18 June 2007
A former Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer has had a prisoner's death sentence repealed two years after the lawyer's death.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has continued its expansion in the Middle East, opening its second office in a month through a raid on Simmons & Simmons in Abu Dhabi.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has cemented a strategic relationship with Irish group Quinlan as the acquisitive property investment company opens a London office.
Ashurst and Sacker & Partners played significant roles in ending the conflict between Boots Pension Scheme trustees and the KKR-led consortium buying Alliance Boots.
Ashurst has released its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures for the last financial year, announcing a massive 36 per cent rise to just shy of £1m.
Ashurst client Cerberus's acquisition of troubled software retailer Torex has meant the company's administrating banks have been able to recover most of their money.
Queensland-based firm Carter Newell is looking to take advantage of a new state law allowing firms to incorporate by the end of the year.
Baker & McKenzie has confirmed that former Warsaw managing partner Tomasz Ujejski has resigned from the firm.
The Bar Council has launched a working party to probe the impact on the bar from competitive tendering and 'one case one fee' for legal aid work.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to overhaul its code of conduct for barristers for the first time since it was published in 1981, setting aside three years for the project.
US firm Bingham McCutchen has announced its merger with Tokyo based insolvency firm New Tokyo International Law Office.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has introduced a new management level of associate director as part of the firm’s continued shake-up.
The much-anticiapted launch of the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani has gone ahead after the Houston firm raided Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s City offering for two associates.
A raft of lawyers have joined footballer Ryan Giggs and Ian Botham on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The revolving door is in full swing at Clifford Chance's London competition team. The group has lost two star partners from its junior ranks in as many months.
Newly combined Egg and Citibank's UK consumer arm has appointed Tom Crane as its new head of legal.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elbowed aside Ashurst and Linklaters to emerge as lead counsel to Rusal in a twist in the saga to secure an instruction on the Russian aluminium giant's London listing.
Clifford Chance has broken the US's stranglehold on advising global private equity buyouts, making it onto the global leveraged buyout (LBO) leaderboard in terms of value in the second quarter of 2007.
Tulkinghorn has always wondered about Americans' love for their presidential campaigning. How can anyone get so excited about something that drags on and on for so long? (Actually, Tulkinghorn himself is a big cricket fan, so perhaps he should understand.)
If law firms were characters from fiction, CMS Cameron McKenna would definitely make a good Pollyanna. While the majority of City firms were posting double-digit growth in their year-end financials, Camerons managed a mere 6.5 per cent increase to £197m. Most firms might be a little down in the mouth when hit with disappointing results, but don't think for one moment that managing partner Dick Tyler is gloomy.
Disaster struck Baker & McKenzie's London office last week when, according to a desperate message, all of its copies of The Lawyer were ruined in a freak milk spillage accident.
With its ever-expanding remit, Which? legal chief Deborah Prince is looking for a team to keep up with the needs of the charity. By Jon Parker.
Denton Wilde Sapte's head of energy and projects for the Gulf region has left the firm to join Baker Botts in its Dubai office.
The derivatives market has moved a step closer to gaining a standardised set of global guidance rules, with the consultation period for the new principles closing last Friday (14 June).
New York-headquartered Dewey Ballantine has continued its hiring spree by taking on a new head of IP litigation and two partners from Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi.
The lengthy process of resolution of discrimination disputes will be revamped following the release of the Discrimination Law Review (DLR) consultation paper on 12 June.
Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Portuguese ally Vieira de Almeida & Associados have split following a review of both firms' international strategies.
DLA Piper has lost its Spanish real estate head, after Javier Ibanez decided to quit the firm and consider other business opportunities.
DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts.
DMH Stallard and its financial services partner Kip Stenning are being sued by US life settlement company Neuma under racketeering and fraud laws.
Dundas & Wilson has set a new benchmark by posting a revenue of £60.8m for the 2006-07 financial year, a rise of 15 per cent on the previous year's £53m.
Denton Wilde Sapte and Hammonds have scooped the lead roles on the £81.6m takeover of Manchester City by former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has launched its partnership in Saudi Arabia by joining forces with a local practice and scooping a Fulbright & Jaworski senior associate to head the office.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) beat Slaughter and May to score its first mandate advising food and drink giant Cadbury Schweppes.
Eversheds has boosted its IP practice with the hire of Slaughter and May senior associate Dominic Dryden as partner.
Farrer & Co has announced a 7 per cent turnover increase and a 12 per cent hike in profit per equity partner (PEP).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has rolled out its first-ever bonus scheme for associates and is in the process of reviewing its base salaries.
The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) has bolstered its advisory board with the addition of chancery judge Mr Justice David Richards.
Thanks go out to the anonymous tipster who told Tulkinghorn about a recent conference in Brussels, where the delegates were peppered with the usual array of banal corporate freebies such as pens, memory sticks and no doubt really tasteful cufflinks.
It is Friday afternoon at The Lawyer and Irwin Mitchell is kindly offering some direct experience of what the world may be like after the introduction of the Legal Services Act: "Thank you for dialling zero, call centre assistance. Press 'one' to speak with the next available adviser."
