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Why trust is the key to success in legaltech

The SRA recently published its Technology and Innovation in Legal Services report. One key feature was improving user trust in legal technology. It’s much more important that you’d think.

“Fire Safety Form” requirements now in force

Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into the Grenfell Tower disaster, the so-called “Planning Gateway One” is now in force. This is one of three gateways, or checks and balances, to regulate the life of a higher-risk building.



Mayer Brown rebuilds asset finance with Orrick hire

Mayer Brown has boosted its City asset finance offering with the hire of former Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Europe managing partner Stuart McAlpine McAlpine focuses on cross-border asset and project finance transactions, particularly in the shipping, offshore and energy sectors. The news comes after the departures of finance partners Lee Cullinane and Jacqueline Evans, who […]

Milbank grows up in the Smoke

And then, from nowhere, Milbank appeared. Well, not quite nowhere. It’s been in the City for years, where it has taken a fits and starts approach to building critical mass from its project finance roots. Culturally it still prefers to hide its light, but things are definitely changing. Six months ago ­Milbank invited in a […]

Linklaters’ Indian ally boosts partnership with internal promotion

Linklaters’ Indian best friend Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA) has promoted banking and finance managing associate Sonali Mahapatra to its partnership to take its partner headcount back up to six. Mahapatra joined TTA in 2009 after a three-year stint with Linklaters and will become a partner on 1 April. She graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in […]

Smiles all round as Slaughters and Wachtell lead on Colgate deal

Slaughter and May and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz secured the lead M&A roles on Colgate-Palmolive’s €672m (£590m) acquisition of the Sanex personal care brand from consumer products giant Unilever. The transaction will also see Unilever buy a portfolio of Colombian brands from Colgate for $215m (£134m). Corporate partner Gary Eaborn led the Slaughters team […]

Baker Botts signs up four-partner Howrey team for DC office

Texas-headquartered Baker Botts has hired another four antitrust partners from dissolved firm Howrey for its Washington DC office. The news comes after Baker Botts last week announced the arrival of 32 antitrust lawyers from Howrey, including the co-chair of Howrey’s antitrust practice group Sean Boland along with two former US assistant attorney generals, James Rill […]

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