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Radcliffe Chambers raids Five Paper for commercial team

Radcliffe Chambers has swiped a team of four from Five Paper’s commercial practice group, including its commercial team leader Simon Mills. Other members from Five Paper that have made the move include Zachary Kell (year of call: 2015), Matthew Tonnard (year of call: 2015) and Alexander Kingston-Splatt (year of call: 2017). The set has also […]

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White & Case snaps up Travers Smith’s head of M&A tax

Travers Smith has taken another hit in the City of London, losing its head of M&A tax to White & Case. Jessica Kemp joins White & Case’s tax practice, having spent the last 15 years at Travers Smith. She was given the nod to partner in 2015 and was promoted to head of M&A tax […]

It’s off: Womble Bond and BDB Pitmans abandon talks 

After several months of negotiations, the proposed tie-up between Womble Bond Dickinson and BDB Pitmans will not be going ahead. Negotiations between the pair started last October over a tie-up that would have created a £440m revenue firm. Neither firm was a stranger to a merger. Bond Dickinson – itself a combination of Dickinson Dees […]

Shoosmiths hires COO from DLA Piper

Shoosmiths is kicking off 2023 by appointing Rachel Reid as the firm’s chief operating officer (COO). Reid joins from DLA Piper, where she worked with the managing director of the Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, to drive growth and operational efficiency. She joined DLA in 2019, having previously held the role of COO […]

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Royal London appoints new GC from insurance rival AXA

Royal London has hired AXA’s UK group regulatory and compliance director as its new general counsel (GC). Julie Whitehead has made the move after 17 years with AXA, beginning her career at the insurance giant in 2005 as senior counsel. In total, Whitehead brings with her 25 years of financial services experience, having previously worked […]

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DLA Piper and Trowers dropped from local government pensions panel

The legal services framework for Local Government Pension Services (LGPS) has finalised its new panel, with 12 law firms having been appointed. The firms that have made the cut are: Addleshaw Goddard, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Brodies, Burges Salmon, Burness Paull, Cleveland & Co, Eversheds Sutherland, Freeths, Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke, Pinsent Masons and Squire Patton […]

Kirkland funds partner leaves for Goodwin

Goodwin Procter has snapped up a private equity and investment funds partner from Kirkland & Ellis. Jacqueline Eaves has spent nearly four years as a partner at the US firm, where she focused on advising private investment funds on a range of complex business transactions in the secondary market. Before joining Kirkland, Eaves spent four […]

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Calling all litigators: The Top 20 Cases of 2023 is out on Monday

Next week, The Lawyer will reveal this year’s biggest courtroom battles selected from submissions from almost every major firm and chambers in England. Our flagship annual feature contains all you need to know about the hottest disputes, which should be on every litigator’s radar. See if you are named among the law firms and lawyers […]

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Ex-Freshfields partner sets up new consultancy venture

Ex-Freshfields M&A partner Simon Marchant has launched his own legal consultancy, anticipating a surge in strategic change in the industry over the next three years. Simon Marchant, who also worked at Shearman & Sterling as a senior adviser until last October, has set up Rosemont Advisors, a strategy and management consultancy focused on supporting law […]

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Pinsents ends GC search with Dentons hire

Pinsent Masons has hired its inaugural general counsel, with ex-Dentons partner Andrew Cheung taking the role. The firm kickstarted its search in April, on the back of the retirement of its director of risk and compliance Chris Andrews. Cheung was educated at the University of Western Australia and spent a number of years at Maxim […]

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Food is the answer: Communal eating makes the office worth visiting

Cryptocurrency, summer getaways, university tales, new-borns, paternity leave, and her own upcoming wedding are among the canteen conversation topics recently encountered by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner associate Nazia Sohail. Sohail, who joined the transatlantic firm in February 2020, welcomes the office chit chat having worked almost entirely remotely throughout her training contract. “I don’t think […]

