14 April 2008
Reading firm Boyes Turner has taken on 13 new fee-earners in a three-month hiring spree. The new arrivals are: assistants Rachel Mclean from Olswang, Lisa Griffin from Clarke & Son, Nadda el Kaloush from Clifton Ingram, Ed Walker from Gallaher Group/JT International, Carole Harwood from Battens, Claire Harte from SJ Edney ...
The Spanish ally of CMS Cameron McKenna, CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo, has posted a 16 per cent revenue increase, with e17m (£13.42m) earned last year.
Seven Bedford Row (7BR) chief executive Stephen Allen and Manchester-based Peel Court CEO Ian Dodd have left their respective chambers to set up the first Clementi-dedicated consultancy.
David Williams QC of 9 Bedford Row (9BR) has been poached by No5 Chambers, while 9BR has taken on a trio of barristers, including Joanna Korner QC of 6 King's Bench Walk.
A&O in fees spanking shocker18-April-2008There's nothing to beat an English judge in a strop. Mr Justice Floyd's costs judgment yesterday, where he slams Allen & Overy (A&O) for its bill in the BlackBerry litigation, doesn't pull any punches.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has been slammed by the High Court for racking up almost £5.2m in costs and spending the equivalent of nine man years for a five-day trial.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Cravath Swaine & Moore have landed roles in Nestlé's sale of eyecare company Alcon in a two-step megadeal worth up to $39bn (£19.62bn). Cravath called on New York-based corporate partners Alan Stephenson and Robert Townsend to advise Nestlé, while A&O New York partners Daniel Cunningham and Eric Shube turned out for the buyer, pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Alcon turned ...
Allen & Overy (A&O) Asia dispute resolution head Andrew Jeffries is moving back to London after nine years in the Hong Kong office.
More than 10 years and £10m in legal fees later, Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed has called off the lawyers from his bid to prove that there was a conspiracy to murder Princess Diana and his son Dodi.
The arbitration panel hearing Leeds United FC’s case against the Football League has confirmed that it deliver an initial decision by 1 May.
A rise in post-credit crunch litigation has left investment banks struggling to man their in-house teams with enough lawyers to handle the upsurge in intra-bank disputes.
Beachcroft has raided Eversheds for a five-strong health team including sector chief David Weatherburn, who is apparently worth up to £4m of revenues.
Belgians carried on happily without a government for nine months, with the political deadlock only ending last month after the new government was finally sworn in.
Bird & Bird doubles partnership promotions" /Bird & Bird has doubled its promotions to the partnership, making up a record 14 associates to partnership this year after last year’s haul of seven.
Despite the headway that women have made in this year’s partnership promotions, Bird & Bird promoted just two women.
Dinah Rose QC and Philippe Sands QC inflicted an embarrassing High Court defeat on the Government last week.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has promoted five associates to its partnership, the second fall-off in promotions in a row.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has launched an initiative to centralise its contentious business procedures in a bid to strengthen the disputes resolution column of its five-pillar strategy.
Brokers must take notice of strict guidance from the FSA concerning their duty to the client. David Coupe and Rowena Grundy report.
Scottish firm Burness has raided the Glasgow office of McClure Naismith for the lateral hire of property partner Nick Naddell.
To paraphrase US politician Adlai Stevenson: "Law firms get the business support professionals they deserve."
A small Cardiff law firm has been the first to explicitly state that it will float on the stock exchange.
New York office claims four out of 35 new partners
Chadbourne Parke and Clifford Chance have won places as main legal advisors in soft drinks giant PepsiCo's $1.46bn (£740m) bid for control of Russia's leading juice company.
Martin Watson, founding partner of Watson Farley & Williams, has been elected president of the UK Chamber of Shipping - the first lawyer to occupy this post. Watson has been a senior consultant at his firm since standing down as a partner eight years ago.
Thirteen firms are welcoming researchers from work-life balance charity Working Families in a bid to improve retention rates.
Clifford Chance is relocating Dubai-based partner Mohamed Hamra-Krouha to Saudi Arabia, just days after Herbert Smith announced its Saudi tie-up.
This latest Eversheds tidbit comes after The Lawyer's April Fool story about Eversheds putting sheep on its grass-covered roof in an effort to become London's greenest firm.
Clyde & Co has followed firms such as Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna and Herbert Smith by promoting more partners in its overseas offices than at its UK base.
It would be wrong to draw too many lessons from the Diana and Dodi inquest or to use it as a basis for reforming the law.
Hunton & Williams and Norton Rose are the only firms to bag places on The Crown Estate's new energy panel, chasing off competition from five other firms that tendered for the work.
