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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.


A passage to India

Firms have used secondments to develop relationships with their clients for a long time. It’s obviously not just selfless largesse that prompts this, but the hope for a foot in the door on future instructions and forthcoming panel reviews. But how about sending a partner to another firm on a permanent basis? That’s exactly what Allen […]

Arsenal hires former MTV GC as first legal chief

Arsenal Football Club has appointed former MTV lawyer Svenja Geissmar as its first general counsel. Geissmar has spent the last three years working as a legal consultant, but prior to that worked at MTV European Networks (MTVEN) where she was promoted to general counsel in 1997. While head lawyer at MTVEN she had a place […]

Getting the ball rolling

The August lull is grinding on and, while the hallowed halls of the UK’s leading law firms are all but deserted, not everyone has taken a holiday. In fact, for a certain band of magic circle lawyers the last few weeks have been the busiest in a long time. As we report today, Allen & Overy […]


Clifford Chance faces law suit from redundant German partners

Two former Clifford Chance Germany partners have accused the firm of unfair dismissal in the wake of its global partnership restructuring. The Dusseldorf-based partners have filed claims of unfair dismissal against the magic circle firm. The claim centres on the fact that the duo were not equity partners. The pair claim that as non-equity partners […]


Linklaters retains crown as UK’s largest corporate practice

Linklaters has retained its place as the largest corporate practice in the UK, according to figures compiled for The Lawyer’s UK 200 Annual Report 2009. Bolstered by instructions from Lloyds TSB on the takeover of HBOS and the Government’s recapitalisation programme, Linklaters’ corporate department brought in £453.3m in fees during 2008-09.  Despite this figure representing […]

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