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Clydes to face whistle-blowing claim after Supreme Court holds LLP members are protected

The Supreme Court has ruled that LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm. Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof alleged that she was ejected from the firm after blowing the whistle on alleged bribery and corruption by Kibuta Ongwamuhana, the…

In-housers name Freshfields and Herbies as most popular brands

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the most popular legal brand in London and the UK among general counsels, research by Acritas claims. The research, based on responses of 344 senior general counsel in UK organisations with revenues over £25m reveals Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Freshfields as the big winners in the capital having climbed to…

Taylor Wessing adds Korean firm to Asia network

Taylor Wessing has formed an association with South Korean firm DR & AJU, becoming the latest UK firm to make a move into the jurisdiction. The association will give Taylor Wessing access to over 100 lawyers in Korea. DR & AJU is a full-service firm established in 1994 with 120 lawyers including 18 partners. It…

Ashurst advises DZ BANK and Commerzbank on refinancing the acquisition of Geka group by 3i

Ashurst advised DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main (DZ BANK) and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft on the refinancing of the acquisition of cosmetics provider Geka by British finance investor 3i. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financing volume. Ashurst also advised the two banks on the granting of the initial revolving credit facility….

Clyde & Co raids Linklaters ally Webber Wentzel for dual South Africa launch

Clyde & Co has entered South Africa with a five-lawyer raid on Linkaters’ ally Webber Wentzel’s insurance and legal liability group. The firm has launched with two partners in Cape Town today (16 May) and will launch a second office in Johannesburg as soon as departure dates for a further two partners and one consultant…

A&O mulls 20 per cent female partnership target in diversity push

Allen & Overy (A&O) is considering introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 in an effort to better promote gender diversity. Insiders said the firm was looking to shake off its masculine image in an effort to be more female friendly, with A&O global HR director Genevieve Tennant leading the move. Nevertheless,…

Addleshaw Goddard partner trio quit to launch Nabarro Manchester office

Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester real estate chief Mark Haywood is leaving the firm with two partners to launch an office for Nabarro in the city. Haywood will be joined by commercial property partner Nathan Jansen and commercial real estate partner Monica Brij. Discussions regarding the trio’s departure and start dates are ongoing. Nabarro senior partner Graham…

Council adopts European Account Preservation Order

he Council of the EU adopted yesterday the regulation establishing a European Account Preservation Order. As mentioned in our previous posts, by means of this mechanism a creditor will be able to obtain from a court in any EU member state (including Cyprus) an order which will block funds held by the debtor in a…

Clifford Chance adds German banking partner to partnership council

Clifford Chance has named banking partner Barbara Mayer-Trautmann as its newest partnership council member following new Middle East partner Robin Abraham’s election to Middle East managing partner. Abraham stepped down from the firm’s partnership council in March after winning a spot two years ago. He stood down from the position and gave up his place…

Amazon swoops in on City in bid to build Europe legal capability

E-commerce giant Amazon is bulking up its legal capability in Europe, with lawyers from Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Moneygram the latest to join. Eversheds senior associate Ben Cavender and Moneygram senior legal counsel Oleysa Leary are both expected to join Amazon next month. Cavender is understood to be relocating to Luxembourg in order…