8 October 2012

Judy Stone

CASE OF THE WEEK: Employment

The effect of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000 s.4(4) was that a member of an LLP who would have been a partner under the Partnership Act 1890 could be neither an employee nor a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996 s.230. Bates van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co LLP. [2012] EWCA Civ 1207. […]

Olswang continues technology push with BLP hire

Olswang has hired an outsourcing and IT expert from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the firm’s fourth technology appointment in the past six months. Craig Rattray was a partner in BLP’s outsourcing department for three and a half years and will join Olswang later this month, also as a partner. Rattray specialises in outsourcing, IT and […]


Hiding the truth is not media’s job

To listen to former Schillings partner Gideon Benaim, you might be forgiven for thinking that every member of the media is enrolled among the forces of Lucifer. Benaim – a former winner of Partner of the Year at The Lawyer Awards – is a ferocious litigator, even though his Ryan Giggs injunction eventually failed after a […]

Special relationships

Why UK banks are appointing more US firms to their rosters Barclays and HSBC have something in common: they both introduced sub-panels of US firms in their latest big legal adviser reviews. Barclays added Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Shearman & Sterling and Sullivan & Cromwell to its general advisory panel, while HSBC gave new […]

Mark Friston

Value proposition

Case valuation revolution could benefit barristers The bar is struggling with the concept of solicitor contracts despite almost a decade of negotiations. Historically, clerks agreed verbal contracts between solicitors and barristers when accepting instructions. It was seen as gentlemanly – barristers would not be sued for negligence should anything go wrong. But, in 2001, the […]

Michelle Freyne

Squat comes around…

New law gives homeowners the edge in battle against squatters, but legal challenges are likely On 19 September a 21-year-old man who had been squatting in a London property became the first person to be jailed under the Government’s anti-squatting legislation. Until 1 September a property owner or occupier could only evict a squatter from […]

Gideon Benaim

Private lives, public interest

In his first interview since the Giggs injunction, media lawyer Gideon Benaim argues for a statutory clampdown on the press We asked leading media lawyers how they feel about the future of media law. How will the sector develop in a post-Leveson environment? Will privacy laws be affected? Click on the pictures to find out […]


Quick change

Herbert Smith Freehills’ controversial rebrand was done in just four months You never get anything done in the legal market without encountering a bit of sniping and Herbert Smith Freehills’ rebrand is no exception. Some say they can’t look at the firm’s new logo without thinking of grim reality show Big Brother. But the team […]

Buy and buy

ome firms are shopping for others like there’s no tomorrow It is a buyers market out there, with M&A topping the agenda of many firms. Take Manchester-headquartered Linder Myers, which completed one acquisition and two mergers in just 24 hours last week. The firm is keeping schtum about how much it paid to buy SNG […]

Chris Hawley

The Lawyer Management: Linder Myers

Chris Hawley is the finance director of Manchester-headquartered firm Linder Myers. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 and spent the next 13 years in various finance, operational and training roles. He has previously worked at Kemp Little and Hogan Lovells. Please describe the key elements of your role: It includes strategic and operational […]

Karl Chapman

Feel the power of the client

It’s time for buyers of legal services to flex their muscles and demand higher quality at lower prices In many organisations, the responsibility for buying legal services has traditionally fallen to senior members of the in-house legal team. Procurement professionals, long accepted in just about every other area of corporate expenditure, have found it hard […]

Michelle Chance

Tough on whistleblowers

Pay attention to the drafting of that members’ agreement, so no members are seen as subordinate Following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Clyde & Co v van Winkelhof it will be difficult for LLP members to bring whistleblowing claims against their firms. The case centred on whether members of LLPs were ‘workers’, protected by […]

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