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Allen & Overy matches Freshfields, retaining 82 per cent of trainees

Allen & Overy (A&O) will keep on 82 per cent of its autumn 2014 qualifying trainees, matching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s rate but failing to top the high retention at Linklaters. The firm will keep on 41 of its 50 trainees. Of those 50, 46 applied for a position and 43 offers were made. The firm’s…

Baker & McKenzie chooses Belfast for second global services centre

Baker & McKenzie is to open a global services centre in Belfast, the firm’s second following its centre in Manila which it launched in 2000. The firm has begun recruiting staff and securing premises for the new centre which is set to open for business next month. Bakers’ global director of operations Jason Marty is…

Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey. The office will be led by new lateral partner hire Simon Fraser, who has joined MJ Hudson from Ogier where he headed its private client offering since 2002. Prior to joining Ogier he spent…

Clyde & Co hires Singapore aviation team from Kennedys

Clyde & Co has hired a Singapore-based aviation team from Kennedys including legacy Gates & Partners big-hitter David Johnston. Asia-Pacific focused aviation liability and insurance partner Johnston joined Clydes as a partner shortly after his departure from Kennedys in mid-July. He joins Clyde & Co along with three lawyers, one of whom was a partner…

Dutch boutique Rutgers & Posch picks up Freshfields' former Amsterdam head

Dutch corporate boutique Rutgers & Posch has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Robert ten Have to boost its capital markets practice. Ten Have will start work at Rutgers & Posch on 1 September. He joined Freshfields in 2005 from NautaDutilh, and headed up the magic circle firm’s Amsterdam office between 2008 and 2011. Ten Have…

Baker & McKenzie, Mayer Brown, Olswang and Slaughters win Unilever panel places

Baker & McKenzie, Mayer Brown, Olswang and Slaughter and May have all won spots on Unilever’s inaugural panel. The hard-fought tender process ended last month with 16 out of 25 competing firms winning roles on four separate panels. The review was led by operations legal director Saswata Mukherjee and will be reviewed in 2016 (27…

Slaughters and Wragges lead host of firms on Legal & General property sell-off

Slaughter and May and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co have taken key roles among a large group of UK and Irish firms advising on Legal & General’s (L&G) sale of eight properties from its Hyperion portfolio to separate purchasers. Slaughter and May played a key role acting for the vendor, having advised L&G on the…

Pannone partners break three-year lock-in to leave Slater & Gordon

At least two legacy Pannone partners have managed to exit Australian-listed Slater & Gordon and others are negotiating exits despite a three-year lock-in. Just six months after Manchester-based Pannone was acquired by consumer giant Slater & Gordon, construction partner Sean McCay and travel injury partner Clare Campbell have left and at least two more partners…

Clifford Chance builds up private equity team as associates leave

Clifford Chance is understood to be losing four private equity associates to join partners at firms including Latham & Watkins and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, underlining the vulnerability of magic circle firms to headhunters acting for US firms in London. Sources say the departure of four of the firm’s private equity associates in London is…

Shepherd & Wedderburn bolsters construction team with ex-DLA practice head

Scotland-headquartered Shepherd & Wedderburn has added the former head of DLA Piper’s Scottish construction and engineering group to its own construction and projects practice. Gareth Parry, who joined DLA Piper from legacy McGrigors (now Pinsent Masons) in 2010 (1 March 2010), joins Shepherd & Wedderburn after a year out of practice. He had been based…