25 June 2012


The Lawyer Awards 2012: Mishcon de Reya, Brick Court scoop top prizes

Mishcon de Reya scooped the top prize at last night’s The Lawyer Awards when it was crowned Law Firm of the Year. The prize was in recognition of the firm’s long-term strategic vision that saw it trim some of the fat off profits during the recession to reinvest in the firm, transform its career structure […]

Tulkinghorn: Essex ploys

When members of Essex Court Chambers decided to invest in an annexe in Singapore in 2009, it was seen as a surprise move. While the set is home to some top-notch arbitration specialists, opening an office is a brave move for those at the bar. Tulkinghorn reckons Essex Court silk David Foxton QC would have […]

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Moves: 25 June 2012

Al Jazeera’s chief legal officer Osama Abu-Dehays has joined Bird & Bird’s international media and sports sector group as a partner.

The Lawyer Management: Michelmores

Colette Stevens is HR director at Michelmores. She studied Maths at the University of Bath, then began a career as a chartered accountant before making the move to HR. She joined Michelmores from Deloitte in 2007 and is the firm’s first-ever female board member. What are the key elements of your role? To ensure Michelmores […]

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Case of the week: Employment

CEF Holdings Ltd v Mundey (2012) EWHC 1524 (QB). Silber J. 1 June 2012 The court determined a number of issues in relation to a company’s attempts to prevent its former employees starting up a rival company. It set out important lessons in relation to without-notice injunction applications. Issues determined The court had to determine […]

Judgment call: 25 June 2012

The court considered, as an obiter point, whether the principles in Bolkiah v KPMG (1999) 2 A.C. 222 applied with equal force to a former employed or in-house litigator as they did to a former independent litigator. Judicial opinion was divided, but tentatively inclined towards a view that Bolkiah should not be so extended. Civil […]


Corp competency

Corporate may be stuck in the global doldrums but the teams up for this year’s The Lawyer Awards remained admirably calm in the face of adversity. UK M&A saw a slight upturn in value terms in 2011, with announced deals rising by 4 per cent to a total of $325.4bn (£207.6m) compared with $312.5bn in […]

Getting into the spiritual of things

Justice must be fought for, Dalai Lama tells lawyers How can the words of the Dalai Lama and the adversarial system be reconciled by London’s leading litigators? The zen world of the Tibetan spiritual leader can hardly be called compatible with the cut-throat battles of the High Court, where to be called a rottweiler is […]

Scot-shots aim high

New Dundas management team: we’ll simplify and expand the firm Dundas & Wilson’s managing partner and chairman elections were a critical juncture for the firm following a period of internal disquiet. Dundas’s failed merger talks with London firm Bircham Dyson Bell shone a light on the fact that partners were unhappy and led to managing […]


Last of the dog days

Lennox the pit bull to meet his maker as Defra plans further clampdown Last week Belfast High Court rejected the final appeal to save a mongrel called Lennox from being terminated. Lennox is classified as a pit bull and, until last year, this would have meant he was automatically sentenced to death under the Dangerous […]

Clearyed for take-off

Boss O’Leary hopes rare sighting of his wallet will help Ryanair takeover bid fly Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has beaten Covington & Burling to one of the plum competition mandates of the year – Ryanair’s third attempt to buy out rival Aer Lingus. Chief executive Michael O’Leary will hope that his investment in a […]

Stars in the darkness

These are curious days of light and shade. It’s never been tougher to make a buck, yet a bunch of firms (think Mishcon, Olswang, even SNR Denton) are posting profit increases that seem to be from another era. Some even manage to do the light and shade trick all by themselves. Last week Addleshaw Goddard […]

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