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FTSE 100 giant Pearson loses GC to GSK

Pearson’s general counsel is leaving the education publisher to join GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer healthcare business. Bjarne Tellmann – who has been Pearson’s GC for six years – is joining GSK where he will take up the role of senior vice president and general counsel from July. Tellmann joined Pearson in 2014 from the Coca-Cola company, where […]

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Mills & Reeve triumphs for NHS in scrap over pharma drug

In a decision that could potentially save the NHS up to £500m a year, Mills & Reeve and Landmark Chambers yesterday secured a monumental Court of Appeal victory over Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling, duly defeating two big pharma companies in the process. The contentious rematch saw both Bayer and Novartis fail to […]

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US and European firms lead on $11.5bn purchase of disease test kit maker

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Linklaters and Hengeler Mueller all picked up roles on the $11.5bn acquisition of a German pharmaceutical testing company by a US scientific instruments maker. Wachtell, Hengeler and Dutch firm NautaDutilh acted for Thermo Fisher, which yesterday bought the testing company Qiagen, advised by De Brauw, Linklaters […]

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Fieldfisher loses third life sciences partner in four months

Fieldfisher has lost a London partner to US firm Arnold & Porter, in a move that marks yet another blow to Fieldfisher’s IP and life sciences practice following a string of departures. Partner Beatriz San Martin has joined the US firm having spent over a decade at Fieldfisher. She joined in 2004 and ascended to […]

DLA Piper roundtable: Dealing with the rise of digital therapeutics

The Lawyer, in association with DLA Piper, recently hosted a roundtable focusing on the growing number of obstacles and opportunities faced by law firms and businesses alike when working with digital therapeutics Co-moderators Roger Wagland – Research and digital product director, The LawyerTom Heylen – partner, DLA Piper Gareth Stokes – partner, DLA Piper Round […]

Analysis

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The speed read: financials, misconduct, and office dilemmas

Firms will make smart choices when their next office move comes Attention has been focused on law firms’ own real estate ever since the pandemic began and there were plenty of developments this week, with Milbank delaying its office move to 100 Liverpool Street, Freshfields scheming how its move into 100 Bishopsgate will work, Stephenson Harwood […]

Irwin Mitchell enters redundancy consultations as 110 roles face axe

Up to 110 jobs are at risk of redundancy at Irwin Mitchell after the firm indicated it was responding to the long-term change in working patterns triggered by Covid-19. The national outfit today announced the next phase of its response to the pandemic, claiming that redundancy consultations are a direct result of an increased shift […]

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Former Chelsea boss calls on HSF in €33m asset management dispute

Herbert Smith Freehills is acting for Chelsea’s former manager Antonio Conte in a dispute against a UK-based asset management company and its director. While representing Conte and seven other investors during a hearing in July, HSF partner Chris Bushell was successful in convincing the commercial court that it should grant a freezing order against Kidman […]

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Fit-out delays lead Milbank to push back City HQ move

Milbank has delayed the move into its new 100 Liverpool Street HQ while it waits for the new office to be fully completed. The Lawyer understands that the firm has renegotiated an extension of its lease at 10 Gresham Street with its landlords till the end of the year, while the fit-out at its new […]

Osborne Clarke growth stalls after seven years of double-digit expansion

Osborne Clarke’s UK average profit per equity partner dropped 12 per cent over 2019/20, as turnover crept up by 5 per cent. The results are markedly different to the last seven results posted since 2012/13, in which the firm has recorded double-digit percentage growth in turnover each year. Over 2018/19, turnover increased by 11 per […]

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McDermott self-reports to SRA after court criticises “serious” breaches

McDermott Will & Emery has reported itself to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as well as two of its disputes partners, after a High Court judge highlighted there were “serious issues” related to their professional conduct during a recent case. The move follows a High Court judgment handed down today which said there had been […]

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Financials 2019/20: Addleshaws to hold back 5 per cent of partner profits

Addleshaw Goddard’s average profit per equity partner fell 4 per cent over 2019/20, with the firm directing a small proportion of its profits into an investment reserve to stem the blow of Covid-19. The firm announced today that global revenue rose 4 per cent from £275m to £288m despite saying that Covid-19 has had “an […]

Featured Briefings

Registration of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union

At the Pharmaceutical Forum of the EAEU and CIS countries held in Moscow in late February 2018, the Director of the Department of Technical Regulation and Accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) said that the full-scale work on registration of medicines using the unified information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will start […]

Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare system

By Robert Breedon, Tom Gray, Elwin Morgan Africa’s healthcare is in the midst of an innovation revolution that, as PwC say, “…is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice”. This innovation revolution is powered in part by traditional methods of funding human capital development in areas such as development and […]