20 November 2006

The Lawyer

  • CC wannabes up for corporate scrap

    20-Nov-2006

    Are things not quite so rosy in the Clifford Chance garden? The news that there are three candidates thinking of standing against the incumbent for the position of London head of corporate is highly significant given the magic circle firm's current mania for ...

  • Middle East kicks off talent scouting

    20-Nov-2006

    The shortage of legal talent is quickly turning into a global crisis. Who would have thought such a thing just a few years ago? Along with all the wing-spreading going on in the Middle East, firms are on the hunt for lawyers to fill their new digs and are being forced to cast their fishing nets ever wider.

  • People

    20-Nov-2006

    Watson Burton has hired Zoe Thomas as a senior solicitor in its employment team. Thomas joins the firm's Leeds office from Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Watson Burton's numbers up

    20-Nov-2006

    Watson Burton will no doubt have spent much of last Friday's (17 November) partnership conference discussing the firm's plans to expand its equity partnership.

  • £48m Charman divorce case set for appeal

    24-Nov-2006

    The Court of Appeal is set to hear one of the UK’s largest divorce cases, Charman v Charman, after John Charman was granted leave to appeal.

  • … Marriage of inconvenience

    20-Nov-2006

    A notable absentee from proceedings was Corus general counsel Richard Shoylekov, who had been detained in London due to the small matter of a takeover bid. Shoylekov was admirably represented by his deputy Eleanor Evans, but in future companies might like to consider timing their merger activity so as not to get in the way of the most useful conference of the year.

  • … Marrow moan

    20-Nov-2006

    Another of Tulkinghorn's spies found herself sitting next to Halliwells partner Stephen Hills at Friday's gala dinner. When the soup was served (which was pumpkin) Hills got very excited and told said spy that last year his daughter had grown a pumpkin from a single seed.

  • … Repeat performances

    20-Nov-2006

    Tulkinghorn found himself trying to keep track of how many times speakers managed to work in the words 'Monte Carlo' or 'Monaco' into their seminars. He lost count, but picked out some interesting examples. Phillips' Mike Morris, speaking on project management, couldn't resist referring to the "Monte Carlo method" of simulating algorithms, which had Tulkinghorn scratching his head.

  • … Rory does a Jackanory

    20-Nov-2006

    Incidentally, one of Tulkinghorn's spies noticed that QinetiQ's Lynton Boardman particularly reminded him of Rory Bremner. The spy, who will remain nameless, says he was particularly reminded of this during Boardman's talk. Why? Was he doing impressions?

  • … Skirt alert

    20-Nov-2006

    While most delegates chose to stick with traditional black tie garb for the gala dinner that concluded events, respect must go to Chubb general counsel Ranald Munro. Ever the dapper dresser, Munro turned up clad from top to toe in red clan tartan trousers and waistcoat. One way of standing out from the crowd.

  • … Treasure jest

    20-Nov-2006

    A whole argument of Simmons' litigation partners gathered down the road from Monte Carlo at the weekend, spending a few days in Cannes to discuss the contentious issue of dispute resolution. Among the workshops was a treasure hunt in nearby Antibes, which saw the intrepid partners embark on a search for clues amid the backstreets of the old town. However, Tulkinghorn's mole reports that apparently the clues had nothing to do with the law, and also that there was no prize for the ...

  • … Watch out, Moyler's about

    20-Nov-2006

    One person who was certain not to get lost in the cavernous conference rooms of the Fairmont was Brick Court Chambers' Ian Moyler. Moyler was proudly sporting a Breitling watch complete with emergency beacon. In case of disaster, pressing the right button activates a distress frequency. All very 007.

  • 2Birds hire gives SJ Berwin Dutch nous

    20-Nov-2006

    SJ Berwin has beefed up its core EU and competition practice to offer Dutch expertise through the hire of Bird & Bird's head of competition in Brussels.

