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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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Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insurance partner Robert Stirling to join its global financial institutions group.  Stirling leaves the largest global sector group at Freshfields where he has advised on takeovers, private equity investments and regulatory matters. The group at Freshfields is headed by partners Sean Pierce and Andrew […]

Shoosmiths appoints Chris Longbottom as head of family law in Manchester

Shoosmiths has expanded its family law team with the appointment of Chris Longbottom, who will head up the family practice in Manchester. Longbottom joins from Aaron & Partners and specialises in advising separating couples. He will lead the Manchester team in advising private clients, with a focus on the high-net-worth market.

Eversheds partner comments on chancellor’s potential business rates measures

David McGuirk, partner and rates expert at Eversheds, has commented on potential measures on business rates to be announced in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, stating that a well-conceived change to UK business rates structure would ease retailer burden. He said: ‘The business rates system has come under serious scrutiny and criticism in recent years. The hike in rates […]

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Kingsley Napley hires Mishcon partner Harris to launch media and reputation group

Kingsley Napley has raided Mishcon de Reya for media partner Charlotte Harris, who is set to kickstart the firm’s new media and reputation management group. Harris, who has been at Mishcon since March 2011 (10 January 2011), is set to join her new firm in January 2015. Prior to joining Mishcon, Harris headed up the […]

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Linklaters’ Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity? Managing partner Simon Davies says it is the magic circle suffering the branding crisis, not Linklaters. “There is a point about longevity […]

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