23 March 2009
Corporate firms should be governed separately to the rest of the profession, a Law Society report into the regulation of the legal profession is expected to recommend this week.
The British Airport Authority (BAA) has recruited Carol Hui as general counsel from construction group Amey.
Former Symantec Corporation head of legal Romny Gray has joined BSI Group as director of legal affairs and company secretary, replacing Richard Catt.
Austria’s government is now spending e100bn on saving the country’s failing banks. Tom Phillips investigates
The Czech Republic’s presidency of the EU has allowed it to promote itself as a thoroughly forward-thinking European nation. It has also helped push through vital register legislation. Tom Phillips reports
The Polish government has moved to allow private money a much larger input into public projects. Tom Phillips asks whether PPPs are the answer to the country’s economic woes
As a country with few natural resources, China has always had to look abroad for investment. Margaret Taylor reports on the Sino-African special relationship
Eversheds is to radically overhaul its use of the external bar in a drive to increase competition for its work.
The Former legal chief at The Coca-Cola Company Paul Meadows has taken the top legal role at the International HIV/Aids Alliance two years after leaving the soft drinks giant.
How about this for a first – a UK law firm based in another country. Asserson Law Offices services clients in the UK but is based more than 2,000 miles away in Jerusalem.
Law firms have begun the scramble to win contracts from the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA), a scheme that could eventually see all London councils served by a single panel.
With the shadow of redundancy looming over the legal sector, many lawyers are facing the prospect of taking prolonged and unplanned career breaks.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won a double role on the probe into subprime lender Cattles’ finances, advising the company as well as leading the review.
Professional negligence claims against solicitors have rocketed, prompting underwriters to warn of a 10 per cent hike in solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance rates.
Kent County Council legal chief Geoff Wild has hit out at a campaign to reduce practising certificate fees for local government lawyers.
Kent County Council (KCC) legal chief Geoff Wild has seen the authority’s legal department increase external revenue generated by its pioneering in-house practice by 24 per cent this year. The legal team, which sells services to other public bodies, earned £1.42m in the 2008-09 financial year, up from £1.14m the previous year.
US firm McDermott Will & Emery is gearing up for a leadership election. But the firm is not facing a revolution any time soon - all three candidates vying to replace chairman Harvey Freishtat form part of the firm’s traditional core.
Nabarro has advised longstanding client Electronic Data Systems on the acquisition of two Norwich data centres from Aviva.
Executive partner inherits a firm that seems capable of defying the crunch.
No longer the glam drink ticket, Mipim may be changing its spots – and about time too, says Catrin Griffiths
Shazanna Safdar-Karim is rapidly climbing the ranks at FTSE Group. Tom Phillips reports
If there’s one topic that elicits more comment on TheLawyer.com than any other, it’s education.cat
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is preparing for the pickup in finance-related litigation with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) structured finance star Dan Cunningham.As TheLawyer.com revea-led (19 March), the A&O US senior partner is defecting to the litigation firm in July. Cunningham joins as a partner in New York in the firm’s complex structured products and bankruptcy and restructuring groups.
Pearl Group has begun talks to restructure £3bn of debt, some of which was used to buy rival Resolution in 2008, with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett winning the mandate from the insurane giant. It is understood that Simpson Thacher is acting for Pearl after advising it on the financing for its £5bn acquisition of Resolution. Finance partner Stephen Short acted on that deal.
Two US firms have secured the lead roles on American Apparel’s sale of an 18 per cent stake to private equity house Lion Capital.
Slaughter and May has billed the Government more than £22m since the start of the credit crunch, pocketing £4m in a single month at the height of the crisis.
Slaughter and May has closed training contract applications to non-law students earlier than usual, while those studying law still have time to apply for a place on the 2011-12 intake.
Erskine Chambers has lost litigation stalwart David Oliver QC to Thirteen Old Square Chambers.
Tods Murray executive partner David Dunsire (pictured) has publicly defended his firm in a letter to a Sunday newspaper in an unprecedented attempt to scotch damaging rumours about the legal industry, and his firm in particular.
Being an in-house lawyer can throw up some surprising situations – just ask ITV general counsel Andrew Garard