19 November 2007
UK legal media lesson number six: Christmas is the season to be merry (translation: what happened to law firm parties?).
Tulkinghorn reported last week that the likes of Denton Wilde Sapte, Lovells and Slaughter and May competed in Standard Chartered Bank's rugby competition in September.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is working with some of the biggest names in the music business as part of its work with longstanding pro bono client and homeless chairty Crisis.
Beachcroft has lost its head of technology Nick Holland to rival firm Eversheds.
Four of Birmingham's top commercial law firms have joined forces to launch the city's first pro bono clinic.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has re-enforced its employment team with the hire of Fladgate Fielder's head of employment Adam Lambert and has recruited associate director Emily Benson for its financial services regulatory team from the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) enforcement division.
Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in an age discrimination claim he brought.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has used National Pro Bono Week to launch its first law clinic and to sign up to a pro bono protocol.
Handling the founding partners and the rising stars is a tricky business. Bonelli managing partner Alberto Saravalle is pinning his hopes on teamwork
Media boutique Atkins Solicitors has scored substantial damages for the former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth QC of Matrix chambers.
CMS Cameron McKenna is advising support services company Alfred McAlpine on a proposed £600m offer by rival Carillion.
CMS Cameron McKenna has named Central and Eastern European (CEE) managing partner Duncan Weston as managing partner Dick Tyler's replacement.
Clifford Chance stalled the review of its early retirement packages while it awaited the outcome of the age discrimination case brought against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham, The Lawyer can reveal.
Plans to create a pan-Asian legal process outsourcing (LPO) outfit between Indian law firm Fox Mandal, Hinduja Group and the UK's Centric (now Williams Lea LPO) have dissolved due to strategy differences.
The size of the civil and commercial mediation market has grown by around a third to 3,700 cases per year, compared with 2,700 in 2005.
How much longer can Cravath ignore China? Chances are, if you're reading this on the way home in London, the regular Monday lunchtime meeting of Cravath Swaine & Moore's entire partnership will be just about to start in New York.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP) on its $955m (£461.21m) IPO on the London Stock Exchange, resulting in a post-IPO valuation of NCSP of $4.9bn (£2.34bn).
Dickinson Dees has plundered North East rival Watson Burton to replenish its insolvency team following the retirement of long-serving insolvency partner and head of banking Gordon Sanderson.
Increased shareholder power places a greater burden on company directors, say Neil Mirchandani and Rebecca Huntsman
Dorsey & Whitney has lost its second tax expert within a week with barrister Leslie Allen heading to DLA Piper.
New York magnate and Dundas & Wilson client Donald Trump has scored a major victory in a long-running project to build a £1bn world-class golf development in Aberdeenshire.
Hammonds recently bagged Northern private equity house Endless as a new client. Endless is a formidable venture fronted by respective ex-Andersen and Ernst & Young advisers Garry Wilson and Darren Forshaw with a £135m war chest and an impressive 17 transactions completed in two years.
Eversheds bags sole Threadneedle role" /Eversheds has won another Tyco-style adviser role by becoming the main legal adviser to asset manager Threadneedle.
Fasken Martineau has hired Canada’s former federal minister of international trade and secretary of state for international financial institutions, Jim Peterson, as counsel.
Barnetts is a niche firm, with just one office, two practice areas and only two partners in the equity.
A propensity for hard work, endurance and sparring learned in the corporate department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come in handy for senior associate-turned-boxer Laura Saperstein.
Everyone's been there. You're checking in for your flight home and the guy on the desk asks you if you packed your luggage yourself. Er… as far as you can recall, yes.
DLA Piper's regional NQs" /DLA Piper is preparing to boost the salaries of its regional newly qualified (NQ) lawyers for the second time in six months.
US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised longstanding client London & Stamford Property on its £247.5m AIM flotation.
The long climb of compliance was a key topic for speakers during a series of conferences attended by more than 200 leading in-house counsel and compliance officers in New York and New Jersey in October.
Burges Salmon has landed a role advising the Government on its carbon offsetting policy for Government official and ministerial air travel.
Bristol-based set Guildhall Chambers has posted half-year figures that are 11 per cent up on the same period last year, with the growth driven by its insolvency and commercial teams.
The Government’s loss of 25 million people’s bank and employment details in the post has led to calls for the Information Commission to receive stronger powers.
Hogan & Hartson was on the receiving end of a “shock and awe” advertising campaign last week, with a former client canvassing for others feeling short-changed by the Washington firm.
It may only be November, but that didn't stop department stores playing cheesy carols, the lights being switched on at Oxford Street and Taylor Wessing from shouting about its charitable Christmas efforts.
Commercial firm Howes Percival has announced a 21.5 per cent increase in turnover at the end of its half-year period across all four of the firm's offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.
Real estate lawyers are a pretty mediocre bunch of people.
Ince & Co’s head of marine casualty James Wilson has been chosen to succeed Peter Rogan as the firm’s senior partner in April.
India's largest private bank ICICI has posted its first permanent legal director in London after massively expanding its UK services.
CMS name-dropping row" /A rift over identity has broken out among the CMS network just weeks before its nine firms are due to vote on greater integration.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired the former head of Collyer-Bristow's sports practice to head its commercial legal department.
It seems Lloyds TSB's legal and commercial IT head is partial to a spot of musical chairs. Only a few months after the former Fujitsu general counsel Richard Allnutt joined the group in May, he has moved on.
