Online May 2013

Catrin Griffiths

Arbitration nation

Earlier this year, some Freshfields partners left the magic circle firm to set up arbitration boutique Three Crowns. It was the most dramatic manifestation of a trend that has seen leading litigators and arbitrators quit global firms. Is a big-name law firm brand no longer necessary for this area of law? Arbitration: Little big league […]

Jonathan Ames

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 5 April 2014

Three employment law crackers to kick off May: mass allegations of supermarket pay inequality; yet more on Moyes v Manchester United; and does a ‘kick in the butt’ excuse a punch in the mouth? Supermarkets have become an ingrained part of our retail culture – with some shoppers actually enjoying row after row of florescent-lit […]

Public sector turn to ABS

In-house public sector lawyers are a pretty innovative bunch. No, it’s true. Earlier this year we reported that the legal teams at neighbouring London authorities Lambeth and Southwark were considering launching an ABS spin-off, something that remains on the pair’s to-do list. For others, there’s no time like the present. Today, we reveal that the […]

SJ Berwin: the only way is King & Wood Mallesons

Tanned young men and women sitting by the pool in Marbella, the sun blazing down on the water, cocktails spilling over as pockets get lighter and lighter Tanned young men and women sitting by the pool in Marbella, the sun blazing down on the water, cocktails spilling over as pockets get lighter and lighter. Yes, […]


TLT posts 10 per cent revenue jump ahead of Manchester launch

Bristol firm TLT has posted a 10 per cent increase in revenue for the 2012/13 financial year to nearly £50m, with the news coming alongside the firm’s planned office opening in Manchester this summer. The firm’s fee income rose from £44.5m in 2011/12 to £49m in 2012/13 following expansion including its merger with Scotland’s Anderson […]


DWF appoints former Eversheds International chair Gray as non-executive director

DWF has appointed the former chairman of Eversheds International David Gray as a non-executive board director. Gray retired from Eversheds International in May having spent four years as chairman and six as chief executive, and was succeeded at the firm by Irish managing partner Alan Murphy (2 May 2013). DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said […]

Warranties: how far do they extend?

In the recent case of Belfairs Management Ltd v Sutherland, the Court of Appeal examined how far the scope of a warranty may extend. Invariably, share purchase agreements contain warranties that are used by the buyer to gain assurances about the company he or she is purchasing. The seller must then go through the painstaking […]


Bingham makes funds push in City with Herbert Smith Freehills hire

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) funds partner Thiha Tun is to join the London office of US firm Bingham McCutchen, The Lawyer can reveal. Tun is to join Bingham’s partnership in September but is not expected to take any partners or associates with him. He will work closely with Bingham partner John Holton, who relocated his […]

Lincoln's Inn

Hardwicke Chambers targeted by burglars

Lincoln’s Inn set Hardwicke has been targeted by burglars with chambers calling police last week after a robbery It comes just a year after the set invested heavily in refurbishing chambers by installing conference facilities. The set reported the burglary to London’s Metropolitan Police at the end of last week. According to the police report […]


Maclay Murray & Spens promotes two to partnership

Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) has expanded its partnership with two promotions. Renewable energy practice head David Cruickshank has been promoted to the capital projects partnership while life sciences lawyer Ross Nicol is promoted in the IP and technology group. The promotions came into effect on 1 June. Cruickshank has been responsible for […]

Trowers & Hamlins hires tax chief from RadcliffesLeBrasseur

RadcliffesLeBrasseur tax and private client chief Simon Goldring is to join Trowers & Hamlins as head of private wealth. Goldring had been a partner at RadcliffesLeBrasseur since joining the firm 2008, prior to which he was a sole practitioner. In 2009 he became head of tax and private client. Trowers & Hamlins’ senior partner Jennie […]


NHSLA unveils revamped £400m panel

Berryman Lace Mawer (BLM) has secured new mandates for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which today named a new lineup for its £400m clinical negligence and non-clinical negligence legal panels as well as its new regulatory, health and disciplinary panel. There are now 11 firms on NHSLA’s clinical negligence panel, one up on the last […]

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