15 February 2010
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Cherie Booth QC, sitting as a judge, has been criticised severely by the media and the blogosphere for her reported remarks about a defendant’s religious beliefs when sentencing him for actual bodily harm.
The Australian legal fraternity has been spending much of the past week mulling over the consequences of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) sudden encroachment into its backyard.
Addleshaw Goddard’s nascent law firm consultancy has worked on its largest merger to date after steering the tie-up between offshore firms Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that bank customers whose transactions are delayed because of money laundering suspicions will have the right to challenge banks’ decisions.
Ashurst and Clifford Chance have benefited from the mini-revival of the private equity M&A market by landing lead roles on the sale of LGC Holdings to Bridgepoint.
Bingham has emerged as one of the most generous US firms in London, paying its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers a salary of £100,000.
With the laws governing Switzerland’s various cantons set to be made less distinct, James Swift looks at the possibilities for local, national and global firms
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Osborne Clarke have bagged roles on the demerger and subsequent £1bn refinancing of Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk.
The Government is sticking to its guns with the Financial Services Bill. Dan Preddy and Martin Langley highlight the concerns of those it affects
Legal director at the Commonwealth Secretariat Akbar Khan is committed to furthering what he believes are the organisation’s altruistic aims.
Litigation specialist Cubism Law has started a dedicated insurance group with the hire of two new consultants.
Former Russell Jones & Walker partner Tom Epps has joined Debevoise & Plimpton as international counsel in its European litigation practice.
Denton Wilde Sapte client and Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio Tyne & Wear has signed a contract to operate the Tyne & Wear Metro for a period of nine years, with the Government announcing £580m in funding for the PPP project.
DLA Piper has beefed up its corporate crime team with the appointment of Peters & Peters partner Jo Rickards.
Eversheds chairman Alan Jenkins is facing competition from three other candidates as he attempts to hold on to his position.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has built up its Brussels IP practice with the hire of former Allen & Overy (A&O) of counsel Thierry van Innis.
Allen & Overy’s move into Australia is as much about gaining access to the country’s Asian neighbours as it is about the domestic market
Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) property partner Vinay Veneik has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) following accusations that he misused client money.
Signs emerge of strategic divide in the magic circle over how to target the key markets in the Asia-Pacific region
Oxford & Beaumont has become the first Ghanaian law firm with a footprint in the UK after launching a representative office in London this month.
There is a scene in Bruce Lee’s first US film Marlowe in which the kung fu icon accidentally jumps off the top of a skyscraper during a fight scene.
Steve Thierbach, Linklaters’ first solely US-qualified partner, has left the firm.
Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett has pushed the boat out strategically over the past 12 months.
A partner in the London office of Marrache & Co has reacted angrily to news that the firm’s Gibraltar-based founding partners have had their Financial Services Commission licences cancelled, claiming the City base’s reputation is suffering by association.
Norton Rose has continued to target the wider Asia market following its tie-up with Australian firm Deacons, with two corporate partners relocating to Hong Kong.
Ogier will become the first law firm to offer Jersey and Guernsey services in Asia when it relocates a group of Channel Islands practitioners to Hong Kong.
Surprisingly, as we push out our babies, we don’t also eject ambition, work ethic and the killer instinct. Changing nappies, applying teething gel and grappling with nanny PAYE doesn’t nullify our multi-degree education and decades of work experience.
David Evans has joined Edwin Coe as a partner from White & Case, where he was a senior associate in the London employment and benefits group.
Switzerland’s banking secrecy is coming under increased pressure as US and European countries target tax evaders to plug deficits in their economies. James Swift asks: is the country’s resistance futile?
Litigation firm Stewarts Law has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Legal commercial litigation head Paul Brehony as a partner.
Taylor Wessing has appointed Andrew Telling as its UK head of knowledge management.
A ’premier league’ of advisers has arisen to tackle clubs’ money issues. By Gavriel Hollander
Too often the magic circle firms are lumped together as if they were strategically homogenous. Allen & Overy’s (A&O) decision to open in Australia, taking 17 partners, mostly from Clayton Utz, is a tacit endorsement of Clifford Chance’s world view.
Football fans often ask themselves what price they’d pay to help their team climb the league table. For Clifford Chance’s resident Gooner David Bickerton the answer, apparently, is his transport home.
After A&O took the plunge, what are its US rivals doing about Australia?
If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take? My iPod and suntan lotion.