Revolving doors: CMS makes double corporate play in London as New Year hiring spree gathers momentum

Revolving doors: CMS makes double corporate play in London as New Year hiring spree gathers momentum

In an extraordinarily busy week for partner recruitment, CMS has made an eye-catching corporate play in London with two Magic Circle hires. Financial services M&A partner Emma Clark arrives from Linklaters, while private equity specialist Edward Holmes joins from Clifford Chance, where he was a senior associate. The double addition will bring the number of …

Expansive Knights bounces back with 9% organic growth after another year of acquisitions

Expansive Knights bounces back with 9% organic growth after another year of acquisitions

Listed firm Knights has returned to form with a 9% organic growth in revenue to £59.7m in its half-year results. This marks a significant reverse from its H1 results last year, when the firm conceded that a slew of acquisitions masked a 15% fall in turnover in real terms. Knight’s buyouts of smaller firms continued …

Silk and steel: Women lead the way in latest QC round as five solicitors make the cut

Silk and steel: Women lead the way in latest QC round as five solicitors make the cut

Well over half of female applicants were successful in this year’s Queen’s Counsel (QC) appointments, spearheading a cohort that also saw solid solicitor representation. The five successful solicitors represented a cross-section of elite disputes firms: Ruth Byrne, dual commercial litigation and arbitration partner at King & Spalding; Allen & Overy arbitration partner Kate Davies McGill; Freshfields Bruckhaus …

Mishcon hit with record £232,500 SRA penalty over money laundering mishaps

Mishcon hit with record £232,500 SRA penalty over money laundering mishaps

In an unflattering revelation ahead of its planned IPO, Mishcon de Reya yesterday (5 January) received the highest-ever financial penalty issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of £232,500 for a string of failures related to money laundering rules. The firm, which has also been issued with a £50,000 costs order, admitted to failing to …

Revolving doors: Global 100 firms kick off new year with heavyweight hires

Revolving doors: Global 100 firms kick off new year with heavyweight hires

Continuing the frenetic pace of recruitment displayed throughout 2021, 2022 has begun with Allen & Overy (A&O) adding an established antitrust partner from Sidley. Kristina Nordlander was previously global co-head of antitrust at Sidley, and she has more than 23 years’ experience advising clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Her practice has a broad EU …

Linklaters ushers in lockstep shake-up to attract and promote top talent

Linklaters ushers in lockstep shake-up to attract and promote top talent

The latest strategic move in the war for junior talent, Linklaters has introduced a significant overhaul of its lockstep pay model in order to attract and fast-track high performers. The firm’s partners last week backed a wave of measures that bring Linklaters’ remuneration policy in line with the majority of the Magic Circle. The three …

Global 100: Hogan Lovells – Winning Hartson minds

Global 100: Hogan Lovells – Winning Hartson minds

The champagne corks had long-since popped when the great and the good of legacy British firm Lovells and Washington DC powerhouse Hogan & Hartson met at a practice area retreat in Barcelona in 2013. While there was cause for cheer at the bedding in of their union, there was also business to attend to. Adrian …

The Client profile: Sarah Holford, Scania UK

The Client profile: Sarah Holford, Scania UK

Shortly after completing the Legal Practice Course, Sarah Holford was looking for somewhere to kick-start her career. An opportunity presented itself at Games Workshop, the British manufacturer of miniature wargames, with space-themed Warhammer 40,000 among its best-known products. ‘I’m not a hobbyist but I am a big sci-fi and fantasy geek, so I knew of …

Braced for impact: GCs on the threat of group actions and collective redress

Braced for impact: GCs on the threat of group actions and collective redress

In April, Legal Business spoke to dozens of disputes counsel in private practice to ascertain the salient trends in contentious law. Near-universally, at the forefront of minds was an imminent and drastic increase in the volume of class actions and other group claims. Now, the in-house community has added its own wave of concerned voices. …