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Garrigues names new chiefs in bumper year

Spain’s largest law firm Garrigues has revealed the names of its new joint managing partners just as it expects to break the e300m (£259.9m) revenue barrier for the first time. Fernando Vives and Ricardo Gómez-Barreda will take up the reins at the start of the new financial year on 1 September for a four-year term. […]

The Rose

It’s hard to escape Blackstone Chambers QC Dinah Rose at the moment. The Lawyer Awards Barrister of the Year is currently involved in three cases either for or against the government (see feature). She has been instructed by the Treasury Solicitors office to act as an intervener in Seldon vs Clarkson Wright & Jakes on […]

Simmons’ PEP drops 20 per cent, turnover remains stagnant

Simmons & Simmons has been hit by a 19.6 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) after seeing four consecutive years of growth. In its financial results for 2008-09, Simmons’ PEP fell to £520,000 from a high of £647,000 last year. Turnover grew slightly from £289m to £291m. Managing partner Mark Dawkins […]


New home

In 1876 the Appellate Jurisdiction Act created the judicial function of the House of Lords, the highest court in England and Wales. At the end of the month the Law Lords will pack up their judicial robes and wigs for the summer break, but they will have heard their last case in the House of […]

Withers brings in former Travers litigator

Withers has hired former Travers Smith litigation partner John Kingston to build up its London-based litigation group. Kingston led Travers’ litigation group from 1980 until 2007. Withers managing director Margaret Robertson said: ­”Litigation is on the rise across the world in this difficult ­economic ­climate and we’re experiencing a growing demand for advice on contentious […]

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