18 July 2011

The Lawyer

  • A&O, Links guide energy company Ophir’s debut on London exchange

    18 July 2011

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters took the advisory roles in the London IPO of Africa-focused oil and gas company Ophir Energy.

  • Bar suffers knock-on effects of fees squeeze

    18 July 2011

    Growth at the bar has slowed over the past ­financial year as a result of litigators piling pressure on fees to get the best deals for clients.

  • BLG flight team saga: legal threat seen as bold play prior to Clydes merger vote

    18 July 2011

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) aggressive move in threatening legal action against its departing ­aviation team will send shockwaves through the insurance sector.

  • BLG’s threat of legal action steps up aviation row

    18 July 2011

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is set to launch a breach of fiduciary duty action against its departing aviation team after it decided to defect to rival Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW)

  • Board games

    18 July 2011

    Independent directorships for hedge funds are in the spotlight as investors express concerns about governance.

  • Branching out

    17-Jul-2011

    European firms are cutting their family ties to make way for the new blood of the future

  • Camerons spurned City for a cheaper address

    18 July 2011

    CMS Cameron McKenna turned down a building in the heart of the legal district for its new City offices in favour of a cheaper alternative in Shoreditch.

  • Cayman able

    18 July 2011

    Alasdair Robertson and Tina Meigh look at the three big questions lenders should be asking with regard to custody of assets in Cayman vehicles

  • CC and SJ Berwin lead as British Land buys 17 Virgin sports clubs

    18 July 2011

    Clifford Chance and SJ Berwin scooped headline roles as British Land acquired 17 Virgin Active racket clubs for £179m from health club chain New Esporta Holdings.

  • Choice locations

    18 July 2011

    The economic climate has seen investors become more proactive in pinning down their centres of main interest.

  • Eastern time

    18 July 2011

    Channel Islands-incorporated businesses will find all the expertise required to help them list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

  • End of an era for Nabarro as Paradise resigns from top spot

    18 July 2011

    Nabarro managing partner Nicky Paradise is to retire from her role this summer, prompting a shake-up of the firm’s ­management.

  • Enter Story Headline

    18 July 2011

  • Freshfields shortens logo ahead of 2012

    18 July 2011

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is revamping its branding so it will be identified simply as Freshfields on third-party websites and banners, including those on display at next year’s London Olympics.

  • Gib boom

    17-Jul-2011

    Since the implementation of the Gibraltar Financial Services (Experienced Investor Fund) Act (2005), the territory’s ­Experienced Investor Fund (EIF) has proved a popular vehicle among the ­international investment management ­community.

  • Hilex launch and Pedersoli expansion signals change for Italy’s independents

    18 July 2011

    The Italian independent law firm market has undergone a shake-up, with the creation of a new firm and the merger of two existing practices.

  • Keeping clients sweet pays off for partners at Bakers

    18 July 2011

    Baker & McKenzie has overhauled its global remuneration system, rewarding partners who focus on major international clients with an additional slug of money.

  • King & Spalding acts on Mecca development

    18 July 2011

    King & Spalding has advised on the first phase of a $27bn ($17bn) real estate development in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

  • Kingsley Napley partner advises Rebekah Brooks after phone-hacking arrest

    17-Jul-2011

    Kingsley Napley partner Stephen Parkinson has been instructed by former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks following her arrest in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

  • Latin love-in

    18 July 2011

    It is estimated that more than 15,120 Latin Americans have an individual worth exceeding $30m (£19m), with their combined wealth amounting to at least $2.3tr.

  • Magrath takes on ex-Clarke Willmott boss

    18 July 2011

    Former Clarke Willmott chief executive David Sedgwick has been appointed CEO of niche immigration firm Magrath.

  • Medic aide: Paul Newton, Bupa

    17-Jul-2011

    Healthcare specialist Bupa’s general counsel Paul Newton is keeping the pressure on his panel firms.

  • Met demands cut-price rates as scandal hots up

    18 July 2011

    Police force risks cutting quality of advice in wake of phone-hacking

  • Met’s false economy

    18 July 2011

    You can just imagine the uproar if the Metropolitan Police had assembled a legal panel littered with the City’s elite.

  • On the move

    18 July 2011

    IP expert David Dew has joined Morgan Cole in Oxford from London firm Charles Russell.

  • Payne Hicks keeps Team GB sailors buoyant

    17-Jul-2011

    If all you want out of the ­London 2012 Olympics is to see Great Britain win a gold, then a good bet would be to keep an eye on the sailing.

  • Pinsents bags solo role on broadband project

    18 July 2011

    Pinsent Masons has won the role to act as sole legal adviser on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) £530m project to deliver super-fast broadband across the UK.

  • Reputation matters

    18 July 2011

    Injunctions in the Channel Islands might not involve celebrities, but that doesn’t mean there’s no drama involved.

  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society invites tenders for first panel

    18 July 2011

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is looking to put together its first legal panel, with the move coming shortly after the arrival of its first general counsel.

  • Salaried partner contributions help to clarify legal status

    18 July 2011

    The news in The Lawyer last week that SNR Denton’s UK non-equity partners will be asked to contribute capital to make everyone feel like they have a stake in the merger may have a benefit for the firm beyond that ­stated aim and extra working capital.

  • Schultze & Braun

    18 July 2011

    Achern-headquartered Schultze & Braun dealt recently with a challenging insolvency case for Saar-Gummi Group, a leading maker of sealing systems for cars

  • Senior, junior or in the middle: the battle goes on

    18 July 2011

    IMO, European Directories and WorldPay have done little to sort out intercreditor disagreements.

  • Shearman hires new blood for ECM launch

    18 July 2011

    Shearman & Sterling is launching a UK equity ­capital markets practice with the hire of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Monica McConville.

  • Sitting pretty

    18 July 2011

    Joanne Harris dissects the most recent rankings of offshore firms’ listed clients

  • Stewarts Law bumps up cash call by £50k

    18 July 2011

    Litigation boutique Stewarts Law asked its ­equity partners for an extra £50,000 last year to fund the firm’s rapid and ­continuing expansion.

  • Thrill of the trace

    18 July 2011

    It’s important to get experts on board when it comes to tracking down and retrieving offshore assets

  • Top cats

    18 July 2011

    Cat bonds, which cover the risk of natural disasters, have become big business offshore. Anthony Smyth and Philip Paschalides report on Irish and Cayman dominance in the sector

  • Tulkinghorn: Willing and Able

    18 July 2011

    Tulkinghorn knows the best way to make a good impression on your vacation scheme is to agree to do absolutely ­everything that is asked of you.

  • Winning trusts

    18 July 2011

    Case law concerning offshore trusts in matrimonial disputes can be tricky to navigate, necessitating trustees’ lawyers’ full attention.

  • Work Life Quiz: Juliette Peters, Howard Kennedy

    17-Jul-2011

    What was your first-ever job? Paralegal at Wright Webb Syrett during the ­university holidays.