14 May 2007

The Lawyer

  • Johansen of Arabia

    14-May-2007

    Last week (7 May) The Lawyer ran a piece on how London-headquartered firms had trouble opening offices in Saudi Arabia. So hats off to Allen & Overy (A&O) for being one of the tiny number of firms to stake a claim in the kingdom. The magic circle firm announced on 11 May that it would be launching in Riyadh through an association with local firm Abdulaziz AlGasim - the only avenue open to foreign ...

  • People

    14-May-2007

    South East firm IBB Solicitors has made four promotions to the partnership. They are Jeff Elphee in commercial development and construction, Jon Mowbray in real estate and dispute resolution, Joanne Gibbons in crime and Paul Murray in childcare

  • Alcan picks Freshfields for Alcoa approach

    16-May-2007

    Canadian aluminium producer Alcan has turned to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the £16.54bn takeover approach by US rival Alcoa.

  • Ashurst takes role on Congolese oil sell-off

    14-May-2007

    Ashurst has advised on the $155m (£77.83m) purchase of two oil assets in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  • Atteys takes over rival in South Yorks market push

    14-May-2007

    South Yorkshire firm Atteys Solicitors has sealed a merger with Doncaster-based rival Richmonds Solicitors.

  • Bakers London chief aims for growth in second term

    14-May-2007

    Baker & McKenzie London managing partner Gary Senior has been re-elected to the post for a second term.

  • Beachcroft breaks £100m revenue target

    17-May-2007

    Beachcroft has cracked the £100m turnover mark for the first time, the firm’s financial results reveal.

  • Bedford sees merged firms reap £4.2m

    14-May-2007

    Bedfordshire-based firm Park Woodfine and Northamptonshire firm Heald Mellows are merging to create Park Woodfine Heald Mellows. The new firm will make combined fees of £4.2m and will have its head office in Bedford. Park Woodfine, which will specialise in property and commercial law, has promoted associate Annamarie Petsis Jones to the 11-strong partnership. The firm's managing partner Rae Levene said: "The merger of Park Woodfine and Heald Mellows is a result of the professional ...

  • Bingham rebuilds finance with Shearman hire

    16-May-2007

    The London office of US firm Bingham McCutchen has mitigated the flow of recent departures in its finance group by hiring a Shearman & Sterling lawyer.

  • Bircham adopts merit-based grading

    14-May-2007

    Bircham Dyson Bell has discarded the traditional use of PQE as the key component in grading solicitors. The firm has replaced it with a performance-based structure called the Career Development Framework (CDF). The CDF establishes four levels of seniority based on the achievement of specified criteria, comprising solicitor, associate, senior associate and partner. Since the implementation of ...

  • BLP plays catch-up with salary rises

    18-May-2007

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has increased its salaries for trainee and newly qualified solicitors (NQs).

  • BPI GC quits for key NBC role

    14-May-2007

    US media company NBC Universal has snapped up the general counsel of the British Phonographic Institute (BPI), the trade association of the UK’s music industry.

  • Camerons' results dwarfed by BLP's, SJ Berwin's financials

    14-May-2007

    SJ Berwin's financials" /CMS Cameron McKenna has announced a disappointing set of financial year-end results.

  • Canada proves hotbed of M&A activity

    14-May-2007

    Canadian firms were rejoicing as the country became the centre of last week's frenzied M&A activity, with two mega-mergers worth an aggregate of £25bn being announced in one day.

  • Canon appoints new Emea legal chief

    14-May-2007

    Canon Europe has a new legal chief, scooping Fujitsu’s former Europe, the Middle East and Africa head of legal services David Bateson to replace Michio Suzuki.

  • Carpenter builds bridges at Addleshaws

    14-May-2007

    Addleshaw Goddard is slowly making inroads with its attempts to penetrate the private equity sector. The firm's big catch was Andrew Carpenter, who joined the team from O'Melveny & Myers last December to build up the practice area in London and create stronger links with private equity houses in the capital.

  • Central and Eastern Europe

    14-May-2007

    The accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU at the start of the year has provided yet more opportunities for the many international firms operating in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

  • CIArb sets out guidelines on how to interview an arbitrator

    14-May-2007

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) has published the world's first guidelines on the inter-national standards that should be met in order to become an arbitrator.

