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Chancery silk forms new set at 13 Old Sq

Leading chancery silk John McDonnell QC is launching a new set of chambers. The former 9 Stone Buildings silk has taken space at 13 Old Square and plans to build a 30-tenant set. Three as yet unnamed barristers have already signed up. McDonnell was inspired to take the step by two of his former clerks […]

Cobbetts loses PZ Cussons

PZ Cussons has ditched Cobbetts in favour of Addleshaw Goddard. PZ Cussons has ditched Cobbetts in favour of Addleshaw Goddard. The move follows a decision by the FTSE 250 consumer company, which is behind brands such as Imperial Leather and Carex, to dissolve its one-lawyer in-house legal department and to outsource all of its legal […]

Statham Gill shies away from Tenon association

Statham Gill Davies, the niche music practice that was bought by the professional services group Tenon in October 2001 for £7.1m, has distanced itself from its parent in an attempt to compete more successfully with independent law firms. The firm has moved out of the Tenon offices and has dropped the Tenon name. After the […]

BP extends reach of UK legal panel review

Energy giant BP has extended the review of its UK law firms to cover the company’s overseas legal advisers. BP launched a review of its UK law firms earlier this year in order to slash legal fees. The FTSE 100 company expects to overhaul its roster of UK advisers by September. BP will then focus […]

Parlour case results in victory for Clintons

Clintons scored a high-profile success last week after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of its client Karen Parlour in her divorce claim against her ex-husband Ray Parlour. The court ruled that the Arsenal footballer must pay Karen Parlour a third of his future income in a landmark ruling that will change the face […]

Ex-Appeal judge joins One Essex as arbitrator

One Essex Court has taken on former Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Nourse as an arbitrator. As a chancery practitioner, Nourse has vast experience in every kind of civil appeal, particularly with cases from the Commercial Court. In 2000 he was appointed vice-president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal and was […]

Finers wins new property head from Rooks Rider

Finers Stephens Innocent has recruited Paul Dunbar from Rooks Rider to head its property dispute resolution group. Dunbar advises on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, problems relating to freehold land and disputes relating to property transactions.

Tesco brings £1m negligence claim against BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is being sued by Tesco over its handling of the supermarket group’s plans to build a superstore near Liverpool. Tesco is claiming nearly £1m from BLP for its handling of the acquisition of land from John Deveney in 1999. BLP said that its relationship with Tesco remains strong and the firm […]

Public allowed to instruct barristers direct

Barristers can now receive instructions direct from members of the public following a change in the Bar Council’s code of conduct. The Department of Constitutional Affairs last week granted approval for the council to remove the blanket ban on direct public access. The new scheme does not apply to criminal, family and immigration barristers, who […]

Herbert Smith cuts fees by 40 per cent for massive IMS deal

Herbert Smith has taken a massive cut in fees to advise on an epic three-year data privacy programme, which it considers a model for international data compliance projects. Herbert Smith IT partner Christopher Rees has advised healthcare information market leader IMS Health for more than 10 years, but still reduced its fee rate by 40 […]

US Supreme Court places limits on ATS efficacy

In a result likely to have ramifications for a case just inherited by Lovells from Clifford Chance, the US Supreme Court has applied limits to the use of the politically-charged Alien Tort Statute (ATS).The legislation allows foreigners to seek compensation in US courts even if the case has only remote US connections. The Supreme Court […]

BLP in pole position for RBS work as bank buys new headquarters

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has emerged as the frontrunner to represent the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on a £242m real estate purchase in the heart of the City. It is understood that BLP, one of a number of firms on RBS’s legal panel, which was finalised last November, will act for the bank on […]