10 December 2007
Tittering over other people's names is juvenile.
Axiom Legal, the US-based firm that pioneered a new model of seconding lawyers to clients, has placed a new recruit as interim UK legal director in asset management company AllianceBernstein.
Anderson Strathern is to merge with commercial boutique Kerr & Co at the beginning of 2008, creating a 44-partner firm.
The Attorney General's Office has instigated the first major overhaul of its regional panel of advocates in several years.
Sydney-based firm Gray & Perkins has entered into an alliance with German firm Brandi Dršge Piltz Heuer & Gronemeyer (BDPHG) with the pair seeking to tap into the increasingly lucrative Chinese market.
The BCCI working party last week (6 December) announced that long trials should have statements of case limited, but on the whole it believes the current civil procedure rules (CPR) are already sufficient.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised Clean Energy Brazil , a company that invests in the Brazilian sugar and ethanol energy production sector, on a £20.8m fundraising on AIM.
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Bryan Cave has strengthened its global network, launching an alliance with Chinese firm, Alpha & Leader.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has boosted its New York IP team with the hire of two partners from IP firm Morgan & Finnegan.
Life for Calunius Capital founding partner Mick Smith (pictured) has come full circle.
Canon Europe is launching a series of new panels in major European jurisdictions at the same time as beefing up its emerging markets team with two new hires.
Chadbourne & Parke has snared a three-partner project finance team from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
West Midlands-based firm Challinors Solicitors has made a number of changes to its senior management structure following the retirement of its chief executive.
Paris-based corporate partners Pierre-Yves Chabert and Gamal Abouali led the team at Cleary.
Clyde & Co has won an asbestos case in the Technology and Construction Court that means subcontractors can be found liable for asbestos exposure.
Cobbetts has landed a key role on the latest acquisition by Russia’s richest man and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.
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If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?A badminton racket and a friend with a badminton racket.
Dechert has seen off competition from the magic circle, winning a beauty parade to advise on a $2bn (£970m) Middle Eastern bond issuance.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has made up a total of four partners in London in the first round of promotions since Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae merged in October.
Despite a flurry of new protective rules on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and social backgrounds having come into play in recent years, diversity is still one of the most contentious issues facing law firms and remains steadfastly at the top of many firms' 'to do' lists.
DLA Piper has named Bob Martens as Belgium managing partner with Yves Tavernier stepping down after two years in the role.
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DWF has made further moves to strengthen its family practice credentials, with lateral hires to its Liverpool and Preston offices.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and White & Case have won lead roles advising on a groundbreaking African infrastructure deal.
Eversheds chief executive David Gray and chairman Alan Jenkins will be the last two office-holders who can run for a third term.
Tulkinghorn was amused to hear an associate tell the tale of a job interview he once had at Freshfields.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is offering a discount fixed-fee arrangement for its trademark opposition service, giving clients the chance to nip IP disputes in the bud for £200.
This was a tale of two bashes. The date? Tuesday 11 December. The venue? The 36th floor of the glitz-strewn Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the edge of Central Park. The host? Good question.
Oligarchs are not people you want to annoy. Tulkinghorn watched with interest the signing of Andrey Shevchenko by Ukrainian firm Magister & Partners (see News, page 10). It seems Shevchenko worked, perhaps in his spare time, at energy company Rosneft, in which, it just so happens, Roman Abramovich has a substantial stake.
Travers Smith and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have agreed the £1.74bn takeover of London-headquartered oil independent Burren Energy by Italian energy giant Eni.
A further corporate partner from Freshfields German operation has left the magic circle firm, surfacing at Baker & McKenzie.
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Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley is standing unopposed in the firm's current elections for the top job.
No5 Chambers has hired Mills & Reeve head of healthcare David Lock to set up a new public law group.
Heller Ehrman has appointed Ken Kirschner, the chair of its labour and employment group, as the firm’s new head of New York.
Herbert Smith has ploughed ahead with third-party litigation funding, putting on hold its working group on the matter, as it assesses the flood of new entrants to the market.
Herbert Smith's long-standing EU/competition head Jonathan Scott has stepped down from the role with partner Elizabeth McKnight set to take over at the beginning of January.
Clifford Chance's last remaining shipping partner has left for Holman Fenwick & Willan.
UK insurers Norwich Union and Allianz are looking at whether they can sue water authorities for failing to prevent the floods this summer.
Keelys Solicitors has acquired insurance defendant specialist Burrells. The Lichfield-headquartered firm said Burrells would be merged with Keelys London. Burrells partners Derek Burrell and Eamonn Clifford will work directly with Keelys head of costs litigation Simon Murray. Burrells specialises in complex and high-value claims and recoveries for insurers. Keelys managing partner Daniel Keane said the acquisition would boost the firm's national presence.
The proposed Planning Bill, which has its second reading in the House of Commons today (10 December), has met with a mixed response from the legal community.
Legance has launched in Italy with 17 partners formerly from Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, including managing partner Giovanni Nardulli.
