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RPC, Matrix and 5RB litigators lock horns over future of libel law

Litigators from RPC and Matrix Chambers debated with a 5RB silk over the future of libel law yesterday, in an evidence session before the UK Parliament’s Justice Committee. The one-off hearing was held to investigate potential reform concerning strategic lawsuits against public participation – known in the United States as SLAPPs – something that the […]

London

Squires hires first UK head of data protection

Squire Patton Boggs has recruited its first UK head of data protection, information law and cyber security in a bid to grow out the practice. David Naylor joins the firm from Wiggin, where he served as the head of its data protection, information law and cybersecurity practice and was former co-head of its technology practice. […]

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Clifford Chance hires tech partner from Norton Rose Fulbright

A partner from Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology, media and telecoms team has joined Clifford Chance, making him the firm’s second City lateral hire in five months. Zayed Al Jamil is expected to join Clifford Chance on 1 May. He has spent more than five years at Norton Rose Fulbright, making partner in 2021. At Norton […]

Crypto trading firm appoints new GC

Singapore-based crypto trading firm Amber Group has appointed its first GC for the EMEA region. Ehsan Haque joined the firm this month and is expected to work closely with the firm’s chief operating officer Wayne Huo in managing the company’s legal and regulatory risk groups, as well as expand its relationship with local regulators. Haque […]

Silicon Valley

Simmons launches in San Francisco with OC hire

Simmons & Simmons is launching on the US’ West Coast, hiring the head of Osborne Clarke’s Silicon Valley office. The new office in the San Francisco Bay area will not be practising US law. Simmons has hired Emily Jones for the launch, who has been at Osborne Clarke for nearly twenty years and moved to […]

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Corporate duo spearhead Informa-Warburg sale

Clifford Chance and Kirkland & Ellis are the two firms to have inked the sale of Pharma Intelligence from Informa to New-York based private equity group Warburg Pincus. The £1.9bn cash sale comes after Informa announced in December 2021 it would divest from its intelligence portfolio and solely focus on its events and academic publishing […]

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Micro Focus hires new legal chief from Bupa

FTSE 250 software company Micro Focus has hired a new chief legal officer from Bupa. Janet McCarthy makes the move after four years as Bupa’s group legal director. She starts her role on 10 March. Prior to Bupa, McCarthy held several other in-house roles at Santa Fe Group, Metalor Technologies and Mitsui & Co, based […]

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Orrick partner takes new strategy role at OnlyFans

An Orrick partner in London is leaving the firm to join social media platform OnlyFans as its chief strategy and operations officer. Keily Blair is making the move to Orrick’s client OnlyFans, a content subscription service launched in 2016 that enables account holders to monetise their posts. It became marred in controversy last year over […]

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HSF wins mandate as Altice ups BT stake

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has provided legal advice to Patrick Drahi’s telecommunications company Altice, as it raises its stake in BT from 12 per cent to 18 per cent. HSF was led by corporate partner Mark Bardell and supported by senior associate Brian O’Malley and associate Claire Bamford. Altice led the deal, with BT understood […]