Online July 2012


Lawyers lead where Team GB fail

It’s a good job Pinsent Masons’ head of sport Trevor Watkins is not a Team GB athlete. Our Olympians appear to have mastered the art of noble failure so far at the games, with just a single rowing victory and not even one controversial outburst so far. But in the equally entertaining Court of Arbritation […]

Freshfields appoints global and London finance chiefs

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed London banking head David Trott as head of its global finance practice, succeeding Alan Newton in the senior role. Trott has been appointed to a four-year term starting in September, with Newton returning to full-time client work, the firm said. Restructuring and insolvency head Ken Baird is set to take […]

An Olympics special

The late drama, climactic finales and last minute appeals – this is the Olympics, litigation style Last week, Monckton Chambers’ Paul Harris QC was instructed by Charles Russell partners Mary Bagnall and Ian Lynam for Paddy Power as the bookmakers was first out of blocks in the race to ruffle LOCOG legal chief Terry Miller’s […]

Singapore’s Stamford Law strikes back with hires from DLA and Clydes

Singaporean firm Stamford Law has hired an arbitration partner apiece from international rivals DLA Piper and Clyde & Co, bucking the trend of international firms poaching lawyers from local firms. DLA Piper partner Justyn Jagger, who was co-chair of the firm’s global arbitration group, and Clydes legal director Timothy Cooke have joined Stamford Law as […]

China Watch – A foreign lawyer’s view from the inside

As the London Olympics gets into full swing, Robert Lewis reflects on the work that went in to making Beijing 2008 a success With the whole world basking in the spirit of the London Olympic Games, I thought it might be timely to share some reflections on the 2008 Beijing Olympics based on my prior […]


Litigation funder Burford hires Time Inc associate GC

Litigation funder Burford has appointed Time Inc associate general counsel Melissa Sobel to help manage the company’s investment portfolio. It comes at the funder, which is listed on Aim, unveiled an 18 per cent rise in turnover at its half-year point to $13.6m. The company said Sobel, who was lead counsel for Time Inc publishing […]

Downing Street confirms appointment of four appeal judges

The Court of Appeal is to welcome four new appellate justices next term after the latest round of promotions by Downing Street. Of the four new Lord Justices of Appeal, three have climbed the judicial ladder via the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD). The appointees are: Mr Justice Lloyd Jones, currently deputy chair of the boundary […]


High Court slams SFO over handling of Tchenguiz probe

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been hit with further criticism from the High Court in a judgment handed down today in relation to an investigation into businessmen brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz. Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC questioned whether the SFO was “fit for purpose” while acting for property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz after […]


39 Essex Street silk steps down from chambers as he fights VAT charges

A 39 Essex Street silk accused of VAT fraud has withdrawn his membership of the set in the face of criminal charges against him. Rohan Pershad QC was charged with VAT fraud last week (26 July 2012). He will appear in Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Thursday (2 August) to face charges that he “knowingly” […]

Jones Day faces court action in Chinese branding dispute

A Chinese law firm based in Guangdong province’s manufacturing hub Dongguan has filed a lawsuit against Jones Day alleging that the US firm has damaged its reputation in an ongoing tussle over their Chinese brands. Jones Day first registered its Chinese brand 众达, which is pronounced “zhong da”, with the Chinese Ministry of Justice in […]


4 New Square adds two barristers from 39 Essex Street

Lincoln’s Inn set 4 New Square has expanded its costs practice with the addition of two 39 Essex Street barristers, Robert Marven and Benjamin Williams. The set said the pair would join a team led by Nicholas Bacon QC and Roger Mallalieu. Williams has been involved with some of the biggest costs battles in the […]

Lloyds prepares for change in top legal role as GC retires

Lloyds Banking Group’s company secretary and general counsel Harry Baines is set to retire later this year with the bank’s group general counsel tipped to take on his mantle. Former HBOS company secretary Baines was named as Lloyds Banking Group’s top lawyer in October 2008 ahead of the union between HBOS and Lloyds in January […]

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