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Allen & Overy appoints M&A and PFI partners

Allen & Overy is poaching a corporate partner from Ashurst Morris Crisp and a lawyer from the Government’s Treasury project taskforce. Jeremy Parr should be joining A&O from Ashursts in May, but the date has not been finalised. David Lee has joined A&O’s public/private partnerships and private finance initiative department as a partner. Parr specialises […]


UK trio set to help propel German tax firm into City

Top German tax firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has named the three UK lawyers who are joining to help the firm open a London office. Corporate law specialist Philip Newhouse arrives after 15 years as a partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett, Jay Birch joins from the Manchester office of Hammond Suddards and legally-qualified chartered accountant Peter Vaines […]


Dibb Lupton Alsop’s former partner Paul Thomas, who is facing charges of aiding and abetting corruption in relation to a £1.2bn break-up bid for the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS), appeared in Bow Street Magistrates Court on Friday. He was bailed until 11 February when the case should transfer to Southwark Crown Court. The SFO alleges […]

Monckton opens merger talks with 4-5 Gray's Inn

Monckton Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square have entered merger talks. The news comes a week after it was revealed that seven tenants are leaving 4-5 Gray’s Inn, including Cherie Booth QC and David Bean QC, for the new 22-tenant human rights set Matrix Chambers, which is also taking Jessica Simor and Rhodri Thompson from […]

Scuffle of the week

Cherie v Tony. Relations over the breakfast table at Number 10 may be a little strained in the coming months as Cherie Booth’s new human rights set could be acting for Old Labour union chiefs who are challenging New Labour’s measures on parental leave. Cherie believes the measures introduced by Tony’s ministers are in breach […]

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