2 April 2007
British Telecom (BT) has been quietly ramping up its respected in-house team. In January it scooped David Ross, the Europe, Middle East and Africa general counsel of Orange Business Services, formerly known as Equant.
•5 Essex Court has recruited Simon Walsh and Elliot Gold to the police law, employment law and personal injury teams from Bridewell Chambers. Beatrice Colliers joins chambers following the completion of her pupillage. Meanwhile, Jason Beer, Jeremy Johnson and Alan Payne have been appointed to the Attorney General's panel.
A consortium of top non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has warned that a global initiative to control arms trading will be meaningless if it does not include a ban on the arms transfers that fuel human rights abuses and conflicts.
Australian firm Slater & Gordon is set to become the world's first full-service law firm to float on a stock exchange.
Just their luck. With what could be the biggest-ever European merger currently being bashed out by Dutch banking giant ABN Amro and Barclays, the Netherlands isintroducing a new takeover code, which is set to come into force on 1 May.
Allen & Overy's (A&O) Tokyo office has sourced a valuable Japanese client, which the firm has just advised on its first European acquisition.
Birmingham City Council's legal team is targeting a trading surplus of £500,000 within three years - more than any other local authority's legal team in the UK.
Berwin Leighton Paisner and Nabarro have won places on the Hermes Real Estate panel, joining retained firms Lawrence Graham and Maxwell ...
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has swooped for Herbert Smith real estate star Chris De Pury.
Niche pensions firm Sacker & Partners has poached a senior Clifford Chance associate as part of a concerted recruitment drive.
Scottish firm Brodies has re-elected its management team and hired Morton Fraser finance partner Jeremy Fraser.
•Bryan Cave is looking for new London offices after hitting its 2007 recruitment target in just three months. Partner Robert Wieder joins the international firm's London base as one of six new recruits, having moved from Field Fisher Waterhouse ...
Clifford Chance has unexpectedly announced its promotions ahead of the Easter break, making up 38 to the partnership, exactly the same amount as last year.
Charles Russell has clinched a win for the Football Association (FA) in the Court of Appeal against England footballer Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford.
CMS Cameron McKenna has reversed its poor showing of promotions last year, making up 10 to its partnership.
Talking of mad commutes, try this one. Tulkinghorn always knew there was a disproportionate number of outrageous individuals at Travers Smith. Word is that the partners suddenly get health-conscious aged around 45.
•The first 'Tesco law-style' legal service was launched last week (30 March) by the Co-operative Group as it takes advantage of the Clementi reforms. The group, which owns the Co-op supermarket chain, opened its new legal services head office in Bristol. The draft Legal Services Bill is expected to pave the way for Co-op to use its high street brand to offer a full range of legal products. It currently offers limited legal services such as will writing and employs 68 staff, ...
Nabarro has elected seven associates to the partnership, the biggest number in two years, bringing the firm's total to 127.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is the latest magic circle firm to announce its partnership promotions, making up 32 of its associates. It also announced its first-ever counsel promotions in its London office.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is defending Deutsche Bank against claims made by two of its senior executives that the bank cheated them out of a special bonus worth e5m (£3.38m).
Dewey Ballantine’s New York headquarters has raided Reed Smith for a second time in a month.
The introduction of tiered salaries for newly qualified lawyers by MOP highlights the growing competition for recruits in Dublin's legal market
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) beat magic circle rivals to land a lead role on the latest outgoing Indian acquisition, Havell's' $300m (£152.65m) purchase of SLI Sylvania.
Bonelli Erede Pappalardo client Enel and German utility E.ON, advised by Perez-Llorca, have come together to carve up Endesa in what should be one of the final chapters of the 18-month saga to gain control of the Spanish utility company.
Eversheds makes history with 30 promotions" /Eversheds has promoted 30 associates to the partnership in what is the firm's largest ever promotional round.
Firms in the UK have puzzled over a single question for many years: European alliance or own offices?
Richards Butler has completed its final financial figures as an independent firm prior to this year’s merger with US firm Reed Smith.
Want to know the latest in exclusive clubs? Well, it's the Friday night flight from Heathrow to Aberdeen.
The perils of dining with celebrities are manifold.
Hammonds has been hit by four more partner exits as the partnership's agreed date for equity partner resignations comes around.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will set up associate-led groups to discuss best working practice as a result of the firm's inaugural associate conference.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is parachuting a top-level corporate partner into its Tokyo office to stimulate a renewed focus on its Japanese offering.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has doubled the amount of promotions it made last year, announcing that it has made up 22 new partners.
