Mike Giles, who has been finance director at SJ Berwin since 1999, is leaving the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Speechly Bircham has set out plans for “significant team hire” following the end of its merger talks with Withers.
Withers and Speechly Bircham have called off merger talks following votes at both firms.
Linklaters banking and restructuring partner Chris Howard is leaving the magic circle firm to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office.
More leading firms want to recruit trainees solely from vacation schemes, it has emerged.
Clyde & Co has made eight support staff redundant following a consultation in the wake of 2011 merger with legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna and Debevoise & Plimpton are amongst the new firms appointed to Royal Dutch Shell’s revamped legal panel, which consists of more than 150 firms.
Bevan Brittan has launched a redundancy consultation process with three lawyers and six support staff, the firm announced yesterday.
Media set 5RB picked up roles on both sides of a Court of Appeal (CoA) battle over whether it was a matter if public interest that Boris Johnson MP, Mayor of London, had a daughter with a former mistress.
So it was not to be. Withers and Speechly Bircham have decided not to press ahead with their mooted £170m merger. Despite rampant market consolidation, not every deal is going to reach conclusion. See below for some high-profile examples.
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Russia is an attractive proposition for institutional investors at the moment, with a boom in bond issuances
International firms are jostling for position with local players in a packed legal market, but the UK magic circle still dominates
UK associates may have to move out if they want to move up, as firms look to add strength in growing economies
Redundancies are sweeping the legal industry as firms of all sizes adjust to a world of permanent price pressure - and partners are no longer secure in ivory towers
Putting up third-rate witnesses could see lawyers hit with wasted costs orders in the Jackson era
Judgment sheds light on enforceability of net contribution clauses in consumer contracts, but what of business ones?
Barrister acting for football club over dismissal claim must have known he was onto a loser
The Big Bang may have proffered the public greater choice, but there is a high price to pay
Auctioning work experience places to the highest bidder is an inherently unfair system
Nicky Richmond says more needs to be done to keep women in the law, following the prospect of Government targets in the FTSE100.
Last year we launched our inaugural City associate attitudes survey. The findings surprised anyone who assumed that junior and mid-level lawyers were obsessed with money; the firms they consistently ranked top were not the stony Wall Street practices but genial internationalists like Baker & McKenzie.
With global profits should come global corporate responsibility
If Whitehall lawyers are to be part of a civil service spin-out, there are state and EU legalities to consider
A CoA decision against Commerzbank is a warning that common law contractual rules are alive and kicking
Before DPAs become law, we should scope out the pitfalls in the US system and learn from them quickly
Manchester United’s biggest legal fan, Mark Rawlinson, pays tribute to his footballing hero
Abu Dhabi financial free zone means opportunities for common law-qualified lawyers
Contracting parties that don’t take advice on which law governs their agreement are asking for trouble
New Defamation Act’s demand that claimants prove serious damage first could end the gravy train of McLibels
France is to allow gay marriage, but unlike England, its courts are not prepared if the union ends in divorce
French employment law is set to change, but the proposals have caused dissent and strikes.
Australian boards should put foreign bids under the microscope to avoid a repeat of the Sundance saga
Taking a radical approach to outsourcing helped Chris Vaughan, GC at infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty, build a legal function fit for a complicated world
Leading a tiny team at the raging heart of the great 21st century patent war is… tremendous fun, says Nokia litigation boss Richard Vary
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Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Slaughter and May’s Italian best friend, has overhauled its governance and structure and elected two new managing partners in a bid to ensure its future.
Iberian firm Garrigues has retained the top spot in The Lawyer’s European 100 2013, but firms from Germany and Norway have produced the strongest financial results in an increasingly divided European market.
SJ Berwin is gearing up for a vote on a global merger with Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) that would see the UK outfit’s name disappear.
Garrigues looks to South America for relief from home market gloom