15 December 2008
High Court judge has ordered Allen & Overy and McDermott Will & Emery to estimate their costs before an intellectual property (IP) trial, showing judicial unease over the cost of UK litigation.
Allen & Overy is the latest magic circle firm to announce bonuses for its US associates.
BAE Systems has appointed a new chief counsel for its land systems business following Mike Elston’s move to India.
Incoming Bar Council chair Desmond Browne QC has said that the Government’s plan to increase in-house advocacy will have a detrimental effect on the self-employed bar.
Contact details and personal information for all practising barristers has been stolen during a burglary at the Bar Council.
Profits at Beachcroft dropped by £4m during the 2007-08 financial year, from £29.3m to £25.1m, as revenue remained static at £114m.
Beresfords Solicitors partner Jim Beresford has been struck off along with his colleague Douglas Smith after all but three of 11 allegations of professional misconduct against them were upheld by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is set to create an alliance with part of Moscow-based Pepeliaev Goltsblat & Partners (PGP).
Legal broker Clarity Connections has teamed up with claims management company AIMS Services to offer up to 20,000 cases a month to small and medium-sized law firms.
BT Group is in the process of overhauling the in-house functions of its separate businesses, creating central pools of lawyers to handle employment and regulation issues.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy Davy has started a Christmas vacation scheme at the Queen’s law firm, Farrer & Co.
CMS Cameron McKenna has removed non-UK partners from the partnership as part of a radical change to the firm’s equity structure.
Clifford Chance and O'Melveny & Myers have jointly advised emerging markets private equity house Actis on a rare fundraising in persistently challenging markets.
Channel 4 has promoted Prash Naik to the role of controller of legal, replacing Jan Tomalin, who has left to set up her own firm.
Clifford Chance has merged with its Romanian ally Badea & Asociatii.
Clifford Chance has elected litigation partner David DiBari as head of its Washington DC office following the defection of incumbent Leiv Blad.
Tunbridge Wells-based firm Cripps Harries Hall is to overhaul staff pay scales to link associates’ pay directly to performance.
It had always seemed likely that DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm by number of lawyers, would have to make some redundancies as the recession loomed.
Denton Wilde Sapte is setting its sights on an Iraq launch as it seeks to expand its Middle East footprint.
DLA Piper has revamped its leadership by combining the roles of regional managing partner and London managing partner under a new UK head.
Durham County Council is considering selling legal services to external clients, joining the growing number of local authorities moving into ;competition ;with private practice law firms.
Manchester firms JS Miller and Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have defied the credit crunch and taken all staff on holiday to New York for a Christmas party.
Former partners of Thacher Proffitt & Wood have formed a pressure group to campaign for more transparency during the US firm's merger talks with King & Spalding.
When it comes to keeping a lid on fees, in-house legal chiefs have been looking to drive a hard bargain during 2008.
Despite Honda’s decision to withdraw its Formula 1 team from competition, rumours of the Japanese economy’s demise are off the mark. Indeed, the country’s solvent companies will soon be looking for assets abroad, reckons Jonathan Ames
Kennedys returns to DLA for fresh pickings" /DLA Piper’s Birmingham office has been hit by a second recruitment assault from insurance heavyweight Kennedys.
The London Borough of Lambeth has begun a panel review to service its new-look legal function.
Leeds' Lupton Fawcett is to acquire the entire commercial and private client business of local rival Fox Hayes, as it seeks to more than triple in size in three years.
Manches family partner Helen Ward has cemented her place as the UK's leading divorce lawyer after securing a £50m divorce settlement for Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie.
Lawyers at Mills & Reeve are the most generous when it comes to supporting good causes but those at Hill Dickinson are least willing to donate.
Morrison & Foerster has added 10 to its partnership in its latest round of promotions.
Muckle lays off 14 after consultation" /Newcastle-based firm Muckle has completed a redundancy consultation that has seen 14 members of staff lose their jobs.
No5 Chambers silk Gareth Evans QC has been appointed leader of the Midlands Circuit.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is eyeing a Middle East launch with plans for a dual assault on Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
According to the rumour mill, once one of the 95 Hammonds employees currently in consultation has been told they’re out, they’re shown the door. Literally that day. No time to finish off any work they’ve got on - just enough to clear their desks.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker lawyer Eric Holzer has been suspended from the firm over his alleged part in suspected insider trading at Lehman Brothers.
US firms Dechert and Reed Smith have shown their confidence in the London market by making up new partners in the City, despite making fewer promotions overall than last year.
UK lawyers have criticised a green paper from the European Commission that suggests EU member states should create a Europe-wide law on class actions.
Blake Lapthorn, Clarke Willmott and Cobbetts have reduced the number of staff they are making redundant by a total of 26 through a combination of redeployments ...
The Lawyer continued to report the big stories that shaped the year.
Shearman & Sterling is the latest US firm to announce partner promotions.
Lawyers in the Rotterdam office of Simmons & Simmons will learn their fate by the end of January following a consultation over closing the branch.
SJ Berwin’s respective senior and managing partners Jonathan Blake and Ralph Cohen look set to be re-elected to the roles after standing unopposed.
Mr Justice Collins’s role as lead judge of the Administrative Court has been made redundant as Queen’s Bench Division (QBD) president Lord Justice May takes a hands-on role in the court.
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Trethowans" /Growing in turnover, lawyers and determination, Trethowans has plans to expand during the downturn and become a major presence in the southern legal market.
Eversheds, Norton Rose and Rosenblatt have snared key roles in a deal to secure a new funding package for construction of Europe's tallest building.
Cost-cutting and consolidation will shape 2009 legal market; more job cuts inevitable.
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