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Friday 4 October 2013

MH Update Autumn 2013

Welcome

Welcome to the MH Update. We have had a marvellous summer to look back on: England have won the Ashes again, Andy Murray won Wimbledon, the Lions won in Australia, Justin Rose won the US Open and Chris Froome won the Tour de France. And the sun shone (at least some of the time). I hope you enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, I am delighted to report that since our last publication we have added two more partners to our corporate group. Tim Bee has joined from FFW and Andrew Wigfall from Nabarro. Tim is an experienced M&A and Capital Markets lawyer who has particular expertise in the financial services sector. Andrew has a significant reputation in the field of venture capital and particularly in the technology sector and was head of Venture Capital at Nabarro before joining MH. Like the other partners in the Corporate group Tim and Andrew also have experience across a wide range of transactions and sectors. We are particularly pleased to be expanding the firm with such fine lawyers and we hope that you will have a chance to meet them before long.

As September is the beginning of the academic year, it is also the time when a lot of trainees qualify as solicitors. Neatly balancing the two new partners, we have two newly qualified solicitors bounding up from the ranks of trainee: Aideen Burke who is joining the Media and Technology department and Abbey Wiggett who joins the Property department. Congratulations to them both.

Another important development has been the firm’s new membership of Primerus which is an international organisation of legal firms with over 200 members in 130 cities and over 40 different countries. This network has already enabled us to access reliable advice at reasonable rates in overseas jurisdictions for clients on a number of matters and is a significant step forward as we look to increase our business in international markets.

Finally we should mark the fact that Tony Morris has stepped down as managing partner after 14 years. Although it was originally intended to be a shorter term and the normal situation is to have time off for good behaviour he performed the role very diligently and with a horrendous array of puns. Now that his management duties are reduced he will be back to spending more time on fee earning work. So our repeated thanks to Tony for shouldering that burden for so long. Tony’s former role will be undertaken by a management committee comprising Jon Sweet, Lynette Bridges and me.

I hope you find this edition of MH Update interesting. Please follow up with any of the authors if you have questions arising from the articles.

Jonathan Pearce

 

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