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Cost of living: UK firms are now giving one-off payments to lower earners  

A search on The Lawyer’s jobs site reveals the wide pay disparity within the legal sector. Away from the headline-grabbing £100,000 NQ figures, there are business services positions listed from £18,000 and solicitor roles in the regions from £45,000. As highlighted by the Criminal Bar’s ongoing action, there are significant sections within the industry working […]

How in-house lawyers can navigate a legal ecosystem in flux

There is no doubt that the legal landscape has shifted dramatically over the past five years, none more so for in-house lawyers. No longer are law firms the sole external supplier of legal services, but rather consultancies and technology providers continue to edge themselves further into the picture. Unsurprisingly, this has led to the role […]

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Clifford Chance after Layton: Fresh faces wanted, new ideas needed

As Clifford Chance gears up for its leadership election this autumn, names of potential nominees have started to emerge alongside talk of wider management structural reforms. The firm will hold its process later this year, with its incumbent Matthew Layton understood to be set to leave the firm entirely once his term ends. The former […]

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Mishcon’s fate lies in the hands of its junior partners

The news this week that Mishcon de Reya was seeking a listing may, on the face of it, appear a simple confirmation of a widely-anticipated event. However, the planned float is in no way a done deal, and executive chair Kevin Gold and managing partner James Libson need to persuade a lot of people outside […]

Public M&A rankings: UK firms go missing in action

A number of success stories come to light in the public M&A rankings for Q1, with firms that have been busy investing being rewarded for their labours. But the magic circle are mysteriously absent, for now. The first few months of 2021 have seen over 8,900 transactions preliminarily agreed globally, according to Refinitiv data, the […]

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Cooley’s problem with Amazon

Last month, Cooley unveiled its first revenue dip since it opened in the City in 2015. Behind that lies a major tussle over firm strategy – and in particular, its relationship with one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Latest UK Briefings

HICBC: January 2022 update – 2017/2018 tax position

A number of taxpayers with HICBC appeals awaiting the outcome of the forthcoming Court of Appeal in HMRC v Wilkes have recently contacted the firm about correspondence received from HMRC about their 2017/18 tax position.

APP fraud: Confirmation of payee, developments and trends

In the first half of 2021, £355 million was lost to authorised push payment (APP) fraud. This compares to £208 million in the first half of 2020. As a result, APP fraud losses now exceed card fraud losses for the first time. This significant growth in sums lost to APP fraud comes despite the successful introduction of phase 1 of Confirmation of Payee.

Financier Worldwide roundtable: Corporate fraud

Financier Worldwide regularly bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss issues at the centre of their audiences’ interest. Shoosmiths were invited to contribute to the November 2021 roundtable which covers the significant, ongoing challenge many companies face: corporate fraud.

Menopause and disability discrimination

On 18 October 2021 we marked World Menopause Day. It is, therefore, timely that, this month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has provided one of the few binding rulings on this topic. It has considered whether employees experiencing severe menopause symptoms can be protected from disability discrimination.

New plans for the UK immigration system

The Government has published its first statement setting out its vision for legal migration and border control as part of the new plan for immigration. This article summarises the key goals that form part of the vision.

CMA review into competition law and ‘vertical agreements’ in the UK

The CMA recently launched its much anticipated review as to how competition law should apply to many common types of commercial arrangements (including, among others, distribution agreements (including exclusive and selective distribution), agency and franchising). It will, of course, be relevant in the automotive sector, bearing in mind that dealer agreements now fall under the “general” competition law rules rather (with the Motor Vehicles Block Exemption being confined to aftermarkets).

Online Harms regulation – getting closer?

The Government’s much anticipated response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation has finally been released but those seeking clarity at this stage may be left scratching their heads. It appears to represent no more than an indication of the Government’s direction of travel under considerable media pressure to ensure that “something must be done” […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

The Environment Bill 2019 – water, water, everywhere

By Lee Perry Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the […]