10 March 2008
Neville Howe has followed Royal & SunAlliance's mantra of putting the customer first and brought the legal team bang up to date in the process.
The Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) caveat over which barristers are the highest-paid legal aid practitioners appears to be absolutely justified.
• Watson Farley & Williams has hired Dr Clemens Hillmer as a partner for its Hamburg office. He joins from Ince & Co where he was as an associate.
Balbir Singh, head of Birmingham-based Equity Chambers, has been revealed as the highest-paid legal aid criminal barrister for the second year in a row, according to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures.
Allen & Overy has elected Dirk Meeus as Belgian chief following the promotion of Wim Dejonghe to global managing partner.
The United Nations and Allen & Overy have emerged as the most popular employers among students who are interested in a career in the law.
With a target turnover of £25m by 2010, South East firm ASB Law wants to reverse the downward trend in its turnover figures.
What was your first-ever job?Grave digger, Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, Yorkshire.
Having generated an estimated £18m from three earlier divorces, Susan Crossley was roundly criticised in the media for having the temerity to pursue her fourth husband for a share of his fortune.
Ashurst has been instructed on its first Indian IPO, advising on the $400m (£196.80) flotation of Rural Electrification Corporation on India's Bombay and National stock exchanges.
Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose have steered through the first Egyptian investment by Dubai ports operator DP World, which has taken control of the Sokhna Port Development Company.
The credit crisis has had a huge impact on the legal market since it began last summer.
Average revenue per barrister (RPB) at North West set Kings Chambers has broken through the £250,000 barrier.
British American Tobacco (BAT) has turned to Herbert Smith for advice on its £2.05bn purchase of Scandinavia's largest tobacco brand.
Bird & Bird has boosted its Nordic coverage, merging with 10-partner Finnish firm Fennica Attorneys.
For the second year running, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) picked up the trophy for HR Team of the Year at The Lawyer HR Awards 2008, as well as the for Excellence in Training and Most Effective Internal Communications awards.
There was little news in the Budget for companies to be concerned about, with Alistair Darling confirming that corporation tax will fall from 38 per cent to 28 per cent by April.
We've all been there. You're entertaining clients at a country hotel and the bar is about to close, but the nearest nightclub is miles away.
One of the chosen charities for The Lawyer Awards 2008, Kids Company gives vulnerable children and teenagers the chance for a fresh start
CC general counsel and chairman of the City of London Law Society rules and regulation committee Chris Perrin has called for significant widening of client conflict.
DLA Piper has bulked up its presence in the Middle East with the hire of regional corporate head Peter Monk.
DLA Piper yesterday announced the opening of an office in Houston, Texas with three lawyers from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Howrey.
The last time Tulkinghorn travelled beyond the comfort of his reading room, he packed three gallons of fine port and a change of long johns. And that was just for a trip to Reading.
South African law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) has merged with 100 per cent black-owned firm MNMR in a bid to become the firm with the greatest number of black lawyers in the country.
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge today (Thursday 13 March) become the latest US firm to lay off a group of associates.
Milton Keynes firm EMW Law has scooped Matthew Arnold & Baldwin's (MAB) former chair and joint head of company commercial Moira Myers after MAB refocused its strategy on real estate.
Eversheds has dealt Bond Pearce a major blow with the hire of renewable energy star Marcus Trinick.
Eversheds has appointed Serco Group human resources chief Lucy Adams as its new HR director.
Exchange Chambers has become the latest set to reach the 100-barrister mark following five new barrister hires.
Farrer & Co's management board has undergone a shake-up following James Furber's election as senior partner.
Land Securities Trillium (LST) has carried out a massive overhaul of its 36 relationship firms, jettisoning two-thirds of its advisers in favour of its first ever formal panel.
Browne Jacobson, DLA Piper and Eversheds advised on the £77m secondary buyout of Britton Group by HSBC Private Equity and HSBC Bank.
F&C Asset Management is preparing to challenge a multi-million pound discrimination claim brought by its former head of legal services.
Fox Williams has mounted a devastating raid on Faegre & Benson's London office as the US firm struggles to maintain its transatlantic footing.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has voted to hire former White & Case banking partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed employment partner Caroline Stroud to the newly-created role of HR partner.
