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Exclusive: Jeremy Clarkson lines up Quinn Emanuel to take on BBC

BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has instructed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to represent him in any potential commercial dispute against the BBC for breach of contract.

Olswang senior partner Mark Devereux is representing Clarkson during the BBC’s ongoing official disciplinary investigation, which was launched after the presenter allegedly punched Top Gear producer Tymon after filming on location in Newcastle two weeks ago (16 March 2015).

Clarkson turned to Quinn Emanuel to examine the case for a commercial claim of breach of contract. Director-general Tony Hall confirmed today that the BBC would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract when it runs out, reportedly at the end of this month.

It is understood that the presenter may have opted to change adviser because of a potential conflict of interest at Olswang. In recent years the firm has represented the BBC on several commercial deals including BBC Worldwide’s long-term creative partnership with AMC Networks in 2014, a sale and licencing deal for BBC Magazines in 2011 and the sale of travel publisher Lonely Planet in 2013.

Olswang is also a provider for the private practice element for the BBC’s training contract.

Quinn Emanuel declined to comment.

This article was first published on TheLawyer.com. Please see the original link here.

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Feature: Where are all the women law firm leaders?

Just eight women hold senior management roles in the UK’s top 50 firms despite females dominating the profession at entry level. How can that gulf be closed and what career steps will make the top more reachable? We asked today’s leaders.

Gender in law firms is a hot topic, and with a growing number of firms publishing diversity targets, it is starting to feel like the UK’s leading law firms are scrambling to hit the magic 30 per cent female partner ratio. Which means senior law firm management will soon be full of female lawyers, right?
Unlikely.
Despite a growing number of firms pledging to improve their gender diversity credentials, the most recent data from The Lawyer’s UK 200 shows that just 19 per cent of the total partnership roles in the top 20 firms are held by women.
This stands in stark contrast to the fact that for the past 20 years the majority (60 per cent) of new entrants into the UK legal profession were women.

Read the full feature here.

This article was first published in The Lawyer magazine. Please see the original link here.

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Exclusive: Olswang Europe offices left out in the cold on three-way merger

Olswang’s continental European offices have been warned they will not be automatically included in the firm’s three-way merger with CMS and Nabarro, The Lawyer understands.

The offices in Brussels, Madrid, Munich and Paris have been told they must negotiate the integration of their teams with CMS’s local offices or look for alternative homes.

An ex-Olswang partner told The Lawyer that it was likely that the single-partner offices would be absorbed by CMS in Europe, while the larger teams “may have more trouble” with their negotiations.

Olswang currently has six offices outside of the UK, four of which are in Europe, and a total of 14 partners across its network.

Olswang’s Paris office led by Guillaume Kessler has seven partners, while Munich has five partners and Madrid and Brussels have a sole partner each, Blanca Escribano and Dirk Van Liedekerke.

Should they decide against attempting to integrate with CMS’s local offices, sources point to real estate costs being the largest problem for European partners.

CMS’s presence in Europe somewhat dwarfs Olswang’s, with 28 offices in total. However the overlap between the two firms is total, as CMS has offices in eight cities in Germany including Munich, two offices in Belgium (Antwerp and Brussels), three offices in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Seville) and an office in Paris.

It is understood that Olswang’s Munich partnership is weighing up its options on whether to continue ahead with the merger or integrate with a different international firm.

It is not clear whether the Asia offices (Hong Kong and Singapore) are subject to the same conditions as their European counterparts.

Olswang CEO Paul Stevens has been approached to comment.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that three-way discussions are actively on-going between Olswang’s UK LLP, the CMS UK LLP and its European affiliate partnerships, and we are working hard to achieve an outcome that is satisfactory to all parties.”

CMS, Nabarro and Olswang partners voted through the firms’ three-way merger last month, which is expected to complete next May.

The new firm will be called CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, but will trade as CMS. Under the terms of the merger, Nabarro and Olswang will join the CMS UK partnership and move into its City premises in Cannon Place.

After the merger announcement, CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang told their business services support teams that all roles are up for grabs at the merged firm, putting around 850 UK-based non fee-earning roles into consultation.

This article was originally published on The Lawyer. Please see original link here: https://www.thelawyer.com/exclusive-olswang-europe-offices-left-cold-three-way-merger/

 

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