SDT pushes for lower standard of proof in serious conduct cases but claims won’t lead to ‘easier’ prosecutions

SDT pushes for lower standard of proof in serious conduct cases but claims won’t lead to ‘easier’ prosecutions

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has announced its intention to move from a criminal to a civil standard of proof but has ruled out the possibility of it leading to ‘easier prosecutions.’ Subject to approval from the Legal Services Board, which should be finalised in the next few weeks, the SDT wants the new rules …

‘The glue’: Ince Gordon Dadds secures legacy international branches to network

‘The glue’: Ince Gordon Dadds secures legacy international branches to network

Four months after its headline merger, Ince Gordon Dadds has secured £23m of business by formally incorporating five international legacy Ince & Co offices to its network. Effective earlier this week (1 April), former Ince network firms in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Greece and Germany have all become more closely aligned with the newly-merged business.

SRA attempts to prosecute A&O lawyer over controversial Weinstein gagging deal

SRA attempts to prosecute A&O lawyer over controversial Weinstein gagging deal

An Allen & Overy (A&O) solicitor has been recommended for prosecution by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over a controversial non-disclosure agreement (NDA) drafted for film producer Harvey Weinstein. SRA chief executive Paul Philip confirmed today (3 April) that it aims to prosecute an unnamed lawyer from the firm, and is awaiting confirmation from the …

Introduction: Risky business

Introduction: Risky business

There is a certain irony to be had in the fact that the best general counsel (GCs) these days are so highly regarded because they are not lawyers in the traditional sense. Increasingly, the conversations the Legal Business team had while researching the 2019 GC Powerlist were about branching out into other areas, with risk …

In-house leaders sign letter urging law firms to ramp up diversity efforts

In-house leaders sign letter urging law firms to ramp up diversity efforts

A group of 65 general counsel (GCs) spanning major companies from the UK and Europe has collectively signed a letter urging law firms to improve their diversity efforts. Among those to have lent their support to the statement are Shell GC Donny Ching, Vodafone group GC Rosemary Martin (pictured), Unilever’s chief legal officer Ritva Sotamaa, …

US firms deployed on $43bn Worldpay takeover as Freshfields scores lead on major bank merger

US firms deployed on $43bn Worldpay takeover as Freshfields scores lead on major bank merger

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is advising payment processor Worldpay on a proposed $43bn takeover offer by financial technology company FIS, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been drafted in to act for Deutsche Bank on merger talks with rival Commerzbank. The deal, announced yesterday (18 March), will see Worldpay shareholders receive $11 in cash for each …

DWF becomes UK’s largest listed law firm as it completes £95m IPO

DWF becomes UK’s largest listed law firm as it completes £95m IPO

After announcing its record £95m IPO on Monday (11 March), DWF has today (15 March) issued 300,000,000 shares and been admitted to the main board of the London Stock Exchange. With a £366m valuation and offer size of £95m, DWF has officially become the UK’s largest listed law firm. £19m of the proceeds will be …

Ince & Co administrator reveals partners had ‘no appetite’ to rescue failing firm with £8.5m cash injection

Ince & Co administrator reveals partners had ‘no appetite’ to rescue failing firm with £8.5m cash injection

Ince & Co partners ruled out a £8.5m capital injection that may have saved the firm from financial failure, according to a report from administrators Quantuma. At a meeting in October 2018, Ince partners were informed that if a sale to a third party could not be hastily arranged, partners would have to agree to a …

‘A leading player’: Fieldfisher ups real estate game with RPC construction and projects team

‘A leading player’: Fieldfisher ups real estate game with RPC construction and projects team

Enterprising top-25 firm Fieldfisher has made a significant construction and projects play, hiring a team including two partners from RPC. Dan Preston, who was RPC’s head of construction and projects, is joining Fieldfisher alongside fellow partner David Thorne in addition to a team of five associates. One of those is senior associate Jamie Key, who will …