Financial trade organisation International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has hired Jacqueline Mei Lin Low as senior counsel for Asia.
Regional differences in Belgium's approach to soil pollution reflect those in the EU as a whole. Dominique Devos reports
The University of Dundee is introducing a bachelor of law degree that enables students to gain dual-qualification in Scottish and English and Welsh law.
If it weren’t for the inevitable fashion nightmares that come to the fore during the hottest months of the year summer would be my favourite season.
US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) has elected corporate partner Walter Reed to the post of managing partner.
Eversheds female promotions may be down this year but it's nothing to do with the traditional 'oh, she'll just leave when she gets pregnant' reasoning, says new partner Valérie Blandeau.
Eversheds has matched last year's record promotion round, making 30 associates up to its partnership.
Eversheds has merged with South African firm Routledge Modise to open its first office on the African continent.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has fended off competition from a range of other firms to advise the BBC on the sale of its outside broadcasts division to sports broadcaster Satellite Information Services (SIS).
Foot Anstey has made a series of lawyer appointments to its Truro office to underpin its targeted growth of a £36m turnover by 2011.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Hong Kong outpost has hired US securities and M&A special counsel Calvin Lai from Sullivan & Cromwell's local office. He will join Freshfields as a partner.
Freshfields London-based finance chief Perry Noble is retiring from the firm to pursue a career outside the law
Games retailer Games Workshop has hired Gill Stevenson from Nottingham firm Roythorne & Co to replace its outgoing legal manager Hugo Pritchard.
With the UK facing potential action from Europe over failing to implement the Environmental Liability Directive, perhaps now is the time for action rather than consultation.
Hammonds has made up a record 19 associates to partnership, the largest number of associates the firm has promoted yet.
Herbert Smith has created the role of managing partner, with corporate partner David Willis taking on the position.
Herbert Smith has set up an exclusive association with Saudi Arabian firm Al Ghazzawi ;Professional Association (GPA), as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (8 April).
Herbert Smith has set up a team that will spend time in-house with hedge fund clients to ensure they do not commit market abuse.
Herbert Smith IP heavyweight Bill Moodie is retiring after more than 30 years in legal practice.
Despite heavy lobbying and GDP growth of almost 10 per cent, India is to all intents and purposes still off-limits to foreign law firms and likely to remain so for at least another one to three years, according to most expectations.
Insurance, a market that impacts on every aspect of life, is forever changing in the eyes of the law. Case law is constantly evolving, impacting on how insurers operate.
Irwin Mitchell has launched software and consultancy business Ectimo in a joint venture with supply chain advisory business State of Flux.
With a target of doubling turnover to £2m by October 2009, Forum Law managing partner Jeff Zindani clearly has some hefty ambitions for the firm.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) is to launch an office in Shanghai after being granted a license by the Chinese authorities.
Ten years ago Keeble Hawson bagged a Leeds office, setting it on course for a decade-long ride more rocky than the Pennines.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has snared high-profile Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Washington DC lobbyist Ken Mehlman to become its first global head of public affairs.
Clinical negligence in-house lawyer Linda Lee has been voted in as the Law Society’s next deputy vice president, it was announced today (15 April).
Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd and Wedderburn (S&W) has landed a major hire for its London office, with Linklaters corporate partner Steven Turnbull due to come on board in May.
Lovells' Paris office is celebrating a strong 2007, after revenue climbed 20 per cent to e40m (£31.58m).
Lovells and Macfarlanes have won places advising on the £40m debt refinancing of nursery operator Just Learning Group in one of the first examples of the unitranche debt facility seen in Europe.
Maitland Chambers joint head of chambers Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC is to stand down, leaving Michael Driscoll QC as the set's sole head.
Manchester chambers St Johns Buildings has merged with Chester's White Friars Chambers in a bid to become the largest set in the North of England.
McDermott Will & Emery has raided Akin Gump for its global projects head John Cogan.
Sainsbury's is aiming to close the gap between in-house and outside counsel. But its initiative has ruffled a few private practitioners' feathers
Dorset firm Bruce Curtis Turner & Co and London-based Nicholas Drukker & Co are to merge with effect from 21 April. The partners of the new firm, Curtis Turner & Drukker, will practise from Mitre House, Fleet Street. They are Bruce Curtis Turner, Nicholas Drukker, Keith Grey and David Wheeler. The two firms bring together expertise in general commercial litigation, specialised litigation, employment, conveyancing, business sales, purchases, commercial leases and licensed premises.
Mishcon has written to the International Olympic Committee urging it to clarify how it will protect dissident athletes.
