21 April 2008
Lovells has hired Libby Hannan as an associate in the dispute resolution practice. She was previously counsel in the litigation department at GlaxoSmithKline.
Commercial set 3-4 South Square is to scrap its head of chambers post in May when Michael Crystal QC stands down after 24 years in the role.
Allen & Overy's (A&O) New York office has elected a new managing partner and gained another member on the firm's global partnership board.
BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion is set to scrutinise the details of the £5m-plus bill that Allen & Overy presented it with following a patent battle with wireless technology company Visto.
Since last summer US lawyers and bankers have been waiting for the wave of predicted disputes and litigation tobegin.
The newly appointed president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) Amanda Stevens has kicked off her year-long term with a scathing attack on the Government.
O'Melveny & Myers London office co-head Chris Ashworth is set to leave the firm to join Lovells.
Baker & McKenzie has hired Hildebrandt International consultant Julia Hayhoe in the newly-created role of head of client development in London.
The eight law firms which failed in their attempt to prove overdraft charges as fair are set to appeal today’s landmark judgment, TheLawyer.com has learned.
Beachcroft has bucked the partnership promotion trend by making up four dispute resolution partners out of a total of six.
Beachcroft has swooped on Eversheds for a five-strong health team that includes sector chief David Weatherburn, who according to his peers is worth up to £4m in revenues.
From 30 June class actions will be allowed in Italy, but unclear new legislation could leave the system in disarray.
Canon Europe has launched its first-ever series of formal panel reviews in emerging markets, targeting jurisdictions such as Russia and Dubai.
German private equity firm CB Equity Partners has hired Landesbank Berlin's former general counsel Dariush Ghassemi-Moghadam as a partner in its transactional team.
Italian firm Chiomenti has boosted its Asian practice after signing a merger deal with Sino-Italian firm Birindelli & Associati, adding six new offices in Asia.
Clifford Chance has elected Spain managing partner Ignacio Ojanguren as executive partner for finance, joining managing partner David Childs' management team for the firm.
What was your first-ever job?Cleaning up tables in a café. I still remember the rudeness of customers.
Cobbetts' real estate finance practice is to be restructured following the loss of five lawyers resulting from a firmwide partnership overhaul earlier this year.
Osborne Clarke has finalised two major deals after being instructed by Milestone Capital Partners to act on the takeover of Coffee Nation and by media agency Cake on its sale to Havas Media.
The College of Law has stepped up its war with BPP Law School by announcing plans to launch a branch in Manchester.
Collyer Bristow IP partner Clare Algar is to leave private practice to join human rights charity Reprieve as deputy director.
The London practice of Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has been given a significant boost, with the firm winning a double advisory role for the London Borough of Croydon's regeneration plans.
In January, Tulkinghorn was busy matchmaking Pillsbury chairman Jim Rishwain and Clifford Chance consultant Donna Wacker - aka Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry and Cheryl David.
Dawsons has kick-started a recruitment campaign with the appointment of Jill Andrew as an employment consultant and Laura Harcombe as a partner in its dispute and litigation practice.
Manchester-based set Deans Court Chambers has won a unanimous Court of Appeal judgment that dismissed Midlands Co-operative Society's claim that it was eligible for a VAT rebate.
Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted a total of six to the partnership in its corporate and litigation departments.
North East firm Dickinson Dees has promoted only one partner this year compared with two promotions last year and five in 2006.
Real estate investment trust DuPont Fabros Technology has hired a new general counsel from mobile telecoms company Sprint Nextel.
Cheltenham-based BPE and South East firm Thomas Eggar have won places on the private equity buyout of high street chain Evans Cycles.
What could be more tiring than cycling to Paris from London? Cycling there and back, perhaps. The last time Tulkinghorn mounted a bicycle, they were called penny farthings and served absolutely no good purpose whatsoever.
Eversheds has been granted a licence to launch an office in Abu Dhabi in a move designed to strengthen the firm's Middle East practice.
North West set Exchange Chambers has posted a record turnover of £17.9m for the 2007-08 financial year, with crime still contributing the most to total revenue.
