Royal Mail has launched a ‘Crisis Response App’ developed by its in-house team to help the business react more effectively to a dawn raid or investigation by regulators.
The in-house team at Royal Mail, led by general counsel Maaike de Bie, has already rolled out a pilot of the app to be tested by management and board-level staff at the company and will soon be extended to the wider staff.
“As our company is doing a lot of transformation in tech, the legal function has thought
- This week is the first publication of The Lawyer Court Rankings, a mammoth piece of research in which we examined 5,000 cases in English courts over a two-year period. We tracked not only the parties, judges, forum, law firms, barristers and their chambers, but the sectors in which the clients operate.
The good news for firms and chambers is that we’ve done the legwork that allows you to access a fine-grained analysis of law firms and chambers’ standing within and share of the disput
- Despite being a small venture capital company Passion Capital has given itself a mammoth task – it is aiming to find the next Facebook or Google. To do this the company invests heavily in start-up technology businesses in the hope that one will change its market dramatically.
Start-ups that have received backing through Passion Capital include online payments business GoCardless, search engine aggregator Adzuna and audio platform Mixlr. The companieshave little in common except that they
- The bar has had a changeable few years. More barristers are switching chambers than ever, some are capitalising on new Bar Standard Board-regulated entities to set up companies and sometimes even law firms, criminal sets are shrinking and consolidating to reduce costs, and the civil bar recently witnessed its largest ever dissolution of chambers when 11 Stone Buildings closed its doors.
Westminster Hall, where new silks pledge to serve the QueenBut one ceremony, steeped in medieval pomp and trad
- Cloisters’ Schona Jolly is one of seven new star silks interviewed by The Lawyer this year.
A self-described “reluctant barrister”, Schona Jolly worked at the UN Refugee Agency before being called to the bar in 1999.
“I never had grand dreams of silk – I thought I might go on to a big international organisation,” she says.
The call of the bar prevailed, however, and Jolly applied for silk this year on the back of a number of high-profile cases and the feeling
- Brick Court Chambers’ Sarah Ford is one of seven new star silks interviewed by The Lawyer this year.
Called to the Bar in 2002 Sarah Ford is the most junior female barrister to take silk this year. She joins a growing but still comparatively small number of female silks, and an even smaller number of women to attain the accolade of QC at 15 years’ call.
Sarah Ford“I benefitted from the fact that chambers’ policy on maternity leave is so supportive of women coming back to
- Monckton Chambers’ Josh Holmes is one of seven new star silks interviewed by The Lawyer this year.
Competition and EU expert Josh Holmes was called to the English bar in 1997 after some time working at the European Court of Justice and teaching law at Oxford.
Josh Holmes“I like competition law because it’s an opportunity to combine law with economics and it also requires an understanding of business,” Holmes says. “It’s working at the intersection of law
- Blackstone Chambers’ Ben Jaffey, called to the Bar in 1997, is one of seven new star silks interviewed by The Lawyer this year.
“I’ve spent the past few years doing a lot of ‘war on terror’ and Edward Snowden work,” says Blackstone’s Ben Jaffey, showing why he has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting senior juniors at the bar in recent years.
“I got into spying work as I’d done a lot of cases about secret courts and surveillance.
- Move of the week
Squire Patton Boggs has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) energy heavyweight Ian Wood as a partner in its energy and natural resources practice group in London. He was previously a partner in KWM’s energy and infrastructure group after joining the firm in 2015 from DLA Piper. He brings with him to Squire Patton Boggs senior associate Rebecca Slater.
Ashfords has appointed Irwin Mitchell partner Jim Morris to head its aviation team. Morris was previously
- The introduction of E-2 treaty investor visas is expected to make it easier for Israelis to travel to the US, and provide foreign national and corporate entities with a pathway to investment in the US economy.
However, these visas, which are due to be released in March, may be blocked because of the uncertainty caused by President Trump’s ban on people from certain countries entering the US.
The Lawyer spoke to Israeli firms to ascertain the effect of the E-2 visa programme on the legal m
- DESPITE turning 60 Ground Force builder Tommy Walsh has no plans to slow down and he doesn’t see why anybody else should want to stop work either.
