17 March 2008
The US is all but in recession and times are most certainly tough.
• Pinsent Masons has hired two from Eversheds. Property head Gerry Mulholland and senior associate Bob Pritchard both arrive from Eversheds.
Just how long does it take to get a licence to open an office in the Chinese capital? News from Simmons & Simmons this week that the firm is planning to open an office in Beijing had a familiar ring to it.
Bird & Bird has become the first UK firm to jump into the Finnish market, tying up a merger with Helsinki firm Fennica Attorneys to boost its Nordic coverage.
Allen & Overy (A&O) banking partner and former New York chief Carl Sheldon has joined the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) as its first ever general counsel. Sheldon was lured away from the magic circle firm after being introduced to TAQA through A&O’s banking practice. TAQA has had close links with the firm since it was founded in 2005.
Addleshaw Goddard has knocked Pinsent Masons off the Rolls-Royce legal panel.
US firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz are playing key roles in the New York listing of hedge fund company Halcyon Asset Management.
On 12 March the House of Lords ruled in Norris v Government of the USA that secret price-fixing in itself is not capable of being a criminal conspiracy to defraud.
Tulkinghorn doesn't usually do this, but as a one-off he's happy to give a particularly entrepreneurial soul a free plug.
West Country firm Ashfords has hired Reed Smith commercial partner David Heard in a major coup for the Exeter-based outfit.
Barrister Richard Alderman has been appointed as director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Attorney General Baroness Scotland announced today (17 March).
Beachcroft has promoted partner Sue Jenkins to lead its employment and pensions group.
Headhunters are circling the in-house legal and compliance group at Bear Stearns in the wake of the bank’s collapse on Monday (17 March).
This morning there were still a few green-draped revellers stumbling home after yesterday's annual St Patrick's day jamboree.
US law firm Bryan Cave has ramped up its presence in California with the launch of a San Francisco office. The new office, which will be headed by commercial litigation partner Lynn McCreary, will serve the entire Bay Area and Northern California.
As Costain’s head of legal, Tracey Wood has just overseen the selection of the builder’s first formal panel. Not that she always gets to pick and choose
It was a year of eastern promise for CMS Cameron McKenna. The firm made up the bulk of new partners in the burgeoning Central and Eastern European practice - with six promotions out of a total of 11 falling within the region.
Reaching retirement with debts hanging over your head would make anyone feel uneasy.
CMS Cameron McKenna has turned eastwards in its annual round of promotions, with more than half of new partners made up in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) came under pressure to reform its rules on conflicts at The Lawyer's fourth annual Strategic Risk Management Conference last week (10 and 11 March).
The Commercial Court and the Chancery division are gearing up for a record year as companies tighten their belts as a result of the economic downturn.
Market shocked by lack of London and NY headsOn 1 April it will be six months since Dewey Ballantine bowed to the inevitable and called time on its days as an independent firm, accepting the merger offer from an expansionist LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has bolstered its Rome office with the hire of a Clifford Chance team.
North East firm Dickinson Dees has launched an all-woman wealth management team to target the lucrative market of independently wealthy women in the region.
With 2008 promising to be a huge year for disputes in the UK, three representatives of US firms set out their strategies for getting in on the action
The growing trend for parallel criminal and civil proceedings is making life more complicated for litigators and defendants alike.
Dundas & Wilson and Stephenson Harwood have played key roles in the sale of EDF Energy's street lighting business, Seeboard Trading Ltd, to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).
US law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) has made its first lateral partner hire following its merger with Kendall Freeman to launch an IP and life sciences practice in London.
US firm McDermott Will & Emery has appointed energy partner Doron Ezickson to run its London office.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Eversheds have won places on Boeing's preferred legal provider network after a formal panel review by the US aerospace giant.
Washington DC-based Crowell & Moring has hired Eversheds dispute resolution partners Gerallt Owen and Peter Kiernan after the pair's practice became divorced from the strategic direction of the firm.
Eversheds has taken a leaf out of the Football Association's rule book and is set to introduce a yellow and red card scheme to spur partners into tightening up their lockup performance.
Eversheds has gone on a hiring spree with four new partner appointments across the firm's European offices.
