Online April 2014

DLA Piper advises DfT Rail Executive on franchise direct award

DLA Piper has advised the newly formed Department for Transport (DfT) Rail Executive on one of the first franchise direct awards since the executive’s creation earlier this year. The Greater Anglia franchise, which encompasses more than 150 stations in the Greater Anglia area and provides local, suburban and express services from London to, and within, […]

Wierzbowski Eversheds receives numerous recommendations in Chambers Europe 2014

Chambers & Partners has published the latest edition of the Chambers Europe 2014 guide. Wierzbowski Eversheds, as well as individual practitioners, has once again been recommended in numerous fields of law. The firm has been recognised in the following areas of law: Banking and finance Construction Dispute resolution Employment Intellectual property Life sciences Public procurement […]

Gateley reports impressive rankings in the first quarter of 2014

Following strong year-end deal volume results in the 2013 national and regional Experian Corpfin league tables, Gateley has reported impressive rankings in the first quarter (Q1) of 2014. Experian Corpfin, a UK business database containing extensive sources of verified business intelligence, produces the league tables on a quarterly basis, ranking corporate deal value and deal […]

Collyer Bristow enters challenge to raise money for spinal-cord research

With the support of the firm’s media and culture and sports teams, Collyer Bristow has entered into a 10-month-long challenge against six other companies including event organisers, engineers and outdoor clothing specialists to raise money for charity. The challenge is organised by the charity Wings for Life, which funds spinal-cord research. Wings for Life is […]

Is it you? The Lawyer Awards shortlist is revealed

With less than two months to go before the industry’s top awards event, today we reveal the firms, chambers and in-house teams that will be jostling for a gong at The Lawyer Awards, which will be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in June. In contention for Law Firm of the Year are RPC, Slater & […]

Jenny Wigley of No5 helps quash planning permission in judicial review

The High Court has quashed (for the second time) a planning permission for a single dwelling on the edge of Hazelwood in Derbyshire. Jenny Wigley represented the claimant, Royston Potter, in the judicial review claim against Amber Valley Borough Council. The planning permission had been granted by the council’s planning board contrary to the officer’s advice. That advice included […]

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Champagne at dawn as LG pops cork on Wragges merger

The combination of LG and Wragge & Co will go live today with the new partners admitted to the combined equity. The new entity will be known as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, although as Lucy Burton discovers, this is a name that will be kept under review. Lawrence Graham (LG) officially merges with Wragge […]

Schoenherr advises shareholders in sale of majority stake in Helios to RIH

Schoenherr has advised a group of shareholders of Slovenia’s Helios Domžale and pledgees in Helios shares (the sellers) in the sale of a majority stake in Helios to Ring International Holding (RIH), a Vienna-based industrial group. Following the closing of the transaction in April, RIH through its subsidiary Remho Beteiligungs held 77.93 per cent of […]

Wierzbowski Eversheds wins 50 per cent reduction on appeal of regulator’s fine

Wierzbowski Eversheds has achieved a 50 per cent reduction on the appeal of a fine imposed on PTK Centertel (at present Orange Polska) by Poland’s competition regulator. In a judgment announced on 16 April 2014, the Warsaw Court of Appeal amended the decision by Poland’s competition regulator, the president of the Office of Competition and […]

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