to its first consultation on the defined benefit code of practice. The changes require the Pensions Regulator (tPR) to update its Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.


Councils team up for first barrister panel

Three city councils have undertaken the UK’s firstever joint panel review for barristers, appointing 29 sets, including No 5 Chambers, St Phillips Chambers and Hardwicke Building. Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent councils joined forces to launch the review in April 2006 (The Lawyer, 5 June 2006). The contracts begin with immediate effect for a term of […]

Bingham partner quits for new launch

•Bingham McCutchen financial services and litigation partner Neil Micklethwaite has announced his departure from the firm to launch a litigation and human rights boutique. Roger Gherson, a former colleague of Micklethwaite’s from his time at Gouldens, will open the new firm, named Gherson, on 15 September. The 24-lawyer firm will specialise in immigration, litigation and […]

Party gets rev reviews

The Commerce and Industry (C&I) group seriously upped its game last month when it held its summer networking event in Park Lane’s Aston Martin showroom. The unusual location was thanks to C&I London region committee member Meena Heath. And how had Heath managed to secure the showroom for the event? “That’s easy,” she trilled. “My […]

Rees returns to roots for Welsh City launch

Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London, and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees to launch the new base. Rees, most recently a partner in the intellectual property team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman, will head the new operation. Before joining Shaw Pitman (just before it merged […]

Starbucks scoops first UK GC from MFI

Coffee retail giant Starbucks has installed its first-ever UK-based head of legal with the hire of former MFI general counsel Adrian Thurston. The move leaves MFI legacy company Galiform, which changed its name following the disposal of the troubled MFI furniture business last October, with no permanent in-house counsel. Thurston, who left his post as […]

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