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O’Melveny down to last 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 […]

London

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 […]

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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 […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields partner on indefinite leave ahead of SDT appearance

A Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner has been placed on indefinite leave ahead of a hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) next week. The allegations against Freshfields insolvency and restructuring partner Ryan Beckwith are at this stage unknown, though the information available reveals that he has turned to criminal defence partner Nick Brett of City […]

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A&L Goodbody appoints second female chair

A&L Goodbody has appointed a new chair, Eileen Roberts, as the firm’s second successive woman in the leadership role. Roberts, based in Dublin, is the former head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department and has particular expertise in large scale commercial disputes, insurance, pensions, financial services and property-related disputes and health care law. […]

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Freeths enters Bristol with 13th office launch and pledge to grow

Freeths has opened its 13th office in England with the launch of an office in Bristol. The office officially opened last week, with real estate partner Adam Watson relocating from the firm’s Nottingham branch to lead it. The firm has taken space in what has emerged as Bristol’s legal quarter, behind Temple Meads station. Watson […]

Mark Amsden

Former Addleshaws partner takes top legal job at Royal Mail

Royal Mail has replaced its former general counsel Maaike de Bie, who left for EasyJet last year, with an in-house veteran from supermarket chain Morrisons. Mark Amsden, who was formerly Morrisons’ general counsel between 2013 and 2017, joined Royal Mail this month as its legal head and chief risk and governance officer. After departing Morrisons […]

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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 […]

Saudi Arabia

Clifford Chance and Bakers act on Saudi retail IPO

Clifford Chance and Baker McKenzie are advising Saudi shopping mall giant Arabian Centres Company, as it seeks to raise $1.2bn in what would be the Kingdom’s largest IPO in five years. Bakers’ EMEA head of capital markets Adam Farlow and senior associate George Marshall are acting for Arabian Centres in the UK, alongside partners Robert […]

Chantelle Zemba

Deliveroo names new GC following exits

Deliveroo’s head of corporate and compliance Chantelle Zemba has been named as the company’s new legal head following the exit of its chief legal officer Rob Miller. A former Norton Rose Fulbright senior associate, Zemba first joined Deliveroo in 2016 as part of a five-month secondment, later climbing the ladder through the specialist employment team […]

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Mishcon hires new real estate finance partner from US firm

Mishcon de Reya has broadened its consultancy services offering with the hire of real estate special situations partner Omega Poole from Brown Rudnick. Poole will join Mishcon’s real estate finance group, where she will offer a new debt advisory service, assisting clients throughout real estate transactions, from sourcing of debt to completion. Between 2003 and […]

Stewarts adds firepower in tax disputes with partner hire

Stewarts has brought in three new lawyers, including one partner, to boost its tax litigation and investigations team. James Le Gallais has joined the firm as a partner from Peters & Peters. He already has significant instructions in commercial tax litigation, including the multi-million-pound action against funding company Ingenious Media. Le Gallais will bring expertise […]

Macfarlanes

Ropes restructuring partner resurfaces at Macfarlanes

Ropes & Gray restructuring partner Peter Baldwin has resurfaced with a new role at Macfarlanes, in what is the City stalwart’s third lateral hire this year. Baldwin left Ropes last year and will join Macfarlanes at the start of June, where he will focus on special situations and distressed transactions. He worked in Ropes from […]

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Dechert tax partner leaves firm after just two years

Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie is switching over to another US firm in London, in a move that will reunite her with former colleagues from Kirkland & Ellis. Scobie, who left Kirkland for Dechert in 2017, is moving across to Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s London office, where she will work with Kirkland alumna Claire McDaid, […]

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Taylor Wessing plugs regulatory gap with Covington hire

Taylor Wessing has hired a Covington & Burling partner to lead its financial services and competition group, following the exit of previous head Jonathan Rogers to White & Case. Charlotte Hill will fill the seat left empty by Rogers, the firm’s former head of financial services regulatory. He left Taylor Wessing last November for the […]

Norton Rose

Norton Rose Fulbright reels in Hogan Lovells rail partner

Norton Rose Fulbright has snapped up Hogan Lovells‘ former co-head of rail and shipping, making him the firm’s second City partner hire in a week. Simon Gwynne focuses on asset finance and structured finance involving aircraft, rolling stock, telecoms equipment and shipping. He joined Hogan Lovells from Linklaters in May 2011, alongside the magic circle […]

Latest 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) […]

Law to improve accessibility to marketing authorisations for drugs could have some nasty side-effects

By Ksenia Paramonova Precis: The Russian Ministry of Health has introduced a draft bill that clarifies the application process for marketing authorisations for a drug. There is concern that the new accessibility could lead to infringement when authorisation is sought for generic drugs. However, a proposed unified registry could prevent this. In October 2018 the Russian […]

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 […]

Settlement agreements – commonly negotiated terms

By Antonia Blackwell In this article, the third and final guide to drafting settlement agreements in our masterclass series, we focus on those extra terms which are most commonly sought by both the employer and the employee and the limitations which might be placed on them. Extra terms Our previous two articles have considered how […]

Reducing stress on relationship breakdown

By Caroline Watson April is Stress Awareness month, co-incidentally happening just as divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled to enable a couple to end their marriage more easily and put an end to fault-based petitions. It is hoped these changes will mean less acrimony and an end to the ‘blame game’. […]

An end to ‘no-fault’ evictions of residential tenants

By David Perry, Peter Williams The government has announced proposals to stop landlords ending residential tenancies on a no-fault basis. The government announced on Monday in a press release – with no warning – that it is proposing to end the practice of residential landlords ending assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England on a no […]

Company voluntary arrangements

By Luke Cockerton A Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) is one of the Insolvency sectors buzzwords at the moment following on from the notable cases in 2018; House of Fraser and New Look. This year has already seen a number of CVA’s proposed by large retailers such as Paperchase and Giraffe restaurants, but why are these […]

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 […]

One-time ‘active’ filing – Crackdown on shelf companies continues…

On 21 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) notified changes to the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 introducing a one-time form filing requirement confirming the active status of companies. The form needs to be filed on or before 25 April 2019. The amendment has not yet been notified in the official gazette of India, […]

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