17 April 2006
Family law association Resolution has elected a new chairman, vice chairman, deputy vice chairman and secretary.
CMS Cameron McKenna is a firm that is certainly up with the latest developments in the firm's leisure sector brochure.
The Court of Appeal has outlined a set of guidelines on enforcing world freezing orders, or Mareva orders, after noting that no appeal court had dealt with them before.
Ashurst has won a mandate to advise the lead managers on the financing for the UK's largest-ever PPP project.
Bevan Brittan has won a new client in the form of Dorset-based advance composting company New Earth Solutions.
South East firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell has raided local rival Penningtons for a partner to head up its new travel unit.
British Energy has made the first step towards overhauling its legal panel by sending out a formal request for tenders.
Disney-subsidiary Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has appointed former BBC senior counsel Simon Taylor as its chief legal officer. Taylor will take up the role of vice president legal & business affairs for BVITV's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, heading a staff of 11 across London and Paris. The appointment fills the vacancy created by Keith Poritt, who left after 10 years to join Sparrowhawk Media in June 2005. Taylor will report to Disney's European general counsel ...
Publisher Informa has appointed its first general counsel, picking CMS Cameron McKenna relationship partner John Burton.
Clifford Chance has transferred another senior lawyer to its Dubai office as it expands its Islamic finance practice in the Gulf region.
Clifford Chance has boosted the ranks of its US finance and restructuring groups with two lawyers from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
The first international Chapter of the American Inns of Court (AIC) was launched in London last week, expanding transatlantic dialogue yet further. The new chapter of the AIC received its charter from AIC executive director David Carey on 10 April at Middle Temple Hall. Similar to the UK Inns of Court, the AIC aims to provide support for judges, lawyers, law professors and law students through a range of educational activities and networking events. Each of the AIC's inns meets around ...
Lovells invited a few of the legal press's best and brightest hacks to a real estate lunch last week for a refresher course on some of the technical bits and bobs of real estate law. To break the ice and get things moving, the Lovells chaps sent out a quiz to the scribes to complete before attending, all in the name of a bit of fun.
CMS Cameron McKenna and Slaughter and May landed roles on the £951.4m sale of part of the Marriott hotel portfolio.
The Co-operative Group is to become the first non-legal organisation to take advantage of forthcoming reforms by launching legal services for its members.
A retired Coudert Brothers partner has won a US court battle over income tax on his pension, despite a cash black hole threatening to scupper further payment from the firm.
Stephensons secures Charlemagne AIM listing
Putting thought and effort into tailoring a benefits package will ultimately pay off. By Diana Palmer
A swathe of US law firms could net up to $144.5m (£82.4m) in legal fees from Delta Air Lines' Chapter 11 restructuring.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Howard Morris has vowed to double the turnover and headcount of the London corporate department over the next five years.
US firm Faegre & Benson has ramped up its Frankfurt office with an eight-lawyer raid on German firm Heussen, leaving Heussen's Frankfurt operation with just three lawyers.
With the US putting in extradition requests for UK citizens accused of white-collar offences, and with no signs of reciprocation, Joanne Harris reports on why some regard the treaty as a farce
Field Fisher Waterhouse's (FFW) Belgian alliance member Verhaegen Walravens has appointed Eric Cusas as its new managing partner. Cusas joined the firm in 1998 and specialises in distribution, in particular in the retail and automotive sectors. The previous managing partner, corporate and real estate specialist Jacques Verhaegen, will return to client work. Verhaegens is a recent addition ...
Glasgow-based firm Harper McLeod aims to break the £10m turnover mark at the end of its financial year this month (April), which managing partner Lorne Crerar sees as "an important milestone".In addition to hitting the £10m turnover target, the firm's other key plan for 2006 is to strengthen its corporate finance arm, HM Corporate Solutions.Harper McLeod ...
Barclays Bank has hired Capgemini's former general counsel for the UK and Ireland Barry Wong to head its legal IT outsourcing and supplier team. Wong will work with Andrew Collier, Barclays' head of IT, on IT outsourcing deals.
Fox Williams' legendary founding partner Ronnie Fox is to leave the firm at the end of this month.
French independent Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent & Associés has added six fee-earners to its roster, poaching from domestic rivals and US firms.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has cemented its ties with Eircom, acting for the Irish telecoms company, which is the target of a potential EUR2.36bn (£1.63bn) takeover offer from Australian investment group Babcock & Brown.
Linklaters scoop work on joint Babcock takeover" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have secured lead advisory roles on a potential joint takeover bid for Babcock International.
Beaufort House swap shop
Hardwicke Building's new IP team has bagged a leading academic to strengthen its IT law capacity.
Herbert Smith tax partner Neil Warriner has become head of the firm's tax group following Heather Gething's decision to step down from the role.
Herbert Smith's Brussels office is set to relocate to shared office space with alliance partners Stibbe and Gleiss Lutz.
City law firm Hextalls is gearing up its search for a US alliance or merger partner following the election of the firm's new eight-member executive committee.
The race to be general counsel of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) is on, so The Lawyer thought it would steal headhunter Elizabeth Wall's thunder and put together a quick shortlist.
Orsay Avocats Associés is a small firm, but it is quietly flourishing in the world of big deals.
Irwin Mitchell is growing its family law team with the hire of Kingsley Napley partner Elizabeth Hicks.
