- Eleven years ago this January, David Buttress and Jesper Bruch were huddled over a flat-pack desk in a borrowed flat in Docklands. After several months of discussions, they were setting up an online food delivery business – the first of its kind in the UK. For Buttress, it was the biggest gamble of his career; he had left a good job at Coca-Cola, where he had risen to become its head of the UK restaurant sector, to go it alone. He and Bruch, who had launched the delivery business called J
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AkhtarPinsent Masons has hired Ashurst insurance partner Hammad Akhtar to lead its corporate offering in the financial services sector. Akhtar’s clients include Royal London, Resolution Life and Swiss Re. He will join Pinsent’s corporate financial services team, which is led by partner Alexis Roberts. Akhtar joined Ashurst in 2012 after spending more than 10 years at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Sidley Austin has expanded its corporate restructuring practice in
- This Tuesday we’ll find out who won the constitutional case of the century when the Supreme Court rules on Miller. For legal market watchers there’s an added frisson: we’ll also find out whether it was James Eadie QC or David Pannick QC who had the ear of the judges. The Article 50 case last December had many – lawyers and non-lawyers alike – agog at the Supreme Court livestream, which attracted a record 300,000 viewers. For Blackstone Chambers, to which Eadie and P
- The “Star Trek” fan film won’t be long and its budget won’t be prosperous, but it gets to live. Those are essentially the terms of a just-announced settlement in the high-profile copyright case against the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek film. Paramount Pictures Corp. and CBS Studios Inc., which own the copyrights to the […]
- We’ll soon know more about President Donald Trump’s criminal-justice agenda. But a law-enforcement policy statement posted Friday on the newly Trump-controlled White House webpage offered a preview of his administration’s priorities and how they could break from those of Barack Obama. Titled: “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community,” it’s a relatively short overview that echoes […]
- President , newly sworn in, says he plans to name his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court within two weeks of taking office. The confirmation of his nominee would restore a conservative majority on the closely divided bench that many Republicans feared was lost when Justice Antonin Scalia died last February. But it will take more work, […]
- Jones Day is sending 12 lawyers to the Trump Administration.
- First administrator's report on collapse of legacy SJ Berwin business due next week
- The first administrator's report on the collapse of the legacy SJ Berwin business is due next week.
- Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick brings in £6.9m after merging with Clydes in October 2015
- It’s been called the Tea Party’s favorite part of the Constitution. But it’s not just conservatives or libertarians who are embracing the Tenth Amendment and its protections against federal government encroachment. New York’s top law-enforcement officer is emerging as one of the constitutional provision’s biggest allies. Democratic state attorney general Eric Schneiderman invoked the Tenth […]
- Clyde & Co’s highest-paid member received 22 per cent less in 2016, according to the firm’s LLPs.
The highest-paid partner picked up £1.4m in the year ending April 2016, falling from £1.8m the year before.
The dip, however, came alongside an overall 15 per cent rise in total salary costs from £155m to £179m.
The firm employed 354 more staff than it did in 2015, increasing to 2,857 people worldwide. Both support staff and lawyer numbers grew by over 150 in
- CMS has announced an end to its arrangement with Slovak office Ružička Csekes in favour of opening its own office in the country in May this year.
The firm will open an independent office in Bratislava with a new locally recruited team. Its three-way merger with Nabarro and Olswang in the UK will go ahead in the same month.
The managing partner of CMS Austria, Peter Huber said: “We and our clients have valued highly our long-term relationship with Ruzicka Csek
- Firms begin review of business services and secretarial teams, with lawyers expected to avoid cuts
- Firm's leadership team set out globalisation plans in statement blaming legacy SJ Berwin partners for European failure
- CC Qatar bank lending head to join Addleshaws as Qatar chief leaves for London investment firm
- The corporate team at national law firm Shoosmiths has advised long-standing clients, venture capital firm Octopus Ventures, on its investment in Dutch healthcare startup myTomorrows.
Octopus Ventures co-led the €10m funding round with EQT Ventures, along with existing investors Balderton Capital and Sofinnova Partners.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, myTomorrows gives physicians information on and access to investigational drugs. On the other side, the platform gives drug developers a medium t
- Ogier is launching a new one-stop shop for anyone buying or selling a property in the Cayman Islands.
