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Herbert Smith redeploys Hong Kong associates amid IPO slump

Herbert Smith has been forced to second Hong Kong associates to clients, other practice areas and offices following the cliff-dive in capital markets work in the region. A source at Herbert Smith told The Lawyer that fee-earners in Hong Kong had been shifted to more active practice areas, like disputes, to clients of the firm, […]

Field Fisher partner heads to SNR Denton in wake of public sector cuts

SNR Denton has added to its London technology and outsourcing practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) partner Andrew Lucas, a specialist in public procurement. Lucas’s exit from FFW follows the firm’s recent decision to cut back its public-sector focus by removing it from its formal list of sector groups (6 August 2012). […]

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Herbies drops Virgin West Coast JR bid in wake of franchise debacle

Virgin Rail Group’s lawyers at legacy firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) have dropped requests for a judicial review of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise bid after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced that the competition had been cancelled. Earlier today, McLoughlin announced that the competition to run the lucrative West Coast […]

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Freebies gets a freebie

The debacle around the West Coast Main Line rail bid is one of those situations where there are many identifiable losers, but no clear winners. Certainly, the Department for Transport (DfT) comes off rather poorly. It’s decision to scrap the franchise, which had been stripped from Virgin Rail Group and awarded to First Group in […]

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