10 September 2007
Mishcon de Reya just can't get enough of fraud. Last week it hired two partners and two assistants into Kas Nouroozi's fraud and insolvency group. Since 2005 the group has doubled in size to nine partners and around 20 assistants. Do they know something we don't?
Sacker & Partners has appointed Julia Perrin as HR director. Perrin joins from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, where she was HR business partner to the corporate, finance, pensions and employment groups.
Common law set 9 Gough Square has lost nine of its barristers to family chambers 4 Paper Buildings. All nine barristers, including Alex Verdan QC and John Tughan, are specialists in the law relating to children.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has played a key role in a landmark pensions deal, advising Thomson Regional Newspapers’ pension fund on its acquisition by Citigroup.
Global consultancy giant Accenture is revamping its in-house legal function to create a dedicated management consultancy team.
Addleshaw Goddard advised venture capital house Beringea on its investment in Coal Restaurants, which was advised by a team from K&L Gates.
The ever-booming Irish legal market got a new player last week with the merger of Cork-based Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors (RDJ) with William B Glynn Solicitors in Galway. More accurately, the deal is a takeover of William B Glynn, total headcount around 15, by the 125-people strong RDJ.
Brussels-based Lontings & Partners has changed its name to Lydian as the final step of its transformation into a standalone business law firm.
Lawyers have lashed out at research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) that says that injury claims on motor policies take 90 days longer to settle if a lawyer is consulted.
Supermarket giant Asda has handed Bircham Dyson Bell the mandate for the planning communications strategy for its nationwide store expansion strategy.
Ashurst has continued its strategy of poaching magic circle lawyers in Germany by taking on Allen & Overy (A&O) international capital markets associate Christoph Enderstein, who will join in October as counsel in the Frankfurt structured finance group.
Baker & McKenzie's China arm has been left looking for a raft of senior IP lawyers after Jones Day snatched a team of four in Hong Kong.
Baker & McKenzie has hired former British Aerospace counsel Chris Pierce-Cooke as global chief operating officer (COO), based in Chicago.
Channel Islands firm Bedell Cristin has bolstered its Jersey office with the promotion of four lawyers.
German firm Beiten Burkhardt has beefed up its presence in Ukraine, bringing in eight lawyers to add a tax and IP practice for the first time.
Bingham McCutchen has scored a significant hire for its financial restructuring practice with the appointment of Essex Court Chambers barrister Sue Prevezer QC.
Bird & Bird has boosted its Brussels IP team with the hire of Linklaters Brussels IP head Jean-Christophe Troussel.
Any golfers up at St Andrews at around noon last Saturday (8 September) might have caught a glimpse of Lloyds TSB Scotland's head of legal Karina McTeague drifting gently back to earth.
Scottish firm Burness has marked its impressive financial performance for the 2006-07 financial year with a 10 per cent bonus payable to all staff.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has snared a structured finance lawyer from rival US firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood.
SJ Berwin's former head of construction Ian Insley has resurfaced at CMS Cameron McKenna.
Cayman Islands firm Turner & Roulstone has entered the UK market with the launch of a London office.
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Clifford Chance has raided White & Case, hiring employment partner François Farmine to ramp up its Paris office.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation into improving the effectiveness of complaints handling by chambers.
Mayer Brown has hired London McDermott partner William Charnley into its London corporate group - the firm's first big UK signing since its worldwide restructure which has seen the departure of up to 45 partners, mostly in the US.
Clifford Chance bags HVB role on tripartite collateralised loan" /Clifford Chance has scooped the lead role advising on a unique collateralised loan obligation (CLO) that incorporates three bank portfolios in a single transaction.
Despite the normal doom-mongering, the chancery bar is responding well to modern challenges, says Michael Todd QC
With the Government making an effort to stamp out international corruption, UK lawyers could have a big role to play. By Khawar Qureshi QC
Although traditionally resistant to change, the bar needs to understand the benefits of the in-house advocate, says Tom Keith
As the Carter and Clementi reforms start to take effect, how will the commercail bar fare under the new regime? Industry experts consider their likely impact
As the implementation of the Clementi and Carter reforms draws ever closer, law firms and chambers within the commercial and chancery world are examining what changes will need to be made to their business structures. Many in management have strong views on whether the reforms will be enforced through the Legal Services Bill and how legal aid reforms will affect their businesses.
Property and personal injury (PI) work spawned the highest number of negligence claims against solicitors in the first three quarters of 2007, according to professional indemnity insurance broker Lockton Professions.
US firm Covington & Burling has hired Warner Bros' former general counsel for the Asia-Pacific region to ramp up its Asian capabilities.
A trio of Devereux Chambers barristers are battling it out in a £10m racial discrimination employment tribunal over a City banker who claims that he was forced out of this job because he was not German.