  • City giants enter the fray in battle for control of EMI

    14-May-2007

    Top City firms are squaring up in the battle for music publishing group EMI.

  • Clarke Willmott boosts private client with Southampton raid

    14-May-2007

    The Southampton office of Bristol-based Clarke Willmott has launched a private client practice following a three-partner raid on Southampton-based Moore & Blatch.

  • Clementi reforms impel ASB to open volume arm

    14-May-2007

    South East law firm ASB Law has become the latest firm to prepare for the post-Clementi legal world by launching a standalone volume business.

  • CMS Cameron McKenna: ‘We don’t play croquet’

    14-May-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna has shunned the glitzy surroundings of a country club or West End hotel to host its associate away-day, instead plumping for East London’s Hackney Empire last Friday (11 May).

  • Coroner says Freshfields associate death was accidental

    15-May-2007

    The Southwark coroner delivered a verdict of accidental death in the case of Matthew Courtney, the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate who fell to his death at the Tate Modern gallery in February.

  • Curtis Mallet launches in Istanbul

    16-May-2007

    US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has ramped up its emerging market presence by launching its first office in Istanbul. The firm, which has recently expanded its offices in Frankfurt, Paris and London, is hoping to build its client base in South Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Middle East with the new office. Managing partner of the Istanbul office, Ali Gursel, said: "It’ll help us to better support our clients in these jurisdictions. We’ve always ...

  • Davenport Lyons finance package rescues St Trinian's film

    14-May-2007

    West End-based Davenport Lyons has helped saved the UK-produced St Trinian's remake from the scrapheap with its first foray into film financing.

  • Dewey raids Orrick for Beijing capture

    17-May-2007

    Dewey Ballantine has lured a partner away from its former merger partner Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

  • DLA piper wins zambian fraud case

    14-May-2007

    DLA Piper has landed a major victory for the Zambian government. The English High Court held that the country's former president Frederick Chiluba and four senior aides conspired to rob the government of $46m (£23.08m). Mr Justice Peter Smith held that Chiluba took part in two separate conspiracies to siphon off the money, laundering it through two London law firms - Meer Care & Desai and Cave ...

  • Duane Morris invites UK firms for merger talks

    17-May-2007

    Philadelphia-headquartered firm Duane Morris is in preliminary merger talks with a number of London firms.

  • Dundas launches public law group with former Lord Advocate

    15-May-2007

    Scots giant Dundas & Wilson has hired former Lord Advocate Colin Boyd QC to head a new public law group.

  • Duo sets up Russian-focused JV in City

    14-May-2007

    Jailed Russian oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky's lawyer, Genrikh Padva, has launched a joint venture in London.

  • DWS raids rivals to bolster Abu Dhabi and Russia

    14-May-2007

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has lured back two legacy Wilde Sapte asset finance lawyers for its overseas offices.

  • DWS v DLA Piper for Sheffield's Tevez spat

    17-May-2007

    Arch rivals Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and DLA Piper will square off in the fight between Sheffield United FC and the Premier League over the controversial Carlos Tevez affair.

  • Energy boost

    14-May-2007

    The EU's new energy treaty is giving the Balkan states something to aim for with regard to utility companies. By Peter Solt

  • Eversheds confirms PEP to break £500k

    17-May-2007

    Eversheds has cracked the half-million profit per equity partner (PEP) mark for the first time, the firm’s financial year-end results reveal, as first revealed by The Lawyer (7 May, 2007). The figures reveal PEP having risen 20 per cent for the second year running, bringing this year’s figure to £502,000 after 2005-06’s £422,000.

  • Fasken handed cancer drug licensing deal

    14-May-2007

    Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul has represented longstanding client Antisoma on a global licensing agreement with pharmaceutical firm Novartis. The deal concerns Antisoma's vascular disruption drug AS1404, which is in development for the treatment of lung, ovarian and prostate cancers. If all requirements are met Antisoma could receive up to $890m (£446.91m) in addition to royalties on sales. Initially $75m (£37.66m) will be paid, with a further $25m (£12.55m) due when the drug ...

