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Spotlight: Bates Wells gears up for the 2024 general election

As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, this week on Spotlight we check out the politics, elections and campaigning practice at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The market: In 2015, amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 caused a chill across the non-party campaigning sector. The new rules, which especially applied to third-party […]


Spotlight: Facing the music with Wiggin

In this week’s Spotlight, we take a look at Wiggin’s music team to discover the disputes behind our favourite hits. The market: The music industry has been one of the hardest hit by emerging technologies and mediums such as shortform video and artificial intelligence (AI). Streaming now dominates how music is consumed, and while it’s […]

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Spotlight: This team wants to advise your firm

This week on Spotlight, we laser in on the legal regulatory team (also known as legal professional discipline) at Kingsley Napley. The market: The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) has widened its interests considerably in recent years. The MeToo movement has since evolved into concern about culture at law firms, anti-money laundering (AML) has become much more prominent […]

Spotlight: Restructuring is a global matter for DLA Piper

In this week’s Spotlight, we delve into the often-confusing world of restructuring disputes, to find out how DLA Piper comes to the rescue when a company goes under. The market: While restructuring disputes used to be the remit of clearing banks and the Big Four accounting firms, the market has undergone a huge diversification in […]

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Spotlight: Enforcing arbitration awards with Gibson Dunn

This week on Spotlight, we delve into the multi-jurisdictional and strategic world of enforcing arbitral awards with the London team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. The market: There’s been a steady increase over the last several years in companies not seeing a dime following a successful arbitration award, leading to a sharp uptick in the need for […]

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Spotlight: Defending the employers with Bakers

For this week’s Spotlight, we’re highlighting Baker McKenzie’s employment law team to see how rising industrial action, new technologies and regulations are changing the field. The market Unfair dismissal claims and misconduct remain the bread and butter of defendant side employment lawyers. However, whistleblowing claims, involving regulatory angles are taking on a growing role in […]

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Spotlight: Hogan Lovells and its high-stakes investigations

This week on Spotlight, we take a look at the global investigations, white collar and fraud (IWCF) practice group at Hogan Lovells.  Hogan Lovells’ investigations, white collar and fraud practice: Globally, the practice group holds over 120 lawyers and operates in the UK, the US, Germany, Spain, France, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Mexico and Brazil.  Many lawyers […]

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Spotlight: Resolving fertility disputes with Mills & Reeve

Operating in a small pool of fertility law experts, Mills & Reeve’s team work on international surrogacy matters, disputes over parentage and conflicts with fertility clinics. The market: The legal market in this area of law is small, so trends sweeping the practice hit hard. International surrogacy is an enormous market for Mills & Reeve […]

Spotlight: Eversheds’ sanctions team goes global

This February marked the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the single largest imposition of sanctions by the international community as a result. This week, we focus on Eversheds’ sanctions team, with over 60 lawyers handling matters worldwide. The market: Sanctions compliance is vital for any entity doing business on an international scale, […]

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Spotlight: The firm fighting for women at work

This week on Spotlight, we’re bringing you an International Women’s Day special, with employment and discrimination boutique Didlaw.  The market: The last two years have seen mass redundancies at large companies make headlines as global economic headwinds continue to see organisations face financial pressure. Proving a woman has been made redundant in a mass redundancy round […]

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Spotlight: Meet the Freshfields team defending the most class actions

As revealed exclusively by The Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has the most defence side mandates in Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) amid a booming class actions market. We laser in on the team on call.  The market: The interchange fee collective action, brought by class representative Walter Merricks on behalf of 45.5 million UK Mastercard customers, is […]