18 May 2009
Our story last week about Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co hiring two corporate partners set TheLawyer.com’s Backchat discussion board alight.
Herbert Smith and Ashurst have won places on the $457m (£303m) cash call made by platinum miner Lonmin.
Baker & McKenzie has concluded its redundancy consultation, resulting in the loss of 70 jobs.
Public sector legal services have seen a revolution recently. Francis Fernandes tells Kit Chellel how he’s steering Northampton Borough Council through the modernisation
Burges Salmon commercial partner John Smith has left the firm to become chief executive of the Avon and Somerset Police Authority.
Clifford Chance and Linklaters have scored lead roles on Travis Perkins’ £300m rights issue.
Having reported many times on the financial plight of law centres and legal advice agencies The Lawyer is now taking part in the London Legal sponsored walk 2009.
Cardiff firm Hugh James has lost commercial litigation and insolvency head Ian Herbert to local rival Darwin Gray.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised Vodafone Qatar on its $950m (£621m) IPO on the Doha Securities Market - one of the first multinational companies to list on a Middle East exchange.
Corporate partner David Hardie has been elected as non-executive chairman of Dundas & Wilson.
Blackpool Council has dropped Eversheds as its external legal partner and appointed Trowers & Hamlins and Weightmans.
United Arab Emirates firm Al Tamimi has reopened its office in Baghdad three years after the Iraqi security situation forced the firm’s lawyers in the country to withdraw.
Retrieving cash from the fraudster’s companies is proving challenging.
Recent cases in Jersey have highlighted the need for perspective and pragmatism in small jurisdictions, says David Cadin
When Shoosmiths decided not to pay compensation to trainees for deferring their start dates, it could hardly have imagined the collateral damage it would cause
Prospects for aspiring trainees have taken a turn for the worse with Allen & Overy (A&O) becoming the latest firm to close its applications before the traditional July deadline.
Partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer bill up to £715 an hour for their work advising the Bank of England, The Lawyer has discovered after requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Battle commences as one partner rejects £2.3m cash call following collapse of volume business
Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons have been called in to advise on a dispute between fund manager Bramdean Alternatives and property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz.
Kaplan Law School has signed Manches to its Legal Practice Course (LPC) client list less than a month after it struck a similar deal with Trowers & Hamlins.
It was always unlikely that Aberdeen-headquartered firm Ledingham Chalmers was going to match its stellar financial performance of the 2007-08 financial year.
Linklaters will have to pay up to £50m in compensation to departing partners, as new details emerge of the cost of the firm’s New World restructure.
The London office of international accountancy firm Mazars has appointed its first-ever legal head after hiring an in-house lawyer from Grant Thornton.
The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are joining forces for the first time to create a joint legal panel.
But optimism at the firm is the official line.
Move of the weekClyde & Co corporate partner Tim Matthews has joined the London office of US firm WilmerHale. He arrives as a partner in the corporate group and will work under UK head of corporate Joe Pillman. The hire increases the size of WilmerHale’s London corporate offering by a third, bringing the number of City partners to three.
The “knee-jerk slashing of partnership positions” (The Lawyer, 11 May) this year was kind of inevitable, given the torrid economic conditions in the global economy.
Will justice ever be seen to be done when a profession regulates itself? Nicholas Braslavsky QC of Kings Chambers says it’s time for the independent regulation of healthcare professionals
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?A ladies’ hairdresser.
Sullivan & Cromwell was deservedly lauded in this year’s Transatlantic Elite for its string of roles at the heart of the global financial crisis.
This is nothing short of a debacle. When Shoosmiths decided to defer its September 2009 intake of trainees it was not alone; as we reveal today, plenty of firms have done the same.
Vacancies for training contracts for 2011-12 are set for a dramatic fall as the number of law firms deferring trainee start dates continues to rise.
London-based boutique Trinity International has made its first-ever partner promotion with the addition of corporate lawyer Conrad Marais.
Last week The Lawyer News Daily email marked the arrival of Carol Ann Duffy as the first female Poet Laureate by highlighting some gifted wordsmiths among those in the legal profession.
The bid for EU accession is forcing Turkey to rethink its unfriendly attitude to foreign law firms. Julia Berris reports
Vodafone UK has appointed former Telefonica Europe general counsel Justine Campbell as its legal and government affairs director.
Offshore giant Walkers has overhauled its management structure in a radical move that will see the firm adopt a global practice hierarchy.
Weightmans has pushed back its 2009 promotions from May to November, with managing partner Patrick Gaul citing the need to give the process more time.