  • 888 Sees Freshfields, Slaughters luck out

    20-Nov-2006

    All bets are off as to who landed the instruction from 888 and Ladbrokes. Frontrunners Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both lucked out in the latest move in the gaming industry, seeing Ladbrokes and 888 hold preliminary merger talks. 888 operates 888.com, Casino-on-Net.com ...

  • A&O advises BSkyB on ITV swoop

    22-Nov-2006

    It has emerged that Allen & Overy advised British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) on its audacious acquisition of £940m worth of shares in ITV.

  • A&O, Bakers and Cahill join Nasdaq attack on LSE

    21-Nov-2006

    Nasdaq has enlisted Allen & Overy and Cahill Gordon & Reindel is advising the banks on Nasdaq’s unwelcome bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • Apple poaches IBM's general counsel

    20-Nov-2006

    Apple Computer has raided its arch rival IBM to take the company's senior vice-president and general counsel Donald Rosenberg.

  • Atsumi gains English law nous with CC hire

    20-Nov-2006

    Japenese firm Atsumi & Partners has poached Clifford Chance counsel Daniel Hounslow to boost its international M&A and private equity offerings in Tokyo.

  • Banks choose Linklaters for LSE alternative

    22-Nov-2006

    Linklaters has beaten Clifford Chance to instructions from a consortium of investment banks that are attempting to launch a rival trading platform to the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • BLG hit by further outsourcing defections

    23-Nov-2006

    Bird & Bird has raided Barlow Lyde & Gilbert for a three partner IT outsourcing team which includes department head Simon Shooter.

  • BLP moves in with Slaughters

    21-Nov-2006

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to move in with Slaughter and May and its best friends in Brussels.

  • BLP paves the way with alternative to partnership

    20-Nov-2006

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has finalised its alternative to partnership, creating an 'associate director' position and appointing nine senior associates to the role.

  • Brachers searches for bride in ambition to be top 100 player

    20-Nov-2006

    Kent firm Brachers is on the hunt for a merger partner after a partnership vote sealed its strategy for the future.

  • Brandford-Griffith gains new tax head

    20-Nov-2006

    French independent Brandford-Griffith & Associés has picked a new tax head from Orrick Rambaud Martel. Roland Poirier joins the firm on the back of Brandford-Griffith partner Pierre Ullman's departure for Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Poirier focuses on tax structures for both domestic and overseas companies, as well as carrying out tax litigation. He brings with him an assistant. The hire means Brandford-Griffith's partnership remains static at 11 partners.

  • Bristows loses IP team to start-up boutique

    23-Nov-2006

    Bristows is bracing itself for the departure of a five partner IP litigation team, who are leaving to set up their own boutique.

  • Bristows ups sticks and moves in next to IP client Unilever

    20-Nov-2006

    Bristows is relocating to new City offices where client Unilever is based.

  • Carbon trading agreement opens up a wealth of new opportunities

    20-Nov-2006

    Bakers, CC and Hunton are helping businesses deal with global warming. By David Middleton

  • CC and Lovells partners help review Commercial Court

    23-Nov-2006

    Clifford Chance partner Simon Davis and Lovells partner Graham Huntley have been named as members of the new Commercial Court working group which will draw up proposals to improve the court’s procedures.

  • CC, Freshfields and Linklaters freeze associate salaries

    20-Nov-2006

    Linklaters freeze associate salaries" /Magic circle rivals Clifford Chance, Freshfields ...

  • CC, slaughters land £250m Uniq divestment

    20-Nov-2006

    Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May bagged the lead roles on Uniq's sale of French spreads business St Hubert for €370m (£250.11m) to Dairy Crest. Slaughters' French best friend Bredin Prat helped out in Paris for Uniq, with Clifford Chance putting together a cross-border corporate team led by partners ...

  • Christian Salvesen hire resolves expensive employment law advice

    20-Nov-2006

    Logistics company Christian Salvesen has joined the growing trend of UK companies insourcing employment work by hiring a dedicated lawyer for the function.

