Online January 2014

Combination crazy

The mania for mergers is not dying down, either at home or abroad. Such is the flood of them, it can be difficult to keep up. Refresh your memory by checking out our special Merger Watch section of the site Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn to create £72m firm post July merger  Berrymans enters Scottish […]

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Winning women over

All law firms are now taking diversity seriously, but the gender imbalance just won’t go away. Pinsent Masons and Herbert Smith Freehills are the latest firms to target greater female representation at senior levels. But are women simply voting with their feet? HSF targets 30 per cent female partnership by 2019 Pinsent Masons targets 25 […]

Managing partner interview

Every week online The Lawyer runs an interview with a managing partner. The interviews now regularly make our top ten most-read stories. Find out all about the men and women in key leadership roles in private practice Gunnercooke founder: ‘At Addleshaws and DLA I made a lot of money but it wasn’t pleasant’ The Lawyer’s […]

Managing partner interview

Every week online The Lawyer runs an interview with a managing partner. The interviews now regularly make our top ten most-read stories. Find out all about the men and women in key leadership roles in private practice Gunnercooke founder: ‘At Addleshaws and DLA I made a lot of money but it wasn’t pleasant’ The Lawyer’s […]

Allen & Overy publishes third issue of The Business and Human Rights Review

Allen & Overy’s human rights working group (HRWG) has published the third issue of The Business and Human Rights Review — an interdisciplinary journal that brings together academia, business, non-governmental organisations and multilateral bodies to debate issues pertaining to the relationship between business and human rights. The third issue includes a foreword by Matthew Townsend (Allen […]

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Jeremy Gauntlett: Meet Mandela’s man

I meet Jeremy Gauntlett on a crisp winters’ day but he is already concerned about the state of the British weather. The venerable Zimbabwe-born barrister is no stranger to London’s idiosyncratic climate, having been a tenant at Brick Court Chambers for eight years but he is now here to stay, having signed up as a […]

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Shell names HR chief as interim head of legal

Royal Dutch Shell has handed interim responsibility of its legal function to its human resources and corporate officer Hugh Mitchell. The role of legal director was left vacant on 10 January when Peter Rees QC left the oil giant without warning, just three years after joining the company (10 January 2014). Mitchell is leading the […]

The scoop on ice-cream legal issues

True or false? There’s a lawyer out there who gets to drive around the office in an ice cream van, try every lolly on the supermarket shelves and take home four litres of ice cream every week. Before you accuse us of having an overactive, rather hungry, imagination, read this. It’s all true, R&R’S GC […]

Pensions issues for multinationals: 2013 in review

Last year was packed with national and international pensions developments. It can be difficult for corporate multinationals to keep track of the shifting landscapes in all the countries where they operate, as well as keeping up with developments on the wider European and global scene. At the end of 2013, Allen & Overy asked seven […]

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DLA Piper: Angel’s time at the top

Since he joined DLA Piper in October 2011, Tony Angel has been a central figure in reshaping the practice. Here, we take a look back at his time at the firm. October 2011: DLA Piper unveils plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the non-US side of its business (20 October 2011). October […]

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DLA shake-up: Knowles to become chair, Angel to step down next year

DLA Piper is set for a leadership shake-up as co-CEO Nigel Knowles is to replace Tony Angel as global co-chairman and London IP partner Simon Levine is appointed as the firm’s next joint CEO. Joining Knowles on the US side as global co-chair is Roger Meltzer, who is currently Americas co-chair and leader of the […]

Asia pulled in smallest chunk for legacy SJ Berwin

Three days into the Chinese New Year and legacy SJ Berwin has given legal anoraks a firecracker: its financial results, pre-merging with Asia-Pacific giant King & Wood Mallesons. We said it was a scorcher. The results, which do not take into account the firm’s $1bn merger, reveal that Asia Pacific brought in the smallest chunk […]

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