3 June


Opinion: Striking the right balance

Actions for breach of confidence that aim to protect trade secrets need to prove a dishonest intent In the tug of war between encouraging competition and protecting trade secrets it is the latter that has had the upper hand over the past decade. The decision of the Supreme Court last month in MPF3 Apps (formerly […]

Addleshaws late to the world party

Firm is playing catch-up in the international arena Addleshaw Goddard’s international expansion has come later than most, with the firm’s first overseas office (in Singapore) opening in May last year. Since then there have been openings in Dubai, one in Oman through an association with Nasser al Habsi and, last week, one in Qatar. The […]

Matt Byrne

New law firm leaders must learn fast

“Don’t ignore the little things.” Sound advice from one of the new crop of law firm leaders profiled in this week’s feature. Well, when I say ‘new’, Tim Halstead hardly fits that bill. He’s been managing partner of Leeds-based Shulmans for 20 years, but earlier this year was re-elected for another stint. He should know […]


More pressure on legal education

Legal education market shrinks again as NCLT stops taking on LPC, GDL students The recent decision of the National College of Legal Training (NCLT) to halt recruitment for its LPC and GDL courses bears a remarkable resemblance to the closure of Oxford Brookes’ LPC just three months ago. Both are smaller providers based in public […]


Why Linklaters won’t go for an alliance in Canada

No tie-up: Linklaters knows Canada is a different kettle of fish from SA and Oz Shocking as it may seem to someone viewing the world from the perspective of the Square Mile, but there are differences between Australia, South Africa and Canada, resources and energy opportunities aside. The assumption that Linklaters would follow up its […]


When good billing promises go bad

Firms falling for big-billing promises at the interview stage could suffer like Dewey Lawyers looking for jobs know it is best to puff their chests out and talk loudly about what they can achieve financially. Pre-2008 it might have been easier to keep those big-billing promises to prospective employers, but the world crash is taking […]


Jeremy Cross, Anesco: Green keeper

As head of legal, Jeremy Cross is guiding eco-energy specialist Anesco through its growing pains – and it is growing fast Meeting Jeremy Cross for the first time there is no doubt that he is on a mission to get to the top of his game. Just 18 months after joining fledgling energy-efficiency company Anesco […]


Work Life Quiz: Louise Bennett, HowardKennedyFsi

What was your first ever job? A Saturday job in a bakery. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Having to drive a client on trial for GBH to court. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Wherever the trainees are. What […]


Claimants will find oil wells dry

If the oil companies are found to have fixed prices, it won’t prove to be a rich seam for civil claimants The European Commission’s (EC) investigation into alleged oil market manipulation has dominated headlines. Many commentators are describing it as the biggest price-fixing probe since the Libor scandal. The offices of oil majors have been […]


Job watch: IP

In recent years intellectual property (IP) specialists have become more prominent, both in private practice and in-house, as technology giants go head to head over valuable patents. That said, in certain circles IP law continues to be regarded as something of a niche area, attracting a mix of lawyers with commercial nous, boffins and those […]


Malta: An island apart

Malta does not want to be tarred with the same brush as Cyprus and is defending its credentials as an international business centre It is an island in the Mediterranean and a member of the EU known for attracting foreign investment and corporate structures, but Malta, as its lawyers, businessmen and politicians are at pains […]


Moves: 3 June 2013

Move of the week Cadwalader has hired two financial restructuring partners. Holly Neavill (pictured) joins from Latham & Watkins, where she was a partner in the London office after beginning her career in the US. Her experience encompasses high profile restructurings and distressed M&A deals. Louisa Watt comes from Richards Kibbe & Orbe. She was […]

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