  • City firms join legal aid lobbying fight

    20-Nov-2006

    A group of City law firms including Clifford Chance and Lovells have signed a letter to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, in support of solicitors carrying out legal aid work.

  • Cloth Fair Chambers: Men of the Cloth

    20-Nov-2006

    Some have called them arrogant, but the seven QCs who have launched Cloth Fair Chambers insist that their expertise and 'old school' structure will benefit all of the practitioners on any high-value case

  • Clydes builds Middle East finance offering

    20-Nov-2006

    Clyde & Co has continued its push into the Middle East with the hire of Taylor Wessing finance partner Ashley Painter.

  • Corporates ignorant of anti-corruption laws

    20-Nov-2006

    The majority of large companies are unaware of anti-corruption laws and say they are losing business to competitors because of bribery, a global survey has revealed.

  • Corus harmonises its legal and business strategies

    20-Nov-2006

    The legal team of steel giant Corus has carried out a wide-ranging business review designed to minimise risk and bring the company's lawyers closer to the business.

  • Cravath teams with Freshfields to defend Nasdaq bid

    22-Nov-2006

    New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is the latest to join the swathe of legal advisers who have scored instructions on Nasdaq’s bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • DAC in line for 25 per cent profit margin

    20-Nov-2006

    Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is set to up its profit margin to 25 per cent by the end of the year following a steady first six months. The firm is on budget to make £33m, a rise of 10 per cent from 2006, with a net profit of around £8m. Managing partner David Hertzell told The Lawyer that the firm was not disappointed with the results and that its real estate and insurance teams were performing solidly. DAC's Madrid office is also doing well, according to Hertzell.

  • Danger man

    20-Nov-2006

    Risk management is a job best left to the professionals - and every firm should have one, say Nicholas Gilbert and Giles Bentley

  • Daniel Bush: Interserve

    20-Nov-2006

    Daniel Bush, who heads the legal team at Interserve, thrives on pressure. Just as well - he's one of only three in-house lawyers dealing with a £1.5bn business. By Ben Moshinsky

  • DLA Phillips Fox goes live

    20-Nov-2006

    Australian firm Phillips Fox officially comes under the DLA Piper banner today, rebranding the firm as DLA Phillips Fox.

  • DLA Piper casualty chief in boutique move

    20-Nov-2006

    DLA Piper has lost its London office's head of casualty to insurance boutique Davies Lavery as DLA Piper looks to reorganise its casualty team.

  • DLA Piper raids SJ Berwin for Dubai real estate push

    20-Nov-2006

    DLA Piper has made a rare hire out of SJ Berwin's real estate partnership, recruiting Tom O'Grady to establish a Middle East property practice.

  • Dorsey London bags a quarter of partner promotions

    21-Nov-2006

    Dorsey & Whitney has promoted four London-based lawyers to the partnership out of a total of 16 worldwide.

  • Drinker Biddle and Gardner Carton merge

    20-Nov-2006

    Philadelphia-headquartered firm Drinker Biddle & Reath and Chicago-based firm Gardner Carton & Douglas have become the latest in a long list of mid-market US firms to merge in recent months.

  • DWF growth plan includes Leeds merger by 2009

    20-Nov-2006

    North West firm DWF has revealed plans for an ambitious growth strategy, with plans to double the firm's turnover by 2009 and to merge with a Leeds firm.

  • DWS wins GE counsel for Dubai team

    20-Nov-2006

    Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has lured back a GE Energy in-houser into private practice to add to its burgeoning Middle East presence.

  • Falconer: Legal privilege to extend to non-lawyers

    24-Nov-2006

    Accountants and other professions will be given legal professional privilege if they work in partnership with lawyers under the terms of the Legal Services Bill, published today (24 November).