The former head of legal at ABN Amro, Laurie Adams, has resurfaced at a coaching and mentoring consultancy alongside former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Jeremy Thomas. Outside Insight, which opened its doors for business today, is offering a "lawyers for lawyers" service by providing confidential mentoring to focus on a lawyer's career aspects, and coaching, which will deal with a lawyer's ...
Baker & McKenzie's former chairman Christine Lagarde has been promoted to finance minister in Nicolas Sarkozy's French government, the first woman to hold the post in the country.
Freshfields has lost its second European IP partner in as many weeks, after Matteo Orsingher quit the Milan office to set up his own practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has today (18 June) helped secure Cinven’s victory in an intense auction process to buy 26 Bupa hospitals.
Freshfields has undergone a tumultuous 12 months that could have rocked lesser firms. But chief executive Ted Burke believes the firm can use recent events as a springboard to bigger things
Tulkinghorn was shocked to hear from a close friend, who just happens to be a night security guard for Lovells, that a sex bombshell was dropped in the run-up to the firm's annual office party last month.
Leading Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has revamped its top leadership structure, introducing the separate roles of senior and managing partner for the first time.
A Halliwells team led by corporate partner Matthew Puhar has advised China Central Properties (CCP) on its admission to AIM. The company raised $500m (£253.31m) on flotation - $300m (£151.99m) in equity and $200m (£101.32m) in five-year convertible bonds. Puhar, who was assisted on the deal by solicitor Kirsty Shannon, said the company's business interests are based in Hong Kong and mainland China, and that he hopes the listing will bolster institutional appetite for offerings ...
Hammonds and Sacker & Partners are giving legal advice to Sea Containers' pension funds after the Pensions Regulator took steps towards making the company meet the scheme's deficits.
Hammonds has followed through on its threat to sue a group of 14 partners who it alleges owe the firm money.
After a split, particularly one splashed all over the press, there's nothing better than rubbing your one-time partner's nose in it by flaunting a radical new image.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost its second European partner to a US firm in a week after Paris IP head Xavier Buffet Delmas defected to Hogan & Hartson.
The Indian Government is in discussions about allowing firms to convert to LLP status in the latest move that would pave the way for liberalisation of the country's legal system.
The planned visit by the Indian minister of law and justice that was originally scheduled for mid-June has now been postponed.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) has agreed to move to Allen & Overy’s former offices at One New Change.
The London office of US firm Kaye Scholer has left arch-rival Schulte Roth & Zabel with only one lawyer in its London tax practice after poaching associate Daniel Lewin as a partner.
Latham & Watkins has boosted its Munich office with the hire of Shearman & Sterling finance ace Andreas Diem, who becomes the firm’s third European partner hire this month.
Latham & Watkins has lost its project development and finance group head to a private equity fund.
Latham & Watkins has doubled its Spanish partnership, raiding Lovells for administrative law partner Antonio Morales.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has poached Vinson & Elkins energy partner Dirk Walker to beef up its Beijing presence.
Energy group Linde has hired Christian Rau from Johnson & Johnson to replace outgoing general counsel Nick Deeming.
Linklaters has raided the Paris offices of rival Gide Loyrette Nouel to boost its litigation and arbitration practice.
Linklaters has appointed London finance partner Tony Bugg as its new global head of restructuring and insolvency, the firm has announced.
Linklaters has won a role advising on a groundbreaking sukuk in the Malaysian market. The firm advised lead arrangers HSBC and UBS on Malayan Banking Berhad's (Maybank) $300m (£152.41m) subordinated sukuk. Linklaters also advised HSBC as the international trustee. Lead partner on the deal Luma Saqqaf, who is also global head of Islamic finance at Linklaters, said: "The huge and diverse demand ...
Linklaters has scooped a second banking star from archrival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the capture of partner Brian Gray.
Linklaters just can't stop those raids on Freshfields. As we reveal today, star finance partner Brian Gray is joining the hungriest finance practice in the magic circle (See story).
The former head of Littleton Chambers Michel Kallipetis QC has teamed up with the set's former chief executive David Douglas to launch Independent Mediators, a mediation outfit.
Chief legal counsel and head of external affairs for FTSE100 mining company BHP Billiton John Fast is to retire in the new financial year.
Lovells has fended off rivals Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer to bag a lead role on the purchase of Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.
Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has swooped for Lovells Tokyo managing partner Tim Lester.
The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill.
The London office of McDermott Will & Emery has won the lead role on a High Court trademark dispute over the rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship name.
Mishcon de Reya has smashed the mid-market trend for average profit per equity partner (PEP) with an astonishing 70 per cent increase on 2005-06 to £698,000.
Global warming is no longer the biggest concern for the North Pole's polar bears. Now the endangered not-so-cuddly critters face the calamity of an invasion of offshore lawyers.
Nabarro offers second chance to trainees" /In the spring Nabarro launched a recruitment initiative to target would-be trainees who might have missed the application deadline for training contracts. Historically, like many firms, we have recruited our trainees two years in advance. Last year was no exception. ...
