2 December 2013

BT Sport

BT Sport: Game changer

The gargantuan BT Sport-Uefa football deal was all the work of each side’s in-housers – private practice take note For anyone still naïve enough to doubt that the modern incarnation of association football is about anything but the money, a glance at a recent, extremely high-profile broadcast rights deal is essential.  Sky Sport’s current arrangement, […]

Cat Griffiths index

An open goal for regional players

You’re an in-house lawyer outside London. Your usual external law firm is spending less time on you but wants to bill you more. You read in The Lawyer that it’s now focused on the big prize of the City market. How do you feel? Dumped, probably. Very few have cracked the trick of balancing the […]

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Slaters claims the high street crown

Pannone deal should see Aussie upstart become the UK’s top legal consumer brand Due diligence is almost complete and Slater & Gordon has confirmed that a sale agreement has been reached for the £33m takeover of Manchester’s most talked-about firm – Pannone. The high-level talks have been dogged by unrest among Pannone partners and the […]


Work-life balance of power

UK firms tempt top talent with lifestyle sweeteners to combat the mighty US dollar The legal market may be saturated, but pulling in the top guns is still a tricky business. The brand power of elite UK firms appear to be losing its edge as US firms glint with fat wads of cash and promises […]


Job watch: Transport

Transport is a sector that offers a wealth of opportunities both for legal roles and puns, with government cash setting in train high-profile schemes and getting projects motoring. According to Red Law senior consultant Christopher Clark: “Transport has picked up considerably, a result of government investment in projects such as HS2, but also the rise […]


Speechlys accent on profitability

Speechly Bircham must look back to 2009/10 with an air of nostalgia. Back then the firm pulled off a merger with Campbell Hooper to boost revenue by 37 per cent, to £58.4m. The tie-up also helped the firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) to rocket by 29 per cent, from £331,000 to £428,000. Since […]


CC revs up for the Layton age

‘Safe pair of hands’ Layton to lead Clifford Chance to a future of business-as-usual Three little piggies went to the Clifford Chance management elections. One didn’t think he’d win but wanted to stir things up, one was charming and smooth, and the other ran all the way home. Global corporate head Matthew Layton might have […]


Work Life Quiz: Karen Howard, RPC

What was your first-ever job?  Sales assistant in a boutique. I started when I was only 12 years old but made out I was 15. (You could do stuff like that, back then.) What was your worst experience as a trainee?  Leaving my car keys in a bank in Loughborough while I was paying in money […]


​Moves 2 December

Move of the Week Keystone Law has hired former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson as a litigation partner. Abramson, who joins from Fladgate, specialises in the media and sports industries.  He has advised on a number of high-profile cases including acting for Procul Harum singer Gary Brooker on a copyright dispute with organist […]


China: Extra grip

The government’s tougher stance on corruption has triggered investigations into multinationals’ practices and spurred a market for compliance advice Last month, the world’s economists, market analysts and keen China-watchers had their eyes firmly fixed on Beijing, where China’s top leaders gathered during a four-day conference to make important decisions on the country’s next round of […]


The regional bar – A Bright Tomorrow

The effects of recent changes to civil litigation are only just beginning to be felt, but barristers in the regions have several reasons to be cheerful Like their counterparts in London, barristers in the regions are anxiously awaiting the impact of the Jackson reforms. Changes to civil litigation are being introduced gradually and the full […]


Virgin Atlantic GC: Cabin pressure

For Julian Homerstone, being an in-house lawyer at Virgin Atlantic is like no other GC role with the inspiring and highly demanding Sir Richard Branson at the helm Working for a company that is part of a roster of businesses calling themselves “challenger brands” while turning over billions of pounds every year is never going […]

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