  • Farepak calls in Taylor Wessing for insolvency

    20-Nov-2006

    Taylor Wessing has bagged the lead role advising the administrators of Christmas hamper company Farepak on its insolvency proceedings.

  • Freeth Cartwright eyes public work growth

    20-Nov-2006

    Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright plans to triple its public sector turnover in two years. The public sector group, which has six partners and is headed by partner Philippa Dempster, aims to boost its turnover from its present £600,000 to almost £2m by the close of 2008. Partner Stephen Pearson said: "As is well known, local authorities are dependable, punctual payers. But there are also a lot more things that local authorities need to pay attention to, such as new bits of legislation ...

  • French class actions given govt green light

    20-Nov-2006

    Class actions in France were given the go-ahead last week (8 November) in a bill introduced by French finance minister Thierry Breton.

  • Freshfields in line for itv on ntl talks?

    20-Nov-2006

    Meanwhile, Freshfields is the longshot entry to advise ITV on the £9bn takeover discussions with NTL, as the independent broadcaster keeps quiet on its choice of counsel. Freshfields won ITV as a new client in 2005 after it acted on its delisting from the New York Stock Exchange. It then advised ITV on its acquisition of Friends Reunited. Both Freshfields and longstanding counsel Lovells advised ITV on aborted takeover talks from a consortium that included Goldman Sachs and Apax in ...

  • Grapevine

    22-Nov-2006

    Here's a tip to any international law firm with ambitions in Asia: South Korea is about to open up its legal services market.

  • Grundberg takes on US firm for Russia push

    20-Nov-2006

    London firm Grundberg Mocatta Rakison has merged with niche US firm White and Jones to launch a Russia and Eurasia practice.

  • Hedge fund work drives Bingham's HK launch

    20-Nov-2006

    US firm Bingham McCutchen is to increase its Asia practice by opening a three-lawyer Hong Kong office.

  • Herbert Smith scores West Ham takeover

    21-Nov-2006

    Herbert Smith has advised West Ham United in its £105m takeover by an Iceland-based consortium led by Eggert Magnusson, president of the Icelandic Football Association (FA).

  • Herbies alliance partners advise £1.2bn ICI sale

    23-Nov-2006

    Alliance firms Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe have landed key roles advising on the latest mammoth M&A deal - Swiss company Givaudan’s £1.2bn acquisition of chemical group ICI’s flavours and fragrance business.

  • Herbies, Boyce Hatton scoop roles on 'clean coal' power station JV

    20-Nov-2006

    Torquay-based firm Boyce Hatton and Herbert Smith have advised on the UK's first 'clean coal' power generation project - a £1bn, 800MW plant on Teesside.

  • Herbies, Stibbe, A&O, Simmons secure landmark Euronext listing

    20-Nov-2006

    Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith with alliance firm Stibbe and Simmons & Simmons have all landed roles on the innovative listing of a closed-end company on Euronext, which hopes to raise EURO1.5bn (£1.01bn) to make it the largest ...

  • Hewitsons falls prey to Charles Russell launch

    20-Nov-2006

    Charles Russell has poached an employment team from Hewitsons and launched an office in Cambridge just a year after opening in Oxford.

  • How law firms should be more flexible

    20-Nov-2006

    It is accepted within private practice that recruiting female graduates into law firms is not an issue - Addleshaw Goddard's trainee intake is roughly 55 per cent female and was more than 50 per cent when I joined Theodore Goddard 18 years ago, and I am sure ...

  • International Eye - Iberia

    20-Nov-2006

    The long-awaited arrival in Madrid of a new wave of US firms is becoming a reality.

  • Keeping it real?

