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Was 2022 a good or bad year for the banks?

“Was 2022 a good year for the banks in the UK, or a bad one?” The quintessentially lawyer’s answer is that it depends on the viewpoint from which one surveys the landscape of banking and financial services. Viewed from afar, it could be said that things looked grim for the banks, with little encouraging visible […]


Project Millennial: Seven years on

In January 2016, The Lawyer embarked on a new project. We found five fresh-faced young newly-qualified solicitors and decided to follow them in their careers. Seven years on, we are revisiting them to find out how they are doing. Five is an admittedly small sample size, but their fates to date make for interesting reading. […]

The watchlist: City litigators anticipate the biggest cases of 2023

The Lawyer revealed its Top 20 cases for 2023 this month. In honour of this flagship annual feature, we asked litigators across the hottest practice areas to reveal which cases and appeals they’re keeping an eye on this year, and why. Here’s what they had to say. Banking: Helen Carty, head of the London litigation […]

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Travers Smith’s PE team is now a youth squad

Five years ago, The Lawyer revealed that the youngest partnership within the top 100 UK firms was Travers Smith. A key reason behind this was that Travers’ partnership tends to comprise firm lifers with a typically quick trajectory to the top. The firm’s outgoing private equity head Ian Shawyer, for instance, made partner nine years […]

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White & Case snaps up Travers Smith’s head of M&A tax

Travers Smith has taken another hit in the City of London, losing its head of M&A tax to White & Case. Jessica Kemp joins White & Case’s tax practice, having spent the last 15 years at Travers Smith. She was given the nod to partner in 2015 and was promoted to head of M&A tax […]

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NHS cuts five firms from commercial panel

NHS Commercial Solutions is continuing to streamline its legal services framework, appointing 18 firms to its latest roster. Bevan Brittan, Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft, Hill Dickinson and Trowers & Hamlins have all been reappointed to the procurement organisation’s panel, while Ashfords, TLT, Weightmans and Womble Bond Dickinson have been newly appointed. Elsewhere, Addleshaw Goddard, […]


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 […]


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 […]

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Pinsents ends GC search with Dentons hire

Pinsent Masons has hired its inaugural general counsel, with ex-Dentons partner Andrew Cheung taking the role. The firm kickstarted its search in April, on the back of the retirement of its director of risk and compliance Chris Andrews. Cheung was educated at the University of Western Australia and spent a number of years at Maxim […]

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In court this week: Leave.EU co-founder appeal; and Annington Homes

Libel case between Leave.EU co-founder and Observer journalist heads to Court of Appeal Heading to the Court of Appeal for a one-day hearing tomorrow (7 February) is the dispute between British businessman and co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign Arron Banks against Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr. The original case saw Banks sue Cadwalladr for a statement […]

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Our Verdict: Sanctioned oligarchs bound by pre-invasion claims; and Mishcon client loses defamation bid over “sex cult” allegations

This week has seen Russian oligarchs receive bad news on the validity of old debts, while a Mishcon de Reya client accused of perpetrating sex trafficking and prostitution was refused an application at the High Court to bring defamation proceedings against the BBC. Sanctioned Russian oligarchs still liable for litigation brought pre-invasion Mrs Justice Cockerill […]


Arron Banks parts with Kingsley Napley for libel appeal

British businessman and co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign, Arron Banks, has changed his counsel ahead of his appeal hearing against Observer journalist, Carole Cadwalladr. The Lawyer understands that Banks and Kingsley Napley parted ways in November 2022, and now all legal counsel has changed.  Originally, Kingsley Napley’s Susan Thackeray was the leading partner on the case, […]


Presentation skills for lawyers: Zelensky’s rule of three masterclass

There are few politicians who have been such a so impactful as Volodymyr Zelensky in recent times. A year ago, few outside of Ukraine knew the name. Twelve months later, many voters around the world wish they had leaders as inspiring as Time’s person of the year for 2022. As the Ukraine war nears a year […]