26 March 2012

Sue Zheng
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Band of gold

International firms are fighting to make friends with China’s red circle elite in the hope of cracking Hong Kong’s lucrative IPO market Over the past year, the Hong Kong IPO market has become a honey pot for a growing number of international firms, with a significant number of US outfits in particular launching multimillion-dollar expansion […]

Sandra Cassels

Move On Up: Burness

At a firm where promotions have been scarce, a new staff-focused HR policy should shake things up

Gary Flood

Reynolds’ triumphant return

Paper trials shift balance of power to publishers as Supreme Court backs fair comment The Supreme Court restored the ­status quo when it endorsed unanimously the use of the Reynolds ­defence – the defence of public interest for responsible journalism – last week, overturning the Court of ­Appeal’s (CoA) July 2010 ruling. Yet there is […]

Mark Spragg
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Making a stand on extradition

The Home Secretary has a chance to stand up to the US in the Gary McKinnon case. Will she be brave? The US President expressed himself “chuffed to bits” to see our Prime Minister earlier this month. The pair spoke about the ’special relationship’, which has now apparently become an ’indispensable relationship’. Sadly, the discussions […]

Peter Crowther

Antitrust regime at crossroads

Merged competition authority must keep the best and eliminate the worst elements of the present system On 15 March the Government published its response to the far-reaching consultation paper issued in March 2011 on the proposed reform of ­competition law. A number of changes have been announced, such as the removal of the ‘dishonesty’ element […]

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War, peace, right and wrong

With Iran in the spotlight, expect plenty of legal rows about pre-emptive military action Coverage of the recent discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama has heightened talk about a stike against Iran, but the legal position is far from clear. Israel’s apparent willingness to use force against Iran appears […]

Suren Thiru

UK deficit – can Govt budge it?

The Chancellor’s Budget held few surprises, retaining its central plank of continued austerity The Budget delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contained no real surprises as the Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to debt reduction as its key priority. In terms of specific measures, this was essentially a ‘fiscally neutral’ Budget, with giveaways paid […]

Motherhood is no bar

Women make the cut in this year’s QC round Contrary to popular perception, the bar is not such a bad place for mothers. Or so says Rebecca Sabben-Clare of 7KBW, one of 88 barristers to be made up in the latest silk round. This round, she says, is the first time “a posse of mothers […]

CC to plug funds practice gap

Magic circle firm aims to boost partner count as associate ranks thin Sometimes it is not just about the partners. Clifford Chance’s investment funds practice has had a torrid year, with four partners – one a tax lawyer – quitting for Weil Gotshal & Manges last summer. Six funds associates and a tax associate then […]

Midnight mini-boom

Stamp duty hike has private client lawyers in a wine-bar whirl A number of property lawyers were reported to be thrashing out late-night deals in wine bars following last Wednesday’s Budget. Desperate to help clients avoid the midnight stamp duty increase on homes worth more than £2m, hasty negotiations created a mini-boom for quick-moving property […]

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Down and out in Cannes

Howard Kennedy left hotel-free at Mipim as trip organiser goes bust Mipim – the property industry’s March get-together in Cannes – is an expensive shindig. Given that a bottle of lukewarm beer at networking hotspot Café Roma will set you back €6 (£5), you can well imagine the many thousands of pounds law firms spend […]

Ni hao, it’s off to work we go

How often do you text your clients or key contacts just to say hi? Not often is my guess. But then I’d also guess that, even now, the majority of lawyers reading this haven’t done much business in China. All the more reason why our cover feature is required reading. As our Asia editor Yun […]

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