    20-Nov-2006

    Professionals will be hoping that the Compensation Act 2006 will put paid to them being pursued by spurious claims, report Nik Carle and Peter Causton

  • Law Soc commends Hertfordshire Uni

    20-Nov-2006

    The University of Hertfordshire law school has received the Law Society's 'commendable practice' grade, its highest rating, for five out of six assessment areas. The society's assessment, completed this month, gave the school the rating for the core areas of: assessment; students and support; learning resources; leadership andmanagement; and quality assurance and enhancement. The Law Society gave its middle grade, 'confidence in practice', for Hertfordshire's teaching, learning and ...

  • Law Soc fails to handle complaints

    22-Nov-2006

    The Law Society is still failing to meet its complaints handling targets, the latest report from the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner reveals today (22 November).

  • Law Society vindicated by Court of Appeal

    23-Nov-2006

    The Law Society has won a Court of Appeal victory vindicating its decision to intervene into the practice of a sole practitioner.

  • Legal summit hits all-time high

    20-Nov-2006

    The Lawyer's sixth annual legal summit for the in-house legal profession took place in Monte Carlo on 9-11 November, with the 200-odd delegates agreeing that it was the best yet.

  • Lester Aldridge axes fifteen in consolidation strategy

    20-Nov-2006

    Lester Aldridge issued redundancy notices to around 15 lawyers and support staff last week.

  • London set for public sector legal 'supergroup'

    20-Nov-2006

    Transport for London (TfL) general counsel Howard Carter has proposed ambitious new plans to create a Greater London Authority (GLA) legal 'supergroup'.

  • Lovells aims for magic circle with new strategy

    20-Nov-2006

    Lovells has concluded the next stage of its strategic review and released a statement to help reposition itself as a serious contender to magic circle firms.

  • Lovells helps East End council tenants avoid eviction

    20-Nov-2006

  • Lovells needs to toughen up

    20-Nov-2006

    There are strategic reviews, and there are strategic reviews. First, there's SJ Berwin, which is currently riding high. It carried out its practice-level reviews a couple of years back, most notably in the real estate department, and it's bounced back to an average profit per equity ...

  • Lovells swaps allegiance in Hungary

    23-Nov-2006

    Lovells has realigned its association in Hungary, maintaining it alliance with two individuals after they moved firms.

  • Lovells' troubles

    20-Nov-2006

    A slew of partner redundancies helped Lovells recover from a poor 2004-05. Since then the firm's growth has stagnated, prompting a need for a full strategic review from the firm's senior management

  • M&A - reasons to be cheerful

    20-Nov-2006

    Another day, another mega-deal. Last week (see story) a private equity consortium gobbled up the US's largest radio station owner Clear Channel for $26.7bn (£14.03bn).

  • Macfarlanes wins European role for Brazilian Corus bid

    20-Nov-2006

    Macfarlanes and Wall Street firm Cravath Swaine & Moore have secured key roles on a £4.3bn counter-bid for Corus, in an intensifying battle for the Anglo-Dutch steelmaker.

  • Mad for Monte Carlo…

    20-Nov-2006

    Monte Carlo played host to The Lawyer's In-House Legal Summit last weekend - and what an event it was. A keynote speech from Citigroup's top economist Dr Richard Reid got the ball rolling followed by a whopping 17 sessions designed specifically to stimulate lofty yet practical informed debate on the issues of the day.

  • Maples boosts BVI with litigation coup

    20-Nov-2006

    Cayman Islands-headquartered firm Maples and Calder has bolstered its British Virgin Islands (BVI) office with the hire of Arabella di Iorio as local head of litigation. Di Iorio, a specialist in corporate, professional negligence and trusts work, joins from the Bermuda office of offshore rival Appleby Hunter Bailhache, where she was counsel in the commercial litigation team. The hire comes two years after ...

  • Matrix paves way for scrutiny of GM food

    21-Nov-2006

    Friends of the Earth and Matrix Chambers have won the right to have the government’s policy on the import of genetically modified (GM) rice scrutinised by the High Court.

  • Minter Ellison

    20-Nov-2006

    As the largest Australian firm in terms of lawyers and global offices, Minter Ellison has invested heavily in building itself up into a companion, rather than competitor, to the US and UK practices in Asia and Europe.

