24 April 2006
The Commercial Litigators Forum will host its Lawyers for London reception at Somerset House on 20 April to raise funds for three London-focused charities. Cherie Booth QC is to be guest of honour at the event, which the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is also expected to attend. Money raised from the event will go to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, the London Air Ambulance and the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust.
Allen & Overy's Italian arm appears to have resorted to subliminal (or should that be barefaced and blatant) messaging in order to attract much-needed lateral hires. Either that, or the firm is angling to become a key competitor to Tesco Law.
Addleshaw Goddard has halved its partner promotions from 2004-05, with five associates promoted to partner for the new financial year.
So Eversheds is reconstructing its entire partnership because it doesn't want to be ageist. Even bearing in mind that it's the job of employment lawyers to scare their clients witless, that's a pretty apocalyptic vision of the forthcoming age discrimination legislation.
The number of civil appeals heard in the Court of Appeal during the last court year rose by nearly 8 per cent from the previous year, the court's annual report found.
Ashurst has hired International Power Middle East general counsel David Wadham for its Dubai office.
Lovells has elected 18 new partners this year in its biggest round of promotions for three years.
The Lawyer today unveils another stellar cast of judges to adjudicate The Law-yer Awards 2006, the premier event in the legal calendar.
Baker & McKenzie has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner private banking expert Henry Frydenson.
Ten firms from South East Europe (SEE) are working together to form a regional powerhouse.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs is strengthening its financial services team with the hire of a partner from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Now how does this work? A lawyer, in the hospital with his sick mother, is apparently unable to use his mobile phone after having already been warned off by hospital staff. But that doesn't stop our dedicated partner, who risked matron's wrath by happily emailing away from his BlackBerry instead.
Bindman & Partners is set to make legal history by seeking a judicial review into the Government's refusal to follow the Ombudsman's recommendation on pension compensation.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has made up five associates to partner, promoting its first employment lawyer for several years.
The restrictions controlling the development of conservation areas are playing a large part in the future of Thames Basin sites. Douglas Evans and Gary Sector look at the provisions protecting the wildlife
Only four associates at CMS Cameron McKenna made partner this year, the lowest count in four years.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have been left waiting in the wings while eight European companies fight over the E3.2bn (£2.21bn) Galileo project.
Clifford Chance and Walker Morris began a long-awaited face-off in the High Court today as litigation over the construction of the new Wembley Stadium kicked off.
Tulkinghorn has participated in many a dull conference call, but has never quite had the courage to pass the time in the same way as some Linklaters associates.
SJ Berwin introduces thirteen associates to partnership" /SJ Berwin has elected 13 new partners this year, the biggest round at the firm for at least three years and more than double the number made up in 2003.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has become the latest offshore law firm to try to tap into the booming Middle East market through its new office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
South West firm Osborne Clarke has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, more than doubling last year's total.
Hammonds’ partners have voted in support of proposals which will see the firm’s senior partner role axed and a move away from lockstep.
Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) long-standing senior partner David McIntosh is stepping down at the end of the month, following 28 years in the role.
Eircom looks to Freshfields on Babcock takeover offerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by corporate partners David Sonter and Stephen Hewes, has cemented its ties with client Eircom by advising on a potential E2.36bn (£1.63bn) takeover offer from Australian investment group Babcock & Brown, which made a formal approach last week. Eircom has given Babcock the go-ahead to examine ...
Denton Wilde Sapte is set to rebuild its partnership with 26 promotions after losing almost of fifth of its partners over the last two years.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s US operation has caught the expansion bug and opened a new office in Atlanta.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has landed the lead mandate for new client Rolta India on its landmark flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
THE EU has promised that its institutions will cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and will even exchange information with its investigators.
Eversheds bins lockstep before age laws kick in" /Eversheds is ditching lockstep entirely in favour of merit-based remuneration as it braces itself for the introduction of age discrimination legislation later this year.
Eversheds German alliance partner Heisse Kursawe has scooped a team of corporate lawyers from McDermott Will & Emery for its Munich office.
Eversheds has signed an 18-year contract for a new 165,000sq ft office close to St Paul's Cathedral, with fit-out costs estimated at £20m, which represents nearly a third of Eversheds' 2005 net profit of £57.4m.
Farrer & Co has made a double raid on Wedlake Bell, poaching two corporate lawyers, including the firm’s former practice head.
Japanese powerhouse Nishimura & Partners and Asahi Koma Law Offices are set to form the biggest law firm in the country following the firms' shock announcement that they are to merge.
Leading Allen & Overy banking partner Stephen Gillespie has resigned from the magic circle firm to join Kirkland & Ellis.
Liverpool-based law firm Edwards Abrams Doherty (EAD) moved to new offices at the beginning of April to accommodate its rapidly expanding team.
In three years US firms have become a major force in European private equity and they have done it through the hire of the sector's major players. The Lawyer analyses the practices of the City's most influential dealmakers
Boston-based Goodwin Procter has launched an assault on California, opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, on the back of raids on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley Godward.
Co-op puts RAC legal team back on the road
Silicon Valley-based Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is launching a San Diego office with two former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners.
