05 October 2009
Barrister Colleen Hanley has returned to London set 20 Essex Street after only a year at energy watchdog Ofgem.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has moved to bulk up its US capability in London with the hire of an equity capital markets partner from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Appleby has completed its merger with Isle of Man firm Dickinson Cruickshank, creating the world’s largest offshore firm.
Blackstone Chambers barristers will decide on Friday (9 October) whether Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have the support to stand for another term as joint heads of chambers.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has dropped Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Shearman & Sterling from its new-look panel.
Civil recovery actions have been identified as a powerful tool in the fight against financial crime. Nicholas Cox examines their progress to date and whether criticisms of them being used as an alternative to prosecutions hold any water
Austrian firm Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (CHSH) has merged with Hungarian firm Dezsö & Partners.
Demand for alternative funding arrangements in commercial litigation is on the rise, with clients looking for ways to tighten their legal spend.
Clifford Chance London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson and former Asian litigation head Denis Brock are going head-to-head to win the title of global head of litigation, in what is sure to be one the most hotly-contested elections the firm has seen for years.
Washington DC-headquartered Crowell & Moring has bolstered its London office with a hire from fellow US firm Debevoise & Plimpton.
Laura Brank reveals why she quit Chadbourne to launch Dechert’s Moscow office, and defends her new firm’s strategy in the region. Matt Byrne reports
Is there anyone at Herbert Smith capable of filling David Gold’s shoes if he steps down as senior partner at the end of the year? Or will he make the shock decision to stand again?
The former general counsel of boutique investment bank Fox-Pitt Kelton has launched a UK law firm focused on the Chinese market.
Mayfair firm Forsters has bolstered its tax team with the hire of Halliwells partner Elizabeth Small.
With investment from overseas and companies returning to Ireland, there are signs of growth that are surprising everyone. By Tom Phillips and Margaret Taylor
Leaving private practice to go in-house at Novartis was a tough call to make, but one that has worked out well for both Thomas Werlen and his former firm, Allen & Overy. By Kit Chellel
Regulation of City law firms should be reformed, a report commissioned by the Law Society will conclude today (5 October).
Lovells is piloting a female mentoring scheme that is aimed at bolstering partner and employee engagement at the firm.
Lovells and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld have scored lead roles advising on a $1.2bn (£760m) Lukoil loan facility.
A trio of magic circle firms along with Slaughter and May best friend Uría Menéndez have advised on the e1.2bn (£1.1bn) sale and leaseback of a Spanish property portfolio.
CIS law firm Magisters has elected Andrew Mac as managing partner of its Kiev office.
The family team at Birmingham-based Martineau has established a Saturday-morning practice so that rich potential divorcés can get a more discreet service.
?Mayo Wynne Baxter is the product of a 2007 merger between Brighton-based Wynne Baxter and Eastbourne-headquartered Mayo & Perkins.
Exeter-headquartered Ashfords has appointed Andrew Betteridge as managing partner of its Bristol office.
?Photographs of Angela Merkel back behind her desk on Monday seem to expound the idea that nothing has changed in the Bundestag.
One of the great truisms of our age is that the modern law firm is client-driven. ? This occasionally sounds more like a wish than a verifiable assertion, and certainly so when it comes to legal process outsourcing (LPO).
Reed Smith has announced the appointment of litigation partner Robert Falkner to its Europe and Middle East commercial disputes group in London.
Clifford Chance has underscored its relationship with Permira, advising the private equity house on a £225m deal to take life insurer Just Retirement off of AIM.
Russian oligarch Yvegeny Chichvarkin has instructed Peters & Peters head of fraud Michael O’Kane and partner Anand Doobay to fight an extradition order issued by the Russian government.
UK law firms anticipate a much-needed resurgence in the industry. By Kit Chellel
SJ Berwin’s Associate Solicitors Forum (ASF) is debating how to reward and motivate junior lawyers for doing non-legal work.
Move hailed as ‘watershed moment’ as LPO trend spreads to City elite
Schoenherr managing partner Christoph Lindinger seems laid back. But his firm is quietly ambitious to dominate in Central Europe
Outsourcing. The word conjures up images of Indian call centres and protestors waving placards saying: “British jobs for British workers.”
Travers Smith has founded a not-for-profit organisation that will enable the firm’s lawyers to work pro bono to help reduce carbon emissions.
Sharp-eyed watchers of this page over the years will have spotted that it occasionally features photographic evidence of readers of The Lawyer in far-flung locations.
Bird & Bird chief executive David Kerr has rebuffed criticism levelled at the firm in the wake of the departure of IT specialist Toby Crick.
Vinson & Elkins is in discussions to open in Saudi Arabia, with an office launch mooted for the first quarter of 2010.
What’s your favourite film? Pretty Woman.