Feel that balmy buzz in the air today?
IT contractor Fujitsu Services has boosted its in-house legal team with a double partner hire, scooping Olswang technology partner Clive Davies and CMS Cameron McKenna technology, media and telecoms ...
Good to see Helen Mahy of GC100 fame was on sparkling form at an otherwise deeply serious lecture on alternative business structures last month at the College of Law."Talk of lawyers going into partnership with other professionals reminds me of the old joke about the vet and the taxidermist going into business together," quipped Mahy. "At least you're guaranteed to get your pet back."Talk of Clementi could not fail to be duller after that.
Forget the prospect of Easter eggs and hot cross buns.
•Clifford Chance has lost global head of IP Daniel Harris following the closure of the Palo Alto outpost. Harris was set to relocate to the firm's 47-lawyer office in Washington DC, but decided to stay in California to pursue various options. A Clifford Chance spokeswoman confirmed Harris's departure, but stressed the importance of the IP practice to the magic circle firm. Clifford Chance ...
•Hammonds has appointed former Capgemini's UK CEO Clive Williams as a non-executive director. Williams comes to the firm as part of its campaign to stabilise following a debilitating series of partner losses in the past two years. Williams was also formerly a managing partner at Ernst & Young UK. He will sit on the partnership board alongside non-executive chairman Crawford Gillies. Hammonds hired planning and environmental barrister Penny Jewkes last month along with assistants ...
Hammonds has replaced two members of its central partnership board.
Having steered Network Rail's legal team through the wake of the Railtrack debacle, Hazel Walker can turn her attention to the future - in particular the 2012 Olympics. By Amy Dry
Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has merged with London shipping and transport boutique Shaw & Croft.
The London office of US firm Hunton & Williams has launched a tax practice with the hire of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) partner Charles Elphicke.
Virginia-headquartered Hunton & Williams will be the main beneficiary of the fallout from Texas firm Jenkens & Gilchrist, taking on 93 of its 124 lawyers.
Concerns have been raised that lawyers will fall foul of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) due to their ignorance of the major changes coming into force at the end of this week.
Ince & Co's London office has picked up six of the seven firmwide partnership promotions following a barren round this time last year.
The appetite for shares in Slater & Gordon is insatiable.
It's been promotions mayhem this week and the subject has been dominating Lawyer News Daily. Judging by the immense amount of hits these stories are getting, they've struck a chord. So, as we head in to the Easter holidays, here's one more for the road.
US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has pulled out of the CVC-led consortium that is mulling an £9.5bn offer for J Sainsbury, the UK's third-largest supermarket.
US company Kraft Foods has hired its first global patent chief, taking on Clinton Hallman from cigarette maker Philip Morris.
Liverpool City Council is embarking on a major strategic review of its legal services provision after failing to hire a new city solicitor.
Linklaters has promoted 38 of its senior associates to the partnership, with almost two-thirds of the new partners being based outside London, it has been announced.
Linklaters advised National Grid on the £2.5bn sale of its mobile mast business to Australian bank Macquarie - the owner of Britain's second largest mast network Arqiva.
The new Secretary of State for Justice has confirmed that he will remain in the role of Lord Chancellor when taking up his newly formed post.
Lovells has scooped a big win in advising the British Casinos Association (BCA) on the hearing against the Government's rules surrounding the new super-casinos.
Lovells has promoted a record number of associates to its partnership with an astounding 31 new partners making up for the 35 who quit the firm in 2006.
The LuxembOurg Stock Exchange is gearing up to take on London as the Western capital of Islamic finance with relaxed documentation rules for sukuk bonds.
Boston-headquartered Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has raided the Silicon Valley office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal just a day after the latter firm opened for business there. Corporate partners Matt Kirmayer and Jason Altieri are moving to Mintz Levin's Palo Alto office after setting up Sonnenschein's Silicon Valley offering just three months ago. That office officially launched yesterday.
The London arm of US-based Morgan Lewis & Bockius has expanded its associate engagement programme to provide all associates with a mentor as part of an 'active education' programme.
US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has finally hooked up with former SunGard general counsel Lawrence Gross, having lent him to client and IT company KLA-Tencor for a stint as interim chief counsel.
Coming to a Ritzy near you soon: Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the Movie. Yes, it's true: lawyers from one of the US's finest firms will soon be played by actors up on the silver screen.
