Postcards from the most-regulated – Bank GCs reflect a decade of change

Postcards from the most-regulated – Bank GCs reflect a decade of change

Another headline panel session from our flagship corporate counsel event, Enterprise GC, saw four in-house banking lawyers reflect on the regulatory dynamics of their sector. Greg McEneny, general counsel (GC) of the non-ring-fenced Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, kicked off the discussion by considering the change in skillset brought on by post-financial crisis regulation: ‘I used …

Bench strengths – Sizing up the City’s top dispute teams

Bench strengths – Sizing up the City’s top dispute teams

The best dispute lawyers often have something of the diva or rockstar about them – argumentative, uncompromising and brash. Michael Davison, head of Hogan Lovells’ litigation, arbitration and employment group, describes Neal Katyal, who runs the firm’s Washington DC disputes team, as such a figure. It is easy to see why: at the age of …

Disputes perspectives: Sir David Green QC

Disputes perspectives: Sir David Green QC

Looking back, I spent 25% of my time at the Serious Fraud Office reacting to a campaign against the SFO orchestrated [by] the [UK government]. In order to do that I was building alliances with politicians in the Lords and the Commons, with journalists, with academic and City lawyers, with independent NGOs and with international …

Disputes perspectives: Jolyon Maugham QC

Disputes perspectives: Jolyon Maugham QC

One of the things about being a barrister is that you’re independently-minded, which means all the big Remain campaigns find me a mixed blessing. People’s Vote are trying to draw me in, so they said if I wrote something they’ll get it in one of the broadsheets tomorrow. I am independently-minded but I do like …

In-house round-up: New GCs for Royal Mail, Sky and Deliveroo

In-house round-up: New GCs for Royal Mail, Sky and Deliveroo

Royal Mail has filled the void left following former general counsel (GC) Maaike de Bie’s departure to easyJet, hiring in-house veteran Mark Amsden as its group GC and chief risk and governance officer. Amsden was group GC and company secretary for Morrisons between 2013 and 2017, before a brief stint last year as interim company …

No alarms and no surprises – Behind the Mindful Business Charter

No alarms and no surprises – Behind the Mindful Business Charter

Any lawyer of a certain vintage can recall the dawn of the BlackBerry age, the watershed moment at the turn of the Millennium that meant you could always be on call. It was a blessing and a curse. But the initial freedom of being able to work anywhere at any time has become a crippling …

Fieldfisher merges with top 20 Irish firm McDowell Purcell for Dublin launch

Fieldfisher merges with top 20 Irish firm McDowell Purcell for Dublin launch

Fieldfisher is continuing its fervent EU expansion with a new Dublin office, launched via a merger with top 20 Irish firm McDowell Purcell. The 120-year-old Irish outfit, which consists of 16 partners and 50 lawyers, has a flagship regulatory practice, but other specialisms include dispute resolution, employment and insolvency and restructuring. It is led by …

Revolving doors: Quinn Emanuel adds star Covington partner as Ropes & Gray and Mishcon make hires

Revolving doors: Quinn Emanuel adds star Covington partner as Ropes & Gray and Mishcon make hires

City firms welcomed a host of new partners over Easter, with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Ropes & Gray and Mishcon de Reya all making key lateral partner hires. Quinn has reinforced its already robust London competition practice with the hire of Elaine Whiteford (pictured), who joins from Covington & Burling’s City office. Whiteford has substantial pedigree …

Herbert Smith Freehills curtails London promotions in 22-strong global partnership round

Herbert Smith Freehills curtails London promotions in 22-strong global partnership round

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has unveiled an increased 22-strong global partner promotions round for 2019, however this includes a reduction in London appointments. Overall, it is a significantly larger round than last year, when 17 lawyers were promoted globally, with six in London. But the promotions, effective 1 May 2019, see only four partners minted …