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National Lottery

Linklaters’ client loses National Lottery licence dispute

Linklaters’ client Camelot has failed to retain its licence to operate The National Lottery after the High Court ruled in favour of the Gambling Commission. Camelot’s licence, which it has held since 2009, is due to expire in 2024. Instead of an automatic renewal, the Gambling Commission ran a competition to find the next licensee, […]

Ceri Morgan, HSF

Red flags, Quincecare and the significance of the JPMorgan judgment

There are many controversial things to have come out of the 1980s: shell suits, hair crimping, Cabbage Patch Kids. And, according to Mrs Justice Cockerill, the Quincecare duty. However, in her recent judgment in The Federal Republic of Nigeria v JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. [2022] EWHC 1447, Cockerill J confirmed that the duty plainly exists […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland makes double funds hire

Kirkland has added two associates as partners from Fried Frank Shriver & Jacobson and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in its City funds practice. Charles Cooper-Isow is a private equity associate, having been at Fried Frank since 2016. Qualifying in the same year in England and Wales, Cooper-Isow has six years’ post-qualification experience (PQE). He joins […]


White & Case finance partner exits for Shearman

Shearman & Sterling is boosting its leveraged finance practice with a White & Case hire, its fourth new partner joiner of 2022. Shameer Shah makes the move, having spent almost nine years at White & Case. His main practice focuses on acquisition finance and special situations across private credit, investment banks and other financial institutions. […]

Vicky Sandry, Sky UK and Ireland

Sky Group hires new GC

Sky Group’s general counsel has left the business, leading to the appointment of a new legal head at the broadcasting company. Niamh Grogan has joined Sky as its new group general counsel after leaving multinational insurance adviser Willis Towers Watson. There, she was its global deputy general counsel and chief operating officer for more than […]

Care Homes

Ashurst leads in CareTech’s £870m take-private deal

Social care provider CareTech has been sold to a consortium, advised by Ashurst, in an £870m deal. Ashurst chair Karen Davies led the team representing Amalfi Bidco, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by Sheikh Holdings Group (Investments), Belgravia Investments and Kensington Capital, and funds managed and advised by THCP Advisory. Davies was supported by fellow […]

Austin Texas

Ashurst unveils third US office in Texas

Ashurst has expanded further in the United States, announcing the launch of an office in Texas. The base in Austin will be its third office in the US, after New York and Los Angeles. It is expected to focus predominantly on infrastructure investment, development and finance matters in transport, social infrastructure and water. The new […]

Reed Smith Broadgate Tower

BCLP loses derivatives partner to Reed Smith

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is losing one of its derivatives specialists to Reed Smith, The Lawyer can reveal. Tariq Zafar Rasheed is set to join Reed Smith’s financial industry group, with a particular emphasis on derivatives, derivatives clearing, prime brokerage arrangements and structured products. The Lawyer understands a group of associates will also be joining. Rasheed moves […]

Ed Sheeran

Costs awarded in Ed Sheeran’s copyright battle

The costs of Ed Sheeran’s High Court copyright battle over his 2017 chart topper ‘Shape of You’ have been revealed. Reading grime artist Sami Chokri, also known as Sami Switch, and co-writer Ross O’Donoghue must make an interim payment on account of £916,200 to singer-songwriter Sheeran plus several record producers and music publishers, Zacaroli J has […]

Boutique litigation firm takes over Gerrard’s defence

Boutique litigation firm Charles Fussell & Co has taken over as counsel for Neil Gerrard on cases that involve Dechert as co-defendants. Just last month, Mr Justice Waksman handed down a long and damning judgment in Kazakh mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation’s (ENRC) case. This mammoth dispute is against Gerrard, Dechert and the Serious […]

DWF and Squires to face off in cancelled MotoGP row

Listed firm DWF has been called upon by the owner of Britain’s iconic Silverstone racing track which has brought a claim against a construction company over resurfacing work that led to the cancellation of the 2018 MotoGP. The claim totals £7.9m plus interest for breaches of an agreement which Silverstone Circuits, the track’s parent company, […]