22 February 2010
It is a bumper Special Report this week with The Lawyer’s annual offshore survey providing a snapshot of a market in flux.
London set 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square is to open an office in Cardiff to capture work emerging from the regionalised Administrative Court.
Addleshaw Goddard and Norton Rose have grabbed headline roles on the sale of Guardian Media Group’s (GMG) regional media business to Trinity Mirror.
Appleby has overtaken Maples and Calder as the world’s largest offshore firm by partner numbers thanks to its October 2009 merger with the Isle of Man’s Dickinson Cruickshank.
Ashurst’s India group head has said the firm is looking to Asia to promote its Indian presence after a ruling in the Bombay High Court effectively forced it to shut its New Delhi liaison office.
Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy has survived tougher things than the recession during its 275-year history.
?’Under the radar’ is probably a fair description of Brown Rudnick’s London office. The US firm has never really been one to shout about what it does.
As counsel for the GSMA, handling the legal side of the mobile telecoms industry has kept David Frolio at the forefront of the technology, says Corinne McPartland
Will Luxembourg become a European hub for Islamic finance? Chokri Bouzidi says new, clearer definitions will help
When Cobbetts filed its long-awaited LLP accounts a few weeks into this year, it closed a mysterious chapter on the firm’s history.
Devereux Chambers’ Ingrid Simler successfully acted for British Airways (BA) in defence of an indirect discrimination claim brought by an employee who was refused permission to wear a cross visibly at work.
An apology from a leading barrister to the country’s most senior judiciary in the Court of Appeal is not an everyday occurrence, but that is exactly what happened earlier this month (The Lawyer.com, 11 February).
White & Case has been left without a head for its metals and mining practice following the departure of Johannesburg executive partner Tanneke Heersche, who has joined Fasken Martineau as a partner.
The opportunity to travel may be one of your reasons for pursuing a legal career, but it’s not all business class and fancy restaurants, warns Corinne McPartland
Politically stable, geographically well-positioned and with a robust legal system, Mauritius is the ideal stepping stone for African investment, say Craig Fulton and Anthony Whaley
The legal department at Kent County Council (KCC) is teaming up with regional firm Geldards to create a single brand for public sector work capable of taking over local authority legal departments.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have passed a final regulatory hurdle in their bid to merge.
Law firms in the future will be structured quite differently. A well-developed HR strategy will be fundamental to success as firms grapple to address a range of people-centric issues.
Amid accusations of supporting an unacceptably predatory tax system, the Isle of Man should be left to its own devices, argues Nick Verardi
Linklaters is on track with its plans to move to an almost all-equity partnership, with the firm expecting its salaried ranks to account for 10 per cent of the partnership at the year-end.
Old-school practices reveal the benefits of their experience.
The magic circle may no longer be the obvious choice for the UK’s top students after a survey highlighted the massive earning potential for junior lawyers at US firms.
Gibraltar law firm Marrache & Co’s founding partners have been rearrested and the firm’s worldwide assets have been frozen amid further allegations of false accounting at the firm.
Morgan Lewis arbitration partner Neville Byford is to join Eversheds after the US firm announced it would be scaling back its UK litigation exposure.
The new legal head at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has shortlisted advisers for a radically altered panel structure.
Outer Temple International set to revolutionise barrister model
Fasken Martineau has hired partner Richard Cliff from Eversheds, where he has been a partner since 2006.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is advising the administrators of the Reader’s Digest Association (RDA), with the company going into administration after failing to reach an agreement over the funding of its pension scheme.
Greg Jordan, the global chairman of Reed Smith, was locked away in one of the boardrooms in the firm’s New York office last week with several other key members of the management team. Their task? Wading through the annual equity partner compensation allocation process.
The economic downturn has provided opportunities for foreign investors to buy into the UK property market using offshore vehicles, say Mark Summers and Philip Beckerlegge
Taylor Wessing has hired former CMS Cameron McKenna senior associate Alistair Watson as a partner to head its planning and environment practice.
?Reed Smith finance partner Phillip Slater has won the firm a new client by securing the mandate on TelecityGroup’s £200m refinancing.
After a tough few years for Jersey’s trust company businesses, the courts have adopted a softer approach for when a company is in trouble.
Questions over the fairness of trusts speak volumes about critics’ misreading of the difference between ’privacy’ and ’secrecy’. By David Harvey
There are many ways of trying to get rid of a legal hack. There’s the run-of-the-mill “I’m just going into a meeting”, which obviously can have a stalling effect, or the “I’m in the middle of lunch with an important client” delaying tactic.
A London law firm that specialises in advising hedge funds has opened an office in Zurich amid the growing hostility from the City’s financial services sector towards UK tax rates.
Offshore giant Walkers has launched a dedicated employment practice in its Cayman Islands base.
Public sector poster boy Geoff Wild is at it again. Not content with generating a £1.42m profit for Kent County Council (KCC) in 2008-09 - which was used to fund frontline services and allowed the authority to set the lowest council tax rise in its history - the legal chief has teamed up with regional firm Geldards to punt out services to public bodies across England and Wales.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? A singer, a chef or a hairdresser to the stars.