- Traders are to be hit by a sharp rise in their bills, as much as 177% in five years in some cases, prompting fresh calls for reform of the systemShopkeepers in Southwold are braced for a tough year. The picturesque seaside town in Suffolk is the area of Britain worst affected by the revaluation of business rates. On average, companies will see their tax bill increase by a staggering 177% from April – but for some the impact will be far worse.Clare Hart, who runs Chapmans newsagents on the
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has emerged as the most active law firm in the English courts in 2016, recording 173 days in court representing clients in 26 cases according to The Lawyer Court Rankings 2016.
The magic circle firm spent 62 of these days in the Technology and Construction Court, successfully representing former BP subsidiary Equion Energia in a class action brought by Colombian farmers. The dispute centred on the environmental damage caused by the construction of the Ocensa oil pi
- Jenner & Block has taken a second partner from White & Case to boost its London base, hiring litigator Jason Yardley.
Yardley will join a team that includes former White & Case partner Charlie Lightfoot, who joined in 2015 as the firm’s first London lateral to lead the firm’s international arbitration and litigation practice and has since been appointed to manage the London office.
Yardley was at White & Case for 16 years in total, and was promoted to partner in 2004.
- A HISTORIC New York property where The Night Before Christmas was penned has sold for £6.40 million.
- Khaitan & Co advised RBL Bank Limited (as the Arranger) in relation to the issue of secured, listed, redeemable, taxable non-convertible debentures of $45m by Amba River Coke Limited, a subsidiary of JSW Steel Limited.
RBL Bank is one of India’s fastest growing private banks.
Manisha Shroff (Associate Partner), Krishnendu Sen (Senior Associate), Meenakshi Kurpad (Associate) and Ankit Chavan (Associate) represented the client on the transaction.
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- Khaitan & Co acted as domestic legal counsel to the Government of India in relation to the offer for sale of equity shares of MOIL Ltd, representing 10% of its paid-up share capital, held by the President of India, acting through and represented by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, through stock exchange mechanism for some $72m.
MOIL (formerly Manganese Ore India Ltd) is a mini-ratna state-owned manganese-ore mining company.
The core Khaitan team included Sharad Vaid (Partner) and
- Rate rises opposed by 17 groups in a letter over clause that could block appeals from small companies The government has mounted a staunch defence of the shake-up in business rates, after Britain’s biggest business groups strongly condemned the changes. Related: Business rates rise is biggest issue for small firms in LondonRelated: Business rates appeals could take years as backlog mountsContinue reading...
- Akina and Unigestion are to merge their private equity businesses to create a leading expert in global small and mid-market private equity, with $6bn in assets under management and 54 professionals in Geneva, Zurich, London, New York and Singapore.
Walder Wyss is advising Akina in this transaction.
The Walder Wyss team is led by partner Luc Defferrard (Corporate M&A) and includes partner Maurus Winzap (Tax), counsels Alexandre Both (Corporate M&A) and J
- PROPERTY for sale in some parts of the country has dropped in price by up to £90,000 in certain areas. Houses for sale in areas such as Nantwich, Cheshire, and Arundel, in West Sussex, have seen drastic reductions in prices.
- Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd has been incorporated to be organised as a Swiss bank. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG. The transfer of assets and liabilities according to Swiss merger law became effective on 20 November 2016. The transfer was aimed at evolving the structure of the Credit Suisse Group to meet the regulatory requirements for systematically important banks.
Walder Wyss advised Credit Suisse’s business units Commodity Trade Finance (CTF) and Priv
- Zahid & Ors v University of Manchester & Ors  EWHC 188 (Admin)
The High Court has given judgment on the right procedure for challenging decision making by universities about fitness to practise and other student disciplinary matters.
The case involved three student doctors whose courses were terminated following university hearings. The court decided that it was possible for the students to bring judicial review challenges against the university and that, generally,
- Felix Tapai has been promoted to Tax Partner in charge with Maravela & Asociatii`s affiliated tax advisory practice.
Providing tax advisory services to firm`s clients since June 2014, Felix has proved to have remarkable personal and professional qualities that have made him a valuable member of the team. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the field and is certified by the Chamber of Tax Advisers.
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- Carey Olsen has once again worked with global law firm DLA Piper on its annual edition of the Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook.
