TL 3 March 2014

Silky skills

Who is the greatest silk of them all? You wouldn’t be far wrong if you said it was Dinah Rose QC. The Lawyer’s research shows that she’s the lawyers’ favourite for Supreme Court cases. Is Rose the new Sumption? Litigation: The Supersilks Focus: Dinah Rose QC Client Earth pollution case goes to Europe after Supreme […]


Virgin Money: Red leader

After scooping a prize at The Lawyer Awards for the rescue of Northern Rock, the merged Virgin Money in-housers are now on a mission to rewrite the banking best-practice rulebook If you’re not keen on red, you’re going to be in a world of trouble at Virgin Money. The upstart bank’s refurbished headquarters in Newcastle is festooned […]

Cat Griffiths index

Accountants aren’t kidding with ABS this time

Last month PwC Legal got an ABS licence, which will allow it to own its legal arm at last. PwC, readers will hardly need reminding, is an organisation rich in resources with a distribution network second to none. There are huge opportunities for the accountants to use their networks in emerging markets, which will pose […]

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Feature: US firms on the march, laterally

London is a battleground for the world’s top two legal cultures and the hiring struggle is a telling manifestation of this – with America seemingly winning For the past four years I have been conducting an annual survey into lateral partner hires in the London market, research that has attracted interest and brickbats in almost, […]

Egorov Puginsky

Awards: Riders on the Eurostorm

Russia dominates accolades of firms that have stayed strong and imaginative It has become apparent over the past few years just how competitive a market Europe now is for law firms. Independents jostle for position with top players from the UK, US and now even Asia in an economic climate that continues to be volatile. […]

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Acquisition finance debt: Day of the non-banks

The fragile refinance market is back in rude health and US-style alternative lenders are stepping up with innovative structures to sustain the recovery After years of the European refinancing markets dragging their feet, they came back with a bang in 2013. The figures say it all – deal volume increased by more than 20 per […]


Moves: 3 March 2014

Move of the week Clifford Chance private equity (PE) partner and Carlyle contact Kem Ihenacho has left for Latham & Watkins. He is the third partner to quit Clifford Chance for Latham in the past year. London partner and Africa practice co-head Ihenacho was one of the firm’s contacts for Carlyle deals. His departure follows […]

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Technology: Tweet Dreams

From billing apps to crowdsourcing and social media, technology is changing lawyers’ working lives With an increasing number of clients complaining that their lawyers are inept when it comes to forecasting litigation costs, technology entrepreneurs are getting in quick to find a solution. When business magnate David Schottenstein had to use three law firms in […]

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