  • Mishcons boosts corporate with Speechly raid

    20-Nov-2006

    Mishcon de Reya has swooped on London rival Speechly Bircham for one of its corporate partners, Joel Adler.

  • Neville Eisenberg eyes Slaughters

    21-Nov-2006

    Fresh evidence that Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is remoulding itself in to a mini-me version of Slaughter and May.

  • New Turin boutique throws down gauntlet to rivals

    24-Nov-2006

    The managing partner of Turin-based Bin Avvocati Associati will set up his own corporate boutique, taking three Bin Avvocati partners with him.

  • Old Square Chambers

    20-Nov-2006

    Despite its name, Old Square Chambers is doing everything it can to be more modern and new.

  • O'Melveny London star defects to Addleshaws

    24-Nov-2006

    O’Melveny & Myers has lost private equity star Andrew Carpenter, who is to join Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Orrick beefs up HK with Paul Hastings raid

    23-Nov-2006

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has poached a structured finance partner from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker to boost its Asian offering.

  • Paul Hastings plans 50-strong Chicago office following launch

    21-Nov-2006

    Los Angeles-based firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is to open its much-touted Chicago office next week following the hire of two partners from US rival Jones Day.

  • Pearson faces challenge for CC corporate top job

    20-Nov-2006

    Clifford Chance is gearing up for an unusual contested election as the post of London corporate head comes up for grabs.

  • Pinsents sees values as key to integration

    20-Nov-2006

    Pinsent Masons has launched a series of internal 'values' for all employees to follow after completing a firmwide consultation lasting more than a year.

  • Proskauer Rose hikes partnership by 14

    20-Nov-2006

    Proskauer Rose is the latest US firm to announce its partner promotions, making up 14 to the partnership and three special counsel. The promotions take the partner count to 244. The 14 new partners can enjoy an average profit per partner figure of $1.2m (£640,000). The litigation and dispute resolution and corporate teams benefited the most from the promotions, with three new partners apiece, with the special counsel also having litigation expertise. The real estate, tax, employment ...

  • Rabinowitz v Glick: One Essex Court silks go head-to-head

    20-Nov-2006

    Laurence Rabinowitz QC should by rights be public enemy number one. After the House of Lords ruled that Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (DMG) could claim back 30 years of interest on tax, the Government - and the taxpayer - face a bill of billions of pounds.

  • RPC set for £55m turnover

    20-Nov-2006

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain is on course to make £55m at the year-end after bringing in £25.2m during the first six months of the current financial year. The half-year turnover is static from last year. Chief executive Adrian Martin said the firm was happy with ...

  • Shearman's new Paris head targets growth

    24-Nov-2006

    Shearman & Sterling’s new Paris office head Emmanuel Gaillard has pledged to dramatically increase the firm’s French corporate offering.

  • Shunning the risk

    20-Nov-2006

    LLP status and professional indemnity insurance may not be enough when disaster strikes, cautions Steve Holland

  • Sidley, Cahill and Cravath cash in on M&A frenzy

    24-Nov-2006

    The last seven days has seen unprecedented M&A activity on both sides of the Atlantic, gifting work to a slew of the world’s top firms.

  • Simmons joins green bandwagon

    23-Nov-2006

    Simmons & Simmons is to become carbon neutral, after an environmental audit revealed that the firm had to spend £114,000 in green projects to offset its carbon footprint.

  • Simmons left red-faced over green gaffe

    23-Nov-2006

    Simmons & Simmons is being very naughty. We're all for going green, but the City firm has been spinning a little too much in its latest release. It's claiming to be the first international law firm to go carbon-neutral.

  • Simpson Thacher and Sidley bag largest buyout in history

    20-Nov-2006

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sidley Austin landed roles on the latest private-equity backed megadeal set to break a slew of records.

