There’s been a particularly international flavour to the news this week.

It’s still reporting season for our American cousins, with the most anticipated results coming yesterday from Hogan Lovells (see story).

Two other firms with big City presences have also reported their figures with Latham & Watkins up (see story) and White & Case down (see story) in the PEP charts.

In Spain, the invincible footballers of Barcelona may be licking their wounds after their Champions League loss against Arsenal, but one of the city’s sons has had a bit more joy in London after Ignacio Corbera Dale took over the hot seat at Garrigues’ London base (see story). He arrived at the start of the month, just in time to see Barca get turned over.

In the courts, FIFA lost a battle to allow the World Cup to be shown on pay-TV, thanks to Brick Court’s James Flynn QC (see story).

And, on the far side of the planet, Clifford Chance surprised absolutely no one whatsoever by opening in Australia after merging with boutiques in Perth and Sydney (see story).

But the saddest news of the week came when we learned that Taylor Wessing’s 91-year-old proofreader Reg Frary had passed away (see story). Reg, one of the City’s great characters, was profiled in The Lawyer last April (see story). If the comments on our story are anything to go by, he will be missed by people far beyond the confines of his own firm


In The Lawyer on Monday: The top 20 offshore firms revealed; the lowdown on Olswang’s international plans; and what happens when you trade law for the cloth.