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Form over substance?

Preserving the status quo will not be an option for Lord Justice Leveson, says Kevin Bays In addition to denouncing the unacceptable and unlawful behaviour of some elements of the press, the Leveson Report is undoubtedly expected to recommend change to the current self-regulation system. The main question is whether the recommendation will be for […]

Lawrence Jacobs

Position: Former News Corporation group general counsel In June Lawrence Jacobs resigned from News Corporation, the parent group of News International. According to a statement from the company, he had chosen to pursue “new opportunities”. Jacobs joined News Corp in 1996 as senior vice-president and deputy general counsel and in 2004 was named senior executive vice-president and group general […]

Kennedys expands in Hong Kong with MetLife hire

Kennedys has hired MetLife Asia Pacific legal head Peter Cashin as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Cashin, an M&A lawyer, will join the firm’s corporate and commercial group. A former partner of CMS Cameron McKenna, Cashin moved to Hong Kong in 1997 to lead the development of the firm’s office and its Asia […]

Desmond Browne QC

RPC and Taylor Hampton lock horns over Mirror phone-hacking claims

Trinity Mirror has instructed RPC partner Keith Mathieson and 5RB media silk Desmond Browne QC to defend claims of phone hacking. In-house lawyers led by Marcus Partington, group legal director at Trinity Mirror Group, publishers of The Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, are conducting an internal investigation into claims brought by Taylor Hampton consultant […]

Iain Wagstaff

Linklaters takes trophy Siemens role opposite Freshfields on rail buy

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have taken prized mandates on Siemens’ £1.7bn acquisition of UK engineering group Invensys’s rail division. The deal marks a first-time M&A appointment from Siemens for Linklaters after the German technology giant brought in new general counsel Claire Carless from Vodafone earlier this year (6 March 2012). As part of the […]

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