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Bar Council issues rallying cry over Essex Court China sanctions

The four professional bodies that represent barristers in the UK and Ireland have condemned China’s decision to impose sanctions on Essex Court Chambers. Coming one month after sanctions were first announced in March, a statement of support has now been published by the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Bar of Ireland, the Bar […]

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Gibson Dunn takes HSF regulatory team in Hong Kong

Herbert Smith Freehills’ former Asia financial regulatory services head William Hallatt has joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher with a team of three lawyers. Hallatt joined HSF in 2014 from Linklaters, where he was a managing associate in London. He relocated to Hong Kong and became a partner of HSF to build up the firm’s financial […]

A&O partner backtracks on Essex Court move after sanctions

Just a week before his scheduled move to Essex Court Chambers, Allen & Overy arbitration partner Matthew Gearing QC has opted to join another magic circle set. Gearing QC is to join Fountain Court from next month. This turnaround is a consequence of the sanctions imposed on Essex Court by China, which prevents any of […]

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