18 January 2010

The Lawyer

  • Addleshaws to adapt contingency fees post-Jackson

    18 January 2010

    Addleshaw Goddard is ready to embrace a contingency fee regime if it comes into force in England and Wales, as recommended by Lord Justice Jackson last week (14 January).

  • BLG trio strengthens Kemp Little’s commercial tech team

    18 January 2010

    Technology boutique Kemp Little has bolstered its IT capabilities with the hire of two senior lawyers from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).

  • Brent lawyer moves to Waltham Forest

    18 January 2010

    ?Waltham Forest Council has named Terry Osborne as its new director of governance and law.

  • CHSH votes in female duo as co-heads

    18 January 2010

    Austrian firm Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (CHSH) has elected a ­managing partner duo after Albert Birkner completed his three-and-a-half year tenure in the job.

  • Conyers follows Appleby to Channel Islands

    18 January 2010

    Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is planning to open in the Channel Islands this summer, ­following the lead of ­offshore rival Appleby.

  • Eversheds defends latest outsourcing

    18 January 2010

    Eversheds has argued that its brand will not suffer as a result of plans to expand its commoditised business arm with the launch of a South African joint venture.

  • Eversheds: not Tesco Law

    18 January 2010

    Ah, Eversheds: selflessly sacrificing its profit margin in order to take care of clients’ needs. That sort of altruism is in short supply.

  • Farrers raids City to build corporate service

    18 January 2010

    Farrer & Co has made a rare foray into the lateral hiring market, taking on three partners and a consultant in a bid to beef up its corporate-related practices.

  • Focus: Stephenson Harwood, Modest growth

    18 January 2010

    Having stripped down prior to the recession, Stephenson Harwood is one firm to have entered the economic downturn at its ideal fighting weight

  • HFW builds bridges in Saudi, Abu Dhabi

    18 January 2010

    Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is launching a two-pronged assault on the ­Middle East through the establishment of new associations in both Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

  • Human interest: Meekal Hashmi, Old Mutual

    17-Jan-2010

    A broader remit has meant Old Mutual GC Meekal Hashmi has had to develop broader shoulders.

  • Jackson costs review divides market

    18 January 2010

    Jackson LJ attacks Access to Justice Act with proposals to reverse ATE provisions and cap success fees.

  • JMW solicitors

    18 January 2010

    JMW Solicitors has transformed itself from the days when it was a small crime-based practice in the 1970s.

  • Latent patent

    18 January 2010

    A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept

  • Latent patent

    18 January 2010

    ?A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept.

  • Linklaters announces new Asia chief

    18 January 2010

    ?Stuart Salt, Linklaters’ London-based managing partner for emerging Europe, Middle East and North Africa, will take over as Asia ­managing ­partner next month.

  • Matthew Arnold boosts litigation team

    18 January 2010

    ?Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has hired BP Collins’ former head of ­litigation Tim Constable.

  • Mishcon opens in NY for transatlantic litigation drive

    17-Jan-2010

    Mishcon de Reya is ­making a shock entry into the New York legal market with a litigation outpost in ­Manhattan.

  • North East councils reveal first joint panel

    18 January 2010

    The Five North East local authorities that make up the Tyne & Wear Metropolitan Authority have appointed their first joint legal panel.

  • Norton Rose kicks off Asia push with Singapore switch

    18 January 2010

    Singapore a strategic imperative for Anglo-Australian giant

  • NQ retention rates for spring 2010 hold up well

    17-Jan-2010

    Early indications are that retention rates for spring 2010 qualifiers are down only marginally on last year’s, with the small clutch of firms that have released ­figures reporting rates in the region of 80 per cent.

  • Pannone focuses on disability rights

    18 January 2010

    ?Richard Copson has joined Pannone to head the disability rights legal services team following a move from Glaisyers.

  • People

    18 January 2010

    The OFT has hired SJ Berwin senior ­associate Sheldon Mills as director of ­mergers.

  • Reed Smith spin-off Hill Hofstetter bags ex-chief

    18 January 2010

    Reed Smith’s former UK head Tim Foster has quit for Birmingham-based Hill Hofstetter, which was spun out of Reed Smith at the end of 2008.

  • SJ Berwin property partner joins Shepherds

    18 January 2010

    ?Shepherd & Wedderburn has appointed Michael Scott as a partner in the property group.

  • Stonewall Equality Index reveals just four firms make gay-friendly grade

    18 January 2010

    The publication last week of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) lobbying organisation Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index (TheLawyer.com, 13 January 2010) reveals the progress made by a handful of law firms on promoting more equal workplaces for staff regardless of their ­sexuality.

  • The age-old problem of mandatory retirement

    18 January 2010

    On 1 February, the Government will ­complete its consultation prior to its review of the current UK default ­retirement age (DRA) of 65 for employees.

  • The Baltic triangle

    18 January 2010

    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may be viewed as one by outsiders, and indeed often act as one when it comes to business, but each brings something different to the table.

  • The end is in sight

    18 January 2010

    With many US firms performing far better than predicted for 2009, can the rest of us take heart?

  • TLT makes space for more London lawyers

    18 January 2010

    ?Bristol firm TLT has announced a move to a new City office, doubling its London capability.

  • Tulkinghorn: Odd-shaped balls

    18 January 2010

    Did you know that Guy Beringer won two rugby blues at Cambridge? ­Really? You didn’t? Well, Tulkinghorn considers this a shocking lapse in your knowledge, whoever you are.

  • What happened to A&O’s first female partner?

    18 January 2010

    When Clare Maurice was made up at Allen & Overy (A&O) in 1985 she was the sole female partner at the firm.

  • Winckworth swoops for employment team

    18 January 2010

    Winckworth Sherwood has scooped Dawsons employment head Jo ­Keddie together with a three-lawyer team.

  • Winston introduces technology-based fee monitor

    18 January 2010

    ?In last week’s column (11 January) we highlighted the moves being made by the Association of Corporate Counsel to improve the value for money its ­members receive from external law firms.

  • Wire guard

    18 January 2010

    ?Illegal downloading of copyrighted material is now being tackled by the Government with a new bill. Hamish Porter takes a look at what it contains

  • Wire guard

    18 January 2010

    Illegal downloading of copyrighted material is now being tackled by the Government with a new bill. Hamish Porter takes a look at what it contains

  • Work Life Quiz: David Robinson, Forsters

    17-Jan-2010

    If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? An unproductive ­academic.