25 January 2016

Moves: 25 January 2016

Move of the week King & Spalding has hired Jones Day partner Jules Quinn to lead its employment team in London. Quinn was formerly head of the labour and employment group, having joined the firm in 2012. She will be joined by her colleague Kim Roberts, who has been appointed as counsel. UK London K&L Gates […]

The Hot 100 2016: Competition

Isabel Taylor, Slaughter and May It is not often that lawyers get to be the first to test a new regime, but that is what Slaughter and May competition partner Isabel Taylor got to do last year. Taylor led the Slaughters team acting for Northern Powergrid on an appeal against the Gas and Electricity Markets […]

The Hot 100 2016: Management

David Bickerton, Clifford Chance Clifford Chance London managing partner ­David Bickerton did more in 2015 than some magic circle bosses do in a four-year term. Introducing agile working at Clifford Chance was always going to be a tough call, but Bickerton’s ‘slowly, slowly’ and top-down approach – encouraging partners to lead by example – means […]

The Hot 100 2016: Finance

Ranajoy Basu, Reed Smith Reed Smith finance partner Ranajoy Basu saw three years’ hard work pay off in 2015, having set up the firm’s social impact finance group when he became a partner in May 2012. Last year Ranajoy worked pro bono to advise Instiglio – a non-profit focused on international development – on the […]

The Hot 100 2016: In-house

Rushad Abadan, Standard Life Former RBS deputy general counsel Rushad Abadan joins Standard Life as its group general counsel in early 2016, having spent just under a decade at the bank. That decade was characterised by a total overhaul of corporate culture; the subsequent part-­nationalisation of the bank and the current selling off of shares. […]

The Hot 100 2016: Commercial

Alex Chapman, Sheridans Sheridans head of gaming law Alex Chapman leads a team that works on almost every major video game deal going. At one stage this year his team were advisers to the developers of six of the UK’s 10 top-selling video games. One major deal was 2014’s $2.5bn (£1.75bn) sale of Mojang’s Minecraft […]

The Hot 100 2016: Corporate

Aedamar Comiskey, Linklaters In the past few years corporate partner moves have hit the headlines. But Linklaters lifer Aedamar Comiskey has stayed put throughout, winning lead roles on multiple billion-pound M&A deals last year. Soon after closing Amec’s merger with Foster Wheeler at the end of 2014 Comiskey was advising another longstanding client Amlin on […]

The Hot 100 2016: Insurance

James Wickes, RPC RPC insurance partner James Wickes acts for the insurers of the biggest banks and asset managers in the market and as a result he has worked on some of the biggest Directors and Officers liability insurance claims of the year. One such claim saw Wickes put his organisational and communication skills to […]

The Hot 100 2016: Life sciences

Nicola Maguire, Cooley Maguire moved from Reed Smith to Cooley alongside fellow life sciences partner John Wilkinson last year to launch the firm’s life sciences practice in the UK. Within two days she was front and centre pitching to win a new client – biotech company Immunocore – which was looking for funding to list […]

The Hot 100 2016: Litigation

Boris Bronfentrinker, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan This time last year US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan had no competition practice in the UK. Now it has a thriving and growing one, led by partner Boris Bronfentrinker. Bronfentrinker joined Quinn Emanuel from Hausfeld at the start of 2015 to build a UK and […]

The Hot 100 2016: Private client

Ros Bever, Irwin Mitchell 2015 was a standout year for Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester family law head Ros Bever. In June she led a team that took the divorce cases of Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil to the Supreme Court, arguing against decisions of the lower courts which meant the two women had received lower settlements […]

The Hot 100 2016: The Bar

John Beggs QC, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers Over the past 25 years John Beggs QC has built up a leading practice acting on defendant police work. The Serjeants’ Inn Chambers tenant acts for individual policemen and women, chief constables and police authorities – as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner – on a wide range […]

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