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Wendy Miles

Silk appointments 2015 – Why be a QC?

We talk to seven of this year’s 93 successful applicants for silk to discover the enduring appeal of the Queen’s Counsel kitemark. The ‘new’ silks appointment system has now been in place for nine years. This year’s round of appointments, announced last month, suggests a stabilisation of the revamped system. While the number of applicants […]

Europe’s independent firms focus on referral networks as cross-border M&A booms

In a world where the biggest global firms are just getting bigger – witness the recent formation of 6,500-lawyer behemoth Dacheng Dentons – it can be increasingly hard for independent firms to compete. That’s why referral networks are so important these days, as this week’s special report shows. From the success of Slaughter and May […]

Conyers advises Sunshine 100 China Holdings on issue of senior notes

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Sunshine 100 China Holdings Ltd on the issue of $100m 12.75 per cent senior notes due 2017. The firm provided BVI, Cayman and Mauritius legal advice in connection with the issue and sale by the company of 12.75 per cent senior notes due 2017 with an aggregate principal amount […]

DCLG ‘needs to clarify’ town centre neighbourhood plan rules, says No5 Chambers

Tim Jones, member of No5 Chambers’ planning and environment group and neighbourhood plan examiner, spoke at Planning’s Neighbourhood Plans and Community Engagement Conference in London.  He said the Department for Communities and Local Government needs to provide better advice on who is allowed to vote in referenda for neighbourhood plans that cover town centres. He said: “Examiners […]

Bird & Bird hit by six-person defection from China IP team

Just a year ago Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr laid out his firm’s strategy for Asia, telling us that the region had become “the firm’s top priority” and as such it had “taken important steps to prioritise growth in Asia”. Fast-forward to now and the firm has suffered something of a set-back after a […]

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