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Maduro loses in Venezuelan gold wrangle

The High Court has rejected Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s latest attempts to take control of nearly $2bn worth of Venezuelan gold held at the Bank of England. Mrs Justice Cockerill ruled that the judgments of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice, which invalidated interim president Juan Guaidó’s appointment of his ad hoc board of the […]

Coleen Rooney

High Court declares ‘Wagatha Christie’ winner. It’s …………….

Brabners has secured victory for Coleen Rooney in the sensational “Wagatha Christie” libel showdown, as Mrs Justice Steyn handed down her long-awaited decision at midday today. Steyn J’s final ruling comes two years after Rebekah Vardy, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, launched proceedings against Rooney, wife of former England and Manchester United […]

Arm lines up new legal chief ahead of potential IPO

Chipmaker Arm Holdings has brought in a new chief legal officer from SoftBank Investment Advisers. Spencer Collins has been named in the role after five months of being the business’ interim general counsel. Since October 2021, Collins has also acted as managing partner and GC of SoftBank Investment Advisers (SBIA), where he has overseen its […]

Munich Germany

Goodwin continues Munich growth with finance lateral

Goodwin has followed up on the launch of its Munich office with the hire of a leveraged finance partner from rival US firm Shearman & Sterling. Winfried Carli was a long-term Shearman lawyer, spending 22 years at his previous firm before joining Goodwin’s Munich outpost. Much of Carli’s work focuses on both domestic and cross-border […]

Kate Davies QC, Skadden

Skadden replenishes arbitration team with A&O hire

Skadden has hired another partner from Allen & Overy, this time from its disputes and arbitration practice. Kate Davies QC joins Skadden from the magic circle firm, where she has spent the last nine years. She was promoted to partner in 2016 and started out her career at WilmerHale. A commercial and investment treaty arbitration […]

Garden Court to pay barrister £22,000 in gender-critical dispute

The Employment Tribunal has found that Garden Court Chambers did discriminate against its criminal defence barrister Allison Bailey because of her gender-critical beliefs.  Bailey brought the discrimination lawsuit against Garden Court and LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall. The chambers has been ordered to pay Bailey compensation, including aggravated damages, of over £22,000. In December 2018, Bailey had […]

NHS health

Places up for grabs on new £200m NHS panel

The panel spots of 28 firms are up for review as the NHS commences a tender valued at £200m. NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) is putting together a national framework agreement for the provision of legal services. NHS SBS is a joint venture between the Department of Health and French IT services company Sopra Steria […]


Firms line up on OneWeb-Eutelsat merger talks

Herbert Smith Freehills and Weil Gotshal & Manges are among the firms that have chalked up roles advising Paris-based satellite company Eutelsat on a potential merger with UK-based OneWeb on an all-share combination. The Lawyer has learned that HSF is advising its long-standing client OneWeb, with lead relationship partner Alan Montgomery at the helm along […]


GSK and Pfizer got their Haleon deal across the line: here’s how

What is it like working on one of the UK’s largest corporate demergers for 20 years? To find out, The Lawyer spoke to GSK’s Sarah Clements on the role played by the in-house teams involved. Clements, who is GSK’s legal head of group transformation and separation, worked alongside its group general counsel James Ford and […]

Daniel Wyatt

NFT judgment: Not the final word, but an important milestone in crypto law

D’Aloia v. Persons Unknown and Binance Holdings Limited & Others is the latest high-profile crypto judgment handed down by the English Courts. The facts of the case will be familiar to those with an interest in the ever-increasing line of crypto-related judgments, with ‘persons unknown’ having allegedly fraudulently misappropriated the claimant’s crypto via a trading […]