13 August 2007
Bingham McCutchen litigation partner Neil Micklethwaite has turned his back on the firm to set up a human rights litigation boutique with pal and former colleague Roger Gherson.
Legal recruiter Nick Woolf has joined recruiter Sainty Hird & Partners as a partner to its launch legal capability. He joins from Norman Broadbent, where he was also a partner.
As every playground bears testament, best friendships can be fickle affairs. Despite clear-cut relationships with firms in Italy, France, Germany and Spain, life for Slaughter and May is not quite as simple in the Netherlands. NautaDutilh was historically Slaughters' best friend, but recent deals have seen Slaughters buddy up with former
A group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 7 July 2005 bombings are to take legal action against the government to force an inquiry into the events of that day.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising IMI, one of the UK's biggest engineering groups, on an internal corruption investigation.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have led Kaupthing and JC Flowers through a €3bn (£2bn) banking takeover, despite rocky market conditions.
Addleshaw Goddard is strengthening its data and information group with the hire of a freedom of information lawyer from the market research arm of Marsh & McLennan.
Addleshaw Goddard has teamed up with US firm Dewey Ballantine to advise CompuGROUP on its bid for iSOFT. A team led by partners Matthew Doughty and Charles Penney are working with Dewey partners Philip Von Ilberg and Simon Briggs on the £160m deal. Doughty said: "We work with a number of US firms based in London but don't have full-service capabilities. Dewey advised CompuGROUP on its May IPO and gained this instruction from that." The bid comes ...
Baker & McKenzie's global revenue hit $1.829bn (£910m) in the 2007 financial year following a rise of 20 per cent (see story). It's pretty impressive stuff, particularly as it means the firm has already reached the figure it had targeted for 2008. That's great news for the firm on the one hand,
Baker & McKenzie has reported global turnover growth of 20 per cent in the 2007 financial year with total income rising to $1.829bn (£910m).
Baker & McKenzie and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have launched the latest project to reform Kazakhstan's legal regulatory environment.
•Sunderland's Ben Hoare Bell has opened a second office in Newcastle.
•Bingham McCutchen financial services and litigation partner Neil Micklethwaite has announced his departure from the firm to launch a litigation and human rights boutique. Roger Gherson, a former colleague of Micklethwaite's from his time at Gouldens, will open the new firm, named Gherson, on 15 September. The 24-lawyer firm will specialise in immigration, litigation and corporate defence. Micklethwaite will advise on cases, while Gherson will provide pro bono services.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has reacted to the resignation of Singapore head David Johnston with the emergency transfer of London-based aviation partner Mert Hifzi.
Just in: the latest instalment of Tulkinghorn's summer reading.
Cambridge University Press has pulped all unsold copies of its 2006 book Alms for Jihad after Kendall Freeman won a High Court libel action against the publisher.
CMS Cameron McKenna has been hit by another partner departure, with the London office of Missouri-headquartered Shook Hardy & Bacon picking up commercial partner Mark Tyler.
Clifford Chance has continued its aggressive lateral hiring policy by poaching Jones Day's London head of competition.
Clifford Chance is gearing up to move its Budapest partnership onto the lowest of its three equity ladders, with Prague and Warsaw already operating on the lower level.
Clifford Chance's global head of corporate Peter Charlton did his bit for Anglo-Sino relations recently when he volunteered to give a team of Chinese lawyers a guided tour of the magic circle firm's Canary Wharf headquarters.
Bristol firm Clarke Willmott has become the latest firm to benefit from the series of foreign takeovers of UK football clubs, advising the board of Swindon Town Football Club on its acquisition by Portuguese company Best Holdings.
Smoke, mirrors... The top firms are all well acquainted with these highly specialised techniques of making their average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures look better (or sometimes worse) than they really are.
Real estate lawyers need to familiarise themselves with updated construction regulations in order to best serve their clients, says Gillian Birkby
Three city councils have undertaken the UK's firstever joint panel review for barristers, appointing 29 sets, including No 5 Chambers, St Phillips Chambers and Hardwicke Building.
Insurance specialist Davies Lavery has hired two insurance partners, including Halliwells London head of insurance, reinsurance and professional indemnity John Groome.
Herbert Smith’s star real estate partner Chris De Pury has left the firm today (17 August) for Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the two firms announced this morning.
•US firm Dechert has hiked its first-year trainee salaries from £32,000 to £36,000 and second year pay from £37,000 to £41,000. The firm had initially planned on increasing its first-year salaries to £35,000, but increased them further in a bid to keep up with rival firms. The new salaries will come into effect in October this year. The firm had shocked the market by increasing its LPC maintenance ...
