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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…

Stewarts to launch tax litigation team to capitalise on boom in tax disputes

Stewarts Law will launch a tax litigation group in 10 weeks’ time to hone in on the swathe of tax-related cases hitting the courts. The new specialist group will join the litigation firm’s nine specialist areas, which include the most recent groups, international arbitration and employment litigation. The firm has been planning to set up…

Home Office ordered to pay Clifford Chance client Raytheon £224m

Clifford Chance client US defence company Raytheon Systems has won over £224m from the Home Office after an arbitration tribunal ruled the Government unlawfully terminated its e-borders contract in 2010. The tribunal awarded Raytheon £50m in damages for ending the contract, £9.6m to settle complaints relating to changes to the original contract and £126m in…

Mishcon set to turn from partnership to full-equity LLP structure

Mishcon de Reya is to vote next month on converting to an LLP and bringing all of its salaried partners into the equity. The firm will transform its current partnership structure with 65 fixed-share partners and 37 equity partners to a full-equity LLP next year, dependent on a yes vote. Mishcon also lodged a formal…

PwC takes on Aussie legal market with hire of ex-KWM partners

Former King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partners Tony O’Malley and Tim Blue, who set up a Sydney boutique earlier this year, have joined accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to launch an Australian legal services arm. PwC, whose legal business PwC Legal employs over 2,000 lawyers in 80 countries and turns over in the region of £250m,…