TL 21 July 2014

Cat Griffiths index

Outflanked in this War of the Roses

A few weeks ago in my leader (16 June) I asked why Leeds seemed to have fallen off the pace compared to other regional cities’ legal offerings. That question led to some research, which in turn has led to this week’s analysis by special reports and Europe editor Joanne Harris, which gives a data-led picture […]

Speechly Bircham

Measure of success for Charles Russell Speechlys

How to tell if the Charles Russell Speechlys combination will work out How do you judge the success of a law firm merger? For Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell partners, who voted last week to combine in November, judgment day is a few years off, but there are some clear markers. Let’s start with the […]


Charlie Geffen: PEP should be an outcome not an objective

Partner remuneration should contribute to a positive culture and transparent business practices, not be fixated on PEP The PEP great debate – which never really goes away, of course – is back with a vengeance. But let’s step back for a moment from arguments about apples and pears; about manipulation, definitions of equity partners and […]


In-house interview: Steven Webb, head of legal, Premier Farnell

Service is the name of the game for Steven Webb, GC at IT distributor Premier Farnell If there is one thing you learn as the head of legal at a business that sells 600,000 products from 3,000 suppliers to a couple of million customers in 150 countries, it’s that customer service matters. For Steven Webb, […]

David Eveleigh

Moves 21 July

Move of the week FTSE 250 outsourcer Serco has hired BT Global general counsel David Eveleigh as its legal chief. Eveleigh, who has been with BT since 2001, has held a number of roles at the telecoms giant, including chief counsel at BT global services and general counsel for BT Americas, which saw him work […]


Leeds: Ridings of the storm

Leeds has taken a harder knock from the slump than its regional peers, with firm headcounts falling behind Manchester. But rejuvenation plans are brewing The Leeds financial and professional services market is, statistically speaking, the largest in the UK outside London. It employs around 9,400 people, according to TheCityUK. But in the past few years, […]


Offshore: Deals and cases Q2 2014

The latest offshore deals comprise a few firsts, including a groundbreaking hybrid mutual in Bermuda and the largest ever catastrophe bond issuance CORPORATE Bermuda African Risk Capacity Insurance Company April 2014 The African Risk Capacity Company is the first of its kind in Bermuda, valued at $135m (£79m). It is a specialist hybrid mutual insurance […]


Offshore – The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands dominates the offshore world, but can it maintain its leading position? The Cayman Islands is the quintessential offshore jurisdiction. Tax-neutral, with a government and financial regulator keen to keep up with the latest developments in the financial services sector, Cayman has ridden out the financial crisis and a considerably intensified focus on […]

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