Beachcroft, Brabners Chaffe Street, Clyde & Co and Eversheds have secured places on DHL's first official employment panel.
High-profile Law Society Council member Christopher Digby-Bell is campaigning for presidential elections to be restored to the solicitors' representative body.
DLA Piper has announced that George Mitchell, chairman of the firm's global board, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
DLA Piper has boosted its litigation strength with the addition of a partner in Washington DC.
London-based Druces & Attlee Solicitors saw its revenue fall from £7m to £5.8m last year following the retirement of two partners and the departures of two more for Weightmans and Edwin Coe.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is representing Sheffield United FC in arbitration proceedings against West Ham United FC over Argentine star Carlos Tevez.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is gearing up for a massive investment in Africa and the Middle East as it looks to boost the dwindling profit of the firm's flagship banking team.
As big ideas go, it's a pretty big one: Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is targeting Africa as it attempts to remedy the woeful economic performance of its finance practice during the past few years.
PEP figures are increasingly being dismissed as a barometer of a firm's success, with earnings per partner regarded as a truer reflection of financial performance
There's still no sign of the much rumoured merger between Eversheds and McGrigors, but those pesky gossip-mongers refuse to go away.
Former BEA Systems general counsel Nils Breidenstein has joined business process management company Pegasystems as its director of legal for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) and Asia-Pacific regions.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is beefing up its enforcement capability as it moves towards a principles-based regulatory regime.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has been raided by US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, losing the head of its financial services regulatory team Chris Warren-Smith.
US firm Fulbright & Jaworski has made London partner David Howell co-head of the firm’s global arbitration and alternative dispute resolution group.
With experts claiming that the property market has peaked, property investment funds are a new avenue for investors to explore, say Simon Hardwick and Elizabeth Small
This Government apparently believes that the civil justice system works best if funded by the users, with actual payment meeting actual costs. Yet the Government has a different attitude in relation to two other key pillars of a civilised society - education and health services.
The revelation that corporate legends Nigel Boardman and Barry O'Brien played on the Slaughter and May rugby team together (before O'Brien moved to his current home, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) was just too beautiful an image for Tulkinghorn to pass up. So, he is delighted to present, for ...
Hammonds settled with at least four of its former partners before kicking off its £3m profits dispute against 14 other ex-partners in June, it is understood.
US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is facing a massive $4.4bn claim from ex-hedge fund managers James McBride and Kevin Larson.
Private equity house HgCapital is creating a standalone panel for its renewable energy investment group Hg Renewable Power Partners Fund to operate as a separate entity from its regular panel.
English patent and trademark firm Harrison Goddard Foote (HGF) has opened its first office in Scotland, poaching Marks & Clerk partner Gary Wilson for a Glasgow launch.
•Holman Fenwick & Willan has boosted its aviation capability through the hire of Stephenson Harwood partner David Relf. The firm has also promoted five of its lawyers to the partnership. London-based Ruth Allcoat and Toby Stephens, as well as Paris-based ...
The former Hammonds partners who settled their profits dispute with the firm must be breathing a sigh of relief.
Jones Day has boosted its London banking and finance group with the addition of former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) partner Michael Pabst.
The French arm of US firm Jones Day is drawing up plans to move into the Hôtel de Talleyrand, formally the US government's state apartments in Paris.
Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has stepped in to save London and St Albans firm KSB Law after merger talks with expansionist South East firm DMH Stallard collapsed.
Chinese law firm Zhonglun W&D, which became the first Chinese firm to launch in London four months ago, has hired the head of KSB Law's international department, consultant Guy Facey.
Last Wednesday (8 August), in a gym in Salford, a group of lawyers and law firm staff gathered to honour the Marquis of Queensbury. More accurately, the group had turned up for its first training session for a charity bout of white-collar boxing, scheduled for 2 November in Bolton's Reebok Stadium.
Compulsory purchase orders are often a necessary evil when it comes to development. By Katherine Evans
We know that poor old Freshfields has borne the brunt of commentary regarding its familiarity with tribunals this summer.
At least one Lovells equity partner has slid from the top to the bottom rung of the firm's lockstep ladder via performance-related sanctions introduced last year.
Lovells has won compensation from budget airline Ryanair in a pro bono appointment on behalf of some visually impaired passengers. The passengers were refused carriage on the grounds that their flight had already met its quota of 'mobility-impaired' passengers.