Linklaters is meeting with global clearing banks to pitch its latest IT initiative, which ensures compliance with complex Basel II requirements.
Linklaters and Herbert Smith are squaring up in the battle for UK-listed waste disposal company Biffa.
Talk about evading the question. When The Lawyer noticed an article in India's Telegraph newspaper that quoted a London-based Baker & McKenzie spokesperson saying: "Our current desire is to invite an Indian law firm to join our firm and we look forward to changes in the regulatory environment which will permit this", obviously we had to investigate.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) head of family and private client Jeremy Abraham has joined Matthew Arnold and Baldwin (MAB).
Ukrainian independent firm Magister & Partners has boosted its Moscow office with two new partners.
Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, will open the country's legal market to foreign law firms as early as next year.
Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran's managing partner Declan Moylan is to step down after three terms in the role, taking up the position of chairman instead.
Mayer Brown is ploughing ahead with it expansion programme with the appointment of Field Fisher Waterhouse's construction head Chris Fellowes.
The definitive decision from management at Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe to dismiss merger talks out of hand has brought an end to months of speculation about how the allied firms would manage their futures.
Mundays" / "Small firms are an endangered species," Mundays chief executive Bob Bruce claims.
Firewalls are creating a bit of a problem over at Eversheds' IP practice. The solution? A porn PC.
Norton Rose has agreed an association with a Saudi Arabian law firm to launch a new office in the kingdom.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) could bring its first criminal cartel prosecution after three British oil industry executives were found guilty of price-fixing by a US court.
The London office of O'Melveny & Myers had made up one partner in the shape of corporate counsel Justin Stock.
City firm Maxwell Winward has made its first round of lateral hires after it was formed via a merger between Maxwell Batley and Winward Fearon in April.
US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bagged desirable German independent firm Smeets Haas Wolff in Frankfurt, concluding the US firm’s long search for a suitable merger partner in Germany.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted Richard Parsons and Andrew Heathcote to counsel in its structured and asset finance practice.
SJ Berwin celebrated its 25th birthday last week. Now that it is experiencing life in its mid-20s, the firm's management can look forward and embark upon the second phase of its development, according to senior partner Jonathan Blake.
As partnership promotions go, three in London is pretty paltry, even for a US firm.
Reed Smith Richards Butler senior associate Gregor Pryor has bagged a role advising social networking site Bebo on an open media content-sharing platform.
The typical governmental response to any public crisis was best summed up by Sir Humphrey Appleby when he said: "Something must be done; this is something; therefore this must be done."
Finnish firm Roschier has launched a real estate practice in Sweden, raiding Linklaters for a three-lawyer team.
Salans has boosted its Moscow office by 10 lawyers, taking a two-partner team from German independent firm Beiten Burkhardt.
Corporate partner Andrew Blain looks scarily like horror novelist Stephen King. Blain recently walked down TheShining path from the in-house team at Dunedin Property to Scottish firm Shepherd and Wedderburn.
Shearman & Sterling has snared a high yield finance partner from US rivals Latham & Watkins’ London office.
Shearman & Sterling has promoted 13 to the partnership across its global network.
Shepherd & Wedderburn has signed off on a major power purchase agreement (PPA) for ScottishPower, winning the instruction on the back of senior associate Graeme Moffett’s secondment to the company.
Simmons & Simmons is putting its Hong Kong woes behind it and has made a key partner hire from Stephenson Harwood & Lo (SHL).
The Singapore government is to allow foreign firms to practise Singaporean law following recommendations made by a review committee of its local legal market.
Life without a safety net - that's how moving to a much smaller firm might feel.
Insurance giant Standard Life is planning to beef up its legal capability in Dublin by hiring a lawyer dedicated to the region.
Is the white, male lawyer a dying breed? Law firms can be proactive in supporting minority groups and still employ according to merit, says Monica Burch
Tulkinghorn and his scribes have had much discussion this week about the etiquette governing corporate taxis. Yes, that's 'taxis' - a far more interesting subject than corporate taxes, Tulkinghorn believes.
Taylor Wessing has scored the lead role advising Brentford Football Club on the development of a new stadium.
The EMI Group is to undertake a review of its entire legal function following private equity group Terra Firma's acquisition of the struggling music label in May.
The Lawyer launched its first-ever HR Awards in 2006 to celebrate excellence in the effective deployment of HR strategy in the legal world - an issue underpinning some of the biggest stories of the last two years.
Transport insurance service provider Thomas Miller claims to be the first UK-based company to implement a fully electronic legal spend management system in a bid to cull its roster of external firms by 80 per cent.
Tulkinghorn feels standards of social etiquette have plummeted to a nadir.
The first representative action brought by consumer group Which? has been stayed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), with the two parties locked in settlement negotiations.
Wilberforce Chambers has been hit by email fraudsters, who have sent out fake bills to solicitors in the set's name.
Wragge & Co will recruit its first trainees in London, signalling the Birmingham firm's commitment to the City.
Wragges managing partner Quentin Poole tries to play down the importance of the firm putting down roots in London.
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