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Simmons takes on salmon producers in £382m class action

Some of the world’s largest salmon producers are being hit with a new class action, alleging unlawful collusion to increase salmon prices for consumers. Simmons & Simmons is representing class representative Waterside, a special purpose vehicle represented by Anne Heal, former OpenReach managing director of strategy and regulatory affairs group director at BT. The claim […]

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Judge slams Environment Agency and HS2 over litigation

Mrs Justice Joanna Smith has rebuked the Environment Agency (EA) and High Speed Two (HS2) for their taxpayer-funded litigation in judgment handed down today (21 June) at the Technology and Construction Court. In the conclusion to her judgment, she said: “By way of postscript, I observe that it is extremely unfortunate that these two bodies, […]

Sainsbury's Bank

Linklaters and A&O Shearman lead on Sainsbury’s Bank sale

Linklaters and A&O Shearman have capitalised on longstanding client relationships, acting on a deal in which Sainsbury’s banking business is sold to NatWest Group. Linklaters is acting for Sainsbury’s Bank with the team led by corporate partner Charles Turner, TMT partner Richard Cumbley and corporate managing associate Matthew Halliday. A&O Shearman is acting for NatWest, […]

Confidential

Post Office scandal: Regulator probes over 20 solicitors and firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has over 20 live investigations ongoing into solicitors and firms who worked on behalf of the Post Office or Royal Mail Group. In a statement released yesterday, the regulator said it is looking into a number of issues raised in debates about the Horizon scandal. Between 2000 and 2015, Post Office […]

Milbank London

Milbank makes space for an extra 85 City lawyers

As part of a long-term plan for the City, Milbank is taking additional floor space in its office to make room for growth. The firm is adding an extra 15,000 sq ft in its 100 Liverpool Street home. This means that over the course of the next 10 years, the firm will be able to […]

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Nine firms win roles on MUFG’s new panel

Japanese-headquartered Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has appointed nine firms to its EMEA legal panel. Magic circle firms A&O Shearman, Linklaters and Clifford Chance have been reappointed to the panel, alongside Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker McKenzie. New firms to make the cut include Addleshaw Goddard, The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year, Latham & Watkins […]

Mastercard

One-fifth struck off Merricks/Mastercard class action, says Freshfields

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has handed down a judgment that time bars almost a third of the infringement period in the Merricks/Mastercard class action, as well as a fifth of the total claim, according to the defendant’s lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Class representative Walter Merricks’ claim had been brought to cover the period between […]

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A&O Shearman banking stalwart set to join Proskauer

A&O Shearman’s private capital sector co-lead — and also the former co-head of the magic circle firm’s banking group — is lining up a move to Proskauer Rose. The Lawyer understands that Philip Bowden is moving over to Proskauer after 25 years at legacy Allen & Overy (A&O). During that time he was promoted to […]

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City talk: Orrick’s VC strategy looks sensible, but defensive

Any City firm wanting to get serious in the transactional legal market has to be prepared to make considerable investments into its private equity practice, whether by attracting key hires or wooing big-ticket clients. But as firms compete for the attention of a Blackstone or EQT, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is staying out of the […]

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Norton Rose and Slaughters lead on housebuilder bid

UK housebuilder Crest Nicholson is fending off advances from larger rival Bellway, with Norton Rose Fulbright and Slaughter and May at the helm. On Friday, Crest rejected Bellway’s second bid for the company in the last two months, which valued it at £650m. A merger of the two companies could create a business with an […]

Serco

Clifford Chance client Serco settles shareholder group action

A mammoth securities action filed against Serco Group has settled, bringing the near-£150m claim to an end just a week after the trial began. The matter was due to be heard for five weeks and was one of The Lawyer‘s top 20 cases of 2024. Serco’s settlement is the latest in a long line of […]

Back to Latham: PE partner returns after Linklaters stint

An infrastructure partner from Linklaters is set to return to Latham & Watkins after just over a year at the magic circle firm. John Guccione is moving back to the US firm. He advises on a range of corporate and financing matters, with a particular focus on transactions involving regulated utilities, energy, and transportation assets. […]

Macfarlanes

HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]

Stockholm

Linklaters team defects in Stockholm

A seven-lawyer real estate team led by one of Linklaters’ longest-serving partners in Stockholm has left the firm to join a local player. Longstanding real estate partner Magnus Lidman retired from the Linklaters partnership earlier this year, but has re-emerged as the star name among this group leaving to join Sweden’s Gernandt & Danielsson (G&D). […]

Cadwalader loses five-strong team to King & Spalding

King & Spalding has raided US rival Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft for a four-strong partner team in London. Four partners are making the move, alongside one special counsel who will join as partner. On the funds finance side, partners Samantha Hutchinson, Mathan Navaratnam, Nathan Parker and special counsel James Hoggett will join. Partner Sukhvir Basran […]

Travers replenishes funds team with Blackstone hire

Travers Smith, which last year lost a number of members in its funds group, has hired a new partner from Blackstone’s in-house legal team. Joel Grossmark joins Travers’ funds practice to add to its retailisation expertise. Grossmark previously worked at Blackstone Credit and Insurance, where he led its legal function for over five years. He […]

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Simmons boosts tech team with Big Four group hire

Four lawyers, who shifted from tech-focused Kemp Little to Deloitte Legal following the acquisition four years ago, have now reunited at Simmons & Simmons. Andrew Joint joined Simmons yesterday from Deloitte Legal, having previously been Kemp Little’s managing partner from 2017 until its acquisition. He joins fellow partner Calum Murray, who made the same move […]

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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

Incentivising staff in a green economy: green benefits

Environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) alongside sustainability are hot topics in business right now. Employees are increasingly scrutinising what employers are doing to promote sustainability, not least in the benefits they offer.

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International investment on the value UK cities

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P&O further wage cuts blocked

Ferry company P&O hit the headlines last month when it made 800 workers redundant via an online video call and with almost no notice.