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Macfarlanes hires 20 Essex Street silk Guy Morpuss to lead arbitration group

Macfarlanes has appointed former 20 Essex Street barrister Guy Morpuss QC to head up its advocacy and arbitration group in London.

10 Apr 2014 | 11:57 | secure

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inner image 42 Bedford Row takes on 27 new tenants as 13 King’s Bench Walk closes down

City set 42 Bedford Row is merging with tenants from 13 King’s Bench Walk (13 KBW), after the latter is set to close in May.

08 Apr 2014 | 10:51 | secure

inner image Bar Council to make £3.5m savings through accommodation cut backs

The Bar Council is on track to make savings of £3.5m over the next five years by donwsizing in its City headquarters.

08 Apr 2014 | 09:44 | secure

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A&O and the collapsed SFO corruption case: blame the lawyers, but which ones?

The FT has reported that two A&O lawyers have avoided being referred to the Attorney General’s office for an investigation into whether they had committed a contempt of court.

27 Mar 2014 | 16:31

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Exclusive: former Shell legal boss Peter Rees joins 39 Essex Street

Peter Rees QC, the former legal chief of Shell, has joined Thirty Nine Essex Street as a counsel and commercial arbitrator.

25 Mar 2014 | 07:55 | secure

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Grabiner QC and Travers appointed to review Bank of England forex fixing claims

One Essex Court's Lord Grabiner QC and Travers Smith have been appointed to carry out a review into the Bank of England's conduct in the foreign exchange market, in response to allegations that it allowed the manipulation of foreign exchange (forex) r...

12 Mar 2014 | 12:07 | secure

20 Essex Street senior clerk joins recruiter as partner

A senior clerk at 20 Essex Chambers has joined legal recruiter Hewetson Shah as a partner. Mathew Kesbey, who has spent over 20 years in clerking at both Essex Court Chambers and 20 Essex Street, joins the recruiter as a partner today.

03 Mar 2014 | 14:35 | secure

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Reforming judicial review: cutting pointless delay or preventing legitimate challenge?

After the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill's second reading in the House of Commons yesterday (24 February), Angela Patrick, director of human rights at JUSTICE considers the Government’s proposals for the future of judicial review

25 Feb 2014 | 15:17

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Former Shell legal chief Peter Rees QC to return to private practice

Peter Rees QC, the former head of Royal Dutch Shell's legal team, is to return to international arbitration, Legal Week has learned. Sources confirmed that Rees (pictured), who is currently taking a month's leave following his departure from the oil g...

24 Feb 2014 | 01:00 | secure

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LCIA appoints new director general Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has appointed Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof as its new director general, succeeding Adrian Winstanley who is retiring after seventeen years in the post. Winstanley will retire at the end of June ...

24 Feb 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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Record number of solicitor advocates take silk in 100-strong round

International arbitration heads at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills and Berwin Leighton Paisner are among five solicitor advocates to be appointed Queen's Counsel.

19 Feb 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Ofcom and BT in-house teams win court battle against HSF client Sky

Ofcom and BT's in-house legal teams have won a Court of Appeal battle against Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) client Sky, after it was found that a 2012 decision to block the regulator from forcing a discount of Sky's sports channels was "inadequate"

18 Feb 2014 | 11:27 | secure

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Thirty Nine Essex Street launches in Kuala Lumpur

Thirty Nine Essex Street has launched an office in Kuala Lumpur, making it the first UK chambers to have a presence in Malaysia. The set has taken an office at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

14 Feb 2014 | 00:30 | secure

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Jonathan Fisher QC to advise select committee on Co-op investigation

Devereux Chambers' Jonathan Fisher QC has been appointed as a specialist adviser to the Treasury Select Committee's inquiry into the Co-operative Bank's failed bid for 632 Lloyds branches.

29 Jan 2014 | 10:25 | secure

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'Truly extraordinary' Excalibur case raises conduct concerns for Clifford Chance

Lord Justice Christopher Clarke's cost judgment in Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone and others [2013] is out. To precis the most interesting points, the implication of the judgment is that Clifford Chance (CC) has, for its clients:

16 Jan 2014 | 11:31

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