  • SJ Berwin associates in line for giant bonus

    24-Nov-2006

    SJ Berwin has overhauled its pay structure, handing its associates bonuses of up to 75 per cent of base salary.The increase means that a two-year PQE associate earning £66,000 could be eligible for a bonus of up to £49,500, boosting their total earni...

  • SJ Berwin kicks off hunt for US best friends

    20-Nov-2006

    SJ Berwin kicks off hunt for US best friends" /SJ Berwin is to enter into formal best friend referral relationships in the US, China and India following a radical review of the silver circle firm's international strategy.

  • SJ Berwin's new bonus structure's a bit rich

    24-Nov-2006

    SJ Berwin associates are going to have a nice weekend.

  • Slaughters reviews PSL pay in wake of associate salary hikes

    20-Nov-2006

    Slaughter and May is conducting a review of its professional support lawyers' (PSLs) remuneration structure after it hiked trainee and associate salaries and introduced a 15 per cent bonus for fee-earners.

  • South Korea set for foreign law firm revolution

    22-Nov-2006

    South Korea is to publish a draft Foreign Legal Consultant’s Bill this week, which will allow foreign law firms to open in the country for the first time by mid-2008.

  • Strategic risk

    20-Nov-2006

    There is little that can strike the same level of fear in the hearts of lawyers as the threat of a lawsuit against either themselves or their law firm.

  • Structural changes: act in haste, repent at leisure

    20-Nov-2006

    The news of DLA Piper's recent management changes is sure to have been met with comments along the lines of: 'Another law firm changes its management structure? Big deal.'

  • The work-life quiz: Carl Rohsler

    20-Nov-2006

    What was your first-ever job?Auction house porter.

  • Thring Townsend seeks tie-up for City base

    20-Nov-2006

    Thring Townsend, which acquired the Bristol office of Laytons in December 2005, is targeting a London launch.

  • Top 25 firms report drop in chargeable hours

    21-Nov-2006

    Chargeable hours at the top 25 law firms have dropped, despite a continued rise in turnover and profits, a new survey has found.

  • UK Roundup - The bar

    20-Nov-2006

    Litigation elite meet at RCJ for 'supercase' think-tank

  • US in-house counsel lose out on bonuses

    23-Nov-2006

    US-based general counsels have seen their base salaries rise by an average of 8 per cent during 2006, according to the latest survey of corporate legal counsel salaries.

  • Vinson raids Willkie for entire DC trade team

    20-Nov-2006

    Vinson & Elkins has raided Wilkie Farr & Gallagher for a 14-lawyer international trade law team, including five partners, for its Washington DC office.

  • Ward Hadaway eases North East passage to China

    20-Nov-2006

    Ward Hadaway eases North East passage to China" /Newcastle-based law firm Ward Hadaway, Deloitte and management consultants RTC North have joined forces to launch a service enabling North East companies to break into China.

  • Web Week

    20-Nov-2006

    The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

  • Weil gifts HG Capital work to Campbell Hooper

    20-Nov-2006

    London firm Campbell Hooper received "the crumbs off Weil Gotshal [& Manges'] table", according to Campbell Hooper chairman Martin Wright, by advising new client HG Capital on an asset disposal of a manufacturing company in which it had a controlling interest.

  • Weil to shed clients in private equity reshuffle

    20-Nov-2006

    Weil Gotshal & Manges is realigning its London private equity practice around a core group of premium clients in the ongoing battle to become the number-one private equity firm in the City.

  • Wragges, Nabarros bag £400m peabody job

    20-Nov-2006

    The City has seen one of its largest property transactions to date, the Peabody Fund's sale of Cutlers Gardens Estate for more than £400m. Wragge & Co teamed up with Nabarro Nathanson to advise the Peabody Fund, which is a joint venture between O'Connor Capital Partners and JPMorgan. Wragges real estate partner Sally ...