The former chief executive officer and managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hugh Crisp, is leaving to chair the international advisory board of Oxford University's Saïd Business School.
A massive rearrangement of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London seating plans will see the firm's management team move en masse to the first floor of the firm's Fleet Street headquarters.
Freshfields Brussels partner Vanessa Turner has been appointed to the European Commission, assisting the competition commissioner.
Texas-based firm Fulbright & Jaworski has promoted two senior associates to partner in its London office, doubling last year's tally.
Hammonds has ramped up its Madrid office with the hire of former Garrigues vice-chairman Antonio Ortega.
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Bookmaker William Hill won a High Court ruling today (12 March) that it did not exploit a punter's gambling addiction.
White & Case has won a landmark House of Lords victory that will undermine key points of the UK's extradition treaty with the US.
Simmons & Simmons’ first female senior partner Janet Gaymer has been appointed as honorary QC in the latest honoris causa awards.
The deals may have become smaller, but a more cautious market means lawyers are being consulted more than ever.
When one door closes, another opens, so insurance firm Kennedys has learnt.
Kirkland & Ellis remained upbeat about the state of its London private equity practice last week, despite the admission that high-profile hire Raymond McKeeve is to part company with the firm (first revealed on www.the lawyer.com, 4 March).
Like Tulkinghorn, some are blessed with names which positively roll off the tongue and improve each time one says or writes them down. Others are not.
Eleven per cent of The Times top 100 companies to work for in 2008 are law firms, four more than were on last year's list.
The Government has underlined its commitment to the Islamic finance sector, promising to examine the possibility of a sovereign sukuk as well as a consultation on stamp duty tax relief on alternative finance investment bonds.
The Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.
Linklaters and Jones Day have been handed key roles on a proposed mega-deal that would see the creation of a £20bn mining giant in Kazakhstan.
Rigid foreign exchange policies have helped shield China from the worst effects of the US sub-prime crisis. By Han Qimeng and Marianne Ramel
Charity specialist Wilsons is launching a recruitment drive, including for a new head of charity, ahead of a possible London opening.
So Halliwells is the latest UK firm to respond to the credit crunch by laying off staff, following in the footsteps of Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees, which let 17 people go when major client Northern Rock's fortunes plummeted south.
Lovells has landed an instruction from German private equity house Deutsche Beteiligungs, advising on its €100m (£76.07m) acquisition of ICTS Europe Holdings.
The Legal Services Commission (LSC) last week offered the legal aid bar another opportunity to sign the contracts for very high cost cases (VHCCs) after only 130 barristers joined the panel.
Private equity fund Lyceum Capital has set up a dedicated committee to explore the possibility of investing in the legal profession once the Legal Services Act comes into force in 2011.
Scottish-headquartered Maclay Murray & Spens has put London growth at the top of its strategic objectives and is on the lookout for a merger partner to bulk up its presence in the City.
US firm McDermott Will & Emery has appointed energy partner Doron Ezickson to run its London office.
Despite power problems, South Africa's mining industry is flourishing and is playing a major part in the black economic empowerment scheme.
Mobile phone operator 3 has raided Clyde & Co for competition lawyer Mark Warrington, who was the driving force in the UK's first consumer class action against JJB Sports.
Offshore firm BakerPlatt has hired litigation partner David Wilson from Jersey rival Mourant.
Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has further boosted its Cayman Islands practice with the hire of Maples and Calder associate Ziva Robertson and Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) senior associate Peter Hayden as partners.
Utilities giant National Grid has revamped its general commercial panel, dropping Pinsent Masons and taking on Wragge & Co and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as full-service firms.
Dutch firm NautaDutilh has boosted its Luxembourg office with a new partner from Linklaters.
Eversheds has appointed social housing partner Mitch Brown from Dickinson Dees to its Newcastle-based real estate office.
Following its failed bid for ABN Amro last year, Barclays Group has set a new strategic plan for its legal team in 2008.
The co-head of global banking at White & Case, Maurice Allen and London co-head, Mike Goetz, have resigned.
The credit crunch is putting pressure on acquisition finance lawyers to tighten up their documentation.
Italian independent firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has made another step towards recovery, hiring corporate partner Marco Gubitosi from Lega Colucci & Associati.
