Public sector and local authority

wales

Linklaters and Slaughters win panel places for Welsh Water

Linklaters, Eversheds Sutherland and Slaughter and May are among the ten firms to have secured contracts for DWR Cymru Cyfyngedig, or Welsh Water. A total of 24 contracts have been awarded – with six going to Eversheds. The firm has been awarded contracts in corporate, employment, competition, data protection, construction and health and safety. Both […]

Raft of firms secure places on £60m public sector roster

Six of the UK’s top 100 firms have succeeded in a lucrative council procurement process in the North East of England, sharing in a four-year contract worth £60m. DWF, Bevan Brittan, DAC Beachcroft, Pinsent Masons, Ward Hadaway and Womble Bond Dickinson will be tasked with providing general legal advice to a total of 12 different […]

Government

Monckton silk: Gina Miller case could force government to disclose ministers’ WhatsApp messages

A Monckton Chambers silk has taken to Twitter to explain an important disclosure point which will affect the legal challenge against the government’s suspension of Parliament. The Lawyer revealed yesterday that Mishcon de Reya had lodged a legal injunction on behalf of businesswomen and anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, to prevent the UK Government from shutting down […]

Revealed: The firms cashing in on the failed Garden Bridge project

Seven City law firms raked in over £3.5m in fees from the ill-fated Garden Bridge project, including Bircham Dyson Bell and Macfarlanes. According to the full breakdown in fees, the Garden Bridge project cost a total of £53.5m with legal accounting for 6 per cent of the total money spent by authorities including Transport for […]

scotland

Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]

Analysis

buckingham palace

By royal appointment: the monarchy’s go-to lawyers

With Harry and Meghan announcing they will step back as senior royals and work to become financially independent, The Lawyer looks back at the royal family’s legal representation. Farrer & Co Farrer & Co has been the royal’s established advisers since the 1930s – Sir Leslie Farrer was the personal adviser to George VI and […]

Global Corporate 50: Here’s what the M&A teams are expecting for 2020

Considering the volatile year that the corporate world went through in 2019, and the number of companies, mostly retailers, that have been placed into administration or filed for insolvency in the UK alone, it was refreshing to see that a number of firms contacted for The Lawyer’s Global Corporate 50 report had a positive outlook […]

Featured briefings

No5 Barristers’ Chambers counsel at centre of landmark ruling

By Ramby de Mello Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers represented parents who have been fighting for the right to protest against LGBT equality teaching in a Birmingham primary school. Ramby de Mello represented Shakeel Afsar, his sister Rosina Afsar and Amir Ahmed who contested the need for an injunction to restrict street protests around Anderton […]

Shoosmiths appointed to key public sector legal services panel

By Lee Perry National law firm Shoosmiths has been appointed to two full service lots in England, Wales and Scotland on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Wider Public Sector Legal Services Panel (RM3788). This panel helps a variety of public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland to access Shoosmiths’ public sector legal expertise through a […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecutes Samantha Eastwood murder

Jonas Hankin QC, instructed on behalf of West Midlands CPS, opened the case against Michael Stirling when the case was listed for sentence before the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE. Michael Stirling was convicted by his guilty plea of the murder of Samantha Eastwood on 27th July 2018.  Shortly before 8am that day Samantha had left […]

Walder Wyss advises Swiss Life in share buyback program

On 29 November 2018, Swiss Life Holding AG has announced to repurchase own registered shares up to a maximum repurchase value of CHF 1 billion for the purpose of a subsequent capital reduction. The share buyback program starts on 3 December 2018 and will last until 31 December 2019 the latest. The repurchases will be […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers represents West Midlands council against fraudulent claim

Counsel from a Birmingham barristers’ chambers has represented a West Midlands council in a contempt of court case against a woman who fraudulently claimed for damages. Gareth Compton, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, represented Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in the case. Karen Britton, 45, of 44 Harwood Street, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to contempt of court […]

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