TL 6 October 2014

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The US firms right at home in the City

Our revelation last week that Gibson Dunn had landed former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen is one of the biggest corporate stories of the season. In many ways, it’s more impressive than the firm landing former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer QC in 2008, dismissed by the wider market as a vanity hire by a US […]

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Law: it’s all part of the KPMG service

Accountant will not form standalone law firm, but build legal into its offering KPMG became the second of the Big Four accountancy firms to be granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence last week, and it is taking a bold approach to communicating its belief in integrated professional services. Not satisfied with the implicit message […]

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Tesco legal team joins image charm offensive

Supermarket’s lawyers man the tills to rebuild company’s reputation after blunder Tesco’s in-house lawyers have been told to stock shelves and serve customers as part of the company’s Feet on the Floor scheme, which will involve 4,000 employees. CEO Dave Lewis has decided to ramp up the company’s hands-on approach after the company revealed a […]

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When a leader’s listening skills are also survival skills

Law firm leaders must show a high degree of self-awareness in managing partner dissatisfaction or their firms could be at risk As we saw from the recent Scottish referendum, partnerships that appear from the outside to be longstanding, successful and secure can be riven with internal dissatisfaction that, at the extreme, threatens their existence. Law […]

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In-house interview: BFI general counsel Richard Brousson

Film lover Richard Brousson is the perfect casting for the role of BFI GC, whose script includes the legalities of the London Film Festival and rubbing shoulders with stars and directors Richard Brousson’s career at the British Film Institute (BFI) began with what must be the longest-running client secondment in history: he spent nine years […]

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Moves: 6 October 2014

Move of the week Linklaters is expanding its London real estate practice with the partner hire of Simon Price. Price, who joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, specialises in structured real estate investments, and acts for private equity funds and overseas investors. UK London Duane Morris has recruited partner Saionton Basu to its corporate practice group […]

Austria firms

Austria – Out of the darkness

Regulators are ramping up the pressure in the aftermath of recession, leaving firms to compete for compliance and restructuring work As Austrian firms pull out of the worst of the recession they are having to adjust to a new climate, with changing leverage and headcount. Austria-headquartered Wolf Theiss tops the table for revenue for 2013, […]

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Litigation and arbitration – Is London a victim of its own success?

The advance of boutiques and the emergence of regional centres such as San José and Singapore are putting the capital’s primacy to the test Arbitration seems to be the preferred option over litigation. What is fuelling that and what centres are proving most popular for arbitration? Christopher Pugh, head of litigation, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: In […]

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