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Dentons on call for M&S in Colin the Caterpillar wrangle

Dentons is representing Marks & Spencer (M&S) in a High Court dispute with Aldi over its Colin the Caterpillar cake. An Intellectual Property claim was issued in the High Court on Monday, landing in the “passing off and trade marks” category. Dentons’ partner Anna Copeman been instructed by M&S, who is head of the firm’s […]

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Bird & Bird hires HSF partner as City arbitration head

A longtime member of Herbert Smith Freehills‘ (HSF) disputes team is moving to Bird & Bird after over two decades at the firm. Nick Peacock is making the move, specialising in international arbitration and having previously led HSF’s Singapore arbitration group and its India disputes team. His departure follows the recent retirements of Mark Shillito, […]

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Paul Hastings hands out $1,500 rewards to business services staff

Paul Hastings is to issue a Covid bonus to its business services professionals, following a recent similar appreciation measure for its associates. Management at the US firm announced yesterday that, as an expression of gratitude for work carried out during a challenging year, the firm will issue a $1,500 bonus to its business professionals. These […]

PE heavyweight Bagshaw to depart White & Case

White & Case’s co-head of private equity Ian Bagshaw is to depart the firm after over seven years, The Lawyer can reveal. Bagshaw will leave the firm at the end of June. He has been with the firm since the start of 2014, when he moved from Linklaters alongside Richard Youle – now at Skadden […]

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Taylor Wessing scouts for trademark talent in Liverpool

Taylor Wessing is looking to deploy a trademarks team in its Liverpool hub, as its headcount surpasses 100 into its second year of launching. Of the 100, a total of 25 are lawyers and the rest a mix of business services professionals. About 50 of these recruits have joined during the lockdown period, when the […]

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The Lawyer Pub and Restaurant Guide

As we gear up for a return to the workplace, help us show some love to the hard-pressed hospitality industry by nominating your favourite eat-and-drinkeries.

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Freshfields to debate post-pandemic reward measures

The partnership at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to approve a catch-up payment for staff whose salaries were frozen, The Lawyer understands, though no Covid bonus is expected. The payment will draw the firm’s salary freeze to a close, having been introduced at the start of the pandemic. Unlike other firms, the firm will not […]

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Roundtable: The future-proof legal department with Wolters Kluwer

It was a fitting setting as delegates gathered in the now-commonplace environment of Microsoft Teams to discuss the use of technology and the value it brings to in-house legal departments. Video-conferencing was one of the early novelties of the pandemic-era, as professionals everywhere abandoned face-to-face meetings and shifted online. Despite its drawbacks, video-conferencing is now […]

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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Former Slaughters partner to carry out Greensill review

Corporate veteran Nigel Boardman has been appointed by the Prime Minister to carry out an independent review into the ongoing Greensill saga. Boardman, who left Slaughter and May’s partnership in 2019, is a non-executive director of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He has continued since as a senior consultant at Slaughters, with […]

Latham and Freshfields lead as Darktrace gears up for IPO

Latham & Watkins and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are acting as cybersecurity start-up Darktrace confirms plans to go public. The Latham team for Darktrace is led by capital markets partner James Inness, with co-chair of the London corporate department Robbie McLaren and partners Josh Kiernan, Shing Yuin Lo and associate Koushik Prasad. Lo, a member of The […]

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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Dechert and Squires at helm of €2bn fintech sale

A number of US firms have secured roles on the sale of fintech company Itiviti to Broadridge Financial Solutions for €2.14bn. Dechert led for Itiviti’s owners Nordic Capital, with a team steered by London corporate partners Ross Allardice and Mark Evans, along with senior associate Tony Brown. Itiviti, a capital markets product used by banks […]

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City firms lead as Deliveroo targets £8.8bn valuation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Latham & Watkins have been leading on the bumper listing of Deliveroo, which yesterday said it was targeting a valuation of up to £8.8bn. The magic circle firm bagged a new instruction from the takeaway giant for its listing, with partners Mark Austin and Doug Smith taking the lead. Proskauer Rose […]

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Essex Court’s Singapore presence hit by group exit

All six members of Essex Court Chambers‘ Singapore affiliate are to leave the practice, as the crisis around China sanctions deepens. The team departure comes less than 24 hours after the magic circle set lost Jern-Fei Ng QC in London to 7 Bedford Row. Those leaving Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore group practice) are VK Rajah […]

Essex Court removes Uighur article from website after China sanctions

Essex Court Chambers has removed an article from its website that made reference to a legal opinion condemning the abuse of Uighur Muslims, just hours after the set was sanctioned alongside a group of UK individuals and business. Sanctions were handed down by China on Friday in relation to the alleged “lies and disinformation” that […]

Barrister of the week: Matrix Chambers’ Danny Friedman QC

Despite a legal career spanning almost three decades and having worked on matters ranging from 9/11 to Grenfell Tower, Danny Friedman QC (Call: 1996) was not prepared for the emotional impact of his latest brief. Representing 12 of the ‘flying pickets’, known as the Shrewsbury 24, the Matrix Chambers‘ silk succeeded in appealing against the […]

