TL 21 April 2014

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All for one

Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger’s focus on collegiate working is resulting in fewer dissenting opinions on the bench As the Supreme Court approaches its fifth anniversary, the highest court in England and Wales is entering a period of relative stability. Lord Hodge is the last judicial appointee expected to join the court until 2016, when […]

Matt Byrne

Individualism benefits the bench

How much dissent is appropriate? In the Supreme Court, which celebrates its five-year anniversary this October, it is a timely question. Our cover story this week reveals data that tells a story of growing unanimity on the bench. Statistics reveal that since Lord Neuberger took over from Lord Phillips as president of the Supreme Court […]

Walker

The trophy lawyers

Why well-connected PE partners are worth their weight in gold When it comes to their legal affairs, private equity (PE) houses are creatures of habit. While corporate law is relationship-driven, PE houses take it to the next level. Individual partners working in that space carry just as much weight – if not more – than […]

UK Supreme Court

How far do you carry the can?

Supreme Court ruling may have serious liability implications for lawyers Why do you hire a lawyer? To give advice, sure, but how far should that go and how much can you blame them when things go wrong? Two views on the scope of a solicitor’s duty were taken by the High Court and Court of […]

backroom

Practice management: Back-room boost

The focus is firmly on delivering legal services efficiently, and one way firms can achieve this is by improving the skills of their support staff  Q: Has your firm implemented any significant changes recently relating to the role played by business support staff? Neil Middleton, chief operating officer (COO), Capsticks: Back in 2009 our support structure […]

Downes

Moves 21 April

SGH Martineau has added partner Neale Downes to its banking team. He joins from Taylor Wessing, where he was a partner Move of the week SGH Martineau has added partner Neale Downes to its banking team. He joins from Taylor Wessing, where he was a partner. Prior to that he was with Trowers & Hamlins […]

Turkey

Turkey Briefing Live: Plane speaking

The IMF has slashed its 2014 growth forecast for Turkey from 3.5 to 2.3 per cent. Investors are now hoping the aviation and energy markets will provide some comfort Turkey may put the ‘T’ in the MINT group of flavour-of-the-month emerging economies, but recent political and economic developments could be souring the taste for international […]

Smith Nest

Savings energy: Fiona Smith, GC at Nest

Set up to help with pensions auto-enrolment, Nest has gone from start-up to snaring its millionth member in just 18 months, which suits GC Fiona Smith just fine Something peculiar has happened to pensions. Thanks to Chancellor George Osborne’s declaration of a ‘pensions revolution’ and the public debate that followed – unlikely as it may […]

Switz

Switzerland: You can dodge, but you can’t hide

As Swiss banks wait for the US authorities’ tax evasion spotlight to fall on them, law firms are drafting in extra staff to cope Since the recession, Swiss banks have come under regular and sustained fire from authorities around the world seeking to challenge banking secrecy. In particular, US authorities have used the global financial […]

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