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Dentons dubs Warsaw partner its ‘chief mindfulness officer’

Dentons has appointed a ‘chief mindfulness officer’ for Europe in an attempt to develop its lawyers’ emotional intelligence. Warsaw-based partner Karina Furga-Dabrowska has been handed the role as an acknowledgement of her role in the launch of NextMind, Dentons’ wellbeing programme. Furga-Dabrowska has been with the firm since 2006 and is co-head of its tax advisory […]

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Dechert partner accused of threatening aviation entrepreneur in hacking claim

US aviation entrepreneur Farhad Azima has filed a counter-claim against Ras al Khaimah (RAK)’s sovereign investment vehicle RAKIA, alleging that it hacked and published his data on the dark web and that he was threatened by a London-based Dechert partner. The partner in question, Neil Gerrard, has been in the spotlight for his involvement in […]

Doughty Street barrister resigns following Twitter ‘harassment’ of colleague

A Doughty Street Chambers barrister has resigned from the set amid allegations that he was connected to a Twitter account that harassed people involved in the Labour antisemitism issue. In a Twitter thread posted by Doughty Street human rights barrister Adam Wagner, it is revealed that his former Doughty Street colleague Daniel Bennett has resigned […]

Skyscanner’s former GC finds new role at Trustpilot

Review website Trustpilot has hired a new chief legal and policy officer from Skyscanner. Carolyn Jameson has joined Trustpilot, founded in Denmark, to oversee its legal and public affairs globally, as well as to ensure that the platform continues to grow. She will report to the company’s founder and CEO Peter Holten Mühlmann and will […]

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Ikea ends search for new GC with Debenhams hire

Ikea has hired from Debenhams to fill the UK and Ireland general counsel seat left open following the departure of its legal head this year. Mark Skinner, who was head of legal at Debenhams, joined Ikea after former general counsel Nick Pritchett left the company last April for in-house services provider LegalEdge. Pritchett had taken on […]

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Fieldfisher hires from A&O to boost Condor arm

Fieldfisher has hired Allen & Overy  (A&O)’s working capital manager to add manpower to its Condor unit amid reshuffling in the firm’s alternative legal services and flexible resourcing division. The firm has brought in Paul Harrod to the Condor leadership team; Harrod has spent about 14 years in the magic circle firm’s finance department. There, he […]

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Gowling WLG is latest firm to grab Commonwealth Games advisory role

Gowling WLG has won the advisory role for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games following a tender process for the post. The firm will support the organisers on corporate governance, procurement and general commercial matters. Gowling’s pitch team was led by partner Michael Luckman, who will be working with Birmingham 2022’s chief legal officer Caroline McGrory […]

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Latham exits continue as energy partner joins Morgan Lewis

Latham & Watkins partner Ayesha Waheed has left the firm after over a decade to join Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London office. Waheed joined Latham in 2008 from Clifford Chance, where she had spent three years as a foreign lawyer in the banking and finance department of its Frankfurt office. She focused on project finance, […]

Former Twenty Essex barrister rejoins set after offshore stint

Commercial set Twenty Essex has hired a barrister from Walkers to add to its civil fraud and asset tracing team. Sarah Tresman has spent three years as a litigation lawyer in the Cayman Islands. Previously she was a barrister at Twenty Essex for seven years, where she began her career. She returns to the chambers […]

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Skadden and Simpson Thacher advise on WeWork float

US firms Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett will take on the legal duties as co-working space company WeWork has filed a prospectus laying out plans for its much-anticipated IPO, becoming the latest startup eyeing a public listing. The filing sees the company valued at $47bn, with plans to raise […]

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Kirkland and Travers land roles on BC Partners’ software deal

Kirkland & Ellis has represented BC Partners on its investment into UK software company Advanced, in the firm’s latest advisory role for the private equity house. The US firm fielded a team that included partners David Higgins, Rory Mullarkey and Tom Bartram. Last September, Higgins advised BC Partners on its agreement to acquire majority ownership […]

