Rising Stars: Retail

Rising Stars: Retail

Anna Lawrence

Legal director, offer and supply chain

KINGFISHER

Anna Lawrence is legal director of Kingfisher’s offer and supply chain business unit. Formed in 2015, the business brings together the buying teams for a large portfolio of home improvement brands, including B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt and Castorama in France, with Lawrence now overseeing everything from managing relationships with suppliers to monitoring IP on thousands of product lines globally.

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Breaking the mould: Slaughters bolsters pensions practice with first-ever London lateral

Breaking the mould: Slaughters bolsters pensions practice with first-ever London lateral

HSF’s Schaffer to join Magic Circle firm later this year

After first breaking its duck three years ago in Hong Kong with the hire of Morrison & Foerster’s co-head of China capital markets John Moore, last month Slaughter and May caught the eye by making its first-ever lateral hire in London.

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‘An ideal fit’: Osborne Clarke hires Addleshaws’ employee incentives group head Michael Carter

‘An ideal fit’: Osborne Clarke hires Addleshaws’ employee incentives group head Michael Carter

Following its double partner hire from Irwin Mitchell last month, Osborne Clarke (OC) has recruited the head of Addleshaw Goddard‘s employee incentives group Michael Carter, who leaves the firm after eight years.

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Revolving doors: DLA Piper makes commercial contracts play, as Global 100 firms make key hires

Revolving doors: DLA Piper makes commercial contracts play, as Global 100 firms make key hires

In a busy start to the year, DLA Piper has strengthened its commercial practice with the appointment of two lawyers from Simmons & Simmons, while Global 100 firms K&L Gates, Cooley and White & Case have all made lateral hires.

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What’s in store for London’s Commercial Court?

What’s in store for London’s Commercial Court?

 MARKET VIEW – LITIGATION 

White & Case’s head of litigation, John Reynolds, looks at what impact the development of other countries’ specialist commercial courts will have on the future of London as a centre for international dispute resolution

Despite relentless competition, most notably from New York, the choice of English governing law dominates the international contracts market. So says a recent article from the July/August issue of Legal Business with the benefit of opinion from partners at a number of large international firms (including White & Case’s own David Goldberg).

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Eversheds real estate head and tax partner to form high-end boutique

Eversheds real estate head and tax partner to form high-end boutique

William Naunton and Clive Jones to depart after year-long notice period.

The head of Eversheds’ international real estate group, William Naunton, is to leave the firm alongside tax partner Clive Jones to set up a high-end real estate boutique, after both have served a one-year notice period.

Jones and Naunton, who was a main board member until he stepped down in 2011, made their intentions clear when they handed in their notices in January, meaning they will be free to set up on their own in the New Year of 2015, with the unusually long notice period understood to reflect Naunton’s significant book of business.

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DWF brings in Pinsents partner to take over from Leaitherland as CEO of commercial services

DWF brings in Pinsents partner to take over from Leaitherland as CEO of commercial services

DWF has appointed Pinsent Masons head of financial institutions and human capital Stephen Miles to take over from managing partner Andrew Leaitherland as chief executive officer (CEO) of its commercial services division. Continue reading “DWF brings in Pinsents partner to take over from Leaitherland as CEO of commercial services”