Introduced in 2012 it has become the go-to publication for businesses all over the world who want to understand the privacy and data protection laws and regulations within this increasingly vital, yet complex field of compliance. Experts from Carey Olsen, heavily involved in data protection developments offshore, were invited to contribute chapters covering th
- CompuLaw’s best practices webinars are intended to provide relevant and insightful information about CompuLaw functionality and best practices on how to leverage CompuLaw to help improve your business. During this month’s webinar you will learn about options to manage deadlines calendared in CompuLaw, reducing the volume on your timekeepers’ Outlook calendar.
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- Slaughter and May has made its first ever lateral hire in London, taking on Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) head of pensions Daniel Schaffer.
This is the first ever lateral addition for the firm in London and the second across its network, after hiring Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) co-head of China capital markets John Moore three years ago.
Prior to joining Slaughter and May, Schaffer worked at HSF for seven years as head of pensions.
Schaffer, who is joining the pensions team, has almos
- Insurance Ireland and the Dublin International Insurance & Management Association (DIMA) have merged bringing together the two industry associations for the domestic and international insurance and reinsurance sectors.
DIMA was set up in 1990 to represent international insurance and reinsurance companies while Insurance Ireland is the voice of general, life and health coverage in Ireland.
Brexit, and the expected resulting swell in insurance activity in Ireland, has added credence to the nee
- Blackstone Chambers and Matrix Chambers have emerged as the dominant sets for Supreme Court work, according to The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker.
Blackstone Chambers was involved in 36 cases over 2015 and the first three quarters of 2016, while Matrix notched up 31. In third place was Doughty Street Chambers with 23 cases, followed by 11 King’s Bench Walk with 20.
Other chambers to make it into double figures were Monckton, Landmark. Essex Court, Brick Court, 6 King’s Bench Walk
- Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has expanded its use of artificial intelligence software in the delivery of legal services with a new case management and workflow platform, called ‘sharedo’.
The new system is being used in BLP’s Manchester office initially but is expected to be rolled out across the firm in the future.
Bruce Braude, BLP’s head of strategic client technology, commented: “The platform intelligently ensures we deliver a particular job most effectively an
- Revaluation complaints threaten to add to delays as cutbacks hit work of Valuation Office AgencyBusinesses that appeal their new rates bills could wait years to have their complaints resolved because of the backlog facing the government body that handles the tax.The Valuation Office Agency has a backlog of around 280,000 appeals. The organisation resolved only 64,000 appeals last year, below its target of 153,000. Continue reading...
- THIS year is expected to herald a new era of the staycation and with it the dream of owning a holiday home.
- Small firms are angry at the uncertainty and cost of the first business rates rise in seven years, with small firms and London companies big losersNearly three-quarters of small companies in London say business rates are the most important issue they face, piling further pressure on the government over the controversial tax.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warned that London was in “serious danger of losing its vital support system of micro and small businesses”. The average
- A MID-terrace home with countryside views and a beach within a short drive has been put up for sale with a guide price of just £10,000.
- Snapchat is set to almost triple its current presence in London having agreed terms to occupy 20,000 sq ft of space in Shaftesbury Avenue.
- SANTANDER UK picks CAPITA to provide CORPORATE REAL ESTATE SERVICES
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure has been appointed by Santander UK plc to provide corporate real estate services across its UK portfolio for the next three years. Capita will provide a full range of professional services including valuation ...
- JANE FONDA’S Beverly Hills house has gone on sale on Zoopla for over £10 million on Zoopla. Click through intimate pictures from inside the impressive house.
- Centil Law Firm is recognised once again by Chambers & Partners in their 2017 Asia Pacific edition.
Overall is ranked as Band 1 in Uzbekistan, Band 3 in Kazakhstan, Band 2 in Kyrgyzstan and Band 2 in Tajikistan. The firm is also listed as a Foreign Desk in Turkmenistan in Chambers Global.
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- A member of Centil Law Firm’s Central Asia Research Group (CARG) has been featured on the list of the world’s Top Young Economists by the Research Papers in Economics (REPEC) project. Ranked at number 32 in the overall global rankings, Raufhon Salahodjaev is ranked as the top young economist in the Central Asian region.
Raufhon is a Senior Analyst within Centil’s CARG department, as well as an Associate Lecturer in Advanced Macroeconomics at Westminster International Unive
- Eversheds Sutherland has completed its merger with Singaporean firm Harry Elias Partnership, a year after the talks started.
