18 June 2012

Blowing the whistle on caps

It has been widely reported that Michael Woodford, UK Chief Executive of Olympus, sacked after less than two weeks employment, has settled an unfair dismissal claim said to have been worth millions. How can that be?  This graphically illustrates how employers are exposed to potential claims from day one in employment – or possibly even […]

Move On Up: Brecher

The London outfit’s significant lateral efforts and healthy retention rate have provided it with a springboard for sizeable future promotion rounds London-based commercial firm Brecher has been on a steady growth pattern in recent years. Despite being a small firm, with just 30 lawyers, Brecher has expanded its partnership through both lateral hires and internal […]

Moves: 18 June 2012

Fladgate has recruited real estate partner Gideon Dabby-Joory from Howard Kennedy and litigation partner Sophia Purkis from Kingsley Napley. Dabby-Joory was joint head of real estate, while Purkis was a partner. UK London Specialist gambling and leisure firm Harris Hagan has hired Tom Grant as a senior associate. Grant was previously senior commercial counsel at […]


Border control

Despite fee pressure and a slow transactional market, Northern Irish firms are recruiting in anticipation of growth driven by international work In brief Northern Ireland is looking beyond its borders for economic growth, seeking to increase its competitiveness and attractiveness to foreign investment. For law firms, life remains tough, but a solid 2011 for many […]

Crisis management

The Irish recession has prompted a significant and ongoing rise in contentious work, but has also put lawyers on the defensive Like many of their counterparts around the world, Irish litigators are busier than they can remember right now. The fallout from the country’s economic problems continues to provide rich pickings for contentious teams, even […]


Tech mates

The legal teams working with the world’s leading tech companies The Transatlantic Elite Much of this week’s issue of The Lawyer is taken up with the 2012 Transatlantic Elite. This year that sector is technology. Appropriate then, that this year you’ll need to go online to read the entire publication. There you’ll find a detailed […]

Crawford Hawley

The Lawyer Management: Maclay Murray & Spens

I provide strategic and operational guidance to our chief executive Chris Smylie and the partnership on all aspects of our IT systems and their development. I also ensure effective day-to-day running of such systems. Describe the key part of your role How has your role changed during your time at the firm? The expectations of […]


Battlers of Britain

The outstanding entries from those vying to be crowned Litigation Team of the Year have provided The Lawyer Awards judges with one of their most difficult tasks to date. By Katy Dowell Complex, expensive and sensitive – dispute resolution is all three and more. Managing litigation in the post-recession world was never going to be […]

Court needs to catch up

’Shared parenting’ consultation fails to address speed of court decisions in child access cases There was much in the media last week about the consultation published on 13 June proposing to establish the notion of ’shared ­parenting’. The concept is anything but new. Back in July 2010 a bill to provide for the making of […]

Alexander Muranov

Russian trade-off for WTO

Accession to the WTO may bring benefits, but the terms for joining are not neccesarily favourable for Russia The signing of the protocol on the accession of Russia to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last December was an event that made history. As a lawyer focusing on international trade issues, I can only welcome this […]

Does search warrant SFO raid?

Failure to disclose all relevant information to the Central Criminal Court has called SFO policy into question On 22 to 24 May, Lord Justice John Thomas and Mr Justice Silber heard arguments in support of the judicial review of the SFO’s actions in obtaining and carrying out search warrants of premises in March 2011 on […]

Is there an onus on the bonus?

The Dresdner banker bonus case is a hard one to call because its merits can be argued both ways The High Court recently handed victory to 104 bankers who brought claims against Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank for their bonuses. Mr Justice Owen handed down a second judgment saying that the bank was “highly reprehensible” and […]

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