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Richard III

Shakespeares’ client wins first step of Richard III film defamation suit

A defamation claim brought by a Shakespeare Martineau client against Wiggin-repped Steve Coogan and film studios Pathé and Baby Cow productions has succeeded in its preliminary trial over Coogan’s Richard III film, The Lost King. Judge Lewis handed down judgment today (14 June), ruling on what, under common law, “a hypothetical reasonable viewer” would understand […]

EasyJet

‘We need specialists’: EasyJet boss hits out at judges after trademark defeat

EasyGroup founder and chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou has called out chancery judges in a statement released today (13 June) after Justice Bacon ruled against the company in a claim brought against cosmetics company Beauty Perfectionists in the High Court. He has already stated his intention to appeal the ruling. Haji-Ioannou said: “We have found that there […]

Macfarlanes

HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]

Scotland’s talent pipelines are broken

A generational schism could tip the Scottish Independents (UK 200 firms ranked 101-200) market into a mass restructuring phase because too few lawyers are retiring from the partnership. Succession planning is a top concern for a growing number of Independents, but in Scotland the matter is on the verge of critical with firms also confronted […]

Stockholm

Linklaters team defects in Stockholm

A seven-lawyer real estate team led by one of Linklaters’ longest-serving partners in Stockholm has left the firm to join a local player. Longstanding real estate partner Magnus Lidman retired from the Linklaters partnership earlier this year, but has re-emerged as the star name among this group leaving to join Sweden’s Gernandt & Danielsson (G&D). […]

Post Office

Addleshaws raises sub-postmasters’ ire for work on redress scheme

Multiple firms have been involved in some way in the Post Office scandal, acting either for the company itself, the claimants or the UK Government. With the treatment of hundreds of sub-postmasters recognised as one of the UK’s greatest miscarriages of justice, any work tied to the scandal has the potential to become controversial. This […]

TV show triggers partner dismissal and internal review at Euro 100 firm

Danish firm Horten is undertaking a thorough internal review following the release of a TV documentary series that engulfed the firm in scandal and resulted in the dismissal of a key partner. The firm published a statement last week saying that insolvency partner Nicolai Dyhr had left the firm with immediate effect and that it […]