21 September 2009

The Lawyer

  • A life in books: Maya Abu Deeb, Bloomsbury Publishing

    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

  • A&O’s communication training sparks gender row on soft skills

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Austria

    21 September 2009

    ? Cementing its position as the ­gateway to Central Europe, ­Austria’s sophisticated legal ­market has broken new ground in the past year.

  • BPE solicitors

    20-Sep-2009

    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.

  • Brook of rules

    21 September 2009

    Are the English courts vying to rule the waves of cross-border insolvency arriving on their shores?

  • Clifford Chance launches awards to highlight corporate responsibility

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Collas Day moots Jersey launch as part of expansion strategy

    21 September 2009

    Guernsey-headquartered Collas Day has set out ambitious expansion plans that could involve a move into Jersey next year.

  • Czech Republic

    21 September 2009

    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 gives associates stronger voice

    21 September 2009

    Eversheds is launching an associate forum in its London office to tackle issues affecting junior lawyers at the firm.

  • Family practitioners push for 21st century legislation

    21 September 2009

    Legislation governing family life should be ­overhauled to better reflect 21st century living, leading family lawyers have said.

  • FFW aids Sovereign allay shareholder revolt

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Firms vie for Midlands development panel places

    21 September 2009

    Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands has asked law firms to tender for its revamped panel.

  • Focus: Lateral thinking, Berwin Leighton Paisner

    21 September 2009

    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?

  • Grand Central transformation

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • HCA invites firms to bid for panel

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Lehman: the lessons learnt

    21 September 2009

    A year after the collapse, Manhattan’s finest reveal their take on the saga. By Matt Byrne

  • LG brought in by Gazprom for advice on Shtokman

    21 September 2009

    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 closes doors on final salary pensions

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Links, Norton Rose, Slaughters act on Thomas Cook share sale

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Magic circle hourly rates drop by third as clients flex muscles

    21 September 2009

    Annual fee rates survey shows work-hungry top guns drop fees to £450 as they raid mid-market for business

  • Magic circle muscles in on silver circle with fee drops and 'freebies'

    21 September 2009

    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 lusts after Halliwells’ best bits

    21 September 2009

    Manches is hoping to acquire the most profitable parts of Halliwells’ business despite abandoning merger talks with the firm.

  • Monckton, 3-4 South Square get into gear for F1 crash test

    21 September 2009

    Leading sports barristers are warming up to take their places in the latest scandal to rock Formula 1 (F1).

  • People moves

    21 September 2009

    Reed Smith has appointed partners Lucy and Newcomb Phillip Slater (above) from Addleshaw ­Goddard to its acquisition and leveraged finance practice in ­London.

  • Plexus Law takes over insurance boutique

    21 September 2009

    Professional indemnity firm Plexus Law has acquired insurance boutique Squire & Co.

  • Poland

    21 September 2009

    ?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.

  • Pressure in pounds

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • SEC beefs up cross-border cooperation in blitz on fraud

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Senior clerks leave in Hardwicke restructure

    21 September 2009

    Hardwicke Building has parted company with its two senior clerks after the set radically overhauled its structure into client ­divisions.

  • Set in our ways?

    21 September 2009

    ?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

  • SRA defends work-based training pilot

    21 September 2009

    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 collapse of Lehman: the day the banking world stood still

    20-Sep-2009

    The lawyers involved reflect on when the ‘unthinkable became thinkable’. By Margaret Taylor

  • The Lawyer Fraud Prosecution Conference: SFO chief: educate, don’t just prosecute

    21 September 2009

    ?Opening speech sparks debate on civil recovery orders as Alderman defends new pragmatic direction

  • The magic circle’s spell remains unbroken

    21 September 2009

    ?In June 2008, I wrote a piece for this ­column entitled ‘Eversheds: green-eyed or just naive?’.

  • Tulkinghorn: Briefs Encounter

    21 September 2009

    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 merger ‘can’t be ruled out’

    21 September 2009

    Weightmans will moot the possibility of a merger at its next partner meeting, which takes place in November.

  • Wolf Theiss bid to bring in more US clients sparks overhaul of CEE strategy

    21 September 2009

    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.

  • Work Life Quiz: Andrei Baev, Allen & Overy

    20-Sep-2009

    What’s your favourite film?Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America.