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Supreme Court tells Gazprom subsidiary to halt UniCredit claim

The Supreme Court has upheld an anti-suit injunction against a Gazprom subsidiary, potentially halting €440m proceedings in Russia. The Gazprom part-owned special purpose entity, RusChemAlliance (RCA), had brought a damages claim against the bank UniCredit in Russia concerning an aborted contract following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. UniCredit instructed Latham & Watkins in its pursuit of […]

Penelope Warne

CMS’s outgoing senior partner to join World Bank

CMS senior partner Penelope Warne has revealed her next steps ahead of her departure from the firm at the end of the month. After 10 years at the helm, Warne is spearheading a project that she founded at the World Bank, via her own company, which promotes the rule of law and access to justice, […]

Freshfields partner to join Slaughters’ pensions team

Slaughter and May is to add another senior lawyer to its pensions team in the City, this time from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Charles Magoffin, a partner at Freshfields since 2010, is joining Slaughters as a senior counsel from September. Slaughters has still only ever made one lateral hire in the City, also into its pensions […]

Sustainable money

Post Office scandal sparks review of litigation funding

Litigation funders will be keeping a close eye on an upcoming review into third-party funding regulation, proposed caps on returns, as well as litigation costs. The Civil Justice Council is looking to produce a full report by the summer of 2025. The review follows an increased focus on litigation funders and their role in disputes, […]

Sara Hamzawi

Ashurst promotions: Eight City lawyers make the grade

In its largest promotions round ever, Ashurst has elevated eight London lawyers to partner out of 30 worldwide. The firm has made up eight lawyers in London, as well as seven in Sydney. In total, 17 promotions were made in Ashurst’s Australian offices, meaning just five were made outside of either London or Australia. Loans […]

Signal Research Reports

The City independents

This reports contains: detailed analysis of 12 UK top 100  ‘City independents’ exploration of their growth trajectories and strategies amidst industry consolidation and rising costs analysis of increased specialisation within practice areas City independents firms’ efficiency

The In-House Sentiment Survey 2024

Read this report to gain insights into: The evolving role of in-house teams amidst market transformations Current attitudes and increased adoption of artificial intelligence tools Organizations’ continued emphasis on flexible working culture Projections for spend on external legal counsel over the next five years Enhanced feedback on quality of service from private practice law firms […]

The new Russian litigators

This report contains: an overview of the history of UK and US firm in Russia an analysis of the opportunities, challenges and litigation brought on by sanctions regimes a summary of the firms acting in Russian litigation in London

The impact of tech on financial management

This report contains: an analysis of 15 UK firms’ cash flow management and lock-up trends over the past five years lock-up correlated with profitability to demonstrate the impact of strong financial management for firms’ bottom line details on the adoption of technology by firms to make their financial management more efficient

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