Mr Justice Tomlinson labelled the behaviour of some of the country's top lawyers as "unattractive" last week as he delivered a damning judgment on the collapse of the BCCI trial.
The London office of Kilpatrick Stockton has managed out another partner while at the same time making its first lateral partner hire since it began a massive downsizing operation in the City.
US firm Latham & Watkins has appointed IT and outsourcing partner Andrew Moyle as its London managing partner.
The Law Society has picked the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s chief executive Desmond Hudson as its new chief executive.
Linklaters' French restructuring practice has been given a boost by the appointment of two new partners from French firm Sonier Poulain & Associés.
Lovells has completely overhauled its partnership council adding five new members to its partnership council, following a vote of the partnership yesterday (Thursday).
Manches has launched a bid to recover more than £500,000 in unpaid fees for work carried out for bankrupt video games company Gizmondo Europe.
Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has launched in China by raiding local rival Vinge, taking its sole Hong Kong partner Thomas Lagerqvist and Shanghai office head Ulf Ohrling. The practice, to be bolstered by Swedish associates from Mannheimer, will focus on M&A and IP work, while also advising on real estate and dispute resolution. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 12 April
Japanese powerhouse Nishimura & Partners and Asahi Koma Law Offices are set to form the biggest law firm in the country following the firms’ shock announcement that they are to merge.
Global software products and solutions group Misys has hired Eversheds IT partner Suzanne Mercer to head its legal division for banking.
It's well known that lawyers are fond of a spot of lunch in a nice restaurant; consequently, some might find themselves a little on the wrong side of portly. But those sickeningly energetic people at the Freshfields gym are attempting to rid the firm's lawyers of excess flab by challenging them to 'inspire a workmate'.
Solicitors should put their knowledge into practice and not be afraid of taking centre stage in court
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's struggle to secure operating licences for the Chinese offices it acquired from Coudert Brothers could become the catalyst to further liberalisation of the Chinese legal market.
Corporate and finance were the big winners as Clifford Chance announced its biggest round of partnership promotions in four years.
South East firm asb law has hired Rosemary Madders as an associate from Thomas Eggar, Samantha Thomas as a solicitor from Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald and Anita McGowan as senior HR officer from Allen & Overy. US firm Dechert
Pinsent Masons raided Charles Russell's insurance practice for joint head of professional liability Jacquetta Castle. Castle, who joins on 24 April, will work with partner Fiona Heyes to develop the firm's professional liability practice. Charles Russell retains five partners in its insurance group, while Pinsents ...
Reed Smith has secured a crucial meeting with Richards Butler Hong Kong, as the City firm's hugely profitable arm considers its options.
Richards Butler has won in the Court of Appeal, upholding the case of insurers against a shipowner suspected of scuppering its own vessel.
Come on, admit it. You have had a sneaky look for holidays on lastminute.com, dreaming of sandy beaches, instead of proofreading those contract terms and conditions. Imagine then, being Sanjay Lobo. On the fast-track to the top of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) world, the 30-year-old is legal director of one of the hottest companies in the market: Lastminute.com is his homepage - he’s paid to look at it. Legitimately.
Martin Sheen gets to play the leader of the free world, ruling the White House roost on a weekly basis in The West Wing. But with the show coming to a close in a few weeks in the US, the Hollywood actor has been spotted masquerading as a property partner at SJ Berwin under the pseudonym John Eldridge. After all, what else is there to being partner than looking comfortable in a suit and tie and ...
Edinburgh-based Shepherd & Wedderburn is working with youth enterprise charity the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) on a new online resource for Scottish entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 25 who are trying to set up businesses.
Shoosmiths has poached in-house lawyer David Jackson from global catering group Compass for its Birmingham office.
Sidley Austin has taken the bulk of the riches in the IPO goldrush sweeping Hong Kong.
Simmons & Simmons partners obviously had communication skills high on their agenda when it came time to vote for new management.
While larger law firms still believe a juicy cash bonus is the best incentive, other firms are realising that the way to keep staff motivated and happy is to offer remuneration packages that account for a wider range of needs
The newest resident in Vinson & Elkins' swish City offices, American Jim Loftis, co-head of the firm's international dispute resolution practice, boasts something none of his other US colleagues have got. And no, it's not an all-things-Enron indemnity. It's an understanding of cricket.
What was your first-ever job?
Lastminute.com has asked three firms to pitch for its general commercial work to support its three-lawyer in-house function.
Kirkland & Ellis prides itself on having a flat management structure, but it would seem this strategy has gone out with the trash when it comes to the swish new offices at that London landmark the Gherkin.
Travers Smith has advised Macquarie Bank on a successful £1.82bn consortium bid for the travel concessions business of the world's largest contract catering group Compass.
Trowers & Hamlins has promoted eight to its partnership, boosting the firm's total partnership to 89. The firm promoted two partners each in litigation (Lucy James (left) and Peter Parsons) and housing (Catherine Hunt and Steven Smith). Other promotions included Andrew Sneddon in tax, Jon Kiddle in the Manchester commercial property practice, Chris Pedder in projects and construction and Scott ...
Guffaws of laughter echoed around Tulkinghorn Towers last week when news reached it of Bird & Bird's… ahem… compromising position with new burlesque club Volupté, which entertains patrons in the basement of the firm's building.
The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) has set its requirements for the new role of general counsel, and it is looking for one of the most senior people in the legal market.