Online July 2013

ASX proposes updates to their corporate governance principles and recommendations, and listing rules

ASX last week released two consultation papers in relation to its corporate governance regime. The first outlines proposed updates to the ASX Corporate Governance Principles & Recommendations (Principles & Recommendations) for the first time since the GFC, placing an increased focus on risk mitigation and diversity. The second outlines a number of corporate governance-related amendments […]


Slater & Gordon’s world domination

Having arrived on the UK scene at the height of post-LSA hysteria with its audacious acquisition of litigation and personal injury (PI) powerhouse Russell Jones & Walker in February 2012, Aussie listed PI specialist Slater & Gordon has proved today it still has its eyes trained on the prize of becoming the UK’s first consumer […]

Are you locked up?

Amid the revenue and profits figures and the ups and downs is data that will interest anyone with a financial bent – work in progress and debtor days. In today’s finance-focused edition of The Lawyer Management Louis Baker, head of professional practices at accountant Crowe Clark Whitehill discusses the impact of lockup. The accountancy firm’s […]

Flying high at City Airport

For the raven lunatics taking off this weekend, brace yourselves. This is apparently one of the times to fly. As everyone crams into the UK’s busiest airports, it’s London City airport’s ‘tern’ to wrap up their competitive tendering. Toucan play that game. Birmingham-based Wragge & Co and Eversheds are the two big winners, taking preferred […]

Grain store

The Lawyer Eats: Nicky Richmond visits the Grain Store

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond found she wasn’t keen on surprises when she visited Grain Stores. You know when a new film comes out and even before you’ve read the reviews, somebody tells you that you’re going to love it and it’s the best film they have ever seen? That. I’d been looking forward to […]

A tale of two Berwins

Closer to home finance teams are still pulling out all the stops as the financial reporting season continues, with more firms reporting their 2012/13 year-end results. Some back room teams however look like they have more on their plate than others, with Berwin Leighton Paisner in particular delaying the release of profit information until it […]

Hong Kong

Bryan Cave benefits as Blank Rome exits Hong Kong

Bryan Cave has hired two partners in Hong Kong from US rival Blank Rome, which has recently closed an office in the city. The two partners that have joined Bryan Cave’s Hong Kong office are corporate partner Kristi Swartz and commercial litigation partner Nigel Binnersley. Both were previously partners at Blank Rome’s Hong Kong office, […]


Wiggin cancels trainee intake from 2015 as clients move work in-house

Media boutique Wiggin is to cancel its trainee scheme from 2015, citing client demand as the sole reason for the decision.  The next two rounds of trainee schemes, one in September this year and another in 2014, will go ahead as usual. The firm has six trainees at any one time, with three joining each […]

​All 4 one

Next time you’re flat out on the sofa tucking into a TV dinner washed down by a bottle of fizzy pop, give a thought to the lawyers behind the screen. OK, this is probably not the most valued piece of advice you’ve received so far this year, but hear us out. When Channel 4 invited […]

End of term delight

The end of July brings with it the usual judicial rush to get cases off the desk and into the public domain. Today we have learned that Topshop did indeed breach laws when it sold a t-shirt bearing an image of popstar Rihanna – a win for Reed Smith over Mishcon de Reya. Harry Potter […]

Allen & Overy advises HC Starck on joint venture with Nui Phao Mining Company

Allen & Overy is advising HC Starck, one of the largest companies in the global tungsten industry, on its joint venture (JV) with Nui Phao Mining Company, a subsidiary of Masan Group Corporation. Subject to regulatory approval, Nui Phao and HC Starck will own 51 per cent and 49 per cent respectively of the JV, […]

Overriding importance of open justice

Against a factual background involving international intrigue, Saudi royalty and corporate in-fighting, the Court of Appeal confirms that the principle of open justice is paramount to the administration of justice in the courts of England and Wales. The case of Global Torch v Apex concerned two rival corporate shareholders in a company called Fi Call […]

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