•Former head of No5 Chambers Harry Wolton QC is set to return to the Birmingham-based set. Wolton, who headed No5 in the 1980s, leaves London-based set 2-3 Grays Inn Square after 13 years to return to his roots. The return of Wolton, who was the first-ever planning silk in Birmingham, continues No5'sexpansion of its planning group, which now has 191 ...
Norton Rose project partner Simon Currie led a team advising Société Générale, Calyon and Royal Bank of Scotland on financing the UK's first bioethanol plant. Clifford Chance project finance partner Margaret Gossling and Halliwells corporate partner Tim Jackson Smith acted for green fuels company Ensus on the ...
Norton Rose has signed up the man widely credited with writing the book on climate change and carbon trading law, Anthony Hobley, to head a brand new global practice.
Guernsey firm Collas Day has split into two following an ongoing dispute over the future direction of the firm.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has won a beauty parade against a host of US firms to advise the Panama government on the Panama Canal expansion programme.
2007 sees the 85th anniversary of the admission of the first woman, Carrie Morrison, to the roll of solicitors. The Lawyer’s Career Report published last week brings us bang up to date with the latest statistics on female partnership prospects, which show that we are still far from equality: why?The main reasons are flexibility, maternity and a lack of networking opportunities.
Pinsent Masons has made up 20 associates to the partnership this year, making 2007 the single largest round of promotions in the firm's history.
Pinsent Masons has become one of the first law firms to expand its diversity push to cover its suppliers, demanding that they conform to the firm's own policy.
The Bar Council may require chambers to take on a specific number of paid pupillages and limit the number of places available on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) as part of a shake-up of the profession's recruitment rules.
French firm Racine has signed an exclusive alliance agreement with Belgian firm Vergels to create a new firm called Racine & Vergels.
Rapid growth in the Spanish legal market continued last year, with both Roca Junyent and Deloitte Abogados posting revenue rises of more than 20 per cent.
A breakaway group of Rowe Cohen partners has launched a new Manchester-based firm targeting clients in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
Schroders is set to overhaul its in-house legal department following the imminent departure of its head of legal for corporate services Sandie Okoro.
A raft of US firms was drafted in to advise on the US’s latest mega-deal, the $8.2bn (£4.15bn) take-private of media and sports conglomerate Tribune by Chicago property tycoon Sam Zell.
Simmons & Simmons has made two lateral hires from US firms into its financial markets team, which is expecting revenue increases of between 20 and 25 per cent on last year.
New York-headquartered Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is the latest firm to announce it partnership promotions, adding 29 to its partnership, including two in London.
Slaughter and May was in an enviable position last week when two longstanding FTSE100 clients were in talks to merge. George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow announced that they were in advanced £5bn discussions to form the UK's largest housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey. Slaughters corporate and commercial partner Jeff Twentyman is client relationship partner for Taylor Woodrow, while corporate partner ...
Slaughter and May has elected five associates to its partnership.
Top UK firm reveals international ambition with new global push
International legal alliances are possibly the worst way of doing cross-border business. They're fraught with cultural conflict, require unbelievable amounts of management time and deliver questionable service to clients.
One phrase that is frequently overused and invariably underapplied is 'staff are our greatest asset'. Easy to say - but how often are the words backed up by reality? How much time and energy do we really spend on ensuring we recruit the best staff to the best positions, and keep them there?In law, perhaps more than any other field, issues of recruitment ...
What was your first-ever job?Part-time library assistant at Wallsend Public Library.
We hear that glasnost will soon be apparent in the hotly contested battle between Ashurst, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Linklaters to advise Russian aluminium giant Rusal on its forthcoming London IPO.
There are two new entries into this year’s table of the top 30 US firms in London by revenue.
There are two new entries into this year's table of the top 30 US firms in London by revenue.
Who could this be? Word reached Tulkinghorn last week of a Davis Polk & Wardwell partner who was selling his house in the exclusive South London area of Sutton Park. One night came a knock on the door. The partner's wife was alone in the house, but the man was adamant.
The top 30 US firms in London reaped £1.23bn in fees, according to The Lawyer’s US Special Report inside.
Lobbying work earned top US law firms $107.15m (£54.52m) in 2006, according to a study by the Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington DC-based non-partisan think-tank.
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•Wilsons has announced four promotions into its equity partnership, raising the total number of partners to 30. The firm has grown by more than 10 per cent during each of the past five years, with a particular growth in demand for the private client team's international and offshore expertise. Promotions include Michael Parker, head of litigation, Alison McKenna, head of charities, Adam Herbert, ...
Birmingham-based Wragge & Co will promote two associates to the partnership this year.