  • FFW secures compensation for Potters Bar victim

    15-May-2007

    Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has landed a High Court ruling that sees a top Taiwanese TV presenter being awarded substantial compensation after being horrifically injured in the Potters Bar rail crash.

  • Financial services big hitters form alliance

    14-May-2007

    The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) was launched last week by some of the most influential lawyers in the financial services sector.

  • Firms on alert for Big Brother company auction

    15-May-2007

    A raft of firms across Europe have been drafted in to advise on the €3bn (£2.04bn) auction of Endemol, the makers of the Big Brother reality television series.

  • Freshfields usurps Slaughters for £7.85bn Hanson prize

    17-May-2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Macfarlanes have both won new clients to score key roles in the £7.85bn takeover of building materials company Hanson by German rival HeidelbergCement, announced this week.

  • From Blair to modernity

    14-May-2007

    "Go back to 1997," said Tony Blair last week. "Think back. No, really, think back." With such an exhortation, how could we resist? If you were a newly qualified solicitor in 1997 then you were part of a blessed generation that benefited enormously from the pace of change within the profession.

  • Herbies advises Tata on financing for corus

    14-May-2007

    Herbert Smith is advising India's Tata Steel on its new long-term financing for the takeover of Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus. The company will borrow £3.67bn, the largest-ever loan for an Indian company. The Herbert Smith team, which has developed a strong relationship with the company since its first acquisition bid in October last year, was led by partner Clive Barnard. Tata's £6.6bn bid for Corus was expected to be funded by a high-yield bond facility arranged by Deutsche Bank, ...

  • Herbies hands power back to the partners

    14-May-2007

    Herbert Smith is attempting to reverse the trend of corporatisation of law firms, with its management being decentralised and handed back to the partners.

  • Hextalls rejigs top tier with new chief exec

    14-May-2007

    THE Head of shipping at Hextalls Dominic Lang has been appointed as the firm's new chief executive.

  • Homemakers

    14-May-2007

    Renewed interest in real estate investment in Russia and new legislation governing town planning is seeing the market – and the country’s dilapidated residential housing – receive a facelift. By Andrei Soukhomlinov

  • Hugh Peart: London Borough of Harrow

    14-May-2007

    Hugh Peart’s love of innovation has driven him to find new ways to decrease legal spend and streamline work. By Jon Parker

  • Joacim 'Elvis' Bjork has left the building

    17-May-2007

    There's nothing we like more than an all-rounder. And so we applaud former Swedish Linklaters lawyer Joacim Bjork for his excellent creative efforts.

  • Judges unite to slam Ministry of Justice

    16-May-2007

    Senior judges have backed the Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips’ criticisms of the new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after an emergency meeting of the Judge’s Council was held yesterday (15 May).

  • Kelly's no hero

    14-May-2007

    Feathers have been more than ruffled at the Bar Council since a former chairman decided to rejoin the membership, it appears.

  • Key change at BPI as GC quits

    14-May-2007

    With all the pirate CDs that music industry groups the BPI and IFPI have nabbed between them, there's no shortage of possible theme tunes for the game of musical chairs going on in their office.

  • Latham scoops mammoth Russian IPO

    17-May-2007

    Latham & Watkins has cemented itself as the go-to firm for Russian companies listing in London, landing a key role on the world's biggest IPO this year.

  • Lawyers are the happiest chappies in the UK

    18-May-2007

    Lawyers are the happiest professionals in the UK, according to a recent survey by a recruitment consultancy.

  • LeBoeuf ramps up in Russia with Cleary hire

    15-May-2007

    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has beefed up its Russian presence with the lateral hire of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Dan Coppel.

  • Lindahl lands Nordic stock exchange GC for M&A privatisation push

    14-May-2007

    Swedish independent firm Lindahl has made a push into the public M&A sector with the hire of Mats Beckman, general counsel at the OMX Nordic Exchange.

  • Linklaters associate doubles his salary and goes out singing

    17-May-2007

    Linklaters has lost its finest musical talent to a client, after Stockholm associate Joacim Björk signed up to join Linden Gruppen as senior counsel.

  • Linklaters continues management overhaul

    18-May-2007

    Linklaters' reshuffle continued today (18 May) with the announcement of new national heads for the litigation and arbitration practices for the UK and Belgium.