It is 6am and the office mobile rings on the bedside table. It is security and they have a number of policemen with them. They have a search warrant and want access to your IT server. Security just want to check that this is OK with you… and there is a television crew there too.
Having recently converted to a limited-liability partnership (LLP), Teacher Stern is moving into a new phase of growth, according to managing partner Graham Shear.
Indian firm FoxMandal Little has scooped former High Court judge Sir Gavin Lightman as a consultant.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has voted to hire former White & Case banking partners Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.
The London office of Freshfields has been the biggest beneficiary in the firm's annual round of promotions.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London office head Tim Jones is putting partner mobility at the top of his agenda and formalising a strategy for moving talent between the firm's offices.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner Vanessa Turner is to leave the magic circle firm to take up a post at the European Commission.
It's a bumper crop at Freshfields this year with 25 partners made up in total. As always, corporate dominates with nine out of 25 or 36 per cent of promotions.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Lovells have steered BAA's £546.6m sale of World Duty Free Europe Ltd (WDF) to Autogrill.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has announced its financial results for the 2007-08 year.
F&C Asset Management is preparing to challenge a multimillion-pound discrimination claim brought by its former head of legal services.
Are wigs and gowns really necessary?
The top story from the Mipim real estate conference last week?
Hammonds employment chief Sue Nickson has been appointed to the newly created role of chief operations officer (COO).
Edwin Coe and White & Case are gearing up to take legal action against the Government over the compensation packages former Northern Rock shareholders are likely to be offered now the bank has been nationalised.
Baker & McKenzie European director of talent management Chris Lynch is to leave the firm to take on the global HR director role at Herbert Smith. Lynch, who joined Bakers as HR director in 2004, takes up her new position in May.
More than a few real estate lawyers will be nursing hangovers today, but Tulkinghorn expects some will be worse off than others.
The House of Lords has launched a major clean-up of meaningless and defunct laws from the Statute Book.
Three years ago Midlands-based Browne Jacobson had a disappointing level of brand awareness among law students that was leading to a decline in training contract applications. Online applications and feedback at law firms revealed a depressing picture.
The ICC International Court of Arbitration chairman Pierre Tercier has resigned after a disagreement about the future direction of the court.
Ince & Co has promoted three to its partnership, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 85.
It is, and for the last three years has been, a good time to be a shipping associate with Ince & Co. The firm traditionally prefers to promote from within and this year three associates have made the cut.
Leeds-based firm Fox Hayes has commenced legal action against The Sun newspaper on behalf of TV personality Jimmy Savile.
The US legal management consultancy Altman Weil and its London-based affiliate, Jomati have formed a strategic alliance with Bruce MacEwen, founder of the US legal market website, Adam Smith, Esq.
King & Spalding will launch its second office in California when it opens the doors on its San Francisco outpost on 25 March.
Latham & Watkins has promoted seven new lawyers to the partnership, including one in London.
Lawyer 2B has launched a new scheme to help open up the legal profession to state school-educated sixth-formers.
The CMS alliance has bolstered its Middle East presence by launching an association agreement with The Levant Lawyers, the largest law firm in Lebanon.
Five QCs, two other barristers, two senior solicitors and a magistrate have been appointed to the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) to help tackle drugs cheats in UK sports.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell QC has become one of the founding members of new Scottish chambers Terra Firma which was formally launched today (20 March).
FoxMandal Little is the first Indian law firm to launch in London. And with liberalisation on the horizon, international head Som Mandal is looking to take the City by storm
Common law set 9 Gough Square has won a House of Lords ruling enabling a widow to claim damages from her husband's employer after a work accident led to his depression and suicide.
The last time Tulkinghorn dabbled in gambling, he was left hailing a taxi in his underpants in downtown Hong Kong.
Lovells has maintained its relationship with ITV following the departure of relationship partner Hugh Nineham, advising the company on the sale of its share in Liverpool FC website www.liverpoolfc.tv.
Belgian independent firm Lydian has boosted its partnership with hires from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Deloitte.
Payne Hicks Beach client Sir Paul McCartney is to pay estranged wife Heather Mills £24.3m in a divorce settlement determined by High Court judge Mr Justice Bennett.
Heather Mills has failed in her attempt to block the publication of the judgment handed down in her divorce from Paul McCartney.
