Katten Muchin flashes the cash to attract centrist dads

US firm Katten Muchin has dug deep into its entertainment budget to host client drinks with podcast royalty Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart, of the hit show The Rest Is Politics. They are understood to be able to charge tens of thousands for private appearances. The duo’s show is regularly on top of the charts […]

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A&O Shearman: New leaders announced

Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have elected new leadership for the firm, ahead of the merger’s completion in May. A&O’s Khalid Garousha, who has been serving as managing partner since Gareth Price’s exit last summer, has been voted in as senior partner. He was formerly its regional head of the Middle East and […]

Dentons triumphs as M&S wins Oxford Street store dispute

Dentons has secured a triumph for Marks & Spencer, safeguarding the retailer’s plans for its flagship store on Oxford Street. In a judgment handed down this morning, Mrs Justice Lieven ruled in favour of the supermarket on five of the six grounds it had brought against the Secretary of State (SoS) for Levelling Up, Housing […]

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Paul Hastings partner exits for Hg Capital

Hg Capital has hired its new general counsel from Paul Hastings, ahead of the departure of longstanding legal chief Andrew Jessop. Samantha McGonigle is to take on the top legal job at Hg, having joined Paul Hastings less than a year ago. A member of its private equity group, McGonigle started her career at Lovells, […]

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Akin’s London revenue jumps 25 per cent

Akin’s London revenue rose by 25 per cent over 2023, representing a bounce-back for the firm after turnover dropped the previous year. Over 2022, Akin reported a 6 per cent drop in its topline over what chairman Kim Koopersmith then described as a “year of investment”. The firm’s revenue had piqued in 2021 at $150m, […]

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The magic circle is truly the new Big Four

The magic circle has a secret weapon, and that is breadth. And the UK leaders’ multiple, richly-staffed practice areas are starting to give them a helpful differentiation within the global elite. Megawatt firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, Paul Weiss or Simpson Thacher primarily operate in the vertical of asset management and private capital, a […]

Being irrelevant isn’t an option for this duo

Staying relevant is an unrelenting pressure among the mid-tier firms. Sustained growth is the preferred method for easing that pressure; the method for achieving growth, however, varies. For an example of how that looks in practice, look at the rising revenues being produced by the West Country duo, Foot Anstey and Clarke Willmott. This pair […]

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Calm down A&O, you haven’t even merged yet

Over the past year, Allen & Overy (A&O) has been getting ship-shape in readiness to merge with Shearman. A tie-up with a US firm might mean disgruntlement in London, though indicative data from Atlas by Codex Edge shows that exits remained steady during this potentially disruptive time. Over 100 lawyers left A&O’s London office over […]

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Beyond the Bubble: Harbottle & Lewis has a new double-act

London: Harbottle & Lewis has a new double-act: Last November, Tony Littner joined Charlie Leveque as joint-managing partner for a five-year term. It’s the first time Harbottles has changed its leadership structure in this way, and while it’s not unheard of to have two managing partners (look at Lewis Silkin or Bristows), most go for the […]

Latest Lateral Hires

Pinsents’ City office head leaves for DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons’ head of its London office is leaving after four years to join DLA Piper’s London corporate crime and investigations (CCI) team. Before joining Pinsents at the beginning of 2020, Sackey spent almost 13 years at HMRC in senior positions including deputy director of offshore, corporate, and wealthy investigations, and deputy director of criminal […]

Latest Opinion

What Mr Bates and the Post Office can teach us about climate change

“You might think you’re thinking your own thoughts. You’re not. You’re thinking your culture’s thoughts.” Jiddu Krishnamurti We need to talk about our culture’s thoughts. These have been called different things: the dominant world view; our metanarrative; the hegemonic paradigm. Whatever the terminology, it comes down to the prevailing way of thinking, the story we […]

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Revolut lawyer joins Zilch as new GC

Payment platform Zilch has recruited its new general counsel from Revolut. Amy Sandys will assume her first general counsel role at Zilch, after working as head of legal, corporate, at the banking app company. The new general counsel will take over from Natalie Salunke, who left the business in January 2024. Salunke joined Zilch in […]

Private equity giant EQT gears up for panel review

Private equity giant EQT is set to review its roster of external advisers this year in M&A, with changes expected in how the panel is structured. Swedish-headquartered EQT has a three-year long panel that comes to an end in mid-2024. The Lawyer has learnt that EQT is lining up to renegotiate its roster, with plans to reduce […]

Addleshaws bolsters financial services team with Bank of England hire

Addleshaw Goddard has snapped up the deputy general counsel at the Bank of England to strengthen its financial services regulation team. Tess Kelly will return to private practice after almost 11 years inhouse. She starts at the firm on 19 February. The move comes after the hire of senior financial regulation partner James Greig. Partners […]

Smiths to Sonnedix: GC Mel Rowlands’ new role in renewables

Longtime in-houser Mel Rowlands had a knock-out year in 2023, making a juxtaposing career change last July. The former group general counsel of Smiths Group, a 170-year-old diversified industrial conglomerate with 20,000 employees, made the move to 15-years young Sonnedix, a renewable energy producer. Rowlands couldn’t have joined the sustainable power sector at a better […]

Latest Litigation Tracker News

Claim spotter: Tesco takes another swing at Lidl

NatWest splashed with Norwich Pharmacal Order from swimwear brand Arena Italian swimwear brand Arena hit NatWest with a new claim last Tuesday (20 February) in the Business and Property Courts. Arena has brought a financial services and regulatory part 8 ‘transactions on financial markets or securities and/or banking’ claim against the banking giant, which The […]

In court this week: Google returns to CAT for £920m class action, as ex-solicitor takes on SRA

Google class action returns to CAT for fourth CMC Google is back in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) this Friday for a fourth case management conference (CMC) in Elizabeth Coll’s long-running class action against the software behemoth. Coll, who is represented by Hausfeld, is representing a class of Android device users who have used the […]

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