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Podcast: Lisa Nandy on the US elections and beyond

Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity […]

Pensions regulator code of practice on scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published its interim response to its first consultation on the defined benefit code of practice. The changes require the Pensions Regulator (tPR) to update its Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.


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Mayer Brown posts falling turnover

Can Mayer Brown stem the flow of staff after disappointing results? Last week The Lawyer compared US firms’ financial results with a ballooning cake. This week, that cake looked more like a collapsed chocolate fondant. Mayer Brown played the part of the gooey bit in the middle, with both partner profits and turnover sliding to […]

Jersey’s finance industry consulted on impact of entering UK FATCA

Jersey’s finance industry is being consulted on the impact on Jersey financial institutions (FIs) should the states of Jersey enter into a ‘FATCA-type’ agreement with the UK government, whether this should include a disclosure facility and if other options should be explored. This follows the announcement of the Isle of Man Disclosure Facility on 19 […]


Ashurst, BLP, Skadden favourites on William Hill buyout

Ashurst and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have secured key instructions as Britain’s biggest bookmaker, William Hill, plans to raise £375m in a rights issue to fund the acquisition of its online division. The group announced on Friday (1 March) that it will buy out the remaining 29 per cent of William Hill Online […]


The silks get screened

Silk appointments slipped to an all time low last week with just 84 being appointed in the 2012/13 round. The 183 applicants are required to fill in a tough 70-page application pack, no mean feat. The Lawyer quizzes five successful applicants on why they chose to become silk and who helped them become a top […]


McDermotts picks up Fasken trio for Paris energy boost

McDermott Will & Emery has hired a three-partner team from the Paris office of Canadian firm Fasken Martineau in a bid to strengthen its African energy expertise. Fasken partners Jean-Claude Petilon, Liliane Doukouré and Matthieu Adam all join McDermott’s energy advisory practice group. Petilon is joining as senior counsel while Doukouré and Adam will be […]

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