CMS and DWF called in on administration of Titanic shipyard Harland & Wolff

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and DWF are advising on the administration of Harland & Wolff, as a buyer is sought to rescue the historic Belfast shipyard. The CMS team acting for Harland & Wolff and administrator BDO is led by London-based restructuring partner Glen Flannery, alongside corporate partner Peter Williamson and associates Christos Christoferou […]

Latham and Freshfields advise on new Farfetch deal

Latham & Watkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and independent Italian firm Gatti Pavesi Bianchi have advised Farfetch on the acquisition of the Italian luxury brand platform New Guards Group. Latham’s team stemmed from its Milan, New York and London offices. The deal was led from Milan by corporate partner Stefano Sciolla, while Marcello Bragliani advised on […]

White & Case fields transatlantic corporate team on 3M defence deal

White & Case has secured the mandate for a UK-listed company in its acquisition of 3M’s defence business that supplies equipment to the US military. Avon Rubber, a respiratory protection systems company that supplies military, law enforcement and firefighting teams, has bought the ballistic protection business of 3M, another US company conglomerate, for just over […]

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Blackstone, Brick Court and 11KBW silks among seven QCs appointed High Court judges

The High Court today announced the appointment of seven justices, including barristers from Blackstone Chambers and Brick Court. The appointments are due to take effect from September, with a further 10 appointments due to be announced later this year. The silks will fill vacancies in the High Court following promotions to the Court of Appeal […]

Essex Court brings in Erskine barrister to expand commercial team

Essex Court Chambers has expanded its commercial and chancery practice with the arrival of a barrister from Erskine Chambers. The set, crowned Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards last week, has hired Tim Akkouh. Akkouh was called to the Bar in 2004 and will add substantial experience to the set’s civil fraud and […]

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LLP accounts: White & Case growth slows after years of expansion

White & Case’s UK and Africa staff numbers went down by 2 per cent over 2018, its accounts have revealed, after a six-year period of rapid growth across both jurisdictions. Over 2018, the firm’s employee headcount dropped from 633 to 619, with a fall in both fee-earner and non fee-earner numbers. The average number of […]

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Shearman City partner makes transatlantic move to Quinn

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has expanded its international arbitration team with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mark McNeill will be joining Quinn as a partner in its New York office. He has been at Shearman & Sterling for 12 years, initially in its Paris office and later moving […]

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Paul Hastings snatches Shearman team in São Paulo

Paul Hastings has hired two partners in its São Paulo office from rival US firm Shearman & Sterling. Corporate partner Jonathan Kellner and capital markets partner David Flechner will be joining Paul Hastings along with several members of their team, which will include of counsel Andrea Campos and associates Thomas Ayres, Diana Balassiano, Filipe Lima. […]

Clifford Chance invests in Continental European “brainstorming platform”

Clifford Chance has turned part of its Frankfurt office into its latest digital and legal technology hub, as firms increasingly turn to Germany for  long-term innovation infrastructures. The Lawyer understands that the firm spent below €100,000 to refurbish a series of meeting rooms and former admin spaces into what has been dubbed internally the “innovation and […]

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A&O to lose fraud head to Milbank’s expanding City office

Milbank has made its second hire from Allen & Overy in 2019, recruiting the firm’s head of fraud to lead a new group in its City office. Mona Vaswani, who was also the firm’s former co-head of firm’s UK banking, finance and regulatory litigation practice, will join Milbank after spending 26 years at the magic […]

Goodwin builds on tech surge with new Orrick hire

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses. His clients […]

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Greenberg reels in new partner from Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is to lose another partner to a US outfit in the City, over a month after it was revealed that corporate finance partner Warren Allan is leaving for Proskauer Rose. Aircraft and rail finance partner Graeme McLellan is to join Greenberg Traurig. McLellan has been a partner in Stephenson Harwood’s asset finance team since […]

Norton Rose Fulbright to lose seven insurance lawyers to DACB

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s insurance team has been hit once again, as seven lawyers exit for DAC Beachcroft. The group will follow former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Liam O’Connell, who left the firm in May to head DACB’s global insurance practice. He will be joined by fellow partner Kirsty Hick, who litigates on behalf of insurance […]

