1 September 2008
Stuart Isaacs QC of commercial set 3-4 South Square has become the first London barrister to register as a foreign lawyer in Singapore.
Magic circle firm Allen & Overy is putting litigation growth at the centre of its global strategy, aiming to increase the practice’s contribution to global revenue by 50 per cent over the next four years.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a New York-based e-business, installing London-based derivatives counsel John Berry as its general counsel.
Bevan Brittan chief executive Stuart Whitfield is to be replaced by non-lawyer Andrew Manning after the partnership voted him out of the position.
Bingham McCutchen has recruited two former Bear Stearns lawyers to beef up its international securities practice.
City firms could stand to gain more work from their FTSE100 clients – despite the market value of the blue-chip companies being slashed during the past few months.
Dutch firm Boekel De Nerée is to open an office in London to service its Dutch clients.
Private client firm Boodle Hatfield has hired an LG tax and private capital partner.
Brown Rudnick has become the latest firm to benefit from a string of departures from fallen banking giant Bear Stearns.
Burges Salmon has rebutted claims that it negligently advised agriculture clients on sub-prime mortgages.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft managing partner Bob Link has scheduled an emergency visit to the Beijing office after office head Mark Roppel defected to Allen & Overy (A&O) last month (The Lawyer.com, 28 August).
Cadwalader has suffered its second partner defection since the firm announced record layoffs earlier this summer.
Third-party litigation funding for class actions is supported by almost half of the legal profession but more needs to be done to make it fully viable, research commissioned by The Lawyer shows.
Tulkinghorn has been particularly impressed with Team GB’s success at the Beijing Olympics. Winning gold medals in the ‘sit down’ sports of rowing, cycling and sailing is something all deskbound lawyers can aspire to.
Former Macquarie Group division director Amy Mahon has rejoined Clifford Chance as a partner in the magic circle firm’s corporate department.
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won the lead roles on BAA’s £13.3bn refinancing.
Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith have come up against each other in Adecco’s pursuit of UK-listed recruitment company Michael Page.
Clifford Chance has boosted its Paris tax team with the hire of French judge Laurent Vallée as of counsel.
Clifford Chance taps Linklaters for NY hire" /Clifford Chance has turned to magic circle rival Linklaters for its latest New York partner hire, signing up tax lawyer Robert Thornton Smith.
Addleshaw Goddard’s facilities department has made a boo-boo by accidentally ordering 10,000 paperclips that were “not of the quality [they] normally receive”.
Clyde & Co has launched a recruitment drive to attract local lawyers to its Middle East offices as international firms continue their rush to the region.
Debevoise & Plimpton hires 2Birds litigation partner" /New York-based Debevoise & Plimpton has snared Bird & Bird partner Sophie Lamb to boost its European litigation practice.
Detecting fraud is a way of life for Kroll managing director and corporate counsel Grant Macpherson. And there’s no sign of the work drying up any time soon
Voting is underway for the seat on DLA Piper’s board vacated by the firm’s Nordic chairman Henning Øglænd. Meanwhile, joint chief executive Nigel Knowles will stand for reelection at the end of the year.
DLA Piper joint chief exec Lee Miller re-elected" /DLA Piper joint chief executive Lee Miller (pictured) has been elected to serve another four years as head of the firm’s US operations.
The Lawyer’s first employee engagement survey, conducted by YouGovCentaur, shows a chasm between lawyers and business services staff, with the latter feeling undervalued, underpaid and out of the loop.
Eversheds has won instructions on a series of schools projects from Nottinghamshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council.
Eversheds is to make as many as 33 lawyers firm-wide plus support staff redundant, and is closing its Norwich base in response to the downturn in property work.
Finers Stephens Innocent has successfully advised world powerboat racing champions Craig Wilson and James Sheppard on their appeal against a 100-point deduction and disqualification.
UK firms are waiting with bated breath for the Indian legal market to liberalise, but by all accounts the country is unlikely to welcome international firms anytime soon.
Foot Anstey managing partner Jane Lister is stepping down from the role, with the firm on course to achieve its five-year growth target 12 months ahead of schedule.
Mayfair firm Forsters has been accused of negligence and breach of contract by former client Benchmark, a London property investment company.
The EU and UK need to implement new legislation if they want the latest CO2 storage technology to be a success
Tulkinghorn was gripped by professional envy when one of his scribes discovered that Ashurst’s latest hire, Abradat Kamalpour, who joins the firm from Dechert, has his very own Wikipedia page.
The rule of law is one of the key issues animating Pakistani society. But nearly three years on from the devastating earthquake that killed 80,000 in Kashmir, some local courts are still being convened in tents – something a group of top UK lawyers is determined to help change
A team of three real estate partners has left Halliwells' London office for the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The frantic close of the football transfer window saw lawyers working late into Monday night on some of the Premiership’s biggest ever deals, including the £200m sale of Manchester City FC.
Heller Ehrman Silicon Valley partner Hal Milstein is leaving the firm to join West Coast rival Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.
Herbert Smith has ramped up its finance practice by recruiting securitisation partner Michael Poulton from Citibank.
What was your first-ever job?Can-can dancer at a nightclub in Ibiza.