Scottish projects and construction specialist Macroberts has raided rival Burness for two property lawyers, both of whom will join the firm as partners.
The London boroughs of Camden and Islington have emerged from the capital's recruitment crisis and appointed new legal chiefs.
Norton Rose has been raided by South African law firm Deneys Reitz losing senior associate Steven Gamble from its banking group.
Olswang corporate partner Mark Bertram has acted on two media-related transactions. Bertram led the team that scored the lead role on the creation of 24-hour news radio station Sky News Radio, advising long-time client Chrysalis Radio on its joint venture with Sky Ventures to provide the service. The Olswang team included corporate associate Roisin Thomas and media and technology associate Ewan Watson. Bertram also advised advertising agency M&C Saatchi on the ...
Olswang has landed a deal advising on the £325m sale of the Mid City Place building in London's High Holborn.
•O'Melveny & Myers partner Gregory Puff has been named as the firm's head of Asian M&A, based in Hong Kong. In the newly created role Puff, who was a partner in O'Melveny's Tokyo office, will now coordinate all aspects of the firm's M&A practice across its offices in Japan and China. M&A activity in the region had previously been handled informally by Asia practice head Howard Chia and co-chair of the China practice Michael Moser. The firm has changed the structure to cater ...
The Commerce and Industry (C&I) group seriously upped its game last month when it held its summer networking event in Park Lane's Aston Martin showroom.
Online gambling company PartyGaming has named Andrew Fritchie as its general counsel following the resignation of David Abdoo in early June.
The outsourcing team at Pinsent Masons has raised its public sector profile by advising the Cabinet Office on a framework contract for sharing IT services.
If property partners are secretly scared of a downturn, with rises in inflation and interest rates battling it out for influence, they're bluffing it out. Far from playing it safe, UK real estate practices are in an acquisitive mood, bagging each other's lawyers at every opportunity.
The general counsel for the world's second-largest mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm has quit after losing a massive patent case.
London firm Sheridans has drafted in a range of firms to advise Morgan Stanley on the sale of V2 Music to Universal Music Group (UMG).
Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London, and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees to launch the new base.
US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been sued for overbilling by the city of San Diego's chief prosecutor.
Broadcom Corporation's general counsel David Dull has come under the spotlight of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly backdating the chipmaker's stock options.
Shoosmiths has defeated London Mayor Ken Livingstone in a landmark planning inquiry to build the UK's first large-scale desalination plant.
Slaughter and May's best friends strategy has again proved its viability, with the firm acting on a £470m takeover alongside Bredin Prat.
Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark has described the legal market's focus on average profit per equity partner (PEP) as a "negative influence".
A growing interest in hotel ownership by investors has thrown up new opportunities for lawyers. Simon Price reports
Coffee retail giant Starbucks has installed its first-ever UK-based head of legal with the hire of former MFI general counsel Adrian Thurston.
Gay rights advocacy group Stonewall praised the legal departments of JPMorgan and Transport for London (TfL) for their dedication to diversity at its Diversity Champion Seminar last month (25 July).
Partners in law firms are more mobile than ever before. Firms are prepared to adopt aggressive expansion policies. The legal press is full of reports of firms making raids for the partners of other firms and of star performers being prised away from their current firms with lucrative remuneration packages. But is it that easy for a partner ...
TLT boosts private client with double hire" /•Bristol-based TLT Solicitors has ramped up its private client offering with the recruitment of two senior lawyers. The firm has hired tax and estate planning specialist Vanessa Eyre as head of probate within its private client group. Eyre, who is slated to join ...
As private equity houses come under increased scrutiny, 3i general counsel Tony Brierley is having to build new relationships. By Malar Velaigam
Travers Smith has hit back at allegations that it unduly pressured potential witnesses not to testify in the forthcoming trial of the “NatWest Three”.
Travers Smith has been hit by allegations that it is pressuring witnesses not to testify in the Houston trial of the ‘NatWest Three’.
Vinson & Elkins' New York office has taken on five-lawyer boutique Cronin & Vris in the latest bankruptcy hire by a major US law firm.
As the go-to person in disputed Land Registry applications, the independence of the adjudicator is of key importance. By Michelle Stevens-Hoare
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White & Case appoints new chair to spearhead new era" /White & Case's appointment of Moscow head Hugh Verrier to the firmwide chairman's position marks the culmination of the firm's second management structure review within a decade.
Wragge & Co is developing plans to launch an office in Second Life, possibly becoming the first firm to open a functioning practice in the virtual world.