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Knights boots up for IPO with tech transformation

Knights, which this month announced its intention to become the fifth publicly listed UK law firm, has hired the European IT director at Procter & Gamble to oversee a “technology transformation” as part of the listing. Richard King will join Knights on 1 July as a non-executive director to lead the business’ tech overhaul. Knights’ […]

London

DAC set to exit “miserable dungeon” with move to Cannon Street

DAC Beachcroft‘s search for its new London office is coming to an end as the firm is understood to have put in an offer for floors of the Walbrook Building near Bank station, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm kicked off its search for a new office last September, instructing commercial estate agents Knight Frank to find […]

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Dentons-backed ‘Space Camp’ unveils six new startups

Six European startups have been chosen to join the first round of a SpaceTech startup accelerator backed by Dentons. The nine-week programme called ‘Space Camp’ is being hosted in Dentons’ London HQ and is sponsored by the global firm. The scheme was established by spacetech-focused venture capital fund Seraphim Capital, which claimed that it had […]

Gender pay gap: Freshfields and Slaughters bow to pressure on partner figures as A&O refuses to budge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have released belatedly their gender pay gap for partners, while Allen & Overy (A&O) has been called out for “refusing to comply” with MPs’ requests for the data. The publication of results follows a long-running inquiry by the UK Government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee into the […]

Heathrow has a back-up plan to extend an existing runway if the new one is not approved

City firms gear up to defend Heathrow from new runway challenge

DAC Beachcroft looks set to launch a challenge against the Department for Transport (DfT) after submitting a 21-page document highlighting “serious errors” in the DfT’s plans to build a third runway at Heathrow airport. DAC partner and head of planning Christopher Stanwell is representing Heathrow Hub, which proposes an extension to the existing Northern runway […]

A&O

A&O lures back partner after two-year Cleary stint

Allen & Overy (A&O) has rehired its former head of non-contentious financial services regulation, two years after he left the magic circle firm for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Bob Penn spent nearly a decade in the A&O partnership and was a member of its financial services regulation team before leaving to join the US firm in September […]

CMS gets £132m cash boost after sale of Olswang and Nabarro offices

CMS Cameron McKenna has released itself from nearly £132m worth of real estate liabilities after selling off surplus office space owned by legacy Olswang and Nabarro, The Lawyer can reveal. When the firm agreed its merger with the two London-headquartered firms, CMS took on extra space in London, as well as Dubai and Singapore. It has now consolidated […]

Kazakhstan

Linklaters wins appeal for BNY Mellon over $23bn asset freeze

Linklaters has successfully defended the Bank of New York Mellon from an appeal launched by the National Bank of Kazakhstan (NBK) against the freezing of assets. A judgment permitting BNY Mellon to freeze $23bn worth of assets belonging to the NBK’s National Fund of Kazakhstan was passed down in Belgian and Dutch courts, and was […]

hire

White & Case ramps up City recruitment with in-house PE hire

White & Case has gone in-house for its next hire in London, recruiting Lone Star lawyer Shane McDonald as a partner in its banking team. McDonald has been senior vice president at Lone Star-affiliated company Hudson Advisors since 2013, when he moved in-house from Ropes & Gray. He started out his legal career at Gadens […]

Fieldfisher

Exclusive: Fieldfisher mulls float as law firm IPO market heats up

Just days after DWF confirmed it was looking into the possibility of an IPO, The Lawyer can reveal that Fieldfisher has also been holding meetings in the City to explore a similar move in a float that could value the London firm at up to £800m. It is understood that Fieldfisher has been “pilot fishing” […]

Analysis

Latest UK Briefings

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

Five lessons from our general counsel community

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Apperio invited a selection of clients, General Counsel and corporate Legal Operations professionals to benchmark the adoption of technology in legal departments. The group discussed the cultural and commercial challenges of technology. Here are five of the most interesting lessons learned…

GDPR: A pension trustee’s ongoing obligations

After months of preparing for GDPR, unfortunately the work does not stop now that the regulation has been implemented. Elements of the GDPR will require ongoing review and action. See our checklist below to make sure you are up to speed with your ongoing trustee GDPR obligations…

An easement or a lease – the court decides

By Deborah Gordon Brown and Michael Callaghan The High Court has decided that a document purporting to grant a lease of a right of way in fact created an easement. Background An easement is a right over one property that benefits another property, such as a right of way or a right to use a […]

Use of injunction in modern trespass cases

By Leanne Norton and Lucy Shepherd In two recent cases of trespass, injunctions have been the preferred remedy rather than possession. An injunction is a court order that requires a party to do a specific act, or to refrain from doing a specific act. Injunctions are a discretionary remedy and an interim injunction might be […]

Adjudication watch June 2018: what you need to know

In this latest ‘Adjudication Watch’ our construction team provides updates on significant adjudication decisions: Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Building Ltd (formerly known as Galliford Try Construction Ltd) [2017] Christopher Linnett Ltd and Mr Christopher Linnett v Matthew J Harding [2017] Baldwin and another v J R Pickstock Ltd [2017] Victory House General Partner […]

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