Howard Kennedy has merged with personal injury boutique Douglas-Mann & Co with the aim of bolstering its client base.
Islamic finance partner Abradat Kamalpour’s exit from Dechert (as reported on TheLawyer.com, 21 August) has led to the collapse of the firm’s core London Islamic finance practice, with two of Kamalpour’s assistants moving to external posts in the Middle East and a trainee joining him at Ashurst.
Jones Day has bulked up its cross-border litigation expertise in the USA, seconding a London litigator to the New York office.
Linklaters has advised the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) on an early exit from its contract with US-owned exams administrator ETS Europe after the latter failed to deliver test results.
Linklaters IT partner joins Bristows" /Bristows has snared Linklaters IT partner Christopher Millard, who joined the firm as a consultant today.
Linklaters has secured a best friends agreement with the architect of India’s revived antitrust regime, Vinod Dhall.
Linklaters has parachuted London banking partner James Martin into Dubai following a raid by Latham & Watkins.
Clifford Chance" /Female career progression varies dramatically across jurisdictions at Clifford Chance, the firm’s first corporate responsibility report reveals.
Lovells’ Continental Europe managing partner Harald Seisler is to stand against managing partner David Harris in the firm’s upcoming management elections.
ACE European Group, the European arm of one of the world’s largest insurers, has overlooked former favourite Lovells on its first formal legal panel.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s corporate department was given a shake-up earlier this year when Mark Rawlinson took over from Tim Jones as head (The Lawyer, 31 March).
Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran is to consolidate its position in the Irish market by merging with Dublin-based Arthur O’Hagan.
Mayer Brown hire boosts Orrick bankruptcy focus" /Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is making headway in strengthening its transatlantic bankruptcy team with the hire of former Mayer Brown restructuring head Raniero D’Aversa in New York.
McDermott Will & Emery has expanded its London renewable energy practice with the hire of Dr Stefan Schmitz from the City office of Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
McDermott Will & Emery has poached Taylor Wessing’s former UK managing partner.
European pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Merck Serono has hired European Aeronautic Defence ;and ;Space Company (EADS) counsel Robert Fairless to head its nascent UK and Ireland legal capability.
The London office of Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has poached the UK managing partner of Minter Ellison, the only other Australian firm with an office in the City.
Mishcon de Reya has become embroiled in a row that has ended with the firm being forced to trot out its star lawyer, Anthony Julius, to defend its reputation in the Royal Courts of Justice.
Mishcon's new court battle05-September-2008This time last year Mishcon de Reya’s Anthony Julius was the celebrity lawyer, having notched up hundreds of column inches in the national press.
Monckton Chambers has made a rare partner raid on magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O), signing up competition star Alistair Lindsay as a tenant.
The London office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is reviewing its strategy following the loss of its only two IT and outsourcing partners.
It’s not been an easy year for the laid-off associates at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. A total of 131 had to pack up their belongings and find jobs elsewhere as tough times turned into redundancies.
US firms Nixon Peabody and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner remain tight-lipped over speculation that they are in merger talks.
News that Colin Stagg, the man wrongfully accused of the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common, received £706,000 in Home Office compensation met with a mixed response in the media, but is all the more timely given that Barry George, wrongfully convicted of killing Jill Dando, is also awaiting compensation.
Southampton stalwart Paris Smith & Randall is celebrating its 190th birthday this year. Despite its age, senior partner Richard Smith, who has been at the helm as managing and senior partner for more than 10 years, insists that the firm is thoroughly modern.
Lovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office.
The rest of Europe may be suffering, but Portugal is on an even keel with a series of public PPPs and international investments
Ashurst is advising UK biotech company Protherics after it announced several takeover approaches from unnamed parties.
Reed Smith has recruited real estate lawyer Stéphane Illouz for its Paris office.
Reed Smith has bolstered its French arm with the hire of a three-lawyer shipping team from local Paris firm Bouloy Grellet & Godin.
Resolution general counsel Randal Barker has left the company following its takeover by Pearl Group.
The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2008 is out, so in our yearly fantasy stock market update, where should the smart money be placed?
The relationship between Shearman & Sterling German managing partner Georg Thoma and Allianz board member Paul Achleitner has paid off, with the firm winning an instruction on the insurer’s sale of Dresdner Bank.
Simmons & Simmons’ incoming global corporate chief Mark Curtis has pledged to continue the firm’s London push despite the economic slump.
Hand-me-down approach to accounts helps younger partners climb the corporate ladder
With a cloud hanging over the economies of Europe, Spanish law firms are capitalising on their Latin American links as the region’s fortunes continue to rise
There is now a consensus that climate change is not just something dreamed up by Al Gore and that its impact would be extremely disruptive.
The strength of the euro and the creeping onset of the economic downturn is helping Iberian companies broaden their global operations – with notable success.
Autumn intake unaffected by credit crunch
A record of strict controls on mortgage-backed financing and robust demand for new homes means it won't be too long before Spanish real estate firms are making hay again
First-quarter (Q1) revenue growth at the UK’s top 100 firms is down massively on the same period last year, with the average coming in at just 6.3 per cent.
Eighteen top firms have backed a new carbon footprint protocol specifically tailored for the legal profession.
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South West firm Withy King has merged with Oxford-based Marshall & Galpin.