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Linklaters lures Freshfields PE partner in Paris

Linklaters has hired a corporate partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in a rare magic circle move in Paris. Partner Florent Mazeron has been a corporate partner within its global transactions practice and a member of the global financial investors group for seven years. He focuses on major private equity transactions in relation to both public […]

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Taylor Wessing to join flurry of firms in Dublin

Taylor Wessing is to open an office in Dublin, as a swathe of firms expand their footprint in the region. The expansion into Dublin comes after the completion of the Brexit transition period. It is understood the motive was a request from a client in the US for support as they wished to establish operations […]

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Hogan Lovells divvies out special bonuses worldwide

Hogan Lovells is the latest firm to announce firmwide special bonuses to staff, with the transatlantic outfit taking a regional approach to payments. Rewards are varied across the firm’s offices to all lawyers, apart from partners, as well as those in business services, including paralegals and PAs. Those in Europe, the Middle East and Africa […]

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Cadwalader opens Dublin hub in Brexit move

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has opened its doors in the Republic of Ireland, giving the firm a greater presence in the European Union. London is the firm’s sole European office, having called time on its Brussels operations in the financial year 2019/20. The firm secured premises in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Place at the start of February, […]

Winston’s new Shanghai ally loses seven-lawyer team to Chinese rival

A team of seven lawyers led by partner Michelle Gon have left Winston & Strawn’s Shanghai office and newly-formed strategic alliance YuandaWinston to join Chinese rival Han Kun. The team focusing on regulatory and compliance matters is Han Kun’s most significant recruitment in Shanghai since 2015, when it took on eight partners from domestic rival […]

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McDermott bulks up in white-collar with Paul Hastings hire

McDermott Will & Emery has snagged a disputes partner from Paul Hastings, in its latest London hire this year. Simon Airey joins McDermott’s dispute resolution practice after just over three years at Paul Hastings. He joined the US firm in 2017 from DLA Piper. Airey is a corporate crime and investigations partner, who was brought […]

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White & Case nabs Shearman duo

White & Case has hired two partners from Shearman & Sterling, as it rebuilds its London ranks following a recent steady flow of defections. The US firm has taken on partners Tim Sheddick and Katie Hicks, who have spent little more than two years at Shearman. Sheddick is a partner in the project development and […]

Former White & Case disputes partner lands at Goodwin

Goodwin has recruited a former White & Case partner to bolster its burgeoning City litigation practice, the latest component of its lateral hiring push. The US firm has added Hannah Field-Lowes, who left White & Case at the end of last year. In mid-May, Field-Lowes will join the firm’s London disputes team, which was launched […]

Shearman nabs Latham restructuring partner

Shearman & Sterling has hired a second lateral in its restructuring practice this week, this time from Latham & Watkins. The US firm has taken on London partner Helena Potts, who has worked in the London office of Latham & Watkins for nine years. She has a focus on restructurings involving defined benefit pension schemes […]

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Akin Gump partner quits for Shearman

Shearman & Sterling has hired a financial restructuring partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, nearly two weeks after snapping up Travers Smith’s head of corporate. The US firm has hired Akin Gump London partner Sam Brodie, who has spent more than six years at its rival. As part of his practice, he advises […]

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Addleshaws arbitrator leaves for CMS

CMS has recruited a new litigation partner from Addleshaw Goddard as its new co-head of arbitration. The firm has taken on partner Sarah Vasani, who leads the investor state dispute resolution practice within the international arbitration team at Addleshaw Goddard. She will co-lead CMS’ London group alongside its current head Richard Bamforth. Vasani was recruited […]

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Irish regulation in focus: Culture and individual accountability

Increasingly, there is a focus on culture and individual accountability in regulated firms. This has been heightened by various consumer protection issues which have been investigated including the tracker mortgage examination; high profile enforcement actions and the recent engagement with insurers on business interruption cover during COVID-19. Consistently, the Central Bank of Ireland (“Central Bank”) […]

Guide to self-cleaning in European public procurement procedures

With the increase in governments’ stimulus packages, the principles of fairness in competition and compliance with legal rules have proved relevant, enhancing how useful the self-cleaning option is. Understanding what it means and how to benefit from this second chance is all the more key to economic operators.

BMA proposes internationally active insurance group concept for Bermuda

In December 2020, as part of its review to update Bermuda’s commercial insurance regime, the Bermuda Monetary Authority issued a consultation paper proposing the introduction of an Internationally Active Insurance Group concept to meet the principles and standards of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ Common Framework.

Legaltech a powerful tool to enhance high value services

As emerging technologies, especially AI, are deployed in LegalTech tools, the legal sector has entered into a transitioning phase where more and more law firms and in-house teams are investing in LegalTech solutions to increase the efficiency both of their internal processes as well as of the services and products offered to their clients.

e-Signatures: A short guide

This video gives practical tips to use in an era where traditional “wet ink” signatures may be a thing of the past.