The firm has developed a user-friendly website featuring calculators, helpful guides and expert advice – as well as being a hub for updates and briefings from realtors and financing professionals from the local Cayman property sector.
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- Karanović & Nikolić announce the promotion of a new generation of Senior Partners – Milan Lazić, Marjan Poljak and Darko Jovanović.
Milan Lazić joined the firm as an Associate in 2007 after having spent three years at the Commercial Court in Belgrade.
Marjan Poljak joined the firm in 2009 as a Senior Associate. By then he had already had over five years of experience as a legal practitioner.
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- On 21 December 2016 Matterhorn Pharma Holding, a company controlled by the Al Faisaliah Group Holding Company, announced a public tender offer for a maximum of 400,000 registered shares of Zur Rose Group, which is not subject to the provisions of the Swiss financial market laws and regulations.
The shares are traded on the platforms eKMU-X of Zürcher Kantonalbank, OTC-X of Berner Kantonalbank and Lienhardt & Partner Privatbank Zürich AG. The settlement of the offer will presumably
- As a tougher new bar-passage standard for law schools nears approval, a group of around half of the nation’s law school deans are urging accreditors to reconsider. The new rule would require 75% of a law school’s graduates who sit for a bar exam to pass it within two years. The standard would replace the […]
- As a tough new bar-passage standard for law schools nears approval, a group of around half of the nation’s law school deans are urging accreditors to reconsider. The new rule would require 75% of a law school’s graduates who sit for a bar exam to pass it within two years. The standard would replace the […]
- Administrators pay staff staying on to work on administration process
- President-elect Donald Trump is keeping his trademark lawyers busy. The incoming commander-in-chief has filed his first trademark application since he was elected president. Mr. Trump’s trademark holding company is seeking to secure rights over the term “KEEP CONNECTING.” It’s for a class of goods that encompasses communications and hotel services, according to a Jan. 12 filing to the federal […]
- LPO provider Exigent has launched a new tool that it claims combines the power of machine-learning and lawyers’ brains to speed up the processing of contracts by in-house legal teams.
The new tool, which is designed to cut corporate legal costs, has been produced by Exigent in combination with Chicago-based technology firm LexPredict. It also uses Exigent’s contract management tool, Chameleon, and is supported by lawyers and analysts trained in machine learning and natural language p
- City disputes partner Clarissa Coleman becomes latest exit
- Addleshaw Goddard has lost its fifth disputes partner since the start of 2016, with Clarissa Coleman moving to K&L Gates.
Her exit follows Kambiz Larizadeh’s departure from Addleshaws’ litigation group in December to join Akin Gump.
Clarissa ColemanOther litigation exits from Addleshaws include Mark Pring who moved to Reed Smith in July and Sonia Campbell who moved to Mishcon de Reya in February.
Addleshaws has recruited two disputes lawyers in London in the last 12 months &ndash
- Magic circle firm leads for HSBC on Bank of Cyprus London IPO
- Magic circle firm takes role for HSBC on London listing
- Arbitration came after Mark Haywood left to join Nabarro in Manchester in 2014
- Pinsents, BLP and CC among top 10 in Employers Workplace Equality index
- Nick Thomas embarks on new five-year term after uncontested vote
- Stephenson Harwood, a UK 200 law firm with nine offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has chosen Aderant Expert for its practice management solution. The firm needed to be sure it selected a product that would enable it to improve efficiency across the whole firm, and not just within the finance department.
Stephenson Harwood underwent a thorough evaluation process. The firm sought a system that not only allowed it to produce financial data, but also one that allowed the back off
- No5 Chambers barrister Michelle Heeley represented the prosecution of a man who wanted to ‘defend the UK from an attack by Isis’ in a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Roger Smith, 46, stockpiled gunpowder, crossbows, knives and chemicals at his home as well as having a bomb-making ‘cookbook’.
Smith, of Summerwood Lane, Nottingham, denies various charges under the Explosive Substances Act and Terrorism Act.
Miss Heeley told the jury that Smith was not simply an enthu
- With an increase in regulatory compliance, innovation in technology has become increasingly prevalent throughout the professional and financial services. With the birth of Regtech, we ask, what is it, and how can it be effectively utilised by firms across sectors?
