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BLP replaces Ashurst as Tesco’s primary property adviser

Tesco has dropped Ashurst as one of its preferred real estate firms, instead reinforcing its relationship with longstanding adviser Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) In the past, Ashurst, BLP and Clyde & Co have picked up property mandates from the supermarket giant. However, Ashurst will no longer be instructed on real estate matters by Tesco, and […]

Italy’s Gianni secures Paul Hastings corporate finance duo

Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has announced the hire of two lawyers, including partner Alessandro Stoppa, from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Stoppa will make the move to Gianni Origoni in June along with counsel Alessio Giammarino. Both specialist in corporate finance within the real estate sector, and will sit in Gianni […]

Slaughter and May

Slaughters bumps up NQ salary by more than 3 per cent to £65,000

Slaughter and May has increased its trainee and associate remuneration for the second time in two years, with newly-qualified lawyers receiving a pay hike of up to 3.2 per cent. NQ’s are set to receive the biggest pay rise, seeing their remuneration jump up from £63,000 to £65,000 on 1 May 2014.  The salary for […]


Speechly picks on someone its own size

After the Withers fiasco, Speechly targets a more realistic link with Charles Russell Merging firms with different histories, characters and personalities is never going to be easy. That’s a lesson Speechly Bircham has learned the hard way. Last year’s failed merger talks with fellow private client-focused firm Withers fell flat after just two months of […]


Behind Project Canberra at Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Banking Group has tried to keep a tight lid on its plans to outsource its retail and wealth and asset finance litigation teams. But that pan reached the boil this week, the lid shooting off and revealing that DWF, Irwin Mitchell and Shoosmiths are on the shortlist to take the departments over. The project, […]

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