Jones Day's one-firm policy lures ex-DLA Beijing head" /Former DLA Piper Beijing head Jingzhou Tao joined Jones Day as a partner last week and vowed to increase his focus on international work.
FTSE250 construction company Kier Group is building up its in-house legal strength as it continues to professionalise the team.
Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has handed a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett corporate partner the role of its first ever general counsel.
Latham & Watkins has made up two London associates to its partnership in its latest round of promotions.
Latham & Watkins is bolstering its Italian practice with the hire of five partners from local Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.
Law Society president Andrew Holroyd, who led hundreds of people protesting outside the UK's Pakistan Embassy last weekend (10 November), has launched a petition to condemn the lawlessness in Pakistan.
LG has become the latest London firm to launch an office in Dubai.
Linklaters has launched a volunteering partnership with all 76 schools in Hackney through the borough's education authority.
Linklaters’ lateral hiring policy has borne fruit with two new partners securing one of the biggest buyouts since the credit crunch dried up liquidity.
Linklaters has matched the half-year performance of Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance with an 18 per cent increase in revenues.
Linklaters global head of tax Guy Brannan is standing down after two terms in the role, with partner Yash Rupal set to take up the position.
Linklaters and Norton Rose have secured the merger of two mining giants with assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Litigation boutique Loble Solicitors has closed after its founder Steven Loble quit the firm to join Collyer Bristow.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the latest US firm to announce its global promotions round.
At a recent speech given at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre's first anniversary, the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith reminisced about his early days as a lawyer.
Lovells has made a further hire in its Madrid office with the addition of Carlos Bardavío as a senior associate.
Lovells is to enter Japan’s domestic legal market through a merger with local firm Kubota Law & Patent.
Responding to the OFT's queries over price-fixing allegations is just one of the tasks facing Kier Group's new general counsel. But first Matthew Barton wants to expand his team.
Mayer Brown has appointed a new managing partner in Germany, with banking and finance partner Jörg Wulfken taking control of the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne.
McDonald's head of legal Della Burnside has made her first move to develop the fast food operator's legal function since taking control of the department in June.
Mills & Reeve is set to launch offices in Leeds and Manchester after taking on Addleshaw Goddard's entire family practice in the North West.
Norton Rose partner" /Morgan Lewis & Bockius has snared a corporate finance equity partner from Norton Rose.
As business becomes more globalised, so too does regulation. Jonathan Pickworth looks at the risk impact of this new era
Anti-competitive companies, beware. There is a new regulator in town. It is tough, effective and saves the UK economy more than eight times what it costs the taxpayer.
Olswang has been in the High Court today (20 November) defending Jerry Springer:The Opera producer Jonathan Thoday against accusations of blasphemy.
Pannone & Partners has announced 22 per cent revenue growth at the half-year stage, with income for the full year predicted to reach £52m.
Italian independent firm Pavia e Ansaldo is set to launch its first office in Brussels, becoming the second Italian firm to do so this year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to strengthen its antitrust, competition and trade practice in China with the relocation of London partner Alex Potter to Beijing.
An appraisal at the half-year mark suggests a slowdown in the robust growth that the property sector has enjoyed over the past five years. But the picture has certainly not been uniform across the board.
Money, money, money… It's why we're all in business, but the depth of bad feeling towards law firms' hourly rates is astonishing.
Reed Smith Richards Butler has snared the general counsel of Dubai World as part of a strategy to develop its Islamic finance capabilities.
Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar.
In-house counsel have railed against escalating legal fees, claiming that firms do not care about clients having to pay hugely inflated rates.
Linklaters client Scottish & Newcastle has turned to Swedish arbitration specialist Jacob Melander at Hammarskiöld & Co as its defence against a Heineken-Carlsberg consortium takeover bid hots up.
Salans has raided Taylor Wessing, hiring a five-lawyer team to boost its Paris real estate practice.
Roy Martin QC has retired as the dean of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish bar) after three years.
"Goodbye grey sky, hello blue.
Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its growing roster of partners to 70 following the appointment of Patricia Hawthorn as its new planning and environment partner.
UK partners have hiked their hourly rates by an average of 60 per cent over the past four years, with partners in national firms almost doubling their charge-out rates over the same period.
The knock-on effect of the legal aid reforms has finally struck in a major way, claiming its first victim in the regions. Carter's legal aid reforms, which are supposedly going to ensure better access to justice, have led to Bristol-based set St John's Chambers closing its criminal practice.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Lord Falconer, because I'd have to listen to how it wasn't his fault that the lift got stuck.
SABMiller has passed over longstanding adviser Lovells on its €816m (£583m) bid for the Dutch brewer Grolsch, turning instead to Herbert Smith alliance firm Stibbe.
As the old adage goes, "failing to prepare is preparing to fail". This saying has never been more apparent than in the legal market today, as the UK faces a major overhaul of regulation brought about by the Solicitors' Code of Conduct and - even more critically - the Legal Services Act.
The temporary market has boomed in recent years, making it a career option for all solicitors and a resourcing solution for employers. However, there are questions left unanswered.
Penningtons' Newbury office has been snatched by South East firm Thomas Eggar after internal wranglings over the future strategy of the firm, The Lawyer can reveal.
Travers Smith has lent its support to private equity house 3i in the purchase of a £60m majority stake in designer lingerie chain Agent Provocateur.
With increasing amounts of regulation, firms must adapt to protect themselves from liability risks. By Sandra Neilson-Moore
The in-house team at US defence company Raytheon has negotiated and signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project.
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Lovells has re-elected John Young as the firm's senior partner after he stood unopposed for the position.