29 July 2013

Darko Jovanovic

Jovanovic, Darko

Darko Jovanovic is a partner in the banking and finance department in Karanovic & Nikolic. Jovanovic advises clients on all aspects of banking and finance law and in particular has extensive experience in project and leveraged finance, privatisation, restructuring and refinancing, derivatives trading, as well as in both the life and non-life insurance business. He […]

C4 team

All 4 one

Keeping cutting-edge Channel 4 TV shows on the rails calls for some radical action by its in-house lawyers. No wonder they are award-winners Courtroom dramas have long been a staple of our TV diet. Rumpole of the Bailey, Judge John Deed, Silk and Law & Order have been entertaining viewers – and annoying real-life lawyers […]


Year zero for PEP at merged firm

Expanded equity at HowardKennedyFsi gives false reading on PEP-meter  On first sight of its post-merger figures, Howard Kennedy’s tie-up with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) looks to have had a disastrous impact on average PEP. The reality, however, is that the firm has broadened its equity in a bold move it hopes will guarantee its future. […]

arc de triomphe paris france

OC’s ever-broader horizons

Europhile Osborne Clarke gets busy in the City of Love, but dreams of New York Everyone had baby fever last week including Osborne Clarke, which celebrated the birth of its own newest family member – the Paris office is the firm’s 15th outpost. At the moment Paris is small, with only one partner – technology-focused […]


So when will the regulator intervene?

Squeezed SRA thinks twice about intervening when firms face bankruptcy That the small to mid-tier law firm sector is feeling the pinch hardly stops the presses, but financial constraints are arguably putting clients at risk as the profession’s policeman has to weigh up the cost implications of potential interventions when practices are in trouble. Drama […]


Lawyer Management: Hogan Lovells

Adam Soames, head of clients and markets Adam Soames has been head of clients and markets at Hogan Lovells since 2008. He has previously worked at Grant Thornton and Deloitte.  What are the key elements of your role? Leading our client development, practice and industry business development teams, as well as shaping and rolling out […]


Job Watch: Scotland

As the legal profession watches Semple Fraser call in the administrators and Dundas & Wilson reports a slump in net profit it is hardly surprising that the rumour mill is abuzz with talk of the Scottish market’s demise.  The region has certainly seen its fair share of turbulence. Frasia Wright, managing director of Frasia Wright […]


DLA’s absent friends in the North

DLA Piper in Manchester reshuffle as partner exodus continues  The Manchester legal scene displayed its volatility again last week after DLA Piper reshuffled its management in the city following a string of exits. DWF, Irwin Mitchell, and TLT are among those firms that have picked up DLA partners over the last twelve months. Planning partner […]


Professional indemnity special: Division sign

The collapse of several insurers won’t worry the smart set, but it is likely to be a problem for smaller law firms Lawyers on the hunt for professional indemnity insurance (PII) this year will find a market divided, with those in The Lawyer’s Top 100 likely to find increased competition for their business while firms […]

Helen Goatley

Trouble at the end of the line

If better end-of-life care depends on more funding, expect only a higher number of claims against the NHS The controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is likely to be phased out following an independent review chaired by Baroness Neuberger, published on 15 July. Developed in the 1990s the LCP was intended to bring the hospice model of […]

Ashley Underwood

An open mind on closed trials

Closed procedures may not be ideal, but in some circumstances they can result in fairer outcomes The understandably earnest debate about whether the use of closed material procedures (CMP) and special advocates should be extended to civil claims has diverted attention from another question: what benefit can litigants get from such extensions? Experience has shown that […]

Rolf Lindsay

Stay cool and prosper

A public directory of beneficial ownership would be an attack on the freedom of privacy to achieve nothing David Cameron’s parting words at the recent G8 summit championed global transparency as the panacea to ward off the twin scourges of tax evasion and money-laundering. The US and UK have plans to pursue the principles espoused […]

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