1 September 2008

The Lawyer

  • 3-4 South Square QC sets up shop in Singapore

    1-Sep-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.

  • A&O places litigation at heart of global strategy

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • A&O unveils ISDA software business

    1-Sep-2008

    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 boss ousted by partner vote

    1-Sep-2008

    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 McCutcheon grabs Bear Stearns duo

    3-Sep-2008

    Bingham McCutchen has recruited two former Bear Stearns lawyers to beef up its international securities practice.

  • Blue-chip shares fall could gift City firms more work

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Boekel to set up Dutch law office in London

    1-Sep-2008

    Dutch firm Boekel De Nerée is to open an office in London to service its Dutch clients.

  • Boodles bags LG tax and private capital partner

    3-Sep-2008

    Private client firm Boodle Hatfield has hired an LG tax and private capital partner.

  • Brown Rudnick makes latest Bear Stearns hire

    4-Sep-2008

    Brown Rudnick has become the latest firm to benefit from a string of departures from fallen banking giant Bear Stearns.

  • Burges Salmon denies negligence claims

    1-Sep-2008

    Burges Salmon has rebutted claims that it negligently advised agriculture clients on sub-prime mortgages.

  • Cadwalader chief takes control of partnerless Beijing

    5-Sep-2008

    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 loses partner number two since layoffs

    2-Sep-2008

    Cadwalader has suffered its second partner defection since the firm announced record layoffs earlier this summer.

  • Calls for opt-out approach to litigation funding as survey makes case for reform

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Camerons’ sit heads

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • CC gains corporate partner from Macquarie

    1-Sep-2008

    Former Macquarie Group division director Amy Mahon has rejoined Clifford Chance as a partner in the magic circle firm’s corporate ­department.

  • CC, Freshfields land BAA refinancing gig

    1-Sep-2008

    Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won the lead roles on BAA’s £13.3bn refinancing.

  • CC, Herbies go head to head on Adecco’s Michael Page bid

    1-Sep-2008

    Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith have come up against each other in Adecco’s pursuit of UK-­listed recruitment company Michael Page.

  • Clifford Chance adds judge to Paris tax practice

    1-Sep-2008

    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

    3-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Clip crop

    1-Sep-2008

    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”.

  • Clydes in bid to seduce local Middle East talent

    1-Sep-2008

    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

    3-Sep-2008

    Debevoise & Plimpton hires 2Birds litigation partner" /New York-based Debevoise & Plimpton has snared Bird & Bird partner Sophie Lamb to boost its European litigation practice.

  • Detective work: Grant Macpherson, Kroll

    1-Sep-2008

    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

  • DLA Board seat election goes to the vote

    1-Sep-2008

    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

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Employee survey reveals support staff dissatisfied

    1-Sep-2008

    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 scores brace of school set-up instructions

    1-Sep-2008

    Eversheds has won instructions on a series of schools projects from Nottinghamshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council.

  • Eversheds to axe 33 lawyers; Norwich to close

    4-Sep-2008

    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 returns UK powerboat duo to pole position

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Firms use interim tactics to position for Indian liberalisation

    1-Sep-2008

    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 shuffles top brass; turnover tops targets

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Forsters hit by £150K negligence action

    1-Sep-2008

    Mayfair firm Forsters has been accused of negligence and breach of contract by former client Benchmark, a London property investment company.

  • Gas bills

    1-Sep-2008

    The EU and UK need to implement new legislation if they want the latest CO2 storage technology to be a success

  • Getting on your Wiki

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Ground force: the Kashmir Earthquake Appeal

    2-Sep-2008

    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

  • Halliwells trio jump ship to PwC

    4-Sep-2008

    A team of three real estate partners has left Halliwells' London office for the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

  • Hammonds, Shearman, Brabners in footy megadeals

    2-Sep-2008

    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 partner jumps ship to Sheppard Mullin

    2-Sep-2008

    Heller Ehrman Silicon Valley partner Hal Milstein is leaving the firm to join West Coast rival Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

  • Herbies raids Citibank for finance partner

    1-Sep-2008

    Herbert Smith has ramped up its finance practice by ­recruiting ­securitisation partner Michael Poulton from Citibank.

  • Hilary Meredith, Hilary Meredith Solicitors

    2-Sep-2008

    What was your first-ever job?Can-can dancer at a nightclub in Ibiza.

  • Howard Kennedy and Douglas-Mann seal merger

    1-Sep-2008

    Howard Kennedy has merged with personal injury boutique Douglas-Mann & Co with the aim of ­bolstering its client base.

  • Islamic finance rainmaker’s departure threatens to leave Dechert high and dry

    1-Sep-2008

    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 City litigator Pearson seconded to NY

    5-Sep-2008

    Jones Day has bulked up its cross-border litigation expertise in the USA, seconding a London litigator to the New York office.

