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Partner trio set to quit Hammonds

Hunton & Williams has scooped its second Hammonds partner in three months with the hire of John Deacon to kick-start a London construction practice. Deacon’s departure coincides with that of two other Hammonds partners, who both announced their resignations last week. London-based head of technology Ged O’Neill and Birmingham commercial and IP partner Jonathan Moore are both set to […]

Wachtell secures major victory for Silverstein in World Trade Centre litigation

Lawyers for World Trade Centre leaseholder Larry Silverstein have secured a major victory over insurers after a jury ruled that the September 11 attacks constituted two separate occurrences for insurance purposes. As reported yesterday by the New York Lawyer, (7 December), the verdict in this, the second insurance trial, will see Silverstein and the site’s […]

Grapevine

Spanish wiseWhile Abbey’s new owners Banco Santander Central Hispano had to shell out £9m on postage and packaging for Abbey’s scheme of arrangement document, the Spanish bank has proved itself a master at screwing down its law firms on fees. Sources close to the deal say Santander’s law firm Clifford Chance picked up just £4m […]

Justice calls for greater independence for judicial inquiries

Human rights and law reform organisation Justice is urging the government to increase the independence of judicial inquiries ahead of tomorrow’s second reading in the House of Lords of the Inquiries Bill (Thursday 9 December). Justice says that the Bill needs to make a distinction between inquiries carried out by judges and those chaired by […]

DLA goes galactic

Matheu Swallow, deputy editor It’s no good, we’ve failed. As hard as we’ve tried (and believe me, we’ve tried) we just couldn’t do it. Despite devoting the newsdesk’s not inconsiderable efforts to the task of finding a dissenting voice at DLA over its transatlantic merger (on press day to boot), we just couldn’t find anyone […]

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