Akin Gump brings in fifth O’Melveny lawyer this year

O’Melveny & Myers have lost two lawyers in London today, as merger negotiations with Allen & Overy continue to provide uncertainty for those still at the US firm. Jonathan Blake, a senior funds consultant, and Karen Ireland, a finance and capital markets counsel, have resigned from the firm and are the most recent in a […]

Latest Briefings

Change to response time for data subject access requests

By Jeanette Burgess, Andrew Northage On 15 August 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued updated guidance on the timescales for responding to a data subject access request (DSAR) following a recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The general rule is that DSARs must be complied with without undue delay and at […]

Dividends subject to tax

Samuel Fernandes de Almeida, Tax partner, is quoted in an online article, published by the Angolan financial newspaper Mercado, discussing the changes in the Angolan employment income tax (IRT) code. The article details how the change introduced by Law 9/19, of 24 April, establishes that the distribution of profits to members of civil companies or […]

Alternative Investment Funds 2019 – Portugal

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Inês Moreira dos Santos What legislation governs the establishment and operation of Alternative Investment Funds? The activity involving the management, investment and marketing of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) is mainly regulated by the Undertakings for Collective Investment Law (Regime Geral dos Organismos de Investimento Coletivo), enacted by Law no. 16/2015 of […]

Alternative Investment Funds 2019 – Angola

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Carlos Filipe Couto  The activity involving the management, investment and marketing of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) is mainly regulated by the Undertakings for Collective Investment Law (Regime Jurídico dos Organismos de Investimento Coletivo), enacted by Presidential Legislative Decree no. 7/13, of 11 October (UCI Law). Law no. 10/15, of 30 June […]

Alternative Investment Funds 2019 – Mozambique

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Carlos Filipe Couto What legislation governs the establishment and operation of Alternative Investment Funds? Activity involving the management, investment and marketing of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) is mainly regulated by: the Undertakings for Collective Investment Law, enacted by Decree no. 54/99 of 8 September 1999 and amended by Decree no. 36/2005 […]

Mozambique – Customs Clearance of Goods Regulation

By Guilherme Daniel, Conceição Gamito, Ana Raquel Costa, Lorna Guilande, Rita Simão Luís Ministerial Order no. 51/2019, of 24 May, approving the Customs Clearance of Goods Regulation (“ Regulation”) and replacing Ministerial Order no. 16/2012 of 1 February, has been published. The Regulation was published following the need to further regulate Decree no. 9/2017 of […]

Recovering debts in a post Brexit Britain

By Paula Swain, Jason Byrne and Andrew Foyle This article looks at the possible impact for Credit Managers on our upcoming exit from the EU, and how they will recover debts from EU customers. Current Position Suppliers of goods and services to the EU will, in most cases, include a clause in their contracts dealing […]

Letting agency posing as a club fined

By David Asker A lettings agency claiming to be a member’s club has been fined more than £40,000. Lifestyle Club LSC has fallen short of the tenant fees ban, the club sought to imply that its members are licensees rather than tenants. The club offered flexibility in terms of accommodation to its residents and asked […]

Possession claims Q2 2019

By David Asker The Ministry of Justice have released the 2019 Q2 report on mortgage and landlord possession claims. Mortgage repossession claims up There are currently over 10 million mortgages in the UK, with the outstanding amount owed over £1.4 billion. The average mortgage debt is just over £132,000 with the average UK price being […]

Section 73 application to extend life of wind farm constitutes “repowering”

By Katherine Evans An application under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to extend the life of an existing wind farm constitutes “repowering” and does not engage Footnote 49 to paragraph 154 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). That is the decision of the Inspector issued on 29 July 2019 in […]

Capitalising on the growing beauty sector

The beauty segment is a growing and profitable part of the retail sector, forecast to grow by 16.5 per cent until 2023 according to market research company GlobalData. Retailers who invest in and promote their own beauty lines on top of selling third party brands can take a greater share of the market. However, they […]

Private equity in Northern Ireland: what should you consider?

By Andrew Jennings Global and domestic private equity funds have been increasingly active across Ireland in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue. In Northern Ireland, recent reports  suggest the number of early-stage private equity investments and buyouts is up in the first half of 2019 even as overall M&A deal value has […]

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