Gordon Dadds makes first strategic acquisition following summer AIM float

Gordon Dadds makes first strategic acquisition following summer AIM float

West End firm Gordon Dadds has made its first strategic acquisition since its public float in August, acquiring tax advisory business CW Energy for £4m to ‘further the company’s intention to expand its tax advisory business’. The sum of £4m will be paid equal annual installments over five years and further consideration may be payable …

‘Exactly what Uber needs now’: Beleaguered app hires PepsiCo’s Tony West as chief legal officer

‘Exactly what Uber needs now’: Beleaguered app hires PepsiCo’s Tony West as chief legal officer

Just a month after Uber drafted in Hogan Lovells to launch a legal challenge to Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to not renew its private hire licence, the US-based ridesharing company has hired Pepsico’s Tony West as its new chief legal officer. In a company email, Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said that West, who …

Kennedys ramps up expansion at home and abroad with double hire from Mayer Brown and launch of Bermuda office

Kennedys ramps up expansion at home and abroad with double hire from Mayer Brown and launch of Bermuda office

Top-50 insurance specialist Kennedys has continued its rapid expansion both in London and further afield with a double hire from Mayer Brown in the City and the launch of a Bermuda office – the firm’s tenth office launch this year – with local law firm Sedgwick Chudleigh joining the firm’s global network. In London, Kennedys …

Hats in the ring: candidates emerge for Eversheds Sutherland chair contest

Hats in the ring: candidates emerge for Eversheds Sutherland chair contest

Three UK partners at Eversheds Sutherland, including the Manchester senior partner, will vie for the role of chair after Leeds litigator Paul Smith’s four-year term comes to an end later this year. The partners who plan to stand for election are joint head of energy and infrastructure Robert Pitcher, joint UK financial services head Pamela …

PwC aims to take bite out of contract lawyering market with new flexible resourcing arm

PwC aims to take bite out of contract lawyering market with new flexible resourcing arm

If the accountants’ forays into the legal market have yet to challenge law firms in key markets, a concern in the profession is that the Big Four would make a major play with alternative service models. As such there will be some nervous glances cast as PwC this week confirmed that the accountancy giant is to …

Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher to train solicitor apprentices as ULaw forges new paths to profession

Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher to train solicitor apprentices as ULaw forges new paths to profession

Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher are to begin training solicitor apprentices with the University of Law (ULaw) as part of a training course designed to create new pathways to becoming a qualified lawyer. The new course from ULaw, which officially launched on 25 September, will see 28 apprentices this autumn begin the six-year process in a …

In-house wrap: National Grid renews roster as Barclays responds to ring-fencing demands with new appointment  

In-house wrap: National Grid renews roster as Barclays responds to ring-fencing demands with new appointment  

This week in buy-side news saw in-house teams respond to some of the biggest issues facing clients: bank ring-fencing and smaller panel arrangements. Energy giant National Grid renewed its current legal panel until 2019, while Barclays appointed Paul Loftus as head of legal for banking products and propositions in response to ring-fencing requirements. National Grid, …

DWF adds to senior ranks once more as Addleshaws heavyweight Carpenter jumps ship

DWF adds to senior ranks once more as Addleshaws heavyweight Carpenter jumps ship

A month after recruiting former DLA Piper leader Sir Nigel Knowles, DWF has brought in a senior hand again with the hire of Addleshaw Goddard heavyweight Andrew Carpenter, who leaves a year after losing a contested election for senior partner . Carpenter, who was latterly international divisional managing partner for Addleshaws after leading its private …

In the money: Gateley veterans reap six figures in £10m share sale

In the money: Gateley veterans reap six figures in £10m share sale

For listed law firms, recent months have been a period of brutally mixed fortunes. While Slater and Gordon has suffered a string of high-profile reverses, select partners at fellow pioneer Gateley have taken home almost £500,000 after a stake in the top 50 UK law firm was sold for nearly £10m. Documents at the London …

Australia latest stop on DWF’s belated world tour as it announces local tie-up

Australia latest stop on DWF’s belated world tour as it announces local tie-up

In contrast to the majority of the top 25 of the Legal Business 100, DWF has been a latecomer to well-served international markets but it has nonetheless continued its rapid international push by securing an exclusive association with a six-partner outfit in another market long familiar with English arrivals – Australia. The deal, which the …