  • Litigation slump sees judiciary rewriting the record books

    14-May-2007

    There is a general consensus within the legal profession that there has been a downturn in commercial litigation, the judiciary claimed otherwise last week, but now it is not so sure.

  • Lord Woolf, William Blair QC to launch Qatar’s commercial court

    14-May-2007

    Lord Woolf and Tony Blair’s brother William Blair QC are flying in to Qatar to launch the country’s first civil and commercial court as part of its drive to become one of the world’s most prominent financial centres.

  • Lovells boosts salaries by 20 per cent

    14-May-2007

    Lovells has hiked its associate salaries by 19.8 per cent and introduced a bonus to reward its own trainees for making associate.

  • Lovells builds life sciences with Merck legal director

    14-May-2007

    Lovells has strengthened its life sciences group with the addition of former Merck Sharp & Dohme legal director Marc Dalby.

  • Lovells cheered by Italian growth

    17-May-2007

    Lovells is closing in on a new corporate partner for its Milan office, and is voting on whether ex-Ernst & Young partner Paolo Tanoni can join the partnership.

  • Lovells makes Dubai push with new hire

    14-May-2007

    Lovells' Dubai office has made a new hire and announced its intention to push the practice over the 20-lawyer mark in the next few months. Lovells London-based corporate partner Tom Brassington will join global Islamic finance head Rahail Ali and his four-partner team in Dubai next month - four weeks after the office launched on 1 May, as revealed by The Lawyer (26 March). Ali, who joined from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) with the rest of his team, said: "We've been very busy since ...

  • Macfarlanes rejigs top tier as heads stand down

    14-May-2007

    Macfarlanes is to overhaul its top-tier management when its senior and managing partners both step down next year.

  • Maher steps down as MBRM London chief

    18-May-2007

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has announced a rejig of its internal management as Paul Maher relinquishes the role of London senior partner.

  • Malawi High Court scraps automatic death penalty

    14-May-2007

    The High Court of Malawi has declared the death sentences on all prisoners on death row unconstitutional in a landmark judgment that spells the end of the automatic death penalty.

  • Miners’ firms strike back at DTI over £2.4bn costs

    14-May-2007

    The under-fire law firms representing sick miners in the British Coal compensation fiasco have accused the Government of hypocrisy after its costs topped £2bn.

  • Nabarro posts 13 per cent revenue hike

    14-May-2007

    Nabarro boosted turnover by 13 per cent in the last financial year and expects a 20-plus percentage point increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP). If the firm has achieves the PEP increase it will have hit its target of reaching £500,000 by the end of the 2006-07 financial year. Last year PEP stood at £451,000. Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston said: "We had a very aggressive budget ...

  • Name and shame

    14-May-2007

    Tulkinghorn is a discerning personage of impeccable taste, but he must admit to liking the odd smattering of puerile humour as much as the next man. And we can trust our US cousins to raise a smile when times are bleak.Law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has an uncommon moniker itself, but guffaws were heard across Tulkinghorn Towers when it became apparent which partners were part of a group defecting to O'Melveny & Myers: Gerald Bender and Doron Lipshitz, Tulkinghorn salutes you.

  • Norton Rose snares senior Orrick partner

    14-May-2007

    Norton Rose continued its rapid expansion of its Paris office today with the hire of Orrick tax partner Stéphane Salou.

  • Olswang posts 9 per cent turnover rise

    14-May-2007

    Olswang has released provisional figures that show an increase in turnover of around 9 per cent to £83m for the last financial year.

  • Olswang returns to Slaughters to bolster IP team

    14-May-2007

    Olswang has boosted its IP team, hiring respected IP academic Jeremy Phillips as a consultant from Slaughter and May.

  • Onside Law hire kicks off litigation offering

    14-May-2007

    Sports boutique Onside Law has launched a litigation practice, bringing in Chris Walsh from Lyndhurst Racing to head the new group.

  • Onside Law scores FA coup with National Express/Wembley deal

    14-May-2007

    Sports boutique Onside Law has picked up a brace of football sponsorship deals as the FA Cup Final clash between Chelsea and Manchester United draws closer.

  • Pinsents beats budget with turnover up 12 per cent

    14-May-2007

    Pinsent Masons has boosted turnover by 12 per cent, hitting £192m.

