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Podcast: Lisa Nandy on the US elections and beyond

Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity […]

Pensions regulator code of practice on scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published its interim response to its first consultation on the defined benefit code of practice. The changes require the Pensions Regulator (tPR) to update its Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.


Allen Hanen

Hot 100: Allen Hanen, Herbert Smith Freehills

It would be wrong to describe Herbert Smith Freehills partner Allen Hanen as a rising star in his firm, but his profile has shot up since standing unsuccessfully for senior partner at Herbert Smith in 2009/10. Hanen was a rank outsider then – a Moscow-born Canadian who had not trained at the firm – but […]

The IRS issues final FATCA regulations

On January 17, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released 544 pages of final regulations implementing the provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA provisions of the Internal Revenue Code require non-U.S. financial institutions and investment entities to conduct due diligence on their account holders, broadly defined, and report on U.S. […]


Hot 100: Helen Ward, Stewarts Law

The news in September 2012 that family partner Helen Ward (scroll down for video interview) was quitting Manches with a team of lawyers and staff was one of the biggest stories to hit the world of divorce law for some time. Ward, who had been at Manches for 18 years, is an acknowledged star and […]

Peter Brien

Slaughter and May names new Hong Kong senior partner

Slaughter and May’s incumbent Hong Kong senior partner Richard Thornhill will retire from the firm on 30 January with partner Peter Brien taking over the role. Thornhill joined Slaughters’ London office in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. He relocated from London to Hong Kong in 1990 and has been there since. He was […]

European moves: 24 January 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Baltics Baltic firm Sorainen has appointed former Estonian Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks as a partner. Jõks joined the firm in 2009 as a specialist counsel. In a statement he said he hoped the partner appointment would prove his commitment to […]

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