DLA Piper has strengthened its international presence with a raid on Hammonds Rossotto's Milan office and by making a number of hires in the US.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has scooped DLA Piper corporate partner Janet Jie Tang and her three-person transactions team in Beijing nine months after the US firm opened the doors of its office in the Chinese capital.
Eversheds loses Spanish energy partner to Lovells" /Lovells is seeking to strengthen its Spanish energy practice following the hire of Lupicinio Eversheds partner Hermenegildo Altozano.
Eversheds has won a crucial IP dispute for chemicals company Dupont against packaging giant Smurfit.
Eversheds and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have acted on one of the largest deals in the care home sector.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) could be in line to take over from Slaughter and May as Arsenal Football Club's lead law firm after advising Russian steel billionaire Alisher Usmanov on his purchase of a 14 per cent stake in the club.
A marked backlash against the diversity movement in the UK legal profession is growing, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by The Lawyer.
IP firm Fish & Richardson is expanding its reach beyond the geographic confines of the US, opening its first international office in Munich.
In the cut-throat world of talent retention, flexible working is becoming a must, but can this newer way of working win the hearts and minds of those long-hours stalwarts?
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired a former Latham & Watkins corporate partner in its Los Angeles office.
Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold is indubitably one of the best litigators in the City. But perhaps it is more than these credentials alone that swayed Shearman & Sterling partners Jo Rickard and Lois Moore to instruct him on their separate claims against their former ...
When a senior Freshfields partner is spotted in Riyadh, you can be sure he's not there to top up his tan. The Middle East rumour mill has never ground so fast. Small wonder: every week The Lawyer reports on yet another firm trying to penetrate the Gulf region. The big boys are all trying their luck in Saudi, while the next tier down with interests in the region ...
Non-law students who want to become lawyers have been left stranded after the Government clarified a rule on career development loans (CDLs), meaning this subsidised source of funding is no longer available for conversion courses.
Spanish IP boutique Grau Baylos & Angulo has divided into two due to differences over the firm's strategic direction. The new firms are named Grau & Angulo and Estudio Jurídico Baylos.
Hammonds has sued a client to recover more than £500,000 for almost three years' worth of unpaid fees.
Hammonds has introduced an incentive scheme to reward lawyer loyalty, requiring longer notice periods from departing staff as a result.
Herbert Smith and Linklaters have played key roles on a transaction between INEOS Enterprises and Gaz de France for the commercial development of a major salt cavern gas storage facility at Stublach in North-West England.
The deals slowdown hasn't bothered Mayer Brown. It's rebranded, opened in Brazil with a raid on Clifford Chance and hired corporate rainmaker William Charnley - all in a matter of weeks.
Now September's here the piece and quiet of August, when not a hell of a lot is going on back at the office, seems a distant dream.
Ince & Co has raided niche shipping and energy firm Curtis Davis Garrard for partner Peter Measures, who joins the business and finance group. Measures, who has been a partner at Curtis Davis since 1998, has advised on a range of finance transactions, including Islamic finance.
Evershed's 'Rapid Resolution'divides litigators, but Pinsents got there first. By Nina Goswami
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has made its first two High Court judge appointments under the new selection process.
Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in 2004 will be back in court tomorrow (11 September), as the CBS television network once again tries to overturn its $550,000 (£273,000) fine for indecency.
After 20 years as a partner at Lovells, John Kitching shunned retirement to go in-house at client HgCapital. By Margaret Taylor
Jones Day relocates Latin America management from NY to Madrid" /Jones Day has shifted the management of its Latin America practice from New York to Madrid at a time when firms are reviewing their coverage of the region.
Human rights organisation Justice has called for fundamental reform of the system of indeterminate sentencing for public protection (IPP).
Insurance law firm Kennedys has announced plans to open an office in Manchester.
King & Spalding has vowed to advance its European real estate presence following the launch of its Frankfurt office.
Accounting giant KPMG is targeting law firm associates as part of its latest business development drive ahead of an expected boom in restructuring work.
The volatile Russian market sees another defection today with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae picking up a new regional head of dispute resolution from CMS Cameron McKenna's Moscow office.
Linklaters is searching for a managing partner in Romania to replace its Bucharest chief, who left for a London private equity firm after four months in the role.
Linklaters has swooped on Bonelli Erede Pappalardo to ramp up its corporate offering in Italy with the hire of partner Luca Picone.
Law firms with public affairs arms are gearing up for a battle with the lobbying industry body over the issue of confidentiality, and the dispute has turned acrimonious.
The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has called on the Government to stay away from the selection of judges in the wake of green paper 'The Governance of Britain', published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Have the judges had enough of the Government? Well, there was certainly some excellent straight-talking by the Lord Chief Justice yesterday (12 September).
Lovells has hailed the launch of its 10-way Sino-Global Legal Alliance as the first of its kind in the key Asian jurisdiction.
Lovells is planning to build an IP practice in the US following the lateral hire of partner Veronica Mullally from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is pressing ahead with radical plans to split the LPC into two separate components.
