UK Interest

Jeanette Burgess

Walker Morris names first female boss as Simpson retires

Walker Morris has named its first female managing partner as Malcolm Simpson retires after a six-year tenure. The firm’s head of regulatory and compliance Jeanette Burgess will take the reins from 1 May 2024. Burgess joined the firm in 2006 and has served on the Walker Morris board since 2015. In her new role, Burgess […]

Irwin Mitchell expands in the south with Brighton launch   

Irwin Mitchell has opened an office in Brighton in order to extend its footprint in the south and to attract more high-net-worth clients. The firm is taking office space at Mocatta House, Trafalgar Place, and it will be set up to allow for client meetings and collaborative working. Irwin Mitchell already has four other offices […]

Beyond the Bubble: Harbottle & Lewis has a new double-act

London: Harbottle & Lewis has a new double-act: Last November, Tony Littner joined Charlie Leveque as joint-managing partner for a five-year term. It’s the first time Harbottles has changed its leadership structure in this way, and while it’s not unheard of to have two managing partners (look at Lewis Silkin or Bristows), most go for the […]

bonus money

Clydes accounts reveal BLM acquisition cost

Clyde & Co’s latest LLP accounts reveal what the firm paid to acquire BLM in July 2022. Snapped up for just £11m, the revelation underscores the scale of the financial challenges faced by BLM in the years prior to its takeover. Clydes’ LLPs also show profits at BLM fell to £2.5m in the year ending […]

Working as an associate on the Manchester Arena inquiry

The Manchester Arena suicide bombing in May 2017 left 22 dead and over 800 injured. Seven years on from the atrocity and the effects are still reverberating. Following substantial lobbying from the family of victim Martyn Hett, legislation to better protect the public from terrorism is underway. Martyn’s Law was outlined in the King’s Speech […]

Hill Dickinson Birmingham team

Two new offices in a month: Hill Dickinson lands in Birmingham

Hill Dickinson has snapped up a team from Irwin Mitchell to open an office in Birmingham, just weeks after cutting the ribbon for its Limassol launch. The firm has hired corporate partners Nick Dawson and Emma Callow, who spearheaded their respective team offerings in Birmingham and the Midlands. They have a particular focus on M&A […]

Bonus for reduced travel

Shoosmiths slashes plane emissions with staff incentives

Shoosmiths has significantly cut its business travel-related emissions, after introducing several carbon-saving initiatives across the firm. The firm reported that it has cut emissions related to air travel by 56 per cent between the 2019/20 and 2022/23 financial periods, while rail and road travel have seen a 15 per cent and a 9 per cent […]

Climate education

Scale up and speed up: what we need to do about environmental governance

In the UK, as elsewhere, the environment is in a parlous state. Deeply concerning adverse environmental trends continue. Urgent action is needed to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises. Businesses often want to do the right thing and NGOs are active in the sector. Even so, the environment often lacks a ‘voice’, with few economic […]

Emma Pioli

Gowling WLG names next UK chair

Gowling WLG’s head of asset management has been appointed as the firm’s chair of the UK LLP. Emma Pioli will take the reins in May 2024 from Andy Stylianou, who took on the role in 2019 after succeeding Andrew Witts. Pioli has spent her whole career at the firm after joining as a trainee. She […]