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DLA swallows Milan property boutique

DLA Piper has bolstered its Milan real estate practice through a merger with boutique firm Apollo & Associati. The four-lawyer group, including founding partner Davide Apollo, will join DLA Piper at the start of the year. One associate will be joining DLA Piper as a partner, boosting the Italian real estate practice to five partners […]

Shearman & Sterling promotes 11

Shearman & Sterling is the latest US firm to announce partner promotions. Property lawyer Clare Breeze and capital markets lawyer Mei Lian have been promoted in London. In total the firm has added 11 to the partnership. The firm’s international network had the bulk of promotions with a total of eight being made up, two […]

Former Thacher partners lobby to retrieve cash

Former partners of Thacher Proffitt & Wood have formed a pressure group to campaign for more transparency during the US firm’s merger talks with King & Spalding. The group formed after the two firms were rumoured to be exploring a possible merger. Former partners with a significant financial interest in the firm are concerned about […]


Trethowans” />Growing in turnover, lawyers and determination, Trethowans has plans to expand during the ­downturn and become a major presence in the southern legal market. Managing partner Miles Brown oversees what he calls a “flexible” practice that has some major brands on its books, snapping them up from under the noses of larger firms and […]


Manches secures £50m payout for Madonna’s ex

Manches family partner Helen Ward has cemented her place as the UK’s leading divorce lawyer after securing a £50m divorce settlement for Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie. Ward set legal history in May 2007 when she secured a £48m divorce settlement for Beverly Charman, the wife of insurance tycoon John Charman ( 24 May). Madonna’s spokeswoman […]

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