  • Linklaters helps QCA beat hasty retreat from ETS exam contract

    1-Sep-2008

    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

    2-Sep-2008

    Linklaters IT partner joins Bristows" /Bristows has snared Linklaters IT partner Christopher Millard, who joined the firm as a consultant today.

  • Linklaters signs India best-friends tie

    1-Sep-2008

    Linklaters has secured a best friends agreement with the architect of India’s revived antitrust regime, Vinod Dhall.

  • Links sends partner to Dubai after Latham raid

    2-Sep-2008

    Linklaters has parachuted London banking partner James Martin into Dubai following a raid by Latham & Watkins.

  • Location key to female career progression at Clifford Chance

    5-Sep-2008

    Clifford Chance" /Female career progression varies dramatically across jurisdictions at Clifford Chance, the firm’s first corporate responsibility report reveals.

  • Lovells Europe head challenges Harris as leader

    3-Sep-2008

    Lovells’ Continental Europe managing partner Harald Seisler is to stand against managing partner David Harris in the firm’s upcoming management elections.

  • Lovells, BLG miss out on ACE panel places

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • 'Managing associate' pays off for Freshfields

    1-Sep-2008

    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).

  • Mason Hayes to absorb Arthur O’Hagan

    1-Sep-2008

    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

    1-Sep-2008

    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 boosts City ranks with Squire Sanders hire

    1-Sep-2008

    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 hires ex-Taylor Wessing chief Moss

    4-Sep-2008

    McDermott Will & Emery has poached Taylor Wessing’s former UK managing partner.

  • Merck Serono appoints new UK, Ireland head

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Minter Ellison UK boss swaps to Mallesons

    1-Sep-2008

    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’s Anthony Julius defends firm in RCJ

    5-Sep-2008

    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 battle

    5-Sep-2008

    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 reclaims A&O competition partner

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Morgan Lewis to retrench in IT, outsourcing

    1-Sep-2008

    The London office of US firm Morgan Lewis & ­Bockius is reviewing its strategy following the loss of its only two IT and ­outsourcing partners.

  • Mouldy, cold and dough

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Nixon Peabody and Thelen Reid in merger talks

    5-Sep-2008

    US firms Nixon Peabody and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner remain tight-lipped over speculation that they are in merger talks.

  • Opinion: Stagg payout – a unique amount for a unique case

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Paris Smith & Randall

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • People

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Project Portugal

    1-Sep-2008

    The rest of Europe may be suffering, but Portugal is on an even keel with a series of public PPPs and international investments

  • Protherics enlists Ashurst on takeover

    1-Sep-2008

    Ashurst is advising UK biotech company Protherics after it announced several takeover approaches from unnamed parties.

  • Reed Smith boosts Paris real estate team

    5-Sep-2008

    Reed Smith has recruited real estate lawyer Stéphane Illouz for its Paris office.

  • Reed Smith hires trio for Paris shipping practice

    3-Sep-2008

    Reed Smith has bolstered its French arm with the hire of a three-lawyer shipping team from local Paris firm Bouloy Grellet & Godin.

  • Resolution GC quits in wake of Pearl takeover

    1-Sep-2008

    Resolution general counsel Randal Barker has left the company following its takeover by Pearl Group.

  • Shared wisdom

    1-Sep-2008

    The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2008 is out, so in our yearly fantasy stock market update, where should the smart money be placed?

  • Shearman wins place on Allianz’s sale of Dresdner

    2-Sep-2008

    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 chief lends weight to London push

    1-Sep-2008

    Simmons & Simmons’ incoming global corporate chief Mark Curtis has pledged to continue the firm’s London push despite the economic slump.

  • Slaughters puts its faith – and its clients – in the next generation

    1-Sep-2008

    Hand-me-down approach to accounts helps younger partners climb the corporate ladder

  • South American getaway

    1-Sep-2008

    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

  • Special Report: Energy

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Special Report: Iberia

    1-Sep-2008

    The strength of the euro and the creeping onset of the economic downturn is helping Iberian companies broaden their global operations – with notable success.

  • Summer interns secure job offers

    1-Sep-2008

    Autumn intake unaffected by credit crunch

  • Sunny outlook

    2-Sep-2008

    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

  • Top 100’s Q1 revenue growth rate plummets

    1-Sep-2008

    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.

  • Top firms back new code to measure carbon output

    3-Sep-2008

    Eighteen top firms have backed a new carbon footprint protocol specifically tailored for the legal profession.

  • UK awash with brides-to-be?

    1-Sep-2008

    The future of the legal market, domestic and international, has been very much front of mind at The Lawyer this summer. In May we launched The Transatlantic Elite – a new spin on the race for global dominance that included our guide to the current – and future – superpowers.

  • Web Week

    1-Sep-2008

    The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

  • Withy King swallows Oxford's Marshall & Galpin

    4-Sep-2008

    South West firm Withy King has merged with Oxford-based Marshall & Galpin.