22 March 2010


The pain in Spain

The recession may have come late to Spain, but as James Swift reports, it has not escaped unscathed and nor has its lawyers  For more than a decade Spain was one of Europe’s top economic performers, riding high on the success of its prodigious, debt-driven real estate sector. But when that market – which […]


Focus: Diversity, Power to the pupils

Law firms are missing a trick by focusing their diversity schemes mainly on university students rather than A-level pupils. Lawyer 2B’s careers day helps out It is not every day that you hear students ask for extra work. It is probably even rarer to hear them request to retake an exam that they have already […]

Daniel Winterfeldt

Stonewall commends progress on LGB policy

The legal sector is ­making major strides on promoting lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) equality, according to LGB charity Stonewall. The organisation has ­provided feedback to the 24 legal sector employers that sought to be part of its top 100 employers list. Although only four made it into the top 100 – Simmons & Simmons, Pinsent Masons, Herbert […]


Simmons mulls Ireland launch after EU directive

Simmons & Simmons is scoping the Irish market as part of extensive scenario planning for its funds ­practice. The proposed EU ­Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, which could cause hedge funds to relocate offshore, is causing Simmons to look at Ireland among a number of ­other jurisdictions. Managing partner at ­Simmons Mark Dawkins said: “It’s scenario […]

Pointing the finger

While investors know securitisation prospectuses are not infallible, the question of which party shoulders the blame should information be remiss remains something of an enigma. By Andrew Twigger  Many different specialists are involved in structuring a securitisation, including valuers and financial modellers who estimate the value of the income stream, the rating agencies and […]

Damages control

The courts have been busy rooting out the ambiguity surrounding damages for breach of contract claims. Marion Smith examines the most recent takes on these restitutionary dilemmas  All commercial clients, ­making or facing a breach of contract claim, want to know what remedy they can expect a court to award. They used to be told there […]

Tulkinghorn: Wigs in space

There’s plenty of talk in law student circles about how to make your application stand out from the crowd. But young would-be lawyers at ­Sunderland University must be pulling ­Tulkinghorn’s leg with its new space law module. Apparently it is boldly going where no other law facility has gone before and exploring the potential legal […]

Catherine Gannon

Work Life Quiz: Catherine Gannon, Gannons Solicitors

What time do you usually leave the office? As soon as I can. What was your first-ever job? Chambermaid. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Managed to skip being a trainee as I had other ­qualifications before I entered law. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s […]

Sir David Keene

People moves

Sir David Keene, a retired Lord Justice of Appeal, has been appointed to the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel. Move of the week He replaces Sir Paul Kennedy as the judicial member of the independent panel, which assesses applicants for the position of Queen’s Counsel. The award of Queen’s Counsel is given to those who demonstrate […]

AIM takes small steps to recovery as rivals remain dogged by slump

Recent deals coupled with Plus’s poor performance show AIM is holding its own. By Gavriel Hollander The first three months of the year have already proved that end of downturn or otherwise, we have yet to see the last of the volatility in the capital markets. While the turn of the year brought about talk […]

Stephen Sidkin

Fox Williams leads on £120m fashion IPO

Fox Williams, Irwin Mitchell and Memery ­Crystal have taken lead roles on the proposed £120m IPO of youth fashion ­retailer SuperGroup. SuperGroup, whose labels include Superdry and Cult, turned to longstanding adviser Fox Williams. Capital markets partner James Channo led the team, which also featured relationship partner Stephen Sidkin, employment partner Mark Watson, IT partner […]

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