UK Legal News


Skadden grows London Disputes team
Posted 21 November 2014

Daniel Gal is set to join Skadden from Dechert in London.  Gal is recognised by Chambers UK for his international arbitration expertise.  Read more here.

Howes Percival adds disputes expertise
Posted 21 November 2014

Carl Mifflin and Alan Millband have joined Howes Percival in Leicester from Shakespeares in Nottingham.  Mifflin and Millband are recognised by Chambers UK in the Nottingham Restructuring/Insolvency and UK-wide Health & Safety sections, respectively.  Read more here.

Mishcon de Reya adds insurance litigation expert
Posted 14 November 2014                      

Richard Leedham is set to join Mishcon de Reya from Addleshaw Goddard in London.  Leedham is recognised by Chambers UK in the Insurance: Mainly Policyholders and Insurance: Reinsurance sections.  Read more here.

Shoosmiths grows family law team
Posted 12 November 2014

Neil Hobden has joined Shoosmiths from Benussi & Co in Birmingham.  Hobden, recognised by Chambers UK in the Family/Matrimonial: Birmingham section, will head the firm’s national family law practice.  Read more here.

4 New Square adds arbitration expert
Posted 12 November 2014 

Nicholas Fletcher QC is set to join the bar, moving to 4 New Square from law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Fletcher is recognised by Chambers UK for his International Arbitration expertise.  Read more here.

Herbert Smith Freehills appoints new Senior Partner
Posted 10 November 2014

James Palmer is set to become Herbert Smith Freehills new Chair and Senior Partner. Palmer, recognised by Chambers UK in the London Corporate/M&A section, will assume the position on 1 February 2015.  Read more here.

Ogier makes finance hire
Posted 10 November 2014

Matthew Shaxson has joined Ogier from Mourant Ozannes in Jersey.  Shaxson is recognised by Chambers UK in the Offshore: Jersey: Corporate & Finance section.  Read more here.

Sinclair Pharma appoints new GC
Posted 06 November 2014

Jayne Burrell has left Iceland to join Sinclair Pharma as general counsel and company secretary.  She is set to assume the position on 5 January 2015.  Read more here.

Paul Hastings add Technology expert
Posted 30 October 2014

Ashley Winton is set to join Paul Hastings from White & Case in London.  Winton is recognised by Chambers UK for his expertise in the Data Protection and Information Technology sections.  Read more here. 

Slaughter & May elects new Practice Partner
Posted 24 October 2014

David Wittmann has been elected as Slaughter & May’s new Practice Partner.  Wittmann, who will succeed Paul Olney, will assume the position from 1 January 2015.  Read more here.

John Lewis hires new general counsel
Posted 22 October 2014

Keith Hubber is set to be appointed as John Lewis Partnership’s new general counsel and company secretary.  Hubber joins the retail group from BG.  Read more here.

Fried Frank makes London tax hire
Posted 22 October 2014

Nick Thornton has joined Fried Frank from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in London. Chambers UK recognises Thornton for his tax expertise.  Read more here.

Squire Patton Boggs boosts projects expertise
Posted 17 October 2014

Robin Baillie is set to join Squire Patton Boggs from Nabarro in London.  Baillie is recognised by Chambers UK in the PFI/PPP section.  Read more here. 

Fried Frank announces new London office head
Posted 14 October 2014

Graham White is set to join Fried Frank from Kirkland & Ellis as London office head. White is recognised by Chambers UK in the Private Equity: Buyouts section. Read more here. 

Shepherd and Wedderburn acquires Tods Murray
Posted 6 October 2014

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP has acquired the business and assets of Tods Murray as part of a pre-pack administration deal. 18 of Tods Murray's 32 partners will join the Shepherd and Wedderburn partnership, while a further seven will become consultants and five directors. Read more here.

Paul Hastings adds high-yield products partner
Posted 5 October 2014

Peter Schwarz is set to join Paul Hastings from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in London.  Schwarz is recognised by Chambers UK in the capital markets: high-yield products section.  Read more here. 

The AA plc announces new GC
Posted 29 September 2014

Mark Millar has joined the AA plc as general counsel  and company secretary.  Millar joins from Domino’s Pizza Group, having previously worked for Allen & Overy.  Read more here. 

BLM to launch in Northern Ireland
Posted 26 September 2014

BLM is set to merge with Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors. The merger will add eight partners to BLM's roster, across three offices in Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin.  Read more here.

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin makes civil fraud hire
Posted 24 September 2014

Ian Hargreaves is set to join King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin from Addleshaw Goddard in London. Hargreaves is recognised by Chambers UK for his expertise in the Fraud: Civil section. Read more here 

Squire Patton Boggs makes arbitration hire
Posted 22 September 2014

James Barratt has joined Squire Patton Boggs from O’Melveny & Myers in London.  Barratt is recognised by Chambers UK in the international arbitration section.  Read more here.

Watson, Farley & Williams set for Dubai launch
Posted 19 September 2014

Watson, Farley & Williams has announced the opening of an office in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Finance partner Andrew Baird has relocated from London to head up the office. Read more here.

Thomas Eggar makes corporate hire
Posted 19 September 2014

Dean Drew is to join Thomas Eggar from Bond Dickinson in Southampton.  Drew is recognised by Chambers UK for his corporate/M&A expertise.  Read more here.

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