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Former Locke Lord partner struck off for “flagrant breach of trust”

A former Locke Lord partner has been struck off and ordered to pay a £70,000 fine for breaching rules set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), causing “immeasurable” harm to the profession’s reputation. Jonathan Denton left the firm in 2015 and his actions saw his former firm struck with a record £500,000 fine from the Solicitors […]

Lesley Wan

The 60 second interview: FBN Bank UK general counsel Lesley Wan

FBN Bank’s Lesley Wan was one of 70 judges across private practice, in-house and the Bar who debated a record number of entries to narrow down the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers. The Lawyer recently caught up with Lesley to discuss judging, future trends and the importance of celebrating the legal […]

Hawaii, US

Dentons becomes first global firm to enter Hawaii after local tie-up

Dentons partners have voted to add two new offices in Hawaii through a merger with independent player Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. Through this deal, Dentons has become the first global firm to enter into the Hawaiian market, which it sees as a “gateway to the US market” for Asian clients and vice versa. This […]

China

Freshfields hires KWM “rising star” to join management in China

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Beijing partner Hazel Yin to co-head the competition practice in China. Yin has worked at KWM for most of her career, and was promoted to partner in February 2013. In her new role, she will work alongside China co-head Ninette Dodoo. At KWM, Yin built […]

Kathy Honeywood

Clifford Chance corporate partner exits for Bakers

Clifford Chance corporate partner Kathy Honeywood, who led the magic circle’s Asia Pacific corporate practice since 2015, is leaving the firm to join Baker McKenzie in London. Honeywood, who was at the magic circle firm her entire career, will join Bakers’ energy, mining and industrials (EMI) practice. She specialises in complex M&A transactions, corporate finance and […]

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Linklaters gains China law capability through best friends tie-up

Linklaters has become the latest firm to secure Chinese law capability, sealing the deal for joint operations with Shanghai-based boutique Zhao Sheng. Following government approval, Linklaters becomes the first magic circle firm to take advantage of the Shanghai free trade zone scheme (SFTZ), building on the relationships it has already established in the region. The firm struck up a […]

Hogan Lovells makes up first new global IP head in 15 years

Hogan Lovells has appointed IP partner Burkhart Goebel as its first new global head of intellectual property in 15 years, as the leadership baton moves across from Germany to Spain. Goebel, who is based in Madrid and Hamburg, will step down from his role as regional managing partner for Continental Europe to head the IP practice […]

barclays

Crown Court dismisses SFO charges against Barclays

The Serious Fraud Office charges relating to Barclays’ 2008 capital raising have been dismissed by the Crown Court today (21 May). The SFO is likely to reapply to bring the charges in front of the High Court in the hope the proceedings will recommence through an “indictment of the same charges”. The initial charges against […]

move, hire, exit

Charity regulator ends search for legal boss with compliance appointment

The Charity Commission has appointed current head of legal compliance Aarti Thakor as its new director of legal services. Thakor is replacing long-standing legal director Kenneth Dibble, who announced plans to step down at the end of last year to take up a role on the board. Dibble was chief legal adviser and legal director […]

Moscow

MPs criticise Linklaters after probe into Russian oligarch IPO

A Foreign Affairs Select Committee report into the depth of Russian influence in the UK has criticised Linklaters for the firm’s involvement in the initial public offering (IPO) of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s energy company En+. The committee expressed its “regret” at the firm’s refusal to explain its part in the 2017 flotation or give […]

City Gherkin

Addleshaws wins instruction from Chinese government on embassy move

Addleshaw Goddard has acted for the Chinese government in its acquisition of the historic Royal Mint Court from property management company Delancey. Head of real estate Leona Ahmed led for Addleshaws, representing the People’s Republic of China in securing the 5.5-acre site along the eastern verge of the City. Here, China will house its new embassy, adjacent […]

Hong Kong

CMS agrees Hong Kong tie-up with local firm

CMS Hong Kong has entered into an association with new firm Shirley Lau & Co, providing the firm with local law capabilities in the region. The group is formed of members of Troutman Sanders’ Asia offices, including partner Shirley Lau and seven other senior corporate and litigation associates. Earlier this year, Troutman confirmed it would be pulling out of […]

Anu Balasubramanian

Paul Hastings launches dedicated City PE practice with DLA hire

DLA Piper partner Anu Balasubramanian is joining Paul Hastings as the firm prepares to take on the increasingly competitive private equity market in the City, The Lawyer can reveal. Balasubramanian will be Paul Hastings’ first dedicated London private equity partner and is also the second DLA partner to be enticed by the US firm after […]

DLA Piper takes the plunge with long-awaited Dublin launch

DLA Piper has finally confirmed its launch in Dublin after months of speculation that it was looking to join other new entrants in the market, such as Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons. William Fry partner David Carthy is the first partner to join the firm in Dublin. He made partner at the local firm […]

Nicola Dagg

Kirkland strikes at A&O strategy with hire of IP head Dagg

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) international litigation expansion strategy has been dealt a heavy blow today, as Kirkland & Ellis lands the hire of global head and London IP star Nicola Dagg. This is the first IP litigation hire for Kirkland in London, and Dagg is expected to help service Kirkland’s existing US clients and bolster […]

Latest Briefings

Unprecedented sector changes for housing standards

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed its Second Reading at the beginning of 2018. The Bill has support from both landlord and tenant-focused organisations, who are eager for it to pass into law. Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan […]

Anti-variation clauses: Valid after all

By Gwendoline Davies  In 2016 the Court of Appeal ruled that anti-variation clauses in commercial contracts had no legal effect and that contracts could be varied despite prior express restrictions to the contrary.  That has now been unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court in MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd.  Walker Morris’ Head of […]

Social housing monthly law update – May 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: ICO produces lawful basis interactive guidance tool Government consults on proposals to toughen rules on building safety Funding for supported housing: Government response published MHCLG announces plans for mandatory code of practice for letting and managing agents Land […]

GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force on 25 May 2018 and brings with it new and improved regulatory powers for the Information Commissioner’s Office. What will this mean for businesses facing a data breach under the new GDPR regime?

Dutch law firms together against cybercrime

A number of Dutch firms have announced they will work together to fight cybercrime and digital threats. This group, in the event of proven success, looks forward to connecting with other law firms…

Geographical indications of origin in Serbia

By Dragomir Kojić, Partner and Tamara Bubalo, Associate Geographical indication of origin, this very peculiar form of industrial property protection, has undergone a revival phase over the past few years, thus becoming more omnipresent not only within the circles of interest, but also amongst the Serbian public at large…

Online but divorced from reality

By Philippa Dolan No one denies that simplifying the divorce process to make it easier, faster, cheaper and more understandable is a laudable aim. Much has been made of the billion pounds that is apparently being invested in an overall reform programme to ‘modernise the courts and tribunal service’, part of which is being spent […]

EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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