Pfizer has lost its general counsel after Allen Waxman left the world's biggest drug company citing personal reasons.
IP boutique Powell Gilbert has made up its first partner, bringing the total number of partners to six at the year-old firm.
Rats the size of dogs 14-March-2008And now, the end is near, and so real estate lawyers face their final cocktail. Mipim is winding down, alas. While we in the UK have had to sit through the most boring Budget ever, property lawyers have been whooping it up down the Croisette.
The London office of Reed Smith Richards Butler has won a minor role in a major US technology deal, handling UK issues on AOL's acquisition of Bebo.
The number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigations and enforcements reached unprecedented levels last year, according to a recent report from Shearman & Sterling.
Withers has hired corporate and family specialist Rosalyn Breedy to its London office as head of counsel.
Tulkinghorn notes that US firm Holland & Knight is preparing for a new managing partner after the incumbent, Howell Melton, stated his intention not to stand for re-election. One supposes his decision will allow him to spend more time with his family. But whether he will do so in the form of Howell Melton, lawyer, or Mrs Doubtfire, cross-dressing home help, is yet to be decided. Tulkinghorn's sources suggest he is preparing a ropey Scottish accent for the occasion.
The top US firms are turning their attention to the sovereign wealth funds.
Partners at Shepherd and Wedderburn are preparing to shell out £5m to finance the cost of moving to new headquarters in the Scottish capital.
Travel giant Thomas Cook has appointed Shoosmiths as its main adviser for all procurement, employment and property work following its £3bn merger with MyTravel.
The Solicitors' Indemnity Fund (SIF) is to become an insurance claims-handling provider in an effort to keep insurance rates down.
SJ Berwin and Herbert Smith have landed roles advising on the disposal of European music publishing catalogues that include tracks from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
The introduction of black economic empowerment (BEE) legislation has helped increase integration in South Africa's key mining sector, with more than a quarter of mineral assets set to be in BEE hands by 2014.
Speechly Bircham is preparing to move offices, with the City firm's partnership agreeing to an open-plan environment.
Taylor Wessing is set to open an office in Beijing as soon as the green light is given by the Chinese authorities.
Partnership may no longer be for life, but can there be happiness after the magic circle?
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Our man in Mipim brings you the latest news and gossip from the property industry’s mega-jamboree in Cannes. Who’s got the biggest yacht? Who’s consumed the most champagne? And how do the 25,000 delegates really feel about the depressed state of the real estate market?
Tulkinghorn is about as environmentally friendly as possible, seeing as he only leaves the comfort of his leather armchair to fill his brandy glass.
Société Générale has become the latest victim of rogue trading, but after years of repeated systemic failure, regulations must respond and improve.
As he may have mentioned, Tulkinghorn is partial to a fine brandy or a drop of port. That said, his tastes are very much old school European. Not so SimmonsCooperAndrew.
LG has hired Travers Smith partner Richard Marke in a bid to shore up its commerce and technology practice as the firm seeks to further develop its Indian client base.
Silks James Goudie QC, Nigel Giffin QC and John Howell QC and law firms Weightmans and Halliwells are acting in a test case over an insurance scheme that could save £150,000 for every council in England and Wales.
Clifford Chance and Dickson Minto have won roles on Turkey's largest-ever private equity deal, which was funded entirely by local banks.
Six months on from Norton Rose's credit crunch survey, has the leveraged buyout market changed in line with predictions?
Hailing a taxi when the president is in town is not easy.
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White & Case faces fresh revolt over partner compensation" /White & Case chairman Hugh Verrier is coming under increasing pressure this week to rejig the firm’s compensation structure for more junior partners in London in the wake of the dramatic resignations of Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.
White & Case faces walkout as top partners move to quit" / White & Case is facing an unprecedented rebellion in its London office over New York's management approach, as two of its most successful finance partners prepare to quit if their views are not heard.
It takes a special sort of talent to foul up the goodwill generated by the most successful office in your global network.
Wilsons has won the mandate to set up Butterfly World, a £25m butterfly dome near St Albans that will open this week.
Withers is threatening legal action against Forsters after the Mayfair firm hit the private client specialist with a second raid in six months.