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LISTed – April 2021

LISTed is the Maples Group’s industry newsletter from the global listings team. The Group’s global listings team is an acknowledged leader in listing services with specialist teams based in its Cayman Islands, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Luxembourg offices.



Muted response to Budget from legal community

Lawyers have greeted Alistair Darling’s last Budget before the general election with a lukewarm response, believing his plans to further tax the City smack of electioneering electioneering. In today’s Budget speech the Chancellor said he will look to implement an international “systemic risk tax” on financial institutions as well as trailing a raft of anti-avoidance […]

Robert Grierson

BNP barrister sparks debate on workplace ethics

The decision by St Philips Chambers to distance itself from former barrister Roger Grierson, who is to fight a seat for the British National Party (BNP) at the general election, has instigated heated debate among Birmingham lawyers. Wragge & Co senior ­partner Quentin Poole said: “It’s possible to imagine a situation where an individual apple would taint the […]


Collins J refuses judicial review into BAE plea bargain settlement

Mr Justice Collins has rejected a High Court bid to bring a judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) decision to agree a plea bargain settlement with BAE Systems. Leigh Day & Co partner Richard Stein instructed Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC to mount the challenge on behalf of campaign groups The Corner House  […]

Indisputable progress

Arbitration has long been central to commerce, but its processes have never been a good fit for the business world. Now, proposed changes to the IBA Rules look set to bring it into line. By Lord Goldsmith QC and Sophie Lamb If attendance by some 550 lawyers at a recent IBA Arbitration Day in London […]

Zimmerman, Roome, Bingham

Roome to move Bingham up the rankings

This September will see the tenth anniversary of Bingham McCutchen’s hire of restructuring partner James Roome. Back in 2000 Roome’s arrival from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft was certainly noted, but in true Bingham style it has taken the market a while to realise the full extent of its significance. In the recent context of US […]

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