21 September 2009
As general counsel for Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury, Maya Abu Deeb enjoys a literary life that makes up for the late nights. By Kit Chellel
News that Allen & Overy (A&O) is mooting training its associates in soft skills has generated a critical response from some readers of TheLawyer.com. What seems to have antagonised many people is the fact that the initiative, which involves client networking and communication skills, specifically targets women.
? Cementing its position as the gateway to Central Europe, Austria’s sophisticated legal market has broken new ground in the past year.
BPE Solicitors hit the headlines in The Lawyer earlier this year (15 June) when it closed the Birmingham office it had opened in more prosperous times seven years previously.
Are the English courts vying to rule the waves of cross-border insolvency arriving on their shores?
Clifford Chance is putting corporate responsibility (CR) at the top of every employee’s agenda by launching an awards initiative to recognise excellence within the firm.
Guernsey-headquartered Collas Day has set out ambitious expansion plans that could involve a move into Jersey next year.
With new entrants to the market in the past 12 months and an economy holding up better than its neighbours, the Czech Republic is fertile ground for lawyers.
Eversheds is launching an associate forum in its London office to tackle issues affecting junior lawyers at the firm.
Legislation governing family life should be overhauled to better reflect 21st century living, leading family lawyers have said.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has helped AIM-listed property investment fund Sovereign Reversions see off a shareholder revolt and secure a capital injection through a share placing and open offer.
Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands has asked law firms to tender for its revamped panel.
Big money, big hires. While other firms batten down the recruitment hatches, BLP has hired five laterals this year. Can the firm justify this expenditure?
After the turn of the millennium, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) formed an emerging market of such promise that all international firms wanted an office in the region. If not an office of their own then at least relationships with established firms based in the various countries.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the newly-created public body charged with regenerating England’s housing stock, land and infrastructure, is asking firms to pitch for its legal panel.
A year after the collapse, Manhattan’s finest reveal their take on the saga. By Matt Byrne
LG has won a major instruction advising Gazprom on the development of the multibillion- pound Shtokman project – the vast offshore gas field belonging to Russia.
Linklaters is set to close its final salary pension scheme and transfer members to the contribution-based plan used by the vast majority of the firm’s employees.
Linklaters, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May have secured roles on the £900m share placing of a 44 per cent stake in tour operator Thomas Cook.
Annual fee rates survey shows work-hungry top guns drop fees to £450 as they raid mid-market for business
The fees bubble has finally burst, with top-end hourly rates falling by 30 per cent or more as the financial crisis finally catches up with legal bills.
Manches is hoping to acquire the most profitable parts of Halliwells’ business despite abandoning merger talks with the firm.
Leading sports barristers are warming up to take their places in the latest scandal to rock Formula 1 (F1).
Reed Smith has appointed partners Lucy and Newcomb Phillip Slater (above) from Addleshaw Goddard to its acquisition and leveraged finance practice in London.
Professional indemnity firm Plexus Law has acquired insurance boutique Squire & Co.
?The recession could not have come at a worse time. While excitement over a major football tournament in Poland approaches, the prospect of legions of fans travelling on the country’s creaking transport fills many with dread.
Law firms dropping their hourly rates is an entirely appropriate response to current market conditions. But partner rates in the magic circle firms dropping by a third will take a lot of people by surprise. In private practice, pragmatism has prevailed.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is gearing up for closer cooperation with overseas prosecutors as the fight against financial crime gains momentum during the recession.
Hardwicke Building has parted company with its two senior clerks after the set radically overhauled its structure into client divisions.
?With clients becoming increasingly international, chambers are following suit. But as Nic Fletcher finds, barristers from the same set appearing on opposite sides of the same case is often not the done thing
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has reassured City firms that its controversial work-based learning pilot is on track, and will address their concerns about being forced to hire trainees as permanent employees.
The lawyers involved reflect on when the ‘unthinkable became thinkable’. By Margaret Taylor
?Opening speech sparks debate on civil recovery orders as Alderman defends new pragmatic direction
?In June 2008, I wrote a piece for this column entitled ‘Eversheds: green-eyed or just naive?’.
Who doesn’t like the occasional dip in the sea? A little bird has told Tulkinghorn that Michael Beloff QC is so fond of the big blue that he goes for a swim off the coast every morning.
Weightmans will moot the possibility of a merger at its next partner meeting, which takes place in November.
Austrian firm Wolf Theiss is reinventing itself as a Central and Eastern European (CEE) one-stop shop in a bid to attract more US clients.
What’s your favourite film?Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America.