Three firms make The Times' annual list of Top 50 Employers for Women, UK firm Paul Weiss opens a Canadian office, Clifford Chance & Slaughter & May sweep the field to score football gig, and more, in our wrap up of the week's international legal news.
Three firms make Times list
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Addleshaw Goddard were identified by The Times as top employers for women, reports Legal Week. The three firms featured in The Times' annual Top 50 Employers for Women list. Freshfields has recently been making efforts to boost diversity through a number of initiatives such as unconscious bias training, emergency childcare and greater support for maternity leave.
Paul Weiss Toronto bound
UK firm Paul Weiss will open an office in Toronto in an attempt to secure a slice of Canada's natural resources and transactional work, reports The Lawyer. Newly appointed partners Christopher Cummings and Adam Giverta will join the Toronto team from rival firm Shearman & Sterling. The Paul Weiss chairman said the firm is expanding its practice in response to Canadian clients' growing cross-border activities.
CC and Slaughters land Arsenal gig
Clifford Chance and Slaughter & May have scored lead roles on the takeover bid of Premier League football club Arsenal following US businessman Stan Kroenke's £731 million ($1.14 million) offer, reports The Lawyer. Slaughters is Arsenal's longstanding corporate adviser, with corporate partner and head of sport Andrew Jolly leading the transaction alongside relationship partner Nigel Boardman.
Wragges guilty of negligence
UK firm Wragge & Co has been ordered to pay in excess of £7.5 million ($11.7 million) after a High Court decision ruled the firm gave negligent advice to a former client, Amalgamated Metal Corporation (AMC), reports Legal Week. The judgment, issued on 8 April, found Wragges liable for professional negligence relating to advice given when AMC settled a tax dispute with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in 2003.
22 promoted at Eversheds
Eversheds has promoted 22 lawyers in its annual promotions round, including 12 who are based in the UK, reports Legal Week. The firm's London office will take on four of the new partners, while the Birmingham, Cardiff and Johannesburg offices will receive three each. The remaining promotions will be distributed across the firm's Newcastle, Munich, Shanghai, Geneva, Berne, Warsaw and Zurich offices. Almost one third of the new partners are women.