It marks the first major international expansion for the newly combined global firm and allows it to offer Singaporean law advice through the local partnership.
The Singapore merger was initiated by legacy Eversheds, which started discussions with Singaporean firm Harry Elias in early 2016. The Asia deal was delayed due to Eversheds’ recent merger with US firm Suther
- Planning specialists at Walker Morris have acted for The Learmouth Property Investment Company in a successful planning appeal against a planning condition imposed by Leeds City Council. The site involved is an existing car park within the boundaries of Leeds Bradford Airport Industrial Estate at Yeadon, West Yorkshire.
In November 2014, the Council granted permission to allow use of an existing area of staff car parking and creation of a new area of parking close to units within
- Gategroup successfully raised CHF300m through the issuance of a fixed rate five-year senior bond with a final maturity on February 28, 2022. The bond with a coupon of 3% pa has been issued by gategroup Finance (Luxembourg) and is guaranteed by its parent company gategroup Holding AG. gategroup will apply for the listing of the new bond on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
Walder Wyss acts as Swiss legal counsel to gategroup on this transaction. The Walder Wyss team includes Markus Pfenninger(Banking
- Collas Crill associate Julie Harrigan has been named ‘Junior Lawyer of the Year’ by The Law Society of Jersey, chosen from a very strong list of candidates that showcased the bright future of Jersey’s legal industry.
Julie joined the firm nine years ago as a legal assistant and has day to day responsibility for the Jersey arm of the pan-island will and estates and private client services team. She specialises in all aspects of succession law and advises on,
- Shoosmiths has advised IM Land on securing a successful planning appeal for a major residential and mixed-use scheme, the first to be approved since the publishing of the government’s housing white paper.
Plans to build 750 new homes at Curborough, near Lichfield, have been approved by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.
The first planning appeal to be approved since the government released its updated planning guidelines earlier this month, the plans utili
- Cooley has posted a 7 per cent rise in total revenue for 2016, a drop on the previous year’s 14 per cent hike and also down on 2014’s 19 per cent increase.
Despite the slower rate of growth the West Coast US firm is nearing the $1bn revenue mark, posting a total turnover for 2016 of $974m.
Average profit per equity partner (PEP) rose by 4 per cent to $1.96m while average revenue per lawyer was static at $1.14m. The firm added 23 lateral partners in 2016 including four in London, six
- White & Case’s London revenue has grown 3.5 per cent to $290m (£231m) amid a global turnover hike of nearly 7 per cent to $1.6bn.
Last year White & Case dislodged Latham & Watkins in The Lawyer’s annual International Top 30 ranking, having posted an 18 per cent rise in UK revenue from $240m to $283m. Latham & Watkins’ 2016 financials have not yet been released.
London executive partner Oliver Brettle singled out several highlights in the City last year, in
- Some City law firms could see an overnight increase in their business rates bills of more than 100 per cent come April, thanks to a revaluation of the tax this week.
Businesses across the City will pay an extra £1.4bn – 33 per cent more than current rates – over the next five years in accordance with the new rates.
For the last three revaluations the increase remained at 12.5 per cent for the first year, which gave businesses breathing room to adjust to any large chan
- Government heritage agency says £200m scheme, which includes 153 apartments, would erase city centre’s historyA plan by former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville to build two skyscrapers in Manchester city centre would “damage the city’s historic core”, a government heritage agency has said.Historic England said the former Manchester United players’ £200m plan would “erase” the area’s history and threaten its “precious herita
- NHBC forcing buyers to sign agreement preventing them from contacting media about problems with their property or discussing with neighboursNew home owners are being forced to sign gagging orders after making successful claims for compensation about the quality of their new homes.The Guardian has been made aware of NHBC, the regulator of new homes, issuing gagging orders or so-called non-disclosure agreement that not only restrict the homeowner from contacting the media about the problems with t
- A property developer who is suing the Candy brothers over a loan for a London residential development lied to existing creditors about his £42m purchase of the site, the High Court heard this week.
- Drum Property Group is close to selling an Aberdeen office for £40m in a deal that would eclipse the total investment in the city’s office market for the whole of 2016, Property Week can reveal.
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