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Pinterest IPO advisers to pick up $2m in legal fees

Three US firms are guiding social media scrapbook company Pinterest through its IPO listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton won the mandate for the company, working on a dual-class structure with partners Ethan Klingsberg, Jeffrey Karpf and Pamela Marcogliese in its corporate team. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is […]


Ashurst usurps Norton Rose Fulbright as McLaren’s key adviser

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost its role as McLaren Group’s global legal adviser as the automotive manufacturer forms a new relationship with Ashurst. After a tender process, Ashurst will now work closely alongside McLaren’s in-house counsel on all aspects of its legal requirements. The company does not have a formal legal panel, instead opting to […]

O’Melveny down to six partners in London after lawyer exit

O’Melveny & Myers has lost a third City partner in less than a month, with financial regulation lawyer Eve Ellis joining Ropes & Gray. Ellis, who specialises in financial services regulation, first started at O’Melveny in 2007 as counsel in its investment funds group. She has moved back and forth over the last twelve years, […]

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Clydes laments poor gender record in latest promotions

Clyde & Co has acknowledged a lack of gender diversity in its latest promotions round, despite welcoming 24 partners to the fold and doubling the number seen in 2018. The firm has stayed true to its insurance roots with the lion’s share of new partners (15) being made up in the practice, while marine and […]


Squires poised for move into RBS’s former HQ

Squire Patton Boggs is looking to downsize its London office as it looks at new premises in nearby Premier Place in Bishopsgate. The firm is understood to be under offer for around 50,000 sq ft of space at Premier Place, 2-5 Devonshire Square, the former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). It occupies […]

CLO manager not entitled to incentive fee on optional redemption

The High Court has recently decided that on an optional redemption of a collateralised loan obligation securitisation (“CLO”), the collateral manager was not entitled to an incentive fee at the expense of junior bondholders.[1] The claim was brought by Deutsche Trustee Company Limited (the “Trustee”) in order to determine the correct interpretation of the bond […]

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DLA Piper granted chance to appeal in landmark case over Brexit frustration

A High Court judge has granted DLA Piper client European Medicines Agency permission to appeal against the dismissal of its claim to cancel its £500m office lease in London. EMA argued that the 25-year lease on its Canary Wharf base had been “frustrated” and should be able to relocate to Amsterdam. It claimed that the […]


Quinn strikes key victory over Freshfields in £14bn Mastercard claim

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured its most decisive victory to date in the £14bn Mastercard class action after the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier ruling in the case. The case will now be re-heard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CATf) which had previously sided with Mastercard’s lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by […]

Blackstone silks take centre stage in footballer’s Nazi salute allegations

A pair of Blackstone Chambers silks led as the Football Association (FA) dismissed allegations of an inappropriate gesture against a Premier League footballer. Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy allegedly made a Nazi salute in a picture posted on social media app Instagram by a teammate on 5 January. The Welsh international footballer denied making the […]


Addleshaws and KPMG given High Court seal of approval after HMV mixup

A High Court judge was required to confirm the roles of Big Four accountant KPMG and Addleshaw Goddard on HMV’s insolvency after confusion over the document submission. The Honourable Mr Justice Barling was required to conduct a hearing in the High Court on 24 January, ruling that a late electronic submission of insolvency documents would […]

Litigation briefings

When a child might be a child and when a child might not be a child

By Abid Mahmood Age Determination. New Case from the High Court. Age dispute case have been notoriously difficult to deal with, both for the Courts, but also for the Local Authorities and litigants involved. Before turning to the new case, it is worth remembering that in R (on the application of) S (by his litigation friend) […]

Vedanta resources PLC & another v Lungowe & others – Supreme Court rules UK correct jurisdiction to bring claim against Zambian subsidiary

By Lee P McBride, Nick Harding, Ben Stansfield In a judgment that could have far reaching effects for UK incorporated companies with foreign subsidiaries, the Supreme Court has decided that 1,826 Zambian citizens (the claimants) are entitled to bring a group action in the UK courts in respect of alleged harm to their health and farming activities arising […]

Parent liability for international subsidiaries and jurisdiction disputes

By Nick Lees, Tim Pickworth  Why is this case important? Whether a UK parent company’s duty of care may extend to foreign subsidiaries has hit the legal headlines a number of times recently [1].  The Lungowe case concerns pollution and environmental damage allegedly caused by an international subsidiary based in Zambia.  It centres on whether, and how, the […]

High Court refuses to remove charge despite mortgage fraud and void transfer

By Kate Hicks, Calum Davies Why is this case important? In the recent case of Dhillon v Barclays Bank PLC [1], the High Court considered ‘exceptional circumstances’ which may justify a court not making an order for alteration of HM Land Register despite a transfer being void for fraud. Facts and fraud The claimant, Ms Dhillon, lived at 47 Moresby Road, London […]

Court modernisation warnings

By David Asker  There have been warnings from senior figures regarding the £1bn court modernisation that is now well underway. The concerns come from judges, police and lawyers and a justice select committee is conducting an inquiry into the implications of the reforms. With court closures meaning that people have to travel further to access […]

Proper lending conduct: Mason v Godiva Mortgages

By Richard Sandford Why is this case of interest to lenders? Where borrowers get into financial difficulties and the lender/borrower relationship breaks down, it is common for disappointed borrowers to try to recoup some of their losses via a mis-selling or breach of duty claim against the lender.  The Mason v Godiva Mortgages case provides a recent, […]

CPRC consultations: Enforcement of possession and entry of default judgment

By Justin Coley The Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has recently launched two consultations which may of interest to all those concerned with collections and recoveries. There are currently two different systems for enforcing an order for possession, each with weaknesses in terms of delay, cost and procedural requirements. The CPRC has therefore issued a consultation […]

Prescription/limitation for professional negligence claims in Scotland

By Louise Power Last year we published an article which explained why calculating the time-bar for bringing professional negligence claims is complex – whether you are operating within England and Wales or in Scotland.  Partner Rob Aberdein now provides an essential update on changes to the law of prescription in Scotland, and offers practical advice for lenders […]

Market Matters – Spring 2019

By Rachel Elgar The Bank of England’s inflation report for February 2019 noted that activity in the housing market has been subdued. UK house prices grew by 1.7% in the year to January 2019, down from 2.2% in the year to December 2018 according to the UK Government House Price Index. This is the lowest annual growth […]

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