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Charles Russell Speechlys make up eight to partner in UK promotions round

Charles Russell Speechlys has made up eight lawyers to partner in London in its latest UK promotions round. The eight new partners are Robert Birchall, Sarah Jane Boon, James Bradford, Sangna Chauhan, Richard Coleman, Jamie Kennaugh, Jonathan McDonald, and Charlotte Pender. The new partners are evenly spread across the firm’s corporate, family, tax and commercial practices. Three […]

Lehman

Litigation heavyweights act on Lehman Brothers administration costs battle

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Kirkland & Ellis are among the firms to have advised on a legal costs dispute between creditors of the Lehman Brothers International collapse. The full line-up of law firms includes Ropes & Gray, Morrison & Foerster and Michelmores. Lehman Brothers creditor Wentworth Sons argued that […]

A&O picks five new start-ups for tech incubator Fuse

Allen & Overy (A&O) is bringing in a second cohort of startups into its tech space Fuse, which launched in London last year. This will bring the number of tech startups in the Fuse space up to eight: five new companies are joining three of the companies from the first cohort in the space in […]

Slaughters makes third-ever lateral partner hire in Hong Kong

Slaughter and May has hired investigations lawyer Wynne Mok in Hong Kong, making her the third partner to join the firm from an external position. Mok joins Slaughters from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, where she has been director of enforcement since 2016. Prior to moving in-house, Mok was a partner in Norton […]

Analysis

High society: Canada braces for cannabis M&A boom

The recreational drugs trade is rarely thought of as a sector for M&A lawyers to capitalise on, but in Canada that is exactly what is happening. The Canadian government has just introduced laws that will legalise marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, creating opportunities for lawyers to act on M&A deals for companies looking to […]

New technologies for business

In the shadow of Slaughter and May: how is Luminance winning clients? 

Last week, South African firm Webber Wentzel announced that it was partnering with AI platform Luminance in order to automate its M&A document review. Herein lie two households, both alike in dignity: Webber Wentzel is in alliance with Linklaters, while one of Linklaters’ biggest corporate rivals, Slaughter and May, has a 5 per cent stake […]

The pivotal role GCs can play on Brexit

Boards expect their general counsel to play a pivotal role in Brexit planning. But does reality match expectations? Despite recent Brexit developments, uncertainty remains over the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Large companies are responding to this uncertainty by triggering their contingency plans. According to a survey of 100 large UK listed and unlisted […]

Latest litigation briefings

Court confirms breach of contract despite absence of negligence

By Daniel Wood The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the high-profile case of MT Højgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables. The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision and – in so doing – has provided useful clarification in respect of various important principles… …In this decision, the Supreme Court was willing […]

Global Litigation 50 2017

The Global Litigation Top 50 ranks the largest 50 firms in the world by litigation and arbitration revenue and also tracks headcount trends across the world’s leading litigation hotspots.

Ireland’s data protection bill: circuit court to confirm fines

…Head 80 of the General Scheme states that where a controller or processor is fined and does not appeal a decision to the Data Protection Commission, then the Commission will apply to the Circuit Court for confirmation of the fine. The Head goes on to state that the Circuit Court must then confirm the fine […]

Adjudicator had jurisdiction – rights reassigned in the nick of time

This article was first published on Practical Law’s Construction Blog By Ebony Alleyne In Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Construction Ltd, the TCC confirmed the armoured quality of an adjudicator’s decision, despite a valiant jurisdictional challenge. The enforcement action was set against a zigzagging tale of assignment and reassignment… What was the dispute? The […]

Litigation Tracker: Court Rankings

Firms and chambers will be able to chart their court appearances for the first time with the launch of The Lawyer Litigation Tracker’s Court Rankings. Drawing on data from over 5,000 recorded judgments in English civil courts from 2015 and 2016, The Court Rankings report ranks 50 law firms and 20 chambers by court, sector […]

Finance litigation briefing Nov 16: impecuniosity; and more

By Greg Standing, Ian Weatherall Enforcement and priority of an unpaid vendor’s lien Doubly-secured creditor and the doctrine of marshalling Indefinite suspension of bankrupt’s discharge Petitioning creditor must be a current creditor Impecuniosity no grounds for granting relief from sanction Enforcement and priority of an unpaid vendor’s lien We last reported on the case of […]

Global Litigation Top 50 2016

The Global Litigation Top 50 ranks the largest 50 firms in the world by the litigation and arbitration revenue they generate. We look at financial metrics such as total revenue, revenue per litigation partner and revenue per litigation lawyer and litigation revenue per jurisdiction as well as headcount trends across the time period for which […]

Enforcing foreign judgments in Switzerland – a Q&A

Dieter A Hofmann and Oliver M Kunz Treaties Is your country party to any bilateral or multilateral treaties for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments? What is the country’s approach to entering into these treaties and what if any amendments or reservations has your country made to such treaties? Switzerland is party to […]

Part 36, CPR: the reformed settlement regime in practice

Significant changes to Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) came into effect in April 2015.  The key changes are explained in Walker Morris’ earlier briefing, Part 36 changes: What you need to know. As the new rules start to bed in, Commercial Dispute Resolution specialists Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris review some of […]

Alton Towers fined £5m for ‘needless and avoidable’ accident

By Philip Ryan A day after the Health & Safety Executive announced it would be prosecuting the manufacturer of an ejector seat which fatally deployed while a Hawk jet was on the ground, a Midlands’ Court has handed down a record fine for a non-fatal accident in the UK. Merlin Attractions Operations Limited (‘Merlin’) was fined […]

More light shed on the matter

Has the court finally got the balance right between developers and neighbours when it comes to enforcing rights to light? By Lucy Jones This article comments on the unreported Court of Appeal case of Ottecroft Ltd v Scandia Care Ltd & Anor, 2016. The facts  The parties occupied adjoining properties. The defendant began construction works […]

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