TL 27 April 2015

Hong Kong

Lewis Silkin opens first international office in Hong Kong

Lewis Silkin has announced that it has opened its first international office, in Hong Kong, to support its clients’ employment and global mobility issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The office will be based within Hong Kong’s Universal Trade Centre and will be headed up by immigration and global mobility partner Antonia Grant. Managing partner Ian […]

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Eversheds promotes 22 to partner in 2015 promotions round

Eversheds has announced the promotion of 22 lawyers to the firm’s partnership. A further 10 lawyers have been promoted to the position of legal director internationally. The biggest increase was in the firm’s commercial department where 12 new partners were added to the practice along with one legal director, while the real estate practice group […]

London

Parabis appoints COO Powell as CEO in board level reshuffle

Parabis has announced a number of changes to its board, including the appointment of chief operating office (COO) Jason Powell as group chief executive. Powell joined Parabis in 2013 and worked alongside group commercial director, Tim Roberts, through a period of restructuring within the firm, which followed rapid expansion (19 May 2014). Parabis closed its […]

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KWM’s resurgence will be built on real estate

Eye-catching defections tend to be from corporate or finance departments, so it was a nice change for us to report last week a notable news story in real estate, a practice area that – outside magic circle firms’ covert downsizing – rarely sees dramatic team moves. A group of nine lawyers, including three real estate […]

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#Judges: overworked and miserable

Four more judges will step down soon, raising awkward questions about the system The news that the Court of Appeal is looking for four new judges has sparked derision from one of the UK’s top silks on Twitter. Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC tweeted that, in her experience, appeals justices “look exhausted and appear to […]

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The Lawyer Business Leadership awards judging panel unveiled

The Lawyer’s first ever judging panel for the Business Leadership awards consisting exclusively of senior in-house lawyers has been unveiled today. This September the Business Leadership awards will celebrate innovation in legal services delivery and all round operational excellence. And this year, assisting the editorial team with their assessment of this will be our first-ever […]

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At last, the gender balance at the top of UK law firms begins to shift

BLP and Squires lag, but elsewhere female partner promotion stats look healthy. For years women have been told that the unbalanced female to  male ratio at partnership level will right itself as PQE ticks by and generations move up the ranks. And for years that rhetoric has proved untrue. But this year might just see […]

Miriam Gonzalez

Hot 100 Alumni: Miriam Gonzalez, Dechert

Dechert partner Miriam Gonzalez made The Lawyer Hot 100 back in 2008 when she was a trade partner at DLA Piper. Six years on, with one general election down and another looming, Gonzalez continues to have a high public profile. In the legal world she is best known as Dechert’s heavy-hitting co-chair of international trade […]

Peter Kalis 2015 index

Women, teamwork and innovation

Now that more women are adding their skill and insight to the team game of law, the profession stands on the cusp of greatness. We are captives of the era in which we live. But every once in a while it’s possible to stand back and say we’re on the cusp of seismic change and, […]

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Mergers: bigger is not always better

Merger activity over the past three years shows a trend for consolidation, but UK 200 data shows not all tie-ups create a better balance sheet. The 2014/15 financial year is in its final throes, and two of the latest UK merger candidates – Shakespeares and SGH Martineau – are nearing the finishing line. If the […]

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Construction: new rules, election promises and growing project completion problems

New regulations introduce ‘principal designer’ role; election season sees a re-run of the old housing pledge game; and more projects are underperforming – why? The Lawyer’s Briefings channel brings together articles about the latest legal developments. Here are some highlights from recent construction briefings. Adjudication A briefing from Gateley looks at a recent dispute that […]

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