18 October 2010


Regulatory void leaves public sector professions hanging

The coalition Government has moved swiftly since the election to announce proposals which will impact substantially on the regulatory landscapes of the health and social care professions. Against the backdrop of the ­Government’s commitment to reducing the administrative costs of the NHS by 45 per cent, a July report proposed changes to the national network […]

Brazilian wedding as Siqueira Castro merges with São Paulo tax boutique

Brazil’s largest law firm by headcount, Siqueira Castro Advogados, has merged with São Paulo tax boutique Advocacia Lunardelli. Advocacia Lunardelli’s team of 14 lawyers, including two partners, moved into Siqueira Castro’s São Paulo office on 4 October, bringing clients including Sony, Honda, Whirlpool and McDonald’s. According to a spokes­man for the firm, the addition of […]


Liverpool owners shown red card at RCJ

Mr Justice Floyd grants injunction to stop Hicks and Gillett breaking up the Liverpool FC board and rules that the American duo had no right to try to halt the sale of the club. The press pack at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) was salivating at the doors last week, with not one but […]


Weightmans turns the spotlight on leadership

Weightmans managing partner Paddy Gaul is not a man given to making bold statements. Weightmans” src=”Pictures/web/y/g/w/Gaul_150.jpg” /> Paddy Gaul, Weightmans So when he tells The Lawyer that the firm is going to start a strategy review on 1 November that will examine all aspects of the business it is a fair assumption that something significant […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf bolsters Warsaw real estate practice with Salans specialists

Dewey & LeBoeuf has strengthened its real estate practice in Warsaw with a team of lawyers from Salans. Dewey & LeBoeuf has strengthened its real estate practice in Warsaw with a team of lawyers from Salans. Marek Grodek, who was head of real estate and the France desk at Salans’ Warsaw office, will join the firm along with a team of […]

A&L Goodbody and Fried Frank join CC on Permira acquisition

A&L Goodbody, Clifford Chance and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson have landed the mandates advising private equity house Permira on its acquisition of a majority stake in Irish healthcare equipment manufacturer Creganna. Clifford Chance led the deal for longstanding client Permira, fielding a team fronted by M&A partner Jonny Myers. London competition head Alex Nourry and […]


Real estate is currently the largest practice area at Hamlins, but if managing partner Nigel Mason gets his way that might not be the case for much longer. “I’d like to see corporate as big as property and ­litigation,” says Mason. “If you have three practice areas of a similar size then in any one […]

Housing alliance plans for cuts as it appoints roster

The recently established Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) has appointed its first panel of legal advisers, the latest in a series of organisations seeking to pool legal resources ahead of impending public sector cuts. Fifteen firms have secured a place on the panel including Bircham Dyson Bell, DMH Stallard, Hill Dickinson and TLT Solicitors. HALA is currently […]


Abu Dhabi firm set to move into Dubai

AGHA & Shamsi, the Abu Dhabi firm established by DLA Piper’s former head of Islamic finance Oliver Agha, is poised to expand into Dubai. Agha quit DLA Piper in October 2008 with a team of three lawyers to launch Agha & Shamsi in January last year (The Lawyer, 26 January 2009). He will now relocate […]

Ex-Links boss takes the helm at Vantage

Linklaters former managing partner Tony Angel has left his job at Standard & Poor’s (S&P) to become chief executive at telehealth company Vantage Diagnostics. The role will see Angel help the company raise funds as it moves beyond the start-up stage. Angel left S&P following the split of its credit rating and non-credit rating businesses. He […]

The waiting game

In an uncertain world where transactions are down, it makes sense to qualify as a litigator, right? Well, that rather depends on the firm. We’ve chosen to focus much of this week’s issue on the global contentious market. You can read more about the all-important transatlantic context as strategic benchmark of the progress of UK […]

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