22 November 2010


Norton Rose goes global with Canada, SA tie-ups

Last Monday’s (15 November) revelation that Norton Rose was merging with Canada’s Ogilvy Renault and South Africa’s Deneys Reitz had been in the pipeline for a year. Indeed, there were plenty on the inside who knew nothing about it either. So the twin deals also gave the firm’s first partner conference that featured the lawyers […]


Dentons sues former India boss over ‘bribe’ case costs

Alleged £400,000 bribe prompts showdown between Dentons, its insurers and former employee Denton Wilde Sapte, the UK legacy firm of SNR Denton, is suing the former head of its India group Gauri Advani, who is alleged to have been involved in an illegal act. The firm and its insurer Travelers are taking action against Advani […]

Tulkinghorn: Secret ­disservice

There was also trouble for some away from the riots and in the apparently safe environs of the Hotel ­Cavalieri. After being hounded by host Michael McIntyre at The Lawyer Awards in 2009, you might have thought that Greenberg Traurig Maher chair Paul Maher would kept a low profile at future events. But Maher found […]

Harrison Grant fronts Greenpeace oil challenge

Environmental ­boutique Harrison Grant Solicitors has been instructed by Greenpeace to bring judicial review proceedings against the Government over its decision to grant a licence to Chevron that allows it to start drilling in the North Sea. Harrison Grant name partner Kate Harrison has instructed 39 Essex Street’s Nigel Pleming QC to lead Monckton Chambers’ Robert Palmer and […]

US duo tap into $1.25bn KazMunaiGas Eurobond

Dewey & LeBoeuf and White & Case acted on Kazakhstan oil and gas company KazMunaiGas’s (KMG) recent $1.25bn (£780m) Eurobond offering. Teams from Dewey’s ­London and Almaty offices advised KMG and Dutch subsidiary KazMunaiGaz Finance on the update of KMG’s $7.5bn global medium-term note programme. The deal involved adding provisions to allow KMG to issue notes under the […]

Mishcon steers Marussia deal as it gears up to buy Virgin Racing owner

Mishcon de Reya has advised Russian supercar manufacturer Marussia Motors on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Manor Holdco, the parent company of the Formula 1 (F1) Virgin Racing team. The deal represents the Russian company’s first foray into Western Europe and comes ahead of the inclusion of a Russian Grand Prix on the […]

Mayer and SJ Berwin oversee Apax IT divestments to Azini

Mayer Brown and SJ Berwin were the firms at the forefront on Apax Partners’ sale of 16 technology companies to Azini Capital. Apax turned to longstanding adviser SJ Berwin, with a team led by corporate partner Perry Yam and featuring funds partner Nigel van Zyl, financial markets partner Tamasin Little and tax ­partner Stephen Pevsner. Mayer Brown took […]


IBA denounces Chinese govt interference as lawyers live under ‘Sword of Damocles’

China’s legal profession is less independent than it was before 2003 and lawyers involved in controversial cases live “under the Sword of Damocles”, according to ­panellists at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) discussion on the independence of lawyers in the country. Mo Shaoping, the human rights lawyer who represents jailed Nobel Peace Prize ­winner Liu […]

Fountain Court improves international credentials with three new door tenants

Fountain Court Chambers has bolstered its ­international reach, adding three door tenants. The Inner Temple set, whose tenants include former head of the Family Court Sir Mark Potter and chairman of the Takeover Panel Sir ­Gordon Langley, has agreed terms with Canadian commercial litigator David Wingfield, Singapore arbitrator Lawrence Boo and New Zealand academic and barrister Peter Watts. […]

Keith Oliver

Peters & Peters

The battle for the ownership of Liverpool FC was one of the most watched cases of 2010, thrusting Peters & Peters into the limelight once again. Managing ­partner Keith Oliver and partner Jonathan Tickner were instructed by the club’s former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to fight off a High Court bid by RBS […]


Revenue up in H1 as firms shake off downturn blues

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has had by far the most successful first six months of 2010-11 of the 17 firms to have reported first-half results. The firm has reported a turnover of £103m, which is a 30 per cent increase on the £79m it took in during the same period of 2009-10. Last year’s half-year […]

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