Halliwells has bagged £45,000 in National Lottery money from Sport England to fund a fitness drive for its staff.
Herbert Smith has recruited a permanent diversity consultant amid increasing requirements from potential clients to provide tangible evidence of a commitment to diversity issues.
Herbert Smith has pushed its newly qualified salary up 10 per cent to £55,000.
The European Commission is to report in May on Romania's suitability to join the EU from 1 January 2007. National firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen is playing a key role in the process, helping the government draft new legislation to appease Brussels.
Irwin Mitchell is merging with niche firm Alexander Harris in a move creating a 94 partner personal injury powerhouse.
Latham & Watkins has helped Barbados safeguard the future of its national delicacy, flying fish, with a landmark arbitration deciding fishing boundaries between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Grant Thornton UK was ahead of the game when it hired head of legal Lawrence Kehoe 19 years ago. Lorraine Cushnie reports on the man who keeps risk at arm's length
Linklaters has kicked-off this year’s salary increases, raising newly qualified lawyers’ salaries by six per cent to £55,100.The magic circle firm announced that it was increasing salaries for fee-earners in London by between 5.5 and 12 per cent depe...
Linklaters New York office has suffered what is understood to be its first group defection after three lawyers, including US head of corporate Mark Palmer, left to join US firm Bracewell & Giuliani.
Morrison & Foerster has hired the former general counsel of Sony Music.
You're a UK top 100 law firm and you're moving house. So how do you let the world know you're moving into a new building? A new address card bulk mail-out? Boringly practical. How about a cracking party? Much more preferable for Tulkinghorn.
Nabarro Nathanson has won three competitive tenders to provide advice on waste management projects to UK public sector clients.
Nabarro Nathanson has hived off its charities practice, with the three-lawyer group set to join Bath-based charity specialists Stone King from the start fo the new financial year.
Norton Rose is increasing newly-qualified pay to £55,000 in a move designed to ensure the firm offers competitive associate and trainee salaries.
Further debate regarding changes to company law will present a whole new set of challenges
US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has hired John Stigi as a partner in San Francisco from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Pinsent Masons is considering legal action against its former accountancy firm after the Inland Revenue launched an investigation into a suspected underpayment of taxes by Masons.
Richards Butler has raided Salans, taking the firm's entire London-based media team.
White & Case London litigation head Alistair Graham should be used to performing to a crowd - after all, he's been moonlighting as entertainer Brian Conley for years now. Conley spent most of 2005 starring in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, while his alter ego Graham ...
US firm Shearman & Sterling scooped the mandate to advise the lead managers on the long-awaited high-yield bond issue from Danish cleaning company ISS.
Shearman & Sterling is hiking salaries for newly-qualified UK lawyers by a massive £12,000, it was announced today (28 April).
Simmons & Simmons is preparing to revolutionise its business model by investing in technology to assist with the delivery of legal solutions at a hugely reduced cost.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Scott Simpson has confirmed his position as the top European M&A rainmaker, securing first place in the individual league tables for the first quarter.
Slaughter and May is understood to be acting for longstanding client Cadbury Schweppes on its acquisition of the US Dr Pepper and Seven Up Bottling Group from the Carlyle Group.
Another firm making a huff and puff about a new office is Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC). Well, actually, huffing and puffing is the last thing RPC lawyers will be doing when they move into their new premises at Tower Bridge House.
Tulkinghorn is used to rubbish surveys from marketing types floating across his desk, often quickly hurried along on their way to the circular file. But one recent missive caused a double take and a spray of digestive biscuits across Tulkinghorn's otherwise spotless desk.
Earlier this month, Herbert Smith competition associate Ronit Kreisberger announced that she was leaving the firm to join Monckton Chambers. Kreisberger believes that she can best focus on advocacy work at the bar, despite being a qualified solicitor-advocate.
Law firms in the South East are enjoying one of their busiest periods. The buoyant M&A market has not been confined to City law firms, and corporate lawyers in the Home Counties have been enjoying their fair share of deals.
Bonuses may be a minefield, but if handled right they can be a huge staff incentive. By Mark Brandon
The hype surrounding the Thames Gateway regeneration projects may be a bit over the top, but as Mike Scott reports, the benefits are nevertheless on the horizon
Taylor Wessing has boosted its IP practice, announcing three new partner promotions for the team.
What was your first-ever job?
BCCI. Big case. Judgment splashed all over the newspapers on Thursday 13 April. Lawyers accused of mishandling the case, hefty costs blah, blah, blah.
Citigroup's German legal head has made his team integral to the development of the bank's fixed-income business. Aled Griffiths talks to Jean-Claude Zerey about how he pioneered a new relationship between legal and compliance
Atlanta-based firm Troutman Sanders is the latest US firm to beef up its energy team by recruiting two energy specialists from European firm Castaldi Mourre Sprague.
The US Federal Trade Commission has recruited two senior competition lawyers to take up leading roles at the Bureau of Competition.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has acted as pro bono counsel in an initiative by the United Nations World Food Programme to create the world's first weather-derivative transaction for humanitarian emergencies.
Wragge & Co has doubled the amount of partners promoted this year compared with last year, making up six.