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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.


Orrick raids Heller Ehrman for technology team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has raided West Coast start up experts Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group, to secure a five partner technology team. John Bautista, David Lee, Mike Morrissey and Glen Van Ligten all join Orrick’s 80-lawyer Silicon Valley office, while Ned Ruffin will be based in Washington DC. They all join Orrick as partners. […]

Herbies’ Gold in U-turn over managing partner plan

Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has ditched his plan to create a managing partner role. According to several sources at the firm, Gold’s new management structure, which could be unveiled as early as this week, will include the creation of an executive committee instead of appointing a managing partner. It is understood that the six-strong executive […]

Shepherd + Wedderburn wins F&C adviser role

F&C Asset Management, one of the five largest asset managers in the UK, has added Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn to its legal roster. The appointment follows the merger last October of F&C (formerly Foreign & Colonial) and Isis Asset Management to form a new company with around £118bn under management. F&C’s legal department, headed by […]

Pinsent Masons loses first partner since merger

Pinsent Masons has lost its first legacy Pinsents partner since the firm’s merger went live in December. The former London head of banking and finance Rhodri Davies is moving to join Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson on 21 February. Davies’s departure comes hot on the heels of the resignation of Masons legacy partner Chris Dering. […]

Appeal Court witnesses fall-off in civil hearings

The number of appeals heard in the Court of Appeal’s civil division has dropped by 14 per cent in the last year, following a general trend that is seeing fewer cases coming to trial. The finding was published in the court’s review of 2003-04. Applications for appeal have also dropped, from 3,182 in 2002-03 to […]

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