Not a worried real estate lawyer in sight as Mipim comes around… again
Nabarro has closed a pair of deals, acting for Premier Recruitment International in its £45m offer for competitor Imprint, and representing Chelford Group on its £16m offer from Solarsoft Business Systems.
Nixon Peabody is finalising an aggressive growth strategy that could see the firm launch offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.
In the era of increasing digital dependency, keeping confidential information in the right hands has never been more important. But it would seem that just as major organisations have the capacity to store an ever-greater amount of highly sensitive information, those same organisations have been plagued with a series of oversights, seeing that information go missing.
Olswang has advised new client Arts Alliance Media on five long-term deals to secure the rollout of digital cinema for five studios across Europe.
Olswang is promoting a bumper number of partners this year with a total of 10 associates making it onto the firm's partnership.
Olswang’s promotions reveal the firm’s efforts to become a strategic player in the corporate world, with the department seeing the lion’s share (four out of 10) of internal promotions for the coming year.
Pinsent Masons national head of commercial Simon Pigden has left the firm for the Birmingham office of HBJ Gately Wareing.
What credit crunch? Trainee recruitment is buoyant; for students the law is a safe option. Here's why…
Property slowdown? What property slowdown? 20-March-2008 Good news!It's clearly a good time to be a real estate lawyer. In the latest round of partnership promotions, it was real estate associates who left their colleagues in other practices in the shade.
Beachcroft, Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), Herbert Smith and Morgan Cole have won places on the first ever panel for the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), the independent regulator that licences and monitors IVF, artificial insemination and human embryo research.
Reed Smith Richards Butler has strengthened its relationship with Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co by teaming up on the acquisition of Standard Chartered's Indian asset management business.
The North West is gaining an unwanted reputation as a hotspot for data security lapses. The legal community must take note of the lessons to be learnt
Ian Pittaway is to serve a second term as senior partner of pensions boutique Sacker & Partners, having been asked to do so by the firm's partnership.
Tulkinghorn well knows that barristers like to talk a lot. He supposes that the letters QC should stand for "quite chatty". But even Tulkinghorn was unaware that Blackstone Chambers silk John Howell QC's part-time job across the pond involved a lot of talking.
One prominent lawyer, and no stranger to Tulkinghorn's colourful page, was utterly dismayed by Chelsea's woeful FA Cup defeat by Barnsley last week. But through his tears, said lawyer was able to complete a bit of detective work that piqued Tulkinghorn's interest.
Simmons & Simmons has defended National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) against claims that it was liable for a gambler's £100m of debts.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have scooped lead roles on JPMorgan Chase's acquisition of troubled investment bank Bear Stearns.
Skadden set to launch in Brazil" /Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced today (Tuesday 18 March) that it is opening an office in São Paulo, Brazil. M&A partner Jonathan Bisgaier, a corporate partner and fluent Portuguese speaker, will be the resident head of the São ...
Proposals to create a dedicated business court have thrown the futures of the Commercial Court and Chancery Division into question. But judges' views should be heard prior to any government action
Addleshaw Goddard, Burges Salmon, Denton Wilde Sapte, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith and Norton Rose have all won places on bank giant Standard Chartered's ...
If you weren't a lawyer what would you have been?More relaxed.
South East firm Thomas Eggar has split its management functions into separate strategic and operational arms.
InterLaw, the first diversity network that aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) networks across all law firms, will officially launch tomorrow.
Five years ago US firm Faegre & Benson tied the knot with London firm Hobson Audley in order to grow its capabilities in the UK's capital, but now the honeymoon period is definitely over.
DRI, a national membership organisation that represents more than 22,000 defence trial lawyers and corporate counsel in the US, has launched a European arm.
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Allen and Goetz have walked, but can the finance partners be appeased?
White & Case has won a landmark House of Lords victory that will undermine key points of the UK's extradition treaty with the US.
White & Case has crowned the new heads of its London banking finance team in the wake of the recent resignations of stars Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.
Wragge & Co has appointed nine new partners in its latest round of promotions with the majority being made up in the firm's real estate team.
Wragges' decision to focus on real estate in this year's partnership promotions is indicative that the firm is certainly putting its money where its mouth is.