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Vanhulle named as new global tax chief at Linklaters

Linklaters has named Brussels head of tax Henk Vanhulle as its new global tax chief. Linklaters has named Brussels head of tax Henk Vanhulle as its new global tax chief. Henk, who has been a partner at the magic circle firm since 1995, has taken over from Yash Rupal who is handing over the reigns […]

Eversheds’ media head defects to Michael Simkins

Media firm Michael Simkins has hired an adviser to Elton John and U2 from  Eversheds to run its disputes team. Eversheds media head Patrick Gardiner, who began his career at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff before it was taken over by Eversheds, will join a team that includes three disputes partners. Gardiner’s specialisms include copyright, trademarks, brand […]

Martin Cooke

Spirit guide: Martin Cooke, Edrington

Martin Cooke, until recently the first and only lawyer at spirits business Edrington, also enjoys a heady cocktail of non-legal roles. Scottish spirits producer The Edrington Group is now barely recognisable as the company Martin Cooke joined back in 1988. The group is best known for its portfolio of iconic whisky brands, which includes Scotland’s […]

Referral drought puts paid to CC-AZB best friend status

Clifford Chance has broken off its best friend relationship with India’s AZB & Partners after both firms saw fewer referrals than expected and Indian market liberalisation failed to materialise. AZB Mumbai-based co-founding partner Bahram Vakil and two Clifford Chance sources confirmed that the firms would continue as “good friends” rather than best friends. A Clifford Chance ­partner […]


Bank of Ireland launches legal claim against former William Fry chief

The Bank of Ireland has launched a lawsuit against an Irish lawyer and his wife in a bid to recoup €69.5m in property loans and interest. Brian O’Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia O’Donnell have a substantial international property portfolio including buildings in London, Stockholm and Washington DC as well as Ireland. O’Donnell was managing […]

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