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Lisa Mayhew

BLP’s new managing partner a much-needed role model for women

BLP’s Lisa Mayhew joins a select few women running law firms. A raft of City firms over the last year or so have signed up to various initiatives and targets designed to improve the still-woeful gender diversity in the UK’s legal market. Many, including Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), have set ambitious aims of dramatically improving the […]

Shoosmiths helps Consilia Investments seal Allied Textiles deal

Shoosmiths has advised Consilia Investments on its co-investment with members of the target’s management, into a newco and the company’s subsequent acquisition of Allied Textiles from Chamonix Private Equity. Allied Textiles is a group of four textile manufacturing companies, situated in Rawtenstall and Nelson in Lancashire, Barnsley in South Yorkshire and Ashbourne in Derbyshire. They manufacture […]


Slater & Gordon secures Welsh bolt-ons as UK half-year revenue soars to £60m

Slater & Gordon has confirmed it is merging with Welsh firms Leo Abse & Cohen and Walker Smith Way in the latest in a string of acquisitions. The Lawyer first reported that the Australian listed firm was in talks with Cardiff-headquartered Leo Abse & Cohen in September last year (25 September 2014). The tie-up, together […]


Majority of London’s largest firms looking to reduce property costs

A growing number of London firms are targeting a reduction in property costs, new research from property company CBRE has revealed. CBRE said that 83 per cent of respondents to its survey were considering ways of reducing property costs, an increase from 76 per cent in 2012. However, 69 per cent also said they expected […]

Change at the top at 11 Stone Buildings

Alan Gourgey QC and Lexa Hilliard QC have taken over as heads of chambers at 11 Stone Buildings. Outgoing head of chambers Edward Cohen, who continues in practice, held the role for 10 years.

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