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) technology partner David Naylor has been doing a spot of DIY in the firm's office in virtual reality world Second Life. Without so much as a single blob of Blu Tack, he has started putting job ads up on the walls. The advertisements are virtual replicas of the real-life magazine versions.
Olswang has cemented its relationship with longstanding client Richard Caring by advising on the sale of his Strada restaurant chain and the acquisition of leisure company Mark Birley Holdings. Corporate partner Tina Cowen led the team on the Strada sale, assisted by associates and trainees in the corporate, employment, tax and real estate practices. The Strada business has been sold to restaurant ...
The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill, but on the whole calls the Government's aims laudable.
O'Melveny & Myers has swooped for two Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) litigation partners, including its head of international litigation David Kavanagh.
Studio Legale Padovan has become the first Italian law firm to launch a presence in Turkey, sending associate Rosario Sapuppo to open the Istanbul office.
Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department.
The future of the FSA's City regulation is being thrashed out. By Margaret Taylor
LG, the firm formerly known as Lawrence Graham, has become one of the few firms in the City to post flat revenue growth and a reduced profit for 2006-07.
Even if you have a short holiday, the office can change quickly and be quite a different place by the time you come back. Freshfields IP head Avril Martindale may have that feeling when she gets back from her sabbatical in September. She will return to an IP department with at least two fewer partners than when she left.
A few lawyers out there share something in common with Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ian 'Beefy' Botham.
Two former Rowe Cohen partners have left the firm to launch a specialist personal injury (PI) practice.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has failed to hit its projected £55m turnover, posting a flat result for 2006-07 of £52.9m.
If there's a new innovation in personal injury, the chances are that RJW's Neil Kinsella has got something to do with it
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has scooped a role advising longstanding private equity client the Blackstone Group on its US IPO.
SJ Berwin has announced a 10 per cent increase in profit per equity partner (PEP) and a turnover hike of 22 per cent.
SJ Berwin's real estate team is advising FTSE100 company British Land on its £406.3m disposal of City office space.
Baker & McKenzie and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have engaged in a tug of war over Bakers' former managing partner Tom Ujejshi.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is proposing amendments to conflict of interest rules in real estate transactions less than a month before its new code of conduct launches.
Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton had a record year in 2006-07, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) pushing through the £300,000 mark.
The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer has announced that work has begun on the new Supreme Court.
Taylor Wessing chief targets second term" /The UK arm of Taylow Wessing is gearing up for a managing partner election, and incumbent Michael Frawley has indicated that he will stand for another year.
During an episode of The Apprentice earlier this month, five of the candidates competing to become Sir Alan Sugar's next apprentice in a £100,000-a-year job were whittled down to two. Each candidate was put through three gruelling interviews and then faced Sugar in the boardroom to hear his decision.
The Guardian News and Media (GNM) group has ramped up its in-house legal team with the hire of barrister Korieh Duodu.
South east firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has posted a year-end turnover growth of around 20 per cent.
UK firms could be winning the battle for talent, as exclusive research by The Lawyer reveals that only 7 per cent of associates found US firms to be the most attractive employers.
Wallace has acted for Enic International on its purchase of Sir Alan Sugar's remaining shares in football club Tottenham Hotspur. Enic, owned by the family trust of international investor Joseph Lewis and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, instructed a team led by Wallace managing partner Rex Newman on the £25m purchase from Amshold, owned by Sugar and his family. The latest sale raised Enic's holding from 54 to 66 per cent. Herbert Smith acted for Amshold, while Tottenham was advised ...
Newcastle-based Ward Hadaway has announced a 10 per cent improvement in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 16 per cent increase in turnover for the last financial year.
Watson Burton has boosted its fledgling London office with the hire of KSB Law commercial property partner Caroline Summerfield.
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Weil Gotshal & Manges has made a bold play to reposition itself in the recruitment market by offering newly qualified lawyers an astonishing £90,000 annual salary.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) and Chadbourne & Parke are in merger talks to create a transatlantic projects powerhouse with the aim of dominating the burgeoning energy ...
The last time Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) was in anything resembling serious merger talks was with Simmons & Simmons in 2002.
US firm Chadbourne & Parke has re-elected its managing partner Charles O’Neill for another three year term.
Today's edition of The Lawyer revealed Watson Farley & Williams' (WFW) ambitions with news of the firm's merger talks with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke.
With a number of countries breaking down barriers on cross-border white-collar crime, UK nationals who breach their codes could find themselves facing foreign justice. By Robert Goldspink, Thierry Dalmasso and Mark Bravin
The confiscation penalties under the Proceeds of Crime Act highlight the UK Government's commitment to tackling organised crime. By Gareth Rees QC and Jason Mansell
Carousel trading costs the EU more than £40bn a year. And governments are still struggling to clamp down on the practice. By Monty Raphael and Neil Swift
White-collar work crime has seen a raft of changes in recent months. A year on from its establishment, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) - regarded as the UK's answer to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation - has started to prove that it is a powerful new weapon to target white-collar criminals and the profits made through organised crime.
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