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).
Technology boutique Kemp Little has bolstered its IT capabilities with the hire of two senior lawyers from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).
?Waltham Forest Council has named Terry Osborne as its new director of governance and law.
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.
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is planning to open in the Channel Islands this summer, following the lead of offshore rival Appleby.
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.
Ah, Eversheds: selflessly sacrificing its profit margin in order to take care of clients’ needs. That sort of altruism is in short supply.
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.
Having stripped down prior to the recession, Stephenson Harwood is one firm to have entered the economic downturn at its ideal fighting weight
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.
A broader remit has meant Old Mutual GC Meekal Hashmi has had to develop broader shoulders.
Jackson LJ attacks Access to Justice Act with proposals to reverse ATE provisions and cap success fees.
JMW Solicitors has transformed itself from the days when it was a small crime-based practice in the 1970s.
A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept
?A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept.
?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 & Baldwin has hired BP Collins’ former head of litigation Tim Constable.
Mishcon de Reya is making a shock entry into the New York legal market with a litigation outpost in Manhattan.
The Five North East local authorities that make up the Tyne & Wear Metropolitan Authority have appointed their first joint legal panel.
Singapore a strategic imperative for Anglo-Australian giant
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.
?Richard Copson has joined Pannone to head the disability rights legal services team following a move from Glaisyers.
The OFT has hired SJ Berwin senior associate Sheldon Mills as director of mergers.
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.
?Shepherd & Wedderburn has appointed Michael Scott as a partner in the property group.
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.
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.
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.
With many US firms performing far better than predicted for 2009, can the rest of us take heart?
?Bristol firm TLT has announced a move to a new City office, doubling its London capability.
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.
When Clare Maurice was made up at Allen & Overy (A&O) in 1985 she was the sole female partner at the firm.
Winckworth Sherwood has scooped Dawsons employment head Jo Keddie together with a three-lawyer team.
?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.
?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
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
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? An unproductive academic.