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Blackstone ups legal recruitment with third silk

4th March 2014

City barristers’ chambers Blackstone Chambers has boosted its team with its third silk hire in the space of year in the form of Brick Court Chambers’ Alan Maclean QC. Maclean was invited to be a Queen’s…

Pinsent Masons to boost its female staff

3rd March 2014

London-based law firm Pinsent Masons is planning to significantly increase its female presence, with a target of 25 percent partnership by the year 2018 being set. The firm is looking to vastly improve on its gender…

London law firm accepts bitcoin

28th February 2014

A London media law firm has created waves as the first to accept the virtual currency bitcoin as payment by its clients. While Sheridans, a media firm that provides services in the IT sector, still issues its invoices in…

Firms to lead on Versace 20% stake sale

28th February 2014

Major fashion house Versace is looking to sell a 20 percent stake in its business to the US private equity firm Blackstone. The major deal will see London-based practice Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and the major…

Santander in-house shakeup

28th February 2014

The Spanish banking company Santander has undergone a significant corporate and commercial panel shakeup which has seen 46 firms secure a place. Among the firms to make the grade are Forsters, Gordons, Stevens &…

Pre-nups to be legally binding

27th February 2014

The Law Commission is expected to please many family lawyers across the country as it moves to pass a law on pre-nuptial agreements. The law would reduce the number of long and expensive court battles over divorce cases,…

Firms advise on Carphone Warehouse and Dixons merger

27th February 2014

It is being reported that the potential merger between mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse and online electronics merchant Dixons is being overseen by Linklaters and Osborne Clarke. News of a merger only broke this…

The legal issues of Sochi

27th February 2014

With the end of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, many will be breathing a sigh of relief as everything appears to have run smoothly. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promise of a “spectacular event”…