13 September 2010
39 Essex Street is to boost its regulatory practice with the addition of Ofgem legal director, markets Duncan Sinclair as a member.
Renewable energy initiatives have come under threat in Europe as governments renege on incentive schemes. Simon Currie and Tim Baines examine the likely impact on existing and proposed green initiatives
The sartorial choices of Allen & Overy (A&O) partners would not normally raise many eyebrows, but in the coming months some of the firm’s lawyers might ditch the pinstripes and brogues for sequined tights and tap shoes.
Law firms dreaming of a return to the days of year-on-year profitability growth once the gloom of the recession has lifted should consider Usain Bolt, the men’s 100m world record holder.
Pressure on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to overhaul the way the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance market is governed has been immense in the build-up to the 1 October renewal date.
Baker & McKenzie and White & Case bagged leading roles on the $16.7bn (£10.8bn) restructuring of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank.
Clifford Chance has guided Evans Randall through the refinancing of a major Canary Wharf property, triggered by a drop in the loan-to-value ratio.
Centrica has appointed David Isenegger as general counsel to its Centrica Energy division.
Channel 5’s legal chief Paul Chinnery has been made redundant and is set to leave the broadcaster at the end of October.
Most people have done unusual things to impress the opposite sex, but rarely do such exploits lead to a second career as a TV presenter.
Clarke Willmott is to open its fifth UK office, with a base in Manchester planned for later this year.
…despite five-year trend revealing gradual decline in number of owners
Guildford-based firm Stevens & Bolton has advised real estate agents Countrywide, LSL Property Services and Connells Group in their strategic tie-up with leading property website zoopla.co.uk.
Eversheds is planning to open in Beijing in the coming year as part of a plan to expand its emerging markets presence.
With the chances of making equity gradually reducing across the top 100, has the focus on PEP radically changed the structure of partnership?
German firm Graf von Westphalen, which earlier this year split from its Cologne and Freiburg teams, has announced that it is looking to open an office in Düsseldorf.
With the closure of coal-powered energy stations, the proposed private sector-funded nuclear alternatives will be vital to meet the UK’s needs. But as Hamish Lal reports, the builds could be seriously delayed due to a lack of clarity on the part of the Government
Macfarlanes has advised corporate lender Haymarket Financial Holdings (HayFin) on its multimillion-pound capital injection.
HBJ Gateley Wareing has written to City and US firms suggesting they set up Lovells-style Mexican wave referral relationships.
Hogan Lovells’ staff in Brussels will be brought under one roof later this year in what will be a test case for the firm’s ongoing integration strategy.
…but accepts patience is a virtue if it is ever to be at the core of the Big Apple.
Peter Judge, legal chief at One North East, has made his department an integral part of the regional development agency.
Scottish firm McClure Naismith’s heavy exposure to the transactional markets continued to prove problematic in the 2009-10 financial year, with turnover falling by 11 per cent, from £15.6m to £13.9m.
Russell-Cooke Solicitors has taken on Edward Wanambwa as a partner in its employment practice.
The new managing partner of Manchester firm Pannone has implemented a raft of changes since taking the helm earlier this year, saying she is “the sort of person who likes a challenge”.
I always smile when partners complain about how radically different things are from a decade ago.
And it’s adamant there’s more to its outsourcing team than public sector.
Austrian firm Schoenherr has established a compliance and white-collar crime team to target companies damaged by the criminal acts of employees and third parties, as well as companies facing criminal charges.
The University of Sheffield has launched its first-ever panel, with the appointment of three firms to the roster.
Tulkinghorn understands that it’s all about differentiation these days - law firms all do pretty much the same thing after all - but has Harrison Clark gone too far?
With consolidated behemoths threatening the very existence of mid-sized law firms, joining a network can not only ensure the survival of a firm, but can offer the client an increased range of specific expertise and more competitive rates. At least, that’s the theory.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? A vet.