Real estate and infrastructure

City duo seal £5bn real estate merger

Two City firms took the leading roles on a merger of London’s west end landlords, advising on the creation of a newly-minted property portfolio which is being valued at around £5bn. The Lawyer has learned that Hogan Lovells was on hand for Shaftesbury, and was spearheaded by corporate partners Nicola Evans and Anthony Doolittle. Herbert […]

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HSF leads for Go-Ahead in £648m sale

Transport provider Go-Ahead, which provides bus and rail services across the UK, is to be sold in a deal valued at nearly £648m. Herbert Smith Freehills has secured the mandate from client Go-Ahead, with partners Stephen Wilkinson and Caroline Rae at the helm, along with lead senior associate Charles Steward. Linklaters meanwhile is representing the […]

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Addleshaws’ former London head set to depart

The former head of Addleshaw Goddard’s London office, who has been with the firm for over 15 years, is set to leave, The Lawyer has learnt. Real estate partner Leona Ahmed is leaving Addleshaws, having joined the firm in 2007. Ahmed previously spent over 11 years with legacy firm Lawrence Graham, which has since become […]

Mishcon de Reya

BCLP construction duo exit for Mishcon

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is set to lose two partners from its non-contentious construction team to Mishcon de Reya. Duo Marc Hanson and Adriano Amorese are moving to Mishcon de Reya, after both spending over a decade with the firm. Veteran Hanson joined legacy firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2011, before which he led Ashurst’s […]

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Simpson Thacher secures finance hire from Kirkland

A partner from Kirkland & Ellis’s real estate finance team has moved back to his former firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. James Esterkin joined Kirkland in 2017 as an associate from Simpson Thacher, becoming partner just a year later. He now returns to Simpson Thacher as a partner, joining its real estate group and advising […]

Analysis

Clifford Chance’s former tax head is having the time of his life

Dan Neidle is enjoying his new role as a gadfly “All communications sent to me will be held in strict confidence and only disclosed with your explicit permission”, reads the legal notice on Dan Neidle’s website Tax Policy Associates (TPA). “Unless you are threatening to sue me for libel, in which case absolutely no duty […]

“We press a button daily to let everyone know we’re safe” – CMS Ukraine managing partner on how it feels to be uprooted during war

Every day, employees of CMS’ Kyiv office receive a phone alert urging them to press a button to let the rest of the displaced office know they are safe.  With operational hubs in Budapest and Western Ukraine, the office has faced unquestionable challenges as it continuously works to monitor the safety of all 65 staff […]

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Clydes needed BLM more than you think

“I acted for a client 20-odd years ago that went from 50 firms on its panel to 12, and we thought that was absolutely revolutionary,” says BLM’s legacy senior partner Matthew Harrington. “Now clients are looking at panel sizes, certainly in the general insurance market, of two to three firms.” And that, in a nutshell, […]

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A postcard from Warsaw: Big-ticket deals, but worries for the future

On a June day in 2022, The Lawyer visited several of Warsaw’s top international firms to see how this apparently thriving market is holding up four months after the launch of a war on its neighbour, Ukraine. What impact has the dramatic events of the past few months had on the city, its legal services […]

High Court

Chambers face comms shake-up to avoid contempt of court

Chambers across the Inns are considering how to publicise judgments after the Master of the Rolls, Mr Justice Vos, warned embargo-breaks could see sets being held in contempt of court. The Lawyer understands that many are actively tightening up their internal and external communication policies following a stern warning from Mr Justice Vos back in […]

‘Even pariahs have rights’

When the Conservative MP Bob Seely told the House of Commons that the legal system had become “corrupted” by “amoral” lawyers acting for Russian oligarch clients, it was not surprising that the President of the Law Society launched a robust defence of the profession: “It’s the job of solicitors to represent their clients, whoever they […]

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How law firms react to death

Earlier this year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office faced an unexpected and upsetting tragedy: the sudden death of one of its junior lawyers. In reaction to the associate’s passing, whom The Lawyer has chosen not to name, the US firm quickly introduced in-person counselling plus further remote follow-up sessions with an external chartered […]

Featured Briefings

End of consultation on the abolition of ASTs – response awaited

By David Perry The recent Government consultation on ending no fault terminations of residential tenancies, which will effectively abolish assured shorthold tenancies, came to a close on 12 October. Many people will be looking to see what, if anything, results from that process. As a generational change in residential letting, many stakeholder groups are likely […]

NPPF: changes to national planning policy on minerals

By Fergus Charlton On 24 July, the government released the long-anticipated revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Setting the emphasis on building new homes, Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “Fundamental to building the homes our country needs is ensuring that our planning system is fit for the future.” […]

Breaking the chain: Why do Jersey property transactions fall apart

Much focus has been given of late to gazumping and the potential pitfalls of the Jersey conveyancing process. Thankfully in practice the vast majority of transactions do eventually make it across the line and in most cases, completion occurs within the allocated window agreed through the estate agent at the outset. Gazumping, while a genuine […]

Housing white paper – ‘unprecedented steps’

By Hugh Richards The Government has published its Housing White Paper “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market”. It will be recalled that in his speech to the party conference in October 2016, the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, called for “unprecedented steps” to increase the delivery of new homes – his “number one priority” and a […]