9 January 2012

Deutsche’s Click4Legal – a killer system?

Although Deutsche Bank does not disclose its overall spend on external legal advisers, it confirms a 2:1 ratio between external and internal legal spend – that is, for every dollar spent on in-house lawyers, two dollars were spent on outside advisers. This ratio has remained stable over the past five years. This may perhaps add […]

Job Watch: Energy

The good news for any lawyer wanting to make a career in the energy sector is that in-house teams and private practice firms are recruiting. “The demand is there for all types of energy experience – corporate, commercial, projects, regulatory and sometimes contentious – and across the spectrum of energy supply,” says Chris Cayley of […]

Vinod Bange


Taylor Wessing has hired Vinod Bange from Speechly Bircham as a partner in the data protection practice. Move of the week Bange joins partners Graham Hann, Christopher ­Jeffery and Glyn Morgan and ­analyst Sally Annereau in the team. He was previously head of data privacy at Eversheds’ London office, where he was a senior associate. […]

Perhaps Wang,  like Gandalf, will become even wiser with a white mane

Glad to be grey

Most people would be happy to be told they look young, but Tulkinghorn knows of a partner at a Chinese firm who is an exception. One of the great man’s spies recently discussed life, love and everything with Jack Wang of King & Wood when ’the age thing’ came up. She was surprised to discover […]


After Der Sturm

Firms in Germany had a solid 2010-11, recovering from the turmoil of the previous financial year. Ulrike Barth reports In Germany the all-time lows of last financial year seem to have been ­forgotten, for the moment at least. The market, following the hitch of 2009-10, is clearly shifting positively for Germany’s top 50 firms by […]

Mark Harding

Barclays’ harvest

On a balmy day in July 2011 nearly 150 lawyers congregated on the fourth floor of 1 Churchill Place, ­Canary Wharf. They listened, rapt, as Barclays personnel delivered a jam-packed morning of set pieces that ­included presentations from general counsel Mark Harding, chief ­procurement officer David Moon and a video from CEO Bob Diamond. The […]

Chris Kangis

O2 European GC: Stadium performer

Chris Kangis, European general counsel at London entertainment venue the O2, is proving his worth on the big stage Every year more than two million people stream into the vast tent in Greenwich once known as the Millennium Dome and now rebranded as the ‘O2’. They come for concerts, sporting events and awards ceremonies; to […]

Clare Singleton

The Lawyer Management: Taylor Wessing

At the start of 2011 Taylor Wessing made two senior hires as part of an extensive reshaping of its board. One was Clare Singleton, previously chief of staff at accountancy firm Deloitte, who joined the firm as chief operating officer (COO). What does your role involve? It’s extremely varied – it ranges from strategy to […]

Thomas Linden QC

Judgment Call: 9th January 2012

Russell v Transocean International Resources Ltd (2011) UKSC57 8 December 2011 Supreme Court. Lord Hope (Deputy President); Lord Brown JSC; LordWilson JSC; Lord Kerr JSC; Lord Mance JSC. Employment 7 December 2011 The annual leave requirements of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (regulation 13) were satisfied in the case of those who worked on offshore […]

Case of the week: Civil procedure

Madoff Securities International Ltd v Kohn (2011) EWHC 3102. QBD Commercial Court. Flaux J. 25 November 2011 CommentaryStephen Gentle and Richard Foss This latest round in Madoff-related litigation comprised three interloc-utory applications before Mr Justice Flaux in the Commercial Court. Of particular interest was the application by defendant Sonya Kohn and one of her defendant […]

Richard Leedham

Cases in point

The top cases of 2011 show why London is still the centre of the litigation world – and why it is likely to stay that way. By Katy Dowell The Lawyer’s pick of the leading cases of 2011 was notable for their complexity and armies of legal teams. Such was the size of some of […]

Mary Padbury

Number crunching: Blake Dawson

Now for one of those factoids that everyone assumes is true: Ashurst’s merger with Australian firm Blake Dawson is all about energy and infrastructure. How about another one: Ashurst’s move is all about strengthening its Asia practice by creating links with emerging markets. Both claims are a little like the one about the Great Wall […]

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