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Bakers joins forces with A&O-supported startup Avvoka

Avvoka, the startup that has already found favour with Allen & Overy, has partnered up with Baker McKenzie in a bid to develop new technology applications, The Lawyer has learnt. Created in 2016 by former solicitors David Howorth and Eliot Benzecrit, the digital platform allows businesses to automatically create, e-sign and store contracts online. The duo joined Fuse, A&O’s […]

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Clifford Chance’s “Obama candidate” claims victory in firm’s leadership contest

Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam office managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand has fought off competition from Paris head Yves Wehrli to claim victory in the magic circle firm’s senior partner elections. Ouwehand will replace incumbent Malcolm Sweeting when his term comes to an end next year. He will be in the role from 2019 to 2023. Ouwehand had been described by internal […]

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Squires former City chief parts ways with firm after leadership reshuffle

Squire Patton Boggs‘ former London managing partner is to leave the firm, months after it was revealed that the firm’s global head would be relocating from the US to the City. Litigator Robert Weekes stepped down from his leadership role in April, as Squires’ global managing partner Stephen Mahon relocated to London to take over. […]

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Taylor Wessing wins top role on London’s “Tulip” tower

Taylor Wessing has been drafted in to advise on a new 1,000ft tall skyscraper in the heart of the City’s financial district, tenderly dubbed The Tulip. The firm is acting for J. Safra Group, which is owned by Brazilian billionaire banker Joseph Safra and whose London empire also includes the neighbouring Gherkin. The Lawyer understands that […]

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Taylor Wessing’s former chief lands new management role

Taylor Wessing’s former managing partner Tim Eyles has joined consulting group Parker Fitzgerald as its chairman, marking his first official role since leaving the law. As part of his role, Eyles will be tasked with overseeing the international growth strategy and financial performance of the consulting group, tapping into his longtime leadership experience in the legal […]

Latham steps in alongside Ashurst in last-minute rescue of Johnston Press

Latham & Watkins has joined Ashurst in the buy-out of the i newspaper owner Johnston Press, securing the future of the multimedia publisher. The company, which has 200 titles under its belt and is one of the UK’s biggest employers of journalists, turned to Ashurst in October, when it put itself up for sale, riddled […]

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Dentons management duo ease through firm’s leadership contest

Dentons‘ global management duo – chairman Joe Andrew and CEO Elliott Portnoy – have been re-elected for another three-year tenure at the helm of the firm. The duo, who have led the firm for five years already, stood unopposed during the process. They took over the reins in 2013 after the merger of European firm Salans […]

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Ex-Olswang real estate team leave CMS over “client conflict issues”

A team of 10 real estate lawyers from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang are defecting to City outfit Fladgate in one of the biggest team moves out of the firm since its merger. It was revealed last month that ex-Olswang partners Simon Kanter and Alan Karsberg were to join Fladgate, though it has now emerged […]

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Shoosmiths lines up CVA for Supercuts owner

Shoosmiths has guided salon chain Regis through its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in the eighth retail restructuring deal that the firm has done in a year. Regis, which owns the hairdresser Supercuts brand, lined up the CVA in October in order to cut its rents after being hit by lower footfall, the apprenticeship levy and higher pension […]

FTSE utilities company Pennon in hunt for new GC

Pennon Group, the water utility and waste management company, is seeking a new general counsel following the departure of its current GC and company secretary. Helen Barrett-Hague leaves Pennon after just two years. Before starting at the FTSE 250 company, she was GC at chemicals group Alent, and prior to this she served as group legal counsel […]

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Simpson Thacher makes major infrastructure PE play with Clifford Chance hire

Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]

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Mishcon white collar star switches back to the Bar

Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]

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DWF takes on Clydes reinsurance co-head ahead of IPO listing

In its biggest pre-listing lateral hire to date, DWF has brought in Clyde & Co partner and global co-head of reinsurance David Abbott. Abbott joined Clydes as part of the 2012 merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert having started work there in 1998. It is thought that he will not have to serve his full […]

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Reed Smith rebounds from Middle East setback with two hires

Reed Smith is beefing up its Middle East practice with two new hires, only one month after its regional managing partner exited to open HFW’s fifth Middle Eastern office. Commercial disputes partner Mahmoud Awad will join the firm’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices from Hadef & Partners, while Waseem Khokhar will take on a role […]

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Freshfields partner moves over to Simmons’ CLO team

Simmons & Simmons has recruited Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner James Grand to lead its practice focused on collateralised loan obligations (CLO). Grand has joined the structured finance and derivatives practice of the firm, having been promoted to partner at the magic circle firm in 2007. He joined Freshfields in 1995. His arrival follows Simmons’ expansion of […]

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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

Government’s new probate fees – just an extra death tax?

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

ECJ voids EC’s decision in UK capacity market scheme

By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval.  It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

Amsterdam: Museum Map Foundation must provide visits data to tax authorities

By Anke Holtland Yesterday, the Amsterdam District Court ruled in summary proceedings that the Museum Map Foundation must provide data to the tax authorities on museum visits by one specific museum card holder. What was going on? The Tax and Customs Administration demanded the information about museum visits from one specific museum card holder for the period 2014 to […]

Rules and weightings for 4th Dutch Offshore Wind tender (HKZ III&IV)

By Roland de Vlam, Redmar Damsma With the tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III & IV offshore wind sites in Q1 2019 rapidly approaching, potential contesters and other interested parties are awaiting the publication of the definitive version of the Ministerial Regulation holding the rules and weightings related to the tender procedure and criteria […]

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