Just six months after joining Zurich, UK general counsel Neil Hodges is implementing a restructure of his legal team.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance announced their partnership promotions last Monday, as first reported on www.thelawyer. com (7 April), both making up slightly fewer new partners than they did in 2007.
The Office of Judicial Complaints has found the actions of Mr Justice Peter Smith amounted to misconduct.
Olswang has advised independent film company Celador Films on Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's new picture. Film partner James Kay closed the deal on new title Slumdog Millionaire six weeks early after the team simplified the documentation to make it more user-friendly. Film4, the co-developer and co-financer on the project, was advised by in-house legal head Paul Grindey. Distributors Pathe Pictures ...
Baltis and the Bullring are arguably the things most closely associated with Birmingham - lawyering comes in third, at best.
By promoting two out of its five associates to partners in the tax team, Berwin Leighton Paisner is underscoring its commitment to ascending the corporate food chain by increasing its tax leverage.
Lovells' 2008 promotions round has been significant for a number of reasons: IP was the most heavily promoted practice area, just three females were made up and the total number of promotions dropped significantly on last year's figure.
PartyGaming is taking its commercial work in-house to save money after hiring Victoria Allison from IWC Media to join the team at the online gambling company's Gibraltar HQ.
Importing Anglo-Saxon legal concepts and standards carries its own risks for the Belgian insurance market, according to Hugo Keulers
Hollywood stars always need publicity. Actor Edward Norton needs it more than others, with the upcoming release of his new film The Incredible Hulk.
Shearman & Sterling has created the role of management co-ordinator and reduced the size of its management team.
Simmons & Simmons has boosted its corporate practice with the lateral hire of O'Melveny & Myers counsel Matt Rees.
Simons Muirhead & Burton is launching one of Britain's largest libel claims on behalf of Robert Murat, the man named by Portugese police as a formal suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
SJ Berwin first announced a radical overhaul of its international strategy in 2006, vowing to create formal referral relationships in China, India and the US.
Skadden launches $10m student diversity venture" /Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has ramped up its community and diversity drive with the launch of the $9.6 (£4.8m) Skadden Arps Honors Program.
Speechly Bircham has promoted associates to the partnership in its private client, corporate and real estate groups.
Speechly Bircham has picked up the lead role acting for model Elle Macpherson on her deal to become the new face of $1.33bn American cosmetics giant Revlon.
Stephenson Harwood is looking to double the costs awarded to Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) after the High Court lifted a freezing order sought by ExxonMobil against the state-owned oil company.
Sullivan & Cromwell has boosted its London arm with a rare hire, bringing in highly rated tax specialist Michael McGowan from the UK office of Shearman & Sterling.
While Tulkinghorn is still resisting the shift from feather quill to ballpoint pen, today's lawyers need to embrace technology to survive.
Longstanding Kirkland & Ellis client Robert Tchenguiz has turned to Denton Wilde Sapte for advice on restructuring a 400-strong pub portfolio.
The run-up to partnership is one of the most stressful periods of a lawyer's career. One ambitious young associate, when approaching his second bite at the partnership cherry, put on three stone as he comfort-ate his way through the gruelling process.
And talking of office equipment, Tulkinghorn was informed that Denton Wilde Sapte media partner Roderick Kirwan has become a liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.Although Tulkinghorn is not sure what all this actually means, he is sure that the contacts Kirwan makes there will guarantee that the Dentons practice doesn't remain stationary.Boom boom.
Slaughter and May has elected only four new partners in the latest promotions round, of which three are women, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 April).
The House of Lords decision on historical sexual abuse cases is unlikely to result in a torrent of claims being brought, says Kathy Perrin
What car do you drive?A pink Volvo.
UBS general counsel turned chairman Peter Kurer is proposing a widespread shake-up of the bank's corporate governance.
The likely impact of the Legal Services Act (LSA) and the possibility of a US equivalent was high on the agenda at the Legal Leaders Forum earlier this month (3-4 April).
Four US firms have secured lead mandates on the merger between Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines, which is set to create the world’s largest carrier.
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There are a lot of partners leaving White & Case's City office right now. Peter Epp upped sticks for Herbert Smith, Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz left for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Bird & Bird scooped Nipun Gupta.
US and UK lawyers are divided over the legitimacy of loan buybacks, says Julia Berris
Commercial and chancery set Wilberforce Chambers will kick-off arbitration proceedings for Leeds United FC against the Football League.
Influential Scottish body The WS Society is seeking to modernise itself with the introduction of an industry standard for young lawyers.
The television company responsible for hit show The Apprentice has hired Jacqueline Moreton as its head of legal and business affairs from the UK arm of US media company CBS Paramount.