Guest post: Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca – what can the government do?

Guest post: Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca – what can the government do?

On April 28, Pfizer announced a possible offer to buy AstraZeneca, presumably having thought an announcement was required by rule 2.2 of the Takeover Code. The result is that, under the relatively new ‘put up or shut up’ rule now embodied in rule 2.5 of the Code, Pfizer has until 5 o’clock on May 26 …

Guest post: Cooperation. Cooperation. Cooperation. The name of the game if you want a DPA

Guest post: Cooperation. Cooperation. Cooperation. The name of the game if you want a DPA

‘Cooperation, cooperation, cooperation’ is the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)’s message to corporates looking to enter into new US-style plea bargains available [this week]. From [today, 24 February] the Americanisation of corporate crime in England continues. Businesses (but not individuals) will be able to enter into Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with the UK taking a leaf …

Guest post – Client retention: give credit where credit’s due

Guest post – Client retention: give credit where credit’s due

Winning a new client for the firm—there’s little that can match that for excitement, sense of accomplishment and visible contribution to the firm. More so if the client is big or prestigious. A pitch is often a hard-fought battle against many worthy foes. There are numerable, maddening unknowns in pitching a new client: which lawyers …

Guest post: My thoughts (as a citizen) on Lord Sumption’s Azlan Shah lecture

On 20 November, Lord Sumption (Justice of the Supreme Court) delivered the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture in Kuala Lumpur – The Limits of Law. This was followed by Lord Justice Laws on 27th November in the Hamlyn Lectures 2013 – see Lecture 3 Common Law and Europe. A further lecture on human rights was …

Guest post: The rise and rise of Slater and Gordon – a tale of the ABS era

Guest post: The rise and rise of Slater and Gordon – a tale of the ABS era

If anyone wanted to see what alternative business structures (ABSs) can achieve, they need look no further than Slater and Gordon (S&G). If you take into account the sum announced as going towards buying Simpson Millar – a deal currently on ice – S&G has committed around £150m towards its UK expansion since first announcing the …

Guest post: Is a return to self-regulation really on the cards?

Two months ago, I blogged about the Law Society’s surprising submission to the Ministry of Justice’s legal regulation review, which essentially argued for a return to self-regulation, save that disciplinary and enforcement activities would remain the preserve of a much slimmed-down Solicitors Regulation Authority. On this, at least, the Bar Council is at one with …

Guest post: Prerogatives, power and press regulation

Guest post: Prerogatives, power and press regulation

I make no apology for returning to the question of the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press. This was discussed in my earlier post of 14 October, which concluded by noting: ‘Perhaps the Charter will somehow be challenged before the courts. Unless that happens, the existence of a prerogative power to regulate the press …