Online February 2016


Bernardi’s, Marble Arch, W1

I’m happy that the sexing up of that sorry bit of the Edgware Road around Marble Arch is now making great strides. Traditionally sexing up and Edgware Road have only meant the one thing and the prostitute problem on the Hyde Park Estate makes it feel like Kings Cross at times, and not the new […]


Slater & Gordon suffers £500m H1 loss

Slater & Gordon has revealed a loss of A$958.3m (£493m) during the first six months of the 2015/16 financial year. The loss was primarily attributed to a A$876.5m impairment of intangible assets caused by a write-down of goodwill. This was largely attributed to Slater & Gordon’s acquisition of insurance outsourcer Quindell’s professional services arm. Slater & […]

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Vinson & Elkins to close in Abu Dhabi

Vinson & Elkins has become the latest firm to close in Abu Dhabi, with all staff set to relocate to its Dubai office. All staff in Abu Dhabi, including partner Rob Patterson, will move to Dubai from the end of March, with the firm continuing to have offices in both Dubai and Riyadh. The decision […]

Taylor Wessing’s Singapore arm plans to list business services units

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, the Singapore member of the Taylor Wessing group, plans to list its affiliated group of business services companies in Singapore by year end. The entity to be listed on the Singapore Exchange’s Catalist board is RHT Holdings, which was set up to provide corporate clients a range of non-law professional services, complementary […]

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Exclusive: Hertfordshire suspends LPC: “We can’t charge for course that might not be valid in 2018”

The University of Hertfordshire has suspended its Legal Practice Course for the 2016/17 academic year, Lawyer 2B can reveal. A spokesperson for the university said the decision was due to the SRA’s recent proposals for changes to the qualification process which may introduce a new Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE), adding: “We don’t feel we can charge £12,000 for a […]

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Housing crisis: law firms lag accountants in graduate support

Linklaters is lagging behind accountancy firm Deloitte in its attempt to attract talent to London by offering preferential rental terms at new housing developments. Get Living London (GLL) has launched an initiative that allows employees at both firms to live rent free for the first two weeks of their tenancy if they move into an […]

Freshfields, Linklaters and Slaughters lead on £2bn London City Airport sale

Linklaters has advised a consortium of investors on their £2bn acquisition of London City Airport. City Airport is the capital’s fastest-growing airport and currently serves 12 airlines and 46 destinations across the UK, Europe and the US. Linklaters is advising a consortium of investors comprised of Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Borealis Infrastructure, Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan […]

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