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT
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- Walker Morris’ Competition partner, barrister Trudy Feaster-Gee, has been invited to speak about competition law risks in the mortgage sector at the Council of Mortgage Lenders conference on Tuesday 7 February in Leeds.
The conference, entitled ‘Mortgage regulation: Conduct yourself well’, will consider the latest topics arising in mortgage regulation as well as explore successful strategies for integrating regulation into lending processes including updates on the latest Finan
- Seventeen law firms have been named in Stonewall’s list of top 100 employers for LGBT staff.Pinsent Masons ranked second in the list, beaten only by Lloyds Banking Group in top spot.
Four other law firms made the top ten in the rankings – Clifford Chance in fourth, Baker McKenzie in seventh, Berwin Leighton Paisner in eight and Norton Rose Fulbright in tenth.
Berwin Leighton Paisner was also the highest new entry in the list.
The other firms included are Dentons, Hogan Love
- Kennedys senior partner Nick Thomas has been re-elected to serve his fifth term as senior partner after an uncontested election.
The partner vote, which was held this month, is understood to have closed on Tuesday (17 January). His new term starts in February 2017 and will run for four years.
Thomas, who was first elected senior partner in 1996 and whose last re-election was in 2012, is perceived to be a central driving force of the firm’s international growth strategy.
- Got milk? If the answer is yes, you might be owed a little pocket cash. Lactose-tolerant Americans are cashing in on a class-action settlement from a milk price-fixing lawsuit. It’s not a lot of money; at the moment, under $20. But millions of Americans are eligible to claim it by filling out an online form […]
- Olswang Paris head exits firm ahead of its three-way merger with CMS and Nabarro in May
- The inauguration of president elect Donald Trump is a topic that reaches pretty much every aspect of life, something that is apparent in this comment from one Washington legal market specialist: “I was talking to my therapist last Friday and she told me that every one of her patients was obsessing with Trump. Nothing is in equilibrium. It’s like Brexit, you simply cannot think of anything else.”
In a week of jam-packed activity when everyone is trying hard to keep up with event
- Olswang Paris managing partner and corporate head Guillaume Kessler has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
His exit comes less than three months before Olswang merges with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro in May.
The Lawyer revealed in December that Olswang’s Paris office had been shut out of the merger negotiations and was expected to disband.
Kessler took on the office head job in February 2015 after his predecessor Stephan Alamowitch quit Olswang with a team of lawyers t
- BLP pays out millions for stake in AdventBalance which merged with its spinoff business LOD last year
- Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) secured a 50 per cent interest in Australian legal resourcing business Advent Balance for £6.25m, its LLPs have revealed.
The business will be combined with the group’s existing legal resourcing services Lawyers on Demand (LOD), which will be combined with Advent under a new holding company LOD Global. BLP will continue to hold a 64 per cent equity interest in the company.
The LLPs also revealed that BLP recorded a 2 per cent dec
- Dominic Grieve QC joins Freshfields, Slaughters and Norton Rose partners in campaigning group
- First key hearing in landmark class action against MasterCard gets underway
- Five more firms have confirmed that they will be taking on King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) trainees as it finally enters administration.
Magic circle giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has confirmed three KWM trainees will join the firm, one from the August 2015 intake, one from the February 2016 intake and one from the August 2016 intake. It is also taking on a member of KWM’s business services team as a consultant.
Baker McKenzie will take on three trainees, having
- King & Wood Mallesons’ new European partnership – which consists of 32 partners – has been invited to a partner conference in China in February where they will be told about the new strategy for the global firm following the LLP going into administration this week.
The news comes as KWM Shanghai M&A partner Mark Schaub has become the first Chinese partner to speak out about the European administration.
Speaking to The Lawyer he said: “We’ve reached out to cl
- The Channel Islands Student Business Challenge is supporting 70 teams of students from seven schools in Jersey and Guernsey to start up and run their own businesses with an initial investment of £100 per team. The Challenge, run by Barclays, EY, Ogier and Sure kicked off with launch events for the participating students on Tuesday 10 January at the Hotel de France in Jersey and Thursday 12 January at the St Pierre Park in Guernsey.The post 70 businesses launched through Channel Island
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