Scottish firm Miller Samuel has been rocked by the exit of almost its entire real estate practice, around a third of the firm's partners, to MacRoberts. The four-partner team will join MacRoberts on 1 January next year, leaving Hazel Weir as the sole real estate partner at the smaller firm.The four partners – Douglas Lamb, Kelsey Gibson, John McQuillan and Ian Bowie – all focus on the core ...
McDermott Will & Emery is ramping up its restructuring capabilities with a hire from boutique firm Simmons Cooper Andrew.
Denton Wilde Sapte managing partner Howard Morris may be getting too concerned that his wide-ranging revamp of the practice is making him enemies.
One of Europe's most anticipated panel reviews has been put on hold after a number of deals tied up Nestlé's legal team this summer.
HSBC has instructed traditional corporate adviser Norton Rose on its $4.9bn (£2.43bn) bid for Korea Exchange Bank (KEB).
Employment and personal injury set Old Square Chambers has launched a specialist alternative dispute resolution (ADR) group.
Olswang attempts to reposition as corporate firm" /Olswang is attempting to distance itself from its technology, media and telecoms (TMT) boutique roots, launching a six-month marketing campaign in a bid to achieve its goal.
Kingsley Napley has been hired by the parents of Madeleine McCann to advise them on their legal rights.
Charles Russell has been hit with a second negligence High Court battle in as many weeks.
Diversity is a key buzzword in the legal community, but the results of The Lawyer's latest survey reveal that there is widespread resistance to the aggressive promotion of diversity in UK law firms, especially among senior management.
Proskauer Rose has strengthened its fledgling London presence with the addition of O'Melveny & Myers of counsel Timothy Drake.
Reed Smith Richards Butler has moved to strengthen its corporate practice with the hire of Crowell & Moring partner Peter Teare.
Reed Smith Richards Butler has ended its search for a new office building, signing up to take almost 40 per cent of London's Broadgate Tower.
Reed Smith Richards Butler has boosted its German arm with the hire of Hammonds corporate partner Klaus Grossmann.
Barristers have beaten solicitors in the war for column inches, as Tony Blair’s wife Cherie Booth QC and Heather Mills’ divorce solicitor Anthony Julius battled for the title of the UK’s most famous lawyer.
Sacker & Partners and Wragge & Co have undergone a mutual recruitment drive, with each poaching lawyers from the other's pensions team.
London-based law firm Schillings is on the move, having bought a Georgian building in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury.
His most famous line might be "Beam me up, Scotty" (even though he never said it, so don't write in, Trekkie fans), but actually the uncanny resemblance between William 'Captain Kirk' Shatner and Paul Brent, head of marketing at Boyes Turner, is closer to the great man's Emmy-nominated turn in Boston Legal.
Simmons & Simmons has taken Jones Day senior associate Daniel Winterfeldt to bulk up its US group, continuing with its strategy of hiring senior associates from US and magic circle firms as partners.
Simmons & Simmons will launch in Moscow in October to open its twenty-first international office after making a senior in-house hire.
SJ Berwin has advised the management team of Standard Life Investments (Private Equity) (Slipe) on the proposed reorganisation of the company's private equity investment management business.
Australian law firm Slater & Gordon, which made history earlier this year by floating on the Australian Stock Exchange, has exceeded its profit forecast of A$9.1m (£3.72m) for the year ended June, posting an actual figure of A$10.7m (£4.37m).
Rothschild Private Banking and Trust has appointed former Speechly Bircham partner Andrew Penney as managing director and head of the trust's London office.
Legal storytelling is the process of constructing scene-setting stories for the courtroom. Practised and taught widely in the US, it is largely ignored in the UK, to our detriment.
Tulkinghorn knows and understands that journalists aren't really out for what they can get by way of corporate freebies, honestly, but even he was left shell-shocked by the latest gift handed out by Lovells.
The Lawyer Podcast has been shortlisted for the prestigious Association of Online Publishers' (AOP) Podcast of the Year Award.
Lawyers get few chances to make their name in the press, which is why they often grab it with both hands when one comes along. Thankfully.
So you thought the UK's cash rich lawyers, whose ranks include island, plane and supercar owners, couldn't get any more flash? Think again.
Two is better than one, and the successful working relationship of Simon Bromwich and Geoffrey Green has seen Ashurst nudge its way into the UK top 10
After a relaxing August break, the Italian market has kicked off the new term with a bang. But some managing partners have returned to offices a bit quieter than when they left.
Niche law firm Christian Khan today (12 September) set the wheels in motion for a British man who was held in Guantánamo Bay to sue the MI5 and MI6 over the tactics they used to gather intelligence.
Financial markets have been in turmoil over the past seven weeks, triggered by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis. Thousands of column inches have been devoted to analysing the root causes of the ...
Jones Day has acted for Aberdeen-based oil and gas production company Venture Production in relation to £585m of debt financing.
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