Online June 2014

Shoosmiths lawyer completes second edition of Property Development: A Practical Guide

A real-estate lawyer at Shoosmiths has completed the second edition of the successful and popular industry handbook Property Development: A Practical Guide. Gavin Le Chat saw his first legal handbook published in April 2010 after spotting a gap in the market for a comprehensive guide on the subject. Following sales that exceeded expectations and a […]

Bill includes major concerns for technology users and businesses, says Eversheds

James Walsh, partner and head of telecommunications at Eversheds, has commented on the government’s new data retention bill, which has passed to the House of Lords. Walsh said that perhaps the main attention of the new bill has been the timescale in which the government is seeking to pass it. He continued: ‘There is no doubt […]


2013/14 financials: the results are in

Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14. The majority of UK firms to have published revenues for the 2013/14 financial year have seen a return to growth. Outside the magic circle, Mishcon de Reya has produced the highest average profit per […]

Why UK law is getting it wrong

It’s kicking off online thanks to Mark Brandon’s Industry Leaders article. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights: London will fall to US firms, ABS is no big deal, Vereins have had it and the modern obsession with process is a waste of time. Brandon, the founder of consultancy Motive Legal, argues […]


Squire Patton Boggs bucks international trend with Tokyo merger

One of the key findings in this year’s The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 was that while international firms have been reassessing their positionsin the Asia Pacific region, local firms have been going for growth. One firm that is looking to buck that trend is Squire Patton Boggs. The firm, which was formed by the June […]


Linklaters’ and CC’s bumper public M&A pay packet

At times, it looked as if the UK’s public M&A market was about to triumphantly return to form in the first half of 2013. But the rush never quite materialised. UK public M&A deals between 1 January and 27 June fell to 21 – a drop from 26 in the previous six months. According to […]

Allen & Overy competition lawyers host exchange of information workshop

The Brussels competition team at Allen & Overy recently hosted a workshop entitled ‘Exchange of information — current issues’ in partnership with Concurrences Journal and Compass Lexecon. Competition authorities in the EU are currently taking a hard stance against information exchange and other forms of price signalling. Cases increasingly involve subtle, indirect and sometimes one-off […]

Allen & Overy advises Evonik on acquisition of equity interest in Borussia Dortmund

Allen & Overy is advising Evonik Industries in Essen on its acquisition of an equity interest of approximately 9.06 per cent in Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co KGaA and extending the main sponsor agreement with Borussia Dortmund until 2024-25. On acquiring the equity interest, Evonik Industries has become the second-largest individual shareholder in Borussia Dortmund […]


SRA begins hunt for inaugural GC in management overhaul

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is advertising for its first-ever general counsel in the wake of the appointment of Paul Philip as its chief executive. The general counsel will be in charge of a team of five, advising on policy, legal issues and legislative drafting. The head in-house lawyer will join the SRA’s senior management […]


Asia Pacific 150: The rise of Asia’s indies

Yesterday saw the publication of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the annual ranking of the largest law firms by lawyer numbers across Asia Pacific. Growth across the international firms in Asia Pacific has slowed, while domestic firms are pushing forward. The Top 100 independent firms in the region increased lawyer headcount by 12 per cent […]


A&O and Herbies advise as Tui merges with Tui

Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) are advising German-headquartered travel group Tui AG and its UK subsidiary Tui Travel respectively on their £4.8bn merger. The all-share acquisition sees Tui AG acquire the outstanding 45.5 per cent of Tui Travel it does not already own. Allen & Overy’s team is led by Hamburg corporate […]

David Corker

Can the Bribery Act help us do something about Fifa?

As England licks its footballing wounds, could the SFO exercise its powers to tackle Fifa corruption and bribery? Now that the England football team’s less-than-spectacular World Cup campaign is behind it, could there still be a way that the country makes its presence felt on the world soccer stage? Why isn’t the director of the […]