15 March 2010

Tulkinghorn: Chocolate lolly

There’s plenty of talk about alternative fee models these days, so kudos to the good folk over at Kraft. Sure, those US raiders may have taken over one of the last bastions of the Great British Chocolate Empire and melted it down for parts, but Tulkinghorn can only applaud its ­innovation when it comes to […]

Christopher Aujard

Marathon man: Christopher Aujard

Christopher Aujard is no stranger to hard work, but in his role as legal director at insurer Royal London Group he is also a great believer in putting people first. By Gavriel Hollander Christopher Aujard, Royal London Group’s legal director, is not a man to shirk a challenge. Having built up the legal offering at Singer […]

Edward Wanambwa

Work Life Quiz: Edward Wanambwa, CM Murray

What do you do at weekends? Walk the dog, see a film, go to a jazz gig, plan the next holiday – nothing too exciting. What was your first-ever job? I spent a summer working for a bank, but quickly lost interest in that line of work.   What was your worst experience as a […]

Paul Hicks

People moves

Davenport Lyons has taken on Paul Hicks as a partner in its real estate ­practice. Move of the week He joins from Eversheds. He is the seventh senior appointment to the team in less than 12 months and is joined by his assistant, Angharad Davies. Hicks advises on a wide range of commercial property issues […]

Emerald trial

International banks view England’s courts as their best bet for a favourable decision, often giving rise to a legal battle over jurisdiction. By Steven Friel  The English courts are ­considered by many ­international litigators as more favourable to banks than other leading commercial jurisdictions in Europe and the US. One does not have to look far for the reasons […]

Hitting the right note

Recession has inevitably altered the relationship between banks and law firms. And as Jane Galvin says, this is no bad thing  The subject of how law firms have weathered the recession has already been well-­documented. Many firms have been forced to restructure through redundancy programmes, ­diversion of resources away from the worst-hit practice areas and deferment of graduate entries. […]


Pole position

In 2009 Poland weathered the recession better than any other EU country, but how did the legal market fare? By James Swift  Poland did wonders for its ­international profile when it became the only country in the EU to grow its GDP in 2009. Admittedly it was a slight growth (1.2 per cent), but […]

Aisha Bijlani

Focus: 4 New square, Bar Wars

Despite 4 New Square defeating accusations of racist behaviour in the Employment Tribunal, the case has not done the image of the set – or indeed the bar as a whole – any favours  The court battle between 4 New Square (4NS) and London barrister Aisha Bijlani, which ended earlier this month (3 March), was not just a […]


Magic circle firms line up to woo Deutsche Bank from White & Case

Firms champ at the bit at the prospect of the Deutsche Bank prize. By Gavriel Hollander Like the dozens of suitors who swarmed around Penelope while Odysseus spent a decade getting lost in the Mediterranean, there are a fair few law firms ­looking to pick at the bones of White & Case’s London banking clients. […]

Bakers ally seals $200m Egyptian PPP deal

Baker & McKenzie alliance firm Helmy Hamza and Partners secured the lead role acting for the ­sponsor on the first ­Egyptian public private partnership (PPP) to reach financial close. M&A partner Mohamad Talaat advised Orasqualia on the $200m (£133.73m) New Cairo waste water treatment plant, which reached financial close last month. Cairo firm Zulficar & Partners advised the group of […]

Ronald Paterson

Eversheds instructed on North of England small business initiative

Eversheds has advised on the creation of £400m worth of funds to support small and medium ­enterprises in the north of England. The firm advised the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) on the establishment of £184m in funding via the Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises ­programme. The funds come from a mixture of that particular Regional […]

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