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Cuatrecasas chief cleared of tax fraud as judge dismisses case

A judge in Barcelona has dismissed allegations that the chair of Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Emilio Cuatrecasas, committed tax fraud totalling an estimated €3.7m (£2.9m). Investigating magistrate José Antonio Cruz de Pablo has dismissed the case on the grounds that there was no evidence to suggest that Cuatrecasas or his ex-wife had avoided paying […]

Ashurst defers partner payouts after first-half turnover slump

Ashurst partners will not receive distributions this quarter after the firm decided to defer profit payments. The move follows news that firm’s half-year revenues were down 6 per cent for the first six months of 2012/13 compared with the same period last year (23 November 2012). It also comes amid a change in the firm’s […]

Apathetic solicitors costing firms millions

Indifferent lawyers are costing firms and the environment millions a year by showing a lack of interest in green practices in the office, according to research from Banner Business Services, one of the UK’s largest stationery suppliers. Banner surveyed 1,000 lawyers about their environmentally friendly habits at work. The results showed there is still work […]

Sarah Webb

Position: Payne Hicks Beach partner Payne Hicks Beach partner Sarah Webb began advising private investigator Glenn Mulcaire when she was a partner at Russell Jones & Walker. She moved to private client firm Payne Hicks in February this year, taking her clients with her (The Lawyer, 7 February). Working on both the claimant and defendant […]


Former Herbies ally Gleiss to ape Slaughters with Euro alliance

Four of Europe’s biggest independent law firms are teaming up in a new alliance that covers much of the Continent in a challenge to internationalisation. Italy’s Chiomenti Studio Legale, Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, France’s Gide Loyrette Nouel and German firm Gleiss Lutz are in talks about ways to to strengthen their relationship. The Lawyer […]

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