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Euro 100 firm pounces on Axiom Ince for 17-strong team

Partners continue to defect from ailing Axiom Ince, as a 17-strong shipping and insurance team leaves to join the London office of a major European law firm. The team, which includes seven partners from the legacy Ince business, has moved to Norwegian Big Five firm Wikborg Rein. The arrivals will boost the Nordic outfit’s shipping […]

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UK top 50 firm is latest to mull Ince deal

Potential suitors continue to emerge for the Ince Group, which was placed into administration this month, with a UK Top 50 firm the latest to consider a deal. The Lawyer understands that Hill Dickinson is lining up an offer for the law firm, with its interest primarily in Ince’s shipping division, as well as the […]

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Magic circle duo lead on Aston Martin’s capital raise

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged the top role for client Aston Martin Lagonda on its £653.8m capital raise. The firm has fielded lead partner Mark Austin for the car manufacturer. He was aided by partner Andrew Hagan in the US capital markets team. Linklaters was the firm at the helm for the financial sponsors, brokers […]

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Jaguar Land Rover hires new GC

David Berry leaves legal director role at Tesco to join Jaguar Land Rover as its GC. Having trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and qualified into its antitrust team, Berry spent 10 years as senior counsel in global antitrust, sales and corporate relations at Diageo. He was promoted to SVP and assistant GC for two years […]

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Gatwick Airport appoints new GC

Gatwick Airport has hired a new general counsel from London-based consulting company Capita. Rachel Ford previously spent more than three years at Capita and held the role of chief of staff and group legal director. She spent a decade as in-house legal counsel at Thomson Reuters and served as the business’ assistant general counsel and […]


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Turkey – Upgrade nation

The rise of the Turkish aviation sector reflects a wider trend of prosperity The Turkish banking crisis of 2000/01 wreaked havoc on the country’s economy: its currency crashed, interest rates rocketed and tens of thousands lost their jobs. In the aftermath, however, banking sector reforms meant Turkey was far better prepared for the 2008 global […]

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A better future – What next for the Thames Valley?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.

Brexit’s implications for automotive intellectual property

By Gordon Harris If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be […]