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Emily Monastiriotis

Simmons reshuffles departments in dispute resolution overhaul

Simmons & Simmons is reorganising its dispute resolution offering in the UK to improve integration and increase learning opportunities for junior lawyers. The firm is combining its litigation and arbitration (L&A) team with its contentious regulatory, crime and competition (CRCC) department into a single group: disputes and investigations. Financial markets disputes partner Emma Sutcliffe is […]

Didar Dhillon, Severn Trent

Pinsents partner joins Severn Trent as GC

  Severn Trent has recruited a new general counsel ahead of the retirement of Bronagh Kennedy, who has been in the role for nearly 12 years. Didar Dhillon has been appointed as the water company’s new legal chief. Dhillon will take over as GC for both Severn Trent and Severn Trent Water, effective from early […]

Treasury building, Whitehall

Lawyers grill UK sanctions enforcer over backlogs

The director of the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) was quizzed by legal professionals for an hour straight in a live webinar last week, with questions regarding the backlog of legal expense licences top of the agenda. Firms cannot act for, and be paid by, sanctioned individuals without first applying to OFSI for a […]


Slaughters and Kirkland lead as Cineworld files for bankruptcy protection

Slaughter and May, a longstanding adviser to Cineworld, is supporting the cinema chain as it proceeds with a Chapter 11 filing in the US. The team at Slaughters is being led by the head of its restructuring and insolvency group Ian Johnson, while Claire Cooke is on hand in the finance team and David Johnson […]

Aston Martin

Magic circle duo lead on Aston Martin’s capital raise

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged the top role for client Aston Martin Lagonda on its £653.8m capital raise. The firm has fielded lead partner Mark Austin for the car manufacturer. He was aided by partner Andrew Hagan in the US capital markets team. Linklaters was the firm at the helm for the financial sponsors, brokers […]

Leeds UK

Gowling WLG zeroes in on Leeds launch

Gowling WLG is to open a hub in Leeds, The Lawyer has learned. The firm, which already has UK offices in Birmingham and London, said the reason for the move is to bolster its housing development and regeneration practice. A spokesperson for Gowling WLG told The Lawyer: “We can confirm that we are in discussions […]

Morgan Stanley

Freshfields’ capital markets partner leaves for Morgan Stanley

A former co-head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international capital markets group has joined Morgan Stanley. David Ludwick has joined the investment bank as a managing director in its legal and compliance division. He will serve as global conflicts officer, responsible for three functions firmwide; they are new product approval, the global conflicts office and environmental […]


HSBC hires new group M&A GC

HSBC has hired a new GC to oversee its group M&A section. Evelyn McAdam joins from GE Renewable Energy, where she spent 17 years in a variety of roles. She moved from senior M&A counsel to executive M&A counsel before being appointed GC in February 2022. Prior to this, she spent a number of years […]

Shares stocks

HSF secures IPO mandate for investment fund

Amid a drought in new IPO listings on the London Stock Exchange, Herbert Smith Freehills has landed an advisory role for Welkin China Private Equity as it looks to debut on the main market. Welkin China is a new fund that will be dedicated to investing in unquoted Chinese companies. It is targeting a raise […]

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover hires new GC

David Berry leaves legal director role at Tesco to join Jaguar Land Rover as its GC. Having trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and qualified into its antitrust team, Berry spent 10 years as senior counsel in global antitrust, sales and corporate relations at Diageo. He was promoted to SVP and assistant GC for two years […]


How RBS simplified its 18,000-word contracts

When RBS’s outsourcing, technology and IP team looked at the bank’s 18,000-word supply template contracts, they realised things had got out of hand. They decided the best way to deal with the contracts was to do it themselves: in-house.