  • Pinsents' domestic success lays groundwork for global push

    15-May-2007

    There's a growing confidence at Pinsent Masons. Late last night (14 May) news of the firm's 12 per cent rise in turnover hit The Lawyer. See story.

  • Pitching for business

    14-May-2007

    As experienced readers will know, there is no escape from Tulkinghorn's spies. They are everywhere. Including at local newspaper the Mid-Devon Star, which is how it came to pass that the great man learnt of the cricketing legacy of South West firm Ashfords.

  • Prentice adds spice to diversity argument

    16-May-2007

    As the nursery rhyme has it, sugar and spice are the main ingredients of little girls, while their brothers tend to be more partial to slugs and snails and puppy dogs' tails.

  • Prentice: stop pigeonholing women and ethnic minority lawyers

    16-May-2007

    Justice minister Bridget Prentice has implored firms to not pigeonhole their female or ethnic minority lawyers.

  • Problematical sabbatical

    14-May-2007

    Tulkinghorn had been following newly qualified barrister Tom Brennan's high-profile fight against NatWest for alleged extortionate charges for breaching overdraft limits with much interest.

  • R3 appoints first female president

    14-May-2007

    Nabarro head of restructuring and insolvency Patricia Godfrey has been appointed president of R3, the association of business recovery professionals. Godfrey's appointment to R3, which stands for Rescue, Recovery and Renewal, comes at a time when bankruptcy in the UK has ...

  • Restructure butcher

    14-May-2007

    It's not every day that a well-known finance partner admits to engineering regulation to create work for himself. But that's exactly what one prominent US partner did when discussing recent proposals to change the UK Insolvency Act (1986), announced last week.

  • Revealed: The Lawyer Awards 2007 shortlist

    14-May-2007

    More than 80 different firms and organisations appear in the shortlist for this year's Lawyer Awards.

  • Riff justice

    14-May-2007

    It looks as though Tulkinghorn's long-time favourite axeman, Lovells property guru Bob Kidby, has competition.

  • Russian lawyers speak out on $22.5bn Bank of New York case

    18-May-2007

    Russian law firm Smal and Partners issued court proceedings for $22.5bn (£11.4bn) against the Bank of New York (BoNY) in relation to what has been dubbed "the case of the long-gone cash".

  • Scottish regulators hit back at Which? complaint

    14-May-2007

    The Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates have criticised the consumer group Which? for "jumping the gun" when filing a super-complaint against the Scottish legal profession.

  • Shearman secures triple multibillion-dollar deal boost

    16-May-2007

    Shearman & Sterling and Canadian firm Torys have advised on their second major transaction in a week for financial data provider Thomson Corp.

  • Shooting stars

    14-May-2007

    Congratulations to the boys from One Essex Court, who just edged out Blackstone Chambers on penalties in the final of this year's Clerk's Cup.

  • Six appointed silk in Northern Ireland

    15-May-2007

    The Ministry of Justice today (15 May) announced six new QCs for Northern Ireland.

  • SJ Berwin acts on German property buy

    14-May-2007

    SJ Berwin has advised new client Citigroup Property Investors and existing client Arax Properties on their joint €95m (£64.64m) purchase of six properties in North and North East Germany from DIAG Gruppe. The SJ Berwin team was led by Frankfurt real estate partner Sebastian Gronstedt, assisted by associates Thomas Fluegel and Ulrike Janssen. The firm also advised Citigroup and Arax in respect of ...

  • SJ Berwin hopes Indian intake will help build ties

    14-May-2007

    SJ Berwin hopes Indian intake will help build ties" /SJ Berwin is the latest firm preparing to establish a foothold in the Indian market, with four Indian trainees joining its London office in September.

  • SJ Berwin's client list under threat as fund formation trio moves to Kirkland

    14-May-2007

    Private equity deals rely on personal relationships, so SJ Berwin should be worried, says Margaret Taylor

  • Slaughters builds 3i links with new float

    16-May-2007

    Slaughter and May is further reinforcing its relationship with private equity house 3i by advising on the proposed flotation of its latest vehicle.

  • Speechly Bircham’s turnover tops £40m

    17-May-2007

    Speechly Bircham has posted a 17 per cent increase in revenue for 2006-07, taking turnover to £40m for the first time.

