23 May 2011

Promoted Hammerson GC launches first legal panel

Hammerson general counsel Sarah Booth is ­putting together the company’s first formal panel of external legal advisers, with firms currently tendering for places. Until now the real estate company has turned to firms on an ad hoc basis, instructing Brodies, Clifford Chance, Eversheds and Nabarro in the past. Booth joined the company in March 2010. […]


Focus: Linklaters and Gianni, Friendly fire

Linklaters’ battle with former Italian ally Gianni over the Credit Suisse-Parmalat negligence action highlights the dangers inherent in referring instructions When, in October 2001, Linklaters capital markets partner Simon Firth sent an email to Bruno Bartocci, then a London-based partner at Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, he could hardly have known he was setting the ball […]

Brabners and Reed Smith scoop wind turbine work

Brabners Chaffe Street and Reed Smith both helped wind turbine ­manufacturer Vestas secure an option to take a lease on a 70-hectare site at the Port of Sheerness in Kent. Vestas has chosen the site as the base for a potential new manufacturing and assembly facility for the company’s new V164-7.0MW ­offshore wind turbine. The turbine will […]


Osborne Clarke, Skadden bag Motorola-Nokia deal

Osborne Clarke won a role opposite Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom on Motorola’s $975m (£600m) sale of its wireless network infrastructure assets to Nokia Siemens Networks. Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office took the role of ­counsel to the seller on the UK aspects of the deal, with corporate partner David Ferris and employment partner Paul […]

John Wood’s £1bn share buy-back sees Ashurst, Slaughters brought in

Ashurst and Slaughter and May grabbed the top mandates on John Wood Group’s £1bn share buy-back proposal in the wake of February’s sale of its oil well support division to GE. Slaughters corporate partner Simon Nicholls led on the deal for longstanding client John Wood, ­working alongside newly made-up corporate partner Paul Dickson. Nicholls led […]

Alun Eynon-Evans

A&O wins role on formation of Govt’s Business Growth Fund

Allen & Overy (A&O) advised the group of banks behind the creation of the Coalition’s £2.5bn Business Growth Fund (BGF). Over the next few years the BGF is expected to help hundreds of small to mid-sized companies that need long-term funding to create new products and services, sell to new markets and ­create jobs for […]

Cayman: English barristers are well set

5 Stone Buildings duo establish Cayman set to cater for international client base

A duo of English barristers has established a set of chambers in the Cayman Islands in a first for the offshore jurisdiction. Shân Warnock-Smith QC and Andrew De La Rosa have launched International Chancery and Trusts (ICT) Chambers in response to an increasingly international client base and work flow. The pair also remain associated with […]

Richard Chan

Arc Property

There are not many real estate practices that can say the past two years have been a period of explosive growth. The ones that can be more specific and point to a stellar growth rate in 24 months are even rarer. Arc Property Solicitors is one. The last time The Lawyer profiled the Harrogate-based residential […]

Nigel Savage

CoL, Kaplan lift lid on LPC graduate success rates

The College of Law (CoL) and Kaplan Law School have bowed to market pressure and disclosed statistics on the final destinations of their LPC students. CoL revealed that 84 per cent of its full-time LPC students who graduated in July 2010 secured work in the legal profession. Sixty two per cent obtained training contracts while […]

Clydes breaches £200m turnover barrier

Clyde & Co has broken through the £200m turnover barrier, posting a 10 per cent rise in revenue for 2010-11, from £192m to £212m. The firm’s domestic office generated 59 per cent of the global revenue, the equivalent of £125m, up 11 per cent from £113m last year. The firm said growth had been boosted by an […]

Ashurst parachutes projects ace into NY

Ashurst will launch its New York project finance team with energy, transport and infrastructure partner Jason Radford, who is ­relocating to the US at the end of the summer. Radford, a partner since 2009, will join a group of six finance partners ­currently practising in the city. The team’s focus is ­primarily on structured finance transactions. A […]

Andrew Rimmington

Ex-Dorsey partner joins Mishcon after insider dealing acquittal

Former Dorsey & ­Whitney partner Andrew Rimmington, whose trial for insider dealing collapsed in 2010, has joined Mishcon de Reya as one of two ­partner hires intended to give the firm’s corporate team a boost. Rimmington and Appleby partner Gray Smith have both joined Mishcon’s London corporate department. Smith is an investment funds lawyer qualified in five […]

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