Shoosmiths hires COO from DLA Piper

Shoosmiths is kicking off 2023 by appointing Rachel Reid as the firm’s chief operating officer (COO). Reid joins from DLA Piper, where she worked with the managing director of the Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, to drive growth and operational efficiency. She joined DLA in 2019, having previously held the role of COO […]


Macfarlanes maintains status quo with leadership reappointment

The senior partner at Macfarlanes has been reappointed for a second term. Sebastian Prichard Jones’ term has been renewed this year, with his next stint taking him up until 2026. He first took on the post in 2020, replacing longstanding leader Charles Martin, who had been in the role for four three-year terms since 2008. […]


Professional negligence claim against tax KC heads to Court of Appeal

The case that saw 100 investors sue tax silk Andrew Thornhill KC for his alleged professional negligence is set to return to court for a three-day appeal in March 2023. The investors sued the silk over advice he provided concerning three similar film finance tax schemes between 2002 and 2004, but the High Court dismissed the […]


Judge recused from case over HSBC-yoga loan

A judge has been recused from a derivatives claim he was overseeing, following claims of apparent bias. His Honour Judge Gerald had heard the matter in June 2021 between former business executives Mr and Mrs Ryan, against the banking giant HSBC. The first instance case related to debts totalling £27m to £30m owed by the […]

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Clydes’ Manchester staff move offices as BLM integration continues

Seven months after Clyde & Co merged with insurance firm BLM, integration plans are underway in Manchester as staff prep to switch offices. Two New Bailey is a 70,000 sq ft site based in Salford and was the former headquarters of BLM after the firm relocated all its staff back in August 2021. Before that, […]

Dan Neidle v Osborne Clarke: full timeline

Ex-magic circle partner Dan Neidle spent his early days away from Big Law investigating the tax affairs of Nadhim Zahawi. While the news has since gone mainstream, for Neidle, the story evolved into something much bigger. Here’s a recap of what happened.


Royal London appoints new GC from insurance rival AXA

Royal London has hired AXA’s UK group regulatory and compliance director as its new general counsel (GC). Julie Whitehead has made the move after 17 years with AXA, beginning her career at the insurance giant in 2005 as senior counsel. In total, Whitehead brings with her 25 years of financial services experience, having previously worked […]

Revealed: The Hot 100 2023

Today, The Lawyer unveils its Hot 100 2023, celebrating the successes of those working within the industry over the past 12 months. Featuring the crème de la crème of the legal world, The Lawyer Hot 100 highlights this year’s dealmakers, the litigators who are riding high after trial glory and the most sought-after names in the world of competition, […]

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DWF recruits Dentons’ UK real estate head

Dentons’ UK real estate head is leaving the firm after five years to join DWF in a new leadership role. Deepa Deb joins DWF’s real estate team as its global head of development and investment, having spent five years with Dentons. She was promoted as Dentons UK real estate head in 2020 after the retirement […]

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Pinsents’ COO to stand down after seven years

Pinsent Masons’ chief operating officer (COO) is expected to stand down at the end of the current financial year. Alastair Mitchell has spent more than seven years at the firm. He previously served as COO at HFW for four years and was the COO at Linklaters for five years before that. Last year, the firm’s […]


DLA Piper and Trowers dropped from local government pensions panel

The legal services framework for Local Government Pension Services (LGPS) has finalised its new panel, with 12 law firms having been appointed. The firms that have made the cut are: Addleshaw Goddard, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Brodies, Burges Salmon, Burness Paull, Cleveland & Co, Eversheds Sutherland, Freeths, Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke, Pinsent Masons and Squire Patton […]