  • Start-up promises new era for access to litigation funding

    14-May-2007

    The debate surrounding litigation funding has intensified, with a new provider hitting the market.

  • Tap of the bill

    14-May-2007

    Tulkinghorn is delighted to report, as promised, the result of Burness chairman Philip Rodney's brave attempt to liven up an AGM with a spot of rock (see last week's issue if you're confused)."The Tap clip went down a treat at our annual review to staff," says Rodney. "Being such a cool firm, of course it would. Our credo for the next year is '11 is louder than 10'."Rodney added that he was off to get a haircut in case anyone thought he was one of the band. Probably.

  • Tax relief

    14-May-2007

    Russia's tax system is undergoing a raft of changes designed at improving both its procedures and fairness, but there is still more to be done. By Oleg Konnov

  • Taylor Wessing sees growth across all sectors

    14-May-2007

    Taylor Wessing has posted a UK turnover increase of 14.3 per cent for 2006-07, with the firm registering double-digit growth across all three of its core jurisdictions.

  • TFI Friday. Or Not?

    18-May-2007

    Never has there been so much workplace joviality since Doc and his other six vertically challenged mining colleagues whistled hi-ho.

  • The work-life quiz Nick Valner

    14-May-2007

    What was your first-ever job?As a lawyer, trying to get an injunction for The Beatles to stop the unauthorised sale of their Hamburg performances.

  • TLT Solicitors adds regulatory duo

    14-May-2007

    Bristol-based TLT Solicitors has hired a new head of financial services regulation and a specialist compliance lawyer.

  • Transparency in diversity wins business

    14-May-2007

    Diversity and inclusion are growing in importance for the UK legal profession as firms expand and seek to penetrate the global marketplace. An ability to connect with clients and see things from a diverse cultural and business perspective now requires lawyers to step up a gear within the diversity field if they wish to win, retain and extract business ...

  • Trowers' Randall in local govt title fight

    14-May-2007

    Malcolm Iley, Trowers & Hamlins' so-called Godfather of local government lawyering, has stepped down as the firm's head of public sector.

  • Tyco settles largest-ever securities class action

    16-May-2007

    A five-year shareholder dispute - the largest securities class action settlement by a single corporate defendant - has seen Tyco International pay out $3bn (£1.51bn).

  • UK firms consider IPOs to retain staff

    14-May-2007

    A growing number of UK law firms are contemplating a listing, according to the corporate finance house behind the 2001 AIM float of patent and trademark practice Murgitroyd & Company.

  • Web week

    14-May-2007

    The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com.

  • Webbed feats

    14-May-2007

    A number of firms are embracing new technologies as a way to build closer ties with both their own lawyers and clients alike - but the new methods cut no ice with the traditionalists

  • Wheels of fortune?

    14-May-2007

    What the ****?! Don't you just hate it that those wacky US lawyers are always one step ahead when it comes to selling themselves? Take North Carolina outfit Helms Mulliss & Wicker. It's just unveiled a new way of reaching potential clients, raising its profile and spreading the good news about its brand.

  • White & Case partner snub sees Bracewell stall in London

    14-May-2007

    Bracewell & Giuliani’s triumphant entry into the London market has stalled after it was snubbed by White & Case capital markets partner Peter Epp, who had been earmarked to launch the firm in the UK capital.

  • White & Case scoops Russian real estate IPO

    15-May-2007

    White & Case has snared a lead role advising on the largest Russian real estate IPO to date.

  • Why we are suing the Government

    14-May-2007

    The recent judicial review proceedings by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) and the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) is one of four that have been brought against the Carter proposals. Opposition has come from unlikely sources such as the judiciary and City firms. There were also parliamentary concerns shown in the recent report by the Constitutional Affairs ...

  • Wragges' PEP up by just 4 per cent

    14-May-2007

    Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has boosted turnover by 11 per cent, from £101.3m last year to £112.6m. The firm's year-end financial results also revealed that average PEP was £410,000, up by less than 4 per cent from £395,000. Total profit is up by 9 per cent, from £41m to £45m, while the profit margin has remained stable at a respectable 40 per cent. Senior partner Quentin Poole said Wragges has an ...