1 January 2007
Geoffrey Bindman QC, the founder of Bindman & Partners, leads the list of lawyers honoured in the New Year’s honours list.
Bird & Bird has boosted its IP team in the Netherlands, hiring litigation partner Marc van Wijngaarden from Dutch patent specialists Arnold + Siedsma.
Norton Rose and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) are to go head to head in what is one of the largest lawsuits to be brought with the help of independent litigation funding.
Kaye Scholer has made its second raid on Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) investment management practice, taking partner Simon Firth.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) international projects head Jonathan Simpson has defected to the London office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker after little more than a year at the UK firm.
Birmingham Law Society, the largest law society in the UK outside London, has appointed its first ever chief executive.
Clifford Chance has been denied summary judgment against its insurer Indian Harbor, in a bid to recover the full costs of a settlement it paid to defunct US firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in 2004.
Clifford Chance has managed to hold onto one of its rated corporate partners as Georg Linde decided not to join Mario Schmidt to Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Philadelphia firms Cozen O’Connor and Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen are in merger talks to create Pennsylvania’s largest legal presence.
Clifford Chance has announced that London finance partner Steve Curtis has been appointed to the firm’s partnership council.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has appointed Rowan Planterose as its new managing partner, effective from 2 January.
Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have ended merger talks in the face of a steady flow of Dewey partners defecting from the firm and disagreements over the management of the firm.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray has advised the administrators of Music Zone which has being put into administration after running out of cash.
The merger of northern firms DWF and Ricksons went live on January 1, creating a firm with an annual turnover of more than £50m.
Farrer & Co is to reap the expertise of planning law expert Pat Thomas after the firm recruited the former SJ Berwin senior planning and environment partner as a part-time consultant.
Happy bloody New Year from BDO Stoy Hayward, which is predicting that an astonishing 15 per cent of UK law firms could be on the brink of going out of business. See story.
Happy New Year. While most of us were nursing hangovers yesterday, Richards Butler was busy completing its merger with Reed Smith.
The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), the body responsible for the London Fire Brigade, has appointed its first head of legal and democratic services.
Bird & Bird has been left reeling by the imminent departure of star life sciences partner David Wilson to Herbert Smith.
Jones Day has announced its partner promotions for 2007, making up 45 new partners from its associate ranks, the same number as last year.
The London office of US firm Kaye Scholer has continued its expansion by hiring a senior lawyer from the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Linklaters’ China team finished 2006 with a bang by closing five deals worth more than £2.4bn in six weeks.
McDermott Will & Emery has made its partner promotions for 2007, making up 35 associates across the firm as well as making three new lateral hires.
Philadelphia-based Morgan Lewis & Bockius has opened an office in Houston, Texas, bagging five lawyers from local litigation boutique Edwards Burns & Krider.
Accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward has predicted that 15 per cent of law firms will go out of business as banks rein in generous lending strategies.
It seems you either fall for Orrick's generalissimo Ralph Baxter or you don't. And after initially capitulating to his burnished charms, Dewey has backed off.
The transatlantic merger of Richards Butler and US firm Reed Smith went live yesterday to create Reed Smith Richards Butler.
Salans has scooped the lead role advising turnaround expert RCapital on the rescue of struggling UK roadside restaurant chain Little Chef.
The Freedom of Information Act will face its biggest test today, as the Government readies its appeal against the Evening Standard and the Information Commissioner.
Washington DC firm Steptoe & Johnson is the latest US firm to enter the Chicago market, launching an office there today by taking nine partners from local firm Gardner Carton & Douglas ahead of its merger with Philadelphia-headquartered Drinker Biddle & Reath, also effective today.
Hire of the week, surely, is Sullivan & Cromwell's recruitment of UK corporate partner Tim Emmerson from Milbank Tweed in London. The elite Wall Street firm has now got itself a proven dealmaker in London.
Sullivan & Cromwell has raided Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy for leading mergers and acquisitions partner Tim Emmerson.
Ryanair is turning to Weil Gotshal & Manges in the low-cost airline’s latest spat with the French government.
French independent firm Veil Jourde has launched a real estate practice, raiding White & Case’s Paris office for a three-lawyer team.
Wigmakers are keeping tight-lipped over the latest threat to their livelihood as judges prepare to scrap their wigs in civil court cases.