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Simmons boosts tech team with Big Four group hire

Four lawyers, who shifted from tech-focused Kemp Little to Deloitte Legal following the acquisition four years ago, have now reunited at Simmons & Simmons. Andrew Joint joined Simmons yesterday from Deloitte Legal, having previously been Kemp Little’s managing partner from 2017 until its acquisition. He joins fellow partner Calum Murray, who made the same move […]

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BT adds magic circle firm to 11-strong panel

BT has further shrunk its panel for the third review in a row having appointed a total of 11 firms to its roster. The panel will run for three years and includes 10 firms that have been reappointed from 2020.   Those continuing their relationship with BT after the latest review are the likes of Allen […]

Fieldfisher boosts German offering with 11-strong hire

Fieldfisher is bolstering its German presence with a sizeable team from local firm SKW Schwartz and a handful of other hires, in an effort to expand its media, technology and IP offerings. The firm has hired eight lawyers from SKW Schwarz including partners Martin Diesbach, Elisabeth Noltenius and Julia Schafdecker, all of whom specialise in […]

Charles Russell Speechlys creates 10 new roles amid AI push

Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) has launched a new department and created 10 full-time roles as the firm ramps up its tech and innovation offering. Known as “advanced client solutions”, the department will explore, develop and utilise artificial intelligence (AI), legal tech, and alternative processes to improve the delivery of legal work in the firm. The […]

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In court this week: Sports Direct and Newcastle United

Sports Direct takes on Newcastle United in kit rights clash The Magpies are heading to the Competition Appeal Tribunal tomorrow (9 April) for one day in a claim brought by Sports Direct, as the high street sports equipment retailer challenges Newcastle United over its third-party kit sales policy. Sports Direct, represented by Travers Smith, alleges […]

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Slaughters and Travers among firms advising on Vodafone’s €8bn Italian sale

Slaughter and May has represented long-time client Vodafone on the telecommunications giant’s latest sale of its Italian business to Swisscom. The Slaughters team was steered by corporate partners Victoria MacDuff and James Cook, along with associates Serena Hopkins, Anika Sethy and Iain Meiklejohn. The firm also fielded a sizeable team of tax, commercial and employment […]

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ITN secures new GC from Virgin Media

Production company ITN has hired Zaffrin O’Sullivan as its new general counsel, as its longstanding incumbent steps down after nearly three decades. O’Sullivan will join in February from Virgin Media O2, where she currently holds the role of legal director. ITN’s current GC James Scorer is due to retire from ITN after 27 years at […]

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Slaughters debuts new tech group for clients

Slaughter and May has appointed new co-heads for its financial institutions and technology practices amid an internal practice leadership reshuffle. Highlighting the importance of technology advice across all sectors, the firm has established a technology cross-stream practice, which will be helmed by corporate partner James Cook, competition partner Jordan Ellison and tech expert Rob Sumroy. […]

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BT sets tech challenge for firms in panel retender

Firms are pitching to retain – or win a place – on BT Group’s roster, as the telecoms giant pledges to reappoint the team that delivers the greatest technology efficiencies. The guaranteed reappointment follows BT’s last panel review in which the corporate said it would automatically rehire its most diverse legal adviser. As a result, […]