02 November 2009
Last month Bird & Bird chief executive David Kerr rebuffed criticism levelled at the firm that it was becoming all but impossible for London-based associates to make partner at the firm.
The chief executive of London set 9 Gough Square has resigned from the post and will launch a property investment company when he steps down next March.
International firms looking to enter the competitive Abu Dhabi market may have to rethink their plans, with the emirate considering a moratorium on further launches.
A trio of firms has scored lead roles on Gala Coral’s debt restructuring, in a deal that saw the bingo chain’s lenders write off £540m of debt in a debt-for-equity swap.
BT Retail general counsel Gordon Moir has left the company after 10 years to join the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as company secretary.
?Partners at Clifford Chance are anticipating a profit per point uplift of around 25 per cent at the half-year stage following a year when average profit per equity partner (PEP) at the firm slumped by 37 per cent.
Total costs estimated at more than £500,000 look set to be racked up in a libel case brought by tennis player Robert Dee, dubbed the “world’s worst” by the Daily Telegraph.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has made a trio of partner hires in an effort to beef up its contentious capabilities.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised established client Nasdaq OMX Group on a strategic partnership with the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE).
Liverpool-based EAD Solicitors is, according to managing partner Garry Abrams, in a “holding position”. Over the past three years the firm’s turnover has grown, but only slightly.
The downturn has made it harder for private equity funds to exit their investments. David Baylis and Ian Moore list the options
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has continued its City recruitment drive by launching a real estate practice with the hire of partner Tim Webb from Eversheds.
Manches has abandoned its bid to buy the most profitable parts of Halliwells after both sides decided the deal would be unfeasible.
Hammonds has appointed partner Matthew Lewis as its new Leeds head of employment.
While independent law firms are growing in popularity in Germany, making the move is not without its risks.
Resurgent market could see City property portfolio snapped up. By Luke McLeod-Roberts
A new player is seeking to enter the buoyant litigation funding market and is looking to raise £50m to invest in cases.
US firm’s European ambitions undimmed after Lyndon Norley ups sticks. By Julia Berris
Despite so many providers now servicing the LPC market, competition for places is nevertheless fiercer than ever
The issue of barristers’ fees is a bit like Fight Club - the first rule is you don’t talk about it. Yet it is an issue that is of increasing importance as litigators ask counsel to share the pain and help clients with limited budgets bring cases to fruition.
The merger between Lovells and US firm Hogan & Hartson looks almost certain to go ahead after the two firms’ management teams unanimously backed the union.
Peter Sugden has been made head of real estate in London for Mayer Brown.
A spat has broken out between the Institute of Paralegals (IoP) and the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (Nalp) over who has launched the country’s first national training framework.
Offshore firm Ogier has won a mandate to advise on the launch of one of the first funds to focus on investing in companies with a high number of women in senior roles.
Radovan Karadzic is among the highest-ranking officials brought to trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Italian firm P&A Legal is set to formally launch in Libya after being granted a licence by the Gaddafi government.
DLA Piper has appointed Scottish corporate head Simon Rae (above) to the role of managing partner for Glasgow and Edinburgh, while UK head of litigation and regulatory David Gray has taken on the management of Manchester.
Tension is growing between RBS and the firms pitching for its legal panel as the bank tightens its secondment criteria and firms struggle to manage their streamlined teams.
Hiscox to underwrite compliance push for post-LSA era. Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has moved a step closer to realising its post-Legal Services Act (LSA) ambitions by signing a deal with insurer Hiscox that will see it offer a Claims Direct-style service to a more specialised market.
Ropes & Gray’s newly hired London team is visiting the firm’s US headquarters this week to draw up plans for the development of the London arm and to sign up a number of secondees.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has never been a firm to shy away from making a bold statement. The biggie was when it swooped for volume personal injury brand Claims Direct. That deal reinvigorated a dying business and put RJW on another level.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) formally launched its lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) network last week with a talk on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal equality given by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Following a recent story about the high level of pregnancies in the London legal market recently (19 October), Russell Jones & Walker has jumped on the baby boom bandwagon. And how.
With an NHS background, Dan Toner has all the right knowledge for the top legal job at Spire Healthcare.
What’s your favourite film? Blade Runner.
Wragge & Co has established a new team that will seek to trace people posting comments online.