The former managing director of the NatWest Group David Edmonds will be the first chair of the Legal Services Board (LSB).
Nottingham-based Freeth Cartwright has become the first firm to release financial figures this year, announcing a rise in turnover from £31.2m to £33.5m.
Linklaters scoop key roles on RBS £12bn rights issue" /Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have secured the key legal roles in Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) record £12bn rights issue.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London-based finance chief Perry Noble is retiring from the firm to pursue a career outside the law.
City watchdog the Financial Services Authority is compiling its first-ever list of go-to external lawyers as turmoil in the sector it regulates continues apace.
The continuing integration of the global legal market was underlined last week when partners from magic circle firms descended on Georgetown University in Washington DC.
The boom days of cheap debt may be over for now, but the private equity market remains an optimistic place.
Hammonds has raided DWF for corporate finance partner Ian Gillis to ramp up its Manchester operation.
The Competition Commission signalled its intention to force a break-up of the near monopoly BAA operates in the supply of airport services in the UK.
Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has overturned anearlier management decision and installed a managing partner at the firm.
Herbert Smith has set up a team that will spend time in-house with hedge fund clients to ensure they do not commit market abuse.
Herbert Smith client Imagem Music has won an auction to buy classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes from private equity house HgCapital.
The Middle East has traditionally been a controversial destination for lawyers to be posted to, but the region is emerging as something of a hotspot in the current economic climate.
Compared with last year, 2008 has been an unexceptional promotion round for many senior associates in the top 100 firms. But for those in the IP and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) departments, it was just another year of being almost completely overlooked.
Irwin Mitchell is continuing to build its personal injury (PI) practice, with three of its four partnership promotions coming in the key practice area.
With Silvio Berlusconi reinstalled as Italy's prime minister, observers could be forgiven for thinking the country has not moved on since 2003. But they would be wrong.
The Law Society of Scotland has put its Edinburgh offices up for sale.
Nabarro restructuring and insolvency head Patricia Godfrey has stepped down as president of R3, the association of business recovery professionals.
A Law Society advertising campaign, which aims to promote solicitors to the public, has met with a mixed response from the legal profession.
Laytons Solicitors has bulked up its employment team with the recruitment of Rosenblatt Solicitors' head of employment Keith Corkan as a partner.
His job may only have existed since January, but Independent Schools Council GC Matthew Burgess is spoiling for a fight
LG has promoted five lawyers to its partnership - the largest single number to be made up in four years.
Lovells has launched a domestic litigation practice in Russia with the recruitment of senior associate Yevgeny Perkunov from Chadbourne & Parke.
Lovells' international private equity team, which was hit hard by the departures of Oliver Felsenstein and Marco Compagnoni in 2005 and 2006 respectively, suffered a further blow this month when Italian chief Andrea Accornero jumped ship to Simmons & Simmons (www.thelawyer.com, 11 April).
Mills & Reeve has promoted seven to its partnership, three of whom have been made up in Birmingham in line with the firm's pledge to increase its capability in the second city.
The fallout from Princess Diana's death almost spelled the end for Mishcon - but a decade on the firm is in robust health
McGrigors has offices in London, Belfast and Manchester, which proves, says managing partner Richard Masters, that it's more than just a Scottish law firm
Norton Rose raids Duane Morris Singapore" /• Norton Rose has raided US firm Duane Morris for corporate star Adam Summerly to ramp up its Singapore capabilities. Summerly has had more than 10 years' experience in the South East Asian markets and was one of six Duane Morris partners to launch the ...
Norton Rose has raided US firm Duane Morris for corporate star Adam Summerly to ramp up its Singapore capabilities.
Norton Rose is to shuffle its dispute resolution team following the retirement of litigation star James Bagge at the end of this month.
Many would think the biggest problem when it comes to recruiting new lawyers is finding the right talent. However, because of Olympic fever, for Norton Rose's Asia operations it's not so much finding the lawyers that's the problem as knowing where to put them.
Not getting Slaughtered 25-April-2008Last night was the retirement party of Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark.
Old Square Chambers has scooped barrister Robin White from Farrar's Building to boost its employment capabilities.
A curiosity over the past couple of years has been the increase in the number of Russian oligarchs bringing legal proceedings in the UK.
As Hugh Nineham will surely attest, if you can't stand law firm catering there are many City restaurants that would be happy to oblige you.
Pannone has made up nine partners this year, with promotions being made across the board.
A record-breaking year for female associates continued apace this week with promotions round at Linklaters - the last magic circle firm to unveil its new partners. Previous Partnership 2008 blogs.
Private equity executives - and their advisers - were in their element last year, with more deals coming through than they knew what to do with. Post-August that's changed, with deal flow all but drying up on the back of a scarcity of debt finance.
SJ Berwin with eight getting the nod" /SJ Berwin has slashed the number of new partners made up in its annual promotions round by 50 per cent.
Linklaters has made up 28 new partners, a drop of more than a quarter compared to last year when the magic circle firm promoted 38.
US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is set to launch in the UK under Kirkland & Ellis restructuring and litigation partner Richard East.
The Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC) has ruled that the actions of Mr Justice Peter Smith, who should have recused himself from a hearing, amounted to misconduct.
Reed Smith dumps Richards Butler brand" /All offices in the Reed Smith network will trade under the Reed Smith name as of 1 May with Richards Butler being dropped from the firm's European brand.
Changes to the way non-doms are taxed are part of a Government drive to make the private equity sector pay a 'fairer share'. But what will this mean in practice?
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has launched a company aimed at fast-tracking bulk claims work in a bid to become the leading player in the high-volume claims market.
Nordic firm Roschier has bagged veteran arbitration partner Claes Lundblad from Mannheimer Swartling to boost its Swedish practice.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been granted an appeal to the House of Lords in relations to BAE Systems, the administrative court decided today (24 April).
Shearman has lost an entire German office, with its Mannheim team of 30 splitting off to form a new firm.
Shearman & Sterling is grooming the next generation of leaders as part of a revamped global strategy following the closure of its Mannheim office this week.
Shoosmiths has joined the growing number of firms promoting non-lawyers to partnership level equivalent in its latest round of partnership promotions.
Slaughter and May advised the Government on its rebuttal of Northern Rock investors' demands, making court action almost certain.
It's what every good CEO is supposed to do. And what many a law firm leader doesn't.
Speechly Bircham has made a series of hires, bolstering its family law practice and raiding Harbottle & Lewis for two new immigration lawyers.
Allen & Overy (A&O) won't say how many trainees and paralegals it used for its work for Research In Motion (RIM) in its BlackBerry patent case against Visto.
Each week we watch as Sir Alan Sugar yells 'YOU'RE FIRED!' at one of The Apprentice wannabes.
Economists and bankers expect the Italian credit system to remain largely unaffected by the global credit crunch.
Turner Parkinson doesn't dabble in publicly-listed companies. "We avoid it like the plague," says Nick Davenport, senior partner at the 13-year-old firm. Instead it prefers to concentrate its company commercial line, which accounts for 25-30 per cent of its turnover, on privately-owned businesses.
CC and Trowers & Hamlins are teaming up with the investment company Dubai Holding to offer the first-ever training programme in English law for UAE nationals.
Mourant du Feu & Jeune has become the first law firm to establish an unregulated fund in Jersey.
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Weil Gotshal & Manges is keen to position itself as king of the US firms in London, and what better way to do this than chip away at its rivals' partnerships?
When thinking of a place in the sun and looking at the possibility of moving to Spain to work, individuals may not be aware that Spanish legislation has a special and beneficial tax regime that might be applicable.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher today (24 April) announced a new management structure, a move that has confirmed the identity of the successors to iconic chairman, Jack Nusbaum.
Tulkinghorn's best friend is the brandy bottle. It is obedient and does not require walking. But he understands that other people have dogs to play this role.
Clifford Chance structured finance senior associate Kieron Dwyer is to join Wragge & Co's growing banking and finance team as a partner.
Wragges signs lease on new Birmingham HQ" /Wragge & Co